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Local farmers, industry experts mobilize against state water curtailments

Of the 9,528 junior water rights curtailment notices sent to Central Valley farmers by the State Water Resources Control Board on May 27 requiring them to stop diverting water from all streams flowing to the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, only 21 percent mailed back the mandated response - an indicator of local farmers' posture towards the Board's intervention during this drought period.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Singh Walkway dedicated, sign unveiled

City and community leaders gathered Wednesday morning for the unveiling of the new Singh Walkway sign at the northeast storm basin. The sign is located at the previously unnamed pathway located at the storm basin off Christoffersen Parkway and Zeering Road.

June 18, 2014 | | Government


Legislature approves largest spending plan in state history

Local legislators had mixed reactions to the $108 billion budget approved by the state Legislature in an unusual Father's Day session.

June 16, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Council approves $32.4 million in budget spending

In a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Turlock City Council members approved the general fund budget, which reflects $32.4 million in spending, for the next fiscal year set to begin on July 1.

June 12, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council moves forward with recycled water project

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Turlock City Council decided to move forward with the next stage of the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Project – a proposal to sell treated wastewater to farmers in west Stanislaus County by developing what would be one of the largest regional recycled water projects in the nation.

June 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Valley lawmakers fight to keep pollution cleanup funds

Local legislators are opposing a proposal that would eliminate funds promised to help reduce pollution in the Central Valley.

June 09, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Neighbors protest building of new Taco Bell

Despite impassioned pleas against its construction, a new Taco Bell is one step closer to being built on N. Golden State Boulevard near the Pitman High campus.

June 05, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


RAM Farms ice rink approved for expansion

Turlock's one-of-a-kind ice skating rink will nearly double in size for its second year of operation this coming holiday season, as the City Council approved an expansion plan at the site operated by RAM Farms.

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


RAM Farms ice rink approved for expansion

Turlock's one-of-a-kind ice skating rink will nearly double in size for its second year of operation this coming holiday season, as the City Council approved an expansion plan at the site operated by RAM Farms.

May 29, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council: City road tax for repairs, not transit

While there remains uncertainty whether or not the proposed citywide transportation tax being placed before Turlock voters in November will receive adequate support, the tax is guaranteed to be spent on repairs solely and not transit costs if approved, said the City Council on Tuesday.

May 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City opts for ‘sensible’ voting districts

The City Council took another pivotal step towards replacing Turlock's current at-large voting system with district-based elections on Tuesday, choosing to move forward with one of the three proposed maps outlining district boundaries throughout the city.

May 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Electoral districts: Public picks Plan A

The Turlock City Council will consider two big issues at Tuesday's post holiday meeting - the City's road tax initiative and electoral district boundaries.

May 23, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


StanCOG to bring transportation tax in 2016

As President Barack Obama has recently called for a recommitment to improving the nation's transportation infrastructure, so has the Stanislaus Council of Governments, who informally agreed on Wednesday to commit to bringing forth a countywide transportation tax to Stanislaus County in November 2016.

May 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Highway 165 realignment progresses amid federal funding uncertainty

Despite recently passing a major milestone required for receiving state and federal funding, the Highway 165 realignment project currently faces an uncertain future due to the threatened impending bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund – a possibility that some are calling the "transportation cliff" that has already stalled critical road repairs throughout the nation.

May 20, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG to review transportation projects for coming years

Seeking public input on the proposed projects that will receive federal funding for major transportation and roadway improvements, the Stanislaus Council of Governments – the regional transportation planning agency – will hold a public hearing on Wednesday at a meeting in Ceres.

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


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New USDA program provides safety net for dairy farmers

Starting Sept. 2, dairy farmers will be able to enroll in the Margin Protection Program, a voluntary insurance policy program that will provide assistance to members in the event that they encounter unforeseen economic challenges.

August 29, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Government


Candidates ready for election season with city briefing

As election season heats up Turlock's mayoral and city council candidates are becoming increasingly well versed in the nuances of Turlock's city government and all of its moving parts.

August 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Taco Bell one step closer to opening

A third Taco Bell will soon be calling Turlock home as the Turlock City Council on Tuesday denied local citizens' appeal to reject the fast food franchise's minor discretionary permit location.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


County approves $200,000 for well repairs in unincorporated communities

While Stanislaus County has developed multiple strategies to resourcefully combat issues caused by the ongoing drought in the state of California, the Board of Supervisors took one step further on Tuesday by unanimously voting to adopt a financial assistance pilot program for a select group of local water well users.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denham hosts telephone-townhall to talk VA reform

Congressman Jeff Denham spoke with locals about veterans affairs on Monday, but he didn't attend an event or host a public meeting - he led a telephone-townhall.

August 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council considers Taco Bell project

Locals protesting the establishment of a new Taco Bell in Turlock will meet before the City Council on Tuesday as the members will determine if the process to establish the fast food chain near Pitman High School will continue.

August 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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