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Blowing dust prompts health warning

Gusty winds over the San Joaquin Valley have prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through this evening.

May 23, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Sweet success

Hundreds of local children tasted sweet success on Sunday.

May 22, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


CALIFORNIA FRUIT AND NUT REVIEW

During April, apricot, nectarine, peach, plum, and prune fruit continued to develop. Harvest began for a few early peach varieties. Cherry fruit developed as growers continued to spray for the Oriental Fruit Fly. Prunes were past full bloom and beginning to leaf-out in Sutter and Yuba counties. Weed treatments and bloom sprays continued in stone fruit orchards. Grape and kiwifruit vines were growing rapidly as temperatures increased. Pomegranates and persimmons continued to leaf-out. Apples were blooming and leafing-out. Blueberries were being picked and packed in Tulare County. Olive groves were pruned.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Hundreds flock to area job fair

The weather is heating up and so is the job market. Hundreds of unemployed people stood in line for over an hour outside the Clarion Hotel Conference Center for Modesto's HIREvent on Tuesday for the opportunity to find employment with companies looking to hire.

May 22, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Community welcomes back one of its ‘best and brightest’

Thousands of students this month will be donning academic regalia and taking part in graduation ceremonies. Most of those receiving higher education degrees will take their expertise to the highest bidder in a very competitive job market. Very few will bring their talents back to the communities where they are needed most.

May 22, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Patterson fights for representation on TID board

The City of Patterson is continuing its fight for representation on the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors, while TID officials say formally annexing Patterson would lead to skyrocketing costs, and reduced water for growers.

May 22, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Beware of scammers posing as government officials, warns BBB

Better Business Bureau warns area consumers to be wary of telephone calls or solicitations claiming that government officials and agencies will pay their utility or cell phone bills.

May 22, 2012 | | Local


3.5 million Californians expected to hit roads this weekend

Only 33 drivers will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Memorial Day weekend.

May 21, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Young boy overcomes communication disorder to write short story

What does hope sound like? Is it a galvanizing chant of a crowd or a word of encouragement whispered in the ear? For Ron and Jennifer Eivaz it sounds like a single word uttered by their son David. It doesn't matter what the word might be - they are all precious to the couple for the sheer fact that for the first half of David's life the prospect of him being able to use and grasp language was an open-ended question.

May 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


One man’s struggle with alcohol, life on the streets

He says he was born in Minnesota, grew up in San Jose, and ran businesses in Los Angeles. He says he played professional baseball in Philadelphia, a shortstop who once faced off against Nolan Ryan.

May 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Farming jobs help grow ranks of employed in county

An increase in farming jobs helped decrease Stanislaus County's unemployment rate to 16.4 percent for April, giving it a rate well below last year's estimate of 17.3 percent, according to the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.

May 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Efforts underway to keep West Nile virus at bay

The mosquito surveillance and control activities aimed at curbing the presence of West Nile virus are underway in Stanislaus County, just as two dead birds confirmed to have the virus were found in a neighboring county.

May 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Canine competition comes to Modesto

Some of the best law enforcement canine teams from across Northern California will compete for the title of "Top Dog" at the 30th Annual Police Canine Trial, Saturday in Modesto.

May 17, 2012 | | Local


Seat belt enforcement

The 2012 start-of-summer Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off Monday.

May 17, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Animal rights groups seek justice for 50,000 starved hens

Three non-profit animal sanctuaries, Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary and Harvest Home are seeking justice for 50,000 hens who were abandoned this past February in what Stanislaus County Animal Services Executive Director Annette Patton called the worst case of animal cruelty the county has ever seen.

May 17, 2012 | BY NANCY ANGEL Turlock Journal | Local


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Special license plates benefit agriculture education

State-adopted agricultural education programs, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that administer agricultural education programs will have their chance to vie for over $225,000, thanks to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's 2014 California Special Interest License Plate grant program.

October 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Ghost Walk to explore Turlock’s haunted past

Those brave enough to take the opportunity have a chance to learn something about Turlock's spooky side just in time for Halloween.

October 14, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Couple proves there is no age limit on love

Donald Jackson and Ginger True can pinpoint the exact moment that they met at Covenant Village of Turlock. Only a week after Jackson had moved into the retirement community, he was walking through the dining room when everything changed.

October 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


'Christian Mingle' world premiere: Turlock's moment in the spotlight

Celebrities, producers, city representatives, and numerous Turlock residents strolled down the red carpet Friday night for the world premiere of "Christian Mingle."

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Delhi sheriff substation reopening

The Merced County Sheriff's Department is reopening its Delhi substation Sunday after closing it four years ago because of budget reductions.

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Urban water suppliers show progress

Water conservation efforts in California's urban communities continued their upward trend, climbing to 11.5 percent statewide for the month of August, according to of the latest retail water supplier report released by the State Water Resources Control Board.

October 10, 2014 | | Local


Turlock native among crew of USS America

When the U.S. Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, USS America, is commissioned today during Fleet Week in San Francisco, Turlock native and U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Juliana Valladares will be among the celebrants.

October 10, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Wildlife refuge celebrates the tule elk

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tule elk herd at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in Los Banos. A celebration of this unique subspecies of North American elk found only in California will be held Saturday featuring a series of public events.

October 10, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Council candidates focus on voter connection in final weeks

During each election there are two races: the pursuit of votes and the quest for campaign donations. While local voters cannot yet know who will prove triumphant on Nov. 4, the recent release of local candidates' preelection statements are indicative of their support within the community.

October 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Library increases hours, offerings

The Irwin-Hilmar branch of the Merced County Library has had a turbulent past few years.

October 10, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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