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Proposed H-VSA visa changes would streamline applications, strengthen protections

By Kaitlin Washburn @KWashy12 TULARE COUNTY – Amidst a national debate on immigration and a labor shortage in the Central Valley, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed changes to improve the H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification program. The proposal intends to “streamline and simplify” the application process, strengthen protections for U.S. and foreign workers and […]

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New ag theft law protects California farmers

By Kaitlin Washburn @Kwashy12 SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) introduced Senate Bill 224 in partnership with Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. The law will provide resources to law enforcement to help with efforts to curb agricultural crime. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on July 12. “Farming is not a typical […]

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Illegal cannabis has grown despite legal marijuana on the market

Tulare County Grant Jury finds illegal marijuana grows have proliferated, RMA lacks manpower to handle investigations By Kaitlin Washburn @KWashy12 TULARE COUNTY – Since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2016, the number of illegal cannabis grows in Tulare County has increased, according to a recent report from the Tulare County Grand Jury. The report also found […]

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Providers pump brakes on ambulance plan

Ambulance Provider Association say they support concept of Three Rivers paramedic, but not as it is currently proposed By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Ambulance providers in Tulare County are in favor of a plan to bring ambulance service to Woodlake and Three Rivers, but not as it is currently proposed. In a June 18 letter, […]

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Proposed H-VSA visa changes would streamline applications, strengthen protections

By Kaitlin Washburn @KWashy12 TULARE COUNTY – Amidst a national debate on immigration and a labor shortage in the Central Valley, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed changes to improve the H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification program. The proposal intends to “streamline and simplify” the application process, strengthen protections for U.S. and foreign workers and […]

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Visalia jump-starts emergency medical unit

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Despite what its name suggests, the Visalia Fire Department continues to see its medical related calls increase far beyond its need for firefighting. More than two-thirds of the fire department’s calls for service are for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), commonly referred to as medical aids, according to the department’s 2018 […]

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New rules to limit homeless camping in Visalia parks

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A 2018 appellate court decision bars cities from arresting a homeless person for sleeping in a public park, but that doesn’t mean the city can’t regulate when and how they camp. At its July 15 meeting, the Visalia City Council held the first reading or ordinance overhauling its municipal […]

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Satellite, cable viewers still without local stations

@TheSunGazette FRESNO – Three weeks after a contract dispute between DirecTV/AT&T and Nexstar Media group, local satellite and cable viewers in the Fresno-Visalia market still can’t watch local news and programming on two of the four major television networks. On July 5, Nexstar Media Group, which owns KSEE24 and CBS47, announced that AT&T’s DirecTV satellite […]

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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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Farmersville Council debates if crosswalk at Visalia Rd. and Shasta Ave. would be safer

By Crystal Havner Special to the Sun-Gazette FARMERSVILLE – Can putting in a sidewalk actually make a section of roadway more dangerous? That was the debate at the Farmersville City Council meeting on July 8 when the council considered three alternatives for a proposed crosswalk at Visalia Road and Shasta Avenue. Alternatives included a crosswalk […]

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