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Even with the rain, California may face another year of drought

The last weeks have seen a welcome amount of rain and snowfall in California. However, that doesn't mean that we are out of the woods, so to speak, with regard to the drought. The Department of Water Resources conducted the winter's first media-oriented manual snow survey on Dec. 30, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the winter will largely determine whether California's drought will be entrenched for a fifth year.

January 08, 2016 | | Government

City looks to expand airport runway

A runway widening project at the Turlock Municipal Airport will be under consideration by the Turlock City Council on Tuesday, the first council meeting of 2016.

January 08, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Commission reaches split-vote on Sacred Heart street abandonment request

A proposal filed by Sacred Heart Church to abandon Cooper Avenue between Oak and Rose streets was met with conflicting opinions among the Turlock Planning Commission, who disagreed on whether or not the petition conformed to the Turlock General Plan.

January 07, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government

Governor proposes record-high $122 billion budget

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a record high $122.6 billion General Fund budget plan for 2016-17 - an increase of $6 billion over last year - that makes significant increases in funding for education, health care and state infrastructure, while bolstering the state's Rainy Day Fund and paying down state debts and liabilities. Along with the increased spending, however, the Governor also urged fiscal restraint.

January 07, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Kristin Olsen opts out of race for Senate District 5

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen announced Monday that she will not be running for office at the end of her term in 2016.

January 05, 2016 | Natalie Winters | Government

USDA conducts nationwide honeybee survey

The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service will embark on its second month gathering information on honey bee colonies across the nation in hopes of promoting honey bee health and reducing colony losses during winter to no more than 15 percent within 10 years.

December 31, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government

Sacred Heart asks City to abandon street

A request for the City of Turlock to relinquish a portion of Cooper Avenue between Oak and Rose streets in order to allow Sacred Heart Church to consolidate two private school campuses has proven to be a source of frustration for a number of neighbors in the east Turlock area.

December 31, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government

New Year brings in new laws for 2016

The ushering in of the New Year sees a bevy of new laws take effect in California that cover a variety of issues. There are new restrictions on carrying guns in the state and those making minimum wage are seeing a bump in their pay. It's also now harder for parents to get vaccine exemptions and getting a referendum on the ballot will be a bit more costly.

December 31, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Government

City moves forward with downtown parking study

The City of Turlock is one step closer to securing upgraded parking options in the downtown area after Turlock City Council voted earlier this month to approve an agreement with TJKM Transportation Consultants for the development of a Downtown Parking Plan.

December 29, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Government

USDA shares 2015 results: Building a stronger rural America through partnership, progress and promis

This year, millions of rural businesses and families were positively impacted by U.S. Department of Agriculture investments in their communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a list of USDA's top achievements in 2015, demonstrating USDA's efforts to help farmers and ranchers bring their products to tables domestically and abroad, build critical infrastructure in America's rural areas, conserve our nation's natural resources through long-lasting partnerships, and continuously work toward improving the lives of all Americans.

December 24, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Government

Turlock Courthouse to reopen in 2016

Reeling from unprecedented budget cuts at the state level, the Stanislaus County Superior Court closed Turlock's courthouse in 2009 until "budget issues were resolved." The closure was expected to last one year, according to the Court. Nearly seven years later, the Turlock Courthouse is finally reopening.

December 22, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Congratulations Turlock, you conserved 33% in November

After three straight months of not meeting the State's 32 percent reduction target, Turlock water customers delivered in November with a 33 percent water savings. While a well-deserved congratulations is due, we must continue to be diligent with water conservation efforts.

December 18, 2015 | | Government

Proposed county road tax spending formula benefits Turlock

Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth has said since he first started campaigning for public office in 2014 that he would only support a countywide road tax if the spending formula guarantees funds would be spent on Turlock road projects. Soiseth is ready to support such a tax as the Stanislaus Council of Governments put forth a potential spending formula on Wednesday that calls for sales tax revenue generated in Turlock staying in Turlock with complete local control over which projects would be funded.

December 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Traffic Calming Program receives some interest in first few months

Responding to numerous requests to slow speeding drivers in neighborhoods across Turlock, the City Council adopted the city's first ever Traffic Calming Program in September. Since its adoption, nine residents have requested information about the new program, which provides a way for traffic calming measures like speed bumps to be installed on city streets at the expense of the requestor. Seven of those requests came from residents in the north area of town and two in the southeast, according to Development Services Director and City Engineer Mike Pitcock, who gave an update on the program to the City Council ...

December 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

It’s raining, it’s pouring, sprinkler systems should be snoring

It is highly recommended to turn off sprinkler systems during the rainy season. This is an easy way to conserve water, without jeopardizing the health of your lawn and plants. With the cooler temperatures, moisture in the air, and amount of rain the area has received there is not a need to have sprinkler systems running.

December 11, 2015 | | Government

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Council approves 15% water rate increase

City of Turlock water customers will be paying 15 percent more starting Jan. 1, 2017, following the City Council's decision on Tuesday to approve ...

October 25, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government

City’s email server goes down

The City of Turlock's email system unexpectedly went down Monday, effectively halting all electronic communications for all the city departments.

October 25, 2016 | | Government

Lewis seeks fifth term as City Treasurer

For the fifth time, City of Turlock Treasurer Diana Lewis is hoping to be elected by the community to take care of the City's ...

October 25, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government

New watering schedule beginning Nov. 1

The City of Turlock's winter watering schedule will go into effect Nov. 1 and will continue until Feb. 28. The winter watering schedule limits ...

October 21, 2016 | | Government

Water rate increase on tap for 2017

City of Turlock residents will be paying 15 percent more for water starting Jan. 1, should the City Council affirm the scheduled rate increase at ...

October 21, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Vogel, Flora face off in final candidate forum

When choosing who they would like to represent California's 12th District in the upcoming State Assembly election, voters will pick between two very similar ...

October 20, 2016 | Angelina Martin | Government

State Water Board reschedules public hearings on flow proposal

The State Water Resources Control Board this week rescheduled public hearings to receive input on a proposal to allocate 40 percent of unimpaired flows along ...

October 20, 2016 | Alysson Aredas | Government

Downtown parking meeting highlights need for better signage

The City of Turlock is seeking public input on the best way to implement the strategies in the Downtown Parking Plan, and on Tuesday a ...

October 20, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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