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Cotton Sheet Conspiracy Brought Down By DNA Testing

Americans come into contact with cotton every day. It’s a staple we use for clothing, food products and even cosmetics. But not all cotton is of equal quality. In fact many times higher grade cotton products have been laced with inferior fiber. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on how the cotton industry is fighting back. American Pima cotton is claimed as some of the finest cotton in the world. Debbie Fletcher only buys cotton products made out of the plant. “The feel of the fabric is very...
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For Valley Groups The World Ag Expo Is The Fundraiser Of Fundraisers

It’s the second day of the World Ag Expo in Tulare. People from around the globe come to the three day event to experience the latest in agricultural technology. All these farmer types get hungry and that’s why food is a big deal at the show. Think giant steak sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and beer. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports that for some community groups all those hungry people make for a big fundraiser. Nancy Hammel’s peach cobbler sold at the World Ag Expo is baked on site. “We are...
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Former Yosemite Superintendent Speaks Out On Name-Change Controversy

Last month National Park Service officials made headlines when they announced their plan to remove the historic names from many of Yosemite National Park's treasured amenities, like the Ahwahnee Hotel and Curry Village, it sparked a public outcry. It was a bold move in a legal dispute between the government, outgoing Yosemite concessions company Delaware North, and Aramark, which is set to take over operations next month, thanks to a new $2 billion dollar contract. Delaware North says it owns...
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Ezra David Romero
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Rough Fire And El Nino Pose Problems For Pine Flat Lake

Last summer the Rough Fire grew so large that fire crews from around the world came to the Sierra Nevada east of Fresno to fight the blaze. Today the area is still feeling the effects of the 150,000 acre burn. And as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports El Nino is bringing a whole new set of problems to the area Pine Flat Lake is rising about a half a foot a day. Recent rain and snow are slowly filling it up. “The storms have been fairly regularly spaced and they’ve been bringing some much needed...
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On The Record: Olivier & Arambula On Valley Edition

While election day may still seem far away for many Californians, the residents of the 31st Assembly District don't have to wait until June to vote. Instead they'll be asked to select a candidate in April to fill the seat left vacant after Henry T. Perea resigned last year. That's in addition to the regularly schedule primary in June and general election in November for the seat. Four candidates are vying for the spot, including front runners Clint Olivier , (a Republican) and Joaquin...
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Fresno Company Cashes In Big On Tiny Houses

Small could be the new big, at least when it comes to houses. The so-called Tiny House Movement has taken off in the last year with numerous shows and even a popular Netflix documentary about living in homes of just a few hundred square feet. For one local company, tiny homes are huge business. At a time when many potential homeowners are going big, a small but growing number of people are downsizing into homes that are smaller than your average garage. That is where Nick Mosley and his...
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New Book Captures "Astrophotography" Along The John Muir Trail

Imagine for a moment hiking the majestic John Muir trail in the High Sierra from Yosemite to Mount Whitney. Now imagine doing it in the middle of the night, with a load of sophisticated cameras, tripods and telescopes. That’s just what Scott Lange and Nick Foster did last summer, all in an effort to produce breathtaking long-exposure nighttime images of heavens and the landscape. Even more impressive, they hiked their nearly three week-long journey over 200 miles while the Rough Fire was...
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Health Care Showdown: What's Driving A Wedge Between The Valley's Medical Giants?

If there’s one word that epitomizes the state of health care today, it’s change. Nowhere is that more clear than in the San Joaquin Valley’s hospital landscape, where longtime friends have turned into bitter rivals. But what’s behind the shifting alliances that have divided much of the Fresno health care market in recent years? The answer could be one word, networks. Earlier this year, Craig Wagoner the CEO of Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center made an announcement that might have...
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Beams Are A Sound Idea In New VPR Performance Studio

Look up when you visit Valley Public Radio's new Barmann-Chaney performance studio and you'll see beams. While they aren't structural, they're there for an important reason - acoustics. A big part of the process of building a radio station is involved with the issue of sound and acoustic design. An ideal studio environment is both isolated from noise of the outside world or adjacent studios, and also has a good sound of its own, not too "live" and not too "dead" - acoustically speaking. The...
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Construction Update

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Workers Start Applying Stucco To KVPR's New Home

On Thursday workers started applying stucco to the exterior of the building. This is a big milestone for the project as it signals that completion is getting much closer. It also is important for another reason - the weather. The recent break in the El Nino-driven rains that have hit the valley gave the building just enough time to dry out for workers to start applying the stucco. Once the job is complete, work can continue on the rest of the exterior finishes, including the installation of...
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Valley Public Radio Wins Prestigious "Golden Mike" Awards

The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California has honored Valley Public Radio with two prestigious "Golden Mike" awards. The station received the honors in Los Angeles Saturday night at the organization’s 66th annual gala at the Universal City Hilton. Valley Public Radio’s Jeffery Hess received the Golden Mike award for "Best News Reporting (Division B)" for his report on education reform efforts at Lindsay High School in Tulare County. The piece titled “One Valley School...
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FM89 Celebrates "Topping Off" Of New Facility, Naming Of Studio

A group of station supporters celebrated in Clovis on Thursday as workers lifted the last major piece of the exterior structure into place on Valley Public Radio's new home. The "topping off" ceremony is the latest milestone in construction of the new facility. Before the last beam was installed by workers with Fresno-based Zumwalt Construction, attendees were invited to sign the steel girder. Following the ceremony, Valley Public Radio announced that the building's new performance studio has...
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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 Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, and Tuesdays from 10:00 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...
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