Valley Public Radio/FM89 is breaking ground for a new permanent facility at a ceremony on May 19th 3-5PM at the Technology Park in Clovis. The Assemi Family, together with the James Irvine Foundation and lead donors, have made it possible for Valley Public Radio to raise $1.6 million dollars in preparation for ground breaking and the start of construction. These funds are dedicated to building a new facility, which can further community reporting and support civic engagement.
The Coalition for Community Trails (CCT) is working with the Cities of Fresno and Clovis, Fresno County, the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District (FMFCD), the Fresno Irrigation District (FID) and Tree Fresno to develop a multi-purpose Parkway Plan for the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area (modeled after the Clovis Old Town Trail).
Among the defining physical features of San Joaquin Valley cities are their irrigation canals. Some are just small ditches, while others are massive channels, but they all carry vital water to cities and farms throughout the region and have helped to make the valley bloom, and our modern economy possible.
Their banks are also un-official recreation spots for many, but a number of people want to change that, making their meandering paths part of a new network of community trails - linear urban parks for walking, running and cycling.
With fires raging in the region and no sign that the drought will ease up, farmers and even homeowners are on the hunt for water. The initial answer is to dig a new well. But wells are expensive. In this piece FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports on a solution that many Valley homeowners rely on.
Eugene Keeney hooks his 2,500 gallon water truck to a fire hydrant on the northern edge of Clovis.
The August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, a black unarmed teenager, by a white Ferguson police officer resulted in multiple violent protests in Middle America. The way police handled the situation with equipment like armored vehicles has left communities questioning the use of military grade weapons by local law enforcement. FM89’s Ezra David Romero climbs into one of these machines in an unsuspected Valley city.
Tweet Me: - One charge will last up to 125 miles for Clovis PD's 5 new electric motorcycles. Oh & they go up to 95 mph. - Clovis has 5 electric motorcycles & they have the most of any PD in the nation.
It’s the dead of summer and the air quality in the San Joaquin Valley is red or unhealthy for sensitive groups. But one Valley police department is doing their part to change that. FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.
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.
This is Pasa Tiempo Park in Clovis. It’s 5 acres of green grass tucked between suburban homes and an orange grove. It’s a lot like any other neighborhood park: benches, fruit trees, and lots of space for kids.
Aller: I love the playground features, we have like spider-web crawlers and we’ve got some of the rope climbing things. My name is Eric Aller, and I’m the parks manager for the city of Clovis.
Go to a rural high school in Central California, and one of the most popular extra-curricular programs will be FFA – Future Farmers of America. But now the people who run those programs say their future is threatened in Governor Brown’s new budget.
It’s all part of a big change to the way school districts get their money from Sacramento – the Local Control Funding Formula. In general it’s been good news for schools up and down the valley, as it redirects more money to districts with high populations of low-income families, English learners and foster youth.
In 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination against the disabled. It requires the removal of physical barriers in public spaces so the disabled can have full and equal enjoyment of community facilities.
But in recent years, Clovis businesses have faced a surge of lawsuits for buildings that aren't up to ADA construction requirements. This has led to a heated debate within the community over the rights of the disabled and the survival of small businesses in the recession.