Sports & Entertainment

Astros brass promise Fresno great baseball

From left to right: Grizzlies mascot Parker, Grizzlies president Chris Cummings, Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan, Grizzlies executive vice president Derrick Franks, Astros director of player development Quinton McCraken and assistant director Allen Rowin.Representatives from the Houston Astros held a press conference at Chukchansi Park this afternoon to say they are eager to begin playing in Fresno next spring. 

China Peak holding job fair

China Peak Mountain Resort will be conducting a hiring fair all day Friday and Saturday at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis.

Fresno Grizzlies to host World Series watch parties

The Fresno Grizzlies organization announced it will host free watch parties for all World Series games except for Game 4 at Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno.

Astros officials in Fresno Thursday for public event

Reid Ryan, Astros' president, is scheduled to be in Fresno Thursday.The Fresno Grizzlies will host a public event this week to introduce the community to front-office members of the Houston Astros, the team's new Major League Baseball affiliate.

Judge: Factions behind closed casino need to talk

(AP) — Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, shut down after an armed confrontation last week between tribal factions, will remain indefinitely closed pending court-mandated talks, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Sequoia park visitation up 8 percent this year

The National Parks Service reports that August saw 180,619 visits to Sequoia National Park, an 11.25 percent increase over August 2013.Year to date visits are up 8 percent.

ZAPPCON convention kicks off Oct. 18

Fresno's first convention for geeks takes place on Oct. 18-19 when ZAPPCON fills Valdez Hall at the Fresno Convention Center.

The Big Fresno Fair increases attendance

The Big Fresno Fair recorded 666,631 visitors this year, up 3.94 percent from last year.The Big Fresno Fair marked another record-breaking year, drawing 666,621 visitors during its 13-day run.

Chukchansi tribal dispute leads to casino closure

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is reportedly closed due to tribal infighting.(AP) — Sheriff's officials say a dispute between competing factions of a Central California Native American tribe led to the closure of the tribe's casino.

Fresno to host first martial arts hall of fame event

Local martial arts expert David Johnson (center) wants to put Fresno on the map when he inducts renowned leaders in hand-to-hand combat into the area’s first martial arts hall of fame Oct. 12.Local martial arts expert David Johnson wants to put Fresno on the map when he inducts renowned leaders in hand-to-hand combat into the area’s first martial arts hall of fame Oct. 12.