Ezra David Romero http://kvpr.org en Voices Of The Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-mendota-mayor-prepares-worst <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>California is in the midst of one of the driest years on record and with over a third of the Central Valley’s jobs tied to agriculture and hundreds of thousands of acres going fallow leaders in the region are expecting ag jobs to be few and far between. FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero reports from one west side Valley town that is already feeling the pinch.</p><p>---</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:45:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30188 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst Voices Of The Drought | Blog #droughtvoices http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-blog-droughtvoices <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In this occasional series the Valley Public Radio news team explores the impacts of the drought through the <em>voices </em>and <em>sounds </em>of Central California.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:13:26 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29729 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought | Blog #droughtvoices Valley Edition: March 11 - Entrepreneurs; Fight For Water Film; Prison Sterilizations; SXSW http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-march-11-entrepreneurs-fight-water-film-prison-sterilizations-sxsw <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Valley Edition</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero reports on Valley entrepreneurs while host Joe Moore leads conversations on the film <a href="http://www.thefightforwaterfilm.com/">Fight For Water</a>, unaut Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:37:15 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29533 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: March 11 - Entrepreneurs; Fight For Water Film; Prison Sterilizations; SXSW Feds Say "No Water This Summer" For Central Valley Farmers http://kvpr.org/post/feds-say-no-water-summer-central-valley-farmers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Valley Farmers received the news today that they had been fearing for months. Due to the drought Central Valley Project contractors will receive an unprecedented “zero allocation.”</span></p><p>Ryan Jacobsen with the Fresno County Farm Bureau says the allocation will force farmers to fallow huge portions of land across Central California.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:45:33 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28820 at http://kvpr.org Feds Say "No Water This Summer" For Central Valley Farmers Commentary: Hmong Girls Feel Pressure To Be "Thick" http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-hmong-girls-feel-pressure-be-thick <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Popular culture and traditional values often differ when it comes to perspective on healthy weight for girls. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28038 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Hmong Girls Feel Pressure To Be "Thick" Rain Might Fall But It Won't Fill The Valley's Deficit http://kvpr.org/post/rain-might-fall-it-wont-fill-valleys-deficit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s drought is causing big concerns for residents and farmers up and down the state. But while a storm is expected to bring some precipitation to the area Thursday, </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ezra David Romero reports the valley’s rainfall deficit is actually worse than the season totals indicate. &nbsp;</span></p><p>---</p><p>According to independent meteorologist Steve Johnson, more moisture has evaporated from the ground than has actually fallen from the sky this rainy season.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:23:39 +0000 Ezra David Romero 27803 at http://kvpr.org Rain Might Fall But It Won't Fill The Valley's Deficit In Tulare County, Redbox Inspires Vending Machines For Books http://kvpr.org/post/tulare-county-redbox-inspires-vending-machines-books <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In rural&nbsp;</span>Tulare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County school libraries are small, and in many towns public libraries are nonexistent. While eBooks and&nbsp;</span>eReaders<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;continue to be one of the hottest trends in education, these same small towns often struggle with a persistent digital divide between the haves and the have&nbsp;</span>nots<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:17:47 +0000 Ezra David Romero 27725 at http://kvpr.org In Tulare County, Redbox Inspires Vending Machines For Books In Fresno, Advocates & Bus Riders Call For Speedy New Bus Network http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-advocates-bus-riders-call-speedy-new-bus-network <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Around 40 activists, health advocates and bus riders rallied in Central Fresno Thursday urging the Fresno City Council to support an improved bus system.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 01:20:53 +0000 Ezra David Romero 27264 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, Advocates & Bus Riders Call For Speedy New Bus Network Valley Air Cleanup Targets Restaurant Charbroilers http://kvpr.org/post/valley-air-cleanup-targets-restaurant-charbroilers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People in Central California </span><u style="line-height: 1.5;">love</u><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> barbecue. From backyard grills to popular new restaurants featuring tri tip, ribs and brisket, it’s one of the biggest food trends in the valley. One Fresno destination is so popular, a line wraps around its building daily.</span></p><p>Fresno’s Dog House Grill is Valley famous for tri-tip, pulled pork and their family recipe barbecue sauce.</p><p>Connie Nicholson and her husband visit Dog House weekly.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:05:35 +0000 Ezra David Romero 27117 at http://kvpr.org Valley Air Cleanup Targets Restaurant Charbroilers Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area http://kvpr.org/post/fighting-fire-fire-future-rim-fire-burn-area <p>Fires in the Sierra Nevada are a natural phenomenon, but with human sparked blazes - like this summer's Rim Fire - the ecology of the mountain range is in flux. Will the high country scorched this summer ever return to its natural glory or will the region of the forest be littered with shrubbery? In this report Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero takes a walk through multiple groves scorched by fires - caused naturally and by the human hand - and speaks with ecologists about the future of the forest burned by the Rim Fire.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:00:43 +0000 Ezra David Romero 25306 at http://kvpr.org Fighting Fire With Fire, The Future Of The Rim Fire Burn Area San Joaquin Valley Craft Distillers Ride National Trend http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-valley-craft-distillers-ride-national-trend <p>The craft distilling industry, much like the craft brewing industry, is taking off across the nation. The trend is on par in the San Joaquin Valley as well, a region where experts say there are more unauthorized distillers than legal – a sign that the region may see a boom in legal distilleries just like it has with craft beer. &nbsp;And when Governor Brown signed AB 933 in September, craft distilleries in California came out ahead with the newly gained ability to offer tastings.</p><p>---</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:13:41 +0000 Ezra David Romero 25015 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin Valley Craft Distillers Ride National Trend In Fresno, Vilsack Calls For New Approach To Wildfire Fight http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-vilsack-calls-new-approach-wildfire-fight <p>As Congress continues to debate the farm bill, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited the Valley Tuesday to speak with local agriculture leaders. But he also called for Washington to do more when it comes to fighting wildfires.</p><p>He told a crowd of about 200 hundred people at Fresno State that passing a farm bill is essential to the San Joaquin Valley’s ag economy.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 01:23:22 +0000 Ezra David Romero 24768 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, Vilsack Calls For New Approach To Wildfire Fight