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Grand jury finds money misuse at Turlock Rural Fire

The Stanislaus County Civil Grand Jury found merit in a complaint that Turlock Rural Fire Chief Rick Fortado over-compensated himself for work related to state wild fire relief efforts.

July 02, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Beating the summer heat

Since its opening in May, the new water feature at Columbia Park has been a popular Turlock attraction. On Monday, temperatures reached 103 degrees, making the water park a welcome relief for Westside residents.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Fire chars Hughson auto, tire shops

A Monday afternoon fire charred a Hughson auto repair shop and an adjoining tire business with one employee sustaining serious burns to his hand and another treated for smoke inhalation.

June 29, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Local


Independence Day Events

• Turlock American Legion Rex Ish Post 88 and Turlock Downtown Property Owners' Association will host an Independence Day parade, street festival, and car show on Saturday. The opening ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m., the Patriotic Parade will begin at 10 a.m., and the Independence Celebration Car Show will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., all in downtown Turlock on Main Street near Golden State Boulevard. The street fair will include vendors, food, alcohol, and a kids' play area. Children can enjoy bounce houses and water play activities. For more information, visit ...

June 29, 2010 | | Local


Help for struggling homeowners on its way

A new government program will offer help to California homeowners facing foreclosure, following a U.S. Treasury Department decision last week.

June 29, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


American Legion commander to serve as Parade Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal of the Turlock Independence Day parade is elected every year by members of the community. This year Bob Russell, commander of the American Legion Rex Ish Post 88, was nominated by his fellow Legion members to serve in the honorary position at the head of the parade.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Fire officials crack down on illegal fireworks

"Safe and sane" are the keywords this year when it comes to fireworks. Stanislaus County and Turlock City Fire Department officials will be on the lookout for anyone using or selling fireworks that do not carry the State Fire Marshal's "safe and sane" seal. Stanislaus County will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy for illegal fireworks.

June 29, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Crop revenue down in 2009

Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner Gary Caseri made a prediction after the release of the 2008 crop report. He predicted that 2009 would be a bad year for local farmers.

June 29, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


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


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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


Monte Vista Plaza signs get upsize approval

Tenants of the Monte Vista Plaza, which plays host to shops such as Amazing Nails and Spa and Dean's Pizza, will soon be receiving a facelift as their signs will be several inches bigger to increase visibility from the road.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mike Lynch honored by Cal Chamber

Turlocker Mike Lynch has long been involved in the political and government sphere, but this year marks the first time he is being recognized by the California Chamber of Commerce as a Small Business Advocate of the Year - just one of four individuals selected from among the 480 chambers that comprise Cal Chamber.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City continues to cutback water use

As local students trickle back into the classrooms for another year of school, the water in the City of Turlock aquatic playgrounds will also dribble to a stop as the City makes efforts to conserve during the state's ongoing drought.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Almonds take top spot in county

Stanislaus County's Annual Crop and Livestock Report for 2013 revealed yet another record breaking year for agricultural commodities, mainly in fruit and tree crops. The report, which was released yesterday morning, also marks the first year that the almond industry overtook milk production for the number one commodity spot.

August 12, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Larsa likely to keep permit despite neighbor complaints

Larsa Banquet Hall is three substantiated noise complaints away from having their Conditional Use Permit revoked pending an upcoming hearing at the Stanislaus County Planning Commission in October.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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