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Thursday, 24 April 2014 01:21

Eggman to Open Campaign Office

Michael Eggman, a Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham’s 10th District seat, will open his campaign headquarters on Friday. The grand opening celebration will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Eggman campaign headquarters, 801 15th St., Ste. E, Modesto. Eggman will be present at the grand opening to meet with supporters. Eggman is a Turlock farmer and beekeeper. He has aggressively campaigned against Denham’s record, primarily his participation in the government shutdown and budget votes.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:26

Council Moves Forward with Road Tax

Better roads – and higher taxes – could soon await Turlockers. By a 4-1 vote, the Turlock City Council directed staff to begin work on a new road tax, expected to come before voters on the November ballot. The measure is still in development, and is expected to return for a second, more binding vote at the next meeting of council. If approved by two-thirds of voters, the half-cent sales tax would be devoted entirely to road repair and maintenance.
The Don Pedro Recreation Agency announced Tuesday that the lake’s annual Fourth of July firework show will not be held this year. According to the agency, the cancellation comes due to the low water level in Lake Don Pedro. “Due to the reduction of boat launching to a single two-lane ramp at Fleming Meadows and the diminished available surface acreage on the water in the fireworks fall-out zone, there will not be a fireworks show in 2014,” a press release reads.
An on-again, off-again measure to increase Turlock’s sales tax to fund road repairs is back on the Turlock City Council’s agenda. On Tuesday, the council is expected to provide direction to Turlock city staff as to whether or not the city should move forward with such a tax. The measure would likely take the form of a half-cent sales tax, with all proceeds dedicated to improving Turlock’s streets. The move to pursue a Turlock-specific road tax comes as the Stanislaus County Council of Governments abandoned plans to put a countywide road tax on the November ballot. Polling showed it was unlikely to succeed countywide, but Turlockers alone would have passed the road tax; 68 percent of Turlockers polled were in favor of the measure.
A Modesto man has filed a claim against the City of Turlock, arguing that he is owed $250 after medical marijuana was allegedly taken from his car during a search. According to Otis Witherow, 47, he was stopped by Turlock police on West Main Street on Oct. 8. He alleges that an officer took one-half ounce of medical cannabis from his vehicle, while searching his vehicle.
Before the candidates for Stanislaus County Sheriff and District Attorney face off in the June 3 election, they will square off in two debates. Incumbent Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager will face off against Frank Carson, a Modesto-based attorney and businessman. And incumbent Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner Adam Christianson will square off with Tom Letras, a deputy sheriff from Ceres.
Saturday, 19 April 2014 02:12

Soiseth Launches Campaign Website

Turlock mayoral candidate Gary Soiseth has officially launched his campaign website, www.SoisethForTurlock.com. The website details Soiseth’s biography, plans to lead Turlock, and ways supporters may become involved in the campaign. “I’m looking forward to serving as this city’s next mayor,” Soiseth said. Soiseth is a third generation family farmer and almond grower who also works for the Modesto Irrigation District. He spent the past four years in Afghanistan working for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Defense, working in agricultural development and economic growth.
Friday, 18 April 2014 11:18

Around Turlock - April 17

Looking for insight into what the future holds? There's only one place in Turlock where that question might be answered. Turlock Psychic Palm and Tarot Reading, located at 149 W. Canal Dr., is the city's only licensed psychic. Such businesses must be authorized to operate by the City of Turlock. Of course, the jury is still out as to whether some people can truly see the future. Most scientists believe "psychics" are, essentially, scam artists.
Turlock City Councilwoman Amy Bublak will square off with appointed incumbent Don Gaekle for the seat of Stanislaus County Assessor this June. The race is just one of many on the Statewide Direct Primary Election ballot, to be decided by voters June 3. The Assessor is responsible for determining the taxable value of real property in Stanislaus County. In 2013, 178,000 different properties totaled $35 billion in assessed value, leading to approximately $350 million in property tax collected in the county.
Keep your eyes to the skies for a rare look at a total lunar eclipse tonight. The so-called “blood moon” eclipse won’t quite black out the moon. Instead, the moon will take on a reddish, almost bloodlike hue. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun. The Earth’s own shadow is cast upon the moon, preventing the moon from reflecting sunlight. As tonight’s lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, the Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra, will completely engulf the moon.