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Stillian Kirov is only sixth conductor of the Bakersfield Symphony. Before accepting the position in Kern County he was an associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony. Earlier this year he was named Music Director of Symphony in C in New Jersey. He accepted the position in Bakersfield in June. 

Kirov spoke with Valley Edition Joe Moore about his plans for the symphony and details about the upcoming season. For the the interview click above.

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On July 31st, 2015 the staff of the Buck Rock Fire Lookout in the Sequoia National Forest spotted smoke from a small lightning caused fire near Rough Creek. The blaze would quickly grow in the tinder dry forest, eventually becoming the largest fire recorded in this part of the Sierra, destroying over 151,000 acres. 

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This week on Valley Edition the program begins with Political Junkie Ken Rudin speaking with VE Host Joe Moore about Kevin McCarthy and how he could become the next House Speaker.

 Bakersfield’s Kevin McCarthy has come a long way since he was working behind the counter at Kevin O’s Deli.

The Republican who was first elected to the House in 2006 is now the most likely candidate to become the next Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Some say it’s a thankless job, just ask John Boehner, who struggled with members of his own party over legislation nearly much as he did President Obama.

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Leading a major educational institution isn't an easy job. You've got to balance the needs of students and faculty with often competing interests of alumni, donors, trustees and the community at large.

That's certainly the case in Bakersfield where current Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian is at the center a controversy, regarding the future of her employment.

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This week on Valley Edition we hear report a story from Amy Quinton about how the US Forest Service is preventing its own scientists from talking about a study. Later VE Host Joe Moore interviews the Fresno Bee's John Ellis about national, state and local politics. 

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This week on Valley Edition we are joined by Capital Public Radio's Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler. He recaps this year's California legislative session. We also hear two stories about the sage grouse on how drought and fire are changing the bird's habitat and numbers.

This week on Valley Edition we are joined by Theodore Kuchar of the Fresno Philharmonic. Kuchar and Host Joe Moore talk about what to look forward to during the upcoming season with the Fresno Philharmonic. This season will celebrate 15 years of Kuchar with the organization. 

For more information on the season visit

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This week on Valley Edition our reporters share stories on the Rough Fire, how syphilis is harming babies in Central California and how trees in Fresno are affected by the drought. We also hear from LA Times Reporter Melanie Mason about politics in California.

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This week on Valley Edition our staff reports on how the drought is harming bees in California, lawmaking around HIV, the future of Fresno's Blackstone Avenue and how the bark beetle is decimating conifers in the Sierra Nevada. 

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This week on Valley Edition we start off the program with a segment about the Rough Fire. Mike Pruitt, a spokesman on the Rough Fire, and KVPR's Ezra David Romero join Host Joe Moore to talk about the blaze. We also hear the story of how 25 hikers were smoked out of the backcountry because of the fire. 

Later we hear from KVPR Reporter Diana Aguilera. She brings a story on how Igbo Tribal members from Nigeria in the Fresno region are working to preserve their heritage. 

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El Niño could bring much needed storms to Central California, but if storm drop too much rain or happen back-to-back then flooding could happen. To explain more Valley Edition Host Joe Moore was joined by Meteorologist and Fresno State Lecturer Sean Boyd this week to talk about the looming El Niño.

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This week on Valley Edition FM89's Ezra David Romero reports on how officials in the Fresno area prepping for possible flooding from a looming El Niño. Meteorologist and Fresno State Lecturer Sean Boyd explains what's conjuring up what could be an answer to California's drought.  

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The Fresno dance group NOCO is teaming up with the Fresno Philharmonic for an evening of dance and music. The Summer Soirée was named on the Fresno Bee's 2014 Top 20 Cultural events. There will be two evening events, August 15 and 16.

Valley Edition Host Joe Moore spoke with NOCO's Amy Querin andThe Fresno Philharmonic's Executive Director Stephen Wilson. Listen to the full interview above.

For more on the event visit the Fresno Art Museum's website.

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This week on Valley Edition KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports on animal control in Fresno County. Later, Host Joe Moore is joined by Bill McEwen of The Fresno Bee to talk about schools and politics in Fresno. 

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This week on Valley Edition we learn why scientists fear some Giant Sequoias are at risk thanks to the drought. We also learn about plans for development in Fresno County in the area along Friant Road and the San Joaquin River, as well as new rules designed to save the lives of farm workers in California's hot summer months. In interviews this week, we talk to John Cox of the Bakersfield Californian about an effort by Kern County to make drilling a new oil well as easy as getting a building permit.

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This week on Valley Edition Reporter Jeffrey Hess reports on how ex-felons are finding a clean slate under Prop 47. He also interviews Barbara Scrivner who was granted clemency by President Obama in December after being incarcerated for 20 years for conspiracy to sell crystal meth. We also hear from Reporter Amy Quinton on how bats could help walnut growers control pests

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This week on Valley Edition we take at a look at how a high concentration of salt in groundwater is harming almond trees. We also learn about how African-American babies have a higher infant mortality rate in the region compared to babies of other races. Research Scientist Lauren Lessard with the Central California Health Policy Institute joins us. 

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World renowned author William Saroyan is being honored as a great native son of the Central Valley with a an en exhibit by the The Fresno County Public Library.

The William Saroyan Gallery at the Central Library in Downtown Fresno opens Saturday, July 18th, at 2:30 PM for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Featured at the gallery are manuscripts, drawings, books and other memorabilia documenting Saroyan’s career as an author. 

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This week on Valley Edition KVPR Reporter Diana Aguilera interviews a Fresno teenager about the lack of sex education in Fresno Unified schools. Later in the program Valley Edition Host Joe Moore speaks with Shana Alex Charles with the UCLA Center For Healthy Policy Research and the California HealthCare Foundation about gaps in care for Valley Medi-Cal recipients