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Bird flu found in Stanislaus County

A Stanislaus County quail and duck farm has been placed under quarantine as the bird flu was detected at the facility earlier this month, raising concern on a local and national level.

April 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Road tax could be on November ballots

Turlock residents will likely see a citywide tax initiative on their ballots this November, as the City Council begins the process of creating an alternative to the countywide transportation tax recently abandoned by the Stanislaus Council of Governments that would have generated millions for local roadway repairs.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government

Recreation to continue at Don Pedro

While the ongoing drought will not keep Don Pedro Reservoir from being open for recreational purposes this summer, officials say to expect operational changes to the reservoir due to low water conditions.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local

Council moves forward with district elections

The Turlock City Council opted to take an important step towards switching Turlock's current at-large election system to one composed of multiple districts, in an effort to encourage equal representation within local government while also saving the city from hefty lawsuits.

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government

Pitman starts Windemuth strong

Tuesday was a good day for Turlock and Pitman High baseball teams at the 45th annual Dick Windemuth Tournament as both squads came away with victories.

April 22, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Men brave high heel mile for women's center

Come Saturday morning men and boys from all over Stanislaus County will ready themselves for a mile walk by putting on their exercise duds and slipping their feet into a pretty pair of peep-toe pumps, or perhaps some pointy high heels, or if they're really daring, a pair of strappy stilettos.

April 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local

Turlock native receives national women’s award

Dedicated to helping women and children suffering from domestic violence, sexual assault and even human trafficking, Turlock native and "Women of Worth" founder Sandy Escobar-Schmidt was recently honored by a prestigious home magazine recognizing five women across the nation who "represent the best in American caring and giving."

April 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local

Assembly bills target metal thieves

Two bills designed to combat metal theft by creating a statewide task force and implementing a stolen materials alert system are advancing toward becoming law in the Assembly.

April 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Government

The changing landscape of science in the classroom

When pre-service teachers in Iris Haapanen's credential course at California State University, Stanislaus sought out local classrooms in which to observe science lessons as part of their compulsory coursework, the task proved more challenging than expected.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education

California may soon be ablaze in orange, red and black hues

California's countryside green is fading fast to gold.

April 22, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial

Osborn students find the right beat in ballet folklorico

Michelle Carillo began traditional Mexican dancing, or ballet folklorico, at five years old when her grandmother took her to the Santa Clara County Fair and signed her up to dance with a group. She continued dancing until she was 16 and while she enjoyed expressing herself through dance, she did not imagine that one day she would help other children enjoy the same cultural experience she did as a child.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education

Dutcher geometry students have formula for success

Dutcher Middle School students Joven Hundal, Erika Gonzalez and Neema Arishida have many things in common: they have all performed perfectly on the mathematics portion of the California Standards Test, they all have 4.0 grade point averages and they all placed in the annual Mathematics Superbowl competition through the Stanislaus Math Council.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education

Louie Cabral

Louie Cabral, 82, of Turlock passed away on April 17, 2014. He was born May of 1931 on the family ranch to Antonio and Agusta Cabral. He enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He owned and operated Cabral's Backhoe Service for 35 years. He was a lifetime member of Turlock V.F.W. and he volunteered for the area Festas.

April 22, 2014 | | OBITS

Philip Victor Fanelli

Mr. Philip Victor Fanelli, age 81 "Entered into Rest" on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his Hilmar residence. Mr. Fanelli was born in Los Banos, CA and has lived in for 43 years. He has been a dairyman for 55 years as well owner of the Fanelli Family Dairy in Hilmar. He was very active in the Hilmar community for many years. He was a member of the Calvary Assembly of Hilmar. A member of the American Jersey Cal Club. A Past Board Member of D.H.I.A. A past 4H Leader and worked with 4H kids for over ...

April 22, 2014 | | OBITS

Homeowners find man on roof

It's not unheard of to find a drunk individual passed out on a lawn, but a roof is another thing all together. But that is what Turlock Police officers found early Monday morning atop a Turlock home.

April 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

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Pitman soccer falls to CCC leader Merced

It was Pitman High girls soccer, the third ranked team in league, against the top seeded squad in Merced with the chance to make a statement to stay in the playoff hunt but the game transcended into what has been the story for the Pride all year long-missed opportunities.

April 01, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Hilmar softball rallies in seventh

With the weather not being a factor just yet, the Hilmar girls softball squad was able to pull off a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Central Catholic 6-5 in a non-league game on Monday.

April 01, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Hilmar’s Landon Azevedo tops out in Pitman Invitational

Out of 16 schools and over 80 golfers at Monday's Pitman Invitational, Hilmar High's Landon Azevedo was the best after finishing the day atop with a score of 73, five strokes ahead of second place Brandon Gordian of Buhach Colony.

April 01, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Turlock girls soccer drowns Atwater

Turlock rolled to a 2-0 victory, despite a lackluster performance on a cold, wet night at Joe Debely Stadium on Monday.

April 01, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

Albino Orozco finishes 2-2 at national tournament

Less than one month after he capped his senior year at Turlock High with a 7th place finish at the State Tournament, Albino Orozco again found himself on the mat, only this time he was competing against the best wrestlers the nation, not just California, had to offer.

April 01, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | High School Sports

Did Mr. Gun Control broker a terrorist deal for rocket launcher?

Where's the best little whorehouse in California?

April 01, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial

TJHS 7th grade team takes 2nd in academic pentathlon

While many students often dread completing their homework, there are some who thrive in the academic environment, such as the 7th grade academic pentathlon team at Turlock Junior High School, which is composed of these study-ready students who recently took 2nd place in the county competition.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education

Nonprofit leaves its ‘STAMP’ on the community

Upon his return from teaching English in Japan for three years, Turlock native Michael Camara could not shake the teaching bug. After joining in on his family's venture in the dairy industry, Camara soon found himself tutoring the children of an employee who were struggling with English. It was through this experience that he conceived the idea to launch a nonprofit with the aim of not only helping students but also teachers in the educational community, thus the Stanislaus Tutoring and Mentoring Program was born.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education

Uber comes to the Central Valley

When Turlock native Spencer Rinkus moved to San Francisco he did not anticipate that he would eventually work for one of the most popular startups in the Bay Area: Uber. An application that individuals can download to their iPhone or Android devices, Uber connects riders with certified drivers that are near them, revolutionizing the transportation and cab services industry. After a small advertising startup at which Rinkus was working was acquired by Yahoo!, Rinkus was on the hunt for another position and found his way to Uber.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

6,764 years of Assyrian culture

March 21 marked the 6764 Assyrian New Year, and local community members honored the event on Saturday at the Assyrian American Civic Club where guests of all ages celebrated Assyrian heritage through traditional dance, food and customs.

April 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local

Two charged with Stevinson murder

The Merced County Sheriff's Department has arrested two men for the murder of a Stevinson man, in what authorities described as a drug robbery.

April 01, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Crime

Cancer center earns multiple accreditations

The cancer treatment and research programs at Emanuel Medical Center have recently been accredited or reaccredited by leading health care organizations for the efforts to deliver top-quality patient care.

April 01, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local

THS Relay team comes together to raise $15k for annual event

I am writing this morning because I am so very proud of the Relay for Life Club students at Turlock High School. This is the 10th year that THS has had a student team participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event and the largest non-for-profit fundraiser in the world.

April 01, 2014 | | Letters to the Editor

Mayor Lazar drops election plans

Late Monday evening, Turlock Mayor John Lazar confirmed that he is dropping out of the 2014 election, bringing an end to his 8-year run as Turlock Mayor.

March 31, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Election

PK gives Turlock rivalry win

The Pitman and Turlock soccer teams finally met on the field Friday after Wednesday's game was postponed due to much-needed rain. The delay only increased the tension, as the rival Central California Conference teams battle for the full 80 minutes.

March 28, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | High School Sports

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