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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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Group Hopes To Change Fresno's Food Economy

Feb 16, 2016
Ali Budner

Hundreds of different food crops are raised in and around Fresno County. But many of those who live and work nearby have little access to the fruits of their own landscape. In fact, more people go hungry here in the Fresno metropolitan area than almost anywhere else in the entire nation. It’s this not-so-modest problem that Food Commons Fresno wants to solve — starting with their Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) brand, OOOOBY.

"OOOOBY! Get used to saying it. OOOOBY, Out Of Our Own Backyards…."

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Ali Budner takes a look into at Fresno Food Commons and reports on what kind of impact it's having on the region. We also hear about Clovis Unified dress code issues with Fresno Bee Reporter Mackenzie Mays and Bakersfield Californian Columnist Lois Henry. Henry also discusses Kern County topics including wastewater and oil. We also hear about how the pistachio industry is worried about Iranian nuts that could enter the market later this  year. 

California’s prolonged drought has visible consequences such as depleted reservoirs and mandatory water conservation rules. But one of the more expensive effects could be buried deep in your electric bill.

The Pacific Institute updated its study on the hidden costs of drought and estimated that Californians have paid an additional $2-billion dollars in electrical bills over the last four years.

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This week on Valley Edition FM89's Ezra David Romero takes a look into the world of cotton counterfeiting. We also hear from Author Robert Binneweis about his time working as the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and his views on the renaming of some of it's iconic sites. We also hear from KVPR's Jeffrey Hess about Fresno's Real Time Crime Center. We also hear from Russell Judd, CEO of the Kern Medical Center, about the health center's name change.

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Americans come into contact with cotton every day. It’s a staple we use for clothing, food products and even cosmetics. But not all cotton is of equal quality. In fact many times higher grade cotton products have been laced with inferior fiber. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on how the cotton industry is fighting back.

American Pima cotton is claimed as some of the finest cotton in the world. Debbie Fletcher only buys cotton products made out of the plant.

While election day may still seem far away for many Californians, the residents of the 31st Assembly District don't have to wait until June to vote. Instead they'll be asked to select a candidate in April to fill the seat left vacant after Henry T. Perea resigned last year. That's in addition to the regularly schedule primary in June and general election in November for the seat. Four candidates are vying for the spot, including front runners Clint Olivier , (a Republican) and Joaquin Arambula (a Democrat).

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This week on Valley Edition reporter Jeffrey Hess tours a tiny house building company in Fresno. VE Host Joe Moore leads a discussion on the 31st Assembly District special election. He is joined by Republican Clint Olivier and Democrat Joaquin Arambula.

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There’s a new CD out this week that is sure to capture the interest of classical music lovers, especially those from the San Joaquin Valley. It’s the debut recording of  24 year-old violinist  and Valley native Eric Gratz. A decade ago Gratz was performing with the Youth Orchestras of Fresno.

Today he is the Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, and an in-demand soloist, performing worldwide. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his new recording and his burgeoning career. Listen to the interview above. 

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This week on Valley Edition FM89 reporter goes on a boating trip on Pine Flat Lake to find out how the El Nino and the aftermath of the Rough Fire could increase debris and sediment flows in the lake. We also here from KVPR's Jeffrey Hess about medical marijuana laws in the Valley. 

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Arno Smit isn’t a household name in the valley.

But starting in the 1990’s the South African immigrant pulled off a scam the likes of which the valley hasn’t seen before or since. The story of this self-fashioned cattle baron who was actually running a ponzi scheme is the subject of a new piece in the California Sunday Magazine by journalist Tessa Stuart. 

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