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Missing 15-year-old girl last seen at Sanger High has been found, police say  Fresno Bee

The Sanger Police Department, after asking for the public's help to find a missing California 15-year-old, Desirae Villarreal, reported Wednesday, April 16 that ...



Sanger High School honors Hmong students, parents  KMPH Fox 26

Sanger High School held it's Hmong Parents Night on Wednesday. School officials said it is to honor Hmong students with a 4. 0 GPA or higher and their parents ...



Sanger HS, Historical Society to open Athletic Hall of Fame  The Business Journal

Sanger High School and the Sanger Historical Society will honor homegrown athletes both living and dead on May 5 at the Sanger community center in a Hall of ...



Sanger High School celebrating the life of beloved coach  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The basketball court at Sanger High is a familiar place for Jean Nicholson and her son, Tom. "I've been on a lot of benches, watched a ...



How Sanger Democrat Melissa Hurtado came to be California’s youngest state legislator  The Fresno Bee

Melissa Hurtado beat incumbent Andy Vidak, a Hanford Republican, for the 14th District state Senate seat in the midterms. The Democrat from Sanger is now ...



Dorothy Faye Starr  Hanford Sentinel

Dorothy Faye Starr. July 13, 1926 – February 17, 2019. Dorothy Faye (Minter) Starr Born in Cutler, California July 13, 1926 Passed in Selma, California February ...



Rape victim faces former Sanger High School teacher  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A teenage rape victim expressed anger and fear Wednesday as her attacker fought to avoid serving any time in prison. "He robbed me ...



Sanger graduate receives rare scholarship for outstanding education achievement  KFSN-TV

Talie Cloud's high school days ended with her graduation at the top of her class Friday, but her education will only get more intense.



2 brothers stuck in a car upside down in a canal. It took awhile to get them out  The Fresno Bee

Two brothers were saved by Sanger, California, rescue personnel early Sunday morning, May 27, 2018, after crashing their car into a canal and becoming ...



National Weather Service issues brief tornado warning for area east of Fresno  Fresno Bee

The National Weather *Service* in Hanford, California, issued a tornado alert Monday, February 4, 2019, for an area in Fresno County, east of Sanger. Residents ...



Hurtado looking to turn numbers in her favor in 14th state Senate District  Vida en el Valle

The numbers are there for 30-year-old Melissa Hurtado, a Sanger City Councilmember who believes now is the time to replace the Republican incumbent in the ...



Suspect identified in Sanger High student shooting  ABC30.com

SANGER, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno County Sheriff's detectives have identified a suspect in the shooting of Sanger High School student Brianna Ramirez.



Shidan resigns as Sanger football coach  Fresno Bee

Chuck Shidan has retired as Sanger High School's football coach after leading the Apaches to a 203-111 record and enormous popularity in his 27-year tenure.



A warm welcome back | Features  Porterville Recorder

From Mexican descendants and a father of three and a marriage of 29 years, Sergio Mendoza is ready for his newly appointed position as Burton School ...



Stellar Sanger football season ‘bittersweet’ with likely retirement of coach Shidan  Fresno Bee

Even with the Apaches one win from becoming undefeated Valley champions, the probable retirement of program-building coach Chuck Shidan has this ...



Former Sanger teacher pleads no contest to sexual assault  Fresno Bee

A former Sanger High School teacher pleaded no contest Friday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl inside his restaurant in November 2011.



Farmworkers discover burned body inside Fresno County trailer, deputies say  Fresno Bee

Farmworkers in Fresno County CA discovered a burned trailer the morning of Feb. 23, 2019, that had a dead man inside. The cause of death is unclear, as is the ...



Fresno is one of America’s most diverse cities. Here’s where it ranks  Fresno Bee

Fresno and Bakersfield were among the most diverse cities in America, according to a new study. See how they compared to other US cities in California and ...



4th of July Fireworks Events in the Valley  KFSN-TV

Wild Waters Star Spangled Revue July 4th & July 7th. Fireworks at dusk. A spectacular patriotic show with dazzling fireworks, smoke, lasers and live music.



Student experiment selected to be part of Mission 12 at International Space Station  KFSN-TV

SANGER, Calif. (KFSN) -- Four students are working on a project that will soon travel out of this world. Their science experiment will be a part of the Mission 12 ...



Will Tom Flores Get Hall of Fame Honor Many Say He Deserves?  gvwire.com

After being eligible for 20 years, Sanger's Tom Flores is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The selections will be announced Saturday.



The horses were so skinny and underfed, they needed to be rescued  Fresno Bee

Eight malnourished horses, some whose ribs could be seen pressed up against their skin, were seized Friday in Sanger by the Central California Society for the ...



Missing at-risk Clovis man has been found, police say  Fresno Bee

A 23-year man who went missing in Clovis, CA, has been found. Shawn Hayes was last seen March 16, 2019, around Barstow and Minnewawa avenues.



Hidden Adventures: School House Restaurant and Tavern  KFSN-TV

SANGER, Calif. (KFSN) -- As Highway 180 begins its incline toward the foothills east of Fresno, an old school house comes into view. The building once housed ...



Weather Service: Half a million people in Fresno area to see ‘severe weather’ activity  Fresno Bee

The National Weather *Service* issued an alert to Fresno, California, area residents on Wednesday, March 6, of severe storm conditions like heavy rain, strong ...



Fresno official: ‘All of our people are out’ as storm winds cause numerous power outages  Fresno Bee

The winds driving a storm front through the central San Joaquin Valley on Thursday knocked down trees and caused numerous power outages, authorities ...



Sanger teen arrested for selling Xanax at high school  Fresno Bee

A Sanger teenager was arrested Monday, October 23 after admitting to selling Xanax pills to other students at Sanger High School.



Springsteen is right about hometowns. I am proud of mine, too  Fresno Bee

Three decades ago, I fell in love with a powerful idea – and the poet who served it up. It was in the mid-1980s, while attending Sanger High School, that I first ...



Tornado touches down near Coarsegold, National Weather Service says  Fresno Bee

An EF-O tornado touched down in eastern Madera County, California, Friday morning, February 15, 2019, said the National Weather *Service*.



Two injured in fire in southwest Fresno. Firefighters credit an alarm for waking them  Fresno Bee

Two people, an adult and a child, were treated for smoke inhalation Tuesday morning, March 5, 2019 after a fire erupted at a home in southwest Fresno, ...



Fresno police officer Phia Vang killed by wrong-way driver on 180  Merced Sun-Star

Fresno police officer Phia Vang, 48, was the driver of a pickup killed Monday evening by a wrong-way driver on Highway 180 east of Fresno. The crash took ...



Missing Fresno teen, Timothy Kearn with autism, now home  The Fresno Bee

A teen with autism who ran away Dec. 9, 2018 in central Fresno is now safe at home. Timothy Kearn, 16, returned to his mother's home Thursday night.



Infant and 5-year-old boy among those killed in South Valley crash. Deputies seek public’s help  Fresno Bee

A car accident on Highway 99 in the South Valley left five dead on Saturday evening, according to California Highway Patrol in Bakersfield CA.



Former Sanger teacher pleads no contest to sex with minor charges  KFSN-TV

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Sergio Heredia was accused of sexual battery and having sex with a minor in November of 2011. The 17-year-old victim told ...



Task force to take on gentrification in Fresno. But is it enough?  The Fresno Bee

A task force to tackle gentrification in Fresno is on the horizon — but some residents say the gesture is too, too late. Approved last week by the City Council, the ...



Smoke from Ferguson fire causing air quality to reach danger level  The Fresno Bee

Smoke from the Ferguson fire caused air quality in Fresno to reach the danger zone for a few hours Tuesday, July 31.



2018 election results: Measure P rejected in Fresno CA  The Fresno Bee

In early results, Fresno CA voters show little support for Measure P, a sales tax effort to help fund city parks and arts programs. The measure needs two-thirds ...



Fresno names interim parks director but remains tight-lipped on departure of former head  Fresno Bee

Parvin Neloms Jr. is out as Fresno, California, city parks director, but citing personnel rules officials won't say why. Neloms came from Miami Gardens.



Valley mourns loss of ‘proud’ firefighter who lost battle with cancer  Fresno Bee

The Kings County (CA) Fire Department announced the death of one of its firefighters February 23, 2019. Keith Hernandez died of rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of ...



South Pasadena High Triple Jumper Finishes 5th in State  South Pasadena Review

South Pasadena News and Local Events - The track and field season officially came to a close last weekend with the conclusion of the 100th California State ...



3 feet of snow forecast for Yosemite National Park this week, weather service says  The Fresno Bee

Three feet of snow is expected to fall on Yosemite National Park in California this week as two storm systems move east from the Pacific. Rain and heavy winds ...



Suspected gas thieves suffer major injuries after SUV plunges into Fresno County creek  Fresno Bee

Coalinga firefighters rescued two suspected gas thieves who were trapped inside an SUV that fell 30 feet down an embankment into a creek early Sunday, ...



Pearl Harbor’s place in history memorialized at Fresno Remembrance Day ceremony  The Fresno Bee

The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony went on Friday at the Fresno VA hospital, but this was the first time that no Pearl Harbor survivors were present ...



Former Fresno TV anchorman dies at 43 years old  The Fresno Bee

Chris Burrous, who anchored two years in Fresno while with KGPE (CBS 47), died Thursday in Southern California at 43 years old.



Man dies from jump off Fresno freeway overpass, CHP reports  The Fresno Bee

A man who jumped off a freeway overpass in Fresno on Friday morning died of his injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.



Tornado touches down in Mariposa County  Fresno Bee

A tornado touched down just outside of Mariposa on Saturday afternoon, the National Weather *Service* said. Officials from the NWS surveyed the area where a ...



She destroyed evidence in the death of a Clovis administrator. She probably won’t go to prison  Fresno Bee

An 18-year-old Fresno woman pleaded no contest Monday for her role in destroying evidence in connection with the hit-and-run death of Clovis Unified ...



Now is ‘a reckoning moment,’ Maria Shriver says at Women’s Conference  The Fresno Bee

California's former first lady, Maria Shriver, urges women to find opportunities in “a challenging political time” at Tuesday's annual Central California Women's ...



Tulare sheriff looks for family of Howard Sherman, found dead in Visalia  The Fresno Bee

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to find relatives of Howard Sherman, 56, who was found unresponsive Dec. 8, 2018 in Visalia ...



Vernon Poochigian Obituary - Bakersfield, CA | Bakersfield Californian  Legacy.com

VERNON POOCHIGIAN 1920 - 2019 A private funeral *service* will be held to honor the life of Vernon "Varkes" Poochigian who passed away peacefully in the ...



Sanger native Tim Chapa returns as city manager  Fresno Bee

Sanger's City Council voted 4-0 in December to hire Sanger native Tim Chapa as the new city manager. Chapa replaced Brian Haddix, who resigned in May ...



Seven-car crash closes Highway 180 near Temperance Avenue  Fresno Bee

A reckless driver slammed into a car on Highway 180 on Sunday on the outskirts of Fresno, then crossed the center divider and struck several oncoming ...



‘We have a homeless emergency.’ Fresno seeks state funds to address crisis  The Fresno Bee

Following a critical Fresno City Council vote declaring a shelter crisis, *service* providers to the city's homeless community may have an opportunity to access ...



Early morning earthquake jolts central San Joaquin Valley. Did you feel it?  The Fresno Bee

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook near Avenal, CA, early Tuesday morning, Nov. 27, 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.



Reedley Fiesta Run shakes out Valley Runner of the Year standings  Vida en el Valle

It wasn't a close contest for Sanger High School cross country coach Sean Marzolf as he sped away with the individual title of the 10th annual Reedley Fiesta ...



How many of your Fresno neighbors are on food stamps, welfare? You may be surprised  The Fresno Bee

In Fresno County, California, more than 1 in 5 households receive food stamps or other food help, according to the US Census Bureau. Also, more than half of ...



Central Valley storm raises flooding concerns for southern Sierra Nevada  Fresno Bee

Central Valley CA storm to bring rainfall across San Joaquin Valley CA and threaten the southern Sierra Nevada with flash flooding.



Local Group Makes Ivy League University Dreams A Reality For Valley Students  Valley Public Radio

High school seniors from across the country are checking their email inboxes this month, eagerly awaiting acceptance letters from colleges and universities.



Wrong shortcut! 5 rescued after trying to drive across San Joaquin River  Fresno Bee

The Fresno County, California, Fire Department had to rescue 5 people after a person driving an SUV tried to cross the San Joaquin River near Mendota as a ...



Apartment destroyed by fire, police hustle to get everyone evacuated  The Modesto Bee

An apartment in southeast Fresno was destroyed in a fire on the Fourth of July, 2018.



Two people killed in Fresno County crash. ‘They hit so hard the engine came out.’  The Fresno Bee

Two people were killed on Thanksgiving eve in Fresno County after a crash involving a big rig during rainy conditions, according to the California Highway ...



Black in Fresno: A ‘silent crisis’ that’s getting worse  The Fresno Bee

A report published by 24/7 Wall St earlier in November ranked Fresno CA as the nation's 10th worst city for black Americans. African American residents in ...



Tulare hospital opens its doors to patients after being closed for a year  The Fresno Bee

Tulare Regional Medical Center re-opened Monday under new management a year after closing its doors. The reopening of the 112-bed hospital in Tulare ...



Fire destroys Sanger baby food plant, company plans to regroup  Fresno Bee

A fire early Sunday morning destroyed a block-long complex of buildings where Initiative Foods produces its specialty baby food products in central Sanger.



Sanger mayor resigns, cites conflict with City Council members  Fresno Bee

Sanger Mayor Joshua Mitchell said Wednesday he plans to resign, citing persistent conflicts with three other council members that he said had driven out top city ...



Driver dies after car overturns into Fresno County canal, CHP says  Modesto Bee

A Selma man died after his car overturned in a Fresno County canal Monday evening, the coroner reported. He was identified as 22-year-old Luis Garcia.



Body of man recovered from canal in southwest Fresno  The Fresno Bee

Fresno police Wednesday recovered the body of a man from a canal at Nielsen and Hughes avenues in southwest Fresno. Lt. Mark Hudson said the recovery ...



Selma High names new boys basketball coach | Selma Enterprise  Hanford Sentinel

SELMA - Johnny Vargas is the new boys basketball coach at Selma High School.



Grass fire reaches 116 acres north of Fresno, briefly threatens homes  Fresno Bee

Fire crews were attempting to put out a wildfire Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Madera County, CA. It quickly burned 116 acres of grassland and briefly threatened ...



Where are California’s ‘high-threat’ volcanoes? Closer to Fresno than you may think  Fresno Bee

Californians have gotten used to the ground beneath their feet flinching spasmodically from earthquakes that occasionally ripple from seismic faults. Far less ...



Are you part of a shrinking ‘middle class’? You might be surprised  The Fresno Bee

The “middle class” is a popular rhetorical point for politicians at the local, state and national levels. But it's a phrase that's often used without context: who, or what ...



Fresno County sheriff: One teen found, other still missing  The Fresno Bee

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to find 14-year-old Santana Mares, reported as a missing runaway. She was last seen Monday, ...



‘There is nothing safe about this proposal.’ California leaders vow to fight EPA  Fresno Bee

California vowed to fight the Trump Administration's proposed lessening of vehicle emission rules at a hearing in Fresno on Monday, the first of three scheduled ...



California medical board cites mental illness in suspending Visalia doctor’s license  The Fresno Bee

The Medical Board of California has suspended the license of a Visalia family physician after a hearing to determine his ability to safely practice medicine.



Two California families awarded $253 million in lawsuit against dialysis corporation  Merced Sun-Star

The family of a Chowchilla man who said he died of a cardiac arrest after treatment at a DaVita Inc. dialysis clinic has been awarded $127 million in damages by ...



Man dies after fall into Merced River in Yosemite National Park during government shutdown  The Fresno Bee

The federal government shutdown is affecting the investigation into the death of a man who died from a head injury after falling into the Merced River on ...



CA immigrants fear proposed Trump public benefits rule | Fresno  The Tribune

A proposed Trump administration rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to become legal residents if they get government benefits has Fresno ...



You’ll pay more for insurance in 2019, but rate hikes aren’t as bad as this year  The Fresno Bee

Consumers buying health insurance in the individual market in the central San Joaquin Valley will see rate increases for monthly premiums in 2019 — but less ...



Harold Arthur Nielsen | Obituaries | hanfordsentinel.com  Hanford Sentinel

Harold Arthur Nielsen. March 23, 1946 - October 3, 2018. Harold Arthur Nielsen was born March 23, 1946, in Eugene, Oregon, the third child of Peter and Dagny ...



Plane leaves Chandler, makes emergency belly landing at Fresno Yosemite International Airport  Fresno Bee

A pilot was forced to make an emergency “belly” landing on a runway at Fresno Yosemite International airport on Sunday afternoon. The pilot and a passenger ...



At least one killed in Tulare County crash, CHP reports  The Fresno Bee

At least one person was killed on Wednesday during a traffic accident in Tulare County.



Sentenced to death twice, Visalia murderer dies in prison. But not how courts intended  The Fresno Bee

A man whose own father once advocated for his death and was convicted of three killings has died in prison Friday. Robert Acremant — on death row in Oregon ...



When Valley law enforcement used force in 2017, deaths were more frequent than statewide  The Fresno Bee

About one out of every four civilians against whom law enforcement used force in California last year were killed. But in Valley counties, civilian deaths in such ...



After nearly two years since it was burned down, Livingstone’s may be set to reopen  The Fresno Bee

Livingstone's Restaurant & Pub, which was set on fire and burned down back in Dec. 2016, could be set to re-open Dec. 5.



Fresno girl declared missing is located and now safe at home  The Fresno Bee

Tanya Sidhu, 14, was last seen outside a Fresno FoodMaxx at Shaw and Feland avenues around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Anyone with information ...



Sean Marzoff, María E. Rodríguez recognized among Valley's best runners  Vida en el Valle

Ken Takeuchi, who has been at the helm of the Valley Runner of the Year series since he launched it 32 years ago, is not bothered that one race drew only 47 ...



Election: Fresno County voters defy blue registration tilt  The Fresno Bee

Despite a Democratic registration advantage of about 21000, over Republicans, Fresno County's election results show county voting trends tilted more red than ...



Rural job creator – or competition killer? Proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger examined  The Fresno Bee

Fresno City Hall hosted on Jan. 15 one of three statewide hearings on how the potential merging of two of the four largest nationwide cell phone carriers would ...



Should Fresno tax marijuana operations? Voters to decide in November  The Fresno Bee

The city council in Fresno, California on Thursday, June 14, 2018 voted to put a cannabis business license tax measure on the November ballot.



Judge orders Fresno sheriff to wait on releasing records on police shooting, misconduct cases  Fresno Bee

A Fresno CA Superior Court Judge ordered Fresno County to withhold any sheriff's office records related to misconduct or officer-involved shootings before Jan.



Visalia nursing home leaves patient on toilet to fall, resulting in death, state says  The Fresno Bee

The California Department of Public Health has fined Redwood Springs Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing home in Visalia, $100,000 for a patient death.



2-year-old dies after accidentally shooting self in northwest Fresno home  The Fresno Bee

A 2-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head Saturday afternoon, July 7, 2018, at a northwest Fresno, CA home, police said.



‘Hotshot’ leader killed in Ferguson Fire remembered as ‘one of the best’  Merced Sun-Star

Brian Hughes, a 33-year-old captain on an elite hotshot fire crew battling the Ferguson fire, was remembered Monday as “one of the best.” He was struck and ...



Woman escapes house fire in southwest Fresno  The Fresno Bee

A woman was the only person home when a fire broke out in a house in Fresno, Calif. on Dec. 18, the fire department said.



Is ICE watching you? Police around California are sharing license plate info with agents, says ACLU  Fresno Bee

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing CA police departments including Tulare, Merced & Manteca and the Stanislaus County sheriff of helping ...



Fresno drive-by shooting injures two males, police say  Fresno Bee

Two males were injured Tuesday evening in a drive-by shooting reported near Alamos and Marks avenues, Fresno police say.



Applauded by students and staff on his last day, Fresno officer promoted to sergeant  The Fresno Bee

Fresno police officer Conrado Martin, after leaving his job as a school resource officer at Cooper Academy to the accolades of students and staff, was promoted ...



Golf course fire causes heartburn at Tulare farm show grounds  The Fresno Bee

A fire in a large pile of debris on the golf course next to the showgrounds of the International Agri-Center in Tulare, CA, caused a little heartburn on the Fourth of ...



Two children die in separate backyard drowning tragedies in Fresno County  Fresno Bee

Two children, ages 2 and 3, have died in separate backyard drowning incidents, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said Monday, June 25, 2018.



Fort Washington Elementary hosting a gathering to remember school administrator  The Fresno Bee

Fort Washington Elementary will host an event to celebrate the life of school administrator Gavin Gladding on Friday afternoon.



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