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Despite recent drop, gas prices on the rise

Locals were rushing to the pumps in late January when gas prices began to dwindle to less than two dollars, but now the value of gas is once again on the uptick evident by the 16.5 cents per gallon average increase in Modesto area pumps according to GasBuddy.

February 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Small pouches, big impact

Hilmar Covenant Church associate pastor Dan Johnson believes that it only takes two hours for volunteers to make a huge impact to malnourished children throughout the world.

February 17, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


CALIFORNIA CROP WEATHER

Heat built over the southern portion of the State as high pressure anchored over the area. Weak Santa Ana wind events drove highs into the lower 90s across the Los Angeles basin on multiple days last week. Elsewhere, the State felt the effects of the high, but these were much less pronounced. Temperatures varied considerably in a real sense, but almost none in the temporal sense, as locations saw essentially the same weather every day. Highs in the valley reached the 60s and 70s each day, while the coasts north of San Francisco and the mountains saw 50s. The desert ...

February 17, 2015 | | Local


Farm Bill celebrates one year anniversary, achievements

Since its official signing by President Barack Obama one year ago, the Agricultural Act of 2014, more commonly known as the 2014 Farm Bill, has made significant impacts across landscapes throughout the world and regionally.

February 17, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Keyes rallies around girl in need

The community of Keyes is rallying around a nine-year-old girl who is in need of a heart transplant.

February 13, 2015 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS

The community at Covenant Village in Turlock shared their gratitude and respect for the first responders in Turlock by hosting their second annual breakfast for the men and women that make up the police and fire departments and emergency services.

February 13, 2015 | | Local


Celebrate Stanislaus event to honor companies that have hired

Over 25 companies will be honored at the Stanislaus Business Alliance's inaugural Celebrate Stanislaus event to recognize businesses that have hired more than 10 employees in the past year.

February 13, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Love is in the air

As sweethearts express their affections today with candy, flowers and sentimental cards, local retailers will be ringing up record Valentine's Day sales.

February 13, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


Local communities still aiming to revitalize the region

Turlockers can still find sweet treats at Frost Bakery's Modesto location, but the business recently closed the doors of its Monte Vista Avenue shop.

February 13, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Panhandling continues to plague city

Back in 2014, the Turlock City Council added an ordinance to the city's municipal code that in conjunction with a previously passed ordinance looked to permanently put the brakes on panhandling, but the issue is proving to be far more difficult to curb than expected and has city officials looking for other options.

February 13, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


World Ag Expo showcases farming advancements

For years, the World Ag Expo has served as the largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind, and this year was not any different.

February 12, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Dairy farmers seek more equitable milk pricing

Three California dairy cooperatives, which represent over 75 percent of the milk produced in the state, have submitted a proposal to the United States Department of Agriculture that could potentially result in more equitable milk pricing for California dairy producers.

February 12, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Skate park move to Donnelly Park set for August

Judith Suliman visits Turlock's skate park almost every day. Although you won't see her honing her skills on the park's rails or ramps, she is very invested in the success of the park. Suliman was the driving force in having the Turlock Skate Park renamed in honor of her nephew, Brandon Koch, who lost his battle with adrenocortical cancer in April 2012.

February 12, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Stanislaus County woman falls victim to flu virus

The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency is reporting a 43-year-old woman died from complications related to influenza, marking the first death the county has recorded this flu season.

February 12, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Feeding the birds mutually beneficial

February is National Bird-Feeding Month. In her article Feb. 7 article in the Journal, Dr. E. Kirsten Peters concludes that feeding birds in winter is beneficial for the birds. I agree. However, it can also be a real blessing for those who do the feeding.

February 12, 2015 | BY LINDA FRUGE Community contributor | Local


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My personal battle with anorexia nervosa

"To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."

February 27, 2015 | BY NANCY ANGEL Special to the Journal | Local


Turlock company brings electric bikes, vehicles to the region

When Volkmar Kunerth attended Eurobike in Germany, the biggest bike show in the world, he did not just admire the sleek design of the electric bikes before him. He saw the potential to contribute to the worldwide shift towards sustainable transportation.

February 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


HVAC unit blamed for apartment fire

A fire that is believed to have started in a heating and air conditioning unit charred a closet inside a downtown Turlock apartment.

February 27, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Nonprofit highlights physical, mental crossroads of eating disorders

The multifaceted nature of eating disorders - with nearly 50 percent of people with eating disorders also meeting the criteria for depression according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders - is the reason that the nonprofit Mental Fitness evolved from being an organization that focused on solely eating disorder education to include other pertinent aspects such as body image, self esteem and nutrition. The expansion of the nonprofit's focus has allowed Mental Fitness to "really broaden our horizon" and address the complex disorder, said outreach director Jacob Burman.

February 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fair seeks new CEO

Chris Borovansky's time at the Stanislaus County Fair has come to an end. The fair's chief executive officer for the past five years announced his retirement on Thursday. After more than 30 years in the fair industry, Borovansky said it was time for him to have a real summer vacation.

February 26, 2015 | By Krisitna Hacker By Alysson Aredas | Local


Glories of gardening ready to be shown

The first tentative spring blooms may just now be popping up in the Central Valley, but members and friends of the Turlock Garden Club are already putting tender loving care into their landscapes, as the club prepares to host its Third Annual Garden Tour with the theme "Our Hearts in our Gardens."

February 26, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


21-year old boutique owner offers glam gifts at OneSixteen Bijou

Name of Business: OneSixteen Bijou

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Dialysis center could be newest addition to Turlock industrial park

Those needing dialysis treatments may now have a closer location to go as the City of Turlock Planning Department is presently reviewing plans for a nearly 10,000 square foot building in the Turlock Regional Industrial Park.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Civil Justice expert highlights Chamber’s ADA compliance forum

In the spirit of protecting small businesses in Turlock the Turlock Chamber of Commerce hosted the president of the Civil Justice Association of California to speak specifically about one issue plaguing businesses across the state: noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

February 26, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


CDFA TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS RESEARCH PHASE OF NEW DAIRY DIGESTER PROGRAM

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is developing Phase II (Research) of its new Dairy Digester Research and Development Program, authorized by the Budget Act of 2014.

February 26, 2015 | | Local


End of port dispute good news for almond industry

A tentative agreement reached on Friday between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association was met with a sigh of relief by many, particularly by members of the California almond industry.

February 26, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


UC Coop walnut, tree and vine meetings

The UC Cooperative Extension will hold its 45th annual Quad-County Walnut Institute from 8 a.m. to noon March 12 in the Stanislaus County Ag Center's Harvest Hall, on the corner of Crows Landing and Service roads in Modesto.

February 26, 2015 | | Local


Cleaner devices leads to drop in burn prohibitions

The Check Before You Burn Program is expected to close out the winter season Saturday with far fewer wood-burning prohibitions issued than in the past and a cleaner air basin, according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

February 26, 2015 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Turlock welcomes rainfall, anticipates more

A historically dry January has turned into a somewhat moist February as the region experienced some much needed rain on Sunday with more expected this upcoming weekend.

February 24, 2015 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Golf Link Road closed due to weakened overpass

Drivers who typically travel along the well traversed Golf Link Road will need to find an alternative route as the portion of the road that passes over Highway 99 is deteriorating prompting City staff to seek an emergency declaration.

February 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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