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Civic education, American exceptionalism focus of Palin’s speech

After months of anticipation, legal battles, and protests, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visited Turlock on Friday where she delivered a speech on civic education and American exceptionalism before a sold-out crowd at California State University, Stanislaus' 50th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser.

June 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Protestors greet university gala guests with signs, chants

The sounds of "Palin – yes" and "Palin – no" echoed along Monte Vista Avenue on Friday as over 400 protestors crowded the entry way of California State University, Stanislaus making their opinions known about the university's 50th Anniversary Fund-raising Gala keynote speaker former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

June 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


JS West opens first Prop.2 compliant barn in country

Over 63 percent of Californians said they wanted more room for their farm animals when they passed Proposition 2, Standards for Confining Farm Animals, in November 2008. Two years later - and five years before the Prop. 2 statutes become mandatory - JS West Milling Company has created the first colony housing system for layer hens in the United States.

June 22, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


West Nile infected birds found in Stanislaus, Merced counties

The first confirmed cases of West Nile Virus have been found in birds in Merced and Stanislaus counties. A dead Northern Mockingbird was found in north Merced County on June 2 and tested positive for West Nile Virus. Two American Crows found on the west side of Ceres also tested positive for the virus.

June 22, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fire chief bids adieu

After 30 years of fighting fires and leading the city's fire agency, Turlock City Fire Chief Mark Langley is calling it a day.

June 22, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock man looks to put the Stars and Stripes in front of every local business

Flying the American Flag is a sign of patriotism for millions of Americans.

June 22, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Shelters overrun with feral kittens

As the weather gets warmer, the fate of shelter cats becomes more uncertain. Cats reproduce during the warmer months, and shelters become flooded with kittens during the summer time. This influx of kittens is more than most animal shelters can handle, and many of the youngest animals are euthanized before they are old enough to be adopted. Shelter staff and non-profit animal organizations say there is a way that community members can help break the yearly phenomenon that is often called "kitten season."

June 18, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Father knows best

This Sunday, fathers across the country will receive a hard-earned day off. No honey-dos. No changing the channel from a sporting event to a silly cartoon. No lawn mowing or edging.

June 18, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Unemployment shows marginal improvement

The unemployment news in Stanislaus County got a little less bleak with the release of the latest figures from the Economic Development Department.

June 18, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock author educates children on kidnapping prevention

In 1994 Turlocker Melinda Reynolds Tripp experienced an attempted kidnapping of her daughter's best friend in Hilmar. That moment changed her career path forever as she decided that she wasn't going to allow any other children fall victim to a kidnapping.

June 18, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


All for dad

Fathers were treated to a special program at the Turlock Nursery School on Friday. Each child made their father a tie-decorated book and served them a pancake breakfast.

June 18, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlock High grad to compete for Miss California title

Watching some of the most "whole-hearted" women of California walk the stage in their beautiful evening gowns was one of Alexandria Backus' favorite things to do when she was younger. She admired their elegance and beauty knowing one day she would join them on the stage.

June 18, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Massive fire burns through downtown industrial area

A raging inferno sparked up inside a pallet company on Monday swept through three businesses in an industrial neighborhood of Turlock, destroying property, charring vehicles, and sending up thick billowing plumes of black smoke that could be seen from miles away.

June 15, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Donations down for nonprofits

More than 18 percent of the county is unemployed. Stanislaus County has the second highest foreclosure rate in the state. Businesses around town are closing their doors.

June 15, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Hilmar teen crowned Dairy Princess

The California Milk Advisory Board's District 6 has finally put their search for the next Dairy Princess to an end. Natalie Sanders of Hilmar was crowned Dairy Princess and Miss Vitality on Thursday in front of a crowd of 350 dairy industry members and their families.

June 15, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | 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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