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Community Water Center

When we talk about water in the San Joaquin Valley, it’s often to highlight water problems, like dry wells, contaminated drinking water or, more recently, toxic algae in lakes and reservoirs. But the news isn’t all bad: local advocate Susana De Anda recently received an award from the White House for her work bringing clean water to San Joaquin Valley communities. She's the co-director and co-founder of the Community Water Center, a non-profit that lobbies policymakers, pursues grants and...

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Dr. William Dominic was riding his bicycle home from work in late February when a car struck him and drove off. Dominic was severely injured and as of Wednesday was still being treated in the hospital. Dominic is a surgeon and the director of the burn center at Community Regional Medical Center. The collision occurred just before 1am on Friday, February 26th , as Dominic rode through the intersection of Fresno and Holland Avenues. Police believe he was hit by a tan Toyota Camry or a similar...

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Nine months after the Rim Fire tore through the nearby forest, Kevin Reynolds and Randi Jones decided to live out a dream. Reynolds: "We kind of wanted to rise from the ashes just to let people know there are still opportunities out there." The two of them opened an old-fashioned meat market they had envisioned before the fire hit. Instead of being scared by the fire the couple says they were inspired. Reynolds: The fire really didn’t affect our decision to open a meat market. We knew that...

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New research this week questions the connection between air pollution and asthma. In 2011, a study by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District established a link between asthma-related ER visits and levels of PM2.5, or fine particulate matter in valley air. But after a follow-up to that study, the Air District now reports that for a number of years, asthma-related ER visits increased even as PM2.5 levels dropped. David Lighthall, health science advisor to the Air District, says...

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In 2004, an initiative called Measure Z saved Fresno's Chaffee Zoo. The voter-­approved measure allowed for an increase in county sales tax by one tenth of one percent. Those 10 cents from every $100 spent in Fresno County prevented the zoo from raising its entry fees, while allowing it to make crucial repairs and add new exhibits, like Sea Lion Cove and African Adventure. In November, Measure Z will be up for renewal­­--if it can get onto the ballot. Earlier this week, the Fresno County...

Commentary: Planada Teens Organize For Bike, Pedestrian Safety

Feb 24, 2014
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We live in Planada, California, a small, unincorporated town of 4,500 people nine miles into the croplands outside Merced. In December 2012, we joined a youth group here organized by the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program that meets every Friday after school. Although Jonathan is only 14 and Uriel is 13, we’ve become regulars at county planning meetings: We want to figure out how to make Planada’s streets safe. It’s a real problem if Jonathan is late to school: He starts...

This week on Valley Edition, we talk about a new study that links the health of Valley residents with their neighborhood. It turns out where you live can tell you a lot about your health and lifespan. Well also learn more about efforts to change state laws about immunization policies in an effort to protect public health. We close our program with a profile of Newbery Award winning local author Margarita Engle. Valley Edition for March 20, 2012: Segment 1: Is Your Health Linked to Your...