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The Wildlands Consservancy

The thousands of drivers that make their way up the Grapevine on Interstate 5 every day probably have little idea they’re passing through one of the most diverse ecological regions of the state.

 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Fresno’s University High School is routinely ranked as one of the top public high schools in the nation when it comes to academics.  

It was started over a decade ago to give students a college preparatory education with a focus on English and math. But the charter school’s future is in now question as allegations have surfaced that UHS has used allegedly discriminatory perquisite requirements, which the ACLU contends are illegal.  

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition our team reports on domestic violence in Fresno County as well as aging in rural California for LGBT people. Later in the program we are joined by Fresno Bee education reporter Mackenzie Mays. She speaks about the issue of discrimination at University High School in Fresno. We end the program by hearing from Dan York with the Wildlands Conservancy about the Wind Wolves Preserve in the South Valley. 

Paul Marek, Virginia Tech

A new creepy crawly critter has been found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.

 

The long white millipede has 414 legs, 200 poison glands and four penises. The Illacme tobini (ill-ack-me toe-bin-i) millipede is named after National Park Service Biologist Ben Tobin. It was found in a cave near Sequoia and King Canyon’s only public cave called Crystal Cave.

Jeffrey Hess

October is domestic violence awareness month, a time police and advocates have set aside to highlight how common intimate partner violence is and encourage people to seek help. It’s acutely problematic in Fresno County, where authorities receive a shockingly high number of calls reporting domestic violence. That left our news team wondering: Why?

Kerry Klein/KVPR

The streets of Fresno can be dangerous—not just to drivers and bicyclists, but also to pedestrians. Following a trio of fatal accidents last week, more pedestrians have died this year than in all of 2015, and they’ve made up more than half of all traffic-related deaths. Now, a new city plan aim to make the city safer for walking.

It’s 2:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. And in this part of southeast Fresno, that means one thing: school’s out.

Jeffrey Hess/KVPR

Many communities across the country are working to not just respond to reports of child abuse, but to prevent them. Now the Fresno County Department of Social Services is looking to catch up to the national trend, and the potential model for the way forward could come from a very unlikely place.

In Huron, a remote farming town of about 8,000 people, you can find two trailers that house the Westside Family Preservation Services Center, run by Jeannemarie Caris-McManus.

The community center is filled with a constant buzz of people young and old looking to connect.

Valley Public Radio

This week on our two hour Valley Edition we hear stories about reducing child abuse in Fresno County and making the city safer for pedestrians. We also hear from Fresno mayoral candidate Lee Brand and his vision for the city.  Later we are joined by Fresno State political science professor Jeff Cummins. He and VE host Joe Moore chat about local races ahead of the November election.

The Youth Orchestras of Fresno and the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles will share the stage of the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno this Friday night at 7:00 PM. YOOF director Julia Copeland joined us on Valley Edition to talk about why this event is important for local efforts to expand orchestral opportunities in the valley for underserved communities. 

City of Fresno

For the last seven-and-a-half years, Lee Brand has been the Fresno City Council's resident policy expert. He's helped write and pass laws about city debt and finance that many say helped the city recover from a deep financial crisis. Now he wants to lead the city from the office of mayor, squaring off against current Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea in the November election.

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