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Heavy rains, strong winds hit Central Valley

While the official start of winter is still a few days away, the season's first big storm has arrived early. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued flood and wind advisories for Stanislaus County - and the entire Central Valley area - through today.

December 17, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


The art of satire is alive and well

I have created a new award in honor of comedian Jon Stewart - the Swiftee. This coveted honor goes to the person who most personifies the king of satire, Jonathon Swift. Stewart and "The Daily Show" writers were channeling the renowned Anglo-Irish essayist when they shined a light during their Monday night Comedy Central program on the U.S. Senate Republicans and their hypocritical nonsupport of health aid to 9-11 first responders.

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


TID approves short-term Gomes Lake agreement

Homes and businesses near the San Joaquin River are one step closer to having flood protection this winter season as the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to enter into a short-term agreement with the Gomes Lake Joint Powers Agency.The JPA membership - made up of TID, the City of Turlock, Stanislaus County and Reclamation Districts 2063 and 2091 - is in flux, since the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors took issue with the distribution of costs and terminated their membership in August.As originally drafted in 1972, The JPA that maintains Gomes Lake included the TID, a ...

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Thrift store donates over $250,000 to area charities

Off Center Thrift & Gift in downtown Turlock is not a regular second-hand store. While Off Center does sell gently used clothing and gift items, unlike most other thrift stores, all of the employees are volunteers and all of the profits are donated back to the community.

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Season of hope

No matter how commercial the Christmas season gets, there is one pure thing the holidays always bring - hope.

December 07, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Retired engineer uses skills to create parade magic

This year's Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade theme is right up Richard Fantazia's alley. You see, Fantazia is a miracle worker. He takes abstract ideas and makes them into moving, lighted, bigger-than-life parade floats.

December 04, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


2008 robocalls still under investigation

While the City of Turlock prepares to seat a new council following the Nov. 2 election, the investigation into the party or parties responsible for the illegal "robocalls" placed during the 2008 City Council election continues. The repercussions of the investigation also continue to sow discord between council members.

December 04, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Using their powers for good

I am usually not a fan of celebrity news. In fact, I cringe whenever someone in the office asks "Did you hear what Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (or any other famous people) are doing?"

November 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Keyes horsewoman earns two World Championship titles

Horses have always been a part of Kate Doerksen's life. The Keyes woman's passion for horses and riding has led her to capture two World Championship titles at the 2010 Fall World Championship Paint Horse Show held Nov. 4-13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

November 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Web site provides information on low and no-cost healthcare

As more and more people find themselves without a job - and the health insurance they were used to having - doctor's visits and general wellness care drop to the bottom of the priority list.

November 26, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Pre-school program gives children tools they need to succeed

As the 20 Head Start pre-school students in Maria Marques' classroom at Osborn Elementary finished their lunches, parent volunteers Victor Sanabria and Christine Berlin helped the kids throw away their disposable plates and head to the reading carpet.

November 26, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Turlock family mixes cuisines to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a true American holiday. It is celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic background. And many times it is the first American holiday embraced by emigrants. This is true for the Aydenian family.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


A family tradition

Practice makes perfect. Dave Hillenga and his 5-year-old grandson Braydon Johnson found that old adage to be true on Monday, when they won first place in the pumpkin pie contest that they took second place in last year.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


OFF TO SACRAMENTO

California State University, Stanislaus administration, faculty and staff bid a fond farewell to the university's assistant vice president for communications and public affairs on Friday. Kristin Olsen (pictured center) will soon be leaving her post at the university to tackle the challenges of the California State Assembly.

November 19, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Another for the record books

Last week I became a statistic. I was one of the over 6,700 cases of whooping cough reported in California for 2010 - the most cases reported in 63 years.

November 19, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker


County seeks input on R.A.M Farms request for extended hours, season

For many Turlockers, a visit to R.A.M. Farms has become a holiday tradition both in the fall for its pumpkin patch and corn ...

August 27, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Best route to connect Hwy 99 to I-5 topic of StanCOG workshops

South Stanislaus County businesses looking to move their products up and down the state and residents who commute to the Bay Area every day for ...

August 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Café La Mo celebrates one year anniversary with Coffee Festival

When Hillary Smith opened Café La Mo a year ago with her mother Gloria Smallwood and sister Brityn Butrick, she thought downtown Turlock needed a ...

August 20, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Survey to gage interest in new countywide roads tax

The effort to attain funding to fix the county's failing roads will continue as the Stanislaus Council of Governments will once again be polling ...

August 20, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council moves recycled water project forward

The City of Turlock will soon be involved in one of the largest regional recycled water projects in the nation, after the City Council voted ...

August 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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