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Around Central Valley: Looks Wet / Much More

Sportsman’s Warehouse Eyes Visalia Location

Utah-based Sportsman’s Warehouse has been looking to return to Visalia after opening in Fresno earlier this year. The sporting goods and hunting supply chain closed what was its new store in North Visalia back in 2009 after a short run.With the economy looking better they are considering at a site in the Packwood Creek shopping center. The developer will not comment on reports that Sportsman’s Warehouse will lease a proposed 30,000sf retail building just approved for construction at the city Planning Commission this week across Cameron from Costco. While they closed many of their stores during the worst of the recession,Sportsman’s Warehouse is now on a nationwide expansion that includes 5 stores in California currently.The  closure of rival Sports Chalet in Visalia may be an incentive to come to So Mooney. The plan for a new 30,000sf retailer is the first building on the east side of Cameron in what has been master planned as major shopping center to be developed by the Orosco Group.

Two Week Weather Predicts Wet Mid & North State


Northern and Central California should have a wet two weeks coming according to NOAA’s GFS rainfall prediction models. A storm this weekend fueled in part by remnants of Hurricane Seymore may be just the start as the model shows storm after storm coming into the state October 28,30,31,November 2,3,5,6,7,8,10,11 and 12. Most come from the north into the Bay Area but at least two good size events have a bullseye on the center of the state. At least five of those events should wet Tulare County mountains. North state rains are helping to further fill state reservoirs so important to Valley farmers. Lake Shasta could get 10 inches over the next week.The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project began water year 2017 on Oct. 1 with 4.9 million acre-feet of water in its six key reservoirs. The amount is 2 million acre-feet more than was in storage at the beginning of water year 2016, federal officials announced in recently. North Sierra precip is better than 300% of average as of October 27. Until this weekend it was not so hopeful in the Tulare Basin where rain totals stood at a paltry 7% of average.

New Tulare Vet Lab Dedicated

A new $47.5 million veterinary lab will be dedicated October 28 in Tulare.

Located adjacent to the existing UC Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare County, a new branch laboratory will provide complex diagnostic procedures to support ongoing food production industries, flock and herd health monitoring, food safety programs and surveillance for foreign and emerging diseases.
Services offered at the laboratory will include Necropsy, Bacteriology, Histology, Antigen Detection, Immunology, Biotechnology, and Metabolomics testing. This state funded project continues the long-term partnership between the university and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in protecting human and animal health.
The new lab will be named the Alex A. Ardans Tulare Branch Laboratory.Professor Ardans is  recognized for leadership in revitalizing California’s animal health and food safety laboratory system by successfully merging service and research programs benefiting livestock, poultry, equine, and public health. Dr. Ardans, professor of medicine and epidemiology, has served as director of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS), formerly known as the California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (CVDLS), at UC Davis since 1987. His research interests include viral diseases of livestock and development of veterinary viral diagnostic aids, and he is active in several organizations including California Woolgrowers, Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, California Poultry Industry Federation, Pork Producers, California Cattlemen’s Association, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and California Veterinary Medical Association.

Flex Gym Seeks Mooney Site

The Visalia City Planning Commission will consider a request by Flex Fit Gyms, to allow re-use of a 11,000 square foot building (former cosmetology school) as a health club / gymnasium on a 5.21 acre site in the C-R (Regional Retail Commercial) Zone on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  The site is located at 2335 S. Mooney Boulevard.

Former Surplus City Building Now Filled

The owners of the Downtown Visalia Surplus City building have now back filled the space. Besides the General’s Trading Post the remainder has been leased for a professional office and a new palisades studio.

Local Workshops Will Focus On Cross Valley Transit

Tulare County is taking the lead on a study that focuses on the Cross Valley Corridor, an existing rail corridor between the cities of Huron and Porterville, connecting to the proposed California High-Speed Rail Station east of Hanford. The goal of the Cross Valley Corridor Plan is to identify how the Corridor can serve as a regional transit alternative providing surrounding communities with convenient transit service and hubs (transit centers and stops), and to plan how the proposed California High-Speed Rail Station will serve as a regional transportation connector to other destinations throughout the State.
A potential commuter train could serve Kings County connecting NAS Lemoore,Lemoore, the planned high speed station and Tulare County cities.Tulare County workshops planned include Visalia November 9 at the convention center from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and in Porterville November 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.Also a meeting in Farmersville is scheduled November16 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Farmersville Senior Center.
Workshops on the plan in Kings County will be held in Hanford on Wednesday November 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Hanford Civic Auditorium  and Wednesday December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Lemoore Civic Auditorium.

Temp Jobs At Best Buy Dinuba

Best Buy electronics recently announced it will hire more than 600 people for seasonal positions at its regional distributional center in Dinuba.

Local Scientist Finds Early Detection Technique For HLB

UC Parlier advisor Alireza Pourreza has been awarded the 2016 Giuseppe Pellizzi Prize by the Club of Bologna,  on his discovery of a cost effective early detection method for HLB infection of citrus trees. Huanglongbing (HLB), an incurable disease that is spread by Asian citrus psyllid, has seriously impacted citrus production in Florida and threaten California. Early detection allows growers to remove infected trees before the disease can spread to healthy trees. Currently HLB infection is confirmed when leaves with yellowing and blotches are submitted for PCR testing, which is expensive and time consuming. However, the yellowing can be also symptomatic of other conditions, such as nutrient deficiency.
“We discovered we could see the symptoms of Huanglongbing using a camera, a set of cross-polarizers and narrow band lighting before it is visible to the human eye,” Pourreza said. He said the yellow blotches on HLB-infected leaves are caused by starch accumulation.
“If we could detect abnormal levels of starch in the leaf, we could tell it is affected with HLB,” Pourreza said. “Starch showed the ability to rotate the polarization plane of light. We used this optical characteristic to develop the sensing methodology.”
Pourreza said the team has patented the technique and is working on developing a commercial product. He is seeking funding to continue the research in California, where, to date, HLB has only been detected in isolated Los Angeles neighborhoods. Asian citrus psyllid is found in important California commercial citrus production regions from the Mexican border to as far north as Placer County.


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