Central Valley

Rice field workers. (Photo: California Conservation)

Farmers, researchers fatten fish in rice fields

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — After decades of watching California wetlands disappear as they were filled in for farming, conservation groups say they’re having success reversing some of the negative impacts on the sensitive salmon populations.

04/03/2013

Sugar beets (AP Photo)

Calif. farmers team up to convert beets to ethanol

FIVE POINTS, Calif. (AP) — Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California’s Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state’s farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.

03/23/2013

California Governor Jerry Brown

Special election set to fill state Senate vacancy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a special election in May to fill a state Senate seat in the Central Valley that opened after a moderate Democrat quit to work for Chevron.

03/08/2013

High speed rail

Calif. lawmakers to review high-speed rail plans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State senators are getting an update on California’s plan to start construction on a $68 billion bullet train, including assessing whether the agency overseeing the project has fixed a host of organizational problems.

02/26/2013

(AP Photo)

CA exec gets 6 years in tomato price-fixing scam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former owner of a California tomato processing company was sentenced to six years in federal prison for engaging in a price-fixing scam that involved bribing purchasing managers at food giants including Kraft Foods and Frito-Lay.

02/12/2013

CALIFORNIA AQUEDUCT

Governor pitches water tunnel project to farmers

COLUSA, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory Wednesday as he pitched his $14 billion plan to reshape California’s water-delivery system by building massive tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

02/06/2013

Calif wildlife officials: Runoff pond plan needs work

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife officials say a pond proposed for disposing of toxic water from agriculture in the state’s Central Valley could harm wildlife and needs more review.

02/01/2013

(AP Photo)

Calif. hasn’t bought land for bullet train route

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Construction of California’s high-speed rail network is set to start in July, but the state still has not purchased any land along the route.

01/28/2013

(AP Photo)

Calif. citrus growers appear to have beaten frost

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Citrus growers in California’s Central Valley appear to have escaped with little or no crop damage after a series of unusually cold nights.

01/02/2013

California record-setting heat starting to ease

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A fall heat wave is starting to ease after setting record highs throughout California. Monday’s 94 in downtown Los Angeles tied an 1898 record for the date and the 93 at […]

11/06/2012

Calif. prison first to block prisoner cell calls

  AVENAL, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials will start using new cellphone blocking technology at a Central Valley prison next week, the first step to rolling it out system-wide. Avenal State Prison, 60 miles […]

10/19/2012

High gas, diesel prices hurt Calif. farm industry

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Farmers in California’s Central Valley say record high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines. But economists say it’s unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food […]

10/09/2012

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