Community http://kvpr.org en Fresno Chef Gets New Start With High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-chef-gets-new-start-high-speed-rail <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daniel Ruiz moved with his family from Seattle to Fresno to take care of his parents about a year ago. But found it really hard to find a job.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I pretty much was on the verge of going homeless.," Ruiz says. "I’m a family man with three children."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He looked up and down the Valley for any descent paying job, but found none.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:47:32 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35026 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Chef Gets New Start With High Speed Rail 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 Returning Home, Valley LGBT Veterans Fight Another War http://kvpr.org/post/returning-home-valley-lgbt-veterans-fight-another-war <p><em>This report is the first in the Valley Public Radio series <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/common-threads-veterans-still-fighting-war">"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War</span></a></em><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/common-threads-veterans-still-fighting-war"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.<em>"&nbsp;</em></span></a><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Support for this series comes from</span><a href="http://www.calhum.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; Tue, 27 May 2014 18:39:40 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33310 at http://kvpr.org Returning Home, Valley LGBT Veterans Fight Another War Sam Spear Talks California Chrome And Triple Crown http://kvpr.org/post/sam-spear-talks-california-chrome-and-triple-crown <p>Legendary Bay Area horse racing personality and broadcaster Sam Spear joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the biggest story in the sport in years - the horse named California Chrome. Led by jockey Victor Espinoza, the San Joaquin Valley born-and-bred horse easily won last Saturday's Kentucky Debry, and is now the favorite for this month's Preakness&nbsp;at Pimlico in Baltimore. We talked with Spear about what Chrome means for California racing and the sport as a whole.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:17:21 +0000 Joe Moore 32301 at http://kvpr.org Sam Spear Talks California Chrome And Triple Crown Fresno County's California Chrome Eyes Triple Crown http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-countys-california-chrome-eyes-triple-crown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After winning the Kentucky Derby without breaking a sweat, California Chrome is one step closer to horse racing’s ultimate but elusive goal - the Triple Crown.</span></p><p>The San Joaquin Valley grown colt blew away the field at Saturday's 140<sup>th</sup> running of the Kentucky Derby. His 77-year-old trainer, Art Sherman, is now the oldest trainer to win the Derby.</p><p>Reid Cherner with USA Today has covered nearly 20 years of horse racing and says the race was over when the gates opened.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 18:34:38 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32272 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County's California Chrome Eyes Triple Crown Kentucky Derby Favorite California Chrome Owes Success To Valley Roots http://kvpr.org/post/kentucky-derby-favorite-california-chrome-owes-success-valley-roots <p></p><p>It’s every horse owners' dreams. A fairy tale come true.</p><p>A modest and agile colt with four white feet and a giant white blaze on his chestnut face born in the San Joaquin Valley is now the favorite in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.</p><p>Just a month ago at the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome dominated the field.</p><p>That win in Southern California is just the latest chapter in a remarkable story that has its roots in Fresno County. David McGlothlin, gave me a tour of where it all began, at the Harris Farms in western Fresno County.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 02:00:37 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32127 at http://kvpr.org Kentucky Derby Favorite California Chrome Owes Success To Valley Roots Photos: Art Deco Architecture In The San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/photos-art-deco-architecture-san-joaquin-valley <p>May is <a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/preservation-month-2014-embark-inspire-engage.html">National Historic Preservation Month</a>, and the City of Fresno is celebrating with <a href="http://www.fresno.gov/News/PressReleases/2014/history.htm">a slate of events</a> that honor the city's unique architectural heritage. The events include a walking tour of <a href="http://www.fresno.gov/NR/rdonlyres/2D40DBCC-E313-4473-88D0-B1B2DBDBAE51/23133/HPCNewDealBrochure.pdf">New Deal-era Fresno</a>, and the many Art Deco landmarks that dot the downtown area. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:34:01 +0000 Joe Moore 31994 at http://kvpr.org Photos: Art Deco Architecture In The San Joaquin Valley 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 New Drought Fund To Support Those Most In Need http://kvpr.org/post/new-drought-fund-support-those-most-need <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The drought in California is predicted to severely affect communities all over the Valley and many are wondering what they can do to help.</span></p><p>In order to provide assistance to those in need of emergency aid, the Fresno Regional Foundation has launched the “Central Valley Drought Relief Fund.” The local philanthropic organization hopes to distribute the funds raised to local organizations.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:04:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero 31090 at http://kvpr.org New Drought Fund To Support Those Most In Need 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 Memories Of Bakersfield's Underground "Tunnels" Remain Vivid http://kvpr.org/post/memories-bakersfields-underground-tunnels-remain-vivid <p>Deep beneath the oldest part of Bakersfield lies a hidden world, unknown to most, and forgotten by many. Yet some still have vivid memories of these underground passages or "tunnels" as some people describe them.&nbsp;</p><p>These connected basements, and the activities that took place "underground" - gambling, brothels, blue movies, are not just the stuff of legend, they're still very real in the minds of many older Kern County residents.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:43:26 +0000 Joe Moore 29881 at http://kvpr.org Memories Of Bakersfield's Underground "Tunnels" Remain Vivid "Who Am I?" Hmong Youth Face Choices Between Religion And Culture http://kvpr.org/post/who-am-i-hmong-youth-face-choices-between-religion-and-culture <p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:13:39 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28030 at http://kvpr.org "Who Am I?" Hmong Youth Face Choices Between Religion And Culture A Tale Of Two (Hockey) Cities: Bakersfield And Fresno Face Different ECHL Futures http://kvpr.org/post/tale-two-hockey-cities-bakersfield-and-fresno-face-different-echl-futures <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The last seven days have been significant ones for local ice hockey fans. Last week, the Bakersfield Condors of the&nbsp;</span>ECHL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced that the team has been acquired by the NHL’s Edmonton </span>Oliers<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Fans and local officials hope the change will help give a boost to the popular franchise in many ways.</span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:29:43 +0000 Joe Moore 27747 at http://kvpr.org A Tale Of Two (Hockey) Cities: Bakersfield And Fresno Face Different ECHL Futures 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 Bilingual Storybook Is Newest Weapon In Fight Against Human Trafficking http://kvpr.org/post/bilingual-storybook-newest-weapon-fight-against-human-trafficking <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A local organization has developed a bilingual storybook – or </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">fotonovela</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, in Spanish – to educate Fresno County residents about human trafficking.</span></p><p>The book is, “something they can take home, use, read, re-read, share it with others, share it with their families,” said Margarita Rocha, executive director of Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, as she introduced the book this morning at the Mexican Consulate in Fresno. “It’s a very powerful tool.”</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:41:12 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 27318 at http://kvpr.org Bilingual Storybook Is Newest Weapon In Fight Against Human Trafficking Renters' Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against Prominent Fresno Landlord http://kvpr.org/post/renters-rights-group-files-lawsuit-against-prominent-fresno-landlord <p>A statewide renters’ rights organization has filed a class action suit against JD Homes Rentals for operating what it calls ‘slum’ rental housing in Fresno. FM89’s Rebecca Plevin reports:</p><p>Jesucita Esteves grew up in one of JD Homes’ rental homes.</p><p><em>ESTEVES: “We were living in ugly conditions. Our rooms were full of mold. Our carpet wasn’t even carpet anymore, it was like dirt. It was nasty.”&nbsp;</em></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:50:10 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 26968 at http://kvpr.org Renters' Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against Prominent Fresno Landlord Inspired By 'Psycho,' Muñoz Writes Bakersfield-Based Novel From Memory, Nostalgia http://kvpr.org/post/inspired-psycho-mu-oz-writes-bakersfield-based-novel-memory-nostalgia <p>The second book in ‘<a href="http://kvpr.org/post/valley-public-radio-launches-public-radio-book-club">Homegrown</a>,’ Valley Public Radio’s book club about the San Joaquin Valley, is ‘What You See in the Dark,’ by Dinuba native Manuel&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Muñoz</span>.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:51:40 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 25308 at http://kvpr.org Inspired By 'Psycho,' Muñoz Writes Bakersfield-Based Novel From Memory, Nostalgia 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 Fresno Chef Combines Turkey And Brisket For A Thanksgivukkah Feast http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-chef-combines-turkey-and-brisket-thanksgivukkah-feast <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. This once-in-a-lifetime holiday, that’s being called </span>Thanksgivukkah<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, won’t occur again for another 70,000 some years, according to experts.</span></p><p>Andy Karsh, owner of Karsh’s Catering and Zen Wok Fusion in Fresno’s Tower District, developed a special menu that combines the rich culinary traditions of the two holidays. He’ll teach us how to cook these dishes during Valley Edition on Nov. 26.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:30:28 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 24848 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Chef Combines Turkey And Brisket For A Thanksgivukkah Feast