Joe Moore http://kvpr.org en Live In-Studio: Rock/Jazz Violinist Patrick Contreras http://kvpr.org/post/live-studio-rockjazz-violinist-patrick-contreras <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some people call Fresno's <a href="http://twitter.com/violinonfire">Patrick Contreras</a> a rock violinist. To others, he's a jazz musician. To others still he's a blues or a Latin music artist. His music spans categories and influences from plugged-in&nbsp;</span>Jimi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hendrix inspired riffs to romantic boleros. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:13:37 +0000 Joe Moore 36086 at http://kvpr.org Live In-Studio: Rock/Jazz Violinist Patrick Contreras Valley Edition: July 22 - Fresno Food Expo; Food Commons; Dark Sky Festival; Patrick Contreras http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-july-22-fresno-food-expo-food-commons-dark-sky-festival-patrick-contreras <p>This week on Valley Edition we preview the 4<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://www.fresnofoodexpo.com/">Fresno Food Expo</a> with Amy Fuentes with the City of Fresno and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pub/agnes-saghatelian/5/934/915">Agnes Saghatelian</a>&nbsp;president of Valley Lahvosh Baking Company. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:58:02 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 36061 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: July 22 - Fresno Food Expo; Food Commons; Dark Sky Festival; Patrick Contreras In Farmersville, Vilsack Announces Aid For Residents With Failed Wells http://kvpr.org/post/farmersville-vilsack-announces-aid-residents-failed-wells <p>California homeowners who have seen their wells fail during the drought are getting some assistance from the federal government. FM89's Joe Moore reports on today's &nbsp;announcement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>-----------</p><p>The well at Carlen Overby's rural Tulare County home went dry on July 4th, when she was taking a shower.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:57:56 +0000 Joe Moore 35920 at http://kvpr.org In Farmersville, Vilsack Announces Aid For Residents With Failed Wells Fresno City Council Puts Off Measure W Decision, Asks For Study http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-city-council-puts-measure-w-decision-asks-study <p class="p1">Fresno voters may get to weigh in on a referendum that would overturn a planned hike in water rates, but the final decision didn't come Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Instead of moving forward with putting Measure W on the November ballot, or repealing the rate hikes - the city council voted to commission an expedited study on the issue.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:37:09 +0000 Joe Moore 35877 at http://kvpr.org Fresno City Council Puts Off Measure W Decision, Asks For Study Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-supervisors-wait-poochigian-proposal-oppose-high-speed-rail <p>The Fresno County Board of Supervisors decided to wait on a proposal Tuesday that would have formally positioned the county as opposed to California’s high speed rail project. The effort which was led by Supervisor Debbie Poochigian, who says the project’s funding should be diverted to other areas like water or public safety.</p><p>Poochigian spoke with Valley Public Radio on Monday afternoon before the meeting:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:26:56 +0000 Joe Moore 35764 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Supervisors Wait On Poochigian Proposal To Oppose High Speed Rail James Fallows: California's High Speed Rail Plan Is 'Better Than The Alternatives' http://kvpr.org/post/james-fallows-californias-high-speed-rail-plan-better-alternatives <p>The Atlantic's <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/">James Fallows</a>&nbsp;says California's high speed rail project may be flawed and expensive, but he also calls it better than other methods of accommodating the state's growing population.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:14:57 +0000 Joe Moore 35733 at http://kvpr.org James Fallows: California's High Speed Rail Plan Is 'Better Than The Alternatives' Valley Edition: June 15 - Google In Merced; High Speed Rail With James Fallows, Debbie Poochigian http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-15-google-merced-high-speed-rail-james-fallows-debbie-poochigian <p>This week on Valley Edition we take a look at <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/google-self-driving-car-and-others-use-merced-landing-pad">innovation </a>at Castle Air Force Base in Merced County, learn about the <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/11000-stuck-fresno-countys-medi-cal-backlog">medical backlog in Fresno County</a>, talk with writer <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/">James Fallows</a>&nbsp;and Fresno County Supervisor <a href="http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=15347">Debbie Poochigian</a> about California High Speed Rail, and speak with NPR's <a href="ht Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:35:16 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 35732 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 15 - Google In Merced; High Speed Rail With James Fallows, Debbie Poochigian New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP http://kvpr.org/post/new-assembly-minority-leader-talks-rebranding-california-gop <p>Assembly Republicans have a new leader in Sacramento, and she's from the San Joaquin Valley. Modesto's Kristin Olsen joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her priorities from education to a water bond. She also spoke about her ideas on how California Republicans can better connect with voters in the future.&nbsp;</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">On her vision for Republicans in California:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:23:17 +0000 Joe Moore 35385 at http://kvpr.org New Assembly Minority Leader Talks Of 'Rebranding' California GOP Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries http://kvpr.org/post/levee-break-canal-will-delay-water-deliveries <p class="p1">A major canal that supplies Kings River water to east side valley farmers will be out of commission for one week at the height of the&nbsp; growing season.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">A levee on the Alta Irrigation's District's Alta Main canal east of Sanger gave way on Sunday evening, flooding several homes and closing Highway 180 for a short time. Crews were able to control the flooding and turn off the water supply.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:25:18 +0000 Joe Moore 35322 at http://kvpr.org Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries Valley Edition: June 1 - Kayaking From Bakersfield to San Francisco; Mariposa Grove; Gerald Haslam http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-1-kayaking-bakersfield-san-francisco-mariposa-grove-gerald-haslam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on Valley Edition reporter Ezra David Romero reports on how one </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-chef-gets-new-start-high-speed-rail" style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno man's life has been altered</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> because of his recent hire along the first stage of construction of the Fresno-Madera corridor of California's future high speed rail line. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:05:15 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 35053 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 1 - Kayaking From Bakersfield to San Francisco; Mariposa Grove; Gerald Haslam Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-man-recalls-kayak-trip-kern-county-sf-bay-30-years-later <p>This month CNN journalist John D. Sutter is on a&nbsp;mission to kayak the San Joaquin River from Fresno to San Francisco Bay. We <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco?nopop=1">spoke with him last week</a> on Valley Edition as he seeks to document the stories along what has been called America's most endangered river.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:51:12 +0000 Joe Moore 35040 at http://kvpr.org Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later On Yosemite's 150th Anniversary, Mariposa Grove Takes Center Stage http://kvpr.org/post/yosemites-150th-anniversary-mariposa-grove-takes-center-stage <p>Monday marked the 150th anniversary of the land grant that established what we know now as Yosemite National Park. On June 30, 1864 in the middle of the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln signed an act “authorizing a grant to the State of California of the Yo-Semite Valley, and of the land embracing the Mariposa Big Tree Grove.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:23:06 +0000 Joe Moore 35034 at http://kvpr.org On Yosemite's 150th Anniversary, Mariposa Grove Takes Center Stage Gerald Haslam Recalls Tragic Story Of Athlete Leon Patterson With New Book http://kvpr.org/post/gerald-haslam-recalls-tragic-story-athlete-leon-patterson-new-book <p>Author <a href="http://www.geraldhaslam.com/">Gerald Haslam</a> is something of a literary renaissance man. A historian, novelist, essayist and biographer, he is one of California’s most respected writers, and has devoted much of his career to telling stories about life in the Central Valley.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">His writing is much like the region he comes from: direct, unpretentious, and often filled with surprising depth and color. </span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:14:17 +0000 Joe Moore 35029 at http://kvpr.org Gerald Haslam Recalls Tragic Story Of Athlete Leon Patterson With New Book Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/swearengin-calls-fresno-resilient-economic-recovery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno Mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the city is in the middle of a resilient economic recovery. But as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore reports, her annual state of the city speech Wednesday afternoon also addressed some lingering problems. &nbsp;</span></p><p>In what could be her last such speech as Fresno’s mayor, Ashley Swearengin told the crowd at the Convention Center the economic cloud which has hovered over the city for the past five years is beginning to lift.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:56:55 +0000 Joe Moore 34775 at http://kvpr.org Swearengin Calls Fresno 'Resilient' In Economic Recovery Valley Edition June 24: Ken Rudin; Kayaking The San Joaquin; 59 Days Of Code http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-24-ken-rudin-kayaking-san-joaquin-59-days-code <p>This week on Valley Edition we take a trip down the San Joaquin River with John D. Sutter of CNN. He's attempting to kayak from Fresno to San Francisco as part of a reporting project on the river that has been called the "most endangered" in the nation.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:55:33 +0000 Joe Moore 34710 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition June 24: Ken Rudin; Kayaking The San Joaquin; 59 Days Of Code Organizers Say Fresno Software Competition So Successful, It's No Longer Necessary http://kvpr.org/post/organizers-say-fresno-software-competition-so-successful-its-no-longer-necessary <p>Downtown Fresno is just 163 miles from Mountain View, the heart of Silicon Valley and the home of tech giant Google, but in many ways it's a world away.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But while the San Joaquin Valley may be known more for its produce than its programmers a local competition has been working for the past five years to change that. </span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:19:14 +0000 Joe Moore 34697 at http://kvpr.org Organizers Say Fresno Software Competition So Successful, It's No Longer Necessary Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Kevin McCarthy, Jerry Brown http://kvpr.org/post/political-junkie-ken-rudin-kevin-mccarthy-jerry-brown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week Central California took center stage in the nation's capital as House Republicans selected Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy as the next majority leader. &nbsp;It caps a remarkable rise to power for the Kern County congressman, who was elected to his first time in 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:59:35 +0000 Joe Moore 34684 at http://kvpr.org Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Kevin McCarthy, Jerry Brown CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco <p>Journalist <a href="http://twitter.com/jdsutter">John D. Sutter</a> is on a quest to do something that many valley residents do, kayak on the San Joaquin River. But instead of going for a short trip from Lost Lake Park to Highway 41, he has a much longer journey in mind - <a href="http://cnnuslive.cnn.com/Event/My_trip_down_the_most_endangered_river_in_America">Friant Dam all the way to San Francisco Bay.&nbsp;</a></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Joe Moore 34681 at http://kvpr.org CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco Valley Edition: June 17th - Water Wells Go Dry; Oil Find; JazzFresno http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-17th-water-wells-go-dry-oil-find-jazzfresno <p>This week on Valley Edition we hear how some Fresno County homeowners are dealing with residential wells that are going dry in part thanks to the drought and groundwater overdraft.</p><p>We also talk with Lois Henry of the Bakersfield Californian about a potential new oil find that some believe may be an indication that producers are starting to successfully recover the light sweet crude from the Monterey shale formation.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 04:48:10 +0000 Joe Moore & Ezra David Romero 34365 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 17th - Water Wells Go Dry; Oil Find; JazzFresno Cantor's Defeat Presents Opportunity, Challenge For Bakersfield's McCarthy http://kvpr.org/post/cantors-defeat-presents-opportunity-challenge-bakersfields-mccarthy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday's surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary is having a ripple effect throughout the GOP. The "political earthquake" is extending all the way to the San Joaquin Valley, which is home to Cantor's chief deputy, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. </span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:11:31 +0000 Joe Moore 34045 at http://kvpr.org Cantor's Defeat Presents Opportunity, Challenge For Bakersfield's McCarthy