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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


Shelter a problem for homeless in summer months

Between the months of March to November, local homeless have a hard time finding a place to lay their heads at night.

July 27, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


The end of an era

Chaos. That's the only word for the current real estate market, according to Bob Endsley, owner of Turlock's Coldwell Banker Endsley & Associates.There are fewer homebuyers. Overhead costs are steadily increasing, due to a push for expensive, high-tech virtual house hunting options. The recession shows no signs of letting up."This has been going on now for over four years and it's just gotten to the point…" Endsley trailed off.Endsley and Associates, a Turlock institution for more than 33 years has been scraping to make ends meet for some time, Endsley said. Where past downturns were ...

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Zumba craze hits Turlock

The 20 or so women in Tiffany Ramirez's Friday morning class were a little out of breath as they followed along to her fast-paced Latin dance moves. One second they were pretending to play a bongo, the next they were jumping up and down, bending into squats and shaking their butts. Their hips never stopped moving throughout the routine, and by 10 minutes in most had broken a sweat.

July 23, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Dairy producers lobby for price stabilization act

Agreement was reached among dairy producers from around the country earlier this week after they met in Chicago to discuss the need for an effective nationwide dairy inventory management program.

July 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


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Turlock kicks off holiday season with Turkey Trot

While individuals across town will be rushing to the grocery store in upcoming days to purchase a turkey in time for Thanksgiving, a few lucky locals won't need to stress as the winner of the City of Turlock's annual Turkey Trot fun run will be granted the festive bird as a victory prize.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Ringing in season of giving

The only thing made more apparent than the Salvation Army's love of bells at the 18th annual Kettle Kick-Off Luncheon was the generosity of the community as they donated over $46,000 for the local Salvation Army Corps.

November 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock recycling company receives $1 million grant

Peninsula Plastics Recycling in Turlock was selected among more than 50 applicants to receive a $1 million grant which will bring new equipment and nine new positions to the company.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Foster Farms donates thousands of turkeys for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches Foster Farms is taking steps to ensure that more families will enjoy the holiday by gathering around the table for a turkey dinner, by donating to food banks up and down the West Coast.

November 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fair receives $250K donation from Associated Feed

The facilities and landscape of the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds will soon receive a much-needed makeover, made possible by a generous donation and new partnership.

November 18, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock teacher wins local Innovation Challenge

When Elias Ruiz ventured to San Diego to present an invention at the "Shark Tank" audition, a reality competition that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to make business presentations to a panel of potential investors, he was disappointed that he did not hear back from the show. That was until his friend discovered that he could apply for a similar competition locally: the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


What about desalination during the drought?

When discussing the current drought in California, there is often talk of desalination and its potential to increase our freshwater supply. Desalination, the process of removing salt and minerals from saline water, seems like an obvious solution to the drought and ongoing water scarcity concerns because it is a reliable, drought-proof water source. Indeed, many new desalination plants have been proposed along the California coast and a number of them are already in operation, such as in Monterey and Carlsbad. While desalination may be a reliable option, the answer is much more complicated.

November 14, 2014 | | Local


New day center in the works for gospel mission

The Turlock Gospel Mission is expected to close a deal today that will have them operating a new day center across from the year-round shelter under construction on Broadway.

November 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Heckendorf’s closing its doors after 88 years

After 88 years of operation, Heckendorf's Auto Electric will be closing its doors for good.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cupcakes for Charity

How much is 99 dozen cupcakes worth? For the Bell Real Estate Cycling Team, $2,700 to purchase bicycles for kids in need this Christmas.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Sexual assault resources will be brought to light at campus fair

Students, community, faculty, and staff are invited to California State University, Stanislaus's Sexual Assault Awareness Fair, where they will be acquainted with resources offered by the campus regarding sexual assault and sexual violence.

November 13, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock native finds the right stitch in knitting industry

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November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Iconic scale in Latif’s finds new downtown home

There are few places where individuals want to hop on a scale to check their weight in public, but Latif's Restaurant was one of them.

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock native puts altruistic skills to work in New Orleans

For former Turlock resident Kelli Hall, the moment she first stepped foot in New Orleans, it was love at first sight.

November 13, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rotarians offer the gift of learning

The Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club is fostering literacy in local students by giving each third grader a valuable learning tool - a dictionary.

November 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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