Fresno

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors is not accepting a study about possible development in a 5-thousand acre area along the San Joaquin River north of Fresno. Opponents saw the study as a first step toward commercial development along the river bottom. The so-called ‘Friant Corridor Feasibility Study’ was intended to be a first look at potential places for development from the north edge of Fresno to the Community of Friant. Citing many shortcomings in the study, such as impacts on water,...

This week on Valley Edition FM89's Jeffrey Hess reports on a new tax that could bring a boost to Kern County Libraries. We are also joined by Fresno Bee Journalists Barbara Anderson , BoNhia Lee and Andrea Castillo to talk about their reporting on blight in Fresno. KVPR's Ezra David Romero also reports on how giant sequoia trees are benefiting from the Rough Fire that burned over 150,000 acres of forest in the Sierra Nevada last year. We also hear the story of an artist that creates work...

Courtesy of The Fresno Bee

Black mold, collapsing ceilings, and units without heat in the middle of the winter – those are just some of the horrible conditions at the dilapidated Summerset Village Apartments last year. They caught the attention of the public, the media and local government, bringing new light to the issue of substandard rental housing in Fresno. But that description of unsafe and unhealthy living conditions doesn’t just apply to Summerset Village. Hundreds if not thousands of other rental units in...

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

The control tower of the Terminus Dam at Lake Kaweah is currently full of more than 90 feet of water. The flooded tower has crippled the dam’s ability to release water. At some point on Sunday, April 24th, a water value in the control tower broke and water began pouring into the tower, which controls the release gates on the Terminus dam. It wasn’t until the next day when the flooding was even noticed and by then the tower was quickly filling. Friday, divers began swimming into the tower to...

Kerry Klein/KVPR

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin yesterday cut the ribbon for a new park in southeast Fresno. And this isn’t just any park. Fresno skateboarders have a new skate park to play in. It’s located behind Romain Park near the junction of routes 41 and 180. And it’s unlike any other skate park in Fresno: it was designed by skateboarders . Hundreds of teenagers and young adults took part in the planning process—including Manuel Martinez. “When you’re skating you can tell that it’s their ideas,” he says...

Courtesy Kaweah Delta Health Care District.

Today is the deadline for residents in Visalia to have their ballots postmarked in a big vote that could determine the future of the Kaweah Delta Hospital. The hospital is asking the community to tax itself to support a new acute care wing. But the push has generated opposition in the community and from the head of a neighboring hospital. First, a bit of background, state law requires that every hospital be hardened against earthquakes by 2030. Kaweah Delta Hospital says that means they need...

Courtesy Friends of Kaweah Delta

Residents of Visalia have just a few more days to decide if they will approve a bond known as Measure H for Kaweah Delta Hospital to build a new earthquake resistant acute care wing. State law requires that every hospital to be hardened against earthquakes by 2030. As a result, the hospital is asking for more than $300 million in public bond to help pay for the hospital. Kaweah is putting up over $200 million for the project, its statutory cap. The bond will be paid back in the form of a...

Karana Hattersley-Drayton

The first week in May is Historic Preservation Week in Fresno, with a host of activities that celebrate the city’s architectural heritage. This year the activities have a theme that connects with the city’s musical history as well, showcasing the places and people who helped make the sounds of the valley over generations. Karana Hattersley-Drayton , Fresno's historic preservation manager, joined Valley Edition this week to talk about this year’s event. The event will include a “Pub Quiz,” a...

Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition Ezra David Romero reports on efforts to save the Tricolored Blackbird . KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on the effort to revive Fresno's Manchester Mall . Fresno City Council candidate Jeremy Pearce also joins the program. Later Bakersfield Mayoral Candidate Karen Goh chats with Valley Edition Host Joe Moore. We also hear a story from StoryCorps Legacy in partnership with Hinds Hospice about a family remembering a toddler lost to leukemia. Ending the program Karana...

Jeffrey Hess/KVPR

All across the country an iconic American symbol of success is finding it harder and harder to survive. Dozens of once crowded bustling shopping malls, are for lack of a better term, dying. Industry research predicts that 15% or more of malls could die in the next ten years. But one company thinks there is a path back to success for a Fresno Mall that is on life support. About a year ago, Valley Public Radio uncovered a website from the property management company Omninet Capital selling a...

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