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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


Earth Day 2021: It’s About Energy, Economics, and Ethics

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Kenneth Martens Friesen


Our world is like a lakebed being filled with excess carbon dioxide. At first the lake filled very slowly, but as we industrialized it filled more quickly. Between England, Germany, and the United States the lake became one-quarter full by 1950. Since then the lake has again doubled in depth, much of it a result of the United States, but more recently from new countries like China and India. Within a few decades, our world will be drowning in one trillion tons of excess carbon dioxide.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Blaze

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Terese Shaw


It’s time for me to move on. I’m going to write this fancy resume and hope it helps me find a forever home.
Name: Blake aka Blazer Blazy or Big Boy Blaze.
Age: Perfect…Ok, I’m almost four which means I’m out of the puppy stage.

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Shrimply Dead By Maggie Toussaint: Review/Giveaway/Earth Day Guest Post

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Maggie Toussaint


The owner of Shell Island’s Holloway Catering, River Holloway Merrick is thrilled to have been hired to cater the Nature Coalition’s special event dinner. She’s especially honored to be serving veterinarian Jasmine Garr as they name her their Volunteer of the Year, which makes hearing the news of her death two days later all the more shocking. Found shot in the back in her yard, Jasmine’s quirky Chicken Lady neighbor becomes one of the first suspects for the shooting.

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Let It Grow Fresno

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22, it seemed a perfect time to interview a new business involving plants that sprung up during the pandemic, Let It Grow Fresno. We interviewed one of the owners Kelly Brianne, who is also a local actor and is looking forward to getting back on stage once the pandemic is over. Her partner in the business, and in life, is Daniel Karkoska.

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Cat’s Meow By Dane McCaslin: Review/Giveaway/Behind the Book Interview

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


After two decades of teaching English to Portland high school students and taking early retirement, Gwen Franklin had an abundance of free time and a best friend determined to make use of it. While the five – or maybe six – time divorcee and business mogul Nora Goldstein definitely didn’t need the income, she was able to convince her bestie of over five decades to form the pet-sitting and pet-walking Two sisters Pet Valet Services.

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Fronds and Enemies: An English Cottage Garden Mystery By H.Y. Hanna: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Along with a “green thumb,” albeit still in training, twenty-something Poppy Lancaster inherited Hollyhock Cottage and a “need some TLC” cottage garden nursery situated in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. The small village of Bunnington is a far cry from her life in London, but Poppy is beginning to fit well into village life making new friends and working hard to reenergize the business of which her grandmother was so proud.

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Queer Mystery Writers Coming Attractions April 2021

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE SECTION

by Matt Lubbers-Moore


For a part time job, I work at Argos Books in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a used book and comic book store. Today I had a customer come up and ask me if we had Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. This is a book we are constantly asked for by young people just discovering literature outside of young adult novels, along with 1984, Animal Farm, A Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit 451, and Slaughterhouse Five. The customer today slaughtered the name Kerouac.

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New Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast Featuring Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun by Lois Winston

FROM THE April 17 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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Understanding Different Countries’ Currencies as You Travel

FROM THE April 15 ISSUE

IN THE Travel SECTION

by staff


One of the most important things that you need to know before you travel is what to do with the money that you bring with you. This is a critical element of your experience. Suppose you do not understand the importance of understanding foreign currency exchange while you are abroad. In that case, you could very well be stranded in a foreign country without access to money that you may need to purchase food, clothing, or necessities.

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The Sad Decline of Newspapers

FROM THE April 14 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Thomas Kies


“If you try and make this job about the money, you’ll be nothing but miserable, ‘cause we don’t get the money—never have, never will.” —That’s a quote from the 1994 Ron Howard film The Paper.
That was when newspapers were still vibrant purveyors of journalism. Part of the wit and wisdom of the movie is Robert Duvall’s smart-ass observations. At one point in the movie, he explains how a reporter can move through the rarified air of the elite, famous, powerful, and rich, but isn’t one of them.

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How Spirit Woman Evolved

FROM THE April 14 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Elaine Faber


I’ve published four cozy cat mysteries, starring Black Cat, who, with the aid of his ancestors’ memories, helps his ‘person’ solve mysteries and murder.

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11 Best Hikes to Experience in Beautiful Arizona

FROM THE April 14 ISSUE

IN THE Travel SECTION

by staff


Arizona is an incredibly diverse state with a lot of amazing scenery to explore. The mountains offer spectacular views and wondrous ponderosa pines, and there are many beautiful trails for you to explore on foot. For hikers, this region has a lot to offer. You can stretch your legs by hiking bizarre rock formations, mesas, canyons, and even volcanoes.

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Crime Writers of Color Coming Attractions: April – June Releases

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Elizabeth Wilkerson


Spring is finally upon us. With the end of a dark tunnel of anger, isolation, and illness in sight, we all just want to take a deep breath. But, the horrors of the headlines persist. From hate crimes against Asians to heartbreaking testimony in the prosecution of George Floyd’s killer and headlines about ordinary people of color enjoying their lives— before they’re murdered, the daily news is so packed with shocking, racist crimes that it’s delivered with a trigger warning.

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Demetrius Porter: Fresno State Alumni Winin’ & Ballin’ in the Valley

FROM THE April 10 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



People in the Central Valley are odd when it comes to their perceptions about the Valley. This is an area where the youth beg to leave to experience life whether it be going to college, traveling, finding a career, and the list goes on. They have good reasons to depart, and no one really enjoys the heat much. But yet, at the same time, no matter how long people are a way from the area, people always find a way to come back. Whether to visit or move back. The famous line is true, “There’s no place like home.” And for Demetrius Porter, he would agree.

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