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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


From apple pies to midway rides, opening day delivers

Everyone has their reasons for attending the opening night of the Stanislaus County Fair.

July 16, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Opening day at the fair

The 2010 Stanislaus County Fair started their 10-day run on Friday amid sweltering heat. The triple digit temperatures did not, however, deter die-hard fair fanatics, who swarmed the corndog stands, petting zoo and midway.

July 16, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Summer classes encourage creativity

The Turlock Recreation Division is offering classes in drawing, baking and sculpting - just to name a few - for local youth to make the most of their summer vacation, however, attendance numbers remain low.

July 16, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Accident takes out power lines

A single vehicle roll over crash in Denair sheared off a power pole and started a small grass fire.

July 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Victim of fatal pile-up identified

The truck driver who was killed in a fiery pile-up on Highway 99 outside of Turlock has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office.

July 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Car crashes into canal

A driver who ran a red light ended up crashing his vehicle into a canal. The collision occurred around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Geer and Taylor roads and involved two vehicles. Both drivers were taken to the hospital following the crash.

July 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Seasonal jobs stabilize unemployment rate

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County stayed at a steady 17.3 percent for the month of June, according to the latest numbers from the Economic Development Department.

July 16, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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Locally grown products fulfill every Christmas wish

It is time to forget department stores and parking chaos, because fresh and locally grown products can make for the perfect gift for any and everyone during the holiday season.

December 16, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Rain topples pine giant

Karen Anderson got quite a scare Monday afternoon. The south Turlock resident was labeling cans in her kitchen when she heard a "swish, swish" sound and then "a big bang" before her whole house shook. She ran outside to find a giant tree had fallen into her yard, a foot away from hitting her house.

December 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Turlock teacher rescues man from Tuolumne River

A Turlock teacher is being credited with saving a man's life after pulling him from the cold waters of the Tuolumne River Sunday morning.

December 14, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


IN SERVICE

Army Pvt. Jared J. McDonald has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

December 12, 2014 | | Local


Longtime Turlocker makes Swedish potato sausage an annual tradition

In the meat section of Village Fresh Market there is a laminated paper posted on the back wall with Scandinavian dancers holding a Swedish flag that reads: "Swedish Potato Sausage." While it is unclear how long the paper has been there, Jim Stevens might be the person to ask.

December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fallen trees, flooding worst of storm for Turlock

The storm that dropped a deluge of rain on Turlock Thursday night may have felled some trees and caused localized street flooding in multiple areas of town, which kept city crews busy throughout the night, but on the whole left Turlock fairly unscathed, according to city officials.

December 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


California Cuts is a cut above

Name of Business: California Cuts

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Recent US citizen celebrates 104 birthday

Asiat Tamrazian has 32 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Thursday also marked her 104 birthday.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock teacher’s Feather Raft invention wins regional challenge

Dutcher Middle School teacher by day and Feather Raft inventor by night, Elias Ruiz, took home the grand price of $2,500 cash Wednesday evening as the winner of the first annual Stanislaus County Innovation Challenge.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


A BLUSTERY BLUNDER

What happens when you combine wind and rain? You get a hazardous combination. Just ask Turlocker Craig Mathews who found a dead tree uprooted on top of his truck Tuesday morning.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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