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Coaches remain upbeat about season

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The Goblirsch brothers, Clinton and Derrick, aren’t worrying about what they can’t control leading up to the start of the 2019-20 football campaign.

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for high school athletics in the state, delayed the start of the season for four-plus months on July 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’d love to get back on the field and get to work,” Ceres High first-year leader Clinton Goblirsch stated. “We were prepared to start today. We don’t make the decisions. All we can do is what we’re capable of doing and follow whatever guidelines were given.”

Clinton and Derrick will make their head coaching debuts with the Bulldogs and Hawks, respectively, on Jan. 8.

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Turlock Police supporters, calling for more funding, dominate city council meeting

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Turlock residents debated police funding for more than two hours during Tuesday’s city council meeting, dominating the public participation session.

The majority of the roughly 60 callers opposed defunding the Turlock Police Department, with many urging the council to increase its resources and services.

While the council on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement on school resource officers for Turlock and Pitman high schools, City Manager Toby Wells said discussion on budget priorities should take place around the end of October. Staff are scheduled to provide an update on the first fiscal quarter of the financial year then, he said, which would provide an opportunity to revise the budget.

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House passes bill on fixing Friant-Kern Canal

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The Democrat-controlled House approved a package of fiscal 2021 spending bills Friday. One of those bills included more than $200 million for repairing the Friant-Kern Canal, the Delta-Mendota Canal and other key conveyance infrastructure in the San Joaquin Valley.

Fresno Democrat TJ Cox was excited to share that another measure of his, to fund safe drinking water projects in the valley, passed as well. Cox was also pushing for $1 million in funding for USDA research stations, including the Parlier station, which focuses on pests and diseases in specialty crops.

The package also included a measure to make California eligible for federal aid for combating nutria infestations, an effort championed by Democratic Rep. Josh Harder of Turlock.

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Tosh uses big final round to win bass tourney

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LAKEPORT — Entering the third and final round of the Won Bass California Open at Clear Lake with less than a pound lead over rival Wayne Breazeale of Kelseyville, a two-time winner of the event, Bub Tosh of Turlock left absolutely no doubt how this year’s tournament would finish Friday afternoon.

Bringing a tournament-best bag of five fish weighing 32.72 pounds to the weigh scales at the Konocti Vista Casino, Resort and Marina, Tosh finished with a three-day total of 79.34 pounds to easily win the pro division. His amateur partner on Friday, David Kiesgen of Peoria, Arizona, ended up winning a hotly contested amateur division with 64.79 pounds.

Tosh, the 2018 U.S. Open winner, collected the first-place pro prize of a Bass Cat Sabre boat, Mercury engine and a cash payout valued at $67,500. Kiesgan won $6,000.

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Downtown Turlock street closes for outdoor dining, shopping weekend events

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Families dined in the middle of a downtown Turlock street Thursday evening as crews set up canopies for an outdoor business event scheduled to continue over the next three weeks.

With a block of West Main Street closed, organizers said restaurants are expanding their outdoor seating areas and providing a safe atmosphere to support local vendors, too.

Running Thursdays at 4 p.m. to Sundays at 11 p.m. through Aug. 9, the Downtown Turlock Street Vibe event also will include a comedy show, DJ background music and acoustic performances, said Devin Hill, general manager of The Udder Place, The Grand Cru and Sushi Garden. Businesses are not throwing a party, Hill said, but came up with the idea to try to stay afloat financially amid restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Most Unselfish Thing You Can Do Is Wear a Mask

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My aunt was one of the thousands of Americans who’s body couldn’t fight COVID-19.  It all happened really fast, at first she just needed some breathing assistance with a BiPAP machine. Then before we realized it her health plummeted. My beloved cousins weren’t able to be there with their mother as she took her last breath. My heart breaks for them.

Our whole family is mourning the loss of a beautiful soul. My siblings and I have struggled to come to terms that our sweet Hope is gone. Esperanza translated into English means hope, and the name fits her perfectly. When my mother was fighting cancer my aunt dropped everything and moved to Turlock to be with my mother. I will forever remember the sound of them laughing at the dinner table. Their bond was unbreakable. My aunt moved her whole life to bring hope to my mother and most importantly to be her sidekick in everything. I’d like to think my mother and her are laughing around a dinner table now. No more pain, they’re together again.

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Modesto woman hopeful California’s new homeless program will help her, 5-year-old son

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MODESTO, Calif — California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office announced Thursday a major boost to help give people experiencing homelessness a roof over their heads by putting $600 million from the state budget toward the so-called Project Homekey.

The project is the next phase of Project Roomkey, a collaborative effort from state and local officials to house the unhoused during the coronavirus pandemic. The new phase is a plan to give those facing homelessness during the pandemic a key to their own home not just one to a room.

Of the $600 million, “$550 million is derived from the State’s direct allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Funds (CRF), and $50 million is derived from the State’s General Fund,” according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

The grant money isn’t flowing yet because cities and counties will have to apply. Once approved, they’ll use the money to buy hotels, motels and vacant apartment buildings and turn them into permanent housing for homeless residents.

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Pace of California schools planning to open with distance learning accelerates

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The pace of school districts that will start the coming school year primarily with distance learning is accelerating in California. In recent days, districts serving at least 1.4 million of the state’s 6.2 million public school students have announced that they will be teaching students remotely, at least to begin the school year.

The rapid increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state just weeks before most school districts are due to open for the 2020-21 school year appears to be the driving factor in districts deciding to continue online learning for most or all of their students.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said he recognized the health realities that many districts are facing, and applauded districts for “putting safety first.”

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Fresno Police Academy graduate on law enforcement: To help people, and protect and serve

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Francisco Flores-Villanueva graduated from the Fresno City College Police Academy with the top physical award among 34 cadets.

The 34-year-old Delhi resident was part of Class No. 159 that graduated on July 10 from its 1,030-hour intensive format that began Jan. 6 that was heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, even in its final ceremony where normally family and friends would cheer on the graduates as they embarked on a law enforcement career.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, class was suspended from March 16 through to April 13.

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Firefighters Stop 4-Alarm Modesto Pallet Yard Fire From Spreading

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MODESTO (CBS13) — Firefighters say an early morning fire at a pallet yard went to four-alarms on Friday.

The scene is along the 1700 block of Reliance Street in Modesto.

Modesto Fire says the incident, which started just before 3:30 a.m., prompted a four-alarm response. Firefighters from Modesto, Ceres, Turlock and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the yard, officials say.

Exactly what started the fire is now under investigation.

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