Caltrans plan ignores Fresno’s northern gateway

There are too many issues surrounding the Caltrans plan to widen Highway 99 from Ashlan Avenue in Fresno to Avenue 7 in Madera County to cover in just one blog post. So, this will be the first in a series of posts that will document the Island Park Six-Lane Project and offer my views on…

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Why the San Joaquin Valley needs an Aquarium

Funny thing about the San Joaquin Valley – it’s named after a river of the same name. This second-longest river in California has its three sources in the incredibly beautiful snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains just east of Fresno. And not long after its North, Middle and South forks all converge in a strikingly gorgeous granite-walled…

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National Parks hold key to Fresno’s prosperity

One of our favorite activities living in Fresno has been to take the short drive up to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and hike the many trails through the ancient mountain forests. In less than an hour’s drive east, we are at the park gate and have the freedom (and privilege!) to walk amongst…

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60 Minutes airs San Joaquin Valley water woes

Watch CBS News Videos Online California’s San Joaquin Valley has fed the world for decades. From almonds to raisins and figs to oranges, Fresno County consistently wins the title of #1 in agricultural production for all counties in the United States. But today this position is threatened by the one commodity upon which the entire…

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High-Speed Rail route could provide future train travelers a panoramic view of Aquarium property

OK – picture this… As California’s High-Speed train approaches the northern entrance to Fresno, passengers peer from the windows and are greeted by the modern architecture of the Arthur Dyson-designed Aquarium set into the restored bluff landscape overlooking the restored San Joaquin River just before the train banks over Highway 99. In the 5 minutes…

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Fresno Metropolitan Museum to close?

In their new business plan released in June 2009, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum had identified the 2010 Creatures of the Abyss exhibit from Ontario’s Science North as their biggest potential draw of the first year following the City of Fresno takeover of their historic building. Aletha and I had met with museum staff about the…

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