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Turlocker’s rare skills bring shine to jewelry design

Everyone knows diamonds are extremely rare, but exactly how rare are they? To find a single one-carat diamond you would have to sift through 100 to 250 one-ton dump trucks full of earth.

December 27, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


First Day Hikes offers free entrance to state parks

Looking for a good reason to take it easy on New Year's Eve? For the first time, state parks across the nation are hosting free, guided First Day Hikes on New Year's Day, offering hikers an up-close and personal look at the country's natural and historic treasures.

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Traditions abound in celebrating the new year

In the dark, first minutes of each Jan. 1, the new year is welcomed with the explosions of fireworks in many cities around the country. The noisemaking stems from an ancient belief that scaring away evil spirits is necessary for a happy new year. A relatively recent tradition adopted by many cities is "First Night" community festivities on Dec. 31. Designed to be less rowdy and more family-friendly, the focus is on local culture, such as music, dance, comedy and art. Boston was the first U.S. city to adopt "First Night" celebrations in 1976. Even so, Boston ends the ...

December 27, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Board games family-friendly holiday fun

Drinking and Dick Clark aren't the only two ways to pass time until that glistering ball drops in New York City.

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Ringing in the New Year in Turlock

New Year's Eve comes just once a year – and maybe just once more period, if you believe in Mayan prophecies.

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Creating a viable, long-term plan for TID

TID Board of Director President Michael Frantz shares his views on 2011, 2012:

December 27, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Satisfaction often lacking in gift giving, says professor

Buying the perfect gift isn't just a challenge to holiday shoppers across the country – it's also an intriguing question for economists.

December 23, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Foster families provide safe haven when parents can’t

Erik and Anne Hansen's home has the chaotic atmosphere that comes with having three small children. On a recent evening, Leif and Austin (both 5) were busy playing with the toy train under the family's Christmas tree, while Emma (14 months) was learning how to walk for the very first time under the watchful eyes of Erik and Anne.

December 23, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Clean air innovations get funding boost

An emission-reducing raisin tray burning system, a natural gas conversion kit for locomotive engines, and an all-electric agricultural sprayer are just a few of the new technologies being developed with the goal of improving air quality in the Central Valley.

December 23, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


NORAD to track Santa’s trip from North Pole

The Continental Air Defense Command will be keeping a close eye on Santa's sleigh tonight and so can you.

December 23, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Almond Board announces filing deadline for several positions

The Almond Board of California announced Jan. 20 as the deadline for filing nomination petitions for one independent grower member and alternate position on the board of directors for the Almond Board of California. Each candidate must be a grower and must submit a petition signed by at least 15 independent growers of almonds (verified by the Almond Board) in order to be considered for the position. The petition must state the position for which the candidate is nominated and must be filed with the Almond Board of California, 1150 Ninth St., Suite 1500, Modesto, CA 95354.

December 23, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Report finds graduated driver licensing could save lives

The "Allstate Foundation License to Save Report," developed in conjunction with the National Safety Council, shows that if California implemented comprehensive graduated driver licensing laws an estimated 133 lives and $910 million could be saved annually. Nationally, if all states implemented comprehensive GDL laws, an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion could be saved per year.

December 23, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


A special delivery

Santa and his elves visited Elness Convalescent Center last week to deliver handmade afghans to all of the residents.

December 20, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Light up our temple, dad

My two kids Sonny and Sonia woke up one morning and told me they wanted to ask me to do something and said they would help if I agreed. They asked me if I would put lights up at our new temple so it would brighten up the temple for the holidays. I told them it was a great idea as long as they helped. Sonny would go help me with the lights for a couple of hours after I would get off work and Sonia would stay home and take care of my baby boy Sunil, who will turn ...

December 20, 2011 | | Local


Tied with love

Young members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Turlock First Ward spread Christmas cheer at the Emanuel Medical Center Mary Stuart Rogers Birthing Center on Tuesday. The girls, ages 8 to 11, quilted a blanket to give to the first baby born on Christmas Day. The blanket included a card that said "tied with loving hands and bound with tender care." Their blanket was part of a service project for their Activity Day girls' group. They presented the blanket to Roberta Walker, manager of obstetrics at Emanuel Medical Center, and were given a tour of the birthing ...

December 20, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Take the 'Water Pledge' and reap the benefits

Take the pledge to commit to making more water efficient action in and around your home and receive a free water conservation device from the City of Turlock.

July 12, 2014 | | Local


California sees increase in sexually transmitted diseases

The number of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in California increased in 2013 according to data released recently from the California Department of Public Health.

July 12, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Jessica's House offers Day of Relief

Jessica's House hosted a Day of Relief, a summer day camp session for families looking for a brief respite from their grief, on Thursday.

July 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Library event offers tips on surviving zombie apocalypse

Spoof meets serious in the Stanislaus County Library's summer event program that allows teenagers to become informed on ways to prepare for safety in the face of an unlikely disaster: a zombie apocalypse.

July 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID to talk water transfer changes at first night meeting

The Turlock Irrigation District is hoping to change the way the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority, which is comprised of the cities of Turlock, Ceres and Modesto, manages its water resources.

July 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Pulling tradition lives on in honor of lost son, friend

The annual truck and tractor pull event kicked off the motorsports at the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair in the Food Maxx Arena on Friday night.

July 12, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Local


Opening day: Fair offers modern touch with traditional favorites

The fair is a summertime tradition for many locals and Friday's opening night was no exception as the enthusiastic crowd was indicative of an up and coming successful season for the Stanislaus County Fair.

July 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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