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Grand theft of ag property would fund rural crime prevention programs in Central Valley, Central Coast

@TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO – A local legislator is tired of seeing criminals bite the hands that feed the nation.  Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) introduced a bill last month to help law enforcement agencies combat agriculture theft. If passed, Senate Bill 224 would create a new category for grand theft of agricultural property. SB 224 would also […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending March 9, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Recent rains have benefited wheat and alfalfa crops. Dairy forage crops are still flourishing from the additional rain. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage as weather permits.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Bee hives are still being placed in almond orchards. Petal-fall on almonds […]

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Lindsay Chamber, supporters make best case to keep market

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN LINDSAY– The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce is at risk of losing 85% of their revenue if the Lindsay City Council decides to rip the Friday Night Market away from them and hand it to another organization later this month. At the Feb. 26 City Council meeting, chamber supporters leapt at the chance […]

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Clean water almost ready to flow into Yettem-Seville community

@TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY –  Third world water quality issues is nothing new for Tulare County, in particular communities like Yettem and Seville. Residents there have endured decades of water quality and supply issues. But what is new, is help has arrived. Tulare County broke ground on the Yettem-Seville Water System Improvement Project yesterday, March 5. […]

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IHOP restaurants offers free pancakes March 12 in exchange for donations to Valley Children’s Hospital

@TheSunGazette MADERA – Talk about a delicious way to help kids in your community! Enjoy a complimentary short stack of pancakes and help Valley Children’s Hospital during International House of Pancakes (IHOP) Free Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 12. From 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., IHOP restaurants from Tulare to Madera will be serving free pancakes […]

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Tulare, Fresno County Ag commissioners retire to Nebraska

By Nancy Vigran Reporter for the Sun-Gazette TULARE COUNTY – It is 0 degrees in Crawford, Nebraska. There’s a wind plowing across the Great Plains. And it’s calving season. Les Wright is alternating shifts between watching for newborns and managing a warming center for them in the basement, where he’s currently trying to keep seven […]

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SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Field crops that have already been planted are benefitting from the recent rainfall. Field activities have picked up due to warmer weather conditions, but stall a bit due to this week’s rain. Forage crops are still flourishing from the additional water. Some fields are beginning to be planted for […]

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Four retailers closing in Visalia Mall in coming months

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The Visalia Mall will be a lot emptier in the coming weeks as national retailers continue to falter. In the last two weeks, three national retailers with locations in the Visalia Mall have declared bankruptcy – Payless, Things Remembered, and Charlotte Russe. The news may seem devastating to the mall, […]

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County dairies begin passing gas from cows to homes

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN PIXLEY – Once thought of as major polluters, Central Valley dairies are now converting the gases released from tons of cow manure into one of the most cost effective and renewable energies, natural gas. And earlier this month, a Tulare County facility became the first ever to pump renewable natural gas from […]

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