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It's too late for the current drought, but an ambitious water bank project in the southern San Joaquin Valley would give farmers a supplemental supply in future dry spells. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation kick-started the water bank with a $6.65 million pledge toward a 560-acre recharge basin between Earlimart and Tulare east of Highway 99. Water from the Friant-Kern Canal would be piped to the basin and percolate into the soil, and in dry years the water would be pumped out so farmers could irrigate orchards and crops. Comment?
A man was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound to his head in an orchard in Tulare County early Tuesday morning, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office said. The man was found near the area of Avenue 72, east of Road 120, in Pixley around 8:45 a.m., officials said. Comment?
A trailer broke free from a big rig and spilled a load of glass bottles across the northbound lanes of Highway 99 near Pixley early Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol said. Ronald Franken, 57, of La Mirada, was traveling just south of Avenue 120, when he told officers he may have dozed off around 3 a.m. as his 2001 Peterbilt drifted toward the center divider, the CHP said. Comment?
Deputies are investigating a theft of $4,250 worth of beehives from an orchard in Pixley, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office said. On Feb. 29, deputies responded to a grand theft at the 12000 block of Avenue 72, just east of Road 120, in Pixley around 4:30 p.m. During the investigation, deputies learned one or more suspects had stolen 17 bee hives, valued at $250 each, while they were being used to pollinate a nearby orchard. Comment?
Following a tipster's complaint, Tulare County has been ordered to halt demolition of an old building in Pixley park until it is checked for asbestos. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a notice of violation Monday and directed the county to stop work, air district spokeswoman Jaime Holt said Wednesday. Comment?
A rookie deputy who recently completed a CPR class used that training to save the life of a 2-year-old boy, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said Monday. About 3:20 a.m. Friday, deputies Bryan De Haan and Marc Terrenos answered a call from Pixley that a 2-year-old boy was not breathing. Comment?
Tulare County Sheriff's Deputy Osvaldo Gomez is a hero in the eyes of the family of an elderly woman he found lost, confused and far from home. Late last month, Gomez, a deputy at the Pixley substation, drove to Tipton to check on a report of a disoriented elderly woman. Comment?
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