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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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Visalia residents concerned with Tulare County spraying controversial pesticide to control grape pest known as glassy-winged sharpshooter

Porterville treatment includes biological control with parasitic wasp while Visalia treatment includes direct application to the soil By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – Tulare County has started spraying pesticides in residential areas in Visalia and Lindsay to combat glassy-winged sharpshooters, a non-native pest that carries a deadly grapevine disease. The sharpshooter also attacks residential and […]

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