Weekly Issues

Fresno TV stations’ new studio 99 percent complete

KSEE 24, Fresno’s NBC affiliate, and KGPE 47, the CBS affiliate, are now housed together, but operate separate high-definition newscasts in a renovated KSEE building at 5035 E. McKinley Ave.
The arrangement, made possible with heavy investment by owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group and advances in digital technology, has resulted in a more professional look in local programming.
Matt Rosenfeld, vice president and general manager of the two stations, said the refurbished building is about 99 percent complete. The two stations have new sets for their news broadcasts, which are now available in high definition.

Fresno aquarium project hits milestone

With 10% of funds raised, a long way to go yet

While still years from a groundbreaking, planners of Fresno’s long-awaited aquarium project are celebrating an initial fundraising milestone on the way to bringing the Valley’s largest collection of sea life to local guests.
The Aquarius Aquarium Institute’s decade-long venture calls for 14 different exhibits of sea and river animals during its first phase on a 10-acre site just west of Highway 99 along the San Joaquin River.

Lori Granger

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/Owner
The Center for Minfulness in Fresno

What we do: I founded The Center for Mindfulness in 2008 after experiencing for myself how beneficial the practice of Mindfulness was in my own life. I actually came up with the idea in the days following 9/11/2001. I was on a plane from New York to Los Angeles that tragic morning and was stranded in Nebraska with time to consider my own life’s path.

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.