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Valley Edition is a news magazine program dedicated to issues important to Central Valley residents, from health care and government, to education and the environment. Each week host Joe Moore presents a mix of feature reports, in-depth interviews, discussion and analysis. Join us Tuesday mornings at 9:00 AM for the live broadcast, or hear the rebroadcast of the program Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM. Follow us on Twitter @ValleyEdition.

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Grizzly Fest Facebook

At this year's Grizzly Fest in Downtown Fresno acts like the indie band Cold War Kids and the reggae fusion group Slightly Stoopid will take the stage. Fresno hip-hop artist Fashawn will perform as well as other local artists.

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Kern County marketing firm owner T.J. Esposito brings a unique personal story to his candidacy for Bakersfield mayor.

In his youth, Esposito was a self-described cocaine and methamphetamine addict, was homeless for a time, and was convicted of several crimes, including burglary, assault and domestic violence. Since then Esposito says he has turned his life around, with a successful business and a family.

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Garry Bredefeld was a leading voice and vote behind the push to build Chukchansi Park when he served on the Fresno City Council from 1997-2000. Now Bredefeld wants to once again represent north Fresno’s District 6, as he is one of three candidates running for the seat this June.

StoryCorps Legacy

Regular listeners to NPR are familiar with the concept of the Segment StoryCorps. The organization records thousands of conversations between family members and loved ones each year. Through the group’s StoryCorps Legacy program, the organization works with hospice organizations across the country, including Hinds Hospice in Fresno. In this story Art and Roze Wille interview each other about their son Hendrix who died from complications from leukemia.

ARTHUR WILLE: “Hendrix was born November 12, 2009. I just remember how big he was.”

Karen Goh for Maryor Facebook

There are 25 candidates who hope to become the next mayor of Bakersfield, including a hula-hoop instructor, a tattoo artist and a former Kern County Supervisor.

Karen Goh is the latter, as well as the President and CEO of the local non-profit Garden Pathways, and a former publishing executive. She joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her vision for Kern County’s largest city.   

To listen to the interview click play above. 

Jeremy Pearce For City Council Facebook

Jeremy Pearce is no stranger to big crowds or bright lights, even though he is a newcomer when it comes to running for political office. As one of the San Joaquin Valley’s top Elvis tribute artists, Pearce knows his way around a stage.

He now hopes to parlay his fame as an entertainer into a seat on the Fresno City Council representing District 6, in Northeast Fresno. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his vision for the city in issues from how to pay for hiring more cops, to downtown revitalization to homelessness. 

Karana Hattersley-Drayton

The first week in May is Historic Preservation Week in Fresno, with a host of activities that celebrate the city’s architectural heritage.

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition Ezra David Romero reports on efforts to save the Tricolored Blackbird. KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on the effort to revive Fresno's Manchester Mall. Fresno City Council Candidate Jeremy Pearce also joins the program. Later Bakersfield Mayoral Candidate Karen Gho chats with Valley Edition Host Joe Moore.

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Late last year the Tricolored Blackbird became a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. The population of the bird mostly native to the Golden State has plummeted making flocks harder and harder to find. Both bird enthusiasts and farmers are working to keep the colorful bird from extinction.

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Gardening is a popular hobby. Many people are in their yards right now working on their flowers and plants. The premiere Master Gardeners of Fresno County are holding a spring tour to show off their green thumbs Saturday April 23.

"This tour is all about learning and that is what we do,"  says Chris Hays who has been with the Master Gardener program for 17 years. "We have six gardens on the tour this year, but we also invite everyone to come to the public garden, The Garden of the Sun.

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