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Turlock Chamber wins big at Western conference

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce made quite an impression last weekend at the Western Association of Chamber Executives' annual management conference in Las Vegas. Turlock Chamber President/ Chief Executive Officer Sharon Silva was named the Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year and the Business News was awarded first place in the Magazine competition for chambers with under 1,000 members.

February 14, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


What’s love got to do with it?

Entire aisles at grocery stores are decked out in red and pink. Every other television advertisement is for diamonds and local flower shops have increased the size of their storefront banners by 200 percent. It's Valentine's Day once again.

February 10, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Keyes craftsman creates no-man bands for celebrities, businesses around the world

What happens when you combine a love of music with engineering know-how and an innovative spirit? The unique creations of Keyes craftsman Ken Caulkins.

February 07, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Emanuel earns accolades at healthcare conference

Emanuel Medical Center received an award for providing innovative patient service at a recent national healthcare conference - and local patients have also noticed the positive changes at Turlock's community hospital.

February 07, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


‘Mr. Bulldog’ lives on

When taking on a new job, it's inevitable that you will be compared to the person who last held the post. Sometimes this can be a positive thing, especially when hearing a complaint. It's easy to say that being the new person you can't speak to practices of the past, but in the future it will be your mission to make things right. Sometimes, however, filling the shoes left by a predecessor can be impossible.

February 03, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Kaepernicks share own experiences, support camp for children with congenital heart defects

Over 30 years ago Rick and Teresa Kaepernick became one of the thousands of parents who suffer the loss of a child due to congenital heart defects - not once, but twice in a two year span.

February 03, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Planting time

When Ed Sai started farming 40 years ago, the process of planting almond trees was labor intensive. It involved manually marking out the field in evenly spaced rows, then using an auger to drill thousands of holes before placing each and every tree into the ground by hand and filling in the dirt and patting it down.

January 31, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Be your neighbor’s keeper

I grew up in a small town. Now, I know native Turlockers like to think this is a small town, but they're wrong. The population of my hometown was around 3,000 when I was living there; it's over 4,600 today. Turlock boasts a population of over 68,000. Enough said.

January 27, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Octogenarian rides 103 miles on birthday bicycle trip

Retired teacher and amateur photographer Ray Houlihan has had the same mode of transportation for over 50 years - a Bottecchia bicycle.

January 24, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Take a break and spur the economy

I love vacations. Unfortunately, my desire to travel the world far exceeds my financial means and time availability to do so. Don't get me wrong I still travel, just on a smaller scale and not as often as I'd like. When I finally do get away, I feel guilty about the money I spend and my absence from work.

January 20, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


AB 12 offers support to foster youth after age 18

Turlock high school student Miranda Scoles is one of the approximately 5,000 foster youth in California and 40 in Stanislaus County who turned 18 this year, automatically aging-out of the system. In the past, Scoles would have had to face the world without financial support or the help of a social worker.

January 17, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock Gospel Mission expands with new property, daytime services

In January 2008, the Turlock Gospel Mission started serving nightly meals to local homeless and in-need families. Exactly four years later, TGM staff and supporters gathered to celebrate the over 45,591 meals served and prepare for the future of the mission.

January 17, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Future of gas prices not ‘rosy’

As gas prices continue to climb, reaching the highest level ever recorded at this time of year, GasBuddy released its 2012 projections which see prices reach $4 a gallon by late spring.

January 13, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Nothing new under the sun

Out with the old, in with the new. That is the rallying cry for many come January. I'm not quite sure about the "out with the old" part, but in 2012 the Journal is bringing in new - and hopefully exciting - features for our readers.

January 10, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Record high temps allow for outdoor winter fun; Dry conditions raise concerns

Unseasonably warm and dry weather was a welcome boon to local residents looking to spend time outdoors this week, but also a cause for concern to growers who rely on wet winters for bountiful harvests.

January 06, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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City Council elections heat up

Although November is still five months away, Turlock's first-ever by district election is already drawing a number of candidates. Gil Esquer announced his intention ...

June 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council to consider four different campaign finance regulations

The Turlock City Council will consider a number of campaign finance ordinances on Tuesday - including one proposed by Mayor Gary Soiseth and Councilman Bill DeHart.

June 24, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Hilmar festival celebrates dairy industry, community

For over three decades the community of Hilmar has gathered at the end of June to pay homage to the community's agricultural lifeblood - dairy ...

June 23, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Study: Parking limits, not lots needed in downtown

Downtown business owners and those looking to spend a night out on Turlock's Main Street may think that there is a lack of parking ...

June 23, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Kap 'puts things in perspective' at heart camp benefit event

Although he may be Turlock's most famous quarterback, for the past four years Colin Kaepernick has taken time away from the gridiron one day ...

June 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Stanislaus County man contracts Zika after traveling to Caribbean

A Stanislaus County resident who recently traveled outside of the country is the first local to test positive for the Zika virus.

June 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlockers talk ethics at campaign finance workshop

The Turlock City Council finished its series of special community workshops on campaign finance last week and is expected to address the issue at their ...

June 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Man shot in head dies of injuries

The man who was shot in the head Thursday night in Turlock has died of his injuries. The Turlock Police Department identified the shooting victim ...

June 20, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Home invasion suspects wore police clothing

The Turlock Police Department has learned that some of the suspects in Friday's home invasion robbery wore police type clothing during the crime. Some ...

June 20, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Two suspects nabbed in home invasion robbery

The Turlock Police Department arrested two Turlock teens in connection with an armed home invasion robbery and is seeking the whereabouts of a third.

June 17, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Council approves Cooper Avenue abandonment, following improvements by church

The Turlock City Council voted on Tuesday to abandon the part of Cooper Avenue that runs through Sacred Heart Church's campus, but only after ...

June 16, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Legislature approves state budget with increased spending for welfare, education

The State Legislature approved a budget Wednesday that includes a $122.5 billion spending plan and raises vehicle registration fees by $10, generating $400 million.

June 16, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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