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In Kern County, Expanded Mental Health Services On Hold Thanks To State Budget Concerns

The Affordable Care Act may be staying in place for now, but the long-term future of health care is still far from certain. And that uncertainty is already taking its toll on some health care programs--with ripple effects felt throughout the Valley. If you peruse the Airbnb listings outside Bakersfield, you may stumble upon Broken Shadow Hermitage—a 3-bedroom getaway in the Tehachapi Mountains. The owner, Rick Hobbs, says it’s a great place to meditate and commune with nature. “You can hear a...

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That Sinking Feeling: Corcoran Fears Floods Thanks To Subsidence, Snowmelt

A new map released by NASA earlier this year shows that large portions of California are sinking. The worst of it is in the San Joaquin Valley. One of the main reasons is the over pumping of groundwater, especially in the last five years of drought. All that sinking and all the snow melting in the Sierra has Central Valley water managers like Dustin Fuller worried. He's managing an army of earth movers that are scraping top soil off farmland that surrounds the Corcoran State Prison in Kings...

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Live Performance

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Young Artist's Spotlight - YOOF Soloists Part 3

Today on Young Artist's Spotlight we feature the last of three programs showcasing soloists from the programs of Youth Orchestras of Fresno. Host David Aus is joined this week by the following: Olivia Lin, cello; accompanied by Matthew Dean, piano - performing Edward Lalo's Cello Concerto in D minor - 1st mvt Shayne Baldwin, cello; accompanied by Matthew Dean, piano - performing Carl Davidoff's "At the Fountain" Micah Davison, marimba and Peyton Esraelian, marimba - performing Catching...

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After 'Bizarre' Moves, What's Next For Fractured House Intel Committee?

The outlook for a key congressional investigation into potential ties between President Trump and Russia's election meddling remained in doubt Thursday, after an unusual, high-profile flap involving its top two members. Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has reportedly apologized for briefing Trump, on what he described as evidence that Trump and his aides were caught up in U.S. surveillance operations, while keeping his committee in the dark. And ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,...

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Fresno

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One Year In, Fresno's Fulton Street Project Nearing Completion

A year ago this Friday, Fresno leaders picked up fifteen golden sledgehammers and kicked off the project to rip out the 53 year-old Fulton Mall and replace it with a redesigned Fulton Street. It’s an ambitious project that officials hope will help jumpstart business investment on what was once Fresno’s main street, but for decades has been a struggling six-block pedestrian mall. So a year later what’s happened, both on the mall and off? Aaron Blair of the Downtown Fresno Partnership, a...

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Water & The Enivronment

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

With Snow Melting, California Gold Prospectors Hope To Strike It Rich

All of the recent rain and snow in California is good news for farms and cities. The runoff flowing from the Sierra Nevada is so strong this year that’s it's moving huge boulders and tons of earth down rivers. That means gold is on the move as well and as Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports that has gold prospectors on alert. Larry Riggs and his friends are hunting on a piece of private property near Oakhurst . There are no guns or fishing poles present. Just shovels, plastic...

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Kern County

Kern Pioneer Village

Boxcar Fest To Celebrate Restoration Of Merle Haggard's Childhood Home

It might be the most famous boxcar in Kern County, if not the entire state of California. The childhood home of the late country music star Merle Haggard is no longer in Oildale, where it sat for decades – it’s now at the Kern Pioneer Village near the end of a two year-long restoration. The museum is throwing a party to celebrate the completion of the project April 9th called the Haggard Boxcar Festival . Grace Martin of the museum joined us to talk about the event, which also will feature...

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Community

Kerry Klein / KVPR

From Fresno With Love: Valley Chihuahuas Welcomed In Midwest

Animal shelters in the San Joaquin Valley are inundated every year with thousands of rescued dogs, cats and even pigs. But what happens to the animals that no one seems to want? While some shelters may euthanize, others go to great lengths to keep them alive. One group of animal rescuers has found a creative solution to a supply and demand problem. It’s almost 11 p.m. in an industrial zone of south Fresno. A small back lot near Highway 99 is dark except for the headlights of a van with tinted...

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Have Backyard Chickens? UC Scientists Say To Check Them For Signs Of Avian Flu

Agriculture

Kerry Klein / KVPR

Researchers Raise Concerns Over Health Risks Of Popular Herbicide

It’s springtime in the valley, which, for many of us, means it’s time to clear the weeds out of our backyards. The same goes for growers, but the landscape of industrial weedkillers is changing. A California judge recently ruled that the main ingredient of the popular herbicide RoundUp must be labeled as a carcinogen. Now, another popular herbicide is facing some scrutiny over its health impacts as well. Weeds kill crops. Kurt Hembree says that’s because they’re pernicious moochers. “Direct...

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Health

Kerry Klein / KVPR

Bakersfield College "Hackathon" Brings Health Advocates Together

Today, Bakersfield College kicks off a new event to address health problems in the San Joaquin Valley--its first-ever public health “hackathon.” Over 100 people from across Central California have signed up for the hackathon, which aims to use technology to address public health challenges like chronic disease, food insecurity and environmental health. Nurse and public health student Elizabeth Patterson says her project idea involves helping young adults mentor each other about sexually...

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Ezra David Romero

New Town On The Rise Along Highway 41 Will Change Madera County

An explosion of building is ramping up just north of Fresno in Madera County. This area of rolling hills on the way to Yosemite could become a city the size of Clovis. All this development could be good for the county's finances, but as FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports people who already live there say it could change their way of life. Kimberly Gomes is a realtor who grew up in the Madera Ranchos. It’s an unincorporated community of less 10,000 people just minutes from Fresno. It’s been...

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Be Public Live Event: "What’s Next: Health Care In the Valley After The Affordable Care Act"

On Thursday March 23rd 2017, Valley Public Radio hosted the first community forum in its new event series "Be Public: Live" in the station's Barmann Chaney Performance Studio. The event focused on the future of health care in the valley - how much the local system has changed since the Affordable Care Act became law and what is at stake as changes to the system are being debated in Congress. FM89's public policy reporter Jeffrey Hess was joined by a panel of three local health care leaders:...

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Kerry Klein / KVPR

Outdoorsy 5: Playing In The Snow

Today, we’re taking advantage of the season and venturing out into the snow. We’ve gotten a lot of it this winter, so it’s the perfect opportunity for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Or at least snowball fights. A native New Englander, Kerry loves the winter—as long as she’s bundled up and warm. Ezra: not so much. But as far as winter activities go, snowshoeing is his jam. And who doesn’t love seeing their breath in the air and hearing ice crunching under their feet? In this episode, we...

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Valley Public Radio

Valley Edition: Trump Funding; Yosemite Bears; Healthcare; Harold Pierce; Boxcar Fest

This week on Valley Edition our reporters talk about how Trump's budget cuts could impact the region and how rangers in Yosemite National Park are using technology to save bears. We also hear from FM89's Kerry Klein about the GOP's plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. She interviews Stanford Law Professor Lanhee Chen on the topic. Later we hear from the Bakersfield Californian's Harold Pierce about a lawsuit involving misconduct in the Kern High School District. Ending the program we hear...

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RTNA Golden Mike Awards

Valley Public Radio Wins Six "Golden Mike" Awards

The Radio Television News Association of Southern California has awarded Valley Public Radio six prestigious "Golden Mike" Awards at its annual awards banquet in Los Angeles. The event which took place on January 28, 2017 at the Universal City Hilton honors excellence in broadcast news production. Honorees from the station included reporters Jeffrey Hess, Kerry Klein, and Ezra David Romero and ranged in categories ranging from "Best News Reporting" to "Best Government and Political Reporting....

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Fresno Philharmonic Interviews: Conductor Candidate Rei Hotoda

The Fresno Philharmonic welcomes its fifth candidate for the vacant position of music director and conductor to the community this week with Rei Hotoda, who leads the orchestra in a concert Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre featuring Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and a contemporary piece by Pulitzer-prize winning Chinese-American composer Zhou Long. Rei Hotoda is currently the Associate Conductor Utah Symphony. She has a doctorate in piano performance from USC and...

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Just One Breath: Valley Fever

Kerry Klein / KVPR

California Prisons Reduce Risk Of Valley Fever For Inmates

As communities across the southwest struggle to prevent valley fever, a sometimes-debilitating fungal disease, one community appears to have made progress: California state prisons, where inmates are at a significantly lower risk of valley fever than they used to be. Here, we explore why—starting with one man who wasn’t so lucky. Richard Nuwintore was barely three weeks into his sentence at Taft Correctional Institution when he began to cough and experience chest pain. Within a few days, it...

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