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Grant applications sought for Homeowner Counseling and Legal Services for Homeowners

Grant applications sought for Homeowner Counseling and Legal Services for Homeowners

Attorney General Kamala Harris has announced a $10.4 million grant program for organizations that provide housing counseling and legal services to homeowners.

Operation Boo: Keeping Kids Safe On Halloween

Operation Boo: Keeping Kids Safe On Halloween

As families head out to trick or treat Wednesday night, authorities will be out as well to implement the 19th annual "Operation Boo."

Parole agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and other law enforcement officers will be checking on registered sex offenders to make sure they're staying away from trick-or-treaters.

The operation demands sex offender registrants adhere to the following conditions:

-- A 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;

-- All exterior lights of their homes must be turned off so that it looks as if no one is home, which discourages children from approaching;

-- No offering of Halloween candy and no Halloween decorations are allowed;

Pet Safety on Halloween

Pet Safety on Halloween

Tips on keeping your pet from getting too spooked, or sick, this Halloween! 

Trick or Treat for Sandy's Victims This Halloween

Trick or Treat for Sandy's Victims This Halloween

We would like to encourage you to step up and help those who have seen their lives and property devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

We're calling it "Trick or Treat for Sandy's Victims."

Our news team will be collecting money outside the KMPH studios live during Great Day on Friday, November 2, 2012.

You can stop by and drop off your donation between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

We are located at 5111 E. McKinley Avenue, right by Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

Spider Spectacular: Tarantula Festival In Coarsegold

Spider Spectacular: Tarantula Festival In Coarsegold

Coarsegold is tarantula country, especially this time of the year. Each year the community holds a Tarantula Festival to prove that the hairy spider is really harmless.

The 15th annual Tarantula Festival is more than just a community event. People came from as far as Reno and Oakland due to their love for the large arachnid. Gabriel Haas is from Oakland. "My wife's a big fan of tarantulas. We've got several at home as pets. So she just wanted to come out and check out what this little festival was about."

But the fun wasn't just for grownups. There were a lot of things for the kids to do too. "The first one to blow a bubble that stays, a good size bubble that stays is gonna win." The kids found the gum buried in a mound of whipped cream and they went to work on creating that good size bubble.

National Teen Driver Safety Week Is Underway

National Teen Driver Safety Week Is Underway

The California Highway Patrol says traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States and California.

To help bring awareness to this problem, the CHP is participating in the 6th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs through Saturday, October 20.

"This week is dedicated to focusing attention on a national concern as a way to bring about change locally," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "By educating new drivers early on and arming them with the information needed to become a safe driver, our goal is to prevent future tragedies from occurring on the road."

According to the CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System for 2010, there were more than 57,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 involved in car crashes in California. The CHP says a teen driver was determined to be at fault in 67 percent of those collisions.

Children’s Museum Announces Halloween Festival

Story submitted by Jarrod Lyman, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau Director of Media

Kids will get the chance to learn pumpkin carving skills, make Halloween decorations and more at a special event at the Children’s Museum of the Sierra on Saturday, Oct 27.

The Halloween Festival will feature pumpkin carving lessons from members of the Sierra Woodcarvers and will help kids make some truly unique creations.

“The Sierra Woodcarvers volunteered to get involved and show kids how to do relief-style pumpkin carvings. They last longer than the traditional jack-O-lantern carvings, you can do more with them, and of course you don’t have to worry about kids using knives,” said Steve Montalto, director of the Children’s Museum of the Sierra.

The woodcarvers also made several Halloween decorations that kids can paint, in addition to other craft projects going on at the museum throughout the day.