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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


House passes Denham veterans bill

During his time as both Commander of the Turlock American Legion and Vice Commander of the city's Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Wardee "Gunner" Bruce has become all too familiar with the struggles that most veterans in the area face when dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, like contradicting directions on how to receive discharge documents or long wait times to hear back about benefit claims.

May 30, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


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The drought may be over, but the effects of it will last for years to come

California's historic five-year drought is officially over, washed away with the relentlessly drenching rains, floods and snowstorms of this winter. But just as tougher ...

July 14, 2017 | | Government


City recognizes Parks and Rec month

The Turlock City Council proclaimed July as Parks and Recreation Month and held a special meeting Tuesday at Crane Park.

July 11, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Fire chief to serve as interim city manager

Gary Hampton attended his last Turlock City Council meeting as City Manager on Tuesday, bidding a fond farewell to the city he has served in ...

July 11, 2017 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Valley’s newest citizens welcomed at naturalization ceremony

In 2010, Turlock resident Orestis Panagopoulous came to America from Greece with a goal in mind – to establish a life here and become a U ...

July 11, 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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