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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Penguin Window Arrives in Fresno

After trying to figure out how on earth we were going to unload and store the huge 15 x 8 foot acrylic aquarium window we had shipped from the Steinhart Aquarium courtesy of our donors Arnold and Dianne Gazarian, Steve Salcedo and the folks at San Joaquin Glass came to the rescue and used their…

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Steinhart exhibit tanks moved to Fresno

A team of volunteers from the Central Valley, headed up by Ken Hendrix, traveled to San Francisco to remove the 12 largest aquarium exhibits and tons of associated equipment from the Steinhart Aquarium’s 5-year temporary space on Howard Street for transport to Fresno. The largest, about 20 feet in diameter, holds approximately 14,000 gallons of…

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Steinhart Aquarium donates tanks to Fresno

As founders of the Aquarius Aquarium Institute, my wife Aletha and I have been laying the groundwork over the last couple of years for the donation of a number of very large aquarium exhibits from one of the oldest and most prestigious Aquariums in the world – the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, an important…

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