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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


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


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Lazar honored as elected official of the year by Latino Roundtable

Before his term in office comes to an end Mayor John Lazar will leave his post in Turlock and head to Modesto to be recognized by the Latino Community Roundtable as their elected official of the year.

October 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Here come the pumpkins

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock delivered 600 pumpkins to Cunningham Elementary on Friday. The service club has been donating the fall gourds to students at Cunningham for the past 26 years. This year, R.A.M. Farms donated half of the pumpkins, with the Kiwanis Club purchasing the rest. Each Cunningham student was allowed to choose a pumpkin to take home.

October 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


America says no to cappuccino potato chips

Turlock native Chad Scott has lost his bid to become America's latest taste maker and along with it his hopes for the million dollar prize.

October 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Romson’s offers restaurant-quality cuisine at a food truck price

Name of Business: Romson's Kebab

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Keyes to host first fall parade in 30 years

After more than three decades the Keyes community is joining together to reprise the fall traditions of decades past on Saturday with the Keyes Fall Festivities Parade which hasn't taken place in the town since 1981.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Off Center thrift shop raises $500,000 for local nonprofits

On Wednesday afternoon Off Center Thrift & Gift was teeming with people, but they weren't the usual shoppers hunting for a good deal. They were the volunteers, contributors, and board of directors that have made the local thrift shop a philanthropic powerhouse in the Turlock community.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Cheese to host hiring fair for Turlock, Hilmar sites

Hilmar Cheese is extending the roots of its operation into Turlock, looking to grow its production personnel and provide employment opportunities for Valley workers.

October 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Former Turlock Journal pressman, missionary celebrates 100th birthday

Duane Johnson is the last person to let his age get in the way. Having just celebrated his 100th birthday with over 50 friends this past weekend, the Turlock resident continues to view age as just a number.

October 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


New chapter for WSM

Although Westside Ministries founder JoLynn DiGrazia recently made the announcement that she will step down from her position as director, she assured guests at the organization's 30th anniversary party this past weekend that she is not going anywhere anytime soon.

October 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


The final chapter: Candidates’ stories take shape as Election Day approaches

Elections are largely about the narratives candidates tell according to Stephen Routh, professor and chair of the Politics Department at California State University, Stanislaus.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock dairyman wins national trophy

Gilbert Teixeira was named the 73rd winner of the Klussendorf Trophy, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States.

October 21, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Former SF Giants manager to make an appearance at Dick’s in Turlock

Dick's Sporting Goods may have nearly 600 stores in the country but there is only one Dusty Baker who will be appearing at the grand opening of Turlock's newest athletic store during Halloween weekend.

October 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Pets saved due to donation of resuscitator

The donation of an animal resuscitator made by the Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter is credited with helping to save several pets that were in a recent Ceres house fire.

October 21, 2014 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


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