Could a record snowpack mean flooding in the Valley?

As the Central Valley braces for another atmospheric river-driven storm arriving early next week – bringing another 1.5 to 2 inches of rain starting late on Saturday and intensifying into the week – a potential catastrophe is accumulating in the Sierra. As the snowpack at elevation continues building well past historic high levels, the possibility […]

1.3m Tulare County trees died in 2022

The latest California tree mortality report from the US Forest Service shows more than 36 million trees died in the state’s forests during 2022, including more than a million standing in Tulare County’s groves. The number of dead trees represents a threefold increase in the mortality rate in a single year.   Rising Tree Mortality […]

AG office claims no conflict in Clifton case

This is part 3 of a multi part story on the possible wrong conviction of Oscar Clifton in the murder of Donna Jo Richmond. A spokesperson for the state Office of the Attorney General said an internal investigation has affirmed the deputy AG assigned to supervise a review of the 1976 murder conviction of Oscar […]

DA stands pat on Clifton murder conviction for 1975 killing

The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office will not revisit a conviction integrity review (CIR) performed in 2019 that reaffirmed Oscar Clifton killed Donna Jo Richmond on the day after Christmas in 1975. The announcement follows the recent publication of a book-length exposé that claims to provide overwhelming evidence of Clifton’s innocence. Author Says DA is […]

Indoor shooting range for Visalia on hold

Plans to build a 22,500-square-foot firearm and ammunition retail box store and indoor shooting range in north Visalia are on hold at the developer’s request. Construction of the mega-sized gun shop was on the agenda of the Visalia Planning Commission latest meeting Monday, November 14. A public hearing was scheduled, continuing a process begun in […]