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Reedley

by Jackie Dale



This month I begin my column with my current project, an eight-cat TNR in a nearby town. However in this case, the “R” will stand for “relocate.” Why? Because the cats were literally being starved to death. The story goes that an elderly woman had been feeding a small groups of cats at her home. The woman recently passed away. The daughter kept feeding the cats. Then one of the cats had kittens. Her siblings told her to stop feeding the cats so they “will go away.” Now for purposes of clarification, these siblings live in another part of the state so why they would even be so interested is puzzling.

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Halloween At Home (And Some Propmaking!)

IN THE October 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMovies,
andRebecca Potts,
andReedley News,
andTheatre
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by Rebecca Potts




As we near the finale of the best month of the year, a lot of us can’t help but feel a little deflated. Things are a lot…different this year, and tragically, Halloween will not be untouched by the chaos going on around us. Some of us might not feel comfortable going out, or we’re just looking for a new project, so it’s time to get creative at home. Propmaker Kimberly Houston from Reedley knows how to do exactly that. Kim creates props for theatre companies, horror movies, and anyone and everyone looking for props.

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by Jim Mulligan


It was just over a year ago that the 20th president in Reedley College history took the reins, ready to guide our local gem of a school into the ‘20s of the 21st century. After a short talk with him, it became readily apparent that, at least for this president, leaders are not necessarily born, but are molded by life’s experiences. This president speaks in a strong, steady tone, not brash or hasty, about his long and varied professional career that prepared him for his current job. He had no early sights on leading a college.

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by Jackie Dale



It has been a very long, very hot month. The extreme heat alone was enough to cause issues, but the smoke from the many California wildfires only served to complicate matters. I even tried to bring my dog, Ilsa inside the house, but apparently she isn’t too keen on being inside. Not sure why that is but needless to say, once she tried to launch herself through a closed window, I put her back outside. She has shade, a pool and I would regularly hose her down. In the evenings I walk Ilsa down to the nearby canal so she can take a little dip.

by Jim Mulligan


As the Tutorial Coordinator, my paid job, I have the pleasure of working with many of the instructors at Reedley College. The relationships I have with the instructors are essential to finding qualified and interested students to become peer tutors. A side benefit is the opportunity to get to know these hardworking, dedicated individuals who help students discover the joy of learning. As a Reedley College alum myself, I know and remember the influence that instructors had on me and my motivation to achieve my academic goals.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In 2020, we are profiling members of the Reedley Fire Department. This week we are interviewing Andrew Rios who is currently an Apparatus Engineer. Andrew was born and raised in Reedley. He attended Lincoln, Grant and Reedley High School.

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by Jackie Dale



It has been a busy month. I still have 12 kittens and one adult cat at my house. One of the adults that I sent to rescue was returned because she wouldn’t stop hissing. She is a very nice cat but she just has this weird habit that is somewhat off-putting. She also doesn’t care for other cats so finding her a home is going to be a challenge. She is reported to be an excellent mouser and enjoys affection; she does not like to be picked up, though. Normally, I would return the cat to the original owner, but they are moving and don’t want her back.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In 2020, we are profiling members of the Reedley Fire Department. This week we are interviewing Daniel Lopez who is a Fire Engineer. Daniel grew up in Parlier but moved to Reedley in 2016. He attended school in Parlier and graduated from Parlier High School in 1996.

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by Jackie Dale



Some of you (hopefully) noticed I did not have a column last month. Unfortunately, my son, who was 28, passed away after a long illness. Frankie had a degenerative brain disease that progressed very slowly, finally ending my sweet boy’s life on what was possibly the worst day of my life. But for at least three people, the worst day of my life was the best day of their life because we decided to donate Frankie’s organs.

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Mark Luzania: A Dentist, A Thespian

IN THE July 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andJim Mulligan,
andReedley News,
andTheatre
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by Jim Mulligan


Mark Luzania, D.D.S. (last name rhymes with Tanzania) spent his whole childhood romping among the fruit trees and vineyards outside of Reedley, as well as riding his bike around town, having as much fun as a kid could have. As a little guy, his family lived north of town on their ranch. He remembers the times he and his siblings spent swinging from a rope tied to a tree out into the cold, swift-moving Kings River, having to swim like the dickens to get across to the other side.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In 2020, we are profiling members of the Reedley Fire Department. This week we are interviewing Efrain Martinez who is a Captain with the Reedley Fire Department. Efrain grew up in Parlier but moved to Reedley in 2005. As a profession, he is a manufacturing engineer. He volunteers for the City of Reedley Fire Department.

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The Equine Faculty of Reedley College

IN THE June 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andEducation,
andJim Mulligan,
andPets,
andReedley News
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by Jim Mulligan


We all know that Reedley College is the gem of the Valley when it comes to programs for everyone from students right out of high school to grandmothers who want to hone their ceramics skills. Students choose the beautiful, rural setting of Reedley College to get a start on their bachelor’s degrees, to learn highly technical and sought after job skills such as welding or diesel mechanics, to learn how to maintain and fly planes, and to increase their knowledge base in order to make a career change.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


In 2020, we are profiling members of the Reedley Fire Department. This interview though is a little bit different as he is not only a part of the Reedley Fire Department, but also Selma. Albert Rodriguez is a Captain with the Reedley Fire Department. He worked as an EMT with the Sequoia Safety Council for 20 years while working with Reedley Fire at the same time. Albert left the Sequoia Safety council when he was offered the job with the Selma Fire Department, but continues to work for Reedley Fire during his days off.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently KRL checked in with several local theatre companies to see how shelter-in-place was affecting them and what people could do to help. This week we checked in with several local artists that KRL has featured in the past to see how they are doing. While this is only a small handful of the many artists in the area, I am sure if your favorite artist isn’t listed they would be happy to have you reach out to them on social media.

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