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Sunday, 13 April 2014 10:36

Around Turlock - April 12

Turlock High School and Pitman High School may be crosstown rivals, but a few young athletes recently proved that the rivalry is all in good fun. Members of both Pitman and Turlock’s freshmen baseball teams put their differences aside and got together for a joint post-game meal this week, sharing a few slices of Jura’s Pizza.
A new partnership between California State University, Stanislaus and the City of Turlock will bring art and poetry selected by university students to Turlock City Hall.“We’re really excited about the partnership,” said Erik Schulze, Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Supervisor. The affiliation will hang artwork from Penumbra, an annual art and literary journal produced by CSU Stanislaus students, in the City Hall Gallery .
After months of research, the Turlock City Council backed away from a campaign finance reform measure Tuesday night. But members of council did so for different reasons: some found the measure so weak as to be toothless, while others still considered its provisions “onerous,” and said they felt as though their integrity was being questioned. In a compromise, the council endorsed a bare bones transparency measure: all campaign finance reporting forms will now be posted on the City of Turlock website. That, at least, allows the public to verify for themselves who is taking money from whom, Turlock City Councilmember Steven Nascimento said.
A $50 million plan to relicense the Turlock Irrigation District’s Don Pedro Reservoir has, after great time and expense, been completed. Kind of, at least. "It’s the end of the beginning of the process now,” explained Steve Boyd, TID Assistant General Manager, Consumer Services. “We're entering a different phase.”
A semi-truck has overturned on Southbound Highway 99 near the Keyes Road on-ramp near Turlock, backing up traffic into Ceres. “It’ll be a traffic tie-up for a little bit,” said CHP spokesperson Officer Eric Parsons. The big rig, carrying cement in a powder form, overturned and landed in the right shoulder at approximately 1:45 p.m. There were no injuries in the accident, per the CHP.
This Arbor Day, the City of Turlock will partner with Walnut Elementary Education Center students to honor the role of trees in the community – and celebrate Walnut's nationwide first-place finish in a tree-centric contest. “It's kind of a unique partnership this year,” explained Allison Van Guilder, Turlock Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Manager. Walnut recently took home the gold in the nationwide Scotties' Trees Rock contest. The contest challenged groups of students to produce a video explaining the importance of trees. Ten national finalists were selected from hundreds of submissions.
Blue Diamond Growers’ new Turlock plant was named “Plant of the Year” for 2014 by Food Engineering Magazine. The prestigious honor recognizes new food and beverage plants built in North America for innovation. “The Turlock plant supports the significant growth in our global almond ingredients business with the most food-safe almond processing facility in existence,” said Mark Jansen, President and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers. “On behalf of our over 3,000 grower-owners and 1,300 employees, we are honored to accept this award from Food Engineering.”
The Turlock Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission abandoned plans to construct a new basketball half-court at Donnelly Park Wednesday night, after concerns were raised about the elimination of open space at the park. Commissioners also noted that embarking on small projects, like constructing basketball courts, could limit the possibilities for large projects such as a water park, golf course, or bowling alley.
Say goodbye to the Turlock City Arts Commission and hello to the new, cleverly named Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission – PARC for short. The new, nine-member commission merges the remains of the former Arts Commission into the longstanding Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Commission. The new body will assume some of the Arts Commission's former duties while maintaining its focus on local parks and recreation.
The Turlock Police Department abandoned the process of hiring untrained recruits years ago. But now, with a number of vacancies on the force and a dearth of qualified local applicants, the practice will resume. The Turlock City Council unanimously approved a new Turlock Police Department recruitment process Tuesday night. The process will hire new officers as recruits, then pay to send them to the six-month police academy. “I’m hoping that we can garner some applicants from the Turlock community,” said Turlock Police Chief Rob Jackson.