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Smartphone gets the better of dumb thief

Visalia Police track down residential burglar using victim’s smartphone GPS function @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Smartphones have grown to become tracking devices that we carry around all day long. While that makes some people uneasy, one Visalia resident is relieved. On Saturday, July 6, at 10:26 p.m. Visalia police officers were dispatched to the 2600 block […]

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New home building permits are up 30% in the first half of 2019

By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea news service VISALIA– This spring, economist and Beacon Economics founder Chris Thornburg said the Valley is in need of more housing if they want their economic pie to grow. Fortunately, the number of new home building permits is well on the rise. New home building permits in Visalia […]

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Solar firms heating up in the Valley

Fresno/Kings & Tulare solar farms will supply community-based power providers, more to come By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service TULARE COUNTY – More renewable power will be flowing to community-based power providers across the state from new solar and wind farms heading to construction in the San Joaquin Valley. These are typically new customers for […]

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Valley leads charge in power struggle with State

@TheSunGazette FRESNO – This summer has seen unseasonably inexpensive utility rates thanks to mild temperatures but every Valley resident knows that higher electric bills are inevitable. That isn’t true for the winter months, when heaters are fueled by natural gas, a less expensive power source that has become renewable through new technology, some of which […]

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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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Visalia Fire Department turns 150

Firefighters at House 55, give Jaws of Life demonstration, fire truck display, and the opportunity to mingle with department personnel By Nancy Vigran Reporting for the Sun-Gazette VISALIA – Visalia’s firefighters set the community ablaze with celebration on Saturday. Together with the community, the Visalia Fire Department celebrated their 150th birthday at House 55. A […]

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Students, parents, staff come together to make VUSD more inclusive for all

Inclusivity Task Force makes recommendations to prevent discrimination of students based on race, culture, sexual identity or freedom of expression By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Nearly two years ago, a student at Redwood High School wore a sweatshirt bearing the Confederate flag that reignited claims that racism and bigotry are embedded into the culture of […]

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Ceramics featured for Art Market at Jon Ginsburg Gallery

The Creative Center artists will be joined by Visalia-based rock band Call Me James on Friday, July 5 By Nancy Vigran Reporting for The Sun-Gazette VISALIA – This month the Jon Ginsburg Gallery is offering outside artists a chance to show their wares in the Gallery’s art marketplace. There are at least eight community artists […]

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Operation Red Reaper cuts ties between Norteno street gang and captains in Nuestra Familia prison gang

Federal, state, and local law enforcement arrest high ranking members, street thugs in an effort to dismantle multinational drug and gun trafficking business in Kings and Tulare counties By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN HANFORD – A multinational meth ring run by California’s most notorious gangs was brought down last week in Kings and Tulare counties following […]

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Tulare County EDC rebuilds membership

Visalia approves membership, leaving Tulare as the only city to opt out of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation for 2019-2020 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Economy is an abstract concept. It’s the aggregate feeling of corporate CEOs, consumers, dealers and contractors about how the other is feeling. That’s not to say we can’t […]

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