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Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 12.04.10 PMPorterville To Get 3MW Solar Plant

Porterville:Immodo Solar proposes annexation of approximately 10.5 acres of an island into the City of Porterville to accommodate development of three megawatt solar facility, and requires a General Plan amendment to the Industrial land use classification as well as a zone change to General Industrial. The existing planned General Plan land use and zoning for the subject site is General and Service Commercial. The project is located at the northwest corner of North Main and North Grand Avenue; the area is a portion of an unincorporated island in northern Porterville and is substantially surrounded by the City limits.
Tulare Bottled Milk Co Wins Award
TULARE, CALIF. — Top O’ The Morn Farms,Inc.,a farm-fresh bottled milk home delivery company located in Tulare, Calif., recently received two prestigious awards at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest in Madison, Wis.
Top O’ The Morn Farms took first place with Reduced Fat White Milk in the Open Class Pasteurized Milk category and third place in the Low-fat Chocolate Milk category with Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk.
The company was started by Ron and Evie Locke in October 2012 as a glass-bottle home delivery milk business in the heart of California’s dairy country and now delivers fresh milk and other dairy products in six cities.
“Our family has always taken pride in the milk our cows produce and the way we treat our animals,” said Ron Locke, CEO of Top O’ The Morn Farms. “Now that we are processing and marketing our own milk, it is an honor to receive this recognition. To do so against products from throughout North America makes us especially proud. It really validates that our efforts have created a high quality and great tasting product.”

Hanford Studies Sales Tax To Aid Public Safety

Hanford City Council will hold a special meeting October 29 to discuss implementing a sales tax measure to support public safety. Other Valley towns including Visalia have approved a similar addition to the sales tax by a vote of the people. The city is preparing to welcome Costco to town, a huge sales tax generator with many of the shoppers from out of town.

Screen Shot 2013-09-27 at 12.04.08 PMCal Trans Funds 198 Expressway Study

CalTrans has funded $220 thousand to examine the possible expansion of Hwy 198 from two lanes to four from NAS Lemoore west to Highway 5. The study has the support of Kings County business interests  as well as public officials. The study is expected to begin in early 2014 and be completed by February 2016.
Kings Council of Governments director Terri King says the study will look to collect data to support the need widen the 20 mile two lane stretch built with almost no shoulders,.”We see some major economic development benefits for everyone along 198″ noting that Fresno COG and Tulare’s TCAG also support the project that could aid  both travelers and shippers that could use this major artery. King says any funding is likely to be “incremental.”

Dinuba Plans Business Incubator Center

Dinuba City Manager Ed Todd says the council has approved a plan to re-brand their Vocational Center as a business incubator to spur local start ups.The center may have room for both training through Reedley college and actual business locations for new companies for a short period as well as a possible commercial kitchen  to encourage food related business.

Todd reports the new Kaweah Delta satellite medical center is under construction in town as well as a new DeVita dialysis clinic.

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