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Valley projects look to the sun for clean water

The WaterFX Aqua4 solar thermal desalination system is producing between 11,000 to 14,000 gallons of pure water per day out of the high salinity runoff within the 90,000-acre Panoche Water and Drainage District.Following a full build out next year, developers of an unlikely system in the farming fields near Firebaugh are counting on desalination as a solution to California’s water shortage.

Global specialty crop training offered

A six-session CalAgX crop export training program will be offered starting with session 1 at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Center for International Trade Development, State Center Community College District at 390 W. Fir Ave. Suite 308 in Clovis.

Bank of the Sierra reports Q2 income spike

Porterville's Sierra Bancorp, parent of Bank of the Sierra, reported second quarter income of $4.2 million, up 12 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Manufacturer to fill southeast Fresno building

Technology company Pana-Pacific is moving to a new 150,000 square-foot industrial building in southeast Fresno beginning with a groundbreaking at the site next week.

Fresno apprentices are ready for high-speed rail

Trainees are schooled in metal conduit.
Public and private workforce officials reported Friday that trainees are job-ready and prepared for construction trades that are needed to build the high-speed rail project through the Central Valley.

Farmersville getting $500K from new drought aid

(AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $9.7 million in new drought aid for rural Californians.

Report: National parks visits down in 2013

The Wawona Tunnel View at Yosemite National ParkVisitorship decreased by around 7 percent at Central California's three national parks last year, according to a new National Park Service Report.

Fresno-based IPM wins international biz award

Fresno-based Integrated Prescription Management (IPM) has been recognized as the Pharmacy Benefit Management Provider of the Year by global business magazine Acquisition International.

Bank of the Sierra bumps dividend to 9 cents

Sierra Bancorp. parent company of Porterville's Bank of the Sierra, announced a quarterly cash dividend of 9 cents per share to be paid on Aug. 14.

Prosecutor to monitor Heald College parent

(AP) — Former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has agreed to serve as an independent monitor of a troubled for-profit education company serving 72,000 students that has agreed to sell or close its campuses, the Education Department said Friday.