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Key Valley industries like citrus, dairy and cotton are hurt by tariffs for second year

By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea CENTRAL VALLEY – For the second season in a row, United States fruit growers will face retaliatory export tariffs this shipping season imposed by some of our biggest customers including China, Mexico, Canada and the EU. And it isn’t as if Central Valley farmers are immune. A look […]

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Visalia finally getting its Dunkin Donuts

By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea VISALIA – Dunkin Donuts filed a permit application with the City of Visalia this week to make their interior tenant improvements at their long-rumored future location at SE corner of Mooney and Walnut. The quick service eatery will include a drive-thru at the former site of Weatherby’s Furniture […]

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Visalia will not keep ‘PACE’ for solar finance program options

More than 500 Visalia homeowners have upgraded their homes using Property Assessed Clean Energy By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA – On the suggestion of council member Brian Poochigian, the Visalia City Council rescinded permission for home owners in the City to participate in the PACE program on a 4 to 1 vote on […]

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CarMax files initial plan for Mooney location

By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA– CarMax has filed a preliminary plan with the City of Visalia to oplen a location on Mooney Boulevard. Fresno developer Jim Shehadey, the developer of the proposed shopping center, did not return calls for comment. CarMax is the United States’ largest used-car retailer and a Fortune 500 company. […]

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Dollar Tree to open in Exeter

National discount retailer Dollar Tree plans to open a store in Exeter  by fall in the former Nickel’s Payless grocery location. Owner of the property Steve Richmond confirms a lease for 18,000 sf in the building adjacent to his Rancho Pharmacy on Kaweah Ave. Dollar Tree has applied for a city building permit to do […]

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KDWCD puts more water beneath F’ville, Woodlake

Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District already has some 25 groundwater recharge basins in the greater Kaweah Delta fan and is working hard to design and build five more in the near future, says district engineer Larry Dotson. Besides the district, others own recharge basins as well and there around 40 in total covering 5,000 acres. […]

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Three Rivers Museum is expanding

Three Rivers Historical Museum will be expanding now that it has acquired another 2.5 acres next to their museum/visitor center on Highway 198 (Sierra Dr). Museum spokesman Tom Marshall says the museum recently acquired title to the property that includes the Bequette house through efforts of community-minded supporters to make it happen.”We want to thank […]

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Aquatic weed chokes water supply for Lindsay, Strathmore

Water districts up and down the Central Valley are participating in a massive dewatering of the 152 mile Friant-Kern Canal to allow for chemical treatment on a 23 mile segment to fight Western watermilfoil, an aquatic weed that can grow 10 ft long that is clogging canals,water meters and micro irrigation sprinklers alike. “It’s a […]

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Lindsay juice plant changing hands

Tulare County farmer Tommy Elliott has confirmed the sale of the family’s long time citrus juice business in Lindsay. Tommy, who has taken over the family business from his father Tokkie Elliott, says the juice plant has been sold to LA-based Vita-Pakt Citrus Products this month. “We’re one of the last of the breed of […]

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New owner to take wheel of Monarch Ford

Exeter’s Monarch Ford car dealership is expected to change hands next month if all approvals go forward. A legal Bulk Notice of the pending sale was published Nov.15 saying the sale was anticipated to be complete by December 5. The notice says the buyer is Michael D. Moore who has formed a corporation called Exeter […]

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