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Biomass Power Could Help California's Dying Forests

Jan 5, 2016
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Millions of dead trees in California create a huge risk of wildfire. It’s led Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency that will require utilities, power plants and state agencies to work together. Biomass power plants can create energy from those dead trees. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, biomass plants alone won’t solve the crisis.

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Over the last year talk of a strong El Niño has circulated the news. Now El Niño is here and storms are predicted to hit the region hard over the next two to three weeks. For more insight on what Central California should expect weather wise we turned to a California weather expert on Valley Edition. Listen to the interview above.

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The first homicide of 2016 in Fresno was of a Punjabi man at a liquor store. A week earlier an elderly Sikh man was deliberately hit by a truck and then beat up by two men. Police consider the attack a hate crime and are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the two men suspected.

This week on Valley Edition we discuss the reasoning behind the hate crimes against the Sikh community and why criminals are confusing Sikhs and Muslims in their hate acts.  Listen to the discussion above. 

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Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we talk about El Niño related storms that have begun to hit the region. Daniel Swain joins the conversation. He runs the website Weather West, which has provided a unique California weather and climate discussion since 2006. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University.

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Imagine for a moment hiking the majestic John Muir trail in the High Sierra from Yosemite to Mount Whitney. Now imagine doing it in the middle of the night, with a load of sophisticated cameras, tripods and telescopes. That’s just what Scott Lange and Nick Foster did last summer, all in an effort to produce breathtaking long-exposure nighttime images of heavens and the landscape. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

It may be the holidays, but workers are still busy out at the jobsite this week. Tyvek is being applied to the plywood skin of the building, as workers get ready to prep the walls for stucco. Also window frames are being installed on the exterior, which marks a big visual change for the building. 

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With negotiations on new compromise water legislation for California farmers currently deadlocked in Congress, is there a chance of a deal in 2016? Or will it be too late to capture El Nino floodwaters and store them for the future? Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) joined us on Valley Edition to offer his insights into the water negotiations, and why he's concerned the lack of a deal might leave many valley farmers with another year of zero allocations of water, even with a strong El Nino. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

  As 2015 comes to a close, Valley Edition asked two local journalists to help us take a look back at the top stories of the year. Evan Onstot of KSEE 24 and Robert Price of the Bakersfield Californian joined us to talk about the biggest news events of the past twelve months, with an eye towards stories to watch for 2016. Among the stories that stood out to our panelists:

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Jeffrey Hess takes a look at how construction from California High Speed Rail will change Fresno. Later, VE Host Joe Moore interviews Rep. Jim Costa about the urgency to get Calif. water legislation passed. Ending the program, Moore talks about the top news stories of 2015 in Central California.

High Speed Rail Authority

Ready or not here it comes. Wrecking balls will start swinging early next year on projects connected to High Speed rail, and it could impact how you get around.

Even if you never set foot on a high speed train its power could ripple into your life.

Visible construction is set to begin in downtown Fresno at the start of next year.

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