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World Ag Expo Announces 2017 Top-10 New Product Winners

Jan 11, 2017 No Comments

Tulare, CA – Results are in for World Ag Expo’s Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America. The winners will be showcased February 14-16, 2017, during the 50th anniversary of World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. A group of judges made up of farmers, ranchers and industry professionals selected the Top-10 New Products. [...]

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VALLEY ECONOMIC INDEX CLOSES 2016 AT HEALTHY LEVELS

Jan 11, 2017 No Comments

For the fourth straight month, the San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index remains in a range pointing to solid growth in the next three to six months. The December index dipped slightly to 54.5 from November’s 55.6 reading. An index greater than 50 indicates an expansionary economy over the course of the next three to [...]

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E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo “We Believe in Growing” Scholarship Applications Now Available

Jan 09, 2017 No Comments

Tulare, CA – World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up again 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 January 20, 2017, to be considered. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded [...]

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Mayor Brand Speech Highlights Inaugural Ceremony at City Hall

Jan 06, 2017 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – Mayor Lee Brand’s inaugural address was the highlight of today’s ceremony at City Hall, as he reaffirmed his oath of office in the City Council chambers during the regularly scheduled Council meeting. He took his official oath of office with City Clerk Yvonne Spence on Tuesday, January 3 in front of Council [...]

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City Leaders Provide Update on Hotel California Situation

Jan 05, 2017 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – After nearing completion of all required heating repairs from the City’s initial notice and order, the property located at 530 North Weber was inspected for compliance with California Building Code. During the inspection of the installation of new heaters, the City’s Building and Safety personnel identified a potentially dangerous electrical hazard that requires [...]

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Community Arts Grant Program Deadline Extended

Jan 05, 2017 No Comments

The Visalia Community Arts Grant Program – a program of the City in partnership with the Arts Consortium – has extended the deadline for 2017 applications. The Community Arts Grant Program focuses on developing local cultural resources, and supporting programs and activities that reach diverse segments of the community. The Community Grants Program identifies two [...]

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Scientists Build Synthetic Cell-Sized Membranes Out of Paper

Jan 04, 2017 No Comments

Scientists have been synthesizing lipid membranes from a variety of materials, making them as lifelike as possible to learn more about how cells work and how they can be manipulated. UC Merced Professor Anand Subramaniam and his students have come up with a novel, portable and startlingly simple way to create cell-sized membranes out of the phospholipid molecules [...]

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Lee Brand Takes Office

Jan 03, 2017 No Comments

At 9 AM Tuesday Lee Brand was sworn in as Fresno’s mayor.  Mayor Ashley Swearengin has already moved out of city hall, Brand posted a photo on Twitter of his new sign outside the mayor’s office.  In an interview the new mayor said his first 100 days will focus on public safety and the economy. [...]

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City of Fresno Announces Historic Preservation Awards

Jan 02, 2017 No Comments

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the winners of the City’s 2016 Historic Preservation awards which honor individuals and community groups who have demonstrated excellence in the restoration of a historic building or leadership in preservation planning and neighborhood revitalization. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the Fresno City Council meeting on Thursday, [...]

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City of Fresno Recommends Protecting Water Pipes During Freezing Temperatures

Dec 30, 2016 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – When the weather drops to freezing temperatures, water in exposed pipes expands. If the water expands too much, the pipe can burst. Here are some practical measures homeowners can take to safeguard against frozen water pipes and prevent costly plumbing damage. Water Pipes and Hoses Remove hoses from outside faucets. Shut off [...]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dec 29, 2016 No Comments

The Clovis Police Department and the Fresno MLK Unity Committee invite you to attend the Annual Community Breakfast honoring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, January 14th, 2017.  Tables of eight (8) are available for reservation with advance payment; individual tickets for limited, non-reserved seating will be available at the door.  All tickets [...]

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Mayor Launches Redesigned City of Fresno Website

Dec 28, 2016 No Comments

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the redesign of the City of Fresno’s website, Fresno.gov. The website features significant changes to the visual design, organization and underlying technology of the City’s website, which had not undergone a major redesign since 2009. The launch also includes beta testing to encourage feedback from the public. “The launch of [...]

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Economic Impact of Campus Rises to $2.6 Billion

Dec 27, 2016 No Comments

Even before its unprecedented expansion through the Merced 2020 Project Opens a New Window. , the University of California, Merced, has directly contributed more than $1.4 billion to the San Joaquin Valley economy to date, and more than $2.6 billion to the state’s economy, according to the university’s annual Economic Impact Report. Wages and benefits, [...]

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BITWISE INDUSTRIES CEO SOBERAL TO TALK TECHNOLOGY AND FRESNO JAN. 20

Dec 23, 2016 No Comments

Jake A. Soberal, CEO of Bitwise Industries, will speak on “How to Fix America’s Most Broken City: The Bitwise Story” at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State. At the free, public event hosted by the Friends of the Madden Library, Soberal will examine how Bitwise promotes the incubation [...]

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14 new electric vehicle chargers added toFresno Yosemite Airport

Dec 20, 2016 No Comments

Fresno Yosemite International Airport received a $30,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s CHARGE Up! program for the installation of six Level 2 Telefonix charging stations in the short-term lot. The CHARGE UP! program provides grant funding to Valley businesses, agencies and the public to provide access to eligible charging stations. [...]

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2nd Annual Enchanted Ice Garden

Dec 19, 2016 No Comments

The Visalia Parks and Recreation Department announces the return of their popular holiday attraction to downtown Visalia. The Enchanted Ice Garden will have its grand opening on Friday, December 16th from 4 pm to 9 pm at Garden Street Plaza. The Enchanted Ice Garden will be open every day from December 16th through January 2nd, [...]

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Study: Warming Could Slow Upslope Migration of Trees

Dec 16, 2016 No Comments

Scientists expect subalpine trees to advance upslope as global temperatures increase, following their climate up the mountains. But new research published Opens a New Window. Dec. 15 in the journal Global Change Biology suggests this might not hold true for two subalpine tree species of western North America. A study led by project scientist Lara [...]

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City of Fresno Announces Historic Preservation Awards

Dec 15, 2016 No Comments

FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the winners of the City’s 2016 Historic Preservation awards which honor individuals and community groups who have demonstrated excellence in the restoration of a historic building or leadership in preservation planning and neighborhood revitalization. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the Fresno City Council meeting [...]

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Robots and People Working Together to Save Water and Enhance Agriculture

Dec 15, 2016 No Comments

A nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping University of California researchers refine collaborative robotic technology that could change the way crops are maintained worldwide, saving millions of gallons of water each year and taking precision agriculture to a whole new level. The three-year Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation and Diagnostics [...]

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Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson to step down at school year’s end

Dec 13, 2016 No Comments

Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson, the second-longest-serving superintendent of the state’s 30 largest districts, resigned Monday, effective in August. Hanson, 51, has led Fresno, the state’s fourth-largest district – and one of its poorest – for nearly 12 years. Hanson brought financial stability and change to the district in the heart of the economically struggling [...]

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