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TID approves short-term Gomes Lake agreement

Homes and businesses near the San Joaquin River are one step closer to having flood protection this winter season as the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to enter into a short-term agreement with the Gomes Lake Joint Powers Agency.The JPA membership - made up of TID, the City of Turlock, Stanislaus County and Reclamation Districts 2063 and 2091 - is in flux, since the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors took issue with the distribution of costs and terminated their membership in August.As originally drafted in 1972, The JPA that maintains Gomes Lake included the TID, a ...

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Livingston siblings take top two places in Pokémon tournament

Going into a Pokémon tournament, most players want to mize (crush) their opponent on the first turn by having a good set of 60 cards in their deck. The better the deck, the more wins a competitor will get.

December 14, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Thrift store donates over $250,000 to area charities

Off Center Thrift & Gift in downtown Turlock is not a regular second-hand store. While Off Center does sell gently used clothing and gift items, unlike most other thrift stores, all of the employees are volunteers and all of the profits are donated back to the community.

December 14, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


COMMUNITY: HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Area residents got into the holiday spirit this week while giving back to the community.

December 10, 2010 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Local egg producer files lawsuit seeking Prop 2 clarifications

Six months after building the first Proposition 2 compliant hen barn in the country, local egg producer JS West filed a lawsuit seeking the specifics on what would satisfy the state law.

December 10, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Latif’s restaurant celebrates 50 years at same location

Generations of Turlockers have enjoyed a hot cup of "joe" at the lunch counter of Latif's restaurant. Even more have delighted in a thick slice of apple pie a la mode at the Latif's pie booth at the Stanislaus County Fair. Through 63 years in business Latif's restaurant has become a landmark in Turlock, and a goodwill ambassador that represents the city to travelers and fair guests alike. Not much has changed at Latif's, the décor and menu are close to original. This year Latif's celebrated 50 years at its current location on Golden ...

December 07, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Emanuel volunteers dedicate over 30 years to hospital

Ethel Nicholson remembers things were a bit different at Emanuel Medical Center back in 1976 when she first started volunteering at the local hospital. The 92-year-old remembers a small secretary desk in the front lobby and only a handful of volunteers.

December 07, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Teen fighting cancer receives very purple wish

A local teen had her wish come true this past weekend when Make-A-Wish Foundation gave her a full bedroom makeover. Megan Gonzalez, a 14 year old from Waterford, is sleeping in style now in her very purple bedroom, thanks to Make-A-Wish volunteers and hard work from her parents.

December 07, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


TID: No rate increases in 2011

The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a $516.2 million 2011 budget on Tuesday, but made a last minute change to redirect $590,000 from electric capital projects to fund rehabilitation of the district's canal system.

December 07, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Local business owner starts toy drive in honor of son

Bradley Pacheco spent his life going in and out of the hospital, sometimes even spending the holidays in a hospital room with his family. Christmas wasn't as bright and filled with holiday cheer when he was sick and stuck in the hospital.

December 04, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Hughson looks to resurrect annual festival

The Fruit and Nut Festival has been a Hughson tradition for years until the event was discontinued last year when funds were sparse. Newly elected Hughson Council member Jeramy Young is looking to bring it back with the help of community members and organizations.

December 04, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Retired engineer uses skills to create parade magic

This year's Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade theme is right up Richard Fantazia's alley. You see, Fantazia is a miracle worker. He takes abstract ideas and makes them into moving, lighted, bigger-than-life parade floats.

December 04, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Holiday parade lights up downtown

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock for the annual Christmas parade on Friday. Dancers, musicians and an elf or two were seen prancing along Main Street amid a variety of brightly lit vehicles. This year's parade theme was "Miracle on Main Street."

December 04, 2010 | | Local


Santa returns to Turlock atop fire truck

Santa Claus will once again be touring the streets of Turlock atop a fire truck along with his elves who will be handing out candy. Below is a list of dates that Santa will be in your neighborhood. The list is also available at http://www.ci.turlock.ca.us/citydepartments/fireservices/decembersantatours/.

November 30, 2010 | | Local


Keyes horsewoman earns two World Championship titles

Horses have always been a part of Kate Doerksen's life. The Keyes woman's passion for horses and riding has led her to capture two World Championship titles at the 2010 Fall World Championship Paint Horse Show held Nov. 4-13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

November 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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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


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