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New Harvest: The Future of Small Town, CA

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The California Report | Friday, Sep 02, 2011, 4:30 PM

'Border Angels' Tend Cemetery of Unknowns

Many immigrants who try to enter California illegally from Mexico and Central America cross the border into Imperial County. Many don't make it alive. In the southeastern California town of Holtville, we stop by a cemetery where many of those unlucky immigrants are anonymously buried.



The California Report | Friday, Jul 29, 2011, 4:30 PM

New Harvest: The Future of Small Town California, Part 6 - The Mountain Maidu

Hundreds of years ago, the land north to the Feather River in the mountains of Plumas and Lassen Counties was filled with villages of native Mt. Maidu people. After the Gold Rush, prospectors, developers and government agencies took over their land. Their population dwindled and the tribe lost access to the land for traditional practices. Now, the Mt. Maidu people are working with an old adversary to regain formal stewardship of their homeland.



The California Report | Friday, May 20, 2011, 4:30 PM

New Harvest: The Future of Small Town California - Part 5, Calipatria

Our occasional series "New Harvest: the Future of Small Town California" takes us to a town in California's southeast corner: Calipatria in Imperial County. Many of the town's residents rejoiced in April when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a requirement that by 2020, the state get over 30 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. They hope the region's natural resources will lead this hard-hit county into economic recovery.



The California Report | Friday, Mar 18, 2011, 4:30 PM

New Harvest: The Future of Small Town California, Part 4 - Avenal

In 1929, oil was discovered in the Kettleman Hills -- and the nearby town of Avenal was born. But by the 1960s, the oil business dried up, and Avenal struggled to find a new economy and identity. They found one, but in an industry most towns had previously shunned.



The California Report | Friday, Jan 07, 2011, 4:30 PM

New Harvest: The Future of Small Town California, Part 3 - Garberville

The Humboldt County town of Garberville is a thriving center of California's marijuana industry. For the past few decades, pot growing has gradually replaced logging and ranching as the economic engine there. We visit Garberville to learn more about the changing identity of a town underwritten by pot.



The California Report | Friday, Dec 03, 2010, 4:30 PM

New Harvest: The Future of Small Town California, Part 2 - Boonville and the Anderson Valley

For outsiders, Mendocino County's Boonville used to be a "blink-and-you-miss-it" spot along Highway 128. Through the years it's been home to sheep ranchers, apple farmers and marijuana growers. But recently, Pinot Noir grapes have put Boonville and the Anderson Valley on the map -- and that has some residents worried.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 05, 2010, 4:30 PM

New Harvest: The Future of Small Town, CA - Part 1, Lindsay

Lindsay is a Central Valley town of 12,000 built up around olive and citrus groves. Twenty years ago, a state-wide freeze signaled the start of a series of events that crippled Lindsay's economy. But the town buried its troubled past and forged a new identity.



 

About This Series

Change, or die. That's the reality for many of California's small towns. Across the state, industries like fishing, mining, and agriculture that many small towns grew up around have dried up or faced drought or too-stiff competition or diminishing resources. The small towns dependent on those industries have had to adjust to survive.

Reporter Lisa Morehouse has embarked on a tour of small towns across California to learn more about where they came from and where they're headed.

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