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Vandals hit Cunningham Elementary School last night, leaving some students without electricity Thursday morning.The vandals broke into electrical service boxes located along the school’s eastern boundary, behind some portable classrooms. They then cut through several large electrical wires.The vandalism left 11 classrooms without power as students arrived Thursday morning. By 9 a.m., power had been restored to all but four classrooms.
Those door-to-door solar salesman have led to a surge in the adoption of solar power locally.But read that contract closely before you sign, Turlock Irrigation District officials say. Some customers might be getting a worse deal than they think.Most of the hot new solar companies offer a so-called “solar lease.” Instead of a homeowner purchasing the solar equipment, the solar company retains ownership of the panels. The homeowner then purchases power from the solar company, theoretically at a discounted rate.
The Turlock Irrigation District will continue to give customers a half-cent credit per kilowatt-hour of electricity purchased, as the district pays back a large credit owed to customers. The Power Supply Adjustment is either a charge or credit issued as part of customers’ bills, intended to reflect the varying costs of generating or purchasing electricity. The PSA, reviewed twice-yearly, allows rates to fluctuate as natural gas prices shift without conducting time-consuming rate change hearings.
Turlock’s only professional sports team will soon be playing in a new, so-called “super-league.” The Turlock Express are one of 24 teams to join the Major Arena Soccer League, a new top-tier indoor soccer league.“ I am pleased as an owner and Chairman of the newly formed league that we have the framework for a 'super' league,” said Ed Hale, Chairman of the League and owner of the Baltimore Blast. “It has been tough to get this far."
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 17:51

Around Turlock - May 20

Local skateboarders will find a new feature, of sorts, at Turlock’s Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park. City of Turlock workers used a large tractor to block off a damaged element of the skate park with a concrete barrier reading ”Warning! Do Not."
No, Michael Jackson is not alive and living in Turlock.But a video (shown below) which has gone viral shows one Pitman High School student who has Jackson’s moves down to a tee.The spot-on recreation of Jackson’s famous “Billy Jean” dance shows Brett Nichols, a junior, performing some of the legend’s moves better than he did. The performance builds to an absolutely impeccable moonwalk, and the crowd goes wild.
For the first time in a long time, fewer low-income customers are taking part in the Turlock Irrigation District’s electricity discount program.TID granted $2.6 million in discounts to local low-income households through its its TID CARES program this year, up roughly $50,000 from a year ago.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:23

Don Pedro Fully Open for Memorial Day

Despite a historically dry year, Don Pedro Reservoir will be fully operational this Memorial Day Weekend.The reservoir, jointly operated by the Turlock and Modesto irrigation districts, will feature a lower water level than seen most years. But all boat ramps, marina facilities, and campgrounds will be open.Every campsites at Fleming Meadows has been reserved for this busy holiday weekend. But some spots remain at the Moccasin Point and Blue Oaks campgrounds.
The ongoing drought continues to affect local farmers, starved for irrigation water this summer.But industry experts will be on hand to help at an upcoming free “Farming in a Drought” seminar, thanks to the Turlock and Modesto irrigation districts.
Monday, 19 May 2014 18:12

Around Turlock - May 18

Drivers who frequent the intersection of Golden State Boulevard and Taylor Road, be on the lookout for some new traffic patterns.City of Turlock crews were out working at the intersection this weekend, installing new traffic signs. The signs appear to bar drivers from making U-turns while travelling southbound on Golden State Boulevard or westbound on Taylor Road.