The Stanislaus County Fairgrounds will soon be abuzz with all things Assyrian- food, historical exhibits and live entertainment-as the 2015 Central Valley Assyrian Festival strives to make a lasting impression in Turlock by immersing the community in the "culture that started it all."
Director and producer Juan Carlos Oseguera hopes that his documentary film "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle" will not only personify the water shortage afflicting the state, but enlighten individuals about the severity of the drought that has been scorching the region for the past four years.
The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
Turlock Fire Chief Tim Lohman celebrated his retirement on Friday at Turlock Fire Station 1 among family, friends and the local community. During the ceremony, Lohman said that he could not have done anything without his family and advised his fellow firefighters to enjoy every minute of their careers and to not "sweat the small stuff." Having served in the Turlock Fire Department for the past 35 years, Lohman now plans to assume a new position as the chief executive officer of the almond cooperative Northern Merced Hulling Association.
The City of Turlock has revamped its Home Water Survey Kits and they have just arrived. These water survey kits are a great way for residents to audit their water usage themselves. It will allow customers to see how efficient they are with their water use as well as identify areas for improvement.
Members of the Turlock Lions Club raised $4,500 through multiple fundraising efforts, including their annual crab feed and wine booth at the Stanislaus County Fair, in order to donate a new set of bleachers at Pitman High School's swimming pool. The Turlock Lions Club believes in giving back to the community and hopes that the new bleachers will allow for bigger events and more people, said former president Brian Kennedy.
When the state reduced the state prison population by releasing non-violent felons back onto the streets in October 2011 - as well as shoving probation duties onto counties - local police and sheriffs' departments were unprepared. Places like Stanislaus County didn't have programs in place.
August 13, 2015|
By Jeff Benziger