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Harvest season boosts hiring in county

A seasonal upswing in manufacturing and agricultural hiring sent Stanislaus County's unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly four years.

September 21, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mobile veteran’s clinic plans stop in Turlock

Local veterans looking to enroll or learn more about Veteran's Administration services and benefits will have that opportunity when the VA Mobile Medical Outreach Clinic rolls into town Friday.

September 21, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Daisy gets a trimming courtesy of tranquilizers

How do you trim the hooves of a 1,200-pound Watusi bovine who could use her 5-foot-4 spread of horns as lethal weapons quicker than a snort? Very carefully – as was demonstrated last week at the yard of the Modesto Seventh Street Livestock Auction and Flea Market yard.

September 18, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


White-crown sparrows herald coming of fall

When I was a kid I was excited about September because that's when school started - and it also meant a reprieve from farm labor. My dad was an almond farmer and back in those days the whole family helped with the harvest.

September 18, 2012 | BY LINDA FRUGE Community Contributor | Local


CALIFORNIA AG LAND VALUES REACH RECORD HIGH

California's average farm real estate was valued at $7,200 per acre, based on surveys of California farmers and ranchers. This is an all time record high for California and $300 above the previous record set in 2011. Annual farm real estate values have continually increased since 1994, the last time it dipped below the previous year's value. Irrigated cropland, at $12,000 per acre, increased $500 per acre compared with the 2011 estimated value. Non-irrigated cropland, at $3,550 per acre, was down 1.4 percent from last year. All cropland, at $9,810 per acre, was ...

September 18, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Turlock store finds success with men’s apparel

Name of business: Camara's Clothier

September 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Litter removal campaign makes way into California

The non-profit group Pick Up America is headed toward the Central Valley to help with the removal of trash from the area's roadways and highways.

September 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Crowds flock to city pools

The City of Turlock's summer swim programs experienced one of their busiest years ever in 2012 – despite one pool being closed for half of the season.

September 18, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Motorcyclist killed in solo crash

The California Highway patrol is investigating a motorcycle crash that occurred Monday night just outside of Turlock that claimed the life of the rider.

September 18, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rotarians deliver purification systems to 500 Dominican households

Nearly one billion people have no access to clean, safe water. In the developing world, finding a reliable source of safe water is often time-consuming and expensive to obtain. Helping to alleviate the problem in some small measure, the Rotary Club of Turlock, donated and dispensed water purification systems to as many as 500 households in the Dominican Republic.

September 18, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Calafia should stay put, says Arts Commission

She is loved by some, and disliked by others. One local business owner even wants her gone. The 14-foot statue of Calafia, which has welcomed visitors to downtown Turlock for the last seven years, isn't ready to part from its home, just yet. During Thursday's Arts Commission meeting, commissioners voted to recommend to the Turlock City Council that Calafia not be relocated from downtown Turlock.

September 14, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Turlock Gospel Mission director steps down

The Turlock Gospel Mission's founding executive director, who has led the organization from a modest nightly meal offering to a group on the verge of opening a full-time shelter building, has stepped down from his post.

September 14, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


District seeks new technology proposals

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has opened up funding of $4 million for new emission-reduction proposals through its Technology Advancement Program.

September 14, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


Zuzu puts local ingredients into award-winning sweets

Urbandictionary.com defines zuzu as both a slang term for candies and as a descriptor meaning "superfantasticlywondeful in a fantabulistic way." So, naturally Valerie Lamke thought it was the perfect name for her new confections company.

September 14, 2012 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Park neighbors fed up with noise

Turlock parks are a haven for many families who host barbecues, birthday parties, and playdates at the many neighborhood park locations - with Crane Park on Canal Drive being one of the most popular. While families are out celebrating during the weekends, residents surrounding Crane Park are fed up with the excess noise and are demanding that policies be put into place.

September 14, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


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Local sorority aims for equality for disabled

The sisters of the Alpha Pi Sigma sorority at California State University, Stanislaus are working to increase awareness and equality for disabled individuals through their newfound partnership with The Society for Disabilities.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Spring into the Easter holiday with family themed events

Spring is in the air and jelly beans are on the shelves of grocery stores across the country which means Easter is fast approaching.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Outlook sunny for Modesto to Los Angeles flights

Nonstop flights between the cities of Modesto and Los Angeles are closer to becoming a reality, says DestinationLAX - a campaign striving to collect $1 million in nonbinding pledges as proof that the local community would support the new air service.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Merced County honors local volunteers

Last week may have been National Volunteer Week but the efforts made by local individuals and organizations in Merced County are lasting contributions that will boost the local community all year long.

April 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


FUN RUN

The Turlock Chaplaincy held their fifth annual 5K/10K Fun Run Saturday with more than 100 participants joining in the festivities.

April 15, 2014 | | Local


Dry weather has CAL FIRE prepping for busy season

In preparation for what is expected to be a busier than normal fire season the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is adding more fire fighters to their ranks.

April 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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