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With final OK, Chaffee Zoo expansion kicks off Jan. 6

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo has received final approval to build its long-awaited African Adventure exhibit.The Fresno Chaffee Zoo's planned African exhibit expansion jumped through its last hoop this morning with the approval of $51.7 million in Measure Z funds.

Madera casino question gets on ballot

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians wants to build a 2,500 slot-machine casino and resort hotel along Highway 99 near Madera.The Mono Indians' proposed casino along Highway 99 near Madera is finding itself up in the air after a referendum seeking to overturn the project was certified for the November 2014 ballot.

Zoo's African expansion gets state, fed OK

Fresno Chaffee Zoo received federal and state approval to move forward with its Africa exhibit, which will include a breeding group of elephants.After receiving the thumbs up from both the state and national parks services, approval from the Fresno Planning Commission is the only thing remaining for the Fresno Chaffee Zoo to begin construction on its new Africa exhibit.

Fulton Mall ice rink opens Friday

Provided that weather conditions cooperate, the ice rink on the Fulton Mall in downtown Fresno opens on Friday with live entertainment and giveaways.

Grizzlies win award for Kiss Cam setup

Fresno GrizzliesThe Fresno Grizzlies’ staged awkward Kiss Cam moment was named Minor League Baseball’s Blooper of the Year for the 2013 season.

Former Bulldog, NBA star buys out season opener

Former Bulldog and current Indiana Pacer Paul George dunks on the Miami Heat's Chris Andersen during the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals.Indiana Pacer and former Fresno State Bulldog Paul George didn’t take long to put his recently-inked contract to good use, as the NBA All-Star purchased every ticket to the Bulldogs’ season opener on Nov. 16.

The Big Fresno Fair sets 21-year attendance record

The Big Fresno Fair recorded 641,351 visitors this year, up 11 percent from last year.The Big Fresno Fair truly lived up to its name this year, drawing 641,351 visitors during its 13-day run, up 11 percent from last year's 12-day run.

Big Fresno Fair boasts big numbers

Big Fresno FairApproximately $643,000 of revenue was generated through two live auctions held as part of the 2013 Big Fresno Fair, according to fact sheet released by the fair on Tuesday.

Fresno arenas among global top 200

Save Mart CenterFresno’s Save Mart Center and Selland Arena were both ranked in the top 200 arenas worldwide for 2013 ticket sales, according to Pollstar’s annual rankings released Friday.

Visalia Convention Center reports strong results

The Visalia Convention Center opened in April 1972.The Visalia Convention Center increased its revenues 6 percent in the last fiscal year as the number of events held there set a record.