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Pier 1 Imports to close Visalia store in restructuring

Pier 1 Imports plans to close as many as 145 stores this year as part of corporate restructuring By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA – After years of staving off corporate closures, recent developments have shown that not even the strong retail economy in Visalia can outperform the overall decline of retail. In April, […]

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Foundation invests $1M in Valley Latino-led nonprofits

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FRESNO – Four Tulare County nonprofits received a boost in funding last week thanks to an initiative to help educate and create Latino civic leaders. On July 18, The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) held a press conference in Fresno to announce a $1 million investment in 37 Latino-led nonprofits in the Central […]

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Valley navels wrap up challenging year that set them behind

Woodlake grower reports tricky season as navel orange market wraps up later than usual @TheSunGazette WOODLAKE – Following a tricky season, supplies of California Navel oranges are wrapping up. “There are some California Navels still available on the market. But we finished last week. It was a pretty long season for us,” says Michael Chavez […]

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‘Intensive’ beekeeping not to blame for bee disease

New study suggests having multiple hives in close proximity does not contribute to colony collapse disorder @TheSunGazette BERKELEY – Bees are the most prolific pollinators on the planet, making them an essential part of agriculture operations. Unfortunately, there is a mysterious disease killing off bee hives and scientists can’t seem to agree on what causes […]

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Valley navels wrap up challenging year that set them behind

@TheSunGazette WOODLAKE – Following a tricky season, supplies of California Navel oranges are wrapping up. “There are some California Navels still available on the market. But we finished last week. It was a pretty long season for us,” says Michael Chavez of Golden Star Citrus in Woodlake, Chavez says supplies of navels began in mid-October […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending July 20, 2019

Small grains, other field crops: Corn for silage continues to mature. Black-eyed beans continue to mature. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled.  Deciduous tree fruit, nuts, and grapes: The stone fruit season continues on. Peaches are being exported to Canada, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, […]

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VP Pence promotes USMCA as a win for California ag

California dairy is one industry that would benefit from the trade deal By Kaitlin Washburn @Kwashy12 LEMOORE – Vice President Mike Pence visited a Lemoore farm last week to promote the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a “win for American farmers and a win for American business and workers.” USMCA, a trade deal that […]

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Recent quakes lead to local support for SoCal families

Mustard Seed Acre, others donate supplies to deliver to families in Trona affected by 6.4, 7.1 magnitude earthquakes By Paul Myers and Nancy Vigran @PaulM_SGN EXETER – The Fourth of July wasn’t met with a bang as much as it was met with a violent rumble. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California near Ridgecrest two […]

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Three Rivers debates room for luxury lodge

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN THREE RIVERS – A large, luxury lodge resort is being planned for Three Rivers which could change the community forever. Developers and county officials say the resort will provide more jobs, taxes, and attract more tourists to the gateway town at the entrance of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Some residents […]

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New tech helps doctors focus on better eye care

Eye Surgical & Medical Associates in Visalia uses new technology to improve cataract surgery for doctors and their patients  @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Visalia eye care group is seeing patient health in a whole new way.   Last month, Eye Surgical & Medical Associates in Visalia announced it is now using the Ngenuity 3D Visualization […]

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