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U.S. Forest Service increases its firefighting aircraft fleet as fire season begin

In the face of what is shaping up to be a catastrophic fire season in the Southwest, the U.S. Forest Service is adding four additional aircraft to its next-generation firefighting fleet, bringing the total amount of aircraft to 21 large airtankers (with opportunities to add additional aircraft, if needed) and more than 100 helicopters. The new aircraft will enter service in the coming weeks and support over 10,000 firefighters for the 2014 wildfire season.

May 20, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


District 6 looks to crown 2014 Dairy Princess

Five young women will compete for the title of Dairy Princess during ceremonies at the upcoming District 6 Dairy Princess Contest. The gala event will be held June 18, at Our Lady of the Assumption Hall, 2602 S Walnut Rd. in Turlock.

May 19, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


BIKE TO WORK WEEK

Celebrating the national "Bike to Work Week," community members joined together on Friday at the Turlock Farmers Market for a bicycle tour of Turlock. City leaders, residents, police officers, children and bike-lovers of all ages went along for the ride, with many holding signs reading "Turlock Farmers Market Loves Bicycles", "Bike to Work, Burn Fat Not Fuel"," "Today's Forecast: 15 percent increase in productivity for bicycle riders", and more. The City of Turlock has also taken an interest in biking, as City staff work on developing the City's Bicycle Master Plan that will improve safety throughout the community ...

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Farmers balk at giving up pumping info

Throughout California, water issues have remained at the center of policy makers' discussions not only at the state level, but amongst local jurisdictions.

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Model airplane festival returns to Castle

Castle Airport will be flooded with planes next weekend - although they will be miniature in size. The 17th Annual International Miniature Aircraft Association District 10 West Coast Festival 2014 will be held May 22-25 at Castle Airport.

May 16, 2014 | | Local


Explosion injures Turlock repairman

A 60-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after an explosion in a refrigeration unit at a Turlock grocery store.

May 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


CONSERVATION CORNER: Water use efficiency measures for the home

The average household uses approximately 260 gallons of water per day. A significant amount of that use occurs in the kitchen and bathroom. Lengthy showers, older appliances and fixtures, and overuse of the water tap are just a few of the water wasting activities that occur in these areas of the home.

May 16, 2014 | | Local


Stewardship tour highlights almond industry innovation, challenges

Hundreds of almond orchards flank the entrance of Stewart and Jasper, an almond processing facility on the West Side of the San Joaquin Valley. Follow the long drive and eventually those almond orchards are replaced with a more unique crop: solar panels.

May 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


County’s unemployment rate heads downward

April brought in some welcome news for Stanislaus County as the unemployment level took a significant dip for the month, according to the latest report from the Employment Development Department.

May 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


New tenants to fill vacant shopping centers

After several years of abandoned shops and declined activity, two Turlock shopping centers will soon see better days as three new tenants, including a Berkeley-based outlet supermarket, make plans to improve each complex.

May 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Firefighters seek donations in 'Fill the Boot' campaign

Turlock Firefighters Local 2434 will be hosting its annual Fill the Boot fundraiser to benefit the Random Acts of Kindness program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the intersections surrounding Monte Vista Crossings. Firefighters will be asking passersby to 'fill their boot' with donations for the Random Acts of Kindness program. Funds donated go to support numerous community programs, such as the annual Turlock Christmas Parade and upgrading equipment for children in Turlock Unified School District. Every dollar donated goes directly back into the Turlock community.

May 15, 2014 | | Local


The Good Samaritan: Custodian returns $3K in found money

A man in Clovis spent over a year wondering where he left his jacket - and the $3,400 in cash in the pocket of that jacket after attending a Modesto Model A's Swap Meet event at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. That is until a Turlock High School custodian found it at the school and turned in the jacket and hefty wad of cash.

May 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Scholarships benefit graduating foster youth

During her life, Grace Bishop was not only a founding board member of local foster youth agency Creative Alternatives, she was also one of the most passionate advocates for helping the hundreds of kids served by the agency.

May 15, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Firefighters train for wildland blazes

The drought conditions that have kept fields and orchards parched are also setting the stage for what could be a very busy and intense fire season.

May 15, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Local dentist offers free services on Saturday

Maintaining good oral hygiene is an important component of taking care of one's health and local dentist Dr. Robert McCulla is helping make dental care accessible for those without insurance or the means to afford dental care by hosting a Dentistry from the Heart event.

May 15, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


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Jessica’s House hosting tour

Jessica's House, the center that helps children and families through the grieving process, will host a "Tour of the Heart," an informal information session about the services offered at the Turlock facility.

May 19, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Local business adopts Osborn classrooms

Although ACE Cash Express is known throughout the community for providing payday loans and cash advances, the business has recently taken action to help out a relatively younger crowd: sixth graders at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Relay for Life event raises over $121K for cancer society

Approximately 800 community members participated in Turlock's Relay for Life at Pitman High School this past weekend, bringing in a net total of $121,000. Event coordinator Taylor Howard reported that she was very happy with this year's turnout, noting that everyone was happy to be there and participated in all of the activities. This year's fundraising efforts extended past one weekend, as nearly 200 students involved in Turlock High School's Relay for Life Club have also been busy fundraising since July to raise $30,710, according to advisor Kristin Bettencourt.

May 19, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Business Alliance survey finds interest in growth, need for qualified employees

Stanislaus County employers are looking to grow according to data from the Stanislaus Business Alliance's first annual Local Industry report.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


VFW to pour beer at Fair Foundation booth for donation

While the Veterans of Foreign Wars will not have their traditional beer booth at the Stanislaus County Fair this year, that doesn't mean they won't have a presence as members of the VFW will be voluntarily pouring beer at the Fair Foundation's beer booth.

May 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


West Nile virus found in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County health officials confirmed a dead bird found in Modesto earlier this month tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the presence of the debilitating disease in the region earlier than the previous year.

May 19, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tracy fire prompts health caution for Stanislaus County

A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.

May 19, 2015 | | Local


Workshop to look at fish passage on Tuolumne River

Local irrigation districts will hold a workshop on Wednesday to discuss fish passage in the Tuolumne River as part of the La Grange Dam licensing process.

May 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Memorial park asks public to adopt a flag

Since 1963 countless American flags have flown at the Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Memorial Day to honor the veterans who have sacrificed their lives to serve the United States of America.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock couple landscape with artificial turf, drought-resistant plants

This week the City of Turlock notified its rate payers that watering would be cut to two days a week with limited hours, a measure taken as a result of state mandated water conservation rules. However, this rule does not apply to at least one household in Turlock.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Several road projects ongoing, upcoming in Turlock

Driving through Turlock is becoming an obstacle of sorts as several construction projects are underway.

May 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair student suffers major leg injury in bike collision

An 11-year-old boy riding his bicycle to school Thursday morning suffered a severe injury to his leg when he was hit by a truck.

May 15, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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