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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


Labor of love

Members of the Turlock City Fire Department painted two goalie boxes on Friday in hopes of delivering the donated sports equipment to Wakefield Elementary School before their Aug. 16 start date.

July 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Local chefs vie for top honors in fair cooking contests

Everyone knows the Stanislaus County Fair has food galore. The cotton candy, corn dogs, and caramel apples vendors clog the aisles, while fresh fruits, veggies, and preserves are displayed prominently in exhibit halls.

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


RV center owner says he is victim of smear campaign

The owner of a Turlock RV store under investigation by the Department of Motor Vehicles says he is the victim of a malicious campaign waged by his competitors and state officials in an effort to shutter his doors permanently.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TID loses GM to Austin Energy

Turlock Irrigation District General Manager Larry Weis announced Thursday he will leave the district to become general manager of Austin Energy in Austin, Texas.

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Gas prices slightly lower than holiday high

Gas prices shot up like fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday, but have fallen slightly since then, according to an AAA Northern California report.A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline currently averages $3.14 across the state, according to the report, six cents higher than a month ago and 24 cents higher than this time last year.That increased price has more to do with Wall Street than Main Street, according to AAA Northern California."The price at the pump continues to be largely impacted by how investors view oil as an investment opportunity, versus the traditional supply and ...

July 20, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


The old ways are best

Tim Holveck prefers to do his harvesting the old fashioned way by using his draft horses to cut grass in a Denair field.

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


County offers whooping cough clinics

With the number of whooping cough cases continuing to mount, the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency is staging several vaccination clinics through the month of July.The health department especially hopes to vaccinate those who are around infants."It is very important for new mothers and fathers, and caregivers of infants to get the Tdap shot," said Dr. John Walker, County Public Health Officer.The health department will hold five vaccination clinics around the county through July 28. Vaccinations will be given to the following priority groups: New post-partum women; fathers of newborns; infant caregivers, including household contacts that might ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Lazar to seek reelection

It's official: Turlock Mayor John Lazar will seek reelection in the Nov. 2 Turlock City Council election.Lazar, a real estate broker who has served as mayor since 2006 and sat as a councilmember from 1992 through 2006, formally pulled papers to run on Friday afternoon."I weighed the merits of it, and honestly my interest is for my community and I think it's in the best interest of my community to seek reelection," Lazar said.Lazar acknowledged the past four years as mayor have been trying at times, with a divided council publicly arguing at council meetings ...

July 20, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


The new gold rush

It's a modern-day gold rush in California, as jewelers across the state wave "buying gold" signs on street corners.The craze, brought on by all-time high prices for gold as investors seek a safe haven for money in a volatile stock market, has seen people across the Valley selling gold items to make some extra money. But just as the 1849 gold rush brought myriad problems along with it – lawlessness, disease, and addictions – the 2010 gold rush has its own issues.According to local jewelers and the Turlock Police Department, increasing theft rates and a growing number of unlawful ...

July 20, 2010 | BY MADISON MEDEIROS Special to the Journal | Local


Female tattoo artist makes her mark in male-dominated industry

Being an artist has always been a part of who Kat Zupan is. Whether it was interior design, photography or being a tattoo artist, Merced native Zupan has always expressed her creative side through her work. In her current industry - as a tattoo artist - her gender makes her unique. "I stay with something with artistic freedom and I stay true to my artistic side," Zupan said. But with her artistic side, she has landed in a male-dominated industry making her a rare find in the tattoo world. Her rarity brings along some daily challenges, but she also has some advantages ...

July 20, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Livestock exhibitors turn to naps, caffeine for long days at fair

Working 19-hour days during the 10-day run at the Stanislaus County Fair can be exhausting but what helps some local 4-H and FFA animal exhibitors get by are quick cat naps and an overdose of caffeine. "The week before the fair we are up early and going all day preparing for the fair so by the time the fair hits town we are all exhausted," said Hayley Williamson, Chatom 4-H member. "Sometimes I get really cranky and I argue with my sister because I am so tired," she said. In past years, Williamson has gone home during the day for ...

July 20, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Hilmar man wins PepsiCo top award

Lance Hunter, a Hilmar resident, was recently awarded the highest honor possible for a Pepsi Beverages Company sales representative. Hunter was inducted into the PepsiCo President's Ring of Honor, an award reserved for less than one percent of PepsiCo's worldwide sales force. Hunter is a sales representative who specializes mostly in competitive restaurant sales. He targets those potential clients who sell competitors' beverages in their restaurants. He said that he was pretty surprised when he heard that he had won. "I've heard of people winning it before. I've been working for Pepsi for 31 years and ...

July 20, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


From apple pies to midway rides, opening day delivers

Everyone has their reasons for attending the opening night of the Stanislaus County Fair.

July 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


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Drink and be merry at The Rail, Turlock’s newest bar

Name: The Rail

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Twice the ice

Ice skating is back and in full swing for the second year in a row at Fields of Ice, but now there is twice the ice. With a rink 120 feet by 80 feet, locals of all ages can rent some skates and hit the rink.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Forest, Oregon farms grow holiday tradition

Ready or not the holiday season has officially arrived - and so have the Christmas trees.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Businesses urge shoppers to keep it local this holiday season

The words "buy local" have been promoted across the state and country over the past few years and there is no better day to head the command than on Small Business Saturday.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Locals collect winter gear for Iraqi refugees

On a long table in a back room at the Assyrian American Civic Club volunteer Melinda Khubiar is busy sorting through winter wear that could soon prove to be life-saving equipment for the Christians seeking refuge in the mountainous regions of Iraq.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mother spends first Thanksgiving with family after deportation

When the Chaparro family celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, there will be a special thanks said by the Turlock family for the presence of their matriarch Maria Isabel Chaparro's presence at the table.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


It's all about the pie

Amelia and Xavier Bettencourt are used to being in the kitchen so perhaps it's no surprise that they took second place in the annual pumpkin pie contest to benefit the United Samaritans Foundation – except for the fact that they are nine and six years old, respectively.

November 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID proposes irrigation rate increase for 2015

No one likes to pay more - not for food, Christmas presents or irrigation water. The Turlock Irrigation District, however, is hoping to convince its irrigation customers that a proposed rate increase that will more than double irrigation rates for the 2015 season is necessary for the health of the district.

November 25, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Creating fruitcake fans one batch at a time

Those who claim to not like fruitcakes have probably never tried one of Betty Bradbury's delectable desserts.

November 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Feast breakdown

It is that time of year where savvy shoppers line the grocery store aisles looking for the best deals on everything from turkeys and green beans to pumpkin filling. However, this year even the average shopper won't have to worry about forking over too many dollars before grabbing their fork at the table since it costs less than $5 a person for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, according to the annual American Farm Bureau Federation's survey.

November 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Winter storm information

The City of Turlock provides several proactive and reactive approaches for dealing with storm related problems such as flooding, water storage and contingency planning. During storm events, many problems may occur. Some of these problems are merely inconveniences while others pose serious threats to safety or property. If you have a storm related problem, you can contact Municipal Services at 668-5590. To report problems after normal business hours or on holidays, call Police Services at 668-1200.

November 21, 2014 | | Local


Little change to county’s unemployment rate

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in October, but continued to remain at a low level not seen in the area since the Great Recession.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Opening up the table this holiday season

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of communion. Not the formal process of partaking in the bread and wine at a place of worship, but rather the more colloquial use of the term: sharing a meal, breaking bread, eating. Thanksgiving is a time to commune with our friends and family and I found myself thinking of food differently after spending the afternoon in the kitchen of local chef Dana Johnson while cooking up a Thanksgiving spread for our most recent episode of Studio 209.

November 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Coat program helps children combat winter chill

As Turlock welcomes winter and the accompanying drop in temperatures, Westside Ministries is making sure that every child in the community is prepared for the chill with the organization's 29th annual Coats for Kids program.

November 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock native returns home with cameras rolling

Turlock will once again get to experience a bit of movie magic when a former resident returns to town to shoot portions of his independent film.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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