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State passes mandatory water restrictions

  Wasting water could get you a $500 fine per day. But who will fine you and where the money will go is still a mystery to local public agencies. On July 15, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation to ensure water agencies, their customers and state residents increase water conservation [...]

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Supervisors to consider 160 hillside homes north of Woodlake

  Next Tuesday, residents in a peaceful hillside area in rural northern Tulare County will find out if they will soon have an additional 162 homes/mobile homes in their backyard. On July 29, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors will decide on plan to build a housing subdivision on Colvin Mountain northwest of Woodlake. The [...]

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Ag Sec. releases drought funding in Farmersville

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Farmersville last Thursday to announce $9.7 million in emergency water assistance for 25 Valley communities, including Cameron Creek just outside the city limits. Vilsack and an entourage of U.S. Department of Agriculture officials met with local and county representatives on July 19 to talk about the dire water situation [...]

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F’ville man chairs TC Fair

  Two years after being elected to his first public office, Farmersville Vice Mayor Greg Gomez can now add chairman of a state-appointed board to his resume. At the June meeting of the Tulare County Fair Board, Gomez was elected to serve as chair by the other seven members of the board. Gomez was originally [...]

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Woodlake Sprouts New Volunteers

Editor’s Note: This is part 7 of an ongoing series looking at local service clubs and what they mean to the foothills area.   In a world full of appointments, projects, and endless tasks it’s hard to find time to give back to your community. In December, 2013 a group of Woodlake natives decided it [...]

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California tourists spend 1.5 bil. at Nat’l Parks

  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 35 million visitors to national parks in California spent over $1.53 billion and supported 20,089 jobs in the state in 2013. “The national parks of California attract visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. [...]

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LETTERSTO THEEDITOR

On July 29 our Tulare County Board of Supervisors will make a decision on Elderwood Heights near Woodlake. The Tulare County Planning Commission has denied this subdivision proposal. I am a property owner within a quarter of a mile of the proposed subdivision 165 home/mobile home sites. My concerns are many: Water. The well which [...]

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National Park sells surplus

  Approximately 40 cords of surplus wood in Sequoia National Park will be made available by permit to the public beginning Monday, July 21, 2014, on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply is gone or snowfall hinders access to the Dorst wood yard (typically in mid-November). Firewood permits must be purchased before wood can [...]

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Canines receive safety vest

  The Exeter Police Department K9s have received ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide Groupon event that raised over $335,000. The Exeter Police Department currently has three dual purpose K9s trained both in patrol/apprehension and narcotics detection. K-9 Abel is a 4-year-old male Belgian Malinois, and is assigned to Sergeant Brett Inglehart. K9 Aries is [...]

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Series of grass fires raise suspicion south of Lindsay

  Fire officials are investigating a suspicious series of fires near Lindsay last week. At 4:30 p.m. on July 20, Tulare County firefighters were dispatched to a structure near the intersection of Harvard Avenue and Citrus Street off Orange Belt Drive south of Lindsay. About 10 firefighters, two battalion chiefs, two engines, a water tender [...]

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