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State water supply rises after Dec. rain

December storm runoff and close coordination among federal and state agencies to take advantage of it will allow the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase expected water deliveries in 2015 to most customers of the State WaterProject (SWP) from 10% of their requested amounts to 15%. The new allocation replaces the initial allocation […]

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Tulare Co. Crop Report

For the week ending Jan. 17, 2015. Small Grains And Other Field Crops: Field preparation and planting of winter wheat for grain and silage continues as weather conditions permit. The dense fog has hampered field activities this week. Wheat, oats, and other winter forage crops have germinated and are growing well, but more rain would […]

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Valley to field test avocados

The San Joaquin Valley is the heart of California agriculture, but hasn’t been a hospitable home for commercial avocado production. UC Cooperative Extension specialist Mary Lu Arpaiais conducting research to change that. Avocados are native of semi subtropical high elevation rainforests in Mexico and Central America. A delicious and highly nutritious fruit, the cultivation of avocado […]

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IRS warns of latest phone scam

Each tax season, identity thieves find new ways to con honest taxpayers. This year is no different as the IRS warns about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or […]

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Small Businesses: are you ready for tax filing deadlines?

For small businesses, January’s arrival usually brings one very important task: issuing W-2s and 1099 forms to employees and independent contractors. The good news is this year, due to the typical filing date of Jan. 31 falling on a weekend, businesses have a built-in buffer and a couple extra days to complete these tax reporting […]

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Exeter PD warns of utility fraud

The IRS isn’t the only public agency being impersonated. Earlier this month, the Exeter Police Department sent out an alert about scammers impersonating representatives from Southern California Edison Company. The scammers make statements to the victim that their electric utilities account is delinquent and demand money be sent or the electricity will be shut off. […]

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Crop Row

Farm groups work with new Congress As the new Congress convenes, California farm groups say they will renew their efforts to pursue key issues at the federal level. A California Farm Bureau policy specialist says farmers want Congress to address issues such as water, immigration reform, taxes and foreign trade. Because Republicans now control both […]

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Tulare co. Crop Report

For week ending Jan. 10, 2015. Small Grains And Other Field Crops: Field preparation and planting of winter wheat for grain and silage continues. Wheat, oats, and other winter forage crops have germinated and are growing well, but more rain would be beneficial. Fields continue to be cultivated for spring planting. Deciduous Tree Fruits, Nuts, […]

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Buon appetito, Woodlake

Fulfilling a dream takes drive, ambition, and often times raw talent. For Mario Granados Alvarado all three of these essential components came into play when, after working every position imaginable in a kitchen, he opened his first ever Italian restaurant, Roma’s. Alvarado started his culinary career washing dishes at Visalia’s Lamp Lighter Inn. From there […]

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Brenda’s Bold and Beautiful

The Jon Ginsburg Gallery is pleased welcome Brenda Allison of Fresno. as our guest artist for January-February 2015. Brenda’s work is recognized by her exceptional use of color and ability to create depth with her unique layering of materials, making very bold and wonderfully beautiful statements. Being a Valley native, Brenda draws inspiration from California’s agriculture […]

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