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Shelter a problem for homeless in summer months

Between the months of March to November, local homeless have a hard time finding a place to lay their heads at night.

July 27, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


The end of an era

Chaos. That's the only word for the current real estate market, according to Bob Endsley, owner of Turlock's Coldwell Banker Endsley & Associates.There are fewer homebuyers. Overhead costs are steadily increasing, due to a push for expensive, high-tech virtual house hunting options. The recession shows no signs of letting up."This has been going on now for over four years and it's just gotten to the point…" Endsley trailed off.Endsley and Associates, a Turlock institution for more than 33 years has been scraping to make ends meet for some time, Endsley said. Where past downturns were ...

July 27, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Zumba craze hits Turlock

The 20 or so women in Tiffany Ramirez's Friday morning class were a little out of breath as they followed along to her fast-paced Latin dance moves. One second they were pretending to play a bongo, the next they were jumping up and down, bending into squats and shaking their butts. Their hips never stopped moving throughout the routine, and by 10 minutes in most had broken a sweat.

July 23, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


Dairy producers lobby for price stabilization act

Agreement was reached among dairy producers from around the country earlier this week after they met in Chicago to discuss the need for an effective nationwide dairy inventory management program.

July 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Labor of love

Members of the Turlock City Fire Department painted two goalie boxes on Friday in hopes of delivering the donated sports equipment to Wakefield Elementary School before their Aug. 16 start date.

July 23, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Local chefs vie for top honors in fair cooking contests

Everyone knows the Stanislaus County Fair has food galore. The cotton candy, corn dogs, and caramel apples vendors clog the aisles, while fresh fruits, veggies, and preserves are displayed prominently in exhibit halls.

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


RV center owner says he is victim of smear campaign

The owner of a Turlock RV store under investigation by the Department of Motor Vehicles says he is the victim of a malicious campaign waged by his competitors and state officials in an effort to shutter his doors permanently.

July 23, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TID loses GM to Austin Energy

Turlock Irrigation District General Manager Larry Weis announced Thursday he will leave the district to become general manager of Austin Energy in Austin, Texas.

July 23, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


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


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Turlock Police launch new mobile app

The Turlock Police Department is rolling out a new crime prevention and information tool for the public and it's right at your fingertips.

January 20, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Report points the way to secure ag future

As the 114th United States Congress settles into session, the Family Farm Alliance aims to guide the steps legislators should take towards securing the agricultural future of family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in the 17 Western states.

January 20, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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