Republican Assembly Leader Conway Critical of State Budget Plan

Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, issued a critical response to the approval of the new state budget plan. “The majority party’s budget plan reflects their misguided priorities – spending increases, more pet projects and new programs that will put Californians on the hook for higher future spending,” Conway said in a statement. “It […]

Tulare County Sets Orientation for Prospective Foster Parents

Tulare County Foster Care Licensing will hold an orientation for prospective foster parents at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 17, at its office at 26500 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia. In addition to scheduled orientations, Tulare County Foster Care licensing staff members now offer personal orientations in order to be more accessible to prospective foster parents. […]

Draft Wilderness Stewardship Plan for National Parks Available for Review

The National Park Service (NPS) has opened the public comment period for the Wilderness Stewardship Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (WPS/DEIS) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. All public comments must be received by August 25. The NPS will use the framework established in the final version of this document to preserve wilderness character, provide […]

Visalia Music School Offers Summer ‘Music Camps’

Visalia Music School has over 20 professional musicians who instruct almost every instrument, including voice. VMS chooses teachers who demonstrate a calm, caring and patient attitude with a strong degree of professionalism. “Our goal is for the students to enjoy their learning experience and play their instruments with confidence,” said music director Amber Hilton. This […]

Unmanned Aircraft Operation Now Prohibited in National Parks

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis signed a policy memorandum on June 20th that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service. “We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural […]

New Southwest Visalia Fire Station Gets Green Light for Early 2015 Construction

The Visalia City Council approved the configuration and preferred building elevation for the new Fire Station 53 to be built at the southeast corner of Atwood and Walnut Avenue. The 7,000-square-foot facility is estimated to cost a total of $3.24 million, which will be funded through Measure T, the quarter-cent sales tax measure approved by […]

Deborah Sierra to Replace Donnette Silva Carter as Porterville Chamber President/CEO

The Porterville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced the impending resignation of long-time Chamber President/CEO Donnette Silva Carter, effective July 31st. Carter has served as the organization’s executive for over 17 years. Previously, she worked as executive director with the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society. Carter will relocate to Hollister […]