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Local farmers invite public to learn more about alpacas

Alpaca farmers around the Central Valley are tidying up their ranches, dusting off their spinning looms, and getting their animals photo-ready for National Alpaca Farm Days.

September 25, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


Business, economic leaders keynote 2012 summit

The fifth year of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Summit could be the best yet.

September 25, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Library hosts harvest storytime

On Saturday, storyteller BZ Smith and musician Peg Reza brought fall harvest stories to life at the Turlock Library. With a ukulele at hand, Reza strummed her heart out while dozens of children sang, danced, and practiced sign language to the melodies. The storytelling and sing-along event was sponsored by the Friends of the Turlock Library.

September 25, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


A garden grows in Oakdale

In an area known for good soil and a climate for premiere farming, there lays a plot of thriving and meticulously tended to plants just off one of Oakdale's main thoroughfares. The crop of choice for this urban gardener: medicinal marijuana and his own blend of "purple lush" and "cherry pie" varietals for a high-potency cannabis.

September 25, 2012 | BY RICHARD PALOMA Turlock Journal | Local


Suddenly Perfect: Beauty, style in relaxing setting

Name of business: Suddenly Perfect Salon and Boutique

September 25, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


IRS gives drought-stricken farmers, ranchers more time to replace livestock

Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales.

September 25, 2012 | | Local


USDA discrimination claim filing period open

Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims between Sept. 24 and March 25, 2013.

September 24, 2012 | | Local


Pitman High Homecoming 2012

Pitman High School celebrated homecoming Friday with a drubbing of the Franklin High Yellow Jackets.

September 21, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Council bridges culture gap for county Latinos during times of crisis

In an emergency, every second matters.

September 21, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock Shines seeks volunteers for annual cleanup event

After 105 years of being one of the most maintained cities, Turlock is undergoing a massive makeover from head to toe.

September 21, 2012 | Nancy Angel | Local


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


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Turlock dancing stars delight crowd, rake in the donations

The performers for the inaugural Dancing with the Turlock Stars did the cha-cha, the hustle, the flamenco, and in general thrilled the capacity crowd Saturday night as they raised thousands of dollars for the Salvation Army.

September 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


TID looks at electric rate hike

Electric service rates could increase next year, after a review of Turlock Irrigation District's preliminary budget for the 2015 financial year. The possibility of a 5 percent increase in rates, which will be used to address a forecasted revenue shortfall of $16.7 million, will be the focus of a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 2.

September 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Cars, coffee and charity

An annual event aimed at sharing a love of fine automobiles took a philanthropic turn this year as Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance, in collaboration with Hagerty Insurance, raised funds for pancreatic research in memory of late Turlock High aquatics coach Steve Feaver.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Public workgroup to assess conservation fund use in Stanislaus County

The East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District is hosting a Local Workgroup Meeting on Monday to get feedback from the community on how to best use federal funds through the Farm Bill's Environmental Quality Incentive Program.

September 23, 2014 | | Local


Hispanic Heritage Month celebration set for Thursday

The Latino Community Roundtable and Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are holding a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at World Tile Design Showroom, 728 S. Center St., in Turlock.

September 23, 2014 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Peace Walk comes to Turlock

Bakersfield native Luke Wonderly is embarking on a cross country journey spreading a message of peace that he hopes will end with a presidential visit.

September 23, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Tastes of the Valley to benefit agriculture education

Agriculture is a big part of life in Stanislaus County, and the fruits of the recent harvest will take center stage next week in an event to support two ag-centered entities - Friends of the Stanislaus County Fair Foundation and the Agriculture Studies Department of California State University, Stanislaus.

September 23, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Volunteers to help make Turlock shine

Spring may be the traditional season in which to clean-up, but locals will get a chance to come together and beautify the town on Saturday for the seventh annual Turlock Shines event.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mountain lion evades search efforts

A mountain lion spotted in an east Turlock neighborhood Sunday night continues to roam free in parts unknown as officials suspended their search Monday.

September 22, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Befriend an alpaca on National Alpaca Farm Days

Community members who want to get up close with an alpaca will have their chance this Sunday and Monday at Macedo's Mini Acre as part of National Alpaca Farm Days.

September 22, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


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