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Farmers plow through paperwork, not fields

Buying produce or nuts at the grocery store or local farmers' market is a typical day-to-day activity for most consumers. What most shoppers don't know is that farmers jump through regulated hoops just to put that food on the shelves.

July 06, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Firefighters keep blazes at bay during busy holiday weekend

Turlock's two fire departments were kept busy over the Fourth of July weekend as flames flared up around town.

July 06, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Grant to fund replacement, retrofit of older diesels

Truckers traveling through Turlock and other areas of the San Joaquin Valley may be eligible to receive part of a $45.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board.

July 02, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | Local


County needs new jail, says Civil Grand Jury

For two decades, the Stanislaus County Main Jail has been deteriorating and slowly developing into a hazardous environment for everyone housed there. On Wednesday, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury recommended a new jail be built after their mandated inspection of the facility.

July 02, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Macedo, Arellano appointed to Stanislaus County Fair Board

Two new directors will join the Stanislaus County Fair's 38th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors after being appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this week. Ron Macedo and John Arellano, both of Turlock, will join the seven directors currently on the board.

July 02, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


VFW Auxiliary receives U.S. flag from Afghanistan

The Turlock Post 5059 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary received an unforgettable – and unexpected – Independence Day present this year, when an American flag and certificate arrived as a thank you gift from soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this week.

July 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Grand jury refuses to take position on TASER policy

After a limited investigation on the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department TASER policy and procedures, the Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury released a report on Wednesday stating that it is inappropriate for them to take a position on the TASER policy due to pending lawsuits.

July 02, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Changes in store for city fire as chief retires after 30 years of service

Turlock Fire Chief Mark Langley retired Wednesday, ending a 30 year career with the City of Turlock.

July 02, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Grand jury finds money misuse at Turlock Rural Fire

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found merit in a complaint that Turlock Rural Fire Chief Rick Fortado over-compensated himself for work related to state wild fire relief efforts.

July 02, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Beating the summer heat

Since its opening in May, the new water feature at Columbia Park has been a popular Turlock attraction. On Monday, temperatures reached 103 degrees, making the water park a welcome relief for Westside residents.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fire chars Hughson auto, tire shops

A Monday afternoon fire charred a Hughson auto repair shop and an adjoining tire business with one employee sustaining serious burns to his hand and another treated for smoke inhalation.

June 29, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Local


Independence Day Events

• Turlock American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 and Turlock Downtown Property Owners' Association will host an Independence Day parade, street festival, and car show on Saturday. The opening ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m., the Patriotic Parade will begin at 10 a.m., and the Independence Celebration Car Show will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all in downtown Turlock on Main Street near Golden State Boulevard. The street fair will include vendors, food, alcohol, and a kids' play area. Children can enjoy bounce houses and water play activities. For more information, visit ...

June 29, 2010 | | Local


Help for struggling homeowners on its way

A new government program will offer help to California homeowners facing foreclosure, following a U.S. Treasury Department decision last week.

June 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


American Legion commander to serve as Parade Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the Turlock Independence Day parade is elected every year by members of the community. This year Bob Russell, commander of the American Legion Rex Ish Post 88, was nominated by his fellow Legion members to serve in the honorary position at the head of the parade.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fire officials crack down on illegal fireworks

"Safe and sane" are the keywords this year when it comes to fireworks. Stanislaus County and Turlock City Fire Department officials will be on the lookout for anyone using or selling fireworks that do not carry the State Fire Marshal's "safe and sane" seal. Stanislaus County will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for illegal fireworks.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Applications available for annual Christmas parade

It may be the first day of October, but the City of Turlock is already gearing up for the 36th annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID solar customers face 5 percent cap

With the popularity of solar energy systems growing exponentially, Turlock Irrigation District is making the necessary adjustments to accommodate more solar customers, while still remaining fair to non-solar customers.

September 30, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Mountain lion makes another appearance in Turlock

There has been another confirmed sighting of the mountain lion that has been prowling Turlock's neighborhoods for several weeks.

September 30, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Church has plans to grow alongside town

Although construction for Hilmar's Holy Rosary Church's expansion only began this year, the idea of the new church was years in the making.

September 30, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock father, son drown in waters off San Francisco

A Turlock father and his adult son drowned earlier this week after they were swept out into the pounding waves off a treacherous San Francisco beach.

September 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


BRING ON THE PINK

Support Turlock Firefighters 2434 union's efforts to raise money for breast cancer awareness by purchasing and wearing their specially designed pink T-shirts. T-shirts can be pre-ordered through the union's website at www.turlockfirefighters.org.

September 26, 2014 | | Local


Status update on current and future drought conditions

The end of summer has arrived but what does that mean for the severe drought that is plaguing California? Weather forecasts indicate the answer is: "not much."

September 26, 2014 | | Local


Merced County reports first human cases of West Nile

The threat of West Nile Virus remains high across the area as Merced County reported its first confirmed human cases of the virus this year.

September 26, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Chiefs chill out for good causes

Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson and Turlock Fire Chief Tim Lohman completed the ALS ice bucket challenge Friday by getting drenched with buckets of cold, icy water as they stood in the Columbia Pool. The challenge allowed for the largest donor to have the honor of soaking the chiefs and in the end it was the police explorers who claimed the victory. An exact total of the funds raised is unknown because donations were still being collected, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

September 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Dog’s injuries may be from mountain lion encounter

The mountain lion seen prowling the streets of Turlock that officials believed had left the area, may be back and may be responsible for an attack on a resident's dog.

September 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mystery of the lost class rings

Class rings are meant to be a treasured memento of high school days, but for two individuals those mementos vanished around 20 years ago.

September 26, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Vongsaly brings passion for Thai cuisine to new downtown restaurant

Name of Business: Ju Ju Thai Cuisine

September 25, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Safety, childhood cancer awareness focus of weekend events

Two events will highlight children this weekend, the MedicAlert Health & Safety Fair and Lil Scotty's Soldiers of Hope Survivor Boot Camp.

September 25, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


American Legion Riders hit the road for good causes

Although their motorcycles and leather jackets may look tough, the mission of the American Legion Riders is all heart.

September 25, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


TID throws weight behind water bond

The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Trustees joined leagues with a broad coalition of water, conservation, and agricultural organizations with its adopted position of support regarding California's Proposition 1, or the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.

September 25, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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