2011 Articles

The Dogs of Proud Spirit by Melanie Sue Bowles: Book Review

by Carol M. Upton

Proud Spirit sanctuary began with one horse in need on five acres in rural Florida and evolved into a 320-acre facility in Arkansas, where nearly 200 horses have come to live out their lives in peace. Melanie and Jim Bowles are the founders of Proud Spirit and this book offers incredible stories about the dogs that have also found their forever home at the sanctuary.

Local Theatre Highlights Of 2011

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This has been a great year for theatre in the Valley! I’ve been blessed to have had the chance to enjoy a great deal of it, and KRL has reviewed and previewed even more—from the more serious thought provoking plays produced by new company The New Ensemble, to fun musicals like Grease at Reedley River City and the Valley premiere of Legally Blonde at Roger Rocka’s.

Teeth and our Pets

by Sheryl Wall

I used to be an owner who didn't brush my pet's teeth, but my first cat had to have all his teeth removed to save his life. His teeth were causing him health concerns where there was no other option. I never want to experience that again and I now realize the importance of teeth and our pet’s health.

Better, Cheaper, Greener in Clovis Schools

by Deborah Harter Williams

Clovis Unified School District, north of Fresno, celebrated last year with a rebate of more than $100,000 from PG & E. Eight schools in the district participated in a pilot energy management program: Clovis High School, Kastner Intermediate School, and Cole, Maple Creek, Mountain View, Valley Oak and Weldon Elementary Schools, as well as the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), a career-specific, lab-based school.

Gossip Girl: TV Review

by Jessica Ham

Gossip makes the world go round. We all gossip, read gossip magazines, or listen to gossip on TV. It’s addicting and so is the show all about gossip, Gossip Girl. Gossip Girl follows the lives of teenage Upper East Siders Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgely). An online blog, Gossip Girl, recalls the events in their lives and the hottest gossip.

War Horse: Movie Review

by Terrance V. Mc Arthur

In 1982, Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse was published in Great Britain, becoming a deeply loved horse story to rival Anna Sewell’s nineteenth-century Black Beauty. Later, one American girl read it and begged her father to make a movie of it. Her father was Steven Spielberg. He saw a stage production based on the book, was impressed, and he made that movie.