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We continue our reporting this week on the fungal disease known as valley fever with a story about a potential route to prevention. One of the first lines of defense against any disease is determining who’s at risk. It’s possible to develop immunity to valley fever, and a new skin test could be used to screen for that immunity—but that’s only if the test overcomes some major hurdles. Faith Herrod wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. The 11-year-old lives in the small Central...

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Ezra David Romero goes on a hunt for the perfect surfing wave. Later we are joined by Lois Henry, columnist with the Bakersfield Californian, to chat about the aftermath of the Erskine Fire that devastated Kern County mountain communities. Ending the program FM89's Ezra David Romero interviews US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on his second term.

Kelly Slater Wave Company

Late last year a world famous surfer announced he created the perfect manmade wave. At this point no one knows exactly how he did it and the site where he built it isn’t open to the public. But Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero found that wave site in the most unlikely of places. Eleven time world champion surfer Kelly Slater dropped a bomb last December when he released a video of an 8-foot manmade wave in what looks like an old ski pond nowhere near an ocean. “This is our little...

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An overnight high-speed chase in Kings County has left two dead after the driver sped into the Lemoore Naval Air Station and crashed into an F/A-18 fighter jet. The California Highway Patrol began the pursuit around 11:40 last night near Hanford when a driver failed to stop for a patrol car. CHP Officer Justin Montooth said at one point during the chase the driver went the wrong way down H ighway 198 before going to the base. “The vehicle did go through the gate at the air station and drove...

Lemoore Naval Air Station will be the next home base of the US Navy’s new F-35c joint strike fighter jet. Several squadrons totaling 100 aircraft with be based at Lemoore , replacing the aging FA-18 Hornet. Lemoore beat out El Centro Naval Air Facility in Imperial County in the bid to host the jets. In a written statement announcing the decision, Congressman David Valadao said the move will result in new jobs and a boost to the local economy." "Not only is NAS Lemoore most suitable to cost...

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

We all know that California’s drought is posing huge problems for valley farmers. But as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports, it’s also a concern for pilots at one of the largest Navy installations in the west. --- It’s a busy day at the Lemoore Naval Air Station in Kings County. Pilots flying F/A18 Super Hornets are practicing touch and go exercises on a runway that’s painted to look like an aircraft carrier. But unlike those ships at sea, these runways are surrounded by miles and miles of...

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.