Weekly Issues

Bankruptcy filings fall as recovery continues

Some industries not out of woods yet

Bankruptcy filings have been on a downward slope since the economy started to improve in 2010, but the numbers are starting to bottom out for a few industries.
Last year, bankruptcy filings totaled 26,816 in the United States Bankruptcy Court’s Eastern District of California.

Massage Envy plans four Fresno spas, creating 100 jobs

Massage Envy, a national chain of spa clinics, is preparing to open a new Fresno clinic with plans for three more Fresno clinics in the works.
At full build out, the chain would employ more than 100 people in Fresno.
Massage Envy Spa will hold a grand opening celebration for its newest clinic at 1170 E. Champlain Drive #103 in the Piazza Del Fiore shopping center at noon on March 13.

Marketing plan in works for Sequoia, Kings Canyon parks

When Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks’ new Superintendent Woody Smeck looked over the latest visitor spending study from 2012, he knew he was sitting on something magical.
But with no strategic plan or recognizable brand to rally around, Smeck and fellow officials are now coordinating on a vision to make the parks even more visible for people coming to the region.

Coastal firm plans Visalia asphalt plant

Grover Beach-based Papich Construction plans to build a new asphalt batch plant in the Visalia Industrial Park. The project is the subject of a public hearing March 24. The plant would be built on 18 acres on Sunnyview Avenue. Papich supplies asphalt to large public works projects like the Highway 99 widening now underway in Tulare County.

Peak Potential

China Peak, new owner endure drought with optimism

Even with California’s dry winter, China Peak ski resort near Huntington Lake is still a sight more breathtaking now than it was several years ago.
Since acquiring the popular ski resort long known as Sierra Summit in 2010, owner Tim Cohee has invested more than $2.2 million to upgrade its image and create a better experience for all who visit the mountain.

Go-karts near green flag at Sierra Vista Mall

Competitive juices will flow when indoor go-kart racing takes off this spring inside the old Gottschalks building at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis.
The store, vacant since July 2009, will have a very different look with go-karts zipping along a meandering racetrack. The Clovis City Council last year approved the project and construction of the racecourse is nearly complete.

Deanne Edwards

General Manager
Holiday Inn Fresno Downtown Convention Center

What we do:
Full Service hotel with 197 guest rooms, 15,000 square feet of banquet space, restaurant and bar
Married 27 years this month to Doug Edwards. Daughters: Alex Edwards and Morgan Edwards

Farmers decry environmental protections during drought

City and county officials, farmers and water district officials meeting in Tulare recently blamed restrictive environmental regulations for the crisis that lead to a zero initial water allocation for farmers announced by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Feb. 21.

Tulare County pulls out of EDC

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 this week to pull out of the Tulare County Economic Development Corp. The independent agency whose goal it is to increase economic activity in the county has now lost the support of the county itself. Tulare County has supported the countywide economic development agency for some 31 years.

Fresno law firm wins class-action suit

With a vast majority of civil lawsuits settling before ever seeing a courtroom, Ameriguard Security Services of Fresno had to put its foot down.
In a case featured in publications of both the San Diego and Fresno County bar associations, the security systems and staffing firm won its years-long wage fight last August against employees seeking $4.2 million in penalties for untimely compensation.