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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

Lead in text: 
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

Lead in text: 
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. 
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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. 

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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.

Valley Edition
1:37 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Backyard citrus harvest helps feed those in need

Sarah Ramirez displays the fruits of her harvest at a backyard in Visalia
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Across the southern San Joaquin Valley, the commercial citrus harvest is virtually over. But over the past two months, a volunteer group has been working in backyards across Tulare county to collect fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and donate it to those in need. FM89's Joe Moore has this report.

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Valley Public Radio News
8:58 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Valley Storytellers Project brings people together over hunger

It's lunchtime at the Sanger High School Cafeteria. But instead of hundreds of teenagers, the room on this Saturday is filled with ordinary Valley residents of all ages and ethnicities, some writers, and a handful of theatre professionals from LA's Cornerstone Theatre. And even though many of them just ate, the conversation quickly turns to the issue of the day… hunger.

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Around the Valley
5:35 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Exeter celebrates 100 years of small town charm

Exeter celebrates its centennial this year
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

It’s Saturday afternoon, and the normally quiet park in the middle of downtown Exeter is packed, nearly shoulder to shoulder with people enjoying kettle corn, something called the tornado potato, and of course, a little barbeque.

“This is the barbeque chicken plate, it’s six dollars and it’s fantastic!,” says Wanda, an Exeter resident.

“There’s also some pulled pork over there that people are really waiting in line for and the bratwurst over here by The Dorksmen, if you want a really homemade bratwurst, that’s the place to go.”

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Community
9:45 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Hanford’s China Alley gains national honor, and concern for future

Hanford's China Alley
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Hanford’s 7th Avenue looks pretty much like any other busy street in a small San Joaquin Valley town. It’s a broad avenue populated with a haphazard array of muffler shops, fast food joints and gas stations. Yet less than half a block away exists another world, seemingly frozen in time, a cultural and historic artifact, built by Chinese immigrants who came to build the railroad starting in the 1870’s, a place called China Alley.

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