Visalia Fire Department Responds to 65 Calls on 4th of July, Battles Major Fires Caused by Illegal Fireworks

In a 24-hour period, the Visalia Fire Department handled 65 service calls. One particularly challenging incident involved a large 1-acre grass fire sparked by illegal fireworks, requiring 8 fire units to contain and protect nearby homes and businesses. Additionally, within a 2-hour period starting at 11:47 p.m., the department responded to three working structure fires. […]

Western United Dairies, Almond Alliance help secure passage of legislation to ballot

The California State Legislature recently passed SB 867 (Allen) — the Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparedness, and Clean Air Bond Act of 2024 — that will be placed before voters on the November General Election ballot The bond would authorize $10 billion in general obligation bonds to finance projects for drought, flood, and […]

USDA to begin accepting applications to help dairy producers offset milk loss due to H5N1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications starting on Monday, July 1 through its updated Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to provide financial assistance to eligible dairy producers who incur milk losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, also known as H5N1infection in their dairy herds. USDA’s […]

Sierra View Medical Center celebrates historical moment of inaugural graduate education program

Sierra View Medical Center (SVMC) proudly announces the graduation of its first class of internal medicine residents. This momentous occasion celebrated 13 doctors who completed their three-year residency program, marking a significant milestone in both their professional journeys and the hospital’s history. The inaugural cohort of Sierra View Medical Center’s accredited, community-based Internal Medicine Residency […]

Students save time, money becoming teachers with new Fresno Pacific University program

Future teachers can save a year going from sitting in a classroom to leading one of their own with Fresno Pacific University’s newest education initiative. The Integrated Teacher Education Pathway (ITEP) combines the excellent preparation and reputation of an FPU education degree with a way to save time and money for new educators. The program […]

Personal fireworks increase pollution and endanger public health

Valley Air District urges residents to celebrate the 4th of July safely and responsibly  Valley Air District officials are cautioning the public that personal fireworks emit high levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), including soot, ash and metals, which can cause serious health effects. Individuals most at-risk are small children, the elderly and people with existing […]