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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


Algae bloom causes big stink at Donnelly

Something is rotten in the pond of Donnelly.

September 14, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


DFI recalls cantaloupes due to Salmonella

DFI brand cantaloupes out of Huron, Calif. were recalled due to Salmonella contamination.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Reports TURLOCK JOURNAL | Local


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Air district looks to tighten wood burning regulations

The nights spent sitting by a warm fire could be even fewer this winter as the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District considers issuing more wood burning curtailments.

September 16, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock High accepts ice bucket challenge

Turlock High assistant principal Aaron Mello, student body president David Lazar and coaches James Peterson and Dave Mello underwent the ALS Association ice bucket challenge in front of the entire school on Friday during lunch break.

September 12, 2014 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Local


Policeman’s ball set for October

Tickets for the Turlock Policeman's Ball are currently on sale for at a discounted price.

September 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Every drop counts

As drought conditions continue, the City of Turlock encourages water users to implement one new water saving activity per day. You'll be surprised how much you save. And even if the savings are small, it's important that we all do our part because "Every Drop Counts." Here are a few tips to get you started:

September 12, 2014 | | Local


West Nile virus reports remain high

The number of individuals sickened with the West Nile virus in California continues to climb as the rates of infected mosquitoes reaches previously unseen levels, the California Department of Public Health reported.

September 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Neighborhood of family tragedy given grief support

Jessica's House, the non-profit Turlock grief support organization, held a community forum and remembrance ceremony for the Turlock neighborhood shaken by the death of three family members in a hit and run collision.

September 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mountain lion could be hunting in the area

The reports from some rural residents that a mountain lion has been prowling around the area just gained some substantiation with the death of a horse in the Hilmar area.

September 12, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Locals find mental, physical strength at Combat Zone Fitness

Name of Business: Combat Zone Fitness

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


PET PARADE PLANNED

Local dog owners will have an opportunity to wag and walk their way from Pet Extreme to the newest dog park in Turlock - Swanson Centennial Dog Park - on Sept. 20. The City will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new facility as well as stage several vendors through which locals can browse prior to playing with their pups at the new park. This event is open to the public and no registration is necessary.

September 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Weekend festival will showcase the city of Hughson

Downtown Hughson invites everyone in the community for entertainment, food, and fun for the 4th Annual Hughson Harvest Festival on Sept. 20 and 21. The festival will provide information and educational opportunities, as well as fun activities, throughout the weekend to highlight the strong community values that are inherent to the Hughson area.

September 11, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Effort to care for area’s wildlife marks 30 years

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center is celebrating their 30th anniversary by giving residents the chance to get acquainted with the various animals that roam the rivers, skies, and lands in Stanislaus County.

September 11, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Rim Fire effects linger a year later

It has been over one year since the largest fire in Sierra Nevada history claimed over 400 square feet of land over in the Tuolumne River Basin, and although the fire was declared fully contained in October, the community is still experiencing the effects of the devastating wildfire.

September 11, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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