County News 2010

June 24, 2010
Tulare County Joins Effort to Crackdown on Boating Under the Influence

Tulare County will join a nationwide effort this weekend to step up its enforcement on boating under the influence infractions.

“The goal to raise awareness of the importance of being safe on the water,” said Neil Pilegard, Tulare County Parks Manager. “The health and safety of our public is and will remain the County's number one priority.”
California boating law enforcement officers, as part of a national coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement known as Operation Dry Water, will be out in force the weekend of June 25-27 looking for boat operators whose blood alcohol concentration exceeds the state limit of .08 percent.

June 22, 2010
Free Animal Disease Response Training Offered in August

Responders who play a critical role in containing and recovering from an animal disease outbreak have an opportunity to take a free training course in August. Registration is limited to 150 people.

June 21, 2010
District Two Supervisor Elected Chair of TCAG

Pete Vander Poel, the District Two representative on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, was elected today chair of the Tulare County Association of Governments, or TCAG, for the next two years.

June 9, 2010
2009 Tulare County Annual Crop and Livestock Report
June 8, 2010
2010 Step Up Service Learning Grant Programs Underway

A group of Green Acres Middle School students are learning the value of community service this summer.
A dozen students will spend at least two weeks beautifying their campus by repainting baseball dugouts and door safety lines, removing on-campus graffiti, cleaning the school’s multi-purpose room, and assisting the school’s custodian. This is just one project funded by a Step Up Service Learning Grant, a Tulare County Board of Supervisors-funded program that aims to support service-learning projects that address gang activity and youth at-risk of joining a gang.

June 3, 2010
Gavin Iacono Promoted to Tulare County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner

Gavin Iacono has been promoted to the position of Deputy Agricultural Commissioner by Tulare’s Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer, Marilyn Kinoshita.

Iacono, formerly a District Supervisor with the Ag Commissioner's office, will assume his new position June 7, 2010.

Gavin will be in charge of one of the department’s most-demanding positions that include fruit and vegetable inspection, quarantine compliance, export inspection, insect detection, vertebrate pest control, crop statistics, and the glassy-winged sharpshooter control program.

June 3, 2010
USDA Funds to Provide Boost for Ivanhoe Youth Center

Ivanhoe, a small unincorporated community in north Tulare County, will receive a $200,000 boost to repair and renovate the community’s only youth center.

Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors Steve Worthley, who represents Ivanhoe, said officials with United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Department informed Tulare County this week about a $200,000 grant award in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

The $200,000 grant award will be used to repair and renovate a building recently acquired by Tulare County, which will be operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tulare County as a youth center. The funding will be used for construction of a games room, classroom, computer learning center, art room, “Kids Café,” and kitchen. A new heating and air conditioning until will be installed and insulation and structural improvements will also be made.

 “This funding will serve as a tremendous benefit to the community of Ivanhoe,” Chairman Worthley said. “Tulare County will continue to strive to provide positive activities for our youth.”

May 28, 2010
Phone Number Changes for Tulare County's HHSA

Nine Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) phone numbers will change starting June 1, 2010.

May 28, 2010
Tulare County General Plan Update 2030 Comment Period Closed

Tulare County's Draft General Plan Update 2030 60-day public review period closed yesterday, May 27, 2010.

At least 30 letters that contain written comments have been submitted to the Tulare County Resource Management Agency (RMA) - the county department in charge of drafting and circulating the document. The RMA plans to review, consider and provide responses to these written comments in a proposed Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on this project, as required under law. 

May 27, 2010
Weather Conditions Keep Balch Park and Mountain Home Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

Due to unusual cold and snowy conditions, the campgrounds at Balch Park and Mountain Home will remain closed this Memorial Day weekend. Snow in excess of four feet in the campgrounds and ice has prevented the opening.  The ponds at Balch Park and Hedrick are frozen over.

Normally the campgrounds open two weeks prior to Memorial Day Weekend.  Opening has not been delayed like this since the early 1990’s.