Jim Mulligan

Winter Harmony: KCUSD’s Visual & Performing Arts Programs Illuminate the Season

by Jim Mulligan

As winter approaches and temperatures drop in the Valley, Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD) is bringing warmth and vibrancy to the community through its Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) programs. From elementary schools to high schools, the district's commitment to fostering creativity and artistic expression is evident in the diverse offerings that make up the VAPA umbrella.

Reedley College Agriculture Business Students Thrive in Olive Oil Enterprise

by Jim Mulligan

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of the eastern Central Valley of California, Reedley College is home to a unique and thriving agricultural endeavor that is allowing students to gain hands-on experience in the world of business and marketing. Agriculture Business students at the college are taking the olives grown on campus and turning them into bottled, marketable olive oil, offering a taste of entrepreneurship and marketing prowess.

The Azores: Portugal’s Best Kept Secret

by Jim Mulligan

What do sweet bread, suicide squads, tangy cheese, and crisp wine all have in common? They are all part of the rich culture and traditions that evolved on the nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Azores. The islands that make up the Azores are one of the autonomous regions of Portugal; the people of the Azores have their own government while enjoying the rights and privilege of Portuguese citizenship.

Spirit in Print in Reedley

by Jim Mulligan

Local woman, KateLyn Peters, is the owner of one of Reedley’s newest businesses. Peters is a Reedleyite, Reedley High School grad, Reedley College grad, and Fresno State grad, who jumped at the opportunity to provide printing services based here in Reedley. While she didn’t exactly set her sights on owning a printing business, let alone a printing business in Reedley, way back in college when she was a business student at Reedley College, she did latch onto opportunities that eventually positioned her to acquire and relocate a thriving business to her hometown.

Farmers Market at Reedley College

by Jim Mulligan

After a successful fall run, our hometown Reedley College is going for round two hosting a farmers market every Thursday evening for the next few weeks as we head into summer. The market brings together local farmers, food vendors, and artisans providing a unique opportunity for the community to support small businesses and purchase fresh, locally grown produce and homemade goods.

Zolú Café: More Than a New Coffee Company

by Jim Mulligan

While it is likely that you drink coffee in some form or another, either daily or occasionally, with or without additives, do you know how it came to be such a popular drink around the world? Many Americans might harken back to the memorable coffee promotions of Juan Valdez and his donkey tending coffee plantations in the hills of Columbia, but coffee is not indigenous to the equatorial Americas.

Munchies: Snacks and More

by Jim Mulligan

As the holiday season is in full swing and Christmas fast approaching, eating and snacking is surely a prominent feature of many of our lives. While not specializing in holiday eats specifically, a new shop is open in Reedley that seeks to quench your thirst, satisfy your sweet tooth, and satiate your craving for a tasty treat.

Reedley College Instructor Spotlight: David Hicks, Ceramic Artist

by Jim Mulligan

While his full-time job may be passing along the basics of his artistic and practical craft to students of all ages at Reedley College, David Hicks relishes in taking the bits and pieces of organic inspiration found in the Central Valley and creating both monolithic pieces and conglomerations of smaller parts with his medium of choice, inorganic clay.

Reedley’s Native People Being Recognized

by Jim Mulligan

The simultaneous, yet conflicting, demoralization and romanticism of the Native Peoples of the Americas throughout modern American history is a fascinating and sad phenomenon. They were often portrayed as savages, attacking the pioneers heading west to claim their virgin land under Manifest Destiny. Yet, many amateur genealogists lay claim to Native American inheritance.