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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


Donations down for nonprofits

More than 18 percent of the county is unemployed. Stanislaus County has the second highest foreclosure rate in the state. Businesses around town are closing their doors.

June 15, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Hilmar teen crowned Dairy Princess

The California Milk Advisory Board's District 6 has finally put their search for the next Dairy Princess to an end. Natalie Sanders of Hilmar was crowned Dairy Princess and Miss Vitality on Thursday in front of a crowd of 350 dairy industry members and their families.

June 15, 2010 | Staff Reports Turlock Journal | Local


Fire in Turlock

June 14, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Six challengers seek Hughson City Council seats in recall election

At the end of the candidacy filing period on Thursday, six Hughson residents submitted their applications to fight for a seat on the City Council in the Aug. 24 recall election.

June 11, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Wind fuels farm fire

Eight fire departments responded to a barn fire that got out of hand on Friday afternoon. The fire started in the barn of a Turlock farm located off of Bradbury and Mitchell roads around 4 p.m. The wind picked up the fire, destroying three buildings on the farm and then the flames jumped across the street to a house, said Kevin Blount, Mt. View fire chief. The roof of the house and surrounding grass caught fire. There was also a diesel fuel leak at the fire sight. The eight fire departments that were present were Turlock Rural, Denair, Ceres ...

June 11, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


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Big rig collision injures one

A collision between a big-rig truck and a sedan on Geer Road left a 19-year-old Turlock woman hospitalized with major injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


City braces for impact of big storm

In the words of a salty old sea captain, it's time to batten down the hatches because a big storm is brewing.

December 09, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Doctors buy Turlock office park in $4.4 million record deal

The largest commercial real estate sale in Turlock in the last decade closed on Tuesday at $4.4 million as three doctors purchased the 4.48 acre Turlock Professional Office Park to pursue their dental, orthodontic, and oral surgery practices.

December 09, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Almonds $21 billion industry in California

For the first time ever, the University of California Agricultural Issues Center was able to accurately define the economic impact of the almond industry throughout the state. The results: Over 100,000 jobs created and more than $21 billion gross revenue.

December 09, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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