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Turlocker’s rare skills bring shine to jewelry design

Everyone knows diamonds are extremely rare, but exactly how rare are they? To find a single one-carat diamond you would have to sift through 100 to 250 one-ton dump trucks full of earth.

December 27, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


First Day Hikes offers free entrance to state parks

Looking for a good reason to take it easy on New Year's Eve? For the first time, state parks across the nation are hosting free, guided First Day Hikes on New Year's Day, offering hikers an up-close and personal look at the country's natural and historic treasures.

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Traditions abound in celebrating the new year

In the dark, first minutes of each Jan. 1, the new year is welcomed with the explosions of fireworks in many cities around the country. The noisemaking stems from an ancient belief that scaring away evil spirits is necessary for a happy new year. A relatively recent tradition adopted by many cities is "First Night" community festivities on Dec. 31. Designed to be less rowdy and more family-friendly, the focus is on local culture, such as music, dance, comedy and art. Boston was the first U.S. city to adopt "First Night" celebrations in 1976. Even so, Boston ends the ...

December 27, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Board games family-friendly holiday fun

Drinking and Dick Clark aren't the only two ways to pass time until that glistering ball drops in New York City.

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Ringing in the New Year in Turlock

New Year's Eve comes just once a year – and maybe just once more period, if you believe in Mayan prophecies.

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Creating a viable, long-term plan for TID

TID Board of Director President Michael Frantz shares his views on 2011, 2012:

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Satisfaction often lacking in gift giving, says professor

Buying the perfect gift isn't just a challenge to holiday shoppers across the country – it's also an intriguing question for economists.

December 23, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Foster families provide safe haven when parents can’t

Erik and Anne Hansen's home has the chaotic atmosphere that comes with having three small children. On a recent evening, Leif and Austin (both 5) were busy playing with the toy train under the family's Christmas tree, while Emma (14 months) was learning how to walk for the very first time under the watchful eyes of Erik and Anne.

December 23, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Clean air innovations get funding boost

An emission-reducing raisin tray burning system, a natural gas conversion kit for locomotive engines, and an all-electric agricultural sprayer are just a few of the new technologies being developed with the goal of improving air quality in the Central Valley.

December 23, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


NORAD to track Santa’s trip from North Pole

The Continental Air Defense Command will be keeping a close eye on Santa's sleigh tonight and so can you.

December 23, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Almond Board announces filing deadline for several positions

The Almond Board of California announced Jan. 20 as the deadline for filing nomination petitions for one independent grower member and alternate position on the board of directors for the Almond Board of California. Each candidate must be a grower and must submit a petition signed by at least 15 independent growers of almonds (verified by the Almond Board) in order to be considered for the position. The petition must state the position for which the candidate is nominated and must be filed with the Almond Board of California, 1150 Ninth St., Suite 1500, Modesto, CA 95354.

December 23, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Report finds graduated driver licensing could save lives

The "Allstate Foundation License to Save Report," developed in conjunction with the National Safety Council, shows that if California implemented comprehensive graduated driver licensing laws an estimated 133 lives and $910 million could be saved annually. Nationally, if all states implemented comprehensive GDL laws, an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion could be saved per year.

December 23, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


A special delivery

Santa and his elves visited Elness Convalescent Center last week to deliver handmade afghans to all of the residents.

December 20, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Light up our temple, dad

My two kids Sonny and Sonia woke up one morning and told me they wanted to ask me to do something and said they would help if I agreed. They asked me if I would put lights up at our new temple so it would brighten up the temple for the holidays. I told them it was a great idea as long as they helped. Sonny would go help me with the lights for a couple of hours after I would get off work and Sonia would stay home and take care of my baby boy Sunil, who will turn ...

December 20, 2011 | | Local


Tied with love

Young members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Turlock First Ward spread Christmas cheer at the Emanuel Medical Center Mary Stuart Rogers Birthing Center on Tuesday. The girls, ages 8 to 11, quilted a blanket to give to the first baby born on Christmas Day. The blanket included a card that said "tied with loving hands and bound with tender care." Their blanket was part of a service project for their Activity Day girls' group. They presented the blanket to Roberta Walker, manager of obstetrics at Emanuel Medical Center, and were given a tour of the birthing ...

December 20, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Day spa and salon helps clients feel good, look great

Name of Business: A Beautiful Reflection & Day Spa

July 30, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Fires pose health concern Valley-wide

Two wildfires, Willow Fire in Madera County and Cabin Fire in Tulare County, have prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for ...

July 30, 2015 | | Local


Hope Lives Here Kick-off

Former Fresno State and NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer and Turlock Gospel Mission's Executive Director Tim Guerino greet one another before the Hope Lives Here ...

July 30, 2015 | | Local


Summer library events end with craft-a-palooza, s'mores

Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library will end their summer event offerings with a variety of craft days and tributes to two of the ...

July 30, 2015 | | Local


State hitting water saving goals; Turlock falling short

Even with the sweltering June temperatures, most of California's cities and water districts were able to make their target goals for water conservation for ...

July 30, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Incurable citrus disease triggers quarantines

Two more trees that have been infected by Huanglongbing disease have prompted quarantines throughout Southern California, adding on to the existing quarantines that are now ...

July 29, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock Memorial Park prepares for future with expansion

Approximately 4,000 new interment spaces spanning over four acres are currently under construction at Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home, although general manager Scott ...

July 29, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Beating the heat

As Turlock residents are bracing to continue enduring triple digit heat over the next several days, the Stanislaus Office of Emergency Services and the City ...

July 29, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Red Cross seeks local volunteers

Since its founding in 1881, the American Red Cross has provided vital services in a variety of ways. The Red Cross supports active military members ...

July 29, 2015 | | Local


County clerk limits certificates in wake of paper shortage

Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder Lee Lundrigan is advising the public that birth, death and marriage certificates which can be obtained through several sources including the ...

July 29, 2015 | | Local


Keep cool with Hilmar Cheese tour and ice cream activity

During the summer months when temperatures continue to rise, people flock to Hilmar Cheese Company-but surprisingly not for the cheese.

July 29, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


City of Turlock offers online water conservation course

Residents receiving a penalty fine for water wasting can elect to take an online water conservation course to waive the penalty. Only one such penalty ...

July 24, 2015 | | Local


Junior lifeguard hopefuls make a splash in new waters

Students in the San Luis Reservoir Junior Lifeguard Program are diving to new depths in their endeavor to become junior lifeguards by engaging in extensive ...

July 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Almond industry takes steps towards becoming carbon neutral

California grown almonds are not only good tasting, but good for the environment too according to a new study by the University of California, Davis ...

July 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Progress underway at Lander Crossings

A new 45-foot tall sign will soon greet motorists as they travel past the Lander Avenue exit of Highway 99, a portent of what's ...

July 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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