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Visalia appoints two reps to GSA

The first groundwater sustainability agency has named its first board members. On Sept. 8, the Visalia City Council unanimously appointed it representatives to serve on the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) formed between the City of Visalia, City of Tulare and the Tulare Irrigation District (TID). The GSA will manage groundwater levels, water recharge and […]

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A ‘happy’ addition to Tulare Co. riding academy

Happy Trails Riding Academy (HTRA) received a $25,000 grant from Saputo Foods Distribution Center located in Tulare for a 10-acre warm up arena expansion project. The “Saputo Arena” is well under construction, in fact finishing touches took place moments before community members arrived to the equine therapy facility. Since early June the 10-acre arena has […]

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Park project is bittersweet for church

Last week was bittersweet for Neighborhood Church in Visalia. It began with a memorial service for their pastor, Steve Harms, and ended with a dedication service for a park Harms helped build for the community. Harms, who also served as chaplain for the Visalia Fire Department, died on Sept. 1 after an intense battle with […]

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Three public entities form 1st GSA in county

There are a lot of questions regarding groundwater and how it will be managed in the wake of California’s historic drought. But the question of who will be the first to form a local agency to try and answer those questions has already been answered. At its board of directors meeting last month, Tulare Irrigation […]

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Visalia answers the call for dispatch upgrades

It takes eight dispatchers to field every emergency call for police, fire and animal control at any given time in Visalia. Those eight people work 12 and 11 hour shifts in front of digital readouts, maps and multi-screen computer consoles to ensure that every person with an emergency gets to talk with an actual person, […]

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Residents can save on water, win $500

Browning lawns have replaced solar panels as the new symbol of energy conservation in the Valley. But wouldn’t it be nice if those efforts earned you more than a tip of the cap from your neighbor? California Water Service (Cal Water) thinks so and is offering residents who cut their water use by one-third a […]

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VUSD sets site for elementary school

Visalia Unified has selected where it will build its next elementary school. At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) Board unanimously approved the site for a new elementary school in the northwest section of the city. The board had three pre-selected sites to choose from including: Benton and Ferguson: VUSD purchased […]

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1st responders shave for the Brave

Throughout his near 20-year career, Bill Diltz has experienced the highs and lows of law enforcement. Diltz, an agent with the Visalia Police Department, has seen families separated, reunited, and the problems and tragedies that occur in between. Diltz said one of the hardest things he has ever done is walk through the halls of […]

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