Motor transport operator Lance Cpl. Chris Sanchez backed up a tactical vehicle aboard USS Pearl Harbor on Nov. 25. Sanchez, a Turlock native, is 20 and serves with Combat Logistics Battalion 11. The battalion is the combat logistics element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit that embarked with the USS Makin Island, USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego on a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East regions.
Given the ongoing uncertainty of the economy, it comes as no surprise that many individuals are planning a pared down holiday budget. Even though the belt is being tightened, it doesn't mean the holidays have to be drabbed. Here are a few options for holiday decorating that stretch the dollar and make your house merry at the same time.
Near Michael Way, decking the halls and trimming the trees isn't an option – even for foreclosed homes. Decorating for Christmas is a way of life on Turlock's Candy Cane Lane dating back as far as any residents can remember.
The staff at A Beautiful Reflection Day Spa is hoping to make the holidays a little warmer for Turlock's homeless with their second annual Blanketing the Homeless drive. They are collecting new, wrapped blankets to be distributed as Christmas gifts to residents of two homeless shelters in town. This is the second year that Kerry Strickland and the staff of A Beautiful Reflection have collected blankets for homeless Turlockers.
Oscar Huerta grew up in his native El Salvador and remembers seeing a miniature train setup in the window of a local lumber yard each Christmas. A child of about 10 years old from a poor family, he'd press his face against the window only dreaming of owning such a display.
The San Joaquin Valley economy is gradually recovering in 2011, with indicators pointing to a stronger-yet 2012, according to the first-ever Business Forecast Report from California State University, Stanislaus.
The California State Attorney General's Office has issued some online safety tips for those individuals turning to the World Wide Web to shop for the holidays.
Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to start the holiday season off with the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Vendors offered a variety of wares for holiday shopping, while community dance troupes entertained and nonprofits handed out free hot chocolate.
Every year there are popular toys that seemingly every kid wants. For those who haven't already been instructed by your youngsters, here are some tips on the must-have toys of the season.
Upon first glance it is easy to confuse a Portuguese water dog with a poodle - but thanks to the President Barack Obama and his family pet -the first dog's breed is growing in popularity.
The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter - which includes Stanislaus County - thanked volunteers for their service at a recognition dinner held at the McHenry Museum in Modesto on Oct. 20. The event was an opportunity to say thank you for the thousands of combined hours donated by Stanislaus County volunteers. Special recognitions were awarded for excellence in the following categories:
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has finalized an agreement to secure the nearly $1 billion in federal funds needed to begin construction on the Central Valley segment of the planned statewide 220-mile-per-hour train system, the CHSRA announced this week.
U.S. tree nut growers are receiving good news just in time for the holidays. A report issued recently by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group projects nut prices will remain competitive in the coming years. The information arrives as operations are wrapping up another banner harvest for most tree nut varieties.
Kaley has shown up at school wearing the same clothes for five days in a row. She looks dirty and keeps falling asleep during class. Lisa's teacher has seen enough and makes a call to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency - Child Welfare Services office.
Turlock's nightlife took on a frenzied feel Thursday, as thousands of area residents ended their Thanksgiving celebrations with midnight shopping.
Local Visalus distributor Shaun Larsen is partnering with the United Samaritans Foundation to collect canned food and raise money to help feed children in need.
As part of the City of Turlock's Go Green week, citizens could catch a ride with the city's public transportation services free of charge. By cutting the usual fares, city staff believed Turlock residents would be encouraged to utilize the city's bus service, therefore cutting back on vehicle gas emissions.
The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider approving a waiver for the Moccasin Point Marina concession lease agreement that would see the marina move from its current location at the Don Pedro Lake due to insufficient water levels.
The number of burn prohibitions in Stanislaus County almost doubled this past season as the abnormally dry winter kept air pollution levels high.
Local children from preschool through kindergarten, and some daycare groups, brushed up on oral hygiene basics at First Step Dental on Friday during educational field trips to celebrate Dental Health Month.
State health officials have announced another increase in influenza-related deaths, but reported the rate of hospitalizations is at or below normal for this time of year, suggesting the peak may have passed.
When Denair Middle School student Cody Alicea was asked in 2010 to take an American flag off his bike due to safety concerns, it sparked a nationwide response that flooded the small Valley town with patriotic supporters of Old Glory and a debate on students' right to free speech.
German Sheppards are usually associated with police departments, but there is one Turlock pooch that has taken an understandable shine to the Turlock Police Department.
More than two decades ago, Vivien Jacob came to America from Iran looking for a better life. The International Rescue Committee was there to help her resettle in her new country and now she is part of the 80-year-old organization's mission to bring refugees from harm to home.
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A Golden Eagle affectionately known as "#53" is recuperating at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center in Hughson after being hit by a car in Los Banos.
Generosity was in the air on Saturday as local company Lancaster Painting employees donated their time to offer a complimentary paint job to a local community member as part of the company's annual Paint it Forward event.
The growing severity of California's drought has resulted in one of the lowest water allotments for irrigation purposes in Turlock Irrigation District's history. Starting the irrigation season on March 27, local growers serviced by TID will see a 20-inch cap water allotment, with little to no carryover in the Don Pedro Reservoir for 2015 – an unprecedented decision by TID staff.