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Around The Valley: Fewer Dairies / More

April 6,2017-

Dry Ice Company Coming To Visalia

Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 7.02.43 AMPacific Dry Ice will open a 12,000sf warehouse in Visalia at 7249 W Goshen Ave in a building vacated by Vivent Solar recently. The building is owned by developer Danny Freitas. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide used for shipping perishables. Dry ice gives more than twice the cooling energy per pound of weight and three times the cooling energy per volume than regular water ice (H2O).

County Will Hear Plan To Sell Downtown Annex

A plan hatched by Visalia City Council member Greg Collins and county Supervisor Amy Shuklian to get the old 4-story county annex building on Court Street back in use appears to have some traction. Shuklian says she expects an agenda item at a Supervisors meeting in May to look at a possible sale. The Visalia City Council also is looking at a possible purchase or encouraging private use of the art deco office “before it crumbles away” quips Shuklian.

Citizens Business Bank Moving To 701 W Main

Citizens Business Bak has merged with Valley Business Bank who will take the former’s name. The Visalia Citizens Business Bank branch at 500 W Main will close and consolidate opterations at 701 W Main says a March 31 application to the FDIC. All former Valley Business Bank locations will now operate as Citizens Business Bank with news that the merger is now final.

Fewer Dairies Here

The local dairy industry suffered in 2016 as Tulare County lost 7000 cows year-over-year – total 470,692 – and ended the year with 13 fewer dairies, down to 282. In Kings County they lost 3 dairies but continues to sport around the same number of cows, 179,689.

Heard The Buzz?

Something like 2/3 or more for all the honeybees in the US are now boxed up around the Valley’s westside, busy pollinating our almond orchards. It’s happening over a two-week period from late March to early April. Millions of bees traveled here by long-haul truck, rented in-bulk by local farmers.
Such a concentration of bees may leave them more susceptible to spread of diseases or other problems some experts fear. Concerns over a decline in bee colonies could be less considering a new USDA report.It says U.S. honey production from operations with five or more colonies totaled 161,882,000 lbs in 2016, up 3% from 156,544,000 lbs a year earlier according to the March 22 report.
Honey was harvested from 2,775,000 colonies in 2016, up 4% from 2,660,000 colonies in 2015 and the highest colony count since 1994.

Temperance Flat Study Moving Forward

The California Water Commission wants Temperance Flat supporters to estimate how climate change may affect the feasibility of the proposed big Sierra dam. The assessment says warmer temperatures would result in peak runoff moving from June to May by 2030 and from May to April by 2070, with more precipitation occurring as rain than snow. Assuming demands would not change, greater amounts of Friant spill are anticipated with reductions in Friant Division water supplies. President Steve Worthley said these findings make the Temperance Flat Project even more important, especially considering the fact that additional surface water captured, stored and delivered from high- flow events is vital to making groundwater sustainable under SGMA.
Local irrigation interests are organizing their groundwater agencies by June 30.

This week an announcement was made that the four major valley water and infrastructure organizations, the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority, San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority, San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority and the Friant Water Authority will unite to conduct the technical work necessary to apply for the States Water Bond funds to build the dam.

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