Balch Park reopened May 20

Park patrons are able to enjoy outdoor hiking and fishing again at Balch Park in Springville. Balch Park reopened for day use and overnight camping on Friday, May 20, 2022. Spring hours of operation will be observed until May 31: Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).  […]

Homeless in Visalia: A personal view

Author’s note: The following story is based in part on my recent experience helping a close friend attempt to navigate her way through suddenly finding herself homeless in the midst of a severe mental-health crisis. The names of key individuals described and quoted in the story have been changed to protect their privacy. The events […]

Hacker beats Fagundes in fundraising five to one

If money is the mother’s milk of politics, Sarah Hacker’s campaign for district attorney has abundant resources out fundraising incumbent Keith Fagundes by nearly five-to-one, according to campaign reports required by the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Whether money alone will be enough to unseat the two-term district attorney is indeterminable at this point. The […]

Tulare County Students Recognized for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Achievements

Annual contest promotes artistic expression around mental health and coping with tough times, the pandemic and returning to in-person school. The Directing Change Program & Film Contest announced the regional finalists in the 10th annual student contest encouraging young people to create short film and art projects about suicide prevention, mental health, managing through tough […]

2022 Slick Rock Student Film Festival

A press release from the Tulare County Office of Education Central California’s largest student film competition returns to the Fox Theatre this year. The festival is scheduled for Friday, May 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the downtown Visalia theater. This year, the festival received 330 film entries from 44 Central Valley middle schools and […]