2004 Press Releases



12/02/04  City of Fresno Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting!
FRESNO, CA (November 24, 2004) - The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to; The City of Fresno for the 11 th consecutive year, by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2003. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Additionally an award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the Finance Department – Financial Reporting/Grants Management Section, of the group primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. >more 
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11/24/04  Omnibus Appropriations Bill Backs Mayor’s Vision
FRESNO, CA (November 24 , 2004) - The passing of the fiscal year 05’ Omnibus appropriations measure keeps Mayor Autry’s key projects moving forward. The funding of two programs the Mayor co-founded, the Regional Jobs Initiative and Operation Clean Air, sends a strong signal to the Valley. Mayor Autry says “We welcome the validation from Washington; this funding proves that Valley wide collaboration can work. >more 
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10/28/04  City of Fresno's Refugee Housing Liaison at Hmong New Year
FRESNO,CA (December 28,2004) The Refugee Housing Liaison for the City of Fresno will be at the Hmong New Year currently being celebrated at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Fue Houa Thao has been with the City for four months and has played an instrumental role in working with the Hmong refugee population arriving to Fresno from the Wat Tham Krabok Camp in Thailand. Mrs. >more 
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10/21/04   Natural Gas Leak
FRESNO, CA (October 21, 2004) On Wednesday evening, October 20, 2004, at the City of Fresno's Municipal Service Center, the liquid natural gas fueling station began emitting vapors during the fueling of a refuse collection truck. Out of an abundance of caution, the Fresno Fire Department closed off the area and began monitoring the area. As of Thursday morning, the area remains closed and will continue to be closed until the Fire Department gives an "all clear" announcement, expected later today. >more 
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10/14/04  Temporary Zoo Closure
FRESNO, CA (October 14, 2004) At approximately 10:30 am today the Chaffee Zoo resident Orangutan Siabu decided to explore the outside of her enclosure. The mischievous ape that she is unraveled the nylon net from the support cable on the exhibit and created a hole large enough to crawl through. She returned on her own to the exhibit within 10 minutes with no harm done. >more 
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10/01/04  Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
HELP SAVE LIVES IN YOUR COMMUNITYREMIND YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORSTO ADOPT A SIMPLE LIFESAVING CHANGE FRESNO, CA (October 1, 2004) As the time change approaches this fall, the Fresno Fire Department wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives—changing the batteries in their smoke alarms. Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. >more 
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10/01/04  Exhibit Opens October 4th The Art Of Historic Preservation
FRESNO, CA (October 1 , 2004) Twenty-five years ago the Fresno City Council adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance, which established the City’s Local Register of Historic Resources and the Historic Preservation Commission. During the month of October the City is sponsoring a series of events intended to thank and acknowledge the “pioneers of preservation” and to draw public attention to Fresno’s history and diverse cultural heritage. One special component of this celebration will be a month-long exhibition at City Hall, “The Art of Historic Preservation-Regional Perspectives,” October 4th-October 31st. >more 
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09/30/04  Refugee Housing Liaison Hired
FRESNO, CA (September 30 , 2004) The City of Fresno is pleased to announce the hiring of Fue Houa Thao as Refugee Housing Liaison. The position was created to assist the estimated 3,000 Hmong refugees coming to Fresno from the Wat Tham Krabok camp in Thailand. Specifically, Ms. >more 
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09/28/04  Rainforest Adventure
FRESNO, CA (September 28 , 2004) The Chaffee Zoological Gardens of Fresno and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) are teaming up to bring an exciting new exhibit to the Chaffee Zoo. The AZA’s Maze Rainforest Adventure is a fun and educational exhibit, offering visitors an opportunity to learn about tropical rainforests, rainforest plants and animals, and their importance to people around the world. At the Chaffee Zoo through November 28 th, 2004, AZA’s Maze: Rainforest Adventure will officially open Thursday, September 30, 2004. >more 
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09/20/04  American Zoo And Aquarium Association Delays Vote On Chaffee Zoo
FRESNO, CA (September 20 , 2004) The American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) has tabled a vote on the extension of the Chaffee Zoo accreditation until November, 2004. The Zoo’s current accreditation expires March, 2005. A request was made to extend the Zoo’s accreditation until a full time Director is in place. >more 
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