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September 14,2017-

New Grocery Store Planned At Former Hanford R&N

former R&N

former R&N

A multi-ethnic grocery store is in the works for Hanford at the vacant R&N Market location at Armona Rd near 11th. A $600,000 permit has been issued by the city to remodel the 44,520sf building. R&N closed here last year after serving the community  for over 35 years.

Operators Saif Hussein and son Fathi say they are working to buy the property but in the meantime are doing construction work at the leased store – hoping to open early next year.

“Our family members own about half a dozen stores in the Central Valley,mostly small” says Fathi, typically serving Hispanic customers.

The new supermarket will be called El Rey SuperMercado,a full service market with multi-ethnic offerings, he says. “This will be our largest market” he says. They operate FreshCo in Fresno, a former SaveMart store. Other stores are found in Five Points, Dinuba, Kettleman City, Firebaugh and Coalinga.

Fathi adds the family has members in Hanford with one relative operating Express Pharmacy in Hanford.

A Micro-Brewery In Works For Lemoore

Rosalinda Wong is proposing a microbrewery in an existing building located at 242 Heinlen Street in Lemoore. Called Bird Brewing, the business would-be in the former Décor A Lemoore space.  The 2500sf microbrewery would include brewing of beer at the site, a tasting room as well as off-site retail sales. The major emphasis will be placed on retail sales of prepackaged bottles and growlers with a maximum occupancy of 49 according to the applicant.

Bird Street Brewing also has a permit for a microbrewery at 238 C Street, Suites J and K. But no sales are allowed at that site. Instead, Bird Street Brewing sells mainly through Ocean City Chinese Restaurant, which is located across the alley from the site. Both permits should be allowed to continue now that the Planning Commission has approved the project.

Pine Flat To Generate More Power This Fall

Pine Flat has more water than usual and will use it to generate power this fall. Typically a contract with the state DWR ends September 1. But this year the Kings River Conservation District (KRCD) expects an extra 400,000 acre-ft of water through the end of the year to make more megawatts. “This has been a great year for hydro-power generation” says a KRCD spokesperson,adding that California could use all the kilowatts it can muster. KRCD has been awarded a supplemental water use contract.

“This definitely will not affect irrigation supply” says Kings River watermaster Steve Haugen who says that downstream users will take all the water they can this fall to make  room in Pine Flat for  the coming water year. “It’s still coming down” the mountain into the reservoir have adds, some from upstream PGE facilities. ”We want to avoid being forced to face a flood release this winter” after the third wettest year on record. Haugen notes that the water used to generate power is used a second time for irrigation needs.

Showers Impact Raisin Crop

Late-summer thunderstorms that passed through California have farmers checking their crops for potential impact. In Fresno County, farmers say raisins laid in vineyards to dry got caught in the rain. Farmers hope for breezes and warmer temperatures to help the raisins avoid damage and finish drying. It will take farmers a couple of weeks to assess the full effects of the storm. California Farm Bureau contributed to this item.

Folic Acid May Mitigate Pesticide Effect

Research at the University of California, Davis, and other institutions indicates that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk.

In the study, children whose mothers took 800 or more micrograms of folic acid (the amount in most prenatal vitamins) had a significantly lower risk of developing autism spectrum disorder – even when their mothers were exposed to household or agricultural pesticides associated with increased risk, UC Davis says.

“We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated,” says Rebecca Schmidt, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and first author on the paper. “Mothers should try to avoid pesticides. But if they live near agriculture, where pesticides can blow in, this might be a way to counter those effects.”

Few Farmers Pay Estate Tax

Despite the popular notion that the estate tax is a huge burden and drag on the economy, a new study says less than 1 percent of U.S. farms, or fewer than 200, will have to pay the estate tax, according to USDA estimates. Congress over the years has enacted provisions targeted to reduce the tax’s burden on agricultural operations and small businesses. That includes allowing farm real estate to be valued at its use value rather than fair-market price, making it less likely that owners have assets exceeding the exemption threshold of $5.45 million (double that for couples).

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