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Bird enthusiasts to scour California for Yellow-billed Magpies

Bird enthusiasts from throughout California will descend upon the state's Central Valley and Coastal Ranges to count Yellow-billed Magpies this weekend. Popular among birders and compelling for conservationists, the Yellow-billed Magpie lives only in California, and may be may experiencing a comeback after major declines due to habitat loss, West Nile Virus and pesticide use.

"The Yellow-billed Magpie is a great California bird, very popular among bird enthusiasts and the general public," said Andrea Jones, Audubon California's director of Important Bird Areas. "If we want to be sure that the Yellow-billed Magpie is part of California's future ...

May 31, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Face-to-face with child abuse

The strong smell of marijuana penetrates the air and drug paraphernalia is evident throughout the room.

May 31, 2011 | BY JASON CAMPBELL Special to the Journal | Local


Community gathers for annual Memorial Day celebration

Fallen soldiers from every American war since the Civil War were honored Monday at the Turlock Community Memorial Day celebration at Turlock Memorial Park.

May 31, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Remembering those we lost

Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Turlock has seen the tragic loss of three young men. Capt. Raymond Dwayne Hill II, 39, was the first death Turlock experienced and it was a sobering reminder about the real costs of war. Hill was with the National Guard and was killed in action on Oct. 29, 2005, from a roadside bomb that exploded near his Humvee while on patrol in Baghdad. He left behind a wife and two young daughters. He enjoyed working on classic cars, and was active in 4-H both as a member and as a ...

May 31, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Open Cockpit Day

Thousands of people visited Castle Air Museum's Open Cockpit Day in Atwater on Sunday. Visitors had the opportunity to see the inner workings of dozens of aircraft and military vehicles from WWII to modern planes, as well as take helicopter rides. There were also jump houses and ice cream for the kids.

May 31, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Winds prompt health advisory

The breezes that have been blowing through the area and keeping the temperatures down are also stirring up some health concerns.

May 27, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice

Three years after the Civil War ended Maj. Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic declared May 30 as Decoration Day, a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with "the choicest flowers of springtime."

May 27, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fair exhibitor deadlines approaching

While the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Stanislaus County Fair is still over a month away, exhibitor deadlines are quickly approaching.

May 27, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Horse travel not recommended due to herpes outbreak

Two weeks after the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reported that Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) has been confirmed in 10 horses in California, horse owners are being advised to avoid nonessential transport of their animals.

May 27, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Wet spring brings hidden dangers for Memorial Day weekend

This spring season's above average rainfall has led to an abundance of both grass and brush and high, swift and cold river flows - each brings its own danger to recreating Californians.

May 27, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Seat belt crackdown planned for busy travel days

Law enforcement throughout California, including the Turlock Police Department, will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization, through June 5.

May 24, 2011 | | Local


Gas prices dip in time for holiday travel

Gasoline prices have plummeted in the past week, just in time for Memorial Day travel, but drivers are still paying far more for gasoline now than they did a year ago.

May 24, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Equine Herpes found in California horses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) reported that Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), has been confirmed in 10 horses in California, in Kern, Placer, Stanislaus, Amador and Napa counties.

May 20, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Fair looking for Community Stage acts

The Stanislaus County Fair is looking for local talent to fill its 2011 Community Stage lineup.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


County seeks cyclist feedback

The Stanislaus Council of Governments, in the midst of drafting a non-motorized transportation plan for the region, is seeking feedback from county bike riders.

May 20, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


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Jessica’s House hosting tour

Jessica's House, the center that helps children and families through the grieving process, will host a "Tour of the Heart," an informal information session about the services offered at the Turlock facility.

May 19, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Local business adopts Osborn classrooms

Although ACE Cash Express is known throughout the community for providing payday loans and cash advances, the business has recently taken action to help out a relatively younger crowd: sixth graders at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Relay for Life event raises over $121K for cancer society

Approximately 800 community members participated in Turlock's Relay for Life at Pitman High School this past weekend, bringing in a net total of $121,000. Event coordinator Taylor Howard reported that she was very happy with this year's turnout, noting that everyone was happy to be there and participated in all of the activities. This year's fundraising efforts extended past one weekend, as nearly 200 students involved in Turlock High School's Relay for Life Club have also been busy fundraising since July to raise $30,710, according to advisor Kristin Bettencourt.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Business Alliance survey finds interest in growth, need for qualified employees

Stanislaus County employers are looking to grow according to data from the Stanislaus Business Alliance's first annual Local Industry report.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


VFW to pour beer at Fair Foundation booth for donation

While the Veterans of Foreign Wars will not have their traditional beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair this year, that doesn't mean they won't have a presence as members of the VFW will be voluntarily pouring beer at the Fair Foundation's beer booth.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


West Nile virus found in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tracy fire prompts health caution for Stanislaus County

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 19, 2015 | | Local


Workshop to look at fish passage on Tuolumne River

Local irrigation districts will hold a workshop on Wednesday to discuss fish passage in the Tuolumne River as part of the La Grange Dam licensing process.

May 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Memorial park asks public to adopt a flag

Since 1963 countless American flags have flown at the Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Memorial Day to honor the veterans who have sacrificed their lives to serve the United States of America.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock couple landscape with artificial turf, drought-resistant plants

This week the City of Turlock notified its rate payers that watering would be cut to two days a week with limited hours, a measure taken as a result of state mandated water conservation rules. However, this rule does not apply to at least one household in Turlock.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Several road projects ongoing, upcoming in Turlock

Driving through Turlock is becoming an obstacle of sorts as several construction projects are underway.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair student suffers major leg injury in bike collision

An 11-year-old boy riding his bicycle to school Thursday morning suffered a severe injury to his leg when he was hit by a truck.

May 15, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Local security company launches self-defense component

Name of Business: Liberty Private Security Inc. & Training Academy

May 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Central Park may soon house historic cannon

The Korean War era cannon that used to sit in front of the War Memorial Building may soon be moving to downtown Turlock. While the details of the historic cannon's relocation are still being considered, one thing is already clear: Turlock veterans want a say in the placement and presentation of the memorial.

May 14, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Bring on the rain

Turlock residents heading out to work Thursday morning were pleasantly surprised to find that they needed an umbrella. A short burst of rain in the morning was followed with a heavy downpour in the afternoon.

May 14, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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