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February 14, 2014 | By Diana Marcum and Evan Halper
FIREBAUGH, Calif. - Standing Friday afternoon on cracked, parched earth where melons would usually grow, President Obama brought both a message of aid and an ominous warning to drought-stricken California as he outlined more than $160 million in federal assistance. The directives include aid for ranchers struggling to feed their livestock because of the drought, and for food banks serving families in hard-hit areas. Obama also called on U.S. government facilities in California to curb water use. "These actions will help.
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SPORTS
June 8, 1997
Justin Savitt slugged a 3-2 pitch for a home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Central Valley a 5-4 victory over Van Nuys East in a District 20 game Saturday at Notre Dame High. Casey Roth had a two-run double in the sixth for Central Valley (6-0), which rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the final three innings to hand Van Nuys East (4-1) its first defeat. Mike Schultz (2-0) scattered seven hits for Central Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
In unrelated accidents, two trains were struck by vehicles within 10 miles and a few hours of each other in the Central Valley on Monday, authorities said. In the first accident, dozens of passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries when a big rig carrying cotton gin trash collided with an Amtrak train. On what Amtrak calls the San Joaquin Route - which runs between the Bay Area and Bakersfield - a train carrying about 170 passengers had just left the Hanford station about 12:20 p.m. when the big rig heading west on Kansas Avenue failed to stop at the crossing and plowed into its side, said California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Jobinger.
NEWS
March 24, 1989
Substantial rainfall in Northern and Central California during the last few weeks will enable the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to increase water deliveries to Central Valley farmers to 80% of normal and fully meet its contracts with most municipal customers, federal officials said. "Thank God for the rain," said Jason Peltier, head of the Central Valley Water Assn. "We're out of what was really a crisis situation. . . ."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
ARVIN, Calif. - Every day, the trucks rumble into the Central Valley by the dozens, chugging over the Grapevine loaded with lawn clippings from Beverly Hills, sewage sludge from Los Angeles and rotting yogurt and vegetables from around Southern California. Los Angeles officials and others say the daily caravan is an essential step toward recycling thousands of tons of urban waste and turning it into compost and fertilizer in California's vast agrarian middle. But increasingly, residents of the Central Valley and other rural areas object to the stream of semis and their unpleasant cargo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
UC Merced wants a medical school to increase the number of physicians in the Central Valley. The area from Bakersfield to Sacramento has 30% fewer physicians and half as many specialists for its population as other regions, a UC Merced study shows. "The resources are already stretched to their limits," said Dale Bishop, assistant health officer for San Joaquin County Public Health Services. The UC report found that physicians are tend to stay where they complete training.
REAL ESTATE
February 18, 2007 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Who says home-price appreciation is screeching to a halt all over California? Those who don't know about Wasco, that's who. Located 139 miles north of Los Angeles near Bakersfield and dubbed the Rose Capital of the Nation, the city ranked No. 1 in the state for home-price appreciation in 2006, according to data of areas with more than 100 sales compiled by a La Jolla-based research firm. Prices of resale homes in that Central Valley ZIP Code of 93280 jumped 53.
NEWS
March 13, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A survey of low-income families has turned up evidence that more than 66,000 children in California's Central Valley regularly go hungry, anti-poverty researchers said Tuesday. Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) called the finding especially disturbing because of the area's thriving farm industry. "The Central Valley is in many ways the food basket of the entire country," Roberti said at a press conference.
NEWS
March 13, 1999 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The $100,000 in prize money sounds sweet. Yet something else is attracting architects and planners from Italy, India, Massachusetts and Oklahoma to a unique contest designing the future of California's Central Valley. Entrants say they are drawn by the challenge of steering a 21st century land rush that is expected to add as many as 10 million people in the next four decades to the largely agricultural region.
TRAVEL
February 5, 2006
"EACH New Year's, our group of 10 longtime friends goes off to celebrate at some congenial spot. This year we discovered a wonderful small-town experience in Hanford, in California's Central Valley. "We stayed at the Irwin Street Inn, a bed-and-breakfast made up of four turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. Interesting civic buildings, a strong sense of history and community, and a charming old inn at very reasonable prices make Hanford well worth exploring." Doubles from $94.50.
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