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Mid State Fair is “full steam ahead” for 2022

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The fair is back in town this July.

The California Mid State Fair is returning to the Paso Robles Event Center for a twelve-day run that will last from July 20-30, 2022.

Organizers told KSBY the preparations are full steam ahead for what they hope will be the most normal fair since the pandemic began.

Some events, like the Junior Livestock Auction, are coming back in-person for the first time since 2019. Others, like the main stage concerts, are returning for a year with fewer COVID restrictions in place.

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Alanis, Condit jump into Assembly race

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While Juan Alanis has abandoned his run for Stanislaus County Sheriff and is now seeking election to the newly-created District 22 seat of the California State Assembly, Ceres resident Chad Condit is also jumping into the race.

Condit, the son of former Congressman Gary Condit and father of Stanislaus County Supervisor Channce Condit and former Ceres Vice Mayor Couper Condit, announced his campaign on Thursday.

Condit also served as the chief of staff for Dennis Cardoza in the California State Assembly, and as an assistant to former Gov. Gray Davis. Condit unsuccessfully ran for Congress 10 years ago, losing in the open primary election of 2012 as an independent.

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COVID cases in Stanislaus schools drop in early February. ‘Drastic reduction’ in Modesto

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Pitman school employee Maria Johnson gives out COVID-19 rapid self test kits to students accompanied by a parent at Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. ANDY ALFARO AALFARO@MODBEE.COM
Pitman school employee Maria Johnson gives out COVID-19 rapid self test kits to students accompanied by a parent at Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. ANDY ALFARO AALFARO@MODBEE.COM

As COVID-19 cases drop in Stanislaus County, schools have reported fewer cases among students and staff.

Last week, Stanislaus County schools reported 1,773 cases to local public health officials, down from 2,636 the week ending Jan. 29.

The Health Services Agency noted 207 active outbreaks and 1,334 cases in isolation on Wednesday, according to its COVID-19 data dashboard. An outbreak refers to three or more cases connected to one exposure, the agency says.

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Divided Turlock council hires city manager. Supporters vouch for former Stanislaus CEO

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Reagan Wilson speaks at the Turlock City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, prior to his appointment as city manager. The council appointed Wilson by a 3-2 vote. CITY OF TURLOCK
Reagan Wilson speaks at the Turlock City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, prior to his appointment as city manager. The council appointed Wilson by a 3-2 vote. CITY OF TURLOCK

The Turlock City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to appoint former Stanislaus County CEO Reagan Wilson as city manager.

Several residents and a city official who vouched for Wilson emphasized that nearly 20 years have passed since he resigned from county government amid a scandal.

Wilson handed the county Board of Supervisors his resignation in 2003 after failing to publicly disclose his private business relationship with consultant R. Lee Torrens, The Bee previously reported. But supporters, including Interim City Manager Sarah Eddy, said during Tuesday’s meeting that Wilson brings leadership experience Turlock needs.

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Learning through music

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Liz Hallack helps her daughter Elena as she tries to follow along with the lessons at the Little Tunes studio in downtown Turlock (PAWAN NAIDU/The Journal).
Liz Hallack helps her daughter Elena as she tries to follow along with the lessons at the Little Tunes studio in downtown Turlock (PAWAN NAIDU/The Journal).

Ashley Soto grew up loving to dance, but when she had to have knee surgery in 2019, her doctor told her it was time to find a new hobby. The trained singer and dancer thought about the fun she had taking her kids to baby music classes in the Bay Area, but when she moved to Turlock with her family, she realized there weren’t any here. That’s when she decided to open Little Tunes in October 2019.

“I was asking around, are there some in Modesto or Merced, but nobody was doing them,” said Soto. “I’m a classically trained singer and dancer, maybe I should start doing these classes.”

Soto operates Little Tunes in the Alegria Performing Arts Center at 320 E Main St. in downtown Turlock. There are a variety of lessons for students. The classes do songs in sign language and other languages. The students play in rhythm and learn about movement. They also learn about traditional music such as jazz and ballot.

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United Way Stanislaus County Announces New President & CEO

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Keristofer Seryani, President & CEO, United Way of Stanislaus County
Keristofer Seryani, President & CEO, United Way of Stanislaus County

Mr. Seryani joins the United Way of Stanislaus County after spending decades in finance, strategy and business development in the energy industry.

A refugee, Mr. Seryani came to the US from Iran in 1988.

Mr. Seryani holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Whittier College in Southern California and his M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington DC. 

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Hundreds of Oakdale students refuse to wear masks, in violation of California mandate

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About 375 Oakdale Joint Unified students refused to wear masks on Wednesday as parents protested California’s mask mandate outside campuses, Superintendent Dave Kline said. The student action continued Thursday, according to the district.

Students who did not wear or accept masks across all grade levels created a “difficult” and time-consuming situation for school officials, who are required by law to ensure students wear face coverings indoors, Kline said Wednesday. “Small numbers” of people protested, he said. “They’re very upset with the mask mandate,” Kline said.

“They want to see that going away.”

But, he added, “This is something that we’re still required to do.”

Numbers of students not wearing masks and parents protesting Thursday were not available by The Bee’s print deadline.

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Cast’s COVID breakthrough cases cancel Modesto’s Gallo Center show at last minute

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As the audience waited, breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among cast members suddenly canceled a performance Tuesday evening at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The musical “Waitress” was due to begin at 7 p.m. at the downtown Modesto venue.

The show was sold out, according to texts from Chad Hilligus, chief executive officer at the Gallo Center.

“We were informed by ‘Waitress’ company management just after 7 p.m. that, due to breakthrough COVID cases in the cast, the performance would not be able to proceed,” a text from Hilligus said. “There was no indication up to that point that the performance was at risk.”

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Turlock mother makes the most of second chance after stroke with career college

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In 2019, I was in school working toward my associate degree while also juggling being a single parent to my five children. I was struggling, taking multiple classes at once, all the while taking care of kids. Then I had a stroke — at school.

I tried to go back but was having a hard time handling the workload. It quickly became clear that the recovery process from my stroke, coupled with my situation at home, meant a traditional higher education environment was out of the question for me.

I hated to have to give up — for myself and for my kids, who I knew were rooting for me. I decided I wasn’t going to let those challenges prevent me from getting an education. So when friends and family recommended Milan Institute, a private career education college, I decided to enroll.

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Turlock considers new council district boundaries. How do draft maps differ?

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The public can view drafts of potential new Turlock City Council district boundaries before officials are scheduled to select a map in March.

Three draft maps are available on the Turlock redistricting website as part of the process held once every 10 years to reflect population changes documented in the U.S. Census.

Turlock could stick with the existing districts, said Jeff Tilton, a consultant with the National Demographic Corporation firm. But the existing map could face legal challenges for not including a majority-minority district when it could, Tilton said. Out of current District 2 residents eligible to vote in southwest Turlock, 49% are Latino, a report shows.

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