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Helping Hands

by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate all things earthy, look no further than the Earth Day Celebration at Central Fresno’s Radio Park, located at First and Clinton Avenues. Saturday, April 22, will bring a full day of ecological fun and education for all!

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Climate Change in the Central Valley

IN THE April 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andGoing Green
SECTIONS

by Don H. Gaede


We residents of the Central Valley enjoy a pretty nice climate. Granted, our summers can get pretty hot, but as Bill McEwen of the Fresno Bee puts it, “It’s a dry heat.”

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is one of many Earth Day related articles up in this issue! You can check out all of our going green articles here.
Recently we interviewed the new Executive Director of the Kings River Conservancy, Mindy McClurg, about the conservancy and herself.

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March for Science

IN THE April 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andGoing Green
SECTIONS

by Ashley Hughes


On April 22, Central Valley residents will unite in a show of international solidarity and celebration of the scientific community by taking part in Fresno’s March for Science. The local March will be held in conjunction with hundreds of rallies around the globe and will bring attention to the validity of Climate Change and the danger that budget cuts to scientific research and political reviews of scientific findings pose to our society.

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by Doward Wilson
& J.R. Lindermuth


Flora Vastine is a police officer in the small town of Swatara, Pennsylvania. Her long time neighbor, Mrs. Kepler, stops her as she is leaving for work to ask for her help. Her daughter, Jan, had not returned from a birding outing the afternoon before. Jan is a local school teacher and had grown up and gone to school with Flora, but they had never really been friends. Jan’s only friend is Peg Peabody, a retired teacher and fellow birder who Jan assisted in conducting birding tours.

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Thrift Story Recycling

IN THE April 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andGoing Green,
andHometown History
SECTIONS

by Diana Bulls



So, Lorie, our esteemed editor and publisher, and I were discussing possible subjects for an article relating to Earth Day, April 22. I guess I am about as “green” as most people. I recycle paper, aluminum and plastic. We went solar two years ago. Last summer we replaced our front lawn with pavers, drought-tolerant native plants and bark. But I was drawing a complete blank as far as something to write about. Of course Lorie had an idea ? that’s why she is our editor and publisher ? write something about our local thrift stores. Brilliant!

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by Steve Wright


One of the things I make sure I do is keep up with as much of the legislation that has some kind of impact on children and the family. It is interesting to see that no matter what piece of legislation comes out, there is a polarizing political effect. One side says it’s good, the other side says its bad, and each has a bucket load of evidence to substantiate their claim. This is usually because from the inception the issue is partisan.

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by Wasan Abu-Baker


I was born and raised in Palestine. I was brought up in a highly educated household with a father who was politically active and outspoken for the civil rights of Palestinians through non-violent action. This upbringing, faith, family, and friends have instilled in me a desire to motivate others to do well and to advance their opportunities.

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by Steve Wright


I am sure your face looks like mine did the first time I was asked this question, which was just a few days ago. As much as I try to keep up with the laws in California and across the nation, I am sometimes surprised when I am asked about certain laws being passed that I am not aware of. So, of course when I was asked a question to which I did not know the answer (and thought I was being pranked), I set out to find the truth. Once

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by Vanessa McCracken


What could be better than a bike ride along the Pacific Coast Highway, with ocean views, rest stops, and support vehicles the whole way?
How about a huuuge party at Hearst Castle, after getting a post-ride hot shower and free massage on the beach! And a free up-close-and-personal concert by performers like the Beach Boys or the Black Eye Peas!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Redeemer’s Church in Reedley got a new pastor the end of this summer. His name is Nick Jones, and we took a moment to sit down and chat with him recently to learn more about his background and his plans for Redeemer’s. Nick has been involved with some wonderful ministries in Fresno and has an inspiring story to tell.

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by Sarah Peterson


The holiday spirit is alive and well at Clovis’s Woods Elementary School, which has been sponsoring a Giving Tree charity drive every December for over a decade. Woods parent Heather Devany gave Kings River Life the scoop on what the program is all about, and the Giving Tree’s impact on Woods Elementary and its surrounding community.

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Prose and Cons Giveback

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Amanda Flower



Prose and Cons will be my twentieth published book, and I knew that I wanted to do something special with its release to celebrate that accomplishment. There are giveaways, promotions, and parties that I could throw to celebrate. I’m doing all of those, but I wanted to do more. I’ve been given my greatest dream come true to be a published mystery author.

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by Steve Wright


I thought hard for several days as to what to write about this week without being political. Politics consumed the American public for much too long during this election cycle, and it seemed it would never end. It still seems to be the focus of the media no matter who you watch.

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Care Fresno – It’s All About Relationships

IN THE November 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andTom Sims
SECTIONS

by Tom Sims



Care Fresno has been making a difference in Fresno for over 20 years. From the early days, when Gordon Donoho first introduced the ministry to me, through the leadership of Nick Jones, and now under Randy Mewhirter, there have been many changes, but also much consistency. Care Fresno’s Mission is central to its work: “Training People and Churches to Address Poverty by Investing in Under-Resourced Communities and Mentoring At-Risk Youth and Families!”

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by Steve Wright


Last month I spoke about the epidemic of child abuse and sexual assault in our society. I hope the information was valuable and made sense to you. I know statistics can be a little boring to look at and read, and I know there are those who do not really put much trust in statistical information. I also realize there are probably those who may not believe this conduct really occurs.

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