Kings County

Joe Moore - Valley Public Radio

Downtown Hanford is known for several things, like its historic town square, and ice cream sundaes at Superior Dairy. But one big part of the town's civic identity has been dark for two years - the historic Hanford Fox Theatre. Now the Fox is back, with a new ceiling and other features after structural problems closed the venerable landmark. Dan Humason joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the renovations, the theatre's history and some of the shows that are coming up at the venue.

Ezra David Romero

Kings County is known for farmed products like cotton and milk, as well as prisons and the Naval Air Station in Lemoore . The rural county is home to four cities and dozens of small places like Kettleman City on Interstate 5. Now a Southern California group wants to build a brand new high tech town in this agricultural county. Many people who visit Kings County don’t even realize they’re there. That’s because they’re zooming by along Interstate 5 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. About half...

High-Speed Rail Project Wins Crucial Legal Battle - For Now

Mar 8, 2016
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California high-speed rail supporters have dodged yet another legal bullet. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the state has won a lawsuit that threatened to derail the embattled project. When California voters approved a high-speed rail bond measure in 2008, they included several conditions. Among them, trains must speed passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours, 40 minutes. Opponents sued, arguing the state can’t meet all the conditions. Now, a Sacramento County judge has...

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Today, Mussel Slough doesn't show up on many maps of the San Joaquin Valley. But in 1880, this small settlement northwest of Hanford was the site of one of the bloodiest gunfights in the Old West. It pitted a group of Kings County farmers against the powerful Southern Pacific Railroad in a fight for their land. In the end seven people were dead and the gunfight made national headlines, eventually inspiring countless newspaper and historical accounts. It also gave birth to several...

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For years, Hanford has enjoyed one of the most vibrant downtowns in the Central Valley. However, in the last decade, the area has seen its fortunes decline as vacancies have risen. Recently the city council eliminated laws that prevented things like movie theaters and hotels to be built outside of downtown, in favor of a more "free market" approach. Now Hanford city leaders say they want to help improve business conditions in the heart of town. Mike Eiman of the Hanford Sentinel joins us to...

Some home and land owners in the pathway of California’s high-speed rail project are claiming the rail authority is treating them with disrespect and presenting low-ball offers in an attempt to for the project through. Those are claims the head of the rail authority strongly denies. A couple hundred feet behind the Kings County home of Daryl and Shawna archer are freight train. “These are refrigerated cheese cars. They come twice a day. Once empty, once full going back,” The Archer’s have no...

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Last week, an ambitious planned development that seemingly died during the recession reemerged in rural Kings County. The developers behind the proposed community of Quay Valley say this new city of 75,000 people would be located on a barren stretch of Interstate 5 south of Kettleman City. While things like water, infrastructure and jobs all remain big questions, the developers have announced one other detail – a planned 5 mile test track for entrepreneur Elon Musk’s proposed Hyper Loop. So...

California Supreme Court Declines To Hear High Speed Rail Case

Oct 15, 2014
California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of two lawsuits that challenged the way California plans to pay for High Speed Rail. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the decision paves the way for the project to move forward. The California Supreme Court’s denial lets stand a lower appeals court ruling that allows the state to issue 8-point-6 billion dollars in bonds. The High Speed Rail Authority also will not have to develop a new funding plan. The Pacific Legal...

Judge Blocks California High Speed Rail Financing

Nov 25, 2013
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California’s High Speed Rail project may have stalled out in court. A judge ruled today the Rail Authority cannot sell $8 billion in bonds to help fund the project. The judge also ordered the Authority to rewrite its $68 billion funding plan before moving forward with construction. Jon Coupal is with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which opposes the project. Coupal: “The best thing that the High Speed Rail Authority can do at this point is to go back to the legislature and ask for a...

Kings County High Speed Rail Route Draws Opposition

Nov 8, 2013
California High-Speed Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is pushing forward with plans for its Fresno to Bakersfield segment. The board accepted a proposed route at a meeting Thursday. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, it’s been a rough ride. The High-Speed Rail Authority has voted to support a route that goes through eastern Kings County. Board members say it will have less environmental impact than an alternate path. But Ross Browning, who lives in Kings County says the high speed rail project...

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