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Outdoorsy 7: Rock Climbing And Rattlesnakes

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:51:58 +0000

Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors. There are, of course, lots of fun things to do outside this time of year, but one sport is attracting locals specifically to rock faces everywhere. Today’s episode focuses on that activity, and especially on safety. We’re talking about rock climbing, which may sound intimidating, but when done right is actually very safe. In this episode we talk climbing basics, staying safe from one particular critter that could really ruin your climbing trip, and we meet a local climber with an unusual—and heartbreaking—reason for getting into the sport. Central California is a great place to live if you’re into rock climbing, so we decided to learn how. Kerry’s a regular climber, but Ezra’s not a big fan—so, naturally, we sent him to take a lesson. He took our intern, Laura Tsutsui , to Metalmark , Fresno’s local climbing gym. It was her first time ever climbing, and she’s not crazy about heights—so this sounded like a fun experiment. We met

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Modern Medicine Saved These Kids’ Lives—Now It’s Failing Them As Adults

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:31:30 +0000

Becoming an adult is a challenging transition for anyone—but it can be especially hard for those with severe chronic diseases that, until recently, had been fatal. This is the story of one young adult undergoing some major life changes, and the doctors trying to pave a smoother path for people like her. Rachael Goldring is getting married in October. This bubbly 24-year-old health blogger already picked out the venue, the decorations, and the music—but what she’s really excited about is her dress. “It's a princess dress, it's strapless, and it looks as if it's floating on air when I put it on,” Goldring laughs. Getting married is obviously a huge life event. But it may not be the biggest transition happening in Goldring’s life. Right now, she’s in limbo between pediatric and adult medical care—a time period healthier people may not think twice about. But for Goldring, finding a knowledgeable doctor could be a matter of life and death. “I was born with congenital heart disease,” she

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Punjabi Californians Say Voting Materials Needed In Their Own Language

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:55:34 +0000

Understanding the information on a voting ballot can be tough even for English speakers. For many second language learners the voting process can be so intimidating that they don’t vote, in part because of the lack of materials in their own language. Now a group of Punjabi people in Fresno want to change that experience. Almost every afternoon older Indian-American men from the province of Punjab gather under the shade and play cards in Victoria West Community Park in West Fresno. Deep Singh says it’s a chance to get out of the house. “They go round by round and then you’re supposed to have some strategy in terms of which cards you’re getting rid to keep your higher ones to the end,” Singh says. The elders are speaking Punjabi, not Hindi and that sometimes can be a problem. Singh is with the Jakara Movement , which focuses on rights for Indian-Americans. He says when they’re in their community it's easy to communicate, but when it comes time to vote it can be challenging. I pulled a

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Valley Edition: May 23 - Chronic Diseases; Laura Rosenthal On Rep. McCarthy; Outdoorsy

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:37:07 +0000

This week on Valley Edition our team reports stories on child care, chronic diseases and the Punjabi language. We also hear from Laura Rosenthal with CALmatters on President Donald Trump's relationship with Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Ending the program you'll hear our latest episode of Outdoorsy. This time we talk all about rock climbing.

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Fresno County Sends Back Millions In Unspent Funds Intended For Child Care

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:32:33 +0000

Finding enough money to pay for child care is a struggle for many Central Valley families. But last year despite the region’s high poverty rate, Fresno County returned $10 million in unspent money to the state that was earmarked for child care for low-income families. County officials say it’s not their fault the money went unspent, and blame state rules that exclude too many families and an income cap that hasn’t kept up with the times. Now, they are pushing for change, with a bill in the legislature that would make the county a test case for expanding eligibility to the program. Hanadi Rousan, a site manager at the Northwest Learning Center in Fresno says the current income threshold for the program is too low, blocking hundreds of children out of vital state-subsidized childcare. “Children should have the right to come in and learn. And learn their social skills. It sets them right. But the way the system is set up right now, it really doesn’t provide for that,” Rousan says. On a

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Interview: How Did Kevin McCarthy Become Trump's "Man In Congress?"

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

It's hard to imagine two Republican leaders with more dramatically different political styles than Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump. While McCarthy rose to his position as House Majority Leader thanks to a warm and affable public personality, Trump's style has been anything but. Yet the two have a remarkably close working relationship. In a new piece for the online publication CAL Matters, reporter Laurel Rosenhall takes a deep dive into their political alliance, explores why McCarthy is "Trump's Man In Congress," and what it means for California.

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After Massive Bee Kill, Beekeepers Want Answers From Fresno County

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:36:07 +0000

The Beekeeper When Rafael Reynaga came to check on his bee colonies in a Fresno almond orchard, he found a carpet full of dead bees on the ground. Reynaga picked up a hive and found two inches of bees at the bottom. He says most were dead, but a few were still moving. Dead bees reek, Reynaga says, like a dead rat. He's been working with bees since the 1980s but he says he'd never experienced a bee kill firsthand until this February. He'd lent two hundred hives to his brother, fellow beekeeper Raul Reynaga. The latter had a pollination contract with an almond grower in Reedley on the east side of Fresno. He suspects his honeybees died from pesticide exposure. “The bees act in a specific way when they are poisoned,” adds Reynaga. “They fly in circles close to the ground.” To Reynaga these bee deaths point to a pesticide spray to blooming crops. But he says his hives went in before the almond bloom. The closest blooming crop were nectarines. Reynaga filed a "Report of Loss” with the

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Fresno Art Museum Celebrates Local Artists, Women With New Exhibits

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:14:36 +0000

The Fresno Art Museum often features works by acclaimed modern artists from around the world. But with a set of new exhibits opening this week , the museum is turning its attention to local artists. The museum's director Michele Ellis Pracy joins us on Valley Edition to talk about the exhibits by Nancy Youdelman, Leslie Batty and Maurice Cohen. Youdelman has long been an important feminist artist in the valley, inspired by the legacy of Judy Chicago during her tenure at Fresno State. Batty's work also tackles issues of feminism and contemporary politics. And former math professor Maurice Cohen's vibrant impressionism also makes this new set of exhibits unique.

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Valley Edition: May 16 - Andrew Janz; Bakersfield College; Fresno Art Museum

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:56:34 +0000

This week on Valley Edition our team reports on what's at stake in Giant Sequoia National Monument under the Department of Interior's review. We also hear about how Huron school's want to split from the Coalinga-Huron Unified School District. Later we learn more about why political newcomer Andrew Janz hopes to challenge Devin Nunes. We also hear from Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian about changes coming to the campus. Ending the program we hear from Michele Ellis Pracy about new exhibits coming to the Fresno Art Museum.

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Hurexit? Proposal To Split Coalinga-Huron Unified Reaches State

Tue, 16 May 2017 23:26:39 +0000

When local school districts aren’t performing, parents typically turn to school boards or parent-teacher organizations to bring about change. But in one small Fresno County city, education advocates are thinking bigger, trying to enact a much bolder and more ambitious kind of transformation. It’s 8 a.m. in the city of Huron and the Chevron on Lassen Avenue is bumping. Between drivers filling their tanks, cashier Lydia Ramirez serves kids loading their backpacks with breakfast burritos, candy, and pizza. These kids are on their way to the middle school down the street. But high school students? Ramirez says they hardly ever come in. “I don't see them in the morning," Ramirez says. "They have to get their bus. They have to get up early.” Her 16-year-old daughter is one of them. She wakes up at 5 a.m. for a bus ride that lasts over an hour. Her high school is 20 miles away—in Coalinga. The cities share the Coalinga-Huron Unified School District. Ramirez says it’ll be a relief when her

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Under Review: What's At Stake In The Giant Sequoia National Monument?

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:31:27 +0000

Last month President Donald Trump signed an executive order putting 20 plus national monuments across the country under review including Giant Sequoia National Monument in the mountains of Tulare, Fresno and Kern counties. Now 17 years after the monument's creation, its existence is in question. Carla Cloer fell in love with giant sequoias as a kid riding horseback through the forest. We’re sitting on a log under the canopy of her favorite grove of giants in the monument, Belknap Grove . “Well this place is really my heart's home,” says Cloer. “It’s where I feel connection to the earth and to nature. I’m hoping human beings will treasure it.” The 74 year-old’s family homesteaded in the area and she’s fought to keep the 33 groves in the monument safe for decades. Cloer doesn’t think the monument needs to be reviewed and says if it loses its status giant sequoias could be in danger. “Opening up these lands to commodity extraction I believe is the motive,” Cloer says. “You ask me what’s

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Political Newcomer Andrew Janz Hopes To Challenge Devin Nunes

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:30:06 +0000

The 2018 mid-term election is a year-and-a-half away, but Republican Congressman Devin Nunes has already drawn a challenger in the race for the 22 nd Congressional District, Democrat Andrew Janz. The political newcomer and current Fresno County Deputy District Attorney faces a tough challenge. Republicans have a double-digit voter registration edge in the district, and Nunes has easily defeated Democratic opponents in each of the last three election cycles. But now that the Tulare Republican is in the national spotlight due to his role in the House investigation into Russian hacking of the Clinton campaign, does Janz have a chance? He joined us to talk about his background and views on a variety of issues from health care to water.

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Interview: Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian On "Kern Promise"

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:56:24 +0000

A new collaboration between the Kern High School District, Bakersfield College and CSUB aims to get students on a speedy pathway from high school to community college, and eventually a four-year college degree. It's called the "Kern Promise" but Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian calls it the key to revitalizing the community. She joined us on Valley Edition to talk about how the project works, and also how the campus is planning to spend money approved by voters last fall when they passed a $503 million district-wide bond known as "Measure J."

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Byron Stripling Pays Tribute To Louis Armstrong With Fresno Philharmonic

Fri, 12 May 2017 21:20:25 +0000

The Fresno's Philharmonic's Pops Concert Series continues this weekend with a concert at the Saroyan Theatre in Fresno celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong "It's A Wonderful World." The orchestra will perform with trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling and conductor Chelsea Tipton II, who joined us at Valley Public Radio for a talk about the concert.

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Interview: Valadao Reflects On South Korea Trip, Tensions With North Korea

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:38:02 +0000

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have heightened in recent weeks. Hanford Republican Congressman David Valadao recently returned from a trip to South Korea and Japan. He spoke with Valley Public Radio about his trip and what he learned. Interview transcript highlights: Q: Why did you make the trip to South Korea? “I sit on the Appropriations Committee and one of my sub-committees is the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Committee. The fact is that we have about 50,000 troops in Japan and just under 30,000 in South Korea. There is obviously base construction. There is construction of a lot of different facilities that have to deal with our military forces there.” Q: What is the feeling like on the ground in South Korea? A: “At the border you can tell things are a little more tense with those who are actually there. And that would go for both the South Koreans and the American military. But throughout the community, in the evenings, or in the daytime at the

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Oakhurst’s Water Is Radioactive, But Cleanup Is Right Around The Corner

Tue, 09 May 2017 20:11:10 +0000

In late April, we launched a series called “Contaminated” where our team explores communities in the region affected by water unsafe to drink. In our first story, we visited a Fresno County community that can’t afford to maintain the arsenic treatment plant the federal government funded 10 years ago. We continue today with a look at a Madera County mountain community where residents have been exposed to a different hazardous material in water for decades—but they could have clean water by the end of the year. When Debbie Acree and her husband moved to the city of Oakhurst 17 years ago, they were told the water may not be safe to drink. They weren’t too worried—until: “The first morning, we get up and make a cup of coffee,” says Acree. “My husband puts creamer in it and it actually curdled. We were like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got to go buy water.’” Since then, they’ve stocked up on $50-worth of bottled water every month. The water in Oakhurst has many problems, but plumber Rick Markley has

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'High-Risk Pools' Have Been Tried Before In California. Did They Work?

Tue, 09 May 2017 19:40:34 +0000

California’s Republican congressmen were crucial to getting the American Health Care Act passed through the U.S. House of Representatives last week. One change to that bill was key in getting the support of at least one of those congressman: additional money for something known as ‘high-risk pools’. However, they are not a new idea in health care and in fact have been tried before right here in the Golden State. California’s experience could help inform how the policy might work if it becomes law, and the challenges it could face. Since the bill passed the house last week with just two votes to spare, every ‘yes’ vote was critical, including those of local congressmen Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, David Valadao, Jeff Denham and Tom McClintock. A day before the vote, Valadao told Valley Public Radio one element of the bill that he liked is the concept of ‘high-risk pools’ which would be akin to a separate insurance market for sick people. “And so with the high risk pools, what you do is

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New Valley PBS Documentary Miniseries Looks At Water In California's Central Valley

Tue, 09 May 2017 19:04:01 +0000

Earlier this month Valley PBS launched a documentary miniseries called "Tapped Out: The History and Battle over Water in California’s San Joaquin Valley." The four-part series examines the history of water in California. Each episode delves into a different part of the history and future of water in the region and includes the voices of farmers, water leaders and environmentalists. To learn more about the series filmmaker Jeff Aiello and Valley PBS' Elizabeth Laval chatted with Valley Edition Host Joe Moore Tuesday May, 9. To listen to that interview click play above. For a trailer of the series click play below. For complete listings of when the series visit Valley PBS . Tapped Out Part One – May 4 th at 8pm: For the first three months of 2017, California was in a drought emergency and a flood emergency at the same time. That kind of contrast is what makes understanding the water crisis in California such a challenge. In the first part of a four-part special series, Tapped Out will

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Kern Deputies Accept Plea Deals In Drug, Corruption Investigation

Tue, 09 May 2017 18:46:13 +0000

A drug and corruption investigation that has rocked Kern County area law enforcement for the last two years has grown into a new stage. Last week two former Kern County sheriff’s deputies accepted plea deals with the U.S. Attorney office on charges they conspired to steal and then later sell marijuana, which the department had confiscated as evidence. Deputies Derek Penny and Logan August could face prison time for their alleged offenses, which follow last year’s convictions of two Bakersfield Police Department narcotics detectives for similar charges. Officers Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara are now serving 5 year sentences in their respective cases. Lois Henry of The Bakersfield Californian recently wrote about the scandal in her column and joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the issue. To watch one of the deputies apologize view below.

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Valley Edition: May 9 - Oakhurst Water; Lois Henry On Bakersfield Police; "Tapped Out" Documentary

Tue, 09 May 2017 18:43:20 +0000

This week on Valley Edition our team reports on water contamination issues in the Oakhurst area as well a piece about changes to the American Health Care Act. Later, we're joined by the Bakersfield Californian's Lois Henry to talk about her latest column on police corruption. FM89's Jeffrey Hess also interviews Congressman David Valadao about his recent trip to the Korean Peninsula. Ending the program we hear about a new documentary series by Valley PBS and Filmmaker Jeff Aiello called "Tapped Out."

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