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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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Mountain lion evades search efforts

A mountain lion spotted in an east Turlock neighborhood Sunday night continues to roam free in parts unknown as officials suspended their search Monday.

September 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Befriend an alpaca on National Alpaca Farm Days

Community members who want to get up close with an alpaca will have their chance this Sunday and Monday at Macedo's Mini Acre as part of National Alpaca Farm Days.

September 22, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Pirates reign high seas of Keyes Library

Arrrrr. Children in Keyes were treated to a number of pirate related events at the Keyes Library on Thursday afternoon in celebration of the International "Talk like a Pirate Day" on Friday.

September 19, 2014 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


Dancing with the Turlock Stars: Preview Edition

For the past two months local participants of the first annual Dancing with the Turlock Stars event to benefit the Salvation Army could be found in dance studios, gyms, classrooms, and cafeterias across Turlock honing their dance skills and practicing routines for their big showcase tonight. As I peeked my head into several practices to interview participants for our Studio 209 video episode I was given a sneak preview of the dancers' routines. After witnessing a cha-cha, a rock and roll performance, and a western medley, it's clear that the array of dances is as diverse as the participants ...

September 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Dick’s Sporting Goods looking to hire for new Turlock location

While the southern extension of Monte Vista Crossings has yet to be completed, Dick's Sporting Goods is wasting no time looking for local individuals to employ at its new Turlock location, just one of 574 stores across the country.

September 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock conservationist spreads message with children’s book

Ten years ago Turlock's Tammy Bird decided to make a dramatic shift in her life. She sold all her possessions, bought an RV and went to live in the Santa Cruz mountains.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Pumpkins still aplenty

Farmers around the region have been taking drastic measures to deal with the ongoing drought, but fortunately for local children, there will still be plenty of pumpkins to choose from at Turlock's R.A.M. Farms.

September 19, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock fire fighters ready to turn town pink

As the fall season arrives more people will be adding warm golds, maroons, and oranges to their wardrobes, but in Turlock the color of the moment will be pink.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Unemployment rate drops in August

Stanislaus County's unemployment rate saw a welcome drop in August as more food manufacturing jobs opened up with the arrival of harvest season.

September 19, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Air officials issue health alert

The King Fire burning in El Dorado County has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in surrounding counties, including Stanislaus and Merced, for as long as the fire continues to burn.

September 19, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Young Eagles Day lets local kids fly high for free

The Young Eagles Day at the Turlock Airport is approaching meaning children can abandon their toy planes for the day in order to tour real aircrafts at the City of Turlock's municipal airport.

September 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Reading program goes to the dogs

Although Snoopy may have been kicked out of the library and told "no dogs allowed," the Turlock Library will be welcoming therapy dogs this October through a different kind of reading program.

September 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Westside Ministries to celebrate 30 years

This year marks Westside Ministries' 30th year and the organization invites the community to help it celebrate with a picnic dinner that will include a special anniversary service and dance performance.

September 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Ceremony will honor area philanthropists

On Nov. 5, the area's leading philanthropists will be recognized at the Association of Funding Professionals National Philanthropy Awards. The event will recognize active, philanthropic individuals who make a difference in the community.

September 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Fewer wood burning days ahead for Valley

The Governing Board for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District approved a proposal to tighten the wood burning bans in the Central Valley, lessening the number of days individuals can use traditional fireplaces.

September 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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