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Sheriff's plane crashes; pilot and observer perish

Two Tulare County Sheriff’s Department employees, one a deputy and the other a pilot, died Wednesday afternoon when the Sheriff’s Department’s airplane crashed into the side of a mountain just east of Eagle Feather Trading Post above Success Lake.

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Vehicle impounds down with new law; 605,000 undocumented residents get driver’s license
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 9:04 am

A positive result from the law which allows the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented residents is fewer vehicles are being impounded in the Porterville area.

Feinstein introduces drought relief bill; House waits for Senate to act
Posted: February 11, 2016

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced the California Long-Term Provisions for Water Supply and Short-Term Provisions for Emergency Drought Relief Act, an updated bill to provide both long- and short-term solutions to the historic drought in California.

Ivanhoe shooting: One dead, one wounded
Posted: February 11, 2016

A woman is in critical condition with a gunshot wound and the man believed to be her assailant is dead after an incident in Ivanhoe late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Man arrested for molestation
Posted: February 11, 2016

A Three Rivers man was arrested on molestation charges Monday, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Home ransacked
Posted: February 11, 2016

A home in the 300 block of South Adams Road in Tipton was forcibly entered and ransacked, but nothing was stolen, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

Wednesday 02/10/2016
Plane crash has 190 closed in both directions
Updated: February 11, 2016 - 9:02 am

A plane crash just above the Eagle Feather Trading Post in Porterville has Highway 190 closed in both directions.

Something for everybody at 49th Annual World Ag Expo
Posted: February 10, 2016

There was something for everyone at the 49th Annual Ag Expo in Tulare on Tuesday. 

Under a clear sky in unseasonably warm temperatures for February, crowds jammed between booths and exhibits for seemingly miles. 

Dry spell not a concern, yet
Posted: February 10, 2016

No rain for next 7 days at least

In this El Niño year no one expected Mother Nature to turn off the spigot, but that is what has occurred this month and while no one is panicking, the dry spell is raising some concerns.

Young boy drowns in canal in Poplar
Posted: February 10, 2016

An 8-year-old boy died Sunday after he fell into a canal in Poplar on Friday.

Two shot, two males sought
Posted: February 10, 2016

Police are searching for two Hispanic males wanted in connection with a shooting that wounded two adult brothers in Porterville on Monday.

Officials urge travelers to take preccautions in wake of Zika virus
Posted: February 10, 2016

Tulare County Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught urges community members who are traveling to Mexico, Central America, and South America to take precautions against mosquito bites to prevent contracting the Zika virus.

Brent Gill commentary: Calf on the Rocks
Posted: February 10, 2016

We’ve had several calves born on the ranch in the past couple of months. Our new herd sire, Mr. Boo, has put his undeniable genetic mark on each one.

Youth killed in ATV collision identified
Posted: February 10, 2016

PORTERVILLE — The 15-year-old Porterville boy killed when the all terrain motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle Sunday near Earlimart, has been identified.

Porterville Crime Blotter: 2/8/16
Posted: February 10, 2016

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Vehicle Burglary

Officers responded at 10:06 a.m. to In-Shape City to a report of a vehicle burglary in the parking lot. The victim told officers a purse was stolen from a vehicle.

Juvenile wanted for threatening
Posted: February 10, 2016

SPRINGVILLE — Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a known juvenile who allegedly pointed a handgun and threatened an adult male victim in Springville on Monday.

Tuesday 02/09/2016
Mountain road challenge
Posted: February 09, 2016

Officials preach caution 

Mountain roads can be treacherous. A rockslide on Jan.26 that temporarily blocked traffic on Highway 190 east of Springville served as a reminder to local motorists.

A super day for Monte Reyes
Posted: February 09, 2016

Porterville councilman works at the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 50 included a bit of Porterville talent Sunday, as City Councilman Monte Reyes plied his airbrushing gift to fans in the Game Day Tailgate Area before the big game.

$20 million awarded for citrus greening research
Posted: February 09, 2016

Early detection is main priority

State ag secretary to attend WAE
Posted: February 09, 2016

U.S. deputy secretary of ag will also attend

A World Ag Expo in Tulare seminar Wednesday will feature one of the nation’s top agriculture leaders, along with the state’s secretary of agriculture.

Memorial Ball to honor fallen soldier
Posted: February 09, 2016

A Valentine’s Day memorial ball will be held Saturday to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of one of Porterville’s fallen soldiers — U.S. Army Spc. Jose Pardo, a 2009 Granite Hills High School graduate.

PUSD announces kindergarten registration dates
Posted: February 09, 2016

Porterville Unified School District has scheduled kindergarten registration for the district’s 10 elementary schools.

Five wounded in two shootings
Posted: February 09, 2016

Five persons were wounded by gunfire Friday in a pair of shootings being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

Shed burglarized
Posted: February 09, 2016

FARMERSVILLE — A tool box and tools were stolen from a detached shed outside a home in the 16700 block of Teresa Street in Farmersville on Saturday.

Porterville teen dies in four-wheeler crash
Posted: February 09, 2016

PIXLEY — A 15-year-old male died Sunday after the quad-runner ATV he was riding collided with a vehicle on Road 136 south of Avenue 84. According to the California Highway Patrol, the male was driving the ATV on the dirt shoulder of Road 136 when for some reason he made an abrupt right turn into the northbound lane of Road 136 directly into the path of a 2004 Acura TSX driven by Angelica Lopez, 38, of Lancaster. The male was ejected from the ATV and transported by a family member to Delano Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet. The Acura had three other passengers with no injuries reported.

Lindsay teacher tours plants
Posted: February 09, 2016

Career Technical and Vocational Education teachers from 12 Central Valley High Schools, including John Boydstun of Lindsay High, participated in Advanced Manufacturing 101 this past month.

PC offers late-start sessions
Posted: February 09, 2016

Porterville College (PC) is offering several late-start classes for new and returning students. Late-start classes offer a semester’s worth of units in half the time.

Burglary suspects arrested
Posted: February 09, 2016

Porterville police officers made three arrests Sunday in connection with a commercial burglary at a laundromat in the 200 block of West Olive Avenue.

 

Eagle Mountain Casino trip slated
Posted: February 09, 2016

The Porterville Historical Museum will sponsor a bus trip to Eagle Mountain Casino on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

WestAir Charter bases a plane at Porterville
Posted: February 09, 2016

WestAir Charter, a division of Western Aircraft, has announced a Pilatus PC-12 plane is now available for charter in Porterville.

Home burglarized
Posted: February 09, 2016

PORTERVILLE — Jewelry and other items were stolen from a home in the 1300 block of Clare Street near Porterville.

Democratic Club will meet today
Posted: February 09, 2016

PORTERVILLE — The Porterville Democratic Club will be holding its regular monthly meeting at the Pizza Factory today.

Police dog finds suspected narcotics
Posted: February 09, 2016

TERRA BELLA — Two men were arrested after a police dog found suspected narcotics in a vehicle after a traffic stop by Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies in Terra Bella on Friday.

Juvenile resists arrest
Posted: February 09, 2016

EARLIMART — A male juvenile from Earlimart was arrested on multiple charges after he ran from Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday.

Trio arrested
Posted: February 09, 2016

PIXLEY — Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies made multiple arrests after serving a felony warrant in the 300 block of Compton Avenue in Pixley at 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Porterville Crime Blotter: 2/4/16 - 2/6/16
Posted: February 09, 2016

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Under the Influence

Officers contacted an adult male in the area of Oak Avenue and Hockett Street at 7:19 a.m. He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Monday 02/08/2016
Granite Hills High School wins Academic Decathlon championship
Posted: February 08, 2016

VISALIA – After a one-year departure from Porterville, the Tulare County Academic Decathlon champion trophy is back in Porterville – an honor made possible by the eight members of the Granite Hills High School academic decathlon team.

World Ag Expo begins Tuesday
Posted: February 08, 2016

For 48 years World Ag Expo, formerly the Farm Equipment Show, in Tulare has served as a sounding board for agriculture, as well as the largest farm show in the world.

Don Curlee comentary: Farmers detect political drift
Posted: February 08, 2016

Although most farmers prefer farming to politics they know that the political process affects them directly, so they try to keep an eye on it. What they are detecting currently is a noticeable drift, particularly in California.

Milk remains No. 1 in state; Tulare County holds on to top ranking
Posted: February 08, 2016

It is no coincidence that milk is the state’s top ag commodity and Tulare County is the state’s leading ag producer.

January Fire Watch: Abandoned home goes up in flames
Posted: February 08, 2016

The Porterville Fire Department (PFD) responded to 378 411 calls during the month of January, down from the 411 calls in December. Of those calls, 249 were calls for emergency aid. This is a significant reduction from January 2015 when there had been 474 service calls including 15 fires and 337 EMS incidents.

Livestock Symposium slated
Posted: February 08, 2016

UC Cooperative Extension is hosting its annual Southern San Joaquin Livestock Symposium on Feb. 25 at the Exeter Veterans Memorial Building in Exeter.

Michelle Le Strange commentary: Potato-growing tips
Posted: February 08, 2016

One potato, two potato, three potato, four: it’s time to plant potatoes for a family of four. Did you know that a dozen well-tended plants can yield as much as sixty pounds of potatoes? Of course, it helps to have years of potato growing experience to make that claim. But if you’ve never grown potatoes before, a dozen plants are very manageable and unearthing 30 pounds of spuds will be equally exciting.

Peyton Ellas commentary: Spring in the native plant garden
Posted: February 08, 2016

When we think of spring, we think of flowers, don’t we? All around us, our native plants are growing well and developing what will soon be a great floral show.

Cattle inventory in U.S. up 3 percent from 2015
Posted: February 08, 2016

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2016 –As of January 1, there were 92.0 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms, according to the Cattle report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Saturday 02/06/2016
Drought relief elusive
Posted: February 06, 2016

No answers for East Porterville

A state analysis warns that some sectors hit hardest by California’s drought may not see relief this year.

Literacy makes lives easier
Posted: February 06, 2016

Library offering tutoring for adults

Porterville Library’s Adult Literacy Program is making lives easier for area adults. The program, which started with only one or two classes a week, is now holding daily literacy and tutoring classes.

Injunction aims to curb gangs in Earlimart
Posted: February 06, 2016

A dozen homicides and nine attempted homicides in three years prompted Tulare County law enforcement to take steps Friday to reduce the presence of gangs in the community of Earlimart.

Tulare man guilty of molestation
Posted: February 06, 2016

A Tulare County jury found a Tulare man guilty of five counts of child molestation on Thursday.

Donnie Moore commentary: No More Waiting
Posted: February 06, 2016

Gone are the days of setting your alarm clock nice and early just to rush to the Heritage Center before 7 a.m. in order to sign up your child for a youth sports league. 

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