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Government & Politics
5:43 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Bakersfield Shuts Down Union Avenue Homeless Encampment

In this photo from April, tents are seen at the encampment before the city removed a wall that had screened much of the site from public view.
Credit Kern County Homeless Collaborative Faces of Homelessness Facebook Page

On Wednesday, crews from the City of Bakersfield closed down a homeless encampment on South Union Avenue that many residents had called home for years. In recent months the area had become a growing concern for officials responsible for enforcing city codes. Homeless advocates estimate that at the close, around 24 people lived in the encampment. Officials estimate that all but five found some sort of housing, either through shelters, programs or with family members.  

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Agriculture
11:49 am
Thu May 14, 2015

California Veterans Find Refuge In Farming

Veteran Vonita Murray on her farm in Loomis, CA.
Credit Lesley McClurg / Capital Public Radio

More and more military veterans are finding refuge in farming. They say digging in the dirt relieves psychological trauma, and it provides reliable work. Capital Public Radio’s Lesley McClurg visited two vets who say growing food for the nation is akin to protecting the country. 

Matt Smiley feels at home when he’s engaged in physical work. The veins on his arms swell as he digs up a green irrigation hose.

The former combat vet says farming is good for his body and his mind.

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Veterans
12:16 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

In Merced, Yoga And Facebook Help One Marine With The Residue of War

Navpreet Sandher instructs yoga multiple times a week in Merced. He first learned to appreciate the practice while on duty in Afghanistan.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

Reintegrating into society after war for many veterans is an isolating experience.

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Veterans
2:43 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Native American Veterans Find Solace Over A Common Table

Every Friday this group of veterans gets together for breakfast and camaraderie.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

For many veterans life after war is anything but easy, once home veterans often find themselves isolated from the world around them. But one Fresno group’s mission is to provide a setting for veterans to come out of hiding and also learn more about their culture.

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Community
1:12 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Fresno Woman Helps Fellow Homeless Veterans Reclaim Their Lives

Anita Pascual walks by the apartment complex where the women veterans live. Her office is located in one of the apartments.
Credit Anita Pascual / Homefront

Many veterans struggle as they return home after serving this country. Among that group are women who may have a hard time making that transition, sometimes ending up on the verge of being homeless. As part of our series “Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War” FM89's Diana Aguilera reports on how a woman is determined to make a difference.

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Valley Edition
11:15 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Valley Edition: Nov. 11 - Veterans Day; Election Aftermath; Jerry Greenfield; Jay Smith Group

Valley Edition November 11, 2014
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we start off with a story of a veteran who moved to the Valley to go to law school after ten  years in the Coast Guard. We also take a look at the aftermath of the November 4 elections with Fresno State Political Science Professor Jeff Cummins. 

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Veterans
9:31 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A Veterans Day Love Story, From Sea To The Courtroom

Jason Trupkin is in his first semester of law school in Clovis, Calif.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This report is the second piece in the Valley Public Radio series "Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War.Support for this series comes from Cal Humanities, as part of the War Comes Home initiative. 

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Community
5:21 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Disabled Veterans Scale Yosemite Peaks in 9/11 Tribute

Cody Elliott, a disabled veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, climbs Ranger Rock in Yosemite Valley.
Credit NPS Photo

A group of disabled veterans is paying tribute to 9/11 today—not at the memorial in New York, but in Yosemite National Park.

Lasting injuries and prosthetic limbs won’t hold these thirteen veterans back.  They’re hiking and rock climbing to the tops of iconic peaks like El Capitan, Royal Arches, and Ranger Rock—and they’ll all reach the summit today. Some of the ascents, like El Capitan, are known to be extremely challenging even for climbers at their prime.

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Veterans
6:49 am
Fri July 25, 2014

California Spending Millions To House Homeless Vets

The Fresno Veterans Home recently opened in Southwest Fresno. (file photo)

California has $600 million in bond funds to spend on homeless veterans. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, public workshops are being held around the state to gather ideas about how to spend that money.

Last June voters approved using the existing bond money to provide more affordable housing for California’s 15,000 homeless vets.

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Valley Edition
3:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Can Veteran Homelessness End In Fresno By 2015?

Fresno Veterans Home. File Photo.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

In what may seem like a huge task, Fresno is looking to end veteran homelessness by 2015.  Last week the city announced its participation in a nationwide program - 25 Cities Initiative - to end veteran and chronic homelessness.

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Valley Edition
2:49 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Valley Edition: June 3 - Mental Health; Homeless Veterans; Fresno Fire Chief; Drought Art

Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we talk about mental health in Central California, one groups desire to end homelessness among veterans in Fresno, fires with Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis and a Bakersfield Instagram photo exhibit featuring FM89's Ezra David Romero's #droughtvoices photos.

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Community
11:39 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Returning Home, Valley LGBT Veterans Fight Another War

John Coffee and his partner Brock Neely at the Rotary Veterans Park of Porterville, Calif.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

This report is the first in the Valley Public Radio series "Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War.Support for this series comes from Cal Humanities, as part of the War Comes Home initiative. 

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Government & Politics
3:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Prop 41 Would Create 'Supportive' Housing for Homeless Veterans

file photo
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A California ballot measure before voters next month would redirect $600 million of pre-approved funds to build housing for low income and homeless veterans. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento. 

Forty-eight year-old Matthew Meissner says when one thing goes downhill, everything else follows. He became disabled in 2009, stopped working, moved in with family, then last year, found himself sleeping wherever he could in Sacramento.  

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Valley Edition
12:56 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

On Valley Edition: Fresno State Football; Veterans; Grapevine; Salmon Spawning; Peter Gleick

Tejon Ranch plans to build 12,000 mix use homes in Kern County.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This week on Valley Edition we take a look at Fresno State football, veterans, the possibility of a new town in the region, water issues in the region and more.

Beginning the program, Valley Edition Host Joe Moore talks with Paul Swearengin, host of the Paul Swearengin Sports Podcast, about Fresno State Football. The two discuss the dispute over the team’s name, mascot, gangs and more.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon November 11, 2013

At Reedley College, Veteran Finds New Mission

Matthew Walker tutors other Reedley College students in history and study skills.
Rebecca Plevin Valley Public Radio

From the time he graduated from Dinuba High School, Matthew Walker was on a mission. And it didn’t include a college education.

“That was for ‘other people,’ that hadn’t gotten enough of that ‘book learning,’ he says, with a twinkle in his eye. “I was going to make a man’s choice, and not a geeky choice, and join the Marine Corps.”

He served as a Marine for six years.

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Community
6:04 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Fresno Veterans Home Welcomes First Two Residents

The Fresno Veterans Home opened October 18 after years of talks, construction and waiting for funds.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

The first of two long awaited California Veterans Home’s opened today. Over 200 veterans, advocates and their families toured the Fresno Veterans Home. A similar event will be held in Redding next Friday.

Construction of the Fresno veterans home began during the spring of 2010, but the project stalled due to a lack of funds.

In 2011, Henry T. Perea introduced The Veterans Home Savings Act to restore funding to the project. The Fresno home cost an estimated $250,000.

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Education
6:14 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Bills Allowing Vets to Pay In-State College Tuition Move Forward

Military veterans new to California would be allowed to pay in-state tuition in the state’s colleges and universities under competing bills now making their way through the legislature.

One bill would waive the in-state tuition eligibility rule that requires veterans to be stationed in California at least one year before being honorably discharged.  Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva is one of the bill’s co-authors. She says it would save some vets from crushing debt.

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Military
9:51 am
Tue March 5, 2013

California National Guard Troops Preparing for Deployment to Afghanistan

Fifty California Guard troops and fifty from Nevada and Washington will take up medevac operations as part of Operation Enduring Freedom
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The California Army National Guard is deploying about 50 soldiers as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  

About a hundred medics, pilots and mechanics from California, Nevada, and Washington are flying out today. This is the third such deployment for Sylvester Wilson. He’s from Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento.

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Veterans Day
11:38 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Hiring For Fresno Veterans Home to Begin Soon

An artists rendering of the Fresno Veterans Home

Two new California veterans’ homes that currently sit empty in Fresno and Redding could start filling up over the next year.  The state has announced it’s beginning to recruit hundreds of employees for the homes.

Ever since April, veterans’ homes in Fresno and Redding have had lights, air conditioning and water, but no veterans, or staff.  This year’s state budget set aside money to start hiring, and now the California Department of Veterans Affairs says it’s ready to begin the recruitment process.

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Valley Edition
1:40 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

On Valley Edition: Jobs for Vets; Community Gardens

This week on Valley Edition we talk about programs that aim to give Valley veterans who are returning from combat a leg up in the job market. We talk with a group from Fresno that is trying to turn around troubled neighborhoods, in part through community gardens. And we'll also talk with the CEO of the new Downtown Fresno Partnership, which is encouraging Fresno residents to jump off the city's tallest landmark, for a good cause. 

Valley Edition for May 22, 2012:

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