Gabriela Ornelas en Valley reacts to Brown's Bay-Delta tunnel plan <p>Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced plans today to make big changes to the state&rsquo;s water supply system - and the plan is already being met with both support and criticism from up and down the state.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 02:25:16 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 969 at High speed rail releases revised environmental study <p>The California High Speed Rail Authority has released a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project section between Fresno and Bakersfield. The Authority has provided alternative routes in response to public dissatisfaction with the proposals in the original report released last year.</p><p>Frank Oliveira of the group Citizens for California High Speed Rail Accountability, says he&#39;s still concerned with the revised draft, as he isn&#39;t convinced the Authority has done what they can to understand the effects the high speed rail could have in the Valley.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:56:18 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 538 at High speed rail releases revised environmental study Court closures expected to hurt rural communities <p>California&rsquo;s budget problems have put a strain on all state departments - including local county courts. Valley Public Radio&#39;s Gabriela Ornelas tells us how Fresno County residents may find getting to a courtroom much more difficult in the coming weeks.<br /> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 02:05:06 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 248 at Court closures expected to hurt rural communities Labor shortage a concern to valley farmers <p>The Central Valley is the agricultural center of California, producing a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other commodities - all worked by the hands of thousands of farm workers. However, these crops may be threatened this season with a reported decrease in the number of workers.&nbsp;<br /> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 01:53:59 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 247 at Labor shortage a concern to valley farmers Fresno Immigration Activist Welcomes New Obama Policy <p>President Obama&#39;s announcement today on immigration reform is receiving a warm welcome from local immigrant rights advocates.</p><p>Pedro Ramirez, the former student body president of Fresno State who gained national notoriety in 2010 because of his status as an undocumented immigrant, says this is a step in the right direction that will make a profound difference for hispanic students in the valley.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:02:01 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 696 at Assembly Passes Farm Worker Safety Act <p>The ag industry may soon see some changes, now that the Farmworker Safety Act was approved by the state Assembly yesterday afternoon.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 00:50:12 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 1797 at Obama Praises UFW on 50th Anniversary <p>The United Farm Workers of America celebrated its 50th anniversary in Bakersfield this weekend. The two-day convention attracted hundreds of workers from the around the valley, and even the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. Solis made the trip from Washington D.C. to speak with the supporters and honor one of the co-founders of the union, Dolores Huerta, with a special coin commemorating her activism for the community.</p><p>The conference ended with a video speech from President Obama, who praised the union for their hard work for fair pay for farm workers.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 01:39:58 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 1800 at Fresno Hearing Seeks Solutions to Ag Metal Theft <p>Agricultural metal theft continues to be a problem in the valley, and Sacramento lawmakers are paying attention. The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing today in Downtown Fresno searching for solutions.</p><p>Four years ago, the state legislature passed a bill by then Assembly member Tom Berryhill that aimed to crack down on the theft of metal from farmers. The bill required recyclers to keep detailed records on materials and sellers.</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 22:15:46 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 693 at