California http://kvpr.org en Local Health Officials Worried: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California http://kvpr.org/post/local-health-officials-worried-whooping-cough-epidemic-strikes-california <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time in four years, whooping cough has reached an epidemic level. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports how this peak has local health officials worried.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California health officials have recently confirmed that cases of pertussis also known as&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">whooping cough</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;have reached epidemic proportions in the state.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:35:14 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34364 at http://kvpr.org Local Health Officials Worried: Whooping Cough Epidemic Strikes California Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation http://kvpr.org/post/shirley-fire-threatens-homes-prompts-evacuation <p></p><p><strong>&nbsp; Update:&nbsp;As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the blaze is 90 percent contained and has charred 2,646 acres. All evacuations have been lifted.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rapidly moving wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest has already engulfed 2,200 acres and is threatening 1,000 homes near the Kern County community of Lake Isabella</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. KVPR’s Diana Aguilera&nbsp;reports.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:33:07 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34309 at http://kvpr.org Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation Instagram Art Show Highlights KVPR's #droughtvoices http://kvpr.org/post/instagram-art-show-highlights-kvprs-droughtvoices <p><em>Guests in interview above: Don Martin of Metro Galleries and KVPR&nbsp;Reporter and Producer Ezra David Romero.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Over the past few months Valley Public Radio Reporter <a href="http://kvpr.org/people/ezra-david-romero">Ezra David Romero</a> has covered California's historic drought.</p><p>He's written stories, snapped photos and launched an Instagram reporting collaborative with youth reporters, farmers and other social media users called "<a href="http://voicesofthedrought.tumblr.com/">Voices of the Drought</a>" using the hashtag #droughtvoices.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:30:51 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33664 at http://kvpr.org Instagram Art Show Highlights KVPR's #droughtvoices Senate Waits On Health Care Bill For Undocumented Immigrants http://kvpr.org/post/senate-waits-health-care-bill-undocumented-immigrants <div><p></p><p>A bill that would allow&nbsp;undocumented immigrants to enroll in Medi-Cal is on hold for now.</p><p>Senate Bill 1005, known as the Health for All Act, was put on hold in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday giving advocates time come up with funding solutions.</p><p>State Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the bill in February.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:36:49 +0000 Diana Aguilera 33174 at http://kvpr.org Senate Waits On Health Care Bill For Undocumented Immigrants Innovation Needed To Crack Central California's Monterey Shale http://kvpr.org/post/innovation-needed-crack-central-californias-monterey-shale <p><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The much talked about oil boom<i> </i></span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">to come out of Central California is on hold, unless new technology finds a way to safely crack the Monterey Shale that could hold over 13 billion barrels of oil.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 00:55:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33124 at http://kvpr.org Innovation Needed To Crack Central California's Monterey Shale Mosquitoes Have Fresno County Health Officials On High Alert http://kvpr.org/post/mosquitoes-have-fresno-county-health-officials-high-alert <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two different types of mosquitoes – one that carries West Nile Virus and another that can spread dengue and yellow fever have Fresno County health officials on high alert.</span></p><p>The county says a crow reported earlier this month tested positive for West Nile Virus. Officials have also detected the presence of another invasive mosquito species that can spread potentially serious tropical diseases. In severe cases, the more serious symptoms stemming from these diseases can lead to death.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 00:46:30 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32996 at http://kvpr.org Mosquitoes Have Fresno County Health Officials On High Alert New Bill Would Allow Undocumented Immigrants Medical, Professional Licenses http://kvpr.org/post/new-bill-would-allow-undocumented-immigrants-medical-professional-licenses <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With immigration reform efforts seemingly stalled in Washington D.C., the California legislature is continuing to take its own steps to address the undocumented immigrants who call the state home. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports on one new bill that would help a variety of undocumented professionals.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:23:19 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32808 at http://kvpr.org New Bill Would Allow Undocumented Immigrants Medical, Professional Licenses 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 Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-rushing-measure-snowpack <p>Traditionally the April 1 snow survey marks the peak of the year’s&nbsp;snowpack, but with a string of early spring storms surveyors are rushing to measure the pack with just days to get their measurements in. Valley Public Radio reporter Ezra David Romero helped in the effort as a snow surveyor on a recent trip.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">---</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:54:40 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30548 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack 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 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 "Praying For Rain" At The 2014 World Ag Expo http://kvpr.org/post/praying-rain-2014-world-ag-expo <p>It’s a rather dry year here at the&nbsp;47<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;annual World Ag Expo in&nbsp;Tulare. Water or the lack of it is on everyone’s mind.</p><p>Even though the official slogan of the expo is “Agriculture: Feeding Tomorrow’s World,” Charles&nbsp;Sarabian, an engineer with Preferred Pump and Equipment in Fresno, says the real theme of the show is how to conserve what little water is left.</p><p>“I think it’s what’s on everybody’s minds and it’s what makes agriculture grow without water there is no agriculture,"&nbsp;Sarabian&nbsp;says.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:20:37 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28380 at http://kvpr.org "Praying For Rain" At The 2014 World Ag Expo Valley Edition Feb 11: Drought From Three Perspectives; Fresno's Fulton Mall; 2014 World Ag Expo http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-feb-11-drought-three-perspectives-fresnos-fulton-mall-2014-world-ag-expo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="line-height: 1.5;">Valley Edition</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we discuss the drought in California from three perspectives: the Naval Air Station in </span>Lemoore<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>farmworkers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the mayor of a city with little to no water allocation this year.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:04:15 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28351 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition Feb 11: Drought From Three Perspectives; Fresno's Fulton Mall; 2014 World Ag Expo 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 With Donnelly's Entry, 2014 Governor's Race Begins to Take Shape http://kvpr.org/post/donnellys-entry-2014-governors-race-begins-take-shape <p>A tea party California Assemblyman has become the first Republican to officially enter the 2014 governor’s race.&nbsp; Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown is widely considered the frontrunner, assuming he decides to run for a record fourth term.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the race to face Brown in California’s new “top two” primary system is wide open.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:38:07 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 24240 at http://kvpr.org With Donnelly's Entry, 2014 Governor's Race Begins to Take Shape Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform http://kvpr.org/post/valadao-calls-gop-leadership-address-immigration-reform <p>Congressman David Valadao&nbsp;(R-Hanford) has renewed his call for the House to take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform this year. He made his comments this week speaking on Valley&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Radio's Valley Edition.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:21:17 +0000 Joe Moore 24088 at http://kvpr.org Valadao Calls On GOP Leadership To Address Immigration Reform Commentary: Californians Should "Get Busy" To Solve A Slowing Birth Rate http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-californians-should-get-busy-solve-slowing-birth-rate <p>At the moment of my birth—a moment that occurred only last week—I was the most valuable child in the history of California.</p><p>That’s not merely the opinion of my proud father, the usual author of this Connecting California column. And that’s not the idle boast of a 7-day-old infant. My value is a hard demographic and economic fact for California—and a huge burden for me.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:56:44 +0000 Sam Mathews 21012 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Californians Should "Get Busy" To Solve A Slowing Birth Rate California Takes a Second Look at Redevelopment Agencies http://kvpr.org/post/california-takes-second-look-redevelopment-agencies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would grant local California communities the right to form agencies to redevelop blighted areas has passed an Assembly Committee. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</span></p><p class="p3">The California Supreme Court dissolved redevelopment agencies last year. But a bill at the Capitol would create new local entities that would fund affordable housing and infill development projects.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:13:26 +0000 Max Pringle 20055 at http://kvpr.org California Takes a Second Look at Redevelopment Agencies Commentary: Puig & Trout - How California Holds Back the Young http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-puig-trout-how-california-holds-back-young <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a nasty California disease spreading so fast that even our baseball teams have caught it.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:04:21 +0000 Joe Mathews 19217 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Puig & Trout - How California Holds Back the Young California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds http://kvpr.org/post/california-prison-hunger-strike-continues-state-responds <p>The number of California prison inmates on a hunger strike has dramatically dropped.&nbsp; But 12,000 inmates still refused to eat for a fourth consecutive day Thursday to protest the common use of long-term isolation.&nbsp; As KPCC’s Julie Small reports, that’s triggering an aggressive state response.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:04:10 +0000 Joe Moore 18252 at http://kvpr.org California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds