Lindsay

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When we last visited the Central Valley farm town of Lindsay, Amy Huerta and her brother, Luis, were in the middle of a pretty intense dinnertime conversation about voting.

“I mean, these are things that matter,” says Luis, who can’t vote because he’s undocumented. Amy is 18, and she could be the first in her family to vote, so he’s putting a lot of pressure on her.

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The soundtrack of Luis Medellin’s childhood was the sound of the orange and lemon harves

Early mornings, he’d hear the clink of farmworkers setting up tall ladders in the orchards to pick the fruit. On cold nights, giant wind machines would whirr to life, as farmers scrambled to warm up the trees. All day long, trucks would rumble past his house, hauling loads of fresh fruit to one of the nearby packinghouses.

  Medellin grew up in Lindsay, a largely Latino town in Tulare County, in the heart of the state’s citrus belt.

As students head back for another year of school, one small district in the valley is on the cutting edge of education. The Lindsay School district has eliminated grades and grade levels. School leaders say the scheme has transformed education.

Its 7:30 a.m. on the first day of school and students at the Lindsay High School re-connect with friends and wait for the bell to ring.

The roughly 1,000 students are part of just a handful of districts in the country using a system called Performance Based Grading.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and the City of Fresno is celebrating with a slate of events that honor the city's unique architectural heritage. The events include a walking tour of New Deal-era Fresno, and the many Art Deco landmarks that dot the downtown area.

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The eight-member honor group from the Lindsay High School Guitars paid a return visit to Young Artists Spotlight this year. The performance included solos from graduating seniors Salvador Madrigal and Joseph Ochoa, not to mention a surprise cello solo from Kathryne Wills, the youngest member of the Tulare County Symphony and the daughter of Lindsay High School teacher Nancy Wills, who founded the Lindsay Guitars in 1999 and leads the group to this day. 

Depending on where they practice, doctors in different parts of California are more likely to recommend certain procedures. It’s a phenomenon called “variance.” A study from The California Healthcare Foundation shows it’s a consideration both patients and physicians should be aware of. The Foundation’s Maribeth Shannon says doctors might not realize what they’re doing.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week on Young Artists Spotlight, we welcome 19 young guitarist from Lindsay High School to the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. Director Nancy Wills brings her students to FM89 every year for this broadcast, which is always a treat for all those involved.