Fresno http://kvpr.org en Creative Fresno Celebrates 10 Years http://kvpr.org/post/creative-fresno-celebrates-10-years <p>Back in the mid 1980’s writer and urban planner Charles Landry was the first to describe how creativity and specifically those involved in creative professions could transform a city – something he called the Creative Cities movement.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:55:47 +0000 Joe Moore 31252 at http://kvpr.org Creative Fresno Celebrates 10 Years Failed Downtown Fresno Housing Project Leaves City Holding The Bag http://kvpr.org/post/failed-downtown-fresno-housing-project-leaves-city-holding-bag <p>When it was first announced nearly seven years ago, the&nbsp;Bastian Court apartment complex was supposed to be an important part of a revitalized downtown Fresno. The city council liked the vision so much that they approved spending over $3 million in low-income housing funds on the project.</p><p>But now the land hat was once slated for a five story mixed-use building near the former Fresno Met Museum sits vacant, and could soon have a new owner - the City of Fresno.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:24:52 +0000 Joe Moore 30919 at http://kvpr.org Failed Downtown Fresno Housing Project Leaves City Holding The Bag Fresno Zoo's Four Malayan Tiger Cubs Vital To Species http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-zoos-four-malayan-tiger-cubs-vital-species <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno has four new celebrities - </span>Berani<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Cinta<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Arya<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Batari<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. They're four </span>Malayan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;tigers, born in January at the zoo. Only 500 of these tigers are known to exist in the wild today, and their birth is an important part of the survival of this species.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:28:39 +0000 Joe Moore 30875 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Zoo's Four Malayan Tiger Cubs Vital To Species City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park http://kvpr.org/post/city-fresno-envisions-new-downtown-developments-near-chukchansi-park <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Fresno's </span>Chukchansi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park could get some new mixed-use neighbors and a makeover, if a new development plan advanced by city officials moves forward.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:42:19 +0000 Joe Moore 30836 at http://kvpr.org City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park Valley Edition: April 1 - Snow Survey; Homeless Laws; College Sports Unions; Beer; Wu Man http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-april-1-snow-survey-homeless-laws-college-sports-unions-beer-wu-man <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;">This week on&nbsp;<a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Valley Edition</a>&nbsp;FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero travels with a <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-rushing-measure-snowpack">snow surveyor</a> to measure the April 1 snowpack, we talk about new homeless laws in Fresno and Bakersfield, Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:23:02 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30565 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: April 1 - Snow Survey; Homeless Laws; College Sports Unions; Beer; Wu Man In Fresno, Tioga-Sequoia Brews Both Beer And Culture http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-tioga-sequoia-brews-both-beer-and-culture <p>Craft beer has swept the country and can be found in almost any grocery store in California. One local brewery has helped spearhead the movement in the Central California. FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero visits Fresno based Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company to hear about their latest innovation in brewing.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">---</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:17:37 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30559 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, Tioga-Sequoia Brews Both Beer And Culture Here And Gone: Fight Over Fresno's Cesar Chavez Boulevard Remains Fresh, 20 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/here-and-gone-fight-over-fresnos-cesar-chavez-boulevard-remains-fresh-20-years-later <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In October of 1993, the Fresno City Council voted to rename three city streets - Kings Canyon, Ventura and California - in honor of the late farm labor activist Cesar Chavez. The move was part of a campaign by local Latino groups who sought to honor the </span>UFW<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> founder, who had died earlier that year.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:40:12 +0000 Joe Moore 30208 at http://kvpr.org Here And Gone: Fight Over Fresno's Cesar Chavez Boulevard Remains Fresh, 20 Years Later At Fresno State, Dolores Huerta Urges Young Latinos To 'Get Covered' http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-state-dolores-huerta-urges-young-latinos-get-covered <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With just 10 days left before the Covered California enrollment deadline, farm labor activist Dolores </span>Huerta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took her message to students at Fresno State today. As </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Joe Moore reports, it's part of a last minute push to boost enrollment figures among Latinos and young people.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:35:04 +0000 Joe Moore 30048 at http://kvpr.org At Fresno State, Dolores Huerta Urges Young Latinos To 'Get Covered' Fresno Council Vote Gives BRT New Life http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-council-vote-gives-brt-new-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Fresno City Council has approved a revised version of a controversial plan for express bus service, known as Bus Rapid Transit. The council voted 6-1 Thursday to spend $1.5 million to fund design and engineering work for the $38 million project.</p><p>Much like the earlier proposal for Bus Rapid Transit, the new line will feature express bus service on Blackstone and Kings Canyon Avenues.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:24:21 +0000 Joe Moore 30017 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Council Vote Gives BRT New Life Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-hearing-california-water-visits-fresno <p class="p1">The House Natural Resources Committee took up the issue of water for San Joaquin Valley farmers today before a packed gallery at Fresno City Hall.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Republican-led committee heard testimony from local growers and water managers on both short and long-term responses to California's drought and cuts to agricultural water deliveries south of the Delta.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:08:09 +0000 Joe Moore 29957 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno Drought May Hurt School Attendance in Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/drought-may-hurt-school-attendance-central-valley <p>Declining school attendance may be the latest side-effect of California’s punishing drought. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction will visit the Central Valley Wednesday to talk about the problem.</p><p>School attendance may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the impact of the drought on California. But it is affected. Less water means fewer crops, which means fewer farm jobs. And when the jobs disappear, families of migrant workers move on, taking their school age children with them.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:37:09 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 29908 at http://kvpr.org Drought May Hurt School Attendance in Central Valley Fresno At The Top Of The Pack For Solar Energy http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-top-pack-solar-energy <p>It’s no secret that solar energy is a trend, but did you know that the Fresno metropolitan area is ranked first in the top 10 metro areas for solar power in the US?</p><p>The organization <a href="http://1bog.org/">One Block Off the Grid</a> – the Priceline of solar installations – was on a mission to find out which parts of the US use the most solar energy. <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/">The National Renewable Energy Laboratory</a> held their answer through their database the&nbsp;<a href="https://openpv.nrel.gov/gallery">Open PV Project</a>.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:37:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29627 at http://kvpr.org Fresno At The Top Of The Pack For Solar Energy Three Valley Bands Hope To Make It Big At SXSW 2014 http://kvpr.org/post/three-valley-bands-hope-make-it-big-sxsw-2014 <p><a href="http://sxsw.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">South By Southwest</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>SXSW<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) may be the biggest gathering of music, entertainment and technology leaders on the planet. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:59:38 +0000 Joe Moore 29535 at http://kvpr.org Three Valley Bands Hope To Make It Big At SXSW 2014 Four Reasons Why Google Loves The San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/four-reasons-why-google-loves-san-joaquin-valley <p>It's around 150 miles from Silicon Valley to Fresno, but over the last few years, Mountain View-based Google has quietly been increasing its presence in the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, the region that's known for its raisins and almonds is now home to some of Google's top research and development projects.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:47:47 +0000 Joe Moore 29353 at http://kvpr.org Four Reasons Why Google Loves The San Joaquin Valley Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-mayor-ashley-swearengin-announces-state-controller-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATED 3/5/14 - 6:46 PM</span></p><p class="p1">Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin announced today that she has filed papers to run for the office of State Controller.&nbsp;Swearengin told Valley Public Radio she expects to make a final decision on her run by Friday. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:36:40 +0000 Joe Moore 29284 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Announces State Controller Run Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine http://kvpr.org/post/fresnos-benjamin-boone-mixes-jazz-poetry-philip-levine <p>Fresno jazz artist, educator and composer Benjamin Boone has embarked on a fascinating new musical journey: mixing his music with the poems of former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine.&nbsp;</p><p>Levine, who is a longtime Fresno resident is among the nation's most revered poets. He's also a big jazz fan, dating back to his youth in Detroit. In fact, many of his poems reference jazz, including iconic stars like Clifford Brown and John Coltrane.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:31:41 +0000 Joe Moore 29252 at http://kvpr.org Fresno's Benjamin Boone Mixes Jazz With The Poetry Of Philip Levine City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/city-council-approves-plan-bring-cars-fresnos-fulton-mall <p>Nearly fifty years after the Fulton Mall opened to national acclaim, &nbsp;Fresno City Council voted late Thursday night to approve a plan to replace the historic pedestrian zone with a two-way street. The 5-2 vote was the latest step in an effort that backers hope will revitalize downtown Fresno and the city's historic main street.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:06:43 +0000 Joe Moore 29103 at http://kvpr.org City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall Voices Of The Drought: Nurseryman Jon Reelhorn http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-nurseryman-jon-reelhorn <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the second piece in Valley Public Radio's occasional series, called Voices of the Drought. This week FM89&nbsp;reporter Ezra David Romero visits with Fresno nurseryman Jon Reelhorn.</em></p><p>Jon Reelhorn wasn’t always a nurseryman<a>. </a>Back when he was a student at Fresno State he spent more time in the dugout than in the greenhouse.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:58:29 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28799 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Nurseryman Jon Reelhorn Obama Visits Drought-Stricken Fresno, Calls For Congressional Action http://kvpr.org/post/obama-visits-drought-stricken-fresno-calls-congressional-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama visited the valley today in a whirlwind tour, delivering a speech this afternoon at the Los </span>Banos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> farm of Joe Del </span>Bosque<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to announce his proposal for emergency drought relief. He says that while the lack of rain and snow is a concern to the Central Valley, it’s also a national issue:</span></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 03:52:47 +0000 Joe Moore 28532 at http://kvpr.org Obama Visits Drought-Stricken Fresno, Calls For Congressional Action Obama To Announce Federal Drought Relief With Fresno Trip http://kvpr.org/post/obama-announce-federal-drought-relief-fresno-trip <p class="p1">President Obama will visit the Central Valley this afternoon to announce an aid package to help farmers, ranchers and communities hit hard by California's record drought. After landing in Fresno, the President is expected to attend a roundtable discussion about the drought in Firebaugh and tour a farm in Los Banos.</p><p class="p1">Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the President's message will be clear:</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Joe Moore 28479 at http://kvpr.org Obama To Announce Federal Drought Relief With Fresno Trip