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Worker found dead in Stevinson

A man who had spent the better part of the day irrigating fields in Stevinson was found dead Tuesday night, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

August 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlockers join nation in touting benefits of farmers markets

Fresh produce, supporting local farmers and getting some good deals are just a few of the reasons that locals are diehard fans of the Turlock Certified Farmers Market. And this week they can celebrate the market along with fresh food lovers across the country as part of National Farmers Market Week.

August 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


National Night Out

Neighborhoods across Turlock forsook the indoors Tuesday night and came out to party in the streets for the annual National Night Out celebration. Joining in the festivities were representatives from the Turlock Police Department, Turlock City Fire Department, California State University, Stanislaus Police Department, Turlock Irrigation District and other special guests including Mayor John Lazar and McGruff the Crime Dog.

August 03, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


More water flow needed for fish, finds delta report

More water should be allowed to flow through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and into the San Francisco Bay, according to a State Water Board report which was unanimously approved Tuesday.The 180-page informational report, required by the 2009 Delta Reform Act and not directly tied to any legislative action, establishes the volume, quality and timing of water flow needed to protect fish and wildlife."For the first time, the board has come forth with explicit estimates on flows needed to protect the estuary and the results are not surprising," said Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


A sign of the times

With a quick drive down Golden State Boulevard, Geer Road, or Monte Vista Avenue, the issue becomes crystal clear: the streets of Turlock are overflowing with unlicensed signs.Across the country, from Mesa, Ariz. to Forest Grove, Ore. and Los Angeles, municipalities are trying to stem the proliferation of unlicensed signs. The trend has been driven by businesses' needs to attract more customers, erecting flashy illegal signs to garner the attention of those driving by.The City of Turlock is just the most recent city to take a stand against these unlawful signs, hoping to cut down on the clutter ...

August 03, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Journal welcomes new publisher

David A. Winegarden is the new publisher of the Turlock Journal.

August 03, 2010 | Special to the Journal | Local


Local dairymen struggle to survive

California dairy farmers have been fighting a losing battle for the past two years and slowly turning into a dying breed. Norman and Mike Lucas, owners of Lucas Dairy, have been in the business for over 60 years and they are struggling just to come out even.

August 03, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Local unwanted small breed dogs find new owners out of state

A few lucky dogs from Turlock will soon have the chance to start over with a new life in a new country. The demand for small dogs in the Pacific Northwest and Canada is helping Turlock Animal Shelter find forever homes for local abandoned pets. Turlock Animal Shelter has sent 40 cats and 87 dogs to out-of-state rescue groups since January of this year. Many of those animals went to rescue groups in Washington and Oregon, and some as far as Canada. Officer Glena Jackson of the Turlock Police Department said that in the past these animals would have gone ...

July 30, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Used book store looks to fill a niche for local readers

When Valerie and Tim Brown started contemplating what type of business to open, they didn't have to look far for inspiration. The myriad of books stacked up in the shelves of their home served as the perfect muse.The couple just opened Lightly Used Books in downtown Turlock and are hoping their love of reading translates into a successful business venture."It was an idea we had both toyed with for a while, but it wasn't until the last few months that we really started to think we could make a go of it," Valerie Brown said. "I ...

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


University tournaments expected to bring in millions of tourism dollars

Hundreds of college-level athletes will be descending upon our fair city in the coming months - bringing with them much-needed income for the city and local businesses.

July 30, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fixing the worst of the worst

Canal Drive isn't being paved with gold, but stimulus dollars will work all the same.

July 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Last fair hurrah

Fun seekers took advantage of the last weekend of the 2010 Stanislaus County Fair to get in a few last-minute thrills.

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Former Journal editor, university media professional retires

After nearly three decades of scribing the news and happenings in Turlock and those at the California State University, Stanislaus, public relations specialist and former journalist Don Hansen is laying down his pen.Hansen has spent the last 14 years in the media and public relations division at CSU Stanislaus. Over the years he has been a part of a public relations team that has elevated the university's profile on the national level, helping it earn multiple features in the annual Princeton Review of best colleges."Don Hansen has been one of the university's most loyal, dedicated, and ...

July 27, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TID Board appoints Hashimoto interim general manager

Less than a week after Turlock Irrigation District General Manager Larry Weis announced he's headed for a new post at Austin Energy on Aug. 31, the TID Board of Directors is already at work planning for his successor.On Tuesday morning the board appointed Assistant General Manager of Electrical Engineering and Operations Casey Hashimoto to the post of Interim General Manager, effective Aug. 1."Working as the general manager of TID, in this interim capacity, is a great responsibility to the TID employees, board members and communities we serve, and it is one I do not take lightly," Hashimoto ...

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Resource center needed in Turlock, says homeless committee

A day-time resource and referral service for community members who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless is one need that the Turlock Homeless Action Committee relayed in their update report to the Turlock City Council on Tuesday.Since its inception after the September 2008 report on homelessness commissioned by the City Council and prepared by the Center for Public Policy Studies at California State University, Stanislaus, the Homeless Action Committee has been working on the problem of homelessness in Turlock.The committee members - made up of community and business leaders, faith-based organizations and other homeless service providers, as ...

July 27, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Turlock game designer thinks small for big fun

Turlock game inventor Chris Handy doesn't want to see his newest games sitting on anyone's shelf. He would much rather see them in cup holders and coat pockets.

August 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Café La Mo opens for business

After much anticipation, locals visiting downtown Turlock can now get their coffee fix as Wednesday marks La Mo Café's first official day in business.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Worst earthquake since Loma Prieta shakes Napa Valley

The Napa Valley area is under a state of emergency following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck between Napa and American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. today. This was the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.

August 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


'The Property Brothers' pay Hughson couple a home visit

A Hughson woman's dream came true Monday, when she and her husband, were treated to an in-home consulta­tion with HGTV (Home and Gar­den Television) celebrity home designers Jonathan and Drew Scott (aka The Property Brothers). It was a prize valued at $5,000.

August 23, 2014 | BY TERESA HAMMOND Turlock Journal | Local


New report shows budget impact of rising firefighting costs

A new report shows that as the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk. The Forest Service's firefighting appropriation has rapidly risen as a proportion of the Forest Service's overall budget, increasing from 16 percent in 1995 to 42 percent today, forcing cuts in other budget areas.

August 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Commission honors police chief

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training awarded Turlock Police Chief Robert Jackson with an Executive Certificate, honoring his achievements in law enforcement both academically and on the streets.

August 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Water use efficiency measures for the home

The average household uses approximately 260 gallons of water per day. A significant amount of that use occurs in the kitchen and bathroom. Lengthy showers, older appliances and fixtures, and overuse of the water tap are just a few of the water wasting activities that occur in these areas of the home.

August 23, 2014 | | Local


Breakfast challenge proves that a picture is worth a thousand dollars

The California Milk Processor Board invites California high school students to share a photo of their breakfast that contains milk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win $1,000.

August 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Shredded paper, plastic bags no longer recyclable in Turlock

Turlock residents may now need to take additional steps to sort their trash as locals will no longer be able to recycle shredded paper or plastic bags according to the City of Turlock.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cost of Raising a Child

In their annual Expenditures on Children by Families report, the United States Department of Agriculture estimated that the cost of raising a child born in 2013 will be $245,340, a 1.8 percent increase from last year. The report, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child, revealed that housing, child care, and food account for the three largest shares across income groups, comprising of 64 percent of total expenses.

August 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


City parks boost local neighborhoods, economy

With California in the midst of a drought and an ongoing statewide fight over water garnering national attention, much consideration has been focused on the landscape around Turlock - and City parks is no exception.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Edith’s Taxi offers a ride with the ‘soulful taxi lady’

Name: Edith's Taxi

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fit Body Boot Camp to come to Turlock Industrial Park

Turlock's 2,600 acre Industrial Park will soon play host to more than just food processing facilities as the City of Turlock recently approved a staff level minor discretionary use permit for a fitness facility to be built just east of Highway 99.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Young Professionals ‘bridge the gap’ in local business community

The younger generation of Turlock professionals looking to make a difference in the local business community now has the opportunity to formally convene through the new organization, Turlock Young Professionals, which aims to bring up and coming leaders in the community into the fold of the Chamber of Commerce.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Castle flies again

Castle Air Force Base will be put back in service this fall, providing a historic runway for a flight of local World War II veterans making a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.

August 21, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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