First West Nile mosquito of 2022 caught in Tulare County; millions of GMO mosquitoes set to be released in 2023

This article was updated June 27, 2022 to include Oxitec’s response. A mosquito infected with the potentially deadly West Nile virus (WNV) was captured last week in a trap in southwest Visalia, the first identified this year. Cases of WNV-infected mosquitoes in the Delta Mosquito Vector Control District (DMVCD) – the local agency tasked with […]

Homeless in Visalia: A personal view

Author’s note: The following story is based in part on my recent experience helping a close friend attempt to navigate her way through suddenly finding herself homeless in the midst of a severe mental-health crisis. The names of key individuals described and quoted in the story have been changed to protect their privacy. The events […]

Despite accreditation at Tulare hospital, patient describes poor conditions

In a press release at the end of March, Adventist Health Tulare announced it had received a coveted renewal of its accreditation by “one of the world’s leading certification, assurance and risk management provider(s), but one patient’s experience contradicts that assessment. By awarding its re-accreditation, DNV, the company that surveyed Adventist’s patient safety standards in […]

Drug raids yield pounds of narcotics, stolen weapons

An investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Tulare County High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force (HIDTA) has resulted in the arrest of five local men and the seizure of dozens of pounds of potent and potentially deadly narcotics.   Six Arrests Total A spokesperson for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said four […]