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Several Strathmore homes were forced to evacuate because of flooding from Frazier Creek

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN STRATHMORE – Eleven Strathmore homes were forced to evacuate last Friday after a plugged undershoot failed to redirect water from Frazier Creek to a holding pond near Highway 65. Friant Water Authority communications manager Alexandra Biering issued a press release on Saturday assuring that flooding was not the result of overtopping or […]

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Valero plants ‘Seeds of Love’ for Tulare County nonprofits

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN WOODLAKE – Good deeds in the community do not go unnoticed, at least not by District 4 Tulare County Board Supervisor Eddie Valero. Two weeks ago, Thursday, Feb. 28, Valero pulled from his portion of the Tulare County’s My Good Works Fund to award several nonprofit organizations throughout District 4 at least […]

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Police administration building seizes civic center project in Visalia

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Twelve years and $1.5 million later, the City of Visalia has finally narrowed down a piece of property to build a new civic center. They just aren’t going to do it any time soon. At its March 4 meeting, the Visalia City Council voted to construct a new public safety […]

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Visalia contracts with new company to manage its 1,200 acres of farmland

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – If you had to guess who the top pecan grower is in Tulare County names like Paramount, Premier, and South Valley Farms may come to mind. But none of the agribusiness giants has cracked the Tulare County pecan market quite like the City of Visalia. And their staff did it […]

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Editorial: Lindsay lacks leadership in light of public outcry

Residents in Lindsay have read the Sun-Gazette article “Lindsay claims functional bankruptcy” and listened to the companion Paper Trail podcast, “Lindsay admits their functional bankruptcy.” Complicated items were explained with clarity, and they didn’t need an advanced degree in public administration to understand the issues. They understood that the City had taken their money meant […]

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Valley farmers need Sacramento to sustain water levels

As deadline approaches to become water neutral, Valley ag leaders say they must work with the state or give up control of their own water By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Sacramento law makers have shown little interest in helping the Valley solve its water problems yet the only path forward is to get them […]

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Wet winter aids groundwater replenishment

Calif. Department of Water Resources says wells could rise 10-30 feet in certain parts of the state By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau SACRAMENTO – Heavy rains this winter will help replenish groundwater aquifers and benefit projects that use excess surface water to recharge groundwater basins. Water managers say such projects will be key to […]

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2019 Orange Blossom Court members hope to give back to their community

By Nancy Vigran Reporter for the Sun-Gazette LINDSAY – One of the key components to the Orange Blossom Festival is the Queen and here Court. The Court is comprised of four high school seniors who have played an integral role in their school and the community of Lindsay. This year the honors go to Asusena […]

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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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Luck be a lager

Visalia Breakfast Lions, Rawhide Baseball host Irish Fest on Saturday, March 16 in Visalia @TheSunGazette VISALIA – There isn’t a huge population of Irish Americans living in the Visalia area. That is, except for March 16. On that day, everyone is allowed to be a little Irish! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with the […]

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