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A University of North Carolina study found that roughly 1,800 newspapers have closed in the United States since 2004, the vast majority of which were weekly publications that served small communities. But here in Central California, the Mariposa Gazette, is still going strong. In fact, it’s the state’s oldest weekly newspaper. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock talked to the paper’s editor and co-owner Greg Little about the book he recently wrote and the future of small-town newspapers.

Amber Crowell, Emma De La Rosa, Kerry Klein and Ian Sharples

The Central Valley’s reputation as an affordable place to live has been challenged by skyrocketing housing prices. To learn what is behind the sharp increase in home and rental prices, and what this means for the ongoing affordable housing crisis, Valley Edition host Kathleen Schock spoke with Amber Crowell, associate professor of sociology at Fresno State; Manuela Tobias, housing reporter for CalMatters; Emma De La Rosa, policy advocate with the Leadership Council; and Ian Sharples, housing program manager for the Community Action Partnership of Kern. 

 

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall

The annual San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture series returns to Fresno's Saroyan Theatre on Oct. 20 with a talk by historian Jon Meacham. Travel writer Rick Steves, violinist Vijay Gupta and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl are also among the lineup of six speakers for the 2021-22 season. To learn more, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to the Town Hall’s president, Jonica Bushman. 

Alison Saldanha

Dangerous Air, an investigation by NPR's California Newsroom into the rise of western wildfire smoke and the extent it harms health, is based on more than a decade's worth of data. To learn more about its findings, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to Alison Saldanha, the data journalist who led the investigation. 

For the first time in recorded history, wildfires breached the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains this year - terrain long considered to be well equipped to fend off encroaching fires. To learn more about the significance of this milestone, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to Crystal Kolden, a pyrogeographer and assistant professor at U.C. Merced.

Heyday Books

In the new book “Freedom to Discriminate,” author Gene Slater explores how during the civil rights era, realtors exacerbated segregation and fought against fair housing efforts by redefining freedom. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to him about this history and its connection to the City of Fresno.

 

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The West Fresno Regional Center is designed to be a one-stop-shop for social services in a community where many are reliant on public transportation. But community activists claim that Fresno County eliminated many of the services once available, forcing people to find rides or take long bus trips to Clovis, where the county consolidated many social services. Fresno County, however, claims it’s actually expanded services in West Fresno.

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The surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has created new risks for children, especially those with special needs. To better understand the risks, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Dr. David Sine, medical director for the pediatric palliative care program at Valley Children’s Hospital. 

Jeffery Robinson, Kat Fobear, Nick Patrick Gonzales and Chris Jarvis

The International Imperial Court System, one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ non-profits in the world, uses galas and drag performances to raise money in support of the community. Fresno’s chapter, the Imperial Dove Court, has made a lasting impact here in the Valley. To learn more, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with LGBTQ historian Chris Jarvis, licensed marriage and family therapist Jeffery Robinson, Fresno State womens’ studies professor Kat Fobear, and Nick Patrick Gonzales, also known as Miss Nikki, who is a former empress of the court.

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Yet again, Central Valley hospitals are overflowing with COVID-19 patients, which has stretched our medical systems thin and created disturbing consequences for anyone in need of critical care. To learn more about how hospitals are coping with the most recent surge, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Donna Hefner, president and CEO of Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville, Dr. Danielle Campagne, medical director of American Ambulance, Dr. Robert Ferdman, assistant chief of hospital medicine at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center, and Dr.

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A never-before-seen collection of works by contemporary art legends like David Hockney, Helmut Newton and Jean-Michel Basquiat is headed to the Bakersfield Museum of Art. The exhibition, titled “On The Edge,” is comprised of more than 150 objects from the private collection of LA-based art enthusiasts Joan and Jack Quinn. In advance of the exhibition’s opening on Sept. 30, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to Joan Quinn about the close friendships she enjoys with many of these artists and why she wants to exhibit their works here in the Central Valley.  

 

TYM4Change

 

Why is food insecurity so common in Kern County, and what can people do to solve it? Those two questions are at the core of a new documentary called "INVISIBLE: The Unseen Faces of Hunger." The film was produced by members of Transitional Youth Mobilizing for Change, also known as TYM4Change, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for young people to address issues in their community. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with its executive director, Dixie King, along with two of the young filmmakers, Nicholas Hulsey and R. Amaya. 

 

Hinds Hospice

For 40 years, Hinds Hospice has been working to comfort terminally ill patients and help their loved ones say goodbye. But their counseling services are available to anyone in the community in need of grief support, services that are proving to be particularly vital as we move through the pandemic. To learn more, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Kathy Cromwell, the executive director of counseling and support services for Hinds Hospice.

Justin Kern

The Sequoia Parks Conservancy invites you to shift your gaze upwards this weekend as part of its annual Dark Sky Festival, which this year you can participate in from home. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock talked with Katie Wightman, one of the event’s organizers, about what to expect during this weekend’s virtual festival. 

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Next spring, construction is expected to start on the Dolores Huerta Peace and Justice Cultural Center in Bakersfield. In addition to being home to the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the 36,000 square foot complex will also include an amphitheater, child development center, art gallery, and community organizing training academy. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to the civil rights icon about her vision for the center that will bear her name.

Laurel Rosenhall

Gov. Gavin Newsom has less than three weeks to convince voters to keep him in office, and recent polls indicate that the electorate is almost evenly split. To learn the latest on the recall, and why Latino voters could decide the election, Kathleen Schock spoke to Calmatters political reporter Laurel Rosenhall.

Jordan Mattox

High school teacher and Fresno-based podcaster Jordan Mattox recently founded The California Prison Poetry Contest. He’s currently collecting short poems from incarcerated men and women throughout the state. Entrants have a chance to win cash prizes and be published in a literary magazine. Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to Mattox about what he hopes to accomplish with the contest, and how the idea grew from conversations with his wife, who works as a psychologist at Avenal State Prison. 

Mayya Tokman

A new children’s museum is opening to the public next month in Merced. It will be the first of its kind in the city’s history. To learn more about the Kids Discovery Station, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to one of its co-founders, UC Merced professor of applied mathematics, Mayya Tokman.

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Last year, the western states were hit with a double-whammy of natural disasters: Not just the COVID-19 pandemic, but also a historically long and intense wildfire season that blanketed the region with plume after plume of noxious smoke.

Randy Vaughn-Dotta

Last week, the Fresno Art Museum reopened its doors to the general public. It was a long awaited moment for the institution and art lovers in Fresno. To learn how it went and what new exhibits are on the horizon, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with the museum’s executive director and chief curator Michelle Ellis Pracy.

 

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