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Valley Edition: August 16 - Taxes; SPLAT; Cradle To College; Harold Pierce; Chukchansi Language

This week on the program KVPR's Jeffrey Hess reports how Valley communities are trying find the right balance on public safety taxes. We also hear from KVPR's Kerry Klein on a goo that prevents bark beetle from killing trees. Later we chat about Fresno County's new program Cradle to College with Linda Gleason and Eric Cederquist the superintendent for Fowler schools. We also hear from the Bakersfield Californian's Harold Pierce about a shooting rang in one Kern County school. We even hear about feral parakeets in Bakersfield, FM89's Ezra David Romero reports. Ending the program we learn about a program at Fresno State working to preserve the Chukchansi language by Dr. Brian Agbayani and Dr. Niken A. Adisasmito-Smith.

Valley Edition: August 16 - Taxes; SPLAT; Cradle To College; Harold Pierce; Chukchansi Language

Valley Edition: August 9 - Erskine Fire; Tulare Hospital; Fresno Mayor's Race; Susana De Anda

This week on Valley Edition Reporter Ezra David Romero visits the Erskine Fire burn area in Kern County. We also hear from Visalia Times Delta Reporter Jim Houck shares about the paper's series on hospitals in Visalia and Tulare. We also hear form Fresno Bee Reporter John Ellis about his coverage of Fresno's mayoral race. Later KVPR Reporter Kerry Klein chats with Susana De Anda of the Community Water Center about an award she recently received. Ending the program, KVPR Reporter Ezra David Romero interviews Fresno Chaffee Zoo Reptile Keeper Dustin Piontek about the zoo's efforts to help save the western pond turtle.

Valley Edition: August 9 - Erskine Fire; Tulare Hospital; Fresno Mayor's Race; Susana De Anda

Valley Edition: August 2 - Surfing; Lois Henry On The Erskine Fire; Juan Felipe Herrera

This week on Valley Edition Reporter Ezra David Romero goes on a hunt for the perfect surfing wave. Later we are joined by Lois Henry, columnist with the Bakersfield Californian, to chat about the aftermath of the Erskine Fire that devastated Kern County mountain communities. Ending the program FM89's Ezra David Romero interviews US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on his second term.

Valley Edition: August 2 - Surfing; Lois Henry On The Erskine Fire; Juan Felipe Herrera

Valley Edition: July 26 - Tech In Central California; Bark Beetle; Lindsay Book; Bass

This week on Valley Edition we take another look at the correlation between body cameras and police involved shootings. We also hear from KVPR's Kerry Klein on bark beetle damage in the Sierra Nevada. Later in the program host Joe Moore leads a conversation about technology in Fresno and Kern Counties. We also hear from FM89's Ezra David Romero on how lawmakers think striped bass are eating up salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Ending the program we hear from Sarah Troop on her latest book "Lindsay" looking at the history of the town.

Valley Edition: July 26 - Tech In Central California; Bark Beetle; Lindsay Book; Bass

Author Documents Lindsay History With New Book

The Tulare County community of Lindsay is known for many things. From olives to citrus, to notable residents and war heroes. But perhaps surprisingly little has been written when it comes to the city's history. That glaring problem has been at least partially addressed by a new book "Lindsay" by author Sarah Troop, who also is the curator of the Lindsay Museum and Gallery. Troop is giving at talk at the Lindsay branch of the Tulare County Public Library on Thursday night from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. She joined us on Valley Edition to tell us about some of the city's hidden stories, including how the town got its name.

Interview: Growing Tech Scenes In Fresno, Kern Counties

The Valley is known for growing things. But lately some of the region's most notable crops haven't been grown on a farm, they've been grown in front of a laptop, or an iPad – new and growing software companies. Now local technology leaders in both Kern and Fresno Counties are talking about how to strategically grow the local software industry to the next level. So how can tech jobs power the future economy of the valley? We spoke to three local tech experts about where the local industry is going: Guests: Imra Olgiun: Co-founder of Fresno's Bitwise Industries. The company has created a 50,000 square foot facility that houses over 100 local tech companies, classroom and co-working space for local technology professionals. Company officials claim that within five years, they will expand to 2.5 million square feet of space and will house tech companies employing 250,000 workers. Scott Burton: Co-founder of Mesh, a co-working space for Bakersfield area technology professionals located

Valley Edition: Dylan Noble; Oliver Baines; NPR's Dan Charles; NEA Fellow Bounxeung Synanonh

This week on Valley Edition Reporter Jeffrey Hess explores why certain police shootings - like the shooting death of Dylan Noble - receive more attention than others. We also hear from Fresno City Councilmember Oliver Baines about his time as a police officer, his response to police involved shootings and more. Later FM89 Reporter Kerry Klein reports on the success of Fresno's needle exchange program. We also hear from NPR's Dan Charles about his latest article focusing on the five things he's learned while reporting on farmworkers. And ending the program we hear from NEA National Heritage Fellow Bounxeung Synanonh for his playing of the flute-like instrument called the khean.

Valley Edition: Dylan Noble; Oliver Baines; NPR's Dan Charles; NEA Fellow Bounxeung Synanonh

Valley Edition: Medical School; Henry Perea; Tomatoes; Black Lives Matter; Moro Rock Photography

This week on Valley Edition KVPR Reporter Jeffrey Hess explores whether building a medical school in the Valley is the answer to the region's doctor shortage. We also hear from Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea about water problems in North Fresno and more. FM89's Ezra David Romero reports a story about how simple science could help the tomato industry. Later we hear from the organizer of the Black Lives Matter protest in Fresno earlier this month. And ending the program we are joined by photographer Michael J. Semas on his collection of historic photos from the region.

Valley Edition: Medical School; Henry Perea; Tomatoes; Black Lives Matter; Moro Rock Photography

Interview: 'Ghost Workers' More Common Than Thought In Migrant Farm Work

It's no secret here in Central California that many, if not most, people who work in the fields in Valley agriculture are undocumented immigrants. University of Denver Anthropologist Sarah Horton revealed in a study published in late June that agricultural employers often take advantage of migrants' inability to work legally by making their employment contingent upon working under the false or borrowed identity documents provided by employers. Horton says that farm workers call this practice "working as a ghost." She says it's a way for agribusiness companies to disguise thier employment of undocumented people. Horton also recently wrote a book on the issue as well. "They Leave Thier Kidney's in the Fields" focuses on the illneess, injury and illegality among U.S. Farmworkers. To listen to the interview between Valley Edition Host Joe Moore and Sarah Horton click play above.

Interview: 'Ghost Workers' More Common Than Thought In Migrant Farm Work

Valley Edition: July 5 - Lee Brand; Ghost Workers; Star Parties At The Discovery Center

This week on Valley Edition KVPR's Kerry Klein reports on air quality in Central California. Fresno City Councilmember Lee Brand also joins the program to talk about water issues in Fresno and other topics. Later we are joined by University of Colorado Professor Sarah Horton about her study and book focused on the phenomena "Ghost Workers." Ending the show Debbie Milla joins the program to chat about The Discovery Center and events taking place there this summer including a series of star parties.

Valley Edition: July 5 - Lee Brand; Ghost Workers; Star Parties At The Discovery Center

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