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Drought
3:48 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Even In A Drought Almonds Make Farmers Money

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Young Artists Spotlight
2:45 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Young Artists Spotlight: YOOF Ensembles Part 3

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.

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Valley Writers Read
9:45 am
Wed April 15, 2015

"Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen" by Bonnie Hearn Hill

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.”

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News
9:26 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Fresno Leaders React To Keith Foster Report

Rick Rasmussen, police auditor

  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.

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

'Nine Armenians' Playwright Reflects On Genocide Centennial

Leslie Ayvazian
Credit Columbia University

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.

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The Moral Is
11:57 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Commentary: Is Tort Reform Really Necessary?

Fresno State Business Law Professor Ida Jones
Credit Fresno State

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. 

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Valley Edition
11:44 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Valley Edition Interview: Daniel Ellsberg On Edward Snowden

Daniel Ellsberg
Credit Kegley Institute of Ethics

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. 

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Valley Edition
10:57 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Valley Edition: April 13 - Fairmead; Nine Armenians; Daniel Ellsberg; High Speed Rail

Valley Edition April 13, 2015
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

On this week's program Reporter Ezra David Romero visits the Central Valley community of Fairmead where dozens of private wells have gone dry.

Also on Valley Edition Reporter Jeffrey Hess looks at a program helping people find jobs along the future high speed rail corridor.

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News
9:45 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Working On The Railroad: High-Speed Rail Sparks New Career Interest

Pre-apprenticeship students working on electrical skills

    

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.

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Drought
3:44 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Taps Run Dry in Fairmead, “Watch, I Get Nothing”

Thelma Williams home has been without running water for seven years.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

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.

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Valley Edition
1:45 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Hmong Community Reacts To Murder-Suicide

Credit Sang Pediatric

  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.

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News
1:26 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Drought Causing Increase In Bad Air In Valley

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  California’s prolonged drought is causing a sharp rise in air pollution in the Central Valley. That’s according to an annual report on air quality in California.

While smog and Ozone continue to improve in the Valley, the four year long drought is pushing up dangerous particulate matter pollution rates.

The dry weather is causing loose soil which is kicked into the air says Heather Heinks with the Valley Air District.

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Valley Writers Read
5:33 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

"The Bucket List" by Oscar G. Williams on Valley Writers Read

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.

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Environment
5:27 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Tensions Appear Amidst Dwindling Water Supply

California Governor Jerry Brown (file photo)
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

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.

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Business & Economy
5:13 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Fresno Grizzlies Hope Astros Affiliation Boosts Fan Interest

Grizzlies player Jon Singleton
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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.

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Government & Politics
4:40 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Fresno City Council Says 'No' To Farmland Preservation Project

Fresno City Hall - file photo
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Fresno City Council has rejected a proposal to move forward with an effort to preserve area farmland from development.

The council voted down the proposed grant application today to start a farmland preservation program, which is key part of the city’s newly adopted general plan.

The program would require developers to offset the loss of farmland from urbanization by agreeing to preserve farmland elsewhere.

Council member Lee Brand says he wants more public input before committing to such a program.

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News
3:02 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Fresno City Council Changes Mind On Medical Marijuana Growing

Credit FLikr- Brett Levin

The Fresno City Council is reversing course on an ordinance that would have allowed limited indoor cultivation of medical marijuana. The deal appeared to satisfy no one.

The ordinance would have allowed people with a medical marijuana prescription to grow up to four plants in their homes, something that is currently prohibited.

It had previously passed the council two weeks ago, but today died on a 4-to-3 vote.

Councilmember Steve Brandau, one of the no votes, says the city should work with Fresno County to have one unified set of growing standards…

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Community
12:08 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Injured Fresno Firefighter Inspires International Support

In this screen capture from a Facebook video, the Rocklin, CA fire department turns their "lights on" in honor of Pete Dern.
Credit Rocklin Fire Department - Lights On for Pete Dern Facebook

Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern who was seriously injured last month when he fell through the roof of a burning building has helped inspire an international movement on social media.

The campaign called “Lights On For Pete Dern” has dozens of departments from across the nation posting videos to Facebook and Twitter of their engines fully illuminated in his honor.

Kerri Donis is the Fresno Fire Chief:

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Drought
11:58 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Drought: Fresno County Sheep Farmers In Better Spot This Year Than 2014

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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.

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Young Artists Spotlight
6:09 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Samuel Lang on Young Artsits Spotlight 2015

Samuel Lang performing on Young Artists Spotlight
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight we hear a performance by Bakersfield violinist Samuel Lang. 

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