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Passion for people sends Turlock graduate around the world

Sometimes Turlock High graduate Anne Marie Hyer would ask herself "What am I doing?" That question would pop up as she wore long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in 120 degree heat in India while scrubbing the hands and feet of lepers. But she quickly reassured herself, it was for the people.

June 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


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


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Locals will take to the mud to help Hilmar girl

Muddy Balls, a local charity mud volleyball tournament, will take place at the Stanislaus County Fair starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 2, with all the proceedings benefitting 8-year-old Kaiden Pacheco, who was recently diagnosed with stage four Rhabdomyosarcoma.

July 24, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Local


New title, new positions at the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance

The Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance has undergone a makeover that has the organization sporting a new name with new leaders at the helm of what is officially now known as the Stanislaus Business Alliance.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cyclist killed by train

A 39-year-old man died Saturday morning when he rode his bicycle in front of an oncoming freight train in Turlock.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Memo’s Cocina and Tequila Bar opens Wednesday

Over the past few years Turlock's downtown scene has experienced a revitalization, forging a new identity for itself with a combination of craft beer and nightlife destinations. After nearly a year of anticipation, Downtown Turlock again adds to its newly formed reputation as a Central Valley hotspot with the opening of Memo's Cocina and Tequila Bar.

July 22, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Local


New security measures at EMC

Emanuel Medical Center is instituting a new check-in and visitor badge process to come in line with the recommendations from a safety task force.

July 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Kids learn about salmon at the fair

Sawyer Wilson, 3, and his sister Emily Wilson, 5, were just two of the many children who learned about the lifecycle of the salmon while making paint prints at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday. Patrick Cuthbert of Fishbio helped the siblings with their craft project as part of a booth featuring the Salmonids in the Classroom program, a kindergarten through 12th grade program run through the Turlock Irrigation District and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


County unemployment unchanged

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County remained at a steady rate between May and June, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

July 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Baking not my forte

My fondest olfactory memories of childhood are of when my mom would bake cinnamon and sugar stuffed apples - yum! So when local chiropractor Dave Dubyak called me with a desperate need for apple pie contest entries, I decided it was time for my own house to be filled with the mouth-watering smells of cooked apples and my most favorite spice, cinnamon.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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