Visalia Rescue Mission Serves 300 Thanksgiving Dinners

The Visalia Rescue Mission (VRM), along with about 150 volunteers, served approximately 300 Thanksgiving dinners at its Annual Thanksgiving Banquet, according to Jessica Cavale, VRM director of development. The annual meal, which featured live music, desserts and a traditional Thanksgiving meal with “all the fixings,” was held at the mission’s chapel/community center at 741 N. […]

Plaza Drive Interchange Completion Celebrated

On November 19, Visalia city officials, engineers from TRC Companies, Inc., and other dignitaries celebrated the grand opening of the improved State Route 198/Plaza Drive Interchange. TRC performed the planning and design for this $26 million project, which will promote economic growth across Tulare County by improving access to employment centers and enhancing the movement […]

Porterville Looks Forward After Proclamation Debate

Following the last few months of controversy, Porterville’s City Council and those in its LGBT community are looking ahead to the future. Proclamation Debate and Controversy Beginning in June, the council placed itself in the middle of considerable controversy over its LGBT Pride Month proclamation and the actions following it. In June, then-mayor Virginia Gurrola […]

State Officials Poised For Prison Overcrowding Ruling

Lawyers for Gov. Jerry Brown scored a rare legal victory, albeit a small one, in the state’s long-running battle with federal judges over prison overcrowding when a panel of three federal judges agreed to a brief postponement of a looming Dec. 31 deadline for the state. The panel issued a wide-ranging order calling for state officials and inmate attorneys to meet and seek a long […]

Government Shutdown Closes Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks

Because the shutdown of the federal government caused a lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. All visitor facilities including visitor centers, park hotels, campgrounds and roads are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens. Woody Smeck, superintendent […]