Tulare Board of Public Utilities president resigns

The president of Tulare’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has resigned following a dispute over how to treat dangerous contamination of Tulare’s drinking water. Jim Pennington–who joined the BPU in 2016 and was the sole board member remaining after a purge of the five-member commission in 2017–says he chose to resign following a contentious meeting […]

Hotel, bears, AirBNB on Three Rivers meeting agenda

A proposed 185-room hotel complex will be up for discussion when District 1 County Supervisor Kuyler Crocker hosts a town hall meeting Wednesday, July 24 in Three Rivers. The meeting–which will also focus on short-term vacation rentals, public restrooms and bear-proof trash containers–is scheduled for 6pm in the Three Rivers Memorial Building, 43490 Sierra Drive. […]

Farmersville poised to become cannabis center

State approval is the only obstacle left to Farmersville becoming Tulare County’s new cannabis sales center. City manager Jennifer Gomez says two of the three recreational cannabis storefronts already approved by the Farmersville City Council are awaiting their sales licenses from the state and then will be ready to open their doors. Valley Pure, which […]

Three Rivers hotel plan moves forward

After three years of planning, the start of construction of a 185-room hotel complex in Three Rivers appears to be just months away, says Mike Washam, associate director of the Tulare County Resource Management Agency (RMA). A preliminary site plan submitted to the RMA earlier this year places the proposed hotel complex–the Sequoia Resort and […]

Kaweah Delta seeking better feedback

Leaders of the Kaweah Delta Health Care District (KDHCD) want better feedback from the people they serve and more of it, and they’ve formed a small army of advocates to help them. In the wake of the failure of Measure H–a $327 million bond initiative intended to fund expansion of Kaweah Delta Medical Center–those responsible […]

Citizen group aims to improve local mental health care

What began as a social media post is quickly becoming a concerted effort to change the way mental illness is viewed and treated in Tulare County. Leading the effort is Visalia resident Danelle Evangelho, a long-time sufferer of depression who decided to go public about difficulties she had finding adequate treatment. The response to her […]