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Central California Floral Shops Prepared for Valentine’s Day

Feb 11, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Michael Butler of Chase Flower Shop in Fresno, established in 1947, says Valentine’s Day is one of the two biggest days of the year for the floral shop, alongside Mother’s Day.  It’s also not surprising to hear that recent customers, most of whom are men, are picking up classic gifts often associated with [...]

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Downtown Fresno Progress Presented at Breakfast

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Downtown Fresno supporters came together for the State of Downtown Breakfast inside The Fresno Ballroom in the Pacific Southwest Building Tuesday morning to look back at a year’s worth of progress in the downtown Fresno area, as well as to build momentum for its future. Kate Borders, president and CEO of the Downtown [...]

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Buffett Performance Saturday will Benefit Local Arts Education

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Emmy Award-winning composer, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author Peter Buffett took time Friday to visit students and faculty in arts programs at local schools and prepare for his “A Concert & Conversation” performance at Fresno City College Saturday evening. The benefit performance is expected to raise between $150,000 – $200,000 for [...]

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California Olive Oil Farmers Finding Machine Harvesting Fruitful

Feb 01, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – The challenge facing olive growers in California is how to get table olives off the trees.  Unlike olive oil, table olives have to be harvested by hand rather than by mechanical means.  Newer orchards can have success with mechanical harvesting, but orchards existing for a longer period of time were not planted [...]

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International Foreign Trade Experts Share Information with Fresno Food Expo Participants

Jan 16, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Fresno Food Expo and the Center for International Trade Development, State Center Community College District held a special export training workshop at Baker, Peterson & Franklin Tuesday morning to help Expo participants learn more about exporting their products to foreign lands. Foreign trade experts from Mexico, Canada and China were on hand to [...]

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Fresno City Council Members Finish Terms

Jan 10, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – While new Fresno City Council members Steve Brandau and Paul Caprioglio took the oath of office this morning, outgoing members Andreas Borgeas and Larry Westerlund were saying farewell to their colleagues. Westerlund had represented District 4 since Jan. 2005, and spent seven years and one month in service to the City of Fresno, [...]

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Downtown Fresno Public Market in Planning Stages

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Two vacant department stores on the Fulton Mall, the JCPenney Building and the Gottschalks Building, are being considered for a downtown Fresno public market, which would offer local agricultural produce, meats, cheese, bread, wine, jams and ready-made food like beerocks and empanadas. The public market would be open year-round, and would primarily feature [...]

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The ’40 Under 40’ Class of 2012 is Announced

Dec 21, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – The long awaited announcement is finally here, and the “40 Under 40” Class of 2012, presented by Business Street Online, has been named. The 40 young professionals will be honored at “40 Under 40” The Ultimate Networking Event, coming up on March 21 at the Skyroom Lounge in the Holiday Inn Fresno [...]

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Historic Preservation Awards Winners Announced

Dec 18, 2012 No Comments

Historic Preservation Awards Winners Announced Fresno, Calif. – Individuals and groups who have been active in the restoration of a historic building or who have offered leadership in preservation planning or neighborhood revitalization have been announced as the winners of the 2012 City of Fresno’s Historic Preservation Awards. They will be recognized at a special [...]

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Chipotle to Open New Location Near Fresno State

Dec 11, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – Chipotle Mexican Grill will soon be serving up its tasty burritos, tacos, salads and other items when it opens its new Fresno restaurant on the corner of Cedar and Shaw in Fresno across from Fresno State early next year. Chipotle representative Danielle Winslow said the restaurants, which serve lunch and dinner dishes, [...]

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Downtown Fresno Ice Rink Becoming a Popular Attraction

Dec 07, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – Since beginning to welcome its first skaters last month, the Downtown Fresno Ice Rink is already beginning to boost activity in the downtown area. Kate Borders, president and CEO of the Downtown Fresno Partnership, says the initial goal was to have 300 skaters a day spend time on the ice.  Just a [...]

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Fresno Grizzlies Reading Program Launched

Dec 05, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – Students across the Central Valley will be reading more books as part of the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund’s Wild About Reading program, which challenges children of preschool through 6th grades to read 10 books in five weeks. The 10th running of the program was launched Tuesday morning at Rowell Elementary School in [...]

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Local Businesses Getting Certified for High-Speed Rail

Nov 30, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – Roughly 75 small and disadvantaged businesses interested in participating in the nation’s first high-speed rail project are getting certified today and tomorrow through workshops being held at the UC Merced Small Business Development Center. Construction on the first segment, which is scheduled to run from Ave. 17 in Madera to American Ave. [...]

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Clovis Community Opens New 5-Story Bed Tower

Nov 29, 2012 No Comments

CLOVIS, Calif. – As part of its multi-year, $300 million expansion and renovation project, Clovis Community Medical Center opened its new 5-story, private patient room bed tower on its campus Wednesday morning. Over 1,000 hospital staff had been trained for the transition of over 100 patients from the old 3-story, 60-bed tower that was built [...]

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Sneak Peek: 32nd Annual Christmas Tree Auction

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

VISALIA, Calif. – Get your free sneak peek at the beautiful trees on display at the 32nd annual Christmas Tree Auction, Bubbles & Baubles. The free preview will take place between 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center this Friday, November 30. Bring your family and friends to see the 15 elaborate trees [...]

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Christmas Celebrations in California’s Gateway to Yosemite

Nov 26, 2012 No Comments

OAKHURST, Calif. – As the Christmas season approaches, Yosemite area communities are gearing up for the holiday with a myriad of events. Bass Lake is the first to get things started this year as the annual Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Nov. 24. The celebration begins at sundown, as dozens of decorated floats [...]

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Three Ag Industry Veterans to be Honored at Nov. 29 Industry Forum

Nov 23, 2012 No Comments

FRESNO, Calif. – The San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association has announced that Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to L. Peter Christensen, Ron Metzler and Gary Wilson at the 2012 Winegrape Industry Forum on Nov. 29, 2012, at Pardini’s in Fresno.   Now in its 10th year, the Annual Meeting and Industry Forum is the [...]

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Physician Income Up Slightly in 2012, Risk of Fiscal Cliff Poses Worrying Signs

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Physician income increased modestly in 2012, with slightly higher percentages of doctors reporting incomes in the highest brackets, according to Physicians Practice’s 2012 Physician Compensation Survey. Yet doctors also report higher practice overhead; consequently, physicians are more likely to say that their personal income is down this year [...]

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World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp Announce Agricultural Scholarship

Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

TULARE, Calif. – World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up for the seventh year to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, created to support agricultural education. High school seniors from Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties are encouraged to apply by Jan. 18, 2013 to be considered. Two $10,000 scholarships [...]

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Tulare County Farm Bureau Awards $8,000 in Garden Grants to Local Schools

Nov 20, 2012 No Comments

TULARE, CA – Every year, Tulare County Farm Bureau’s education committee accepts applications from area schools that want to create or maintain gardens on their campuses. This fall, the education committee awarded grants to 22 schools throughout Tulare County. Schools may apply for a $250 renewal grant if they have an existing garden, or for [...]

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