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Toy trains fascinate young, old alike

Oscar Huerta grew up in his native El Salvador and remembers seeing a miniature train setup in the window of a local lumber yard each Christmas. A child of about 10 years old from a poor family, he'd press his face against the window only dreaming of owning such a display.

November 29, 2011 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Local


Valley economy not so bad, states business report

The San Joaquin Valley economy is gradually recovering in 2011, with indicators pointing to a stronger-yet 2012, according to the first-ever Business Forecast Report from California State University, Stanislaus.

November 29, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


AG’s office offers tips for making safe online purchases

The California State Attorney General's Office has issued some online safety tips for those individuals turning to the World Wide Web to shop for the holidays.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Festival of Lights officially begins local holiday season

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to start the holiday season off with the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Vendors offered a variety of wares for holiday shopping, while community dance troupes entertained and nonprofits handed out free hot chocolate.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


A look at the season’s most popular toys

Every year there are popular toys that seemingly every kid wants. For those who haven't already been instructed by your youngsters, here are some tips on the must-have toys of the season.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


First breed makes big splash at annual dog show

Upon first glance it is easy to confuse a Portuguese water dog with a poodle - but thanks to the President Barack Obama and his family pet -the first dog's breed is growing in popularity.

November 25, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Red Cross honors local volunteers

The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter - which includes Stanislaus County - thanked volunteers for their service at a recognition dinner held at the McHenry Museum in Modesto on Oct. 20. The event was an opportunity to say thank you for the thousands of combined hours donated by Stanislaus County volunteers. Special recognitions were awarded for excellence in the following categories:

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Funding secured for Valley high-speed rail

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has finalized an agreement to secure the nearly $1 billion in federal funds needed to begin construction on the Central Valley segment of the planned statewide 220-mile-per-hour train system, the CHSRA announced this week.

November 25, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


U.S. tree nut sales to remain strong in coming years

U.S. tree nut growers are receiving good news just in time for the holidays. A report issued recently by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group projects nut prices will remain competitive in the coming years. The information arrives as operations are wrapping up another banner harvest for most tree nut varieties.

November 25, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Protecting our children

Kaley has shown up at school wearing the same clothes for five days in a row. She looks dirty and keeps falling asleep during class. Lisa's teacher has seen enough and makes a call to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency - Child Welfare Services office.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Black Friday comes early for local shoppers

Turlock's nightlife took on a frenzied feel Thursday, as thousands of area residents ended their Thanksgiving celebrations with midnight shopping.

November 25, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


How to stop worrying and buy the perfect tech gift

With unfamiliar terms like megapixels, gigabytes, and "4G" clogging arcane and nonsensical product designations which feature more acronyms than the U.S. military, shopping for the geek in your life is no easy task.

November 22, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


More Californians expected to travel for Thanksgiving

In recent years tight budgets have forced countless California families to skip their annual Thanksgiving trips to see friends and family.

November 22, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Pecan streusel pumpkin takes top prize in annual pie contest

While not a chef herself, the years Janice Virgo has spent working with the Institute of Technology's culinary program students as a career advisor must have rubbed off.

November 22, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fraternity helps prepare Thanksgiving meals

While most people are lounging around the house enjoying football and appetizers this Thanksgiving, the men of Eta Tau Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity will be hard at work.

November 22, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Turlock Farmers market growing into a new year

The Turlock Farmers' Market manager likens organizing a weekly market to throwing a wedding reception every Friday: there are a lot of details to coordinate.

April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alquist Arms expands its operations

Alquist Arms, Downtown Turlock's biggest draw for local gun enthusiasts, is opening the doors to its new location Saturday morning in a grand opening celebration that is expected to attract a large crowd. The grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also serve as a commemoration of the 20th year of operation for the local business.

April 24, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Makeup artist offers classes at downtown salon

Name of Business: Blush Makeup and Beauty Lounge

April 24, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


100 years of Cooperative education, resources

One hundred years ago the Cooperative Extension was started to help farmers, homemakers, and youth use the latest university research to improve their lives. Today, the Cooperative Extension continues to be a vital partner in the agriculture industry while providing education to youth and families.

April 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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


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


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


Volunteers ready to 'Love Turlock'

Many locals have probably seen large signs around town with two ambiguous words and a date: Love Turlock, May 3. While these signs have piqued the interest of some in the community, they serve as a reminder to many others who have participated in the Love Turlock event before, a volunteer based workday to give back to the community.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Gusty winds prompt health caution

Blowing dust as a result of gusty winds has prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through this evening throughout the eight-county air basin: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

April 22, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Turlock Relay for Life teams raise $46K

With the Turlock Relay for Life just around the corner, teams are continuing to gear up for the annual American Cancer Society event that helps raise money towards cancer research while honoring cancer survivors and remembering lost loved ones.

April 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Community to celebrate Earth Day

Planting trees, recycling, riding bikes to work instead of driving, and raising awareness about "going green" are some of the many ways that communities around the world will show environmental stewardship this coming week, as Earth Day takes place on Tuesday.

April 18, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Child safety focus of community event

The GDI Insurance hosted safety fair is returning to Turlock with the KlaasKids Foundation.

April 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Unemployment ticks up in March

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County showed a slight increase in March, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department, however a new program from the Alliance has the potential to send it in the opposite direction.

April 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


10 ways to enjoy springtime with the whole family

Spring is the perfect time to bond with your family by playing, exploring, and getting active. Teach your kids about nature while taking in the warm, sunny weather and celebrate the Earth by taking care of your environment. Take advantage of the spring break by going on a fun trip or even just doing some family activities in the backyard. Your kids will love spending time with you and they'll enjoy learning something new. Baby J founder Jennifer Jacobellis shares 10 ways to have fun with family during the springtime.

April 18, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


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