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City asks public’s help in determining future of armory building

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The City of Turlock is seeking the public’s input on what direction to take with the recently-vacated armory building near Soderquist Field.

The California Military Department entered into an agreement with the City of Turlock in 1963 to lease property at 1040 Flower St. for the purpose of building and maintaining an armory for the national guard. Fifty-three years into a 99-year lease agreement, the military notified the City in 2016 that they would be vacating the property.

Four years after the notification, the national guard finally left the property last spring and now the City of Turlock has to decide what to do with the decades-old building and the surrounding property. The City Council decided at their Aug. 11 meeting to seek the public’s input on what happens next to the Flower Street location through a call for letters of interest.

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Stanislaus County rescinds stay at home order

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The stay at home order for Stanislaus County residents has been rescinded by Stanislaus County Public Health Director Dr. Julie Vaishampayan effective immediately and Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday that the county will not spend any resources on enforcing the governor's stay at home order.

What exactly that will mean for residents and businesses remains to be seen.

The new public health order that went into effect on Tuesday, rescinded the stay at home order for residents with a few exceptions. The public health order for self-quarantining if you have come into contact with someone diagnosed or suspected of having COVID-19 and the order for self-isolation if you have been diagnosed or likely have COVID-19 both remain in effect. The public health orders for congregated living guidelines and food and beverage manufacturing also remain in place.

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Mayor: Ceres won’t threaten fines like Turlock

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Last week the Turlock City Council unanimously adopted an urgency ordinance that allows the city to issue administrative fines for anyone violating the shelter-in-place orders given by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Stanislaus County Health Officer to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra pledged that the same action will not take place in Ceres.

“It’s kind of shocking they went that far,” said Vierra. “We’re not doing that in Ceres, I can tell you that.”

Turlock businesses and individuals not abiding by the shelter-in-place orders regarding the coronavirus pandemic could now be subject to fines. Fines are $250 for the first violation, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third or subsequent violations.

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How the city of Turlock got its name in California

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TURLOCK, Calif. — Turlock's name is probably the only thing the city doesn't owe to agriculture for its history.

The city, 20 minutes south of Modesto, owes its name to "Bred in the Bone," a serial novel from Harper's Weekly Magazine and two brothers struggling to name the town, according to Scott Atherton, historian for the Turlock Historical Society.

Atherton said the name's origin boils down to Henry Lander reading a book in a magazine, seeing the name "Turlock," and pitching it to his brother as their third naming effort.

Contrary to the story, some might have heard growing up, the town's name doesn't come from a translation of "Turlough," or "Dry Lake."

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Turlock Irrigation District could reduce water deliveries, though not drastically

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The dry winter could prompt the Turlock Irrigation District to cap water deliveries for the first time since the 2012-16 drought.

The district board will hold a special meeting Friday afternoon to consider the staff proposal, which would be much less severe than the worst of the drought.

Farmers would get no more than 42 vertical inches of Tuolumne River water per acre over the irrigation season. The allotment dropped to as low as 18 inches in 2015, forcing many customers to pump groundwater and to stretch the surface supply.

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Turlock native realizes artistic dreams

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Morgan Andre has always had a knack for art, but she never dreamed it would blossom into the career she’s built for herself today. The Turlock native has turned her artistic ability into a successful business with a substantial following, and she shares her talent with the community through not only her artwork, but as an educator as well.

“I love that I get to express myself. It’s so fun that a passion of mine has become something I get to make into a career,” Andre said. “I never really thought that could be a possibility and it’s been fantastic to have support from people in the community and from my family and friends.”

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State releases draft of water resilience plan

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State agencies released a new water planning document that contains a number of recommendations to help California cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, aging infrastructure and other challenges.

The California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Food and Agriculture developed the full draft of the water resilience portfolio, fulfilling Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April 29 executive order calling for a portfolio of actions to ensure the state’s long-term water resilience and ecosystem health.

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Bulldog thrower signs to West Point

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Turlock High alum Jake Dirkse has had big dreams and goals from a young age, one of them was to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and compete in collegiate athletics at the NCAA Division-I level.

On Jan. 2, that goal came to fruition when Dirkse signed his National Letter of Intent after receiving a full-ride scholarship for track and field to compete in the shot-put, discus and javelin for the D-I athletic program.

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Deadly U.S. drone strike prompts student-led anti-war march, rally in Modesto

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About 40 people joined in a student-organized march and rally Sunday afternoon in protest of the U.S. drone strike Friday that killed Iran’s most powerful general.

Carrying signs with messages including “No Iran war” and “End colonial occupation,” the crowd — mostly college age, but also including the middle aged, seniors and children — took a roundabout path from Graceada Park to Tenth Street Plaza. The marchers went northeast on L Street, southwest on Ninth past the bus depot, then northeast on I before turning onto 10th and ending at the plaza.

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Magnitude 4 earthquake near Oxnard shakes up L.A. and Ventura counties

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A magnitude 4 earthquake that ruptured in the Pacific Ocean sent weak shaking into Ventura County and across the Westside, San Fernando Valley and South Bay areas of Los Angeles County.

The earthquake hit at 2:13 a.m. Thursday about 19 miles south of Oxnard in Ventura County and about 15 miles southwest of Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu.

Malibu’s Point Dume is about 25 miles northeast of the epicenter, and Santa Monica is about 40 miles east of the earthquake’s origin. Downtown L.A. is almost 55 miles away from the epicenter.

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