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There are giants that remain on this Earth. They don't stand up and walk around, and they're not made of flesh. These behemoths are rooted in one spot like sentinels and are made of leaves, bark, and wood. They're not banished to some far away land or hidden grove. These titans exist along t…

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The Central Valley is home to the largest concentration of dairies in California. The region suffers from widespread groundwater contamination, poor air quality, heavy truck traffic, high rates of asthma and other chronic and acute health conditions.

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CHICAGO — The results of a new survey commissioned by Two Sides reveal a telling insight into the public’s perceptions and attitudes towards print and paper.

This week has been Sunshine Week, a time to once again reflect on the importance of transparency in government’s dealings, especially when it comes to how taxpayer dollars are used.

There are many reasons to offer up a cheer this week. Here are a few.

Months of dedication and hard work will pay off today for hundreds of young people and it is all made possible thanks to the community.

Today is the Porterville Fair Junior Livestock Auction, the day hundreds of young 4-H and FFA members have looked forward to for months.

Porterville has set itself apart with one of the largest community-supported fairs in the nation. That will continue Wednesday when the 70th Porterville Fair opens its doors.

This has all the symptoms of a classical political vendetta: At every opportunity, President Trump does whatever he thinks might harm California, which does more to resist his agenda than any other state and which provided the vote margin that saddled him with a popular vote loss in 2016.

By nearly all accounts Democrats blinked first and ended the short-lived government shutdown.

And the White House was sure to point this out and the obvious fact that the stop-gap measure before them was the exactly same one they were against days earlier.


Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown released his proposed 2018-19 state budget. But few citizens even pay attention to public finance issues except in the most general sense. For example, we hear from media either that the budget is balanced or that we’re running a huge deficit and the world will soon end.

Alert Tulare County or Alert TC really is a thing and the county would like to remind people to sign up or if already signed up to make sure your information is up to date.

While Washington obsesses over a new book on White House intrigue, the Trump administration is reaching a critical point on the issue of immigration, one of the president’s top priorities and the subject of his most often-repeated campaign promises.

There are many reasons to offer up a cheer this week. Below are a few.

Surprise, climate change is the reason for the deteriorating infrastructure in the state. Not the fact that the money allocated to maintain roads and bridges in the state was gutted and spent elsewhere. 

This holiday season, Porterville Police Department will work around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for impaired drivers. From Dec. 15, 2017 through Jan. 1, law enforcement is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get impaired drivers off the street and to spread the word about this dangerous crime.

This year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started November 1. Millions of Americans will soon visit HealthCare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find. 

There are many reasons to offer up a cheer this week. Below are a few.

We all need to feel supported and accepted to achieve the highest level of success possible in our lives. For people who live with behavioral health challenges, this is even more the case and can make the difference between an independent life lived to its fullest potential and a life that may unnecessarily become a burden on family, friends, and the community at large. Behavioral Health Wellness Centers are places that provide people with the necessary living skills, support, and coping mechanisms to help them achieve their potential. Specifically, the Porterville Wellness Center (PWC), a Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency program operated by Kings View Behavioral Health Systems, is doing just that in Tulare County. 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in recognizing Dec. 4-8, as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week.

Thomas S. Monson stated, “The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.” 

The Sierra View Local Healthcare District continues to follow the road to district elections that has been set in front of it by a group of people that have no interest in this community.

Thursday people across the nation spent the day giving thanks and eating a couple of extra helpings of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. 

With all due respect to the big-box stores, as well as to the seductive lure of finding a bargain online, there’s much to be said for investing your shopping dollars at a local establishment or a Mom-and-Pop operation.

As millions of Americans get on the roads to travel home and spend the Thanksgiving holiday reconnecting with friends and loved ones, the U.S. Department of Transportation is serving them a reminder: “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve.”

There are many reasons to offer up a cheer this week. Below are a few.

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday night in Porterville and put more than words behind the battle against the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening disease.

Main Street on Saturday, Veterans Day, was packed with thousands of people. The weather was nearly picture-perfect as the town thanked its current and past veterans through the annual parade, band-a-rama and tea.

The release of the tax reform plan by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives has caused the Washington spin machine to go into overdrive. For taxpayers there is much to like, including across-the-board tax rate reductions, doubling of the standard deduction and significant tax simplification. But progressive politicians and pundits predict the end of western civilization if the plan becomes law.

At First 5 California, one of our core focuses is ensuring parents and caregivers of young children are aware of the importance of talking, reading and singing. Engaging with a young child in these ways helps to build critical neural connections in the brain and puts them on a path for lifelong success.

“In case there was any doubt: the Resistance is real,” tweetedJon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, during last night’s midterm elections that saw Democrats sweep races for New Jersey governor, New York City mayor and all three statewide posts in Virginia.

We were all set to type another editorial on the need for some type of gun control and how after the latest mass shooting — this one at a church in Texas that killed 26 and wounded another 20 on Sunday, but we’ve come to the conclusion that people are fine with the status quo — that we don’t really have a problem here.

Have you ever had a tooth extracted without Novocain or some other pain killer? When facing something painful, it’s always helpful to apply a numbing agent and, when administered by competent medical personnel, anesthesia provides effective relief. But when politicians try to mask pain, be skeptical.

This year, Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5.  Every year, the time change disrupts sleep patterns and may result in sleep-deprived drivers struggling with concentration behind the wheel.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the National Sleep Foundation to promote Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Nov. 5-12, and increase awareness of the dangers associated with the deadly driving behavior.

It was sad to hear about 20-Ands club disbanding. The club had been around for 76 years.

20-Ands held its final dinner meeting on Oct. 26.

There are many reasons to offer up a cheer this week. Below are a few.

Driver distractions have always presented challenges to roadway safety.  Over the years, it has increasingly become a more serious problem as in-vehicle technology has expanded.  To discourage this dangerous habit, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching the statewide Adult Distracted Drivers campaign in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Hearing about the issues that Tulare Regional Medical Center and its Local Healthcare District have been going through, we can’t help but feel for the employees, contractors, patients and the community.

Starting this year, students in three Porterville Unified School District Pathways don’t have to imagine. It’s something they can actually achieve thanks to the district joining the Lenovo Scholar Network, a program developed by Lenovo and the National Academies Foundation (NAF) that incorporates mobile app development into career and technical education.

Did you know that only one-third of Americans have created and practiced a home fire escape plan? Almost three-quarters of Americans have an escape plan; however, less than half ever practice it? With these statistics, it’s time to stop being complacent and get the ball rolling in creating a home escape plan for you and your family and more importantly practicing it.

Last week the latest round of results from state standardized tests of math an English were released by the California Department of Education.

Unfortunately, they were once again depressing and predictable. Overall students in the state are not meeting or exceeding standards in math or English and the numbers remain flat from year to year.

No shame in being second. 

Some may have felt the sky was falling and that we were headed for a recession after hearing the numbers from the 2016 Tulare County Crop Report last week. How anyone could think that is a mystery. 

Finding a skill or making a business connection is important. More and more high schools are realizing this and have put programs in place that give students valuable hands-on, practical business experience through internships.

Tulare County nabbed its first suspects thanks to the use of SmartWater last week.

SmartWater is a marking device anybody can use to mark their possessions which is not visible and can rub off on anyone who comes into contact with it for up to five years.

Language acquisition requires three critical variables which include input, output and a supportive environment. First, English as a Second Language (ESL) students have to take in the second language. Using decoding and receptive skills, these newcomers listen and filter input. This requires a great deal of repetition of comprehensible input chunks at the appropriate level.