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The end of an era

Chaos. That's the only word for the current real estate market, according to Bob Endsley, owner of Turlock's Coldwell Banker Endsley & Associates.There are fewer homebuyers. Overhead costs are steadily increasing, due to a push for expensive, high-tech virtual house hunting options. The recession shows no signs of letting up."This has been going on now for over four years and it's just gotten to the point…" Endsley trailed off.Endsley and Associates, a Turlock institution for more than 33 years has been scraping to make ends meet for some time, Endsley said. Where past downturns were ...

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Zumba craze hits Turlock

The 20 or so women in Tiffany Ramirez's Friday morning class were a little out of breath as they followed along to her fast-paced Latin dance moves. One second they were pretending to play a bongo, the next they were jumping up and down, bending into squats and shaking their butts. Their hips never stopped moving throughout the routine, and by 10 minutes in most had broken a sweat.

July 23, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Dairy producers lobby for price stabilization act

Agreement was reached among dairy producers from around the country earlier this week after they met in Chicago to discuss the need for an effective nationwide dairy inventory management program.

July 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Labor of love

Members of the Turlock City Fire Department painted two goalie boxes on Friday in hopes of delivering the donated sports equipment to Wakefield Elementary School before their Aug. 16 start date.

July 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Local chefs vie for top honors in fair cooking contests

Everyone knows the Stanislaus County Fair has food galore. The cotton candy, corn dogs, and caramel apples vendors clog the aisles, while fresh fruits, veggies, and preserves are displayed prominently in exhibit halls.

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


RV center owner says he is victim of smear campaign

The owner of a Turlock RV store under investigation by the Department of Motor Vehicles says he is the victim of a malicious campaign waged by his competitors and state officials in an effort to shutter his doors permanently.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TID loses GM to Austin Energy

Turlock Irrigation District General Manager Larry Weis announced Thursday he will leave the district to become general manager of Austin Energy in Austin, Texas.

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Gas prices slightly lower than holiday high

Gas prices shot up like fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday, but have fallen slightly since then, according to an AAA Northern California report.A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline currently averages $3.14 across the state, according to the report, six cents higher than a month ago and 24 cents higher than this time last year.That increased price has more to do with Wall Street than Main Street, according to AAA Northern California."The price at the pump continues to be largely impacted by how investors view oil as an investment opportunity, versus the traditional supply and ...

July 20, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


The old ways are best

Tim Holveck prefers to do his harvesting the old fashioned way by using his draft horses to cut grass in a Denair field.

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


County offers whooping cough clinics

With the number of whooping cough cases continuing to mount, the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency is staging several vaccination clinics through the month of July.The health department especially hopes to vaccinate those who are around infants."It is very important for new mothers and fathers, and caregivers of infants to get the Tdap shot," said Dr. John Walker, County Public Health Officer.The health department will hold five vaccination clinics around the county through July 28. Vaccinations will be given to the following priority groups: New post-partum women; fathers of newborns; infant caregivers, including household contacts that might ...

July 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Lazar to seek reelection

It's official: Turlock Mayor John Lazar will seek reelection in the Nov. 2 Turlock City Council election.Lazar, a real estate broker who has served as mayor since 2006 and sat as a councilmember from 1992 through 2006, formally pulled papers to run on Friday afternoon."I weighed the merits of it, and honestly my interest is for my community and I think it's in the best interest of my community to seek reelection," Lazar said.Lazar acknowledged the past four years as mayor have been trying at times, with a divided council publicly arguing at council meetings ...

July 20, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


The new gold rush

It's a modern-day gold rush in California, as jewelers across the state wave "buying gold" signs on street corners.The craze, brought on by all-time high prices for gold as investors seek a safe haven for money in a volatile stock market, has seen people across the Valley selling gold items to make some extra money. But just as the 1849 gold rush brought myriad problems along with it – lawlessness, disease, and addictions – the 2010 gold rush has its own issues.According to local jewelers and the Turlock Police Department, increasing theft rates and a growing number of unlawful ...

July 20, 2010 | BY MADISON MEDEIROS Special to the Journal | Local


Female tattoo artist makes her mark in male-dominated industry

Being an artist has always been a part of who Kat Zupan is. Whether it was interior design, photography or being a tattoo artist, Merced native Zupan has always expressed her creative side through her work. In her current industry - as a tattoo artist - her gender makes her unique. "I stay with something with artistic freedom and I stay true to my artistic side," Zupan said. But with her artistic side, she has landed in a male-dominated industry making her a rare find in the tattoo world. Her rarity brings along some daily challenges, but she also has some advantages ...

July 20, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Livestock exhibitors turn to naps, caffeine for long days at fair

Working 19-hour days during the 10-day run at the Stanislaus County Fair can be exhausting but what helps some local 4-H and FFA animal exhibitors get by are quick cat naps and an overdose of caffeine. "The week before the fair we are up early and going all day preparing for the fair so by the time the fair hits town we are all exhausted," said Hayley Williamson, Chatom 4-H member. "Sometimes I get really cranky and I argue with my sister because I am so tired," she said. In past years, Williamson has gone home during the day for ...

July 20, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Hilmar man wins PepsiCo top award

Lance Hunter, a Hilmar resident, was recently awarded the highest honor possible for a Pepsi Beverages Company sales representative. Hunter was inducted into the PepsiCo President's Ring of Honor, an award reserved for less than one percent of PepsiCo's worldwide sales force. Hunter is a sales representative who specializes mostly in competitive restaurant sales. He targets those potential clients who sell competitors' beverages in their restaurants. He said that he was pretty surprised when he heard that he had won. "I've heard of people winning it before. I've been working for Pepsi for 31 years and ...

July 20, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


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Sweet River Bar and Grill gives way to new restaurant Table 26

Although franchise-owned Sweet River Bar and Grill on Geer Road has closed its doors, locals will soon have a new restaurant at which to dine in town as Table 26 is slated to open at Sweet River's former location in as soon as two months time.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hall Equities, TID reach agreement to advance Monte Vista Crossings Project

Hall Equities Group and Turlock Irrigation District have reached an agreement regarding the required installation of an electrical loop for the Monte Vista Crossings Project that will allow the development company to move forward and ensure business openings in time for the holiday season.

August 19, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


One killed in train collision

A Turlock man was struck and killed by a train after he rode his bicycle around the crossing arms, the Turlock Police Department reported.

August 18, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


At age 85, author debuts her novel

Some writers are hit with instant inspiration, while some will kick around an idea for a few years. Then there is Ann Nivens, who had an idea for a novel nibbling away at her for decades.

August 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Prodigal Sons and Daughters moves addiction counseling to new facility

The Prodigal Sons and Daughters may have moved to their new facility just three short months ago but for more than a decade the faith-based nonprofit has been changing the lives of locals by helping them 'get clean' through drug and alcohol counseling and prevention services.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


IN SERVICE

Air Force Airman David Madrigal graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

August 15, 2014 | | Local


Farm Bill benefits local conservation efforts

At the 2014 Farm Bill's six-month update, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commended the bill's implementation throughout the nation. Locally, the Natural Resources Conservation Service echoed Vilsack's sentiments by expressing how their conservation efforts are thriving with the funds that have been made available by the bill.

August 15, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


California receives poor marks in small business friendliness

As students prepare to return to school it appears that the state of California is getting its report card early and the outlook is bleak.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Unemployment ticks up in July

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County saw a slight increase in July, but remained below the year-ago estimate, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

August 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy ‘swings’ into full force

Name of Business: Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock manufacturer has solution for growers’ irrigation needs

Since its development by leading soil scientists in the mid 1980s, the Ag Solution Master has been maximizing the benefits of gypsum and fertilizers for farmers worldwide. Manufactured by Irrigation Solutions Inc. in Turlock, the machine makes a solution that can be applied directly through irrigation systems down to the roots when crops will benefit from it the most.

August 14, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Celebrating the Spirit of ‘45

This year marks the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II and with the individuals representing the Greatest Generation growing sparse, Paramount Court Senior Living chose to honor 12 World War II veterans at their annual Spirit of '45 event.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Monte Vista Crossing prepares to be up and running for holiday shopping

Just six months after ground was broken on the 19-acre Monte Vista Crossings expansion project locals will likely notice the final touches being added to several buildings in the upcoming weeks as multiple shops are slated to open to consumers in early October.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cigarettes may be banned in Turlock parks

Turlock smokers may need to find new locations to puff on their cigarettes and cigars other than city parks if local Girl Scouts have anything to do with it.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID Board presents Domestic Water Project specifics

The Turlock Irrigation District hosted a public meeting Tuesday night for community members to voice their views and pose questions about the potential Domestic Water Project, which has two water districts at odds.

August 12, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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