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Jerry Greenfield is a many of many talents - entrepreneur, activist, and ice cream innovator, just to name a few. The co-founder of Ben & Jerry's will visit Fresno on Wednesday November 12th to deliver a speech for the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series. He recently joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his life and career, including how he met his longtime business partner, and his strategy for success. We also talked about his activism on a number of issues including GMO...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Today a federal judge in Fresno issued a preliminary injunction to keep Chukchansi Gold and Resort casino closed. During a morning hearing prior to issuing the order to keep the casino closed, federal judge Lawrence O’Neil says there’s been little to no progress made by the split factions. The Chukchansi Gold and Resort casino has been closed for nearly three weeks after security forces from one of the factions tried to take over the casino. State and federal authorities ordered the closure...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

The federal judge who issued the temporary closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold last week ruled Wednesday that the operation will remain closed for at least until the end of the month. “I think this is a victory for the Chukchansi people, i n that the casino will be allowed to be opened and status quo will be maintained.” " says Richard Verri an attorney representing the tribal council established in 2010. The judge ruled on three key issues: Weapons are no longer...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Factions of the Chukchansi Indians have been going at it for decades. Last week their tribal dispute escalated to a boiling point endangering the public. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports from Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino near Coarsegold. In the hills of Madera County a 25 year old family dispute has surfaced. The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is split into three factions over family conflicts that’ve stewed for generations. And now that fight has escalated into the alleged...

Fits and Starts: Central Valley Economy Beginning To Bounce Back

Oct 13, 2014
Julia Mitric / Capital Public Radio

As brutal as the Central Valley economy has fared over the last several years, it’s starting to bounce back. Our series “Fits and Starts” on California’s uneven economic recovery continues with a look at the Central Valley. The collapse of the housing market devastated cities like Stockton and Modesto. But the Central Valley’s agriculture industry weathered The Great Recession just fine. It even saw record growth, with one painful exception: dairy. “It was a bloodbath,” says Tom Barcellos,...

Fits and Starts: Bay Area Housing Boom Prices Out Some People

Oct 13, 2014
Capital Public Radio / KPCC

Editor's Note: Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, the California economy looks like a patchwork quilt. All this week, we feature a series from our partners at Capital Public Radio and KPCC on how the strength of California’s economic recovery varies depending on where you live. Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler kicks the series “Fits and Starts” with a look at the Bay Area, where the tech boom has driven the unemployment rate down – and housing prices up.
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Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

A tribal dispute that began Thursday night at a hotel and casino outside of Coarsegold continue Friday. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on the standoff that led to the evacuation of 500 guests and employees. The impromptu closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino has left the mountain communities around it with more questions than answers. STEWART: “One faction did a takeover in the casino where the other faction has been residing. Someone pulled the fire alarm and in doing so...

California Economist: No Surprise Tesla Chose Nevada

Sep 4, 2014
Tesla Motors

In a big blow to California, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval says Tesla Motor Company will build a car battery plant in the Silver State. Sandoval says it will be the world’s biggest and most advanced of its kind. California was one of five states vying for the plant that is estimated to build enough batteries to power a half-million vehicles by the year 2020. Stephen Levy with the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy says he wasn’t surprised the electric car company chose...

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Fresno and figs have a long history together. Nearly 100 years ago, real estate developer J.C. Forkner purchased thousands of acres of hardpan soil miles north of the city of Fresno. He eventually planted around 600,000 fig trees, with plans to sell the land and trees to small farmers. His operation was so large that his massive order for Fordson tractors prompted Henry Ford himself to travel west and see exactly what was happening in the area known as Fig Garden, now one of Fresno's historic...

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We all know Central California produces most of the state’s petroleum, but could another oil boom be on the horizon? Well, that’s what journalist Nathanael Johnson from the online environmental news website Grist argues in a new article that came out last week – but he’s not talking about fracking or the Monterey Shale – he’s talking about olive oil. Johnson argues that olive trees are more drought tolerant than crops like almonds. That combined with increased domestic demand for olive oil,...

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