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White-crown sparrows herald coming of fall

When I was a kid I was excited about September because that's when school started - and it also meant a reprieve from farm labor. My dad was an almond farmer and back in those days the whole family helped with the harvest.

September 18, 2012 | BY LINDA FRUGE Community Contributor | Local


CALIFORNIA AG LAND VALUES REACH RECORD HIGH

California's average farm real estate was valued at $7,200 per acre, based on surveys of California farmers and ranchers. This is an all time record high for California and $300 above the previous record set in 2011. Annual farm real estate values have continually increased since 1994, the last time it dipped below the previous year's value. Irrigated cropland, at $12,000 per acre, increased $500 per acre compared with the 2011 estimated value. Non-irrigated cropland, at $3,550 per acre, was down 1.4 percent from last year. All cropland, at $9,810 per acre, was ...

September 18, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Turlock store finds success with men’s apparel

Name of business: Camara's Clothier

September 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Litter removal campaign makes way into California

The non-profit group Pick Up America is headed toward the Central Valley to help with the removal of trash from the area's roadways and highways.

September 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Crowds flock to city pools

The City of Turlock's summer swim programs experienced one of their busiest years ever in 2012 – despite one pool being closed for half of the season.

September 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Motorcyclist killed in solo crash

The California Highway patrol is investigating a motorcycle crash that occurred Monday night just outside of Turlock that claimed the life of the rider.

September 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rotarians deliver purification systems to 500 Dominican households

Nearly one billion people have no access to clean, safe water. In the developing world, finding a reliable source of safe water is often time-consuming and expensive to obtain. Helping to alleviate the problem in some small measure, the Rotary Club of Turlock, donated and dispensed water purification systems to as many as 500 households in the Dominican Republic.

September 18, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Calafia should stay put, says Arts Commission

She is loved by some, and disliked by others. One local business owner even wants her gone. The 14-foot statue of Calafia, which has welcomed visitors to downtown Turlock for the last seven years, isn't ready to part from its home, just yet. During Thursday's Arts Commission meeting, commissioners voted to recommend to the Turlock City Council that Calafia not be relocated from downtown Turlock.

September 14, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Turlock Gospel Mission director steps down

The Turlock Gospel Mission's founding executive director, who has led the organization from a modest nightly meal offering to a group on the verge of opening a full-time shelter building, has stepped down from his post.

September 14, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


District seeks new technology proposals

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has opened up funding of $4 million for new emission-reduction proposals through its Technology Advancement Program.

September 14, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Zuzu puts local ingredients into award-winning sweets

Urbandictionary.com defines zuzu as both a slang term for candies and as a descriptor meaning "superfantasticlywondeful in a fantabulistic way." So, naturally Valerie Lamke thought it was the perfect name for her new confections company.

September 14, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Park neighbors fed up with noise

Turlock parks are a haven for many families who host barbecues, birthday parties, and playdates at the many neighborhood park locations - with Crane Park on Canal Drive being one of the most popular. While families are out celebrating during the weekends, residents surrounding Crane Park are fed up with the excess noise and are demanding that policies be put into place.

September 14, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Algae bloom causes big stink at Donnelly

Something is rotten in the pond of Donnelly.

September 14, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


DFI recalls cantaloupes due to Salmonella

DFI brand cantaloupes out of Huron, Calif. were recalled due to Salmonella contamination.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Wildlife center to hold open house

A menagerie of critters that make the wild lands around Stanislaus County their home, from Fizzle the California Ground Squirrel to Bella the Eastern Red Fox, will be highlighted during the annual Day with Wildlife at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center.

September 11, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Salvation Army events highlight the joy of giving

Fundraising for the Salvation Army is taking a new turn in Turlock as the days of bake sales and car washes are being replaced with upcoming nights of drinks and dancing to support the several initiatives of the Turlock branch of the national organization.

August 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Every drop counts

As drought conditions continue, the City of Turlock encourages water users to implement one new water saving activity per day. You'll be surprised how much you save. And even if the savings are small, it's important that we all do our part because "Every Drop Counts." Here are a few tips to get you started:

August 01, 2014 | | Local


Local artist lands dream venue: Levi's Stadium

When the San Francisco 49ers hit the field in 2104 there will be two Valley natives on display at the brand new Levi's Stadium-Colin Kaepernick and Nick Brown.

August 01, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


Turlock mom's efforts prompt Save Mart to offer special needs shopping cart

Turlocker Carolina Alfaro used to run to the grocery store late at night once her husband got home from work. With two special needs children, the simple task of grocery shopping became a burden made easier only by using her sons' wheelchairs as a makeshift shopping cart when necessary.

August 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


National Farmers Market Week coming up

The United States Department of Agriculture has declared Aug. 3-9 as this year's Farmers Market Week. For the local community, the Turlock Certified Farmers Market is the perfect place to celebrate.

August 01, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Emanuel under new ownership

The sale of Emanuel Medical Center to Tenet Healthcare Corporation has officially been completed with Tenet taking over ownership of the 209-bed facility Friday and appointing Susan Micheletti as the hospital's new chief executive officer.

August 01, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Car show to benefit Ceres boy

The Connecting Point Church of the Nazarene in Denair is hosting its fifth annual Cruzin' Car Show Benefit Saturday to raise funds for a young disabled Ceres boy.

August 01, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Air officials extend health caution; wildfires smoke impacts mountains, Valley floor

Smoke from wildfires in the Sierra Nevada will continue to affect air quality in foothill and mountain communities through the weekend and remain on the Valley floor, local air officials said.

August 01, 2014 | | Local


OUT FOR A RUN

A horse that was spotted running free on the highway Wednesday morning has been reunited with its owner.

July 31, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock Fitness and Racquet Club one-stop-shop for getting fit

Name: Turlock Fitness and Racquet Club

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Giving crime a going away party

The citizens of Turlock are experts at throwing the perfect block party. For the past six years, Turlock has embodied the spirit of the annual National Night Out event by bringing neighbors together with each other and local public safety and government leaders in an effort to prevent crime and foster a sense of community.

July 31, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Christian persecution abroad prompts protests

Local Assyrians are grabbing their picket signs and leaving their hometowns to defend their homeland by traveling to San Francisco on Saturday for a regional protest, just one portion of a worldwide effort demonstrating objection to the religious persecution currently plaguing Christians in Iraq.

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Grocery Outlet to host job fair before grand opening in September

Turlock will soon play host to a new supermarket store, Grocery Outlet, which is also looking to employ approximately 20 new employees before its grand opening in September.

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alliance hosts inaugural Innovation Challenge

Locals with an inventive knack will have the opportunity to express their creativity for a shot at $2,500 by entering the Stanislaus County Business Alliance's inaugural Innovation Challenge.

July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Tri-county leaders collaborate to enrich region

When Wanda Bonnell was a student working towards her Master's Degree in Education and Counseling at California State University, Stanislaus, she vaguely heard about the American Leadership Forum.

July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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