madera http://kvpr.org en 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 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 Drought Speeds Up Race To Tap Valley's Groundwater http://kvpr.org/post/drought-speeds-race-tap-valleys-groundwater <p>Vic Bruno’s home isn’t connected to a public water system. Like most rural homeowners in Madera County, his water comes from a deep hole in the ground. &nbsp;</p><p><em>Bruno: “It’s a three-quarter inch pipe that goes all the way down three-hundred feet.”</em></p><p>Bruno has lived here for 25 years. His ranch is also home to a whole gang of farm animals. So when his well started pumping up sand, he thought of them.</p><p><em>Bruno: "I’ve got horses, sheep, pigs. These guys need water."</em></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:33:33 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34650 at http://kvpr.org Drought Speeds Up Race To Tap Valley's Groundwater On Valley Edition: Fresno Mayor; Meditation In High School; Kern & Madera Counties Water Exchange http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-mayor-meditation-high-school-kern-madera-counties-water-exchange <p>This week on Valley Edition host Joe Moore recaps the year with <a href="https://twitter.com/MayorSwearengin">Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin</a>. The two discuss everything from high speed rail to law enforcement.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:48:52 +0000 Ezra David Romero, Joe Moore & Rebecca Plevin 26300 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Fresno Mayor; Meditation In High School; Kern & Madera Counties Water Exchange 'Revolution' In California Winemaking Celebrated In New Book http://kvpr.org/post/revolution-california-winemaking-celebrated-new-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years California winemakers have earned their reputation by producing big, bold wines, often known as "fruit bombs." They've also effectively used science and technological advances to make the state a global behemoth in the worldwide industry.</span></p><p>But there’s also something else going on in California - &nbsp;a new generation of winemakers who are looking to old world traditions for their inspiration, and in the process are creating something truly unique.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:58:45 +0000 Joe Moore 25858 at http://kvpr.org 'Revolution' In California Winemaking Celebrated In New Book California Voters To Decide Fate Of Proposed Madera Casino http://kvpr.org/post/california-voters-decide-fate-proposed-madera-casino <p>An Indian tribe located near Yosemite has state and federal approvals to build a casino off of its reservation. But a referendum on the California ballot next year might kill the project. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:52:44 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 25282 at http://kvpr.org California Voters To Decide Fate Of Proposed Madera Casino High-Speed Rail CEO: No Construction Yet, But Work "Under Way" http://kvpr.org/post/high-speed-rail-ceo-no-construction-yet-work-under-way <p class="p1">California&rsquo;s High-Speed Rail Authority is asking contractors that want to build the second stretch of Central Valley track to step forward.&nbsp; It also says work on the project&rsquo;s first phase is &ldquo;under way.&rdquo;&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, actual construction has not yet begun &ndash; despite promises that it would by now.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:30:29 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 23186 at http://kvpr.org High-Speed Rail CEO: No Construction Yet, But Work "Under Way" For Madera Hospital, Obamacare Presents Questions And Uncertainty http://kvpr.org/post/madera-hospital-obamacare-presents-questions-and-uncertainty <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If Madera Community Hospital is a safety net for county residents, then medical professionals like Stephanie </span>Rolfo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are a crucial link. On a September morning, </span>Rolfo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> greets a patient who’s coming to the hospitals’ on-site clinic for a physical.</span></p></div><p>The hospital has 106 beds, and is the only adult acute care facility in the county. It also operates three rural health clinics, like the one where Rolfo, who’s a nurse practitioner, works.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 21340 at http://kvpr.org For Madera Hospital, Obamacare Presents Questions And Uncertainty Livestock Theft Bill Advances Through State Senate http://kvpr.org/post/livestock-theft-bill-advances-through-state-senate <div><p>Cattle rustling or crop raiding might seem like a relic of the Wild West, but in the San Joaquin Valley surrounding foothills, cattle theft is on the rise. So much so that it's inspired a new bill by a local legislator that passed the Senate earlier this week. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero reports on the Livestock Theft Prevention Act.</p></div><p>A bill that would beef up fines for stealing livestock passed through the Senate Tuesday with unanimous, bi-partisan support. The bill would establish a $5,000 fine for anyone convicted of livestock theft.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 00:36:09 +0000 Ezra David Romero 21146 at http://kvpr.org Livestock Theft Bill Advances Through State Senate Author Interview: Seth Holmes Talks About Farmworkers' "Broken Bodies" http://kvpr.org/post/author-interview-seth-holmes-talks-about-farmworkers-broken-bodies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the House and Senate continue to struggle to find common ground on the issue of immigration reform, one University of California, Berkeley professor is working to bring new insights into a significant group of undocumented immigrants here in California and throughout the west – those who pick the food we eat every day.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:05:29 +0000 Joe Moore 20995 at http://kvpr.org Author Interview: Seth Holmes Talks About Farmworkers' "Broken Bodies" Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot http://kvpr.org/post/why-picking-your-berries-8000-year-hurts-lot As the supply chain that delivers our food to us gets longer and more complicated, many consumers want to understand — and control — where their food comes from.<p>But even if we meet farmers at the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/30/160303008/on-the-farmers-market-frontier-its-not-just-about-profit">farmers market</a>, urban consumers are still largely divorced from the people who grow, pick and package our food. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:31:00 +0000 editor 19773 at http://kvpr.org Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot Governor Brown Appoints Manuel Nevarez to Madera County Supes http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-appoints-manuel-nevarez-madera-county-supes <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed Manuel Nevarez to the Madera County Board of Supervisors. Nevarez&nbsp;will fill the vacant District 1 seat, previously occupied by Frank Bigelow. Bigelow resigned from office after winning a seat in the state Assembly in November.</p><p>Nevarez&nbsp;is registered as decline-to-state. He will represent communities in eastern Madera County including&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Madera Rancho, O'Neals and Yosemite Lakes Park.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 22:37:02 +0000 Joe Moore 11904 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Appoints Manuel Nevarez to Madera County Supes New Study Shows California's Local Road System In Crisis http://kvpr.org/post/new-study-shows-californias-local-road-system-crisis <p></p><p></p><p>A new study shows that local roads in California are falling into a state of disrepair at an alarming rate. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the report says the majority of counties have roads at risk of failing.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:45:30 +0000 Amy Quinton 11762 at http://kvpr.org New Study Shows California's Local Road System In Crisis On Valley Edition: Madera Casino Plan; Emergency Air Alerts; Doug Davis Memoir http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-madera-casino-plan-emergency-air-alerts-doug-davis-memoir <p></p><p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about plans by a local Native American tribe to open a casino on land north of Madera along Highway 99. The effort took a big step forward in recent days as the Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed to put the land for the new casino in trust for the tribe.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:27:28 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 7714 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Madera Casino Plan; Emergency Air Alerts; Doug Davis Memoir Children's Hospital Gets New CEO http://kvpr.org/post/childrens-hospital-gets-new-ceo <p>The Children&#39;s Hospital Central California Board of Trustees have named Todd Suntrapak as the hospital&#39;s new President and CEO.</p><p>The Board of Trustees said they conducted a national search for the position, and decided on Suntrapak based on his contributions to the hospital&#39;s expansion as a regional referral center.</p><p>Suntrapak has worked as the hospital&#39;s Chief Operating Officer since 2005, during which time trustees say he provided leadership in clinal operations and business development.</p><p>Suntrapak will assume the position, effective immediately.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:07:18 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 690 at http://kvpr.org Children's Hospital Gets New CEO In Conservative California, Confusion And Contempt For Health Law http://kvpr.org/post/conservative-california-confusion-and-contempt-health-law To reach Oakhurst, Calif., drive away from the green fields of the Central Valley, past miles of pistachio trees showing their spring buds and up toward the snow-topped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.<p>Here, just a few miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park, is the Sweetwater Steakhouse, a local watering hole where no one is shy about their opinions of President Obama's signature initiative.<p>"Obamacare is absolutely horrible, horrible, horrible," Joe Stern, owner of a local water-conditioning company, says as he sips a glass of pinot noir. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:02:22 +0000 editor 224 at http://kvpr.org In Conservative California, Confusion And Contempt For Health Law Chowchilla Faces Financial Crisis http://kvpr.org/post/chowchilla-faces-financial-crisis <p>California&#39;s cities have been hit hard in recent years. The housing bust, the economic downturn, and perennial state budget crises are just a few of the factors that have helped batter the balance sheets of municipalities up and down the Golden state. Valley cities are no exception, especially given the region&rsquo;s perennially high levels of unemployment, even in so called &quot;good&quot; times. Many large cities, like Fresno have been forced to make drastic cuts to city services, and have been forced to lay off hundreds of employees. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 01:36:17 +0000 Tracey Scharmann 784 at http://kvpr.org