Six years and counting, campus hosts a stuffed animal drive and Pajama Day on the last day of school, Dec. 14. For everyone who brings in a stuffed animal, used or Dollar Store (thrift store not accepted), receives a free Chick-Fil-A nugget meal and can watch “Elf” in the SMC. The stuffed animals are donated to Valley Children’s Healthcare and goes to patients who have an operation or surgery scheduled or are recovering from one.
Picture this: You are the number one pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. You average 16.8 points and 6.3 assists per game, earning you the title of Rookie of the Year as you lead your team to the playoffs and win a gold medal on the US National Basketball team. In just your third year, you have become the youngest MVP in the history of the NBA at 22 years of age. As the hometown hero, your future has no limitations.
Weather grows colder, cars gain frost overnight. Bundled up, brisk wind hits the skin with a freezing sensation. Christmas trees, lights, and decorations shine at an abundance of homes and locations. Christmas carolers sing from door to door, spreading Christmas cheer. In some places there may even be snow; the season of Christmas is upon us.
As a multimedia corporation, PBS’s goal is to educate people of all ages nationwide. PBS created 15+ well-known kids shows such as Sesame Street, Arthur, Cyberchase, Wild Kratts, Barney and Friends, Caillou and Super Why. However, ValleyPBS also provides a broad horizon in education which includes various news outlets and adult through teen shows.
The 99th annual Veterans Day Parade was promoted as the biggest in the United States, Nov. 12. An F-15 from the 144th Fighter Wing performed a flyover while the grand marshal, retired Lt. Colonel Larry Duba, gave a speech. Over 200 different organizations marched along downtown Fresno. Speakers began in front of City Hall at 10:15 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m.
In a current interview with local Valley farmer Mark Hutson, who gets his water from Deep Wells and Chowchilla Water District, he shares his information on future water restrictions. Hutson moves on to his thoughts about how over-pumping groundwater in California is nothing new. He believes there is a middle ground to be found in this situation. Westland's website states, "Water deliveries are metered to ensure maximum efficiency is used for every drop of water." “It was observed as far back as the 1920s,” Hutson said. “As a result, the state and federal water projects were designed and built to bring in surface water for farms and over-drafting stopped. In the late 1990s the water contracts were challenged by environmental groups and large amounts of surface water were diverted back to the rivers for the environment. Not surprisingly, over-drafting began again. This time however, more surface water will not be diverted back to the farms.
California may not currently be in a drought, however, plans to conserve water for the future continue. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency back on Jan. 17, 2014, and on April 2, 2017, that drought state of emergency was lifted. The drought encompassed 98% of the state of California and 44% of California was in a "exceptional" drought; the worst level of drought. According to Kate Wheeling from Pacific Standard, earlier this year in late May, Governor Brown signed two bills into law aimed at reducing water consumption in the state, even in non-drought conditions. “In preparation for the next drought and our changing environment, we must use our precious resources wisely,” Brown said. “We have efficiency goals for energy and cars...and now we have them for water.”
As of Oct. 1, 2020, California drivers will not be permitted to enter domestic flights or secure federal facility that requires identification unless they have the new Real ID. Passed by Congress in 2005, the new ID establishes security standards for state issued driver's license and prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses that don't meet state standards. If you choose to keep/renew your current federal non-compliant ID you will not have access to enter domestic flights or secure federal facilities that require identification, unless you have a valid U.S. Passport.
The class of 2022, takes on homecoming week, seeking new exciting experiences. The campus hosts it’s largest freshmen class in the past decade with 51 freshmen, determined to contribute to the 34-year long homecoming tradition. The week consists of events like float building, princess pageants, and dress up days. “Merica Day” (American wear), “Goofy’s Wide World of Sports Tuesday”, “Sleeping Beauty’s Wake-Up Wednesday” (PJ day), Moana’s Tropical Thursday” (Hawaiian day), and “Spirit wear / Sports team wear” consist of this year’s homecoming dress up days.
The Kids of Bethel prepares for upcoming lunch performances The past four years Kyle Dodson has taught the drama and improv class, a job that he has passion for. Improv not only formulates laughs, but develops critical communication skills. Students challenge themselves to be instinctive and provide quick-thinking. Within this system, students gather character and [...]