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Tejon Tribe To Hold Pow Wow At CSUB

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:48:35 +0000

The Tejon Tribe is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in Kern County. Home to some 900 members, the tribe only regained its federal status in 2012 and is looking to raise its profile in the community, as well as preserve its language. This weekend, the tribe is welcoming the community at-large to learn more about the the tribe at a pow wow to be held at CSUB September 23rd and 24th. Gloria Morgan joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the tribe and the event this weekend.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/ve_tejon_tribe_edit_3.mp3




Bill Could Remove Most Concealed Guns From Kern/Kingsburg School Campuses

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:27:33 +0000

For about the past year, two San Joaquin valley school districts have allowed some parents and staff members to carry a concealed firearm on campus if they have a concealed carry weapons permit and seek the permission of the district superintendent. However, under a new bill on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, that authority could soon be revoked. The California Legislature has approved Assembly Bill 424, which would strip that authority from superintendents in all but a few narrow circumstances. The bill’s author Kevin McCarty of Sacramento says it was never their intention to swing open the schoolhouse doors to more concealed weapons when they passed a bill amending the state’s Gun Free School Zone Act two years ago. “Well, there was frankly, a bit of a loophole in the law,” McCarty says. McCarty says that bill was intended to allow people who have been granted a restraining order against another person to carry a concealed weapon on campus with the permission of the superintendent.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-19-2017_GunsSchool_JBH_Segment.mp3




As Short-Term Rentals Boom, Homelessness Remains A Problem Near Yosemite

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:21:25 +0000

When people think of homelessness, they often think of big cities like Fresno or Bakersfield. But in the mountains of Madera County it's a lingering problem. And as the short-term rental market grows, some fear the housing shortage in the communities just outside Yosemite will only get worse. Serenity Village is a seven-unit affordable apartment complex in Oakhurst targeted at helping homeless people get back on their feet. “Everything is furnished when they move in,” says Jody Ketcheside, she oversees a number of government run homeless facilities in Madera and Fresno counties, including Serenity Village. "There’s a microwave, there’s a dining table, couches, a bed, nightstand.” Ketcheside says every week her team has to turn away homeless people, due to a program requirement that states a person must be homeless for a year and have a disability. “The case manager for this particular program is seeing more people that haven’t been on the streets longer than a year,” says Ketcheside.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-19-2017_Oakhurst_EDR_Segment.mp3




Valley Edition: September 19 - Homelessness; Dolores Huerta; Clovis Cottages; Highway 99

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:03:17 +0000

This week on Valley Edition our team reports on homelessness in the Oakhurst area and about concealed weapons in Kingsburg. We are also joined by NPR's Felix Contreras in an interview with Dolores Huerta. Later we hear all about the City of Clovis' plan to build tiny alley cottages. We also learn all about the Tejon Indian Powow in the south valley and hear about a new book focused on the history Highway 99.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-19-2017_CompleteShow.mp3




New Book Celebrates History, Culture Of Highway 99, California's "Main Street"

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:38:24 +0000

The highway plays an important part in the mystique of the American West. From the so-called "Mother Road" of Route 66 that wound from Chicago to LA, to the picturesque beauty of the California coast along Highway 1, our highways are more than just transportation infrastructure, they are a part of our culture. That’s certainly the case here in the middle of the state, where a ribbon of concrete and asphalt has stitched together towns big and small for decades – Highway 99. A new book celebrates the history and culture of the road – it’s by author Steven Provost, and it’s called Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street. Provost joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the road's origins and some of the stories that surround it, from the Grapes of Wrath to memories of old roadside attractions.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/highway_99_interview_web.mp3




Central Valley Raisin, Almond Crops Harmed In Monday's Thunderstorm

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:51:25 +0000

Monday’s heavy rain and gusty winds in the valley hurt two of the region’s largest money-making crops. Fresno County is the top grower of raisins in the country, but Monday’s storm came at the worst moment for farmers growing the crop. At this time of year grapes are laid on paper trays to sun dry. Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen says the full damage to the crop won’t be known for months. “It actually kicks up sand and the sand lands on top of those grape berries," Jacobsen says. "As it continues to dry it becomes embedded with sand in the wrinkles of the raisin. That obviously makes it an undesirable trait for market.” Jacobsen says the crop was already smaller because of heavy rains this winter and spring. He also says almonds were harmed by the up to a quarter inch of rain that fell across the region. At this time of year almonds are shook to the ground, vacuumed up and later processed. The moisture increases the risk of losing the crop to things like mold. "We're hoping


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/rainyraisins.mp3




INTERVIEW: Yosemite Has A Trash Problem. What's Being Done About It?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:50:46 +0000

Yosemite National Park has a trash problem. The more than 4 million people who visit every year and those that live in Yosemite leave 2,200 tons of garbage there annually. The park service is working to decrease the amount of that trash that ends up in the Mariposa County Landfill. To find out more about the park’s Zero Landfill Initiative , FM89’s Ezra David Romero interviewed Yosemite National Park Ranger Jodi Bailey and Wildlife Biologist Caitlin Lee-Roney. Listen to that interview by clicking play above. "We started trying to make it easier for people to recycle the things that they bring," says Bailey. "In our first year of the Zero Waste Initiative we bought about 150 new trash and recycling containers and new labeling on the recycling." The park collects mixed recycling and new labels showcase that with pictures. The Zero Landfill Initiative is partly funded through Subaru of America, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Yosemite Conservancy. The park set a goal


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-12-2017_YosemiteTrash_EDR_Segment.mp3




Changing Immigration Policies Could Spell Bad News For Valley's Doctor Pipeline

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:31:05 +0000

As the San Joaquin Valley struggles with a shortage of primary care physicians, one group in particular is stepping in to fill in the gaps: doctors born or trained in foreign countries. And while the planned repeal of the DACA program is President Trump’s most recent immigration policy change, he’s hinted at others that could influence the flow of foreign physicians into the Valley. This installment of our series Struggling For Care explores the valley’s complicated relationship with international doctors. Dr. Olga Meave is a third-year family medicine resident in Bakersfield. She spends most of her time with patients in a Clinica Sierra Vista health center on the outskirts of the city. Meave was born in northern Mexico. From a young age, she aspired to be a doctor—like her mother. But she wanted to practice in the U.S. After a high school exchange program in New York, Meave attended medical school in Guadalajara before returning to the U.S. Though she was already a practicing


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-12-2017_Docs3_KK_Segment.mp3




New Fresno Pacific President Promotes Community Outreach, Reconciliation

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:08:12 +0000

Fresno Pacific University has a new leader, Dr. Joseph Jones. The private, non-profit Christian university has been a fixture in southeast Fresno for over 60 years, also operates campuses in Merced, Visalia and Bakersfield. An ordained minister with a Ph.D in criminology, Jones brings a uniquely community-focused vision to the Mennonite Brethren affiliated campus. He joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his vision for the university, and issues ranging from campus diversity to peacemaking and racial reconciliation in the community and nationally.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-12-2017_DrJonesFPU_JM_Segment.mp3




Electric Vehicles In The Central Valley Could Get A Big Boost Thanks To The VW Settlement

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 21:32:54 +0000

A major scandal rocked the auto industry two years ago when it was discovered that the car company Volkswagen had been systematically cheating on diesel emissions tests. That scandal might soon turn into a big boon for electric cars in the Central Valley. The company agreed to a massive settlement worth more than $1 billion. Over the next ten years, $800 million is supposed to be spent in California to beef up electric car infrastructure and access. Of that, 35%, or about $280 million, is earmarked for low income and high pollution areas like Fresno, Bakersfield and much of the rest of the San Joaquin Valley. Joel Espino, with the environmental advocacy group The Greenlining Institute, says the focus is on these areas because they have suffered the most due to VW’s deceit. “Those emissions, those extra emission, that were put into the air, didn’t affect everyone equally. A lot of the communities who live near busy roads and freeways, low-income communities of color, were harmed the


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-12-2017_VW_JBH_Segment.mp3




Dyer: New Approach Coming For Mental Health Cases

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:40:59 +0000

Police officers across the country and in the Central Valley have been under increasing scrutiny and pressure for how they deal with civilians in the field. At the same time, some departments are acknowledging that their role is morphing into one that is just as concerned with identifying and helping people who might be suffering from a mental illness as it is enforcing the law. Fresno’s Police Chief Jerry Dyer says he is making changes within his force in an attempt to separate committed criminals from people who need a softer form of help. Valley Public Radio’s Jeffrey Hess spoke with Dyer about what he has learned over the last couple years and what changes he hopes to make at FPD. What changes are going to be coming to the department? There are two things that are happening simultaneously. Number one is we made the commitment to provide crisis intervention training, which is 40 hours, to every single uniformed officer in the Fresno Police Department. To date, we have just over 200


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-12-2017_Dyer_Jbh_Segment.mp3




Valley Edition: September 12 - Doctor Shortage; Fresno Pacific President; Jerry Dyer; Yosemite Trash

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:05:20 +0000

This week on Valley Edition our team reports stories on the doctor shortage and what a recall from Volkswagen means for the region. We also hear from Fresno Pacific University's new leader, President Joseph Jones. Later KVPR Reporter Jeffrey Hess interviews Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer about homelessness and other issues in the city. Ending the program FM89 Reporter Ezra David Romero interviews Yosemite National Park Ranger Jodi Bailey and Wildlife Biologist Caitlin Lee-Roney about the park's trash problem.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-12-2017_CompleteShow.mp3




Pharmacists Are Now Poised To Ease Physician Shortage - If Only They Could Get Paid For It

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:11:17 +0000

When we consider medical providers, what comes to mind may be doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. But what about pharmacists? A new law has allowed them to greatly expand their role to become providers—which could be good news for patients struggling to access doctors. But one major obstacle still stands in the way of pharmacists taking on patients. This latest installment of our series Struggling For Care begins with the story of a community pharmacist in Kern County looking toward the future. Behind the cash registers in an expansive blue-roofed pharmacy, two huge machines are whirring away, filling little plastic bottles with pills, tablets and capsules of all sizes and colors. "These are robots, auto-fill robots," says Brian Komoto, the CEO of Komoto Pharmacy in downtown Delano and its parent company, Komoto Healthcare. "If [pharmacists] want this prescription, they scan it, it shows what the tablet should look like so they can compare, and then they cap it." A


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/ve_9-5-2017_realkkdoc_short_segment.mp3




Near Yosemite "It's Neighbor Warring Against Neighbor” Over Short-Term Rentals

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:06:03 +0000

Most people in the mountain area around Oakhurst know Katie Miller as the Mountain Madam . That’s her brand. The London Properties' realtor and I are driving to an area north of Oakhurst where she recently sold a home that’s now listed on the online rental site Airbnb . “So that’s the Airbnb right here,” says Miller. “There’s a spiral staircase inside, all wood floors. They figured out how to maximize the space and put beds everywhere.” Miller says the short-term rental market in the area has skyrocketed over the past two years. One of her clients recently bought a property with a cabin and a creek on it. “His wife came in like the day before we closed, looked at what she needed for the area, went to Fresno, bought brand new stuff and then boom it was an Airbnb the next day,” Miller says. Miller says this buyer is just one of many people she’s working with that are purchasing homes for the sole purpose of using them as short-term rentals. She says this has created a housing shortage in


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-5-2017_EDR_Rentals_Segment.mp3




Interview: Garry Bredefeld On Fresno Pot Sales Ban, Concealed Weapons

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:46:27 +0000

The first eight months of Garry Bredefeld's return to Fresno City Hall have been eventful. Some of his proposals, like adding a display of the nation's motto "In God We Trust" to the city council chambers, and a ban on marijuana dispensaries have either become law, or are on their way to doing so. Others, like his plan to allow city employees with concealed weapon permits to carry their guns while on the job, have met with opposition from either his colleagues on the council or Fresno Mayor Lee Brand. Thanks to those issues, some including GVWire's Bill McEwen have suggested Bredefeld has become more socially conservative since his last term on the council. This week on Valley Edition we spoke with Bredefeld about pot, guns and a changing Fresno.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-5-2017_GaryBredefeld_Segment.mp3




Valley Edition: September 5 - Wildfires; Short-term Rentals; Garry Bredefeld; Rep. David Valadao

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:34:52 +0000

This week on Valley Edition our team reports on what the influx of short-term rentals like Airbnb means for the Oakhurst area. We also hear the third part of FM89 Reporter Kerry Klein's doctor shortage series. Later in the show we hear from Fresno City Council Member Garry Bredefeld. And ending the program FM89 Reporter Jeffrey Hess interviews Rep. David Valadao about the President's announcement about his desire to end a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-5-2017_CompleteShow.mp3




Two Valley Republican Congressmen Sign Letter Opposing DACA Repeal

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:18:44 +0000

Two Valley congressmen are among a group of 6 Republicans asking President Donald Trump to maintain deportation protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. The president is considering ending the Obama-era program called DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. That allows eligible immigrants to avoid deportation and legally work in the country if they apply with the Federal Government. President Trump could reportedly decide as soon as tomorrow whether or not to keep those protections in place for the roughly 800,000 immigrants who have signed up. Valley congressmen Jeff Denham and David Valadao signed onto a letter asking the president not to repeal DACA. Valadao says it’s unfair to deport those residents since they had no control over moving to the U.S. “While Congress is not getting to the point of fixing immigration, DACA is the next best thing for these kids. So allowing them to stay in place. Allowing them to work and be


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_9-5-2017_Val_DACA_JBH_Segment.mp3




With Limited Federal Funding, Valley Struggles To Expand Medical Training Programs

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:33:02 +0000

As we reported earlier this summer, the Fresno area could soon be home to two medical schools. While that may seem like a great opportunity for creating home-grown doctors, research suggests local residencies and fellowships could be more important for keeping doctors here. But the Valley lags behind the state in those training opportunities, too. In the second installment of Struggling For Care , we learn how local health leaders are working hard to expand those positions—despite a 20-year-old federal law that puts a limit on funding for medical training. Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno is a teaching hospital. Residents from UCSF Fresno go there for clinical hours in fields like family medicine, gastroenterology and psychiatry. They also come for skills training—like an emergency medicine lab, in which dozens of residents in scrubs are poking instruments into what look like long, pink cuts of butchered meat. They’re pig tracheas, and they double as human airways


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/09/VE_8-29-2017_DocShortage2_Segment_KK.mp3




Bill McEwen Leaves Fresno Bee For GVWire.com

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:32:07 +0000

Longtime Fresno Bee reporter, columnist and editor Bill McEwen has a new job as news director for GVWire.com, a news website run by Fresno-based housing developer Granville Homes. After 37 years in the local news business, McEwen joined us on Valley Edition to talk about his role in this new venture, plus his thoughts on editorial independence, and how GVWire will cover news stories involving the Granville company. McEwen also shared his thoughts about the current controversy surrounding Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian's anti-LGBT remarks, city hall politics and other issues. Note: Granville Homes, which publishes GVWire is also a corporate sponsor of Valley Public Radio.


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/08/VE_8-29-2017_GVWire_BillMc_Segment_JM.mp3




Toy Lending Library Aims To Reach Fresno's Youngest Learners

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:26:39 +0000

Downtown Fresno’s 116-year old ‘Helm Home’ has been a landmark for generations because of its distinctive shape. The mission revival-style home, sometimes called the Alamo House was once at risk of being condemned, but today it’s been impeccably restored to its former glory with high ceilings and flawless wooden floors. But it is the library that is getting attention because of what it lends out: toys. It’s a project of the Fresno Unified School District and the Fresno Housing Authority which have established a free early childhood education program there, complete with a toy lending library. It’s called the ‘Starting Smart and Strong’ initiative. Rebecca Lara is one of the parents who signed up for the program. She was told about it by a FUSD employee and brought her 3-year old son Julien along to play and learn. Parents like Lara have been bringing their children, some as young as infants, to the home to better to prepare them for school. “Because it helps them before they start


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/kvpr/audio/2017/08/VE_8-29-2017_Toys_Segment_JBH.mp3