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How the Valley responds when ICE comes to town

All eight San Joaquin Valley counties said they do not assist with immigration enforcement  By Kaitlin Washburn  @KWashy12 TULARE COUNTY – As immigration enforcement continues to ramp up throughout the United States, a California labor law firm warned employers about “silent” immigration raids targeting workplaces in the state.  Two weeks ago, in Mississippi, immigration agents raided […]

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County pays twice as much for Three Rivers restrooms

Supervisors approve $482,000 to provide first public restrooms in gateway community to Sequoia National Park By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN THREE RIVERS – Tulare County is pushing forward on a plan to build public restrooms in Three Rivers despite having to spend nearly double the original estimates.  In June 2018, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors approved […]

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Guest Editorial: Renewable energy funds available for farmers and rural businesses

By Cody Smith Center for Rural Affairs In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, a farm bill program, provides financing for energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, lighting, and HVAC systems. Renewable energy systems […]

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Visalia could see a 1.1 million-square foot industrial complex next to UPS

Visalia site plan review reveals CapRock Partners early plans to build 1.1 million-square foot complex at Riggin and Plaza By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea News Service VISALIA – Visalia’s geography has made them a burgeoning player in California’s shipping game. And it is starting to show as industrial businesses are picking the city […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending August 17, 2019

Small grains, other field crops: Cotton fields are in full bloom and bolls are filling. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled with some fields on their third cutting. Corn for silage is being cut. Processed horse feed is being exported to Japan.   Deciduous tree fruits, nuts and grapes: Mature stone fruit continues to […]

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Reservoirs sit well above average in late summer months

Full reservoirs spell good news for farmers and fish as noted in the Friant Water Authorities report to contractors By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea news service CALIFORNIA – The driest years on record continue to get farther and farther in the rearview mirror as reservoirs fill to the brim.  California’s water masters have […]

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Cable, copper thieves severed fiber-optic line

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Exeter businesses were cut off from customers earlier this month, but it was vandals who did the cutting and not upgrades by a local telecommunications company. Javier Mendoza, vice president of corporate communications and external affairs for Frontier Communications, said the interruption in phone and internet services in Exeter […]

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Tulare Irrigation District applies for groundwater grant

By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE – The Tulare Irrigation District is seeking a grant to develop a groundwater exchange market with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The grant would determine the viability of a water market for the Kaweah subbasin, which would involve the groundwater sustainability agencies managing the subbasin: Mid-Kaweah, Greater Kaweah and East […]

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