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Kaweah Delta plans chronic disease clinic in Visalia

Looking to both improve outcomes for patients and cut readmissions to the hospital and frequent emergency room visits, Kaweah Delta Healthcare District has decided to launch a new chronic disease clinic in downtown Visalia.
CEO Lindsay Mann said the clinic will be developed at the vacant former Orthopedics Associates building at the corner of Mineral King Avenue and Willis Street, immediately to the west of the hospital's Support Services Building. The anticipated opening for the 12,000 square-foot Chronic Disease Management Clinic will be May 2014. These services will be developed, one-by-one over time, under the direction of Regina Sawyer, RN.

Fresno firm buys Sacto Wendy’s

A Fresno-based restaurant management firm has purchased 19 Sacramento-area Wendy’s franchises.
Desmond Foods, L.P. has been a Wendy’s franchisee since 1973, operating 17 Wendy’s restaurants in the Fresno area along with seven in the Bay Area.

Robert M. Gurfield

What we do: Own, manage Fulton Mall’s Kress Building and two adjacent properties

BS Civil Engineering, Swarthmore College
MS Operations Research, MIT
PhD Operations Research, UCLA

Age: 74
2 sons, and 2 granddaughters

What kind of restoration have you done on the KRESS building over the last few years?
Beginning in 1896, Samuel H Kress built hundreds of architecturally distinguished buildings around the country for his chain of 5-10-25¢ stores. The chain ceased operating in 1980. The Fresno store dates from the 1920s. In the 1950s the upper floors were closed off and the exterior sheathed hiding the Kress decor. The ground floor continued as a retail store. In 2010 I had that covering removed and restored the elaborate exterior.

State eyes legislation to resume jobless benefits

The State of California Employment Development Department is poised to resume federally funded jobless benefits should one of several pieces of Legislation find success in Congress.
Dec. 28 marked the end to the five-year program that extended benefits for the long-term jobless. No extension of the program in Congress will effects 1.3 million people immediately and will affect hundreds of thousands more who remain jobless in the months ahead. Under the program, the federal government provided an average monthly stipend of $1,166.

Fresno warehouse expanding for solar panels

Trucks are not the only things moving for Quali-T-Ruck Service in Fresno, whose Sierra West Warehouse is expanding with a planned 50,000 square-foot warehouse to store a incoming stock of solar panels.
Owner Dale Mendoza acquired his first 60,000 square-foot warehouse at a six-acre site on Church and Orange avenues south of downtown Fresno in 1989 to distribute iron, lumber, oil and other commodities.

Most Valley counties grew in last year

California grew by 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013 to total more than 38.2 million, according to official population estimates released by the Department of Finance. The growth rate of 0.9 percent and the 332,000 numeric gain are the highest for California since the pre-recession year of 2003-04.
Although the birth rate itself continues to decline, California births were slightly higher than last year. Births less deaths, called natural increase, remain a primary source of the state’s population growth.

Dry conditions above and below prompt well-digging frenzy

Dry weather conditions have kept Valley well diggers busy, both for residential and agricultural uses.
In addition, the underground water table and well levels have fallen, meaning higher demand for new wells and deeper wells.
Fresno alone has 260 pump stations. But the county has many more wells, including those dug for residents in the country and wells used for farming and industrial users.
Fresno County has a total of 26,567 well drilling permits on file. In 2012, the county issued 503 well drilling permits.

Craig Sharton

Craig Scharton
Peeve's Public House & Local Market

What we do: We’re a casual, American-style pub that features local, seasonal food and 75 craft beers

Transition in works for United Security Bank

Sierra Bancorp, parent company of Bank of the Sierra in Porterville, named Kevin J. McPhaill as president and chief operating officer effective Jan. 1.
As part of the transition, McPhaill will replace current president James C. Holly, who will continue to serve as CEO for the time being.
McPhaill, currently the company's executive vice president and chief banking officer, will later be named as both president and CEO. The offices are temporarily being separated to allow for an orderly management of succession with minimal disruption, according to a news release.
Holly, who has served in his position since 2000, remarked on McPhaill's 23 years of banking experience and positive leadership since coming aboard Bank of the Sierra in 2001.

Local goods seller winner of Kingsburg biz contest

The City of Kingsburg wrapped up its inaugural business plan contest last week, awarding $25,000 in goods and services to a startup selling Central Valley handmade products in one convenient store.
Kingsburg residents Kim Regier and Diana Weston started out as one of 25 applicants of the Kingsburg Economic Development Committee’s Launching Pad contest announced in October.
After the committee pared down the entrees, the two found themselves among five semi-finalists working with logo designers and business plan coaches to help them prepare a presentation for their business, Matt i Dalen (Swedish for Heart of the Valley).