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Local programs help emancipated foster youth to beat the statistics

This article is the first in a three-part series featuring former foster youth who have recently made the transition from foster care to adulthood, the challenges they face, and local organizations, schools and employers that are dedicated to providing a bridge for the dangerous gap existing between youth and emancipation.

July 29, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Hughson launches business incubator, brings back festival

The City of Hughson has taken a few hard hits in the past two years, but the Valley town is not down for the count. In fact, over the past six months the city has set the stage for a comeback.

July 29, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Industrial park to get new name in hopes of wooing businesses

Turlock's confusingly-named 2,500 acre industrial park – the Westside Industrial Specific Plan – hasn't seen as much interest from developers as the city had hoped for.

July 29, 2011 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Produce stands good for local economy, environment

Locally grown produce has been making headlines lately. Health magazines tout the benefits of eating small-farm and organic produce, chambers of commerce urge citizens to "buy local," and frugal moms blog about the money they save by buying at farmers' markets. And Turlock is right in the middle of the eating local frenzy, with a plethora of fruits and vegetables available at local produce stands.

July 29, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Eating too much sugar can increase heart disease risk factors, study finds

Adults who consume high levels of sugar have significantly elevated levels of several risk factors for heart disease, according to a new study by a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis and in Japan.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Nominees sought for organic and farmers’ market advisory committees

The California Department of Food and Agriculture currently has 18 vacancies on two advisory committees overseen by the department's Inspection and Compliance Branch. Vacancies are available on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee and the Certified Farmers' Market Advisory Committee.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Funding for farmers to improve air quality

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has $9.5 million in funding assistance available for California farmers seeking to make farm improvements that will help air quality, water quality or conserve water.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Streets closed for track maintenance

Union Pacific Railroad will be performing track maintenance on the section of railroad between Main Street and Olive Avenue, closing the intersections from Tuesday to Thursday.

July 29, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


National Night Out

The Turlock Police Department is encouraging people to take to the streets Tuesday and get to know their neighbors as part of the National Night Out celebration.

July 29, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Local


NAMIWalk: Making a difference

Stanislaus County teams were recently honored for raising the most funds during the National Alliance on Mental Illness' NAMIWalk Sacramento event.

July 29, 2011 | | Local


Fund to bring more fruits and vegetables to local ‘food deserts’

First Lady Michelle Obama announced partnerships last week that could potentially bring large grocery retailers to parts of Merced and Stanislaus counties. Obama joined major retailers to bring affordable healthy food to millions of people who were identified as living in areas where they are not likely to have access to fresh produce and other healthy food options.

July 26, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Friends remember local man with Giants trip

Fifty-four of the 42,262 San Francisco Giants fans that packed AT&T Park's stands on Sunday had more to celebrate than just their team's fourth straight series victory. For this special group of fans, the game was a way to remember their friend and loved one, Michael Wigt, who passed away on June 14.

July 26, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Local Boy Scouts trek through New Mexico wilderness

Two Boy Scout crews from Troop 451 in Turlock recently learned the difference between your normal, run-of-the-mill two or three day camping trip and what it means to actually survive in the wilderness.

July 26, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Homelessness more evident during summer months

As a Turlock man named Dalebert explained the series of events that led to his homelessness, he was surrounded by his belongings which took up considerable space at Denair Park in central Turlock. Scattered about was a random collection of things and household items. Dalebert doesn't have a home to put his belongings.

July 26, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Local organizations collect school supplies, backpacks for students in need

While summer is still in full swing, the new school year is just three weeks away and that means back to school shopping. For many families, however, the cost of backpacks and school supplies is overwhelming.

July 26, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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City of Turlock offers online water conservation course

Residents receiving a penalty fine for water wasting can elect to take an online water conservation course to waive the penalty. Only one such penalty waiver shall be allowed within any 24-month period.

July 24, 2015 | | Local


Junior lifeguard hopefuls make a splash in new waters

Students in the San Luis Reservoir Junior Lifeguard Program are diving to new depths in their endeavor to become junior lifeguards by engaging in extensive aquatic interaction, exploration and recreation outside of the pool.

July 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Almond industry takes steps towards becoming carbon neutral

California grown almonds are not only good tasting, but good for the environment too according to a new study by the University of California, Davis, which revealed that almond producers are making strides towards reducing carbon emissions.

July 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Progress underway at Lander Crossings

A new 45-foot tall sign will soon greet motorists as they travel past the Lander Avenue exit of Highway 99, a portent of what's to come at the Lander Crossings center.

July 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Campaign aims to raise $2.5 million for homeless shelter

The inside of the Turlock Gospel Mission's year-round shelter maybe just a maze of unfinished walls and doorways, but in Chris Kiriakou's mind's eye it is a fully functioning facility offering the services and security needed by the homeless community. Now it's just a matter of making it a reality.

July 24, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Dairy group continues push for change to milk pricing

Although an announcement made by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross introducing a short-term increase to the 4b or cheese milk price paid to dairy farmers was welcomed by producers throughout the state, the California Dairy Campaign is still emphasizing the need to join the federal milk marketing order.

July 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


City works to save trees while wells are down

Although the City of Turlock has adopted the motto 'brown is the new green' when it comes to outdoor water conservation efforts, city parks and landscaped areas in the north end of town are having trouble getting any water at all due to breakdowns at two non-potable wells.

July 23, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Kidnapped missionary credits prayers for rescue

After being kidnapped by several armed men at a school compound in Nigeria, American Free Methodist Church missionary Rev. Phyllis Sortor described herself as feeling lonely and disconnected throughout her first two days in captivity.

July 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Designer charms with unique, hand forged jewelry

Name of Business: Whitney Shelhamer

July 23, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Samaritans truck distributes free lunch to those in need

A survey administered by the United Samaritans Foundation found that 30 percent of individuals regard the free lunch that they receive from the organization's Daily Bread Mobile Food Truck as the only meal they will receive that day.

July 21, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


California records first West Nile death of the year

A senior citizen residing in Nevada City is the first confirmed death of 2015 from West Nile Virus, reported the California Department of Public Health.

July 21, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Fair draws record number of visitors

Nearly a quarter of a million visitors made their way to Turlock and the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds for the fair's annual 10-day this year, which included adrenaline-rushing rides, unforgettable celebrity concerts and countless exhibitions for all to enjoy.

July 21, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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