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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 dinosaurs and creating his own Pokémon at age three to entering his illustrations in the Stanislaus County Fair's annual art exhibits throughout his school career, the recent Pitman High School graduate is no stranger to creating masterful works of art – so masterful, in fact, that a recent piece has earned him a trip to Washington, D.C., as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for California's 10th District.

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 bus fares for those who have served the country. The City of Turlock is also looking to make Dial-A-Ride more affordable for the city's senior citizens and individuals with disabilities who use the curb-to-curb bus service.

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 state while also continuing Governor Jerry Brown's efforts to bolster California's rainy-day fund.

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 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


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City to honor police, fire, dispatch with pathway striping

The City of Turlock is inviting the community to join in a salute to the emergency responders serving Turlock with an unveiling and dedication of ...

July 25, 2017 | Sabra Stafford | Government


How to check for water leaks and identify the location

Early detection of a water leak can save you money and avert potential disaster. If you think you may have a leak, follow the steps ...

July 21, 2017 | | Government


Local legislators split on cap-and-trade

California has emerged as a global leader in the fight against climate change, and on Monday its signature cap-and-trade program, meant to reduce greenhouse emissions ...

July 21, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Government


Bill to help build surface water plant passes committee

Legislation authored by state Senator Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, to improve local water supply has passed another important milestone. SB 373 passed the Assembly Committee on ...

July 21, 2017 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Government


U.S. House passes three more human trafficking bills

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed three more bills to combat the rising issue of human trafficking: H.R. 2664, the Enhancing ...

July 21, 2017 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | 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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