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Lindsay council passes budget 3-2, Wellness Center funding in doubt

Council passes 2019-2020 fiscal year budget 3-2 after contentious exchange, future Wellness Center and capital improvement project funding in doubt By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN LINDSAY– Lindsay’s budget, is heading on a path for the straight and narrow, very narrow. In fact, the budget even passed by the narrowest of margins for a five-person council, 3-2. While […]

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$37 million deal preserves affordable housing in the Valley

@TheSunGazette new york, ny – Two Tulare County apartment complexes were part of a $37 million deal to preserve affordable housing in the Central Valley. On June 7, Community Development Trust (CDT), which provides long-term debt and equity capital for the creation and preservation of affordable housing and charter school facilities, announced a joint venture […]

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Pesticide program aims to stop sharpshooter spread

Ag Commissioner’s Office says there have been no reports of human illness in program’s 21-year history  By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – Pests and the diseases they carry are a constant threat to the livelihoods of agricultural communities.  For grape growers, glassy-winged sharpshooters can devastate entire vineyards thanks to the bacteria the pest carries, Pierce’s Disease.  […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

Small grains and other field crops: Silage corn and Black-eyed beans are maturing well with the summer heat and water. Cotton is being irrigated and cultivated. Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: The stone fruit season is continuing to step up, with summer officially starting last week. Hand thinning of late varieties is still being […]

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Guest Editorial: State’s Utility Mandate Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

By Steve Worthley Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions As the state of California hurtles toward adopting a building decarbonization policy that mandates electricity as the sole source of power, it is increasingly important that we pay attention to this issue and make our voices heard before the state heedlessly makes a decision that will have […]

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CDFA Secreteary appoints Tyler Ribiero of Tulare to first-ever California Cattle Council

@TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO – A local dairyman is among the first-ever appointees to the newly formed California Cattle Council. Tyler Ribiero of Tulare and 10 others up and down the state were appointed by California Department of Food & Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross to the council on June 27. Ribiero is a fourth-generation dairyman who graduated […]

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Kaweah Delta looks to expand its horizons in Tulare County

Study presented to hospital’s board suggests district merger with Dinuba, Exeter, Lindsay and Woodlake to expand its boundaries, tax base and revenue By John Lindt  Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA – A new QK Inc. consultant report requested by Kaweah Delta Healthcare district says some 48% of the hospital’s patients live outside the district and are […]

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63 farmworkers exposed to pesticides on vineyard

Workers began feeling nauseous, vomiting while tending grapes in the Dinuba area By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 DINUBA – Farm workers were allegedly exposed to pesticides last week while working on a vineyard west of Dinuba. Three were sent to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia for nausea and vomiting following the June 18 incident. First responders […]

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Tulare City Council pushes for recreational marijuana measure on November 2020 ballot

Proposition 64 legalizing recreational marijuana was passed by a majority of Californians in 2016, but failed by 53% in Tulare By Luis Hernandez @TheSunGazette TULARE – Tulare residents will vote on recreational marijuana sales – again. The Tulare City Council asked city administrators to prepare guidelines to consider putting the sale of recreational marijuana before […]

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Rainfall brings higher returns for ranchers

California cattlemen are seeing higher returns thanks to rainfall that produced plentiful grasses for livestock grazing By Ching Lee California Farm Bureau CENTRAL VALLEY – This winter’s rainfall my have wreaked havoc on cherries, and rescheduled harvests for other crops, but it’s been a boon to ranchers. Thanks to abundant rainfall, which produced plentiful grasses […]

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