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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 penalty. The following online courses are offered to customers who have been issued penalties for either of these violations:

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 the Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, he did so for the last time.

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 poppy) and perhaps even the state dance (it's the West Coast Swing). Now one of the Golden State's most prosperous commodities is receiving recognition thanks to the help of a group of 4th graders from Merced, who served as Assemblyman Adam Gray's expert witnesses in support of a bill to designate the almond, walnut, pistachio and pecan as the state's official nuts.

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 bill authored by Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) in the California Senate.

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


Summer watering schedule remains only two days per week

Governor Jerry Brown announced the drought is over and a few neighboring agencies have announced consideration of returning to a three day per week watering allowance, as it was prior to the drought. At this time though, Turlock is not considering a change to its two day a week watering schedule.

June 09, 2017 | | Government


County seeks input on Laura’s Law

Stanislaus County is trying to decide whether or not to implement Laura's Law, and community members are encouraged to give their input through a recently unveiled online survey.

June 09, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Single-payer healthcare bill moves closer to becoming law

The bill that could potentially bring a single-payer, government-run healthcare system to California passed through the State Senate last week, despite a recently released study that found the plan could cost hundreds of billions of dollars.

June 09, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Denham talks ACCESS Act, doctor shortage in the Central Valley

After the introduction of his newest bill to help attract doctors to the Central Valley, Congressman Jeff Denham spoke Wednesday about the importance of addressing the 10th Congressional District's doctor shortage and future plans to combat the issue.

June 08, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Gray’s bill looks to provide fair water rights

California lawmakers took a step toward restructuring water rights hearings throughout the state last week when Assembly Bill 313, introduced by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced), overwhelmingly passed the Assembly, moving the bill which aims to fix the state's broken water management structure closer to becoming law.

June 06, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Denham healthcare bill addresses Valley’s doctor shortage

In early May, Congressman Jeff Denham voted to pass the American Health Care Act - but hesitantly. He cited concerns that the bill doesn't quite do enough to ensure that the Valley's issue with physician access is addressed, and promised that he would soon introduce legislation which would tackle the 10th congressional district's unique healthcare needs. On Tuesday, Denham unveiled his plan to draw more doctors to the area.

June 06, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Efficient landscape watering

Summer is approaching, which means most residents are turning on (or turning up) their irrigation systems. Adopting water efficient habits is essential to maintaining the community's water supply, especially during peak use. Below are suggestions to help improve your irrigation efficiency and still maintain a healthy lawn and landscape.

June 02, 2017 | | Government


Proposed county budget includes 5.2% increase in General Fund

Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer Stan Risen submitted the final budget proposal of his 30 years in public service on Friday, using the opportunity to thank "all of the dedicated leaders and employees of this organization who regularly display that commitment to our vision of being 'a county that is respected for its service in the community and is known as the best in America.'"

June 02, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Bill looks to provide more funding for California’s fairs

After years of receiving little funding from the state, fairs throughout California may soon have an abundance of income thanks to legislation introduced by Assembly member Adam Gray which was overwhelmingly approved by the State Assembly on Wednesday.

June 02, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Turlock Groundwater Basin Association seeks public input

Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in Turlock and surrounding communities is well under way, and the Turlock Groundwater Basin Association hosted two workshops Wednesday to update local community members about the process and how much progress has been made.

June 01, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


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Articles by Section - Government


Travel ban decision baffles refugees, advocates

The United States Supreme Court on Monday decided to reinstate a scaled-down version of President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban before it considers the ...

June 27, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


County names new CEO

Longtime Stanislaus County employee Jody Hayes was recently selected as the County's newest Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Supervisors, bringing with him ...

June 27, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


County approves garbage rate increase

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors approved an increase in solid waste fees Tuesday morning, raising the garbage rate for those in unincorporated areas by ...

June 27, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


City of Turlock website offers tools to assist with water conservation

The City's website offers many user-friendly tools and valuable information to help customers with their own conservation efforts at home. Visit www.cityofturlock.org ...

June 23, 2017 | | Government


Pitman grad to be honored for artwork in D.C.

Since he was old enough to hold a crayon in his hand, art has been an everyday part of Skye Ocaranza's life. From drawing ...

June 23, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Council to consider reducing bus fares for veterans, Dial-A-Ride share discount

Local veterans and active military personnel may soon be paying less for a ride on Turlock Transit, as the Turlock City Council will consider reducing ...

June 23, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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


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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