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USDA to relax school lunch requirements

Barack isn't the only Obama whose policies are being kicked to the curb under the Trump administration. In a move to roll back former first lady Michelle Obama's healthy lunch initiative, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide greater flexibility in nutrition requirements for school meal programs in an effort to make food choices not only healthy for students, but more appealing.

May 05, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Planning recommends rezoning in northwest Turlock

When the City of Turlock adopted the Northwest Triangle Specific Plan in 1995, the area that is now known as Monte Vista Crossings was made up mainly of agricultural land. Today the area is Turlock's most successful retail shopping center and it attracts visitors from around the region, as well as those traveling along Highway 99. The steady growth of the approximately 800 acres along Hwy 99 from Taylor Road to Fulkerth Road was made possible through the specific plan.

May 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Community panels part of City Manager search

Members of the community will take a larger part in choosing Turlock's next City Manager, following the City Council's approval of a process to select a replacement for current city manager Gary Hampton.

May 05, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Obamacare repeal one step closer after House approves GOP health bill

After months of infighting, the House on Thursday narrowly approved the Republican healthcare bill meant to repeal and replace key components of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans won the passage just six weeks after a vote on the first version of the bill, known as the American Health Care Act, was cancelled due to divisions in both parties about the measure.

May 04, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Outdoor water conservation tips for uses other than landscape irrigation

When considering outdoor water use, there are many ways to conserve in areas other than just landscape irrigation. Listed below, are suggestions for reducing water use outside the home.

April 28, 2017 | | Government


Denham commends repeal of regional transportation planning rule

Congressman Jeff Denham has lauded the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a bill which will repeal regulatory mandates on Metropolitan Planning Organizations and keep decision-making authority for transportation improvements at the local level.

April 27, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


State water management legislation moves forward

A bill that would restructure California water management is one step closer to becoming law, as AB 313 was unanimously approved by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife.

April 27, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Proper disposal of household hazardous waste

Many household hazardous products, such as oven cleaners, paint removers, pesticides, solvents and drain cleaners contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to both people and the environment. Improper disposal of HHW includes pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm drain or sewer systems, or in some cases placing them in the trash.

April 21, 2017 | | Government


Study reveals impact of nearly two decades of water cuts in California

Since 2000, water cuts instituted by environmental regulation have impacted communities statewide. A report released recently by the Southern California Water Committee and the Committee for Delta reliability reveals the inadvertent consequences of these cuts – showing the hardest hit are those who rely on agriculture to thrive, especially in the San Joaquin Valley.

April 21, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Local leaders talk immigration reform

After Monday night's town hall, Congressman Jeff Denham met a much more subdued crowd Wednesday morning as he, Assemblyman Heath Flora and County Supervisor Kristin Olsen highlighted the need for commonsense immigration reform at a roundtable discussion, addressing the critical role that immigrants play in small business, agriculture and other industries here in the Central Valley.

April 20, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Legislators recognize Armenian genocide

Members of the California Legislature commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on Monday, even as the United States of America continues to turn a blind eye to the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians.

April 18, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government


Rowdy crowd goes head-to-head with Denham at town hall

Healthcare, Russia and climate change were a few of the topics on District 10 constituents' minds as they filled the Larsa Banquet Hall Monday night, hungry for answers to their questions from Congressman Jeff Denham at the first town hall event held since President Donald Trump took office in January.

April 18, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


City of Turlock landscape watering hours

The City's current water schedule allows residents to water two days per week. Odd addresses are allowed to water on Wednesdays and Sundays. Even addresses are allowed to water on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday through Saturday.

April 14, 2017 | | Government


Tensions rise as Denham Town Hall approaches

Although District 10 constituents' calls for Congressman Jeff Denham to hold a Town Hall meeting have been answered, local opposition groups have still taken offense to the upcoming event which they claim is full of restrictions and limitations meant to hinder attendance.

April 14, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


New bill designed to pay for Vote Centers

In September of last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into effect Senate Bill 450, or the Voter's Choice Act, which will modernize California elections by providing voters with more options for when, where and how they cast a ballot by 2018. Now, the State Legislature has unveiled how counties will pay for new voting equipment to replace their outdated, aging voting systems with the Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2018.

April 13, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


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Doctor reimbursements, FFA funding included in approved state budget

California lawmakers gave final approval last week to a $183.2 billion state budget, which increases spending for public schools, healthcare and roads throughout the ...

June 20, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Online conservation course for water wasting violations, excessive use penalties

Residents receiving a penalty fine for water wasting or for excessive use can elect to take an online water conservation course to waive the first ...

June 16, 2017 | | Government


Proposed county budget includes over $30 million for road repairs

For years, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer Stan Risen has followed the tradition of presenting an inspirational quote along with the final budget proposal to ...

June 16, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Students help advance legislation to create official state nuts

Californians may be familiar with several of the state's official symbols, such as the state bird (the California quail), the state flower (the California ...

June 15, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Bill to change California fishing licenses applauded by locals

Fishing enthusiasts around the state may soon have reason to celebrate, as a widely-criticized law is set to be scrapped following the passage of a ...

June 13, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Hundreds of Turlockers assessed with water waster penalty

Over 600 Turlock families received a financial reminder this month that the City of Turlock is taking its water conservation efforts seriously.

June 13, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Denham target of healthcare bill protesters

A group of roughly 60 protesters lined the sidewalk in front of Dust Bowl Brewery Tuesday afternoon to protest Congressman Jeff Denham and his recent ...

May 09, 2017 | Frankie Tovar | Government


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