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Fifth Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup September 21

(Auburn) – About 3,500 volunteers are expected to head to the banks of Sierra rivers, lakes and streams Sept. 21 for the fifth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC).

During the first four years nearly 15,000 volunteers joined together to clear more than 550 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada.  Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and 1,280 river miles to remove appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, shopping carts and plastic items from the rivers and streams that supply California with more than 60 percent of its water.

This effort, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source to the sea.

Thunderstorm Rolls Through Lemoore

Thunderstorm Rolls Through Lemoore

Celeste Swift snapped this photo of the sky over Lemoore on Monday afternoon

Increased Threat From West Nile Virus In Lemoore

Increased Threat From West Nile Virus In Lemoore

The Kings Mosquito Abatement District’s is reporting a

significant increase is West Nile virus activity in the City of Lemoore. Over the

last few weeks several dead crows reported by the public have tested positive for

West Nile virus. Additionally, several mosquito samples collected by the District

in the City of Lemoore have also tested positive for WNV over the last week.

"We are very concerned about the rapid increase in activity," said Michael

Cavanagh, District Manager. "We are considering all options available to prevent

human infection, including aerial and ground based fogging."

Although District staff is larviciding all known breeding sites on a regular basis to

Don't Forget to Keep Your Pets Cool During This Extreme Heat

Don't Forget to Keep Your Pets Cool During This Extreme Heat

Remember that when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for them. Cats and dogs do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means animals must work hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. If your best friend has a shorter nose, like Persian cats and English Bulldogs, he is more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses. This can occur very quickly for those breeds.

 

Be on the Look Out for Yellow Fever Mosquitoes

Kings Mosquito Abatement District Urges Residents to be on the Look Out

for the Yellow Fever Mosquito

 

HANFORD, CA - - The Kings Mosquito Abatement District is urging residents of

Kings County to be on the look out for a mosquito species recently detected in

Madera and Clovis- the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.

Get Money to Trade in Your Old Lawn Mower For a New, Electric One

Get Money to Trade in Your Old Lawn Mower For a New, Electric One

Back by popular demand, the Air District’s Clean Green Yard Machines program opens June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.

 

The program removes older, polluting, gas-powered lawn mowers from use and replaces them with emission-free, cordless, electric mowers at significantly reduced cost to Valley consumers.

 

"This is, by far, our most popular consumer program, and with this historic funding level, we’re able to help more Valley residents," said Samir Sheikh, the Air District’s director of incentive programs.

 

The program has been retooled from a voucher-based incentive program to a rebate program, and consumers can select from a wide range of mowers to replace their gas-powered mowers. Rebates are granted on a sliding scale up to $250, depending on the price of the new mower.

Blossom Trail 2013!

Blossom Trail 2013!

Grab the tissue, antihistimine, sunglasses, camera and maybe even a picnic and enjoy the Fresno County Blossom Trail