fresno county 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 Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? http://kvpr.org/post/healthy-rivers-will-wealthy-fresnans-block-access-san-joaquin <p><em>This is part of a Valley Public Radio original series on how the health of rivers impact the health of communities produced as a <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/2014/02/18/healthy-rivers-make-healthy-people-healthy-people-build-better-communities">project </a>for <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/event/2014-california-health-journalism-fellowship">The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship</a>, a program of USC's&nbsp;Annenberg&nbsp;School of Journalism.</em></p><p>---</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:38:05 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33959 at http://kvpr.org Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? 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 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 Valley Edition: May 6 - California Chrome; Drought And Friant Dam; Bakersfield Jazz Festival http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-may-6-california-chrome-drought-and-friant-dam-bakersfield-jazz-festival <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 talk about Kentucky Derby winner </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/kentucky-derby-favorite-california-chrome-owes-success-valley-roots" style="line-height: 1.5;">California Chrome</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, drought at </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-man-inside-fresnos-friant-dam" style="line-height: 1.5;">Friant Dam</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a health partnership in Bak Tue, 06 May 2014 18:35:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 32271 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: May 6 - California Chrome; Drought And Friant Dam; Bakersfield Jazz Festival 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 Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health http://kvpr.org/post/health-advocates-concerned-court-decision-undocumented-could-hurt-public-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week’s court decision on medical care for undocumented individuals has both health advocates and legal experts across the state buzzing. And as FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports, the issue could have an impact beyond those in the program.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black lifted part of a 30-year-old court order involving specialty medical care for the indigent.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:16:25 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31963 at http://kvpr.org Health Advocates Concerned Court Decision On Undocumented Could Hurt Public Health Judge Rules Fresno County Isn't Required To Provide Health Care To Undocumented http://kvpr.org/post/judge-rules-fresno-county-isnt-required-provide-health-care-undocumented <p>Community health advocates expressed their dismay today after a judge ruled that Fresno County is no longer required to provide health care to undocumented residents.</p><p>Superior Court Judge Donald Black overturned a portion of a 30-year-old court order this week, saying the county had proven a change in law no longer requires it to pay for specialty medical services for undocumented individuals.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:17:25 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31782 at http://kvpr.org Judge Rules Fresno County Isn't Required To Provide Health Care To Undocumented Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary http://kvpr.org/post/valley-political-races-heat-ahead-june-primary <p>California's June primary election is just over 40 days away. That means candidates are kicking their campaigns into high gear across Central California. So what are the hot races to watch? We recently spoke with the Fresno Bee's state and local politics reporter John Ellis to get his analysis of the most competitive races including:</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:11:55 +0000 Joe Moore 31566 at http://kvpr.org Valley Political Races Heat Up Ahead Of June Primary Central Valley Counties Score Poorly In New Health Ranking http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-counties-score-poorly-new-health-ranking <p>A <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/california/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall">new ranking of health outcomes</a> in California counties has grim news for San Joaquin Valley residents. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Joe Moore 30361 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Counties Score Poorly In New Health Ranking Fresno County Seeks to Eliminate Health Safety Net for the Undocumented http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-seeks-eliminate-health-safety-net-undocumented <p>Natividad, an undocumented farm worker in California’s San Joaquin Valley, lives with her children and three other families in a cramped house in the city of Fresno. Only her first name is being used because of her immigration status.</p><p>Natividad can’t read or write, and speaks only Mixtec, an indigenous language from Southern Mexico. She has diabetes and high blood pressure, and when she feels very sick, she heads to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. She always carries a written note that asks for an interpreter.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Farida Jhabvala Romero & Reporting On Health Collaborative 28931 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County Seeks to Eliminate Health Safety Net for the Undocumented 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 Valley Farmers Fallow Fields, Drill Wells, Auction Water To Cope With Drought http://kvpr.org/post/valley-farmers-fallow-fields-drill-wells-auction-water-cope-drought <p>Last Friday, the State Water Project took the unprecedented step of cutting projected water allocations for its contractors to zero. And other water users, including those who get supplies from the federal Central Valley Project are expecting severe cuts of their own.&nbsp;</p><p>The drought has prompted many farmers to fallow their fields, and growers of permanent crops like almonds, grapes and pistachios are scrambling to find backup supplies to keep their trees and vines alive this year.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:10 +0000 Joe Moore 28039 at http://kvpr.org Valley Farmers Fallow Fields, Drill Wells, Auction Water To Cope With Drought Supervisor Perea Envisions Break Between Fresno County, Community Hospitals http://kvpr.org/post/supervisor-perea-envisions-break-between-fresno-county-community-hospitals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supervisor Henry </span>Perea<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says that Fresno County’s decades-long contract with a local hospital to provide medical care to indigent patients could soon come to end.</span></p><p>“I think in the very near future, we just may be ending the contract with Community Hospitals, and going a different direction on the health care piece of it,” says Perea.</p><p>Perea was speaking on Valley Public Radio’s Valley Edition.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 02:13:52 +0000 Joe Moore 26021 at http://kvpr.org Supervisor Perea Envisions Break Between Fresno County, Community Hospitals Fresno County To Pursue State Funds for $80 Million Jail Expansion http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-pursue-state-funds-80-million-jail-expansion <p class="p1">The Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted today to submit a grant application to the state to fund a new $80 million jail annex. The proposed new West Annex Jail in downtown Fresno would house 300 inmates and would also include treatment facilities.</p><p class="p1">As part of the application the county agreed to set aside $8.8 million to help fund the project. If built, the county would be required to operate the facility for at least 10 years. The county hopes the new facility will replace the agin south jail annex in courthouse park.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:43:17 +0000 Joe Moore 23411 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County To Pursue State Funds for $80 Million Jail Expansion Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Discovered in Fresno, Fowler http://kvpr.org/post/yellow-fever-mosquitoes-discovered-fresno-fowler <p>The Fresno County Public Health Department <a href="http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DivisionPage.aspx?id=3110">has announced</a> that yellow fever &nbsp;mosquitoes have been found two more valley cities. The mosquitoes, which are not native to California, were discovered earlier this week in the cities of Fowler and Fresno.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not the first time the potentially dangerous insects have been spotted in the county. In June, the mosquitoes were detected in Clovis. They have also been found in Madera County and San Mateo County.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:06:36 +0000 Joe Moore 23134 at http://kvpr.org Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Discovered in Fresno, Fowler On Valley Edition: Fresno, Bakersfield Animal Control; Valley Fever & Advocacy; 40 Under 40 http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-fresno-bakersfield-animal-control-valley-fever-advocacy-40-under-40 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this week’s </span><a href="http://www.kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition" style="line-height: 1.5;">Valley Edition</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> we discuss the future of animal control across California's Central Valley. Host Juanita Stevenson takes the listener into Fresno County where the city and county no longer work together when it comes to Animal Control since the </span>SPCA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> six months back announced it would no longer provide services to either agency. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:40:02 +0000 Juanita Stevenson & Rebecca Plevin 12372 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Fresno, Bakersfield Animal Control; Valley Fever & Advocacy; 40 Under 40 City of Fresno, SPCA Look For Another Animal Control Extension, Long Term Fix http://kvpr.org/post/city-fresno-spca-look-another-animal-control-extension-long-term-fix <p></p><p>It’s a Saturday morning and they are serving up pancakes at the Central California SPCA in Fresno.</p><p>It’s a fundraiser to help support one of the organizations new programs called “Snip N’ Chip.” It’s a low cost spay and neuter service for low-income pet owners.&nbsp; Central California SPCA Executive Director Linda Van Kirk is happy with the turnout.</p><p>“Well, look at the crowd out there. It’s going absolutely fantastic. We are expecting a crowd of 500 to 600 this year versus the 300 we had last year, so we are ecstatic,” says Van Kirk.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 12335 at http://kvpr.org City of Fresno, SPCA Look For Another Animal Control Extension, Long Term Fix Fresno County To Allow Developers to Select Their Own Environmental Consultants http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-allow-developers-select-their-own-environmental-consultants <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Developers in Fresno County will soon be able to hire firms of their own choosing to study the environmental impacts of proposed projects.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Board of Supervisors approved the new policy Tuesday on a 5-0 vote, saying that it will speed up the development process, and help to create jobs.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:15:12 +0000 Joe Moore 11373 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County To Allow Developers to Select Their Own Environmental Consultants Fresno County to Explore Housing Inmates In Other Counties http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-county-explore-housing-inmates-other-counties <p></p><p>Fresno County is exploring the possibility of contracting with other counties to house inmates in their jails, as soon as January of next year.</p><p>The Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with the analysis of what such a plan would cost at its meeting on Tuesday.</p><p>It’s part of an effort to stem the early release of prisoners from the county jail.&nbsp;A pair of new state laws allow counties to place inmates in jail facilities in other counties when their own jails reach capacity.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:38:07 +0000 Joe Moore 5245 at http://kvpr.org Fresno County to Explore Housing Inmates In Other Counties