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Slow Down on Kings River in Tulare County

Slow Down on Kings River in Tulare County

If you're planning to cool off on the Kings River this weekend -- heads up!

Low water levels mean lower speeds on the Kings River this Memorial Day Weekend.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department will enforce a 5 mph speed limit for all vessels.

Tulare County Parks Manager Neil Pilegard said the reduced speed limit will be lifted once the flows in the Kings River reach 800 cubic feet per second (cfs).

It is measured at the Highway 99 bridge crossing, in Kingsburg.

The Kings River Watermaster estimates flows will remain at this level at least through the end of May.

Children's Hospital Needs NEW Stuffed Animals

Children's Hospital Needs NEW Stuffed Animals

Children's Hospital of Central California has a need, and this one goes right to the core of the hospital's mission: the children that need it and use it.

The hospital is running very low of one particular thing that children want when they are sick: cuddly, stuffed animals.

The hospital can ONLY accept new ones. It won't take used ones because of fear of bringing infections and other bad things into the facility.

The hospital is also in need of other things for the children. Here is a link to the Children's Hospital website so you can see what's needed and how to help: http://waystogive.childrenscentralcal.org/InKindGifts

Gusty Winds Hit The Valley; Blowing Dust Possible

Gusty Winds Hit The Valley; Blowing Dust Possible

Local air-pollution officials are advising people in the Valley to be careful because gusty winds are expected in the area through Wednesday evening.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust in the following counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern.

Blowing dust can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter. Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

The Valley Air District says adults and children should avoid being outdoors for a long period of time.

For more information, visit valleyair.org.

Casino Jobs Up For Grabs In Clovis

Casino Jobs Up For Grabs In Clovis

Are you in the market for a job? You may want to head to Clovis because a casino is looking to fill dozens of positions.

The 500 Club Casino will hold a job fair on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 2 p.m., at its new site -- 771 W. Shaw Avenue (northeast corner of Shaw and Willow).

Some of the jobs available include: managers, supervisors, dealers, hosts, bartenders, chefs, dishwashers and security guards.

Applications will be available at the job fair.

Applicants must be 21 or older. The casino is asking applicants to take along a state issued ID or driver's license, social security card, resume, pen and paper.

The Clovis Police Department will do a criminal background check on each applicant.

Visalia Salvation Army Ripped Off

Thieves broke into the Visalia Salvation Army center and got away with several thousand dollars worth of equipment.

It happened sometime Wednesday night at the center located in the 1500 block of West Main Street.

Some of the items that were stolen include computers, musical instruments, a camera and a video projector, a Salvation Army spokesperson said.

Anyone with information on this burglary is urged to call the Visalia Police Department.

Power Back On In Downtown Visalia

The lights are back on in Downtown Visalia.

About 1,000 customers were without electricity Tuesday afternoon, a Southern California Edison (SCE) spokesperson said.

Businesses in the area of Main and Willis streets had no power for about three hours. Recreation Park was also in the dark.

SCE says the power outage was caused by equipment failure.

The lights went out around noon. Power was restored shortly before 3 p.m.


Man Drowns In Visalia Pool

A man drowned in a north Visalia pool Monday afternoon, the Visalia Fire Department said.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a home in the 3000 block of West Harold where they found a man at the bottom of a pool.

Firefighters pulled the man out of the water. Paramedics performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Investigators are trying to figure out how long the man was in the water before firefighters arrived.