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Guest Editorial: Legislative inaction could be disastrous for news industry

An informed citizenry relies on independent contractor delivery By Thomas W. Newton and James W. Ewert California News Publishers Association A recent California Supreme Court decision combined with inaction by the legislature could spell disaster for the newspaper industry and the communities newspapers serve. Last year, California’s high court overruled its own 30-year-old precedent and […]

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City links golf course to recycled water

Water from Visalia’s Water Reclamation Facility should be enough to irrigate Valley Oak Golf Course, Plaza Park each year By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – As the deadline for groundwater sustainability approaches in California, one Tulare County city has taken another step toward eliminating its need for landscape irrigation. At its Aug. 19 meeting, the Visalia […]

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Biotech firm invests $28 million in Visalia

Life science biotech and pharmaceutical company MilliporeSigma is constructing 120,000-square foot distribution center in Visalia Industrial Park By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – One of the world’s leaders in the research and development of pharmaceutical products and biotechnology is investing $28 million into its new warehouse distribution center in Visalia. The Visalia Industrial Park will soon […]

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Water utilities being held liable for wildfires

Cal Water urges cities to support legislation protecting water systems from lawsuits if wildfires damage pipes to hydrants, fire suppression systems By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – The people in charge of pressurizing hydrants to fight fires are now being held liable for the damage the fires cause. At its Aug. 5 meeting, the Visalia City […]

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Local TV viewers can again turn to local channels

Nexstar, AT&T reach deal to restore NBC and CBS stations to Fresno area market for DirecTV, U-verse customers @TheSunGazette FRESNO – Tulare County satellite and cable viewers can watch local NBC and CBS news, regional sports and their favorite television shows again thanks to a recent deal between the company that owns their local stations […]

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County completes construction on south jail

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, board supervisors cut ribbon on new South County Detention Facility in Porterville @TheSunGazette PORTERVILLE – Perhaps nobody is happier to see a multi-million-dollar government facility project come to a close than Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies, who watched the ribbon cutting for the south county’s newest jail. Saving valuable hours of time, and […]

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Football: Porterville offense flies high in win

Porterville has scored 102 points through their first two games of the season By Jermaine Johnson II  @Jerm_10 PORTERVILLE – The Panther offense has been playing a high level to start the season. Last week, they scored 49 points in a win against Dinuba. They outscored the Emperors 28-7 in the second half to overcome […]

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EUSD exploring ways to limit graduation attendance

In order to increase safety at graduation ceremonies the EUSD school board discusses ways to limit impacted attendance By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER – Exeter families with students ready to graduate will have to wait and see what the Exeter Unified School District wants to do about limiting impacted attendance and increasing safety.  During the Board’s […]

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Councilmembers punch own tickets to fundraisers with public funds

City Council approves policy to spend public funds on tickets to fundraisers; increase amount of available funds for each council member to attend more events By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Attending events is one of the duties of elected officials everywhere. Groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, award ceremonies, school visits and fundraisers are part of their weekly, […]

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Canal plans to bypass subsidence with 30-mile parallel path

Friant Water Authority proposes building parallel canal to Friant-Kern Canal along 30 miles in southern Tulare County By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service TULARE COUNTY – As the old saying goes, if you can’t go through something, go around it. And at an estimated cost of $357 million, the Friant Water Authority (FWA) is contemplating […]

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