Tourism Adds More than $400 Million Annually to Tulare County Economy

Dean Runyan Associates released its “California Travel Impacts by County, 1992-2012” report last month, which shows tourism now adds more than $400 million to the Tulare County economy. This reflects a steady increase in several spending and earning categories, with most now above their pre-recession levels. Tulare County, its cities and its other travel destinations […]

Filming in Tulare County Starts to Snowball

More and more movie, television, video and even commercial producers are looking to Tulare County as the site of their filming locations. Over the years, the county has had its share of scenes in such notable films as “Stagecoach,” “Hulk” and “Forest Gump,” but now it seems that the county is getting a sudden influx […]

HSRA Board Approves Alignment of High-Speed Rail Section, CCHSRA Considers Legal Action

On May 7, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Fresno-to-Bakersfield project section of the high-speed rail program, and approved a rail alignment within the Fresno-to-Bakersfield project section. The action allows the Authority to take additional steps toward continuing major work on […]

Tulare County District Attorney Candidates Debate at Rotary Club Forum

Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward and Tulare County District Attorney candidate Ralph Kaelble shared their opinions and answered questions at a candidates’ forum at the April 23rd meeting of the Rotary Club of Visalia. Paul Hurley served as moderator and Rotary Club members provided the questions. The candidates started off by introducing themselves and […]

‘Six Californias’ Initiative Inspires Local Concern, Optimism… and Some Scoffing

If the current petition drive is successful, “Six Californias,” an initiative to divide California into six states, will soon be on the ballot. The stated goal of the plan is to create states with “more local, responsive, efficient and representative governments.” The initiative reportedly has some grassroots support in each of the proposed states, but […]