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Fourth Of July Fireworks Threaten Valley Air Quality

Officials with the Valley Air District are warning about Fourth of July fireworks worsening air quality and threatening residents' health. Fireworks can cause damaging air pollution to spike to five times the level considered safe. When fireworks are set off, they burn, explode and release large amounts of dangerous particulate matter into the atmosphere. Heather Heinks with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says the tiny particles of soot, ash and metal can bury...
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'Wild' Growth In Hikers On Pacific Crest Trail


Dolores Huerta: Her Life, Her Activism And The Smithsonian Exhibit

For the first time ever, the Smithsonian Institution is honoring a Latina in their “One Life Series.” The museum is featuring civil rights leader and farmworker activist Dolores Huerta with a special exhibit opening this week in Washington D.C. The “One Life: Dolores Huerta” will follow 13 years of her activism and focus on her role in the farmworker movement of the 1960s and 70s. In this interview Valley Public Radio’s Diana Aguilera chats with Huerta about this recent acknowledgment, her...
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Ezra David Romero

The Drought Sessions: A Mixtape For A Drying California

Historical movements, wars and disasters around the globe have created signature sounds in music. Think freedom songs like “We Shall Overcome,” Prince’s “Baltimore” and even Beyonce’s song “Halo” after Haiti was rocked by an earthquake. The Golden State is in its fourth year of drought and songs about a drying California are now emerging. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports on drought for the station. He joins Valley Edition Host Joe Moore to talk about what he calls drought music...
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Six Months After Prop 47, Has Crime Gone Up?

With the implementation of Proposition 47 central valley law enforcement leaders warned about its potential to drive crime up. They argued that fewer people facing felonies gives people less chance to recover from addiction and change their life, while leaving them on the street to re-offend. But now even some in law enforcement are questioning if that is the case. Valley Public Radio took a close look at the data from Fresno city and County to see if, six months into the experiment, the...
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Sarah Forman

Drought Friendly Recipes For A Drying California

In response to California’s historic drought some chefs are creating meals that use less water. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Sustainable Foods Institute. When Television Chef Nathan Lyon read about California’s worsening drought earlier this year, he started thinking about the amount of water it takes to grow the food in recipes he creates in Los Angeles. That’s when he and Culinary Manager Sarah Forman decided to develop what they call ...
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Why The Price Of Eggs Is Skyrocketing


Google's 'Street View' Takes On Yosemite's El Capitan

For years, Google users have relied on the company's popular "Street View" technology to get a sidewalk level view of shops and restaurants. Now that concept is going vertical, with a unique 360-degree digital trek up Yosemite's El Capitan with some of the world's top climbers. Earlier this year the company enlisted Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell to use Street View camera to document their climbs. Caldwell made international headlines earlier this year when he and Kevin Jorgeson...
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UC Merced Teams Up With NASA To Boost STEM Careers, Nanotechnology


HIV Infections In Fresno County Increase, Especially Among Youth

In 2010 President Barack Obama announced a new vision for HIV and AIDS where one day new infections in the country would be considered rare. “We believe that while HIV transmission rates in this country are not as high as they once were every new case is one case too many," he says. Obama’s plan aims to reduce new infections by 25% nationwide. But here in Fresno County, that’s not happening. In recent years, the county has seen an alarming number of new HIV and AIDS cases. Health officials...
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California's Drought

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An Ancient Native American Drought Solution For A Parched California

In the Sierra Nevada, above Fresno, North Fork Mono Indians are working to thin the forest. The group's goal is twofold. Save water and prevent large-scale forest fires. North Fork Mono Indians have been using this approach for centuries, but now California's severe drought means these ancient techniques are being looked at as a possible long-term solution. From Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports. Ron Goode knows the Sierra Nevada unlike most people. He belongs to the North Fork...
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Leaving Laos: "If We Stayed, I Knew We Wouldn't Survive"

Forty years ago the Hmong people began seeking refuge in the United States after the CIA recruited a guerrilla army of Hmong people to fight the North Vietnamese in Laos in what’s known as the Secret War. Before coming to the US they spent years in refugee camps in Thailand. Thousands of those refugees made it to America where their lives changed forever. FM89’s Ezra David Romero speaks with a Hmong family who made the journey and has no desire to return to their homeland. Don Vang knew he...
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Avila Beach Pier Closed Due To Safety Concerns

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On Valley Edition: Restaurant News With The Fresno Bee's Bethany Clough

This week on Valley Edition: An interview with Dolores Huerta, Craft beer in the Valley, and is Prop 47 driving up crime?

A Capitol Fourth

Hear the 2015 broadcast of A Capitol Fourth, from the National Mall in Washington DC, featuring Barry Manilow. Saturday night at 8:00 PM.

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Valley Public Radio Breaks Ground On New Broadcast Center

On Tuesday May 19th, Valley Public Radio broke ground on construction a new broadcast center, which will serve the station and the San Joaquin Valley for decades to come. The 10,500 square foot building will be erected at the corner of Temperance and Alluvial in Clovis, at the city's research and technology park. Around 200 station supporters attended the ceremony, which marks the official start of construction on the $4.5 million project. Dignitaries included Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig,...
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The Moth Radio Hour

Hear true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props or accompaniment. Fridays at 7:00 PM

David Aus Joins FM89 Broadcast Team

Valley Public Radio listeners have likely noticed a new voice on the FM89 airwaves, that of David Aus. The station’s newest classical announcer, David can be heard regularly on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM hosting Clearly Classical and other FM89 programs. David’s voice is familiar to many in the Fresno area. In addition to being an in-demand pianist, composer, arranger and educator, he also is a radio veteran, with nearly 10 years of broadcast experience as a host at KFSR. ...
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Construction Update: Site Excavation & Grading Underway

The job site is a busy place these days as work crews are busy doing site excavation and grading for the foundation of our new building. Work crews are in the process of digging up dirt under the site of the new building and then compacting the soil using a machine called a "sheep's foot" roller. This ensures that Valley Public Radio's new home has a strong foundation for the future.
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Valley Public Radio Launches New Website

Valley Public Radio is proud to announce the re-launch of, with a new “responsive design” that delivers a customized user experience tailored to your individual device. The new design also features a cleaner layout, easier navigation, and most importantly more space on the homepage for highlighting the station’s local content, as well as highlights from NPR. All current site content is retained with the new layout. The move is driven by the wide adoption of mobile devices in recent...
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My Valley, My Story: Rosa Garaby Has Lived Without Running Water For Five Years

Imagine going to your kitchen sink to wash dishes, but when you turn on the tap little or now water flows out. That's the reality in homes of many people across the Central Valley, especially as the historic drought worsens. As part of FM89's series My Valley, My Story featuring first person accounts from people throughout the San Joaquin Valley reporter Ezra David Romero visits the Madera County community of Chowchilla, where one family has lived without water for five years. "My first name...
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Money, Greed and Power Keep Chukchansi Casino Closed, Tribe Still Divided

The future of the Chukchansi tribe in Central California is in jeopardy. The federal government shut down the tribe's casino six months ago after a conflict over control of the tribe escalated to violence. Now many tribal members are without basic services, and the multi-million dollar resort sits vacant, threatening the tribe's finances. As Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports, the Chukchansi people are just one example of what happens when big money, greed and power intersect in...
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