County News 2011

May 27, 2011
Tulare County Fire Department: Minutes Matter Video

May 27, 2011

The Tulare County Fire Department is pleased to present its new "Minutes Matter" video.

 

May 24, 2011
3rd Annual Step Up Goshen & Unite Scheduled for Thursday

May 24, 2011

Goshen will be the site of a Step Up gang awareness and prevention event this week.

The Third Annual Step Up Goshen & Unite Summit will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Goshen Elementary School, 6505 Ave. 308 in Visalia.

Supervisor Steve Worthley, who represents Goshen, said the goal of the event is to inspire Tulare County families to live violence- and drug-free lifestyles, pursue educational achievement and connect to their community in a positive manner.

“We know that these events are important because they promote dialogue and awareness in the community, but follow up is equally important,” Supervisor Worthley said. “Having a third Step Up event demonstrates that ongoing gang education and prevention efforts is a priority in Goshen.”

May 12, 2011
Tulare County To Reopen Kings River on Friday

May 12, 2011

Tulare County Parks officials say water conditions in the Kings River will allow the waterway to reopen to recreational users this Friday.

Parks Manager Neil Pilegard said the conditions of the Kings River were carefully reviewed by Tulare County Sheriff's Department and General Services Staff this week. The river water levels have returned to a reasonable level to allow the reopening of the river.

“The Kings River Water Master's Office expects the flow to continue near current levels or continue to drop over the course of the summer,” Pilegard said. “This is great news for all the folks wanting to go boating, jet skiing, fishing, floating, and swimming.”

May 12, 2011
Free Coupon Booklets Available for Local Farmers' Markets

May 12, 2011

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program has issued a limited number of coupon booklets for Tulare and Kings County, good for purchases made through November 30, 2011, at any Certified Farmers’ Market.

Coupons can be used only to purchase items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, or honey and cannot be exchanged for cash or other items.

May 6, 2011
County To Premiere "The Mexican Farm Worker Experience in Tulare County"

May 6, 2011

Tulare County’s History of Farm Labor and Agriculture Museum at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia will premiere a new exhibit exploring the contributions to Tulare County agriculture made by Mexican farm workers.

The exhibit, “Hands of Harvest: The Mexican Farm Worker Experience in Tulare County,” will debut from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14. In conjunction with the new exhibit, the City of Visalia will be hosting its 20th Annual Dia del Nino event. The event will include live entertainment, bounce houses and information booths. Admission to the park and museum will be free.

May 6, 2011
County Equips Job Seekers With Tools for Employment

May 6, 2011

Tulare County’s job hunters seeking tips on employment should look no further than a box.

That’s the message Tulare County Library and Tulare County Workforce Investment Board officials want to convey when they unveil the “Job in a Box” at 10:30 a.m. on May 10 at the Visalia Employment Connection, 4025 W. Noble Ave. in Visalia. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Deputy County Librarian Jeff Scott said the Job in a Box is a freestanding, automated book-dispensing machine that allows library members to borrow and return books and media using a library card. Each machine will include 300 books that will focus on workforce needs, from resume writing, to interviewing, to career discovery.

“Job hunting can be a tedious and stressful process for anyone,” Scott said. “The Job in a Box is another tool we want to offer Tulare County’s residents seeking employment.”

April 29, 2011
Assessor Warns Homeowners of Mailer

April 29, 2011

Tulare County’s property owners should avoid a mailer in which a company is asking for $25 fee to file a home owner’s exemption application which can be completed for free, Tulare County Assessor/Clerk-Record Roland Hill announced today.

Hill said the mailer, from Property Tax Assessor’s Corp., offers to assist homeowners in obtaining a homeowner’s exemption for $25.

“This isn’t the first time that this company has mailed out such offers,” Hill said. “Naturally, this service is provided free of charge by the Assessor’s Office.”

April 26, 2011
Redistricting Committee to Host Three Public Meetings

April 26, 2011

Residents will have three opportunities in the next two weeks to voice their opinions on what criteria should be used to draw Tulare County’s supervisorial district lines.

Tulare County supervisorial districts are reviewed and redrawn every 10 years based upon the United States Census information. These district boundaries define the political representation on the Board of Supervisors.  The purpose of the three outreach meetings is to receive public input on which criteria the committee should use.  No maps or lines will be discussed at the outreach events.

April 22, 2011
Green Jobs Training to be Offered at Porterville College

April 22, 2011

The Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB) announced it will help provide training for long-term unemployed or previously laid-off workers for careers in renewable energy.  The course will consist of a two-week pre-apprenticeship training, beginning May 23, and a five-week introduction to power technologies, called PowerTech, beginning June 13.

"We are very enthused to be able to collaborate with Kern Community College District and Porterville College on this great opportunity," said Adam Peck, Executive Director of the WIB.  "The green jobs sector is going to be a growth industry in Tulare County and the Central Valley."

April 19, 2011
Household Waste Clean Up Event Scheduled on Saturday

April 19, 2011

Tulare County is hosting a free Household Hazardous Waste Clean Up Event on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Dinuba Fire Station, 40404 Road 80, Dinuba. This free collection event will take place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.