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California fairs forfeit hopes for large events in 2020, rally for state support to survive

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CALIFORNIA, USA — California fairs are trying to rally a campaign for state funding so they can survive into 2021. Revenue streams have been dried up for months, and with reopening walk backs in some counties, some have largely given up hope that any large events will come about this year to recoup losses.

“I don’t see any large event taking place through 2020. I don’t see any county fairs going off in 2020,” said Matt Cranford, CEO for the Stanislaus County Fair. “I think we’re all resigned to that fact.”

The shutdowns, restrictions, and stay-at-home orders brought the operations and annual fair at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds to a halt. The annual fair is where the lion’s share of revenue for the fairgrounds is generated every year, anywhere from 65% to 75% of their $1.3 million budget, according to Cranford.
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Firefighters bid farewell to former Stanislaus Consolidated Fire chief

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Former Stanislaus County Fire Warden Russ Richards, who served Stanislaus County in numerous ways through the fire service, was given a fitting tribute from the firefighting community in the wake of his passing.

Richards was 77 when he passed away on June 26.

Firefighters from around the county and beyond made a procession by Richards’ Turlock home on Friday to pay their respects and honor the many contributions made to the community.

Richards has held many positions in fire service, including fire investigation for the Stanislaus County Fire Warden’s Office, Fire Warden for Stanislaus County, the first Chief of Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District after its creation, and an Office of Emergency Services Coordinator.

“Chief Richards built relationships with trust and respect to all the fire agencies in Stanislaus County,” said Michael Wilkinson, retired Fire Warden. “He led by example and made everyone feel like they were important, they mattered and they were one of his best friends. He was truthful and always treated everyone with respect and dignity even when you needed to adjust and correct your behavior or actions.

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Turlock High grad crowned Dairy Princess

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Alyce Silva of Turlock was selected as the 2020 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s District 6 in a virtual crowning event held June 20.

Silva is the daughter of David and Nelia Silva of Turlock. She is a 2019 graduate of Turlock High School. She is a full-time student at Modesto Junior College majoring in Agriculture Business and Agriculture Sciences, where she is a member of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Club.

Silva had the honor of representing the dairy industry as the 2019-2020 District 6 1st Alternate Dairy Princess. She is a past member of her high school’s FFA program where she showed dairy cattle at the Stanislaus County Fair, and served as chapter reporter. She plans to transfer to California State University, Fresno and major in Agricultural Communications.

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Turlock Man Gets 2-Year Prison Sentence For Striking Helicopter With Powerful Laser

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — A Turlock man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for pointing a powerful laser at a Stanislaus County Sheriff helicopter.

The incident happened back in October 2017. According to the district attorney’s office, a sheriff’s office helicopter was hit five to six times by a green laser. Due to the interference, the air support response to a domestic violence call was disrupted.

Roger Shane John was arrested in connection to the incident. A laser that is 17-times more powerful than legally permissible for handheld laser devices was seized.

He has since pleaded guilty. On Monday, the DA’s office announced that the now 34-year-old John is being sentenced to two years and three months in prison. The prison sentence will then be followed by three years of supervised release.

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Large branch strikes Turlock firefighter on helmet. He’s back on duty quickly

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A firefighter returned to duty after a large branch struck his helmet Sunday afternoon, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The unidentified firefighter was part of the response to a debris fire in a back yard on the 800 block of Fifth Street at about 4:50 p.m., a news release said.

The flames destroyed a metal shed and damaged an outbuilding but were kept from nearby homes, the department said. Turlock firefighters contained the blaze within about 15 minutes with help from the Modesto and Ceres departments.

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Turlock ‘Back the Badge’ rally scheduled to show support for police, law enforcement

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A rally to show support for law enforcement is scheduled in Turlock on Saturday morning in the wake of local protests against police brutality.

Jacob Shockley, the organizer of the Back the Badge event, said he hopes the rally at the intersection of Geer Road and Monte Vista Avenue uplifts officers who honor oaths to protect people.

“I think they just need to see that there are people out there who have their backs,” Shockley said. “Because they hear it, they just don’t see it. So if they see people gathering, see people holding up signs that say ‘we support you, we back the badge,’ then that will kind of boost their morale.”

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Family, friends hold surprise retirement parade for popular Turlock High School teacher

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — A popular Turlock High School agriculture teacher is calling it quits after more than 35 years on the job.

Joe Digrazia is retiring and Wednesday friends and family members made sure his socially-distanced parade was one to remember.

The best part — it was all a surprise.

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Good news for Turlock readers

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2020: Not a very good year so far. But there is ongoing activity in Turlock that should make everyone’s days a bit brighter.

The walls of the antiquated Turlock Public Library are in the process of being torn down and the remodeling and expansion of the 10,000 sq. ft. library to the new 17,000 sq. ft. has begun. The 52-year-old dinosaur that has served our community so well for so long will now be a state-of-the-art masterpiece that will make citizens of Turlock proud.

There will be an expanded teen section, an attached courtyard (with vegetation) more computer space and computers, rooms to reserve for studying, meeting rooms, a Friends of the Turlock Public Library Bookstore and a  large children’s center with a private fully functional bathroom just for the children and  so much more.

You can follow the remodeling progress online at the Friends of the Turlock Public Library or the Turlock Library on Facebook or on their websites. You may want to be more than a frequent user of the library. You may have ideas to share, you may want to volunteer. Go ahead. This is YOUR library. Go online and stay connected. Be part of Turlock’s new source of pride. See you in the Spring of 2021.

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Turlock mother with COVID-19 gives birth to healthy baby boy

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) – With his mother infected with COVID-19, baby Sergio’s premature birth is nothing short of a miracle.

“He came in at 3 pounds, 11 ounces,” COVID-19 survivor Jeseenia Lizarraga told FOX40.

Sergio weighed-in small but tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

His journey home would take weeks. The same would be true for Lizarraga, who had been placed in a medically-induced coma.

“I did not know what the outcome was going to be,” recalled Lizarraga. “I don’t know what was going to happen with me. I didn’t know what was going to happen with the baby.”

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‘It Felt Like I Was Living A Nightmare’: Turlock Family Healthy Once Again After COVID-19 Battle

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TURLOCK (CBS13) — A Turlock family is happy to be healthy and at home after a rocky couple of months battling COVID-19. The road to recovery, family says, wasn’t easy.

“It felt like I was living a nightmare,” Jessenia Lizarraga said. She described her COVID-19 symptoms as unlike anything else she’s ever experienced and felt like a severe case of pneumonia.

“I wasn’t able to breathe on my own anymore,” Lizarraga said. “I was tapped out on oxygen through the nose and the mouth.”

She contracted the virus back in April, likely exposed to it at work. Lizarraga suffers from asthma, which made treating her coronavirus symptoms difficult. But what made it even more difficult was the fact that she was seven months pregnant.

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