This week on FM89's Young Artists Spotlight we hear more performances from groups associated with the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. As a saxophone quartet, Bach ensemble and trombone choir, Youth Orchestras of Fresno musicians this time included Juliet Fang, her brother Jesse Fang, Larry Zhao and his brother Luke Zhao, Camden Oltjenbruns, Logan Howell, Trevor Van de Velde, Josh Clarin, Ethan Santos, Kabir Khera, Michael Neufeld, Larry Shin and Conner Sanchez.
This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen” by Bonnie Hearn Hill, and read by her husband Larry. Find out about the early days of television and radio, about some of the prominent TV, radio and journalism personalities of that era. Learn more about their private lives and popular shows like “What's My Line.”
Fresno’s Police auditor is recommending seven changes at the department to prevent criminal behavior among their officers. The changes are being made in the wake of the arrest of a Deputy Chief on drug trafficking charges.
Former Deputy Chief Keith Foster is one of seven people accused in a scheme to traffic heroin, oxycodone, and marijuana.
The auditor’s seven recommendations are intended to prevent any more incidents like it.
Acclaimed playwright Leslie Ayvazian wrote her humorous play "Nine Armenians" around 20 years ago about a young woman visiting her ancestral homeland for the first time. Now a new production of the play is in Fresno as part of the area's commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide.
Ayvazian joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her thoughts on the play two decades after its premier, and how her attitudes about her culture and the Armenian genocide have evolved over the years.
Many business groups across the country routinely call for changes to the legal system to reduce what they call frivolous lawsuits – something called tort reform. But in this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State Business Law Professor Ida Jones says the current system, despite some well publicized exceptions, is working just fine.
Daniel Ellsberg has been called a traitor and the "most dangerous man in America." He's also been called a hero and a patriot. Over four decades ago he illegally released a set of documents known as the Pentagon Papers, top secret government reports that detailed the U.S. government's role in Vietnam dating back to the late 1940's. Those documents, eventually published in the New York Times, helped further turn public sentiment against the war, eventually bringing the conflict to an end.
With work on California’s High-Speed rail about to take off, interest in the trades that the rail will need appears to be increasing. That’s according to groups that run pre-apprenticeship programs that teach people the skills necessary to work on building the train. Talk of the project is driving interest in programs intended to train the men and women that will be needed to build it.
One of those programs is the five week high-speed rail pre-apprenticeship run by Chuck Riojas with the union Building Trades.
Reporters flocked to the Valley town of East Porterville last year where over 600 private wells went dry. This year many other towns are facing a similar plight, including the community of Fairmead. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero visits the community and finds an aging population with people whose basic needs are on the brink.
In the wake of a recent mid-day murder-suicide in Fresno, the issue of domestic violence is being thrust back into the spotlight. 33-year old Zhang Vang was killed by her 43-year old estranged husband Neng Moua in a downtown doctors office. That office re-opened today. The two had five children together, and Vang was the mother of seven. The two were married when Vang was just 12 years old. She had allegedly suffered years of domestic abuse. The murder has members of Fresno’s Hmong community looking for a way to work with local authorities to offer help for victims and their abusers.
This week on Valley Public Radio's Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Oscar G. Williams titled “Bucket List." Read by Don Weaver, the story is about a list of four activities the children and grandchildren of two well-to-do 65 year old twins come up with for their grandparents to enjoy in their old age – golfing, skiing, motorcycling, and jumping out of airplanes at 10,000 feet.
Governor Jerry Brown says it’s time for California to pull together to get through the drought. It’s a message aimed at people with competing water needs. And, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, that’s created some tension.
There are more than 400 local water agencies In California. There are also agriculture, business and environmental interests. And as the drought continues they are all competing for a dwindling resource.
The Fresno Grizzlies will open their 2015 season tonight at Chuckchansi Park. But for the first time in 18 years, the AAA team won’t be stocked with players from Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants. FM89’s Jason Scott reports that team owners hope the new affiliation with the Houston Astros will mark a reboot for the club and its fan base.
When the Fresno Grizzlies take the field tonight for the opening day fans will witness a team with a new look.
The drought’s been tough on farmers across the state, but the timing of the little rain the region received this past winter proved to be a plus for the sheep industry. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports.
Ryan Indart moves his herd of sheep around Fresno County to graze where grass is green.
He says the weather pattern from late 2014 to today has eased the effects of the drought on his herd. Rain in December and a foggy January kept moisture in the ground.