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Willow Fire Now Over 4,300 Acres

In the last 24 hours the Willow Fire has grown by around 1,000 acres, fueled by dense brush, hot conditions and wind. As of Friday morning the fire has consumed around 4,300 acres and is 30 percent contained. The blaze began Saturday near Bass Lake and is now 30 percent contained. Officials say the southern flank of the fire is now burning in the footprint of the 2001 North Fork fire, an area filled with dense brush, tree snags and dead woody material. On the north crews are making progress...
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In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

Historical movements, wars and disasters around the globe have created signature sounds in music. Think freedom songs like “We Shall Overcome” or even Prince’s “Baltimore.” California is in its fourth year of drought and songs about a drying state are now emerging. From Here & Nows contributing station Valley Public Radio, Ezra David Romero reports. Read more and see more photos and videos via Valley Public Radio [Youtube]Reporter Ezra David Romero, reporter and producer at Valley Public...
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The “Almond Doctor” Says Salt Is Slowly Crippling California’s Almond Industry

By now most people know that almonds use a lot of water, about one gallon per nut. Most growers are relying on groundwater even more this year because their surface water has been cut off because of the drought. But as Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports that brings a different problem all together, one that an “Almond Doctor” is trying to solve. Brothers Paul and David Parreira ship over 30 million pounds of almonds around the globe each year from Rpac Almonds south of Los Banos...
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More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

Just over two-thirds of Californians who did not have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act went into full effect in 2014 are now covered, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.The newly insured are much less likely to say that paying for health care is a problem, compared to when they were uninsured."This is really great news for California," said Sarah de Guia, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an advocacy group. She spoke of people...
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To Help Kids Read, Fresno Library Program Brings In Dogs

Parents often wonder how they can get their children to read and at the same time have their kids enjoy doing so. As FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports, one library in Clovis is inspiring children to open up books with the help of a four legged friend. “So who’s going to read first today? This is Atlas,” says Mary Catalano. Catalano is at the Clovis Regional Library with her yellow Labrador named Atlas. The nine-year-old dog is laying on the ground surrounded by kids. The two are volunteering as...
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Climate Scientist: Don't Count On El Nino To End California's Drought

Federal climate scientists say it was a record warm June for California. Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports the hot weather is forecast to continue into the fall. In this fourth year of drought, NOAA says California had its warmest June in 121 years. The agency said last year was the warmest on record for the state. And this last winter, California had a record-low snowpack in the Sierra. Famiglietti: "I think that this past winter is representative of what we will very likely be seeing...
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Stormwater Capture: California's Untapped Water Supply

When it rains in California, millions of gallons of water runs down city streets, into storm drains and out to the Pacific Ocean. But with the state in its fourth year of drought, it can’t afford to waste it. Some cities are capturing that rain by soaking it up like a sponge. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento on what may be California’s next big “untapped” water supply. It’s a busy morning in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood. On Elmer Avenue people are hopping in their cars and garbage...
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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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Ready For Rebar and Concrete, As FM89's New Home Takes Shape

Construction is moving forward at a brisk pace at the site of Valley Public Radio's new home at the Research and Technology Park in Clovis at Temperance & Alluvial Avenues. Over the past two weeks crews have been busy installing plumbing and electrical lines beneath the surface and excavating for the footings for our building's foundation. For better acoustic isolation between studios, the concrete slabs for each studio space are independent from other parts of the building. At this stage...
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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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Valley Public Radio Launches New Website

Valley Public Radio is proud to announce the re-launch of KVPR.org, 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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