Valley Public Radio News http://kvpr.org en Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement http://kvpr.org/post/report-groundwater-management-plans-need-significant-improvement <div><p>A new report finds local water agencies need to do a better job managing groundwater in California. Amy Quinton has the details from Sacramento.</p></div><p><a href="http://www.californiawaterfoundation.org/uploads/1405009350-GMPReport2014(00256304xA1C15).pdf">The California Water Foundation</a> looked at 120 groundwater management plans adopted by local water agencies. In a nutshell, the results aren’t good. Almost 30 percent were written in 2002 or earlier. Many lacked objectives and an implementation strategy.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:34:27 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 35522 at http://kvpr.org Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought http://kvpr.org/post/forecasters-el-nino-not-likely-help-ease-drought <p>It's less likely an El Niño event will bring rain to parched California next fall or winter. And, as Ed Joyce reports from Sacramento, the drought is expected to continue next year.</p><p>National Weather Service <a href="http://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/en-so">forecasters say</a> the chance of El Niño is about 70 percent during the Northern Hemisphere this summer and is close to 80 percent during the fall and early winter.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:08:32 +0000 Ed Joyce - Capital Public Radio 35521 at http://kvpr.org Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought Waterless Madera County Locale Hears The Faucet Run http://kvpr.org/post/waterless-madera-county-locale-hears-faucet-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the last three days a water crisis in a small community outside Madera left its residents without potable water. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ezra David Romero has more on how Madera County is bringing water to this parched community.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:44:09 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35520 at http://kvpr.org Waterless Madera County Locale Hears The Faucet Run Commentary: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-politicans-cant-escape-human-nature-when-it-comes-receiving-gifts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While their professional organizations discourage physicians from accepting gifts from corporations that may unduly influence their professional practice, no such strictures apply to gifting our politicians.&nbsp; In this &nbsp;edition of </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> commentary series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Moral Is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield says the public should also be wary of the &nbsp;continues his earlier theme on the impact of the possible ramifica Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:00:32 +0000 Christopher Meyers 35450 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts 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 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 Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent http://kvpr.org/post/much-californias-emergency-drought-relief-money-still-unspent <p>It’s been four months since Governor Jerry Brown signed what he and Democratic lawmakers called “emergency drought legislation.” It promised nearly $700 million in immediate drought relief. But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, nearly 90 percent of that money has yet to be spent.</p><p>It was late February when Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced – with great fanfare – emergency drought legislation.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Brown:</em></strong><em> “What needs to be done will be done – and is being done.”</em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:42:00 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 35249 at http://kvpr.org Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent Modesto Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Chosen to Lead Assembly GOP http://kvpr.org/post/modesto-assemblywoman-kristin-olsen-chosen-lead-assembly-gop <p>There will be a new woman leading California Assembly Republicans. And, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the choice is getting good marks on both sides of the aisle.&nbsp;</p><p>Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will officially take over as Assembly minority leader in November. The Modesto Republican says her focus will be on creating more jobs, lowering taxes and improving education.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:52:44 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35250 at http://kvpr.org Modesto Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Chosen to Lead Assembly GOP California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-delay-cap-and-trade-transportation-fuel-permits <p>A California Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would delay part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program for at least three years. Under the bill, energy companies would be able to put off purchasing “transportation fuel pollution” permits. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:38:03 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35248 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater http://kvpr.org/post/drought-worsens-fresno-turns-attention-wastewater <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim </span>Quist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> farms 700 acres next to the one of the most secure water sources in Fresno County.</span></p><p>“It might be providence," Quist says, about what&nbsp;brought his grandfather to&nbsp;the property&nbsp;in 1933.&nbsp;</p><p>A portion of Quist's irrigation water was once&nbsp;raw sewage. Quist’s farm is just across the road from the City of Fresno’s wastewater treatment plant. It’s been giving him water for 50 years.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:13:15 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 35084 at http://kvpr.org As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater 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 California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-farm-worker-sexual-harassment-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A California Assembly committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give the state the power to revoke the licenses of farm labor contractor’s if they hire supervisors who have sexually harassed workers.</p><p>Michael Marsh is an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance. He says his office deals with complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault on a regular basis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:14:19 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34776 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill 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 California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-groundwater-rules-bill <p>Local California water agencies would be able to establish rules governing groundwater use for the first time under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Backers of the bill say years of ground water over-pumping has led to wells drying up around the state and has also depleted surface water supplies. Maurice Hall is with the Nature Conservancy.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:45:08 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34738 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill Brown Opposes Existing Water Bond, Wants $6 Billion Replacement http://kvpr.org/post/brown-opposes-existing-water-bond-wants-6-billion-replacement <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has stayed publicly quiet so far&nbsp;on negotiations over a potential replacement to the $11 billion water bond currently set to go before voters in November.</p><p>Now, just days before the Secretary of State's official Thursday&nbsp;deadline for legislative ballot measures to qualify, top legislative sources tell Capital Public Radio the governor is finally making his views clear.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:58:54 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 34709 at http://kvpr.org Brown Opposes Existing Water Bond, Wants $6 Billion Replacement 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