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12:55 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

CartHop: Fresno's Moveable Feast

Dusty Buns, owned by Dustin and Kristen Stewart, serves fresh local fare with a twist at CartHop and their restaurant on North Van Ness Boulevard and East Weldon Avenue in Fresno.
Credit Ezra Romero / Valley Public Radio

The food truck, once known for dreaded boring prepackaged sandwiches or carne asada tacos, has taken a turn for the better. The trucks have gone gourmet.

They no longer do boring. In fact, many food trucks across the nation have created infusions of local produce with a unique and somewhat international flare.

The evolution of the roach coach hit Fresno in 2012 in the form of what locals call CartHop. The traveling band of six local gourmet food vendors meet in three locations for lunch across Fresno and plan to open the door even wider to foodies in 2013.

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Community
5:53 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Fresno to Explore Possibility of Downtown 'Public Market' in Former Gottschalks Building

The vacant, city owned portion of the former Gottschalks department store building in downtown Fresno could become the home of a new public market.
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

A national expert on public markets toured Fresno today to explore the potential of creating a year-round indoor market for the valley’s agricultural and prepared food products. 

The bottom two floors of a downtown parking garage, once home to the Gottschalks department store, could become the home of a new indoor public market for produce, baked goods and other food items, according to officials with the city of Fresno.

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Community
3:42 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

New Report Gives A Snapshot of California

California has the ninth largest economy in the world, its workers are staying unemployed longer and home prices are rising. These are a few of the tidbits in a new report by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst.  

The Legislative Analyst gives us California in a snapshot.  The state’s economy is number nine, right between Italy and Russia.  

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Local Authors
11:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

New Memoir By Bakersfield's Doug Davis Recalls Turbulent Desegregation Battle

Most people know Bakersfield's Doug Davis as one of the San Joaquin Valley's top jazz musicians and educators. And while he's written music ranging from jazz to classical, his latest project takes him away from the keyboard of his grand piano, and instead to a keyboard of a different sort. 

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Transportation
7:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Caltrans Picks Preferred Route For Centennial Corridor Freeway in Bakersfield

A map from Caltrans depicting three options for the Centennial Corridor route
Caltrans

Plans to connect Bakersfield's Westside Parkway across Highway 99 to Highway 58 are becoming clearer today, as Caltrans has selected what it calls a "preferred alternative" for the proposed Centennial Corridor freeway.

The alignment, known as "Option B" would travel west from the current Highway 58 interchange across Highway 99 though the West Park neighborhood. The freeway's path would then turn northwest, crossing both Stockdale Highway and Truxtun, in order to connect with the Westside Parkway near Mohawk Street.

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Downtown Revitalization
12:38 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

New Ice Rink Brings People to Downtown Fresno

Fresno teens Christina Gurrero and Teo Martinez cautiously navigate the ice
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Downtown Fresno's Fulton Mall has a different look this season, as a new outdoor ice rink is earning rave reviews from residents of all ages. Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore has this report. 

Just a few days before downtown Fresno's newest winter attraction was set to open, Christy Gordon didn't think it would happen. 

"You know on Wednesday it was just so hot. Just walking to the office which is right by here, I thought, 'I don't know how they're going to pull that off.'"

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Crime
12:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Fresno Workplace Shooting Leaves Three Dead

Three people are dead following a shooting at the Valley Protein Plant in Central Fresno, including the alleged shooter.

The shooting took place at around 8:30 a.m. at the meat processing plant located near Blackstone and Hedges Avenues. The facility is also known as Apple Valley Farms.

The shooter, 42 year old Lawrence Jones, died of what is being described as a self inflicted gunshot wound. 

Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin issued the following statement on the shooting:

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Disaster Response
1:25 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Californians Helping East Coast Recover from Sandy

Hundreds of California first responders and utility crews are on the East Coast helping in the recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy. 

More than four million people on the east coast are still without power. But utility crews from PG&E, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric are helping in the restoration efforts. Tim Bedford is Incident Commander with PG&E. He and 162 workers are helping restore power in Flushing New York. Bedford says it may take longer than the original two weeks they anticipated.

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Downtown Fresno
4:41 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

In Fresno, Downtown Planning Effort Faces Fiscal Crunch

An artist's rendering of a revitalized Fulton Mall outside the Kern Street entrance to
Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists

The City of Fresno's effort to draft a vision for a revitalized downtown hit a roadblock on Tuesday, after the Fresno City Council rejected a proposal to allocate an additional $70,000 to the project on a 4-3 vote. 

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Earthquake
12:19 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Earthquake Strikes Central California, 5.3 Magnitude

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck central California late Saturday night, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey. The quake, which was felt in Fresno and throughout the Central Valley struck at 11:55 p.m. and was centered 30 miles northwest of Coalinga.  Info from the USGS:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc71863625#summary

2:39 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Hazing Suspected In Death of Fresno State Student

The Los Angeles Times reports that a Fresno police investigation into the alcohol related death of 18-year-old Fresno State student Philip Dhanens is focusing on allegations of hazing. The Times reports that members of the Theta Chi fraternity, who held the party at which Dhanens reportedly consumed alcohol, are not cooperating with the investigation.
Fresno police are conducting a hazing investigation after leaders of a Fresno State fraternity where a freshman drank himself to death told 15 pledges they couldn't leave a room until they finished multiple bottles of liquor, the Fresno Bee reported, citing a court document.
Community
3:43 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Missing Yosemite Park Employee Found Alive Near Wawona

Jessica Rose Garcia
Courtesy Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park officials announced today that missing 23-year-old park employee Jessica Garcia has been found alive. 

Search and rescue crews located the missing employee on Tuesday in a rugged area around two miles from the South Fork Drainage of the Merced River.

Garcia was reported missing after she failed to show up to work on Sunday. She was last seen near Wawona on Saturday. 

From the official press release:

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Community
5:17 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

President Obama to Visit Kern County, Declare César Chávez Site a National Monument

The Chavez Memorial Fountain at La Paz in Keene, CA.
Credit National Parks Service

President Obama announced today that he will visit Kern County next Monday to declare the headquarters of the late United Farm Workers union co-founder César Chávez a national monument. The Chávez compound in the small community of Keene, located in the Tehachapi hills east of Bakersfield served as the home for both the UFW and Chávez for several decades. 

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Community
3:36 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Fresno Ranks Last In New Study of Immigrant Integration Progress

Fresno County's efforts at integrating new immigrants into the overall population fall short when compared with the rest of the state.

That's the finding of a new report by the University of Southern California's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. 

The study measures a variety of indicators including the economic impact of immigrants in the local economy, educational performance, the warmth of welcome by the community at large, and civic engagement.

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Community
12:58 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Bakersfield May Consider Backyard Chickens

Licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user locomotion http://www.flickr.com/photos/locomotion/3556879530

Bakersfield may become the latest California city to consider loosening laws against raising chickens in residential backyards.

The Bakersfield Californian reports that the city's Legislative and Litigation Committee discussed the idea at a meeting on Tuesday. It's currently illegal to keep chickens in most residential areas in the city.

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3:33 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Kings Drive-In May Close For Good After Summer Run

The Hanford Sentinel reports that one of the San Joaquin Valley's last drive-in movie theatres may close after the end of the summer season, thanks to a rash of vandalism, and pressures for development.
ARMONA - For many people, the Kings Drive-In Theatre brings back nostalgic memories of movies flickering in the dark through car windshields. They don't know what Geraldine Graff does. Every morning, the owner of the facility cleans up from the night before. She doesn't like what she sees.
12:15 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Fight Over Armenian Genocide Museum Continues

Plans for museum dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide have been mired in controversy for years. The legal battle between the Armenian Assembly of America and the Cafesjian Family Foundation took a new turn last week, but the effort to make the Washington D.C. museum a reality is far from over.
WASHINGTON - An Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial may someday arise from the ashes of an excruciating legal fight that's estranged one-time allies and shows no sign of abating. But for now the unrealized potential lingers, like a ghost, inside a glorious wreck of a building near the White House.
Developing: Fire Watch
6:43 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Fire Threatens Community of Meadow Lakes

UPDATE: Sunday 6:30 p.m. The Lanes Fire is now 80 percent contained. CalFire reports that 11 firefighters have been injured. UPDATE: Sunday 7:30 a.m. CalFire officials now say that the Lanes Fire has consumed only 138 acres and is 30 percent contained. Over 500 firefighters are at work battling the blaze.  ---- Residents in the Fresno County mountain community of Meadow Lakes are being advised to evacuate their homes today due to a brush fire burning near the "four lane" section of Highway 168.  As of 6:30 p.m. the Lanes Fire had consumed around 150 acres of dry brush.

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Community
2:16 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Lawmakers Review Ways to Improve Lives of Boys and Men of Color

Photo used under Creative Commons from Andy Patterson / Modern Relics http://www.flickr.com/photos/modernrelics/4461010654/

Advocates gathered at the state Capitol yesterday to testify about how to improve the lives of boys and men from ethnic communities.

Joshua Ham from South Central Los Angeles was one of many young men who came from all over the state to tell lawmakers how to improve the lives of people like him.

“It’s better for us to step up like this than to lash out and have something like 1992 riots or something weird like that you know. But actually have it like a structured way, you know, like have people think critically about what they want.”

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The Moral Is
1:58 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Commentary: With Super PACs, Free Speech is Far From Free

When it comes to the season of political contests, free speech is rarely free, what with non-stop political ads on radio and television in many so-called battleground states. On this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State professor Diane Blair says the rise of the Super PAC has big implications for the future of our democracy.

The views expressed on The Moral Is are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Valley Public Radio.

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