Kerry Klein http://kvpr.org en Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County http://kvpr.org/post/drought-hurts-fresno-county-crop-value-dropping-behind-tulare-county <p>A report released today shows that Fresno's agricultural industry has slipped out of its first-place standing in the state.&nbsp; The 2013 Fresno County crop report shows that its total gross value of agricultural products last year was $6.4 billion, over $1.3 billion behind Tulare County--the first time since 2002 that Tulare swung to the top of the list.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:32:18 +0000 Kerry Klein 35761 at http://kvpr.org Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County Measure W Signals Shift in Fresno Politics http://kvpr.org/post/measure-w-signals-shift-fresno-politics <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A grassroots campaign to roll back a planned water rate hike that then sparked a lengthy legal battle could soon wind up before Fresno voters.</span></p><p>On Thursday the Fresno City Council will decide whether to put a referendum called Measure W on the November ballot, or to repeal the water rate plan. The move comes after a citizens group announced last week that its petition drive has collected over 5,500 valid signatures—more than enough to qualify for the ballot.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:03 +0000 Kerry Klein 35752 at http://kvpr.org Measure W Signals Shift in Fresno Politics Referendum On Fresno Water Rate Hike Qualifies For November Ballot http://kvpr.org/post/referendum-fresno-water-rate-hike-qualifies-november-ballot <p>Fresno voters may soon get a chance to overturn the City Council's planned hikes in water rates.</p><p>Fresno City Clerk Yvonne Spence confirmed today that a referendum petition submitted in late June has over 5,500 valid signatures--more than enough to put Measure W on the ballot.</p><p>The measure aims to allow voters to overturn a water plan approved last summer by the Council.&nbsp; The plan would on average double water rates over the next 3 years in order to fund a $410 million upgrade to the city's water system.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:01:03 +0000 Kerry Klein 35391 at http://kvpr.org Referendum On Fresno Water Rate Hike Qualifies For November Ballot In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life http://kvpr.org/post/clovis-purple-pipes-give-recycled-water-new-life <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is </span>Pasa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tiempo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park in Clovis.&nbsp; It’s 5 acres of green grass tucked between suburban homes and an orange grove.&nbsp; It’s a lot like any other neighborhood park:&nbsp; benches, fruit trees, and lots of space for kids.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:39:43 +0000 Kerry Klein 35386 at http://kvpr.org In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life Air District Questions Asthma-Air Pollution Link http://kvpr.org/post/air-district-questions-asthma-air-pollution-link-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New research this week questions the connection between air pollution and asthma.</span></p><p>In 2011, a study by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District established a link between asthma-related ER visits and levels of PM2.5, or fine particulate matter in valley air.&nbsp; But after a follow-up to that study, the Air District now reports that for a number of years, asthma-related ER visits increased even as PM2.5 levels dropped.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:28:41 +0000 Kerry Klein 34457 at http://kvpr.org Air District Questions Asthma-Air Pollution Link Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers http://kvpr.org/post/lawsuit-filed-over-proposal-delta-water-transfers <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of&nbsp;environmental groups&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Wednesday&nbsp;that it is suing&nbsp;the Bureau of Reclamation over its proposal to send water from northern California to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p><p class="p1">The water transfers would involve pumping over 175,000 acre-feet of water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, home to the endangered delta smelt and other fragile aquatic species.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:06:32 +0000 Kerry Klein 34119 at http://kvpr.org Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers Fresno Fire Department Looking Into Serial Arson in Fresno's Downtown Fires http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-fire-department-looking-serial-arson-fresnos-downtown-fires <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Fresno Fire Department believes it is battling a serial arsonist.&nbsp; At a budget hearing on Tuesday, Fresno Fire Department Chief Kerri </span>Donis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the fire and police departments are investigating 21 fires that have occurred in the city since May.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:30:16 +0000 Kerry Klein 34063 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Fire Department Looking Into Serial Arson in Fresno's Downtown Fires On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle http://kvpr.org/post/way-november-ballot-fresno-chaffee-zoo-hits-funding-hurdle <div><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:20:21 +0000 Kerry Klein 33773 at http://kvpr.org On the Way to November Ballot, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Hits Funding Hurdle Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire http://kvpr.org/post/dry-conditions-spur-rapid-spread-hunters-fire <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the late afternoon on Memorial Day, a wildfire touched off in rural Mariposa County. &nbsp;Just two days later, the so-called Hunters Fire has engulfed 1300 acres and destroyed two homes.</span></p><p class="p1">Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says fires this time of year aren't unusual--but ones that travel so fast are.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:10:45 +0000 Kerry Klein 33385 at http://kvpr.org Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-students-win-big-international-science-and-engineering-fair <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, 1700 high school students from over 70 countries met in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, including 5 students from Fresno and Clovis.</span></p><p>Beatrice Choi, a sophomore from Fresno’s University High School, brought home third place in Chemistry.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:47:34 +0000 Kerry Klein 33120 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Students Win Big at International Science and Engineering Fair State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility http://kvpr.org/post/state-approves-expansion-kettleman-hills-toxic-waste-facility-0 <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">After 6 years, the state of California has approved the expansion of a toxic waste landfill near Kettleman City. The decision will allow the landfill to expand by 50%, or 5 million cubic yards, which owners at Waste Management Incorporated estimate will last about 8 years.</p><p class="p1">Jim Marxen&nbsp;is a spokesperson for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:11:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 33062 at http://kvpr.org State Approves Expansion of Kettleman Hills Toxic Waste Facility Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-new-city-budget <p>At a press conference this morning, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced her proposed 2015 budget for the City of Fresno.</p><p>In a departure from the major shortfalls the city has faced since 2009, the proposal emphasizes paying off debt, bolstering city services, and increasing the operating reserve to help prepare for unforeseen costs.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:51:12 +0000 Kerry Klein 32998 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces New City Budget Campus-Wide Collaboration Ups Fresno State's Water Conservation http://kvpr.org/post/campus-wide-collaboration-ups-fresno-states-water-conservation <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Fresno State’s newest additions is a broad, brown, </span>mulchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> patch of land in front of the Science II building. &nbsp;Gardening specialist </span>Fortunato<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Garcia leads volunteers with shovels to a lumpy mound.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garcia: All right, so we'll put one fertilizer tab here, one here, one here, one there...</span></p></blockquote><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:24:56 +0000 Kerry Klein 32965 at http://kvpr.org Campus-Wide Collaboration Ups Fresno State's Water Conservation San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Depletion Linked to Earthquakes http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-valley-groundwater-depletion-linked-earthquakes <p class="p1">Researchers have long known that the mountain ranges surrounding the Central Valley have been rising faster than expected--a few millimeters every year for over a century.&nbsp; And over the same time, seismic activity in the area has also increased.&nbsp; According to a new study, both may be linked to the depletion of groundwater in the Central Valley.&nbsp; Colin Amos of Western Washington University is lead author on the study.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:51:37 +0000 Kerry Klein 32745 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Depletion Linked to Earthquakes Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty http://kvpr.org/post/yosemite-workers-rally-keep-jobs-amid-contract-uncertainty <p class="p1">Concessions workers at Yosemite National Park held a rally today over concerns that a new contractor could leave some longtime employers out of work.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Delaware North Corporation has held the park's exclusive food service and lodging contract since the early 1990's.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Park Service recently announced that it is soliciting new proposals for the deal.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">Sarah McDermott is with the Unite Here Local 19 union:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 02:03:57 +0000 Kerry Klein & Joe Moore 32627 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty