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On Valley Edition: Rim Fire; Kern Co. Animal Control; Fresno Co. Jails & Mental Health; Bea Franco

Aug 27, 2013

Tim Z. Hernandez is the author of Mañana Means Heaven.

This week on Valley Edition we focus on the Rim Fire, animal control in Kern County, mental health issues in the region and the legacy of Bea Franco.

Valley Edition host Joe Moore speaks with a man who lives near Yosemite National Park. He discusses the fires implications and what precautions his family is taking.  Later in the show Moore speaks with Jen Woodward, Kern County Animal Control Director, and Kern County Administrative Officer John Nilon about  issues with animal control in Kern County. 

Also in the program Moore speaks with the Fresno Bee's Barbara Anderson and Marc Benjamin about their series "Locked in Terror" - the Bee's Watchdog Report about the care of mentally ill inmates at the Fresno County Jail.

Ending the hour, author Tim Z. Hernandez speaks with Moore about the life and legacy of Bea Franco the main character of his latest book "Mañana Means Heaven." Franco is the real woman behind the famed American author Jack Kerouac's "The Mexican Girl."