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January 30, 2014
Water conservation encouraged as drought looms
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
A 100-year-old familyowned winery, a published author and successful entrepreneur, and an educational leader were among those honored at the Jan. 16 Clovis Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Salute to Business Dinner at the Classic Catering Banquet Hall in Old Town Clovis. Mayor Lynne Ashbeck The annual dinner serves to induct the incoming 2014 Chamber board of directors, and also honors local business owners who have made a significant impact on the community. Outgoing Chairman Ken May, while reflecting on the achievements of 2013, said, “I am proud
Fresno County will have its driest three-year period on record if we don’t get at least 75 percent of our normal precipitation this year, said Clovis Public Utilities Director Luke Serpa. 1929 to 1931 currently hold the record. As temperatures dominated much of January, city and government officials at the local, state and federal levels are planning for a dangerously dry summer. During the Jan. 21 city council meeting, experts said that the last measurable rainfall was on Dec. 7, resulting in an unprecedented dry spell. Clovis’ Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) includes contingency plans for water shortages. The city is currently in a Stage 2 water shortage, resulting in certain mandatory prohibitions against such things like using a hose without a nozzle or outdoor water use on non-watering days. There is enough of a ground water supply to carry residents through this year, but city leaders are nonetheless calling on residents to conserve. “The goal of the Stage 2 measure is to reduce water
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Letter from the editor Amy Fienen Editor, Clovis Roundup
Donna Melchor Publisher, Clovis Roundup
It’s hard to believe that the Clovis Roundup is already in its fifth year of publication. I have greatly enjoyed the time I’ve invested in building this newspaper, along with the wonderful reception from the Clovis community. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all our readers and advertisers for the outpouring of support that we have felt since the start of this venture. From day one, we have worked tirelessly to improve upon both the content and overall aesthetics of the paper. Looking back, I can mark some of the great milestones in this journey. One of those was the opportunity to welcome Billy Xiong into our family business in 2011. With his talent and hard work, our community paper took a giant leap forward. He has continued to add quality design and visuals to our paper. We have come to feel like he is indeed a member of our business family. We’re now taking yet another step
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forward by welcoming Amy Fienen as the newest member of the Clovis R o u n d u p family. Amy comes to us with more Donna Melchor than 10 years of journalism experience in both writing and editing. She’s worked for other community newspapers and several Valley magazines, and now she has graciously offered to take on the role of editor of the Clovis Roundup. I’m so excited to welcome her on board and look forward to all that she has to offer. I know without a doubt that with everything she brings to the table, the Clovis Roundup will continue to improve and reflect what the “Clovis Way of Life” is truly about.
A new year, a new beginning, a new chance to reinvent myself. Again. It’s the constant struggle of the creative personality: the need to try something different, take on a new challenge, break free from the monotony. It’s both a blessing and a curse, this impulsive desire to seek out the unfamiliar. And yet, a community newspaper is where I discovered my love of journalism, so in a way, it feels like coming home. Born and raised in the Valley, I was one of those kids that couldn’t get out of here fast enough. After high school, I headed to Southern California for college, and eventually ended up in Arizona. But I’m what locals call a boomerang – someone who leaves but later returns. After a decade away, I came back to the Valley with my husband and infant son in tow and landed at KMPH as a producer. I was sitting in an editing bay one morning watching video of a fatal car crash when I found myself feeling dismayed at the idea of having to sum up a man’s life and death in a 30 second voiceover. I wanted to know more; I wanted to tell his story. I wanted to be a writer, I realized to my surprise, so I sent my resume off to the local newspaper, and the rest, as they say, is history. I was hired as a reporter for the Kingsburg Recorder, and from there, I went on to work for another community newspaper and a number of local magazines. I am blessed to spend my days doing work that I love and that I believe is important. And
in spite of the challenges the print industry faces in an age dominated by Internet news, community newspapers are important. They are still the goAmy Fienan to source for local news. According to a survey by the National Newspaper Association, 78 percent of people read their local newspaper. You can’t log on to Yahoo or the Huffington Post to find out what happened at last week’s city council meeting, see what events are coming up over the weekend, or perhaps most importantly, scan the police page for familiar names. Local news – the kind that affects your everyday life – is found in the local newspaper. I am so honored to be part of this family-run newspaper that is committed to reporting the news that matters to you. We have some big things in store for the Roundup in the coming year, and we want you to be part of it. I want to hear about what matters to you, our loyal readers. If you have story ideas or news tips to share, please email me at editor@clovisroundup. com. Cheers to new beginnings and a wonderful year ahead.
Clovis resident called to pulpit of California’s oldest Armenian church A Bay State pastor who now resides in Clovis has been named Senior Pastor of California’s oldest Armenian Congregation. On Sept. 15, 2013, the communicant membership of the First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno elected Reverend Gregory Vahack Haroutunian of Belmont, Massachusetts as the 12th Senior Pastor of the congregation in the heartland of the Golden State. Reverend Haroutunian’s first Sunday in the FAPC pulpit will be Feb. 2. A native of San Francisco, Reverend Haroutunian grew up in the community of Easton in rural Fresno County, earned his diploma at Washington Union High School, and graduated with honors from Stanford University in 1982. An undergraduate in political science, Reverend Haroutunian worked in our nation’s capitol for several years as a legislative assistant. After his tenure in Washington, D.C., Haroutunian moved to the Chicago area where he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Evanston in 1989. Upon graduation, he served as Associate Pastor of FAPC from August 1989 through March 2001.
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recharge in the Marion Basin so as to save as much of the surface water allocation as possible for treatment and distribution later. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will adjust operations accordingly.” The city is hoping these measures will help avoid having to resort to Stage 3, which would further reduce watering and lead to increased water rates for customers who overuse.
He then served as Interim Pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Church of Chicago from April 2001 through April 2002. From October 2002 through November 2003, Haroutunian was Director of Outreach and Discipleship at Dinuba Presbyterian Church. Since December 2003, he has served as Senior Pastor of First Armenian Church in Belmont, Massachusetts. During his tenure in the Commonwealth, Haroutunian served as an officer of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, an ecclesiastical confederation of Armenian Protestant churches, missions, and fellowships in the United States and Dominion of Canada. He chaired the Minister to the Union Search Committee, Committee on Personnel, and Committee on Evangelism and Church Planting (20042006). He has been Vice-Moderator of the AEUNA since 2012. For a decade he has been a member of the committee that plans the Annual Massachusetts Statehouse Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. From 1998 through 2009, he was a member of the Board of Directors of John Stott Ministries. While serving in Belmont, Reverend Haroutunian furthered his education
by completing Arrow Leadership International’s leadership training program (2003-2004), received a threemonth sabbatical grant from the Louisville Institute to strengthen his Armenian language skills in Anjar, Lebanon (2011), and participated in monitored learning programs of the Praxis Center for Church Development (2013-2014). Haroutunian met his wife, the former Sossi Tumberian, in 1997 when he was on a one-year sabbatical from FAPC, teaching world history and studying the Armenian language at Haigazian University in Beirut. Sossi was teaching kindergarten in the Bekaa Valley town of Anjar and helping lead her church’s youth ministry. Reverend Haroutunian and Sossi were married in Anjar in July 1999 and they now have three children, Mark, Ani, and Alexan. On April 15, 2013, the Haroutunian Family was situated across Boylston Street when bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Reverend Haroutunian later wrote: “Peace in the midst of terror and trauma is inexplicable, however, we experienced the assurance of the Holy Spirit, that He, the Sovereign
Clovis expects to get a third of the 27,000 acre feet needed to meet city demands from allocations from the Fresno Irrigation District, and can draw the remainder from its wells. It can also get water from its banking facility at a lower than market cost of $175 per acre-foot. Although that is about eight times higher than the cost of running water through the city plant, it is still below the market price of $400 to $500 an acre-foot. The drought is affecting not only city utilities, but landowners and workers affected by decreased farming due to insufficient water and food prices. A coalition of farmers, ranchers, business
owners, and farmworkers converged on Sacramento on Jan.16, resulting in Gov. Jerry Brown to declaring a drought emergency. Officials agree that the drought affects everyone and carries a mutual responsibility to conserve what little water we do have. Each Clovis household uses about one-acre-foot of water per year, equal to about 326,000 gallons and enough to cover a football field one foot deep. The city is asking every citizen to do their part to conserve and offers services like landscape and interior audits and information on drought tolerant plants and how to correctly drain a swimming pool.
Reverend Gregory Vahack Haroutunian, his wife and children. Photo courtesy of BelmontPatch.com
One, not a bomber decides when we ‘come home.’ We were absolutely safe in His hands.” Founded on July 25, 1897, First Armenian Presbyterian Church is the boyhood congregation of authors William Saroyan and A.I. Bezzerides. FAPC is a member congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and Armenian Evangelical Union of North America.
For additional information, please contact the Public Utilities Department at 3242600. Other water conservation efforts include not continuously running the water when brushing teeth, washing the car and doing dishes; taking shorter showers; washing only full loads of laundry or dishes; ensuring all sprinklers are working; utilizing low flow showerheads, faucets and toilets; reuse of gray water on plants; covering swimming pools to reduce evaporation and retain warmth; harvesting rainwater and using a garden hose nozzle which shuts off water when not in use.
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with your favorite photo. Truly mobile banking. At your convenience, wherever you are, you can do your banking, pay bills, deposit checks, and transfer money on any mobile device. Access to your money. You’ll have easy access at more than 30,000 fee-free ATMs locally and nationwide – that’s more ATMs than the big banks combined! Low minimum balances. You can open a membership with as little as $5. Lower interest rates on credit cards and loans. Fresno County Federal Credit Union, like all federal credit unions, cannot exceed 18 percent on credit card or loan rates. What more can you expect from Fresno County Federal Credit Union? Personal attention. Fresno County Federal Credit Union has friendly and knowledgeable member service representatives who will work with you to make your financial transactions as easy and convenient as possible, and help you achieve your financial goals. Better rates, lower fees. Fresno County Federal Credit Union offers better rates and lower fees, We offer no monthly fee checking, free bill pay, and you’re likely to get a lower interest rate on an auto loan.
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Ag at Large: Asphalt jungle sprouts crops By Don Curlee
The phenomenon of having more than 1,200 cropproducing sites in urban Los Angeles was enough to inspire a column here last October. Now, the University of California’s Cooperative Don Curlee Extension Service is up to its neck in aiding that kind of urban agriculture. The university’s popular, peer reviewed quarterly journal “California Agriculture” includes two articles in the OctoberDecember issue with serious advice for city farmers. They include information about chickens and even bees, as well as guidance for growing dozens of vegetable and floral crops. At the same time, many local governmental agencies in the area seem to be relaxing restrictions that might stand in the way of growing crops or raising animals, especially for food, in cramped
but fertile spaces under power lines, near walkways and in vacant lots. Near the top of the list of suggestions in regard to poultry production is the admonition to not propagate roosters. Roosters tend to raise the roof with early morning and sometimes all-day crowing. Even hens, the journal suggests, should be kept enclosed until the neighbors are on their way to work. In the midst of an apparent wave of interest in raising bees, the journal’s authors offer some sensible suggestions that might help maintain good relationships with the neighbors. Before launching a backyard bee enterprise, neighbors should be consulted. Some people have lifethreatening reactions to bee stings. Others harbor unreasonable fears of bees, perhaps psychologically induced. Fences and tall hedges near bee hives help direct their flight patterns overhead instead of across sidewalks and streets. Apiculturist Eric Mussen suggests that it helps others accept bee propagation if they are reminded that the bees pollinate vegetable gardens and flowers.
One of the journal’s articles deals with the biosecurity of amateur poultry production. Apparently chickens get sick a lot more than first-time chicken raisers might suspect. If a member of a backyard flock dies, facilities are available to determine the cause of death and arrange for vaccination of the remaining members of the flock. A backyard flock program is offered at no charge by the California Animal and Food Safety laboratory system, providing diagnoses and disease information. Regulation of the non-commercial poultry industry is maintained by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with emphasis on disease prevention. A similar program is overseen by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. A major emphasis of both is prevention of disease transmission to commercial flocks. The concerns seem justified. Surveys taken in 1990 in California and in 2004 by the USDA showed the inherent potential of diseases being transmitted to commercial flocks from backyard populations. The national survey indicated a need for more
information regarding bird health, bird movement and biosecurity practices of nontraditional poultry industries such as backyard flocks, game fowl facilities and live poultry markets. As it is with traditional farming, the backyard and hobby aspects of agriculture must deal with regulations and restrictions, imposed for everybody’s protection. Urban farmhands may find that procedures and even structures demand more of their time and expense than they anticipated. Or they might take to their hobby like ducks to water and begin shopping the ads in farm publications for acreage to expand. Vegetable and floral enthusiasts will find the ever present irritation of weeds, disease, insects and the requirements for water and plant nutrients more persistent than they expected. But for their enthusiasm, their curiosity about producing food and their interest in farm life traditional farmers will applaud them. They might even offer them an old rusty hoe, a dull shovel or a back pack sprayer as introductory gifts -- welcome to the good life.
Shaver Lake Fishing Report
Dick Nichols owner of Dicks Fishing Charters
Clear skies and spring-like weather, along with some trophy sized rainbows, are bringing anglers to Shaver Lake. Mike O’Connell of Tollhouse, was fishing with his brother on Jan. 17 and reported that two unidentified trollers were fishing with an Apex lure and boated a 31-inch approximately 13 pound trophy rainbow. The O’Connells had little luck, but did bag a 16 incher. Mike O’Connell said that he charted 200 to 300 trophy sized trout near the Sierra Marina, but had no luck in catching them. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said that bank anglers are picking up some
nice trophy bows near the Point. One woman showed the staff at Shaver Lake Sports a photo of two trophy sized trout along with some regular plants. Nichols said that bank fishermen may do better than trollers for a while, and suggested that boat fishermen must try different depths, lures and bait to locate a school of fish. Some trollers have reported a limit and an occasional trophy trout, but others have found little action. The Point, in front of Sierra Marina, roads 1 and 2 and the island may be the better spots for trollers while the Point, dam and roads 1 and 2 have the best chance for a trophy for bank anglers. Nichols said that due to day time temperatures in the mid-60s, the fish may have gone down a bit and trollers are fishing to the top of the fish. Bank anglers and boaters that are drift fishing have found the best success with crawlers or Power Bait. The Sierra ramp is easy to launch with no restrictions. Fishermen will find plenty of tackle and bait at most fishing outlets in Shaver. The water level is at 59% capacity and no storms are in site for the next 10 days.
Scott McAvoy, right, of Madera and an unidentified friend show off a Shaver Lake unofficial record 16.2 pound, 31 inch rainbow caught Jan. 17 in Shaver Lake.
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How to be an eco-conscious pet owner Owning a pet is often a rewarding responsibility. Pets make for loyal friends, and for every late night walk in the cold pet owners must endure, their pets repay those gestures in spades. While the greatest responsibility pet owners have to their pets is to ensure their furry friends live as comfortable and healthy a life as possible, pet owners also have a responsibility to the planet. Eco-conscious pet ownership can have a positive and substantial impact on the environment, and the following are a few simple ways for pet owners to care for their pets and protect the planet at the same time. * Say so long to plastic bags. Picking up pet waste is arguably the worst part of owning a pet, and some pet owners simply want to pick up the waste without giving it a second thought. But how pet owners pick up their pets’ waste can impact the environment. Using plastic grocery bags leftover from trips to the store is bad for the planet, as research has shown that such bags can take as long as 1,000 years to degrade. That means that plastic bag full of pet waste might still be around come the dawn of the next millenium. Instead of using plastic bags to pick up their pets’ waste, pet owners can use biodegradable waste bags made from materials other than plastic. Such bags might not make the task of picking up pet waste more enjoyable, but they are certainly more eco-friendly, taking far less time to degrade than plastic bags. * Embrace organic pet foods. Pet foods have evolved considerably over the last several decades, and pet owners now have more healthy options at their disposal. Organic pet foods make for healthier
alternatives for pets, eliminating the buildup of residues of chemical additives, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in pets. Such residues have been shown to have an adverse effect on pet health. In addition, a study funded by the European Union found that organic fruits and vegetables have up to 40 percent more antioxidants than nonorganic alternatives, adding to the nutritional value of organic pet foods. Organic pet foods also are produced without the use of conventional pesticides or artificial fertilizers, benefitting the planet as a result. Before altering their pets’ diets, pet owners should consult their veterinarian for advice and tips on how to make the transition from traditional foods to organic alternatives as smooth as possible. * Look for products made from recycled materials. More and more pet products are being made from recycled materials, and pet owners can encourage manufacturers to keep that trend going strong by purchasing such products whenever the opportunity to do so presents itself. Leashes, bowls, toys, and scratching posts for cats are just a few of the many pet products made from recycled materials. Before buying pet products, pet owners should read labels to determine if a given product is made from recycled materials. * Clean green. Like their human counterparts, pets need to bathe. While they might not bathe every day like their owners, pets such as cats and dogs need to be shampooed and cleaned every so often. When buying cleaning products, pet owners should look for nontoxic products. Many traditional pet shampoos or pet beauty products are laced with chemicals, and such ingredients can have an adverse
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Incorporating water conservation into the landscape By Jeff Kollenkark
Let’s all pray for rain in the Valley and abundant snow in the Sierras in the coming weeks. Water is a precious commodity that we can’t afford to waste and can’t live without. I don’t claim to be fount of all knowledge on irrigation, but I can recommend a few things one can do to be more efficient in the use of irrigation water in the landscape. I love lawns, so I’m not inclined to jump at the idea of removing turf from the family landscape. Instead, I would be looking for ways to keep my lawn and landscape healthy with the proper amount of water at the proper intervals to encourage deep irrigation and healthy roots. Three areas come to mind, and one of them is planting the correct plant material for the right soil, exposure, climate, etc. Beyond that, I think one is crazy not to look into smart clocks (irrigation controllers) and more precision delivery from the newer emitters. You can make your controllers “smarter” with these clocks that take into account the soil texture, zip code, daily temperature, rainfall, slope, plant material, and so on. The addition of a local mini weather station or Internet-based weather input will allow the amount of time needed to run each valve to be adjusted up or down each cycle. This will go a long way to increasing efficiency (possibly 30-40%) over the common method of turning the clock on in March and turning it off in late October with no regard as to the actual needs of the plants. Finally, there is the choice of irrigation
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emitters themselves. There are nozzles like the MP Rotators and Precision Series Nozzles that are much more efficient in both their uniformity of coverage and the rate of delivery. With a larger droplet size and slower rate of delivery, one can greatly increase uniformity and significantly reduce the chance of runoff. Check with your local irrigation supply house and see what advances have been made in the past few years, or call Aqua Man Irrigation Solutions at 559-475-7777. Upgrades will pay for themselves in your water bill, your plants’ health, and conserve water. It’s the smart and responsible thing to do. You are always welcome to call our Weed Man office at 559-266-1624 or visit our website at fresno.weedwanusa.com for lawn questions.
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During a time of year that’s normally cold and rainy, Mother Nature surprises us with spring-like temperatures that are perfect for enjoyable cruising around in a classic like Don and Barbara Wagner’s Pro Street ‘65 Chevelle. The Wagners came to the Valley by way of Pasadena. Don attended Pasadena High while Barbara attended Blair High. In 1968, they met for the first time at a rival baseball game, beginning their life together. While in high school, Don built his first hot rod, a 1963 Ford Fairlane that he cloned into a Ford Thunderbolt. All of Don’s friends were GM guys; Don was the only one to have a Ford. Whenever Don or his friends needed something for their cars, Blair’s Speed Shop was the place to go. Down the road, Don’s interests changed to hunting and he sold his Ford Thunderbolt to pursue his new hobby. Eventually, Don and Barbara moved to Squaw Valley. They enjoyed taking their sons, Brian and Scott, to Famoso Raceway to watch the drags. One Saturday, while they were walking around the pits looking at all the race cars, Don told his sons, “Someday, I’m going to build one bad hot rod.” The boys replied, “Yeah Dad, you’re dreaming.” While driving from Squaw Valley to work in Fresno, Don saw a 1965 Chevelle parked in front of a trailer park in Centerville with a for sale sign in the window. The body was pretty rough, painted orange with a lot of gray primer. It had a 350 c.i. motor, four speed transmission and two old bucket seats. After passing by the Chevelle for a couple of days, he decided he had to
buy it and make his dream of one bad hot rod come true. Don and his sons started stripping the body of the old paint and primer, inside and out. When the bodywork was complete, it was readied for the Corvette yellow paint. They built an eight-point roll cage, installed a Flaming River tilt steering wheel and Covan custom dash with new gauges. After finishing the extensive interior re-do, the running gear was next thing to tackle. “If you’re going to do it right, it’s gotta have a big block with a blower,” Brian told his dad. Don purchased a 468 Big Block with a Weind 671 Blower from one of Brian’s friends, cleaned it up and painted it yellow. A Muncie m-22 Rock Crusher trans and a 9-inch Ford rear end were added. There was enough room in the trunk along with the battery and fuel cell to mount the nitrous bottle. After working for three years of nights and weekends, the ‘65 Chevelle was finished. When you see this Corvette yellow Pro Street Chevelle at car show events, it’s easy to understand why it’s a consistent award winner. UPCOMING EVENTS: Feb. 14 – 16: Sacramento Autorama; Mar. 1: Selma Swap; Mar. 6 – 9: March Meet Famoso; Mar. 22 – 23: Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals, Pomona; Mar. 29: Clovis Assembly of God 8th Annual Car Show; Mar. 29 –30: Goodguys 32nd All American Get-Together, Pleasanton; April 4 – 6: Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals; April 12: Tower Classic Car Show.
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January 30, 2014
Fast pitch star seeking support for her field of dreams By Carol Lawson-Swezey
Analiese Raley has the golden arm of a champion at only 13 years old. An 8th grader at Alta Sierra Intermediate School in Clovis, Raley has garnered national attention and is aiming for her chance in the international spotlight. Recommended by a college coach to play on America’s Team to represent the USA in Italy this July, Anni, as she likes to be called, is at the top of her game. “Softball’s always been my sport from the start,” Raley said. “It’s natural for me. It will be a great experience going to a different country to do what I love.” Having played competitive sports since the age of 5, Raley was the only girl on an all-boy T-ball team. She spent three years as the catcher for the Clovis Rockets travel softball team, leading them to the Premier Girls Fast pitch (PGF) National Championship Tournament in Huntington Beach last summer. Raley’s team was the only Valley team to qualify and finished 17th overall. Only the top 50 teams from across the United States are invited to participate. Raley currently plays catcher for the CenCal Dirtdogs U14 Wallace Team. She recently participated in the Diamond 9 College Coaches Camp in Tustin, Calif. and was featured as a standout player by the college coaches and the featured player by StudentSports.com. She emerged as one of the top 20 among 140 of the top players from across the country who ranged in age from 13 to17. “Her arm strength is rated off the charts, and she not only hits for power, but a very high average,” said Dirtdogs head coach Mike Wallace. “Physically, Analiese is also the strongest and one of the fastest players in Central California and hands down, is one of the top, if not the top, 2018 catching prospect in the country.” When she travels to Italy as one of only a dozen members of America’s Team this summer, Raley will be coached by
Contributed photos. Analiese Raley, a talented 13-year-old softball player, is hoping the community will support her efforts to raise $4,500 to represent the United States in Italy this summer as a member of America’s Team.
Olympic gold medalist and Collegiate AllAmerican Christie Ambrosi. America’s Team was started by former college baseball star Brigham Joy with a mission of providing both travel and playing opportunities for highly qualified students to learn about foreign countries through sports. It doesn’t take a long climb up the family tree to see where Raley gets her gift. Her parents and siblings are all athletic, and her great uncle, Harry Goorabian, an all-star at Roosevelt High School, played professional baseball for the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League in the late 1940s. He held the record for 10 RBIs in one game, and donated the funds to build the River Park Baseball Complex, which is named in his honor. Although she maintains a 4.0 GPA, Raley’s schedule is grueling. During the playing season, she spends about 10 hours
at practice and travels for competitions every other weekend. “It’s definitely a challenge,” Raley said. “I practice for three hours a day and then spend two hours on homework.” “What sets her apart is that she absolutely loves the game and has a lot of leadership qualities as a catcher,” mom Julie said. “She puts a lot of time in. While traveling, she does her homework in the back seat.” Raising $4,500 for her trip this summer is just one more thing for Raley to add to her to-do list. Raley’s future plans involve continuing softball at the high school and college level. She is considering several colleges which offer top notch softball programs, and is contemplating a major in education or engineering. “I’m not going to narrow it down yet,” Raley said. “I’m not even in high school,
but I like being in charge and helping people out.” Wallace, who has been coaching Anni for two years, said that she knows what she wants and works hard to see that she accomplishes it. “My approach with Analiese as her coach is to challenge her every day,” Wallace said. “I focus on providing her the foundation so she can be successful at the next level. I understand the talent and desire are there, and I want to ensure that the doors are open for her to run through.” If you would like to help sponsor Anni’s Field of Dreams, checks can be made out to Mike or Julie Ellis and mailed to 588 Athens, Clovis, CA, 93611, or mailed directly to ACIS, P.O. Box 417108, Boston, MA, 02241 for Analiese Marie Raley, Account ID 17795, Play Ball in Italy, America’s Team Softball.
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January 30, 2014
James “Jim” William Hamilton May 7, 1956 – Dec. 31, 2013
After a hard battle with cancer, the world lost one of the truest cowboys there ever was. Jim shod his first horse at the young age of 12. Not long after that, he got his first horse—a mustang named Joebuck. He was a buckskin gelding that Jim broke and trained. During high school, he day-worked for ranchers, shod horses and trained colts. In September 1973, at age 17, he met Sharron, and they married on June 10, 1974. The couple had two sons, Bo James Hamilton & Ty William Hamilton. In 1975, Jim was awarded a scholarship to horseshoeing (farrier) college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, along with a scholarship for his poetry. He worked on a ranch for 13 years, with horseshoeing as his second job. In 1995, he became a full-time horse shoer and trainer. He had a way with horses like none other. Jim became the first motorcycle cowboy, with horses remaining his passion. He was written about several times in the Fresno Bee and in the Clovis Roundup. The high country was his passion. He rode many miles, over sometimes treacherous terrain, but to him, it was nothin’. Many stories have been told by those who rode with him. Jim never met a stranger, and he always had time to say “hello” or help someone in need. He had a heart as big as the sky is blue, and that heart touched everyone it came in contact with. He was the strongest, kindest man you’d ever meet. You either got a bearlike handshake, a bear hug or both. The void he has left on this earth will never be filled.
January 30, 2014
“Let’s Talk Clovis” - Harry Rogers, pioneer Clovis Helicopter pilot By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum
My brother, Harry Rogers (March 28, 1929-Jan. 16, 2014), was a pioneer leader in the helicopter business. I am sharing an article I wrote about him in 2006. Harry Rogers was the pioneer of and remains the authority on the art of helicopter mountain flying. From 1955 thru 1990, Harry logged 25,000 hours of flight time on helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. He began his mountain adventures with a Bell 47 and Hiller 12 series. The arrival of the turbine helicopter offered new challenges, since the capabilities and limits had not been documented. He mastered the new “wind mill” and became a reliable source for new pilots. In 1961, he was awarded a citation from the U.S. Army for his rescue missions in Northern California: “For courageous and humanitarian action in flying helicopter relief missions. His disregard for personal
convenience and safety demonstrated his professional skill and sincere consideration for the welfare of personnel during a major disaster.” Harry responded: “One of the most outstanding things I remember about the rescue work up there was the way people turned out to help each other.” In 1964, Harry became a volunteer member of the first Fresno County Sheriff’s Helicopter Unit to provide search and rescue missions. Any point in Fresno County could be reached by helicopter within 45 minutes. Harry was dispatched day or night. Art Linkletter was amongst hundreds that benefited from his professional skills. Harry’s favorite civic function was transporting Clovis High cheerleaders onto the football field. Many fans remember the impact their landing had at Radcliff
Stadium prior to the 1970 championship game against Bullard High. Harry allowed the cheerleaders to paint his ship blue and gold with Cougar emblems and slogans. It was awesome. Clovis won! Legendary Clovis Unified School District Superintendent Doc Buchanan described the event: “I knew when I saw the plane land with Cougar colors that the devotion and support from community leaders like Harry would guarantee our success as a school district.” Harry’s initial goal of entering the U.S. Air Force was shattered when he sustained a serious football injury at Clovis High. He had developed his natural talent as a mechanic while working with his grandfather, Harry Whiton, at Whiton’s Cyclery (founded 1918 at 631 Fifth St.). Harry Whiton died in 1944 and his wife Kate continued the business until 1957. Harry Whiton was the volunteer Clovis fire chief from 1926 until his death in 1944. Harry remembers racing across 5th Street from the shop, sounding the alarm and giving the volunteer responders the address of the fire. After graduating from Clovis High in 1947, Harry received aeronautical training at Reedley College. He served as chief mechanic for the amphibious plane of successful Westside farmer Sandy Crockett. He then worked as a helicopter mechanic prior to securing his helicopter pilot license. Harry and Wanda Cox were married in 1950. They borrowed $35,000 in 1962 to
purchase their first helicopter. Their first heliport was established on Bullard (north side between Armstrong and Temperance) on land that his grandparents had owned since the mid-1920s. Rogers Helicopters moved their company to the Fresno Airport in 1991. Harry was also founder/president of Heavy Lift Helicopter Inc. in Apple Valley, Calif. Harry and Wanda both retired, and their son Robin Rogers and his wife Vernie are officers of Rogers Helicopters, Inc. Wanda and Harry lost their son Rory in a helicopter crash in 1991. Harry’s brother Dick Rogers also died in a helicopter crash in 1973. Harry Rogers is an important part of our rich heritage.
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January 30, 2014
Crab Feed to offer “Blue Hawaii in the Old Town” By Carol Lawson-Swezey
It will be a little “shake, rattle and roll” mixed with “Blue Hawaii” in Old Town on March 8 at the Clovis Senior Center. If you’re a fan of crab or of Elvis, this third annual Crab Feed fundraiser is one not to be missed. “Wyld Bill’s all you can eat crab feed and pasta dinner” will be held at the Center at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $45 each or $350 for a table of eight, and are available at Heart’s Delight at Pollasky Avenue and 4th Street. Only 200 are available, so put on your crab bib and run on over. Any full table of eight must be paid for by March 5. Limited tickets will be sold the day of the event. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Clovis Senior Center, the Clovis Fire Department Explorers Post and the Business Organization of Old Town. Dinner will include green salad, crab, rice, pasta, and French bread. The event will also host a silent and live auction, dessert auction and a raffle. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The evening’s theme will be “Blue Hawaii,” and entertainment will be provided by Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce, who has been impersonating the King for 30 years. Pearce is the most requested tribute artist in the state of California, performing at more than 200 engagements annually. Cora and Wyld Bill Shipley, owners of the Scoops, Soups & More store and the Old Clovis Hotel Bistro, are once again heading a group of about 20 volunteers whose duties run the gamut from decorating, cooking, serving, and cleanup. Gene and Pattiann Shimizu, longtime friends of the Shipleys, are head chefs. Shimizu, who helps Bill Shipley with the Friday night special dinners at the Bistro, also spearheads the Old Town Black Pot Cook-off. For the silent auction, Shimizu,
Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce will perform at the senior center’s crab feed and pasta dinner. Tickets are now on sale for the March 8 fundraiser.
who has his own Teppenyaki table in his home, is donating his services in preparing two seven-course Teppenyaki dinners for eight. The cooks prepare 300 to 400 pounds of crab for the event that’s fresh off the boat. Bill personally drives to the coast that morning at 3 a.m. to pick up the crab. The Shipleys say it is fun and rewarding to help put on the event and it benefits organizations dear to their hearts. “The money for the senior center goes into its general account to help provide services,” Cora said. “We just like to give back to the community, and the center is a great part of this community. Two of the fire department Explorers work at our ice cream store, and we like to help support B.O.O.T. We just enjoy putting on a fun event that everyone appreciates. It all comes back to Old Town and we want to do anything we can to promote Clovis.”
Clovis Blood Drives
Clovis Chamber February, 2014 “February is an important month for blood drives as we are challenged daily to keep up with the need. At this time of year, donations are often lower due to the flu season,“ states Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for Central California Blood Center. “We rely heavily on our existing donors, but must attract new donors to meet the ever-growing need for blood. Anyone who is healthy and meets the eligibility requirements is needed to give blood.” Clovis blood drives in February: February 7: Toyota of Clovis Blood Drive, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 895 W. Shaw Avenue, Clovis. Every test drive gets a FREE box of chocolate (limit one box per family while supplies last). Donors will receive valuable coupons for dining and entertainment. February 8: Toyota of Clovis Blood Drive, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 895 W. Shaw Avenue, Clovis. Donors will receive valuable coupons for dining and entertainment.
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February 9: College Community Mennonite Brethren Church Blood Drive, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 2529 Willow Avenue, Clovis. Donors will receive valuable coupons for dining and entertainment. February 19: Clovis West High School Blood Drive, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Clovis West Cafeteria, 1070 E. Teague Ave., Fresno. All donors will receive a vintage t-shirt, plus valuable coupons for dining and entertainment. February 20: Clovis High School Blood Drive, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Clovis West Cafeteria, 1055 North Fowler Avenue, Clovis. All donors will receive a vintage t-shirt, plus valuable coupons for dining and entertainment. For additional information contact Rob Walker, Communications Coordinator, at the Central California Blood Center, (559) 389-5433 ex. 5448. Donors can also join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. For additional information on Marrow Donation or any blood drive, please call (559) 389-LIFE (5433) or visit www.
Fresno Grizzlies seek National Anthem performers The Fresno Grizzlies have announced National Anthem audition dates for those individuals or groups interested in performing “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of thousands of fans at Chukchansi Park during one of the Grizzlies’ 72 home games this season. The first audition will take place at Sierra Vista Mall (1050 Shaw Ave, Clovis) on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. A second audition is slated for Feb. 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Hanford Mall (1675 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford). Individuals or groups must have their performance memorized and will be given one minute and 30 seconds to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” live in front of a panel of judges. Performers can sing, use an instrument or incorporate both elements for their audition. “This has been a fantastic event for us in the past and has led us to some tremendous talent,” said Grizzlies VP of
Marketing/Operations Drew Vertiz. “This year, we’re really looking to uncover the next layer of local singers and musicians. The performance of the National Anthem is the signature moment prior to a baseball game and we’re determined to find individuals or groups who will capture our fans with their performance.” Interested performers are encouraged to pre-register by downloading the National Anthem audition form at www.fresnogrizzlies.com. Completed applications can be emailed to Kyle Kleiman at kkleiman@fresnogrizzlies. com prior to the event. Performers who audition on Feb. 8 will have the added bonus of potentially being chosen to perform the National Anthem prior to the Feb. 15 Fresno Fuego vs. San Jose Earthquakes reserves match that precedes the LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes Central California Cup match at Chukchansi Park.
Did you know? Aggressive driving and excess weight in a vehicle can dramatically reduce fuel efficiency. According to U.S. Department of Energy, aggressive driving that includes rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas, lowering gas mileage by 33 percent on highways and 5 percent when driving around town. Driving at higher speeds can also negatively affect gas mileage, which begins to decrease rapidly at speeds above 50 miles per hour, with each five miles per hour more than 50 mph akin to paying an extra $0.25 per gallon for gas. Drivers who treat their vehicles as rolling storage closets also could be wasting fuel and money, as the DOE notes that an extra 100 pounds in a vehicle could reduce its miles per gallon by 2 percent.
2014 CLOVIS CALENDAR -FebruaryRace Judicata and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 15 Valley Runner of the Year Series 10 Point Race on the Clovis Old Town Trail hosted by San Joaquin College of Law Student Bar Association and Sierra Challenge Express Time: 6:45a.m. race Place: San Joaquin College of Law (901 Fifth Street) Entry fee: $10 kids, $15 Adults www.sjcl.edu Incognitio the Play Friday, Feb 21st at 9:30 am Willow International Community College Center Building AC1, Room 150 10309 N Willow Ave Event is free and open to the public Clovis First State Bank Robbery Reenactment Saturday, Feb. 22 On Feb. 5, 1925, Clovis’ First State Bank was robbed at gunpoint by two daring life-long criminals. They made off with $31,000 and started a manhunt that garnered national attention. Come see the melodramatic reenactment of this historic event. Space is limited but there will be several 15-minute performances throughout the afternoon. Time: 1 p.m. Place: Clovis Historical Museum (southeast corner of Pollasky Avenue and Fourth Street, Old Town Clovis) Free admission Contact: Clovis Historical Museum (559) 297-8033
Clovis Rotary 23rd Annual Crab Feed Saturday Feb. 22 Time: 6 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building Tickets: clovisrotary.org -MarchSan Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5 During the festival’s quarter century in existence, the Central Valley has seen some of the nation’s top musicians and jazz educators. This year is no exception. For 2014, we are extremely proud to present our featured Friday night concert with Grammy Award winner, The Alan Ferber Band. Saturday’s concert will feature The Josh Nelson Group. Performances will take place in a variety of venues. For detailed information, please visit sjvjf.net/index.html or call Roberta Shackelford at (559)-355-1108 or (559) 299-7247. Clovis Advantage Business Trade Show Wednesday, March 5 Time: 4 – 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th St. Open to the public, admission is free Call 559-299-7363 for more information www.clovischamber.com Bill and Cora Shipley 3rd Annual Crab Feed Saturday, March 8 Proceeds to benefit BOOT, Clovis Senior Center, Clovis Fire, and Police Explores Time: 6 p.m. Place: Clovis Senior Center, 800 block of 4th St.
Silent and live auction, raffle prizes and live entertainment featuring Jeremy “Elvis” Pierce. All the fresh crab you can eat along with pasta dinner. Tickets: $45 per plate, prepaid table of 8 is $350. Contact: Cora Shipley, (559) 2695334 Old Town Antique & Collectible Fair Sunday, March 30 Old Town Clovis’ one-of-a-kind Antique & Collectible Fair boasts cobblestone streets brimming with antique and collectible treasures. Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Bullard Avenue and Third StreetFree Admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 www. oldtownclovis.org -AprilBig Hat Days Saturday and Sunday April 5 & 6 April in Clovis is Western Heritage Month. The celebration starts on the first full weekend when the Clovis Chamber of Commerce hosts Big Hat Days in
Old Town Clovis. With over 125,000 attendees, it is hailed as the largest festival in the entire Central Valley. Everyone is encouraged to wear a hat, a “big” hat that shields you from the Valley sun as you stroll around 400 food and crafts booths, visit the Home and Garden Show, listen to the music in the Beverage Garden and revel in your children’s enjoyment of the carnival rides. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free admission Contact: Clovis Chamber of Commerce at (559) 299-7363 www.clovischamber.com
January 30, 2014
Log of Shame by April French-Naten
Jan. 8, 2014 Four young adults and a woman well into her 50s were arrested after a neighbor called police because there was an excessive amount of unwanted people next door causing too much noise. Police responded, and found the four young adults had stopped by to purchase their weekly green from the Baby Boomer, who sells it out of her grow closet in her one-bedroom apartment. Great career choice, grandma!
Jan. 11, 2014 A strange vehicle burglary occurred over on Loyola. A very persistent criminal broke into a car and stole the only thing left in it, which was a new box of business cards the owner had just picked up from the printer. Maybe the genius will do him a favor and pass the cards out around town so he can get new business and pay for that broken window on his car! Jan. 12, 2014 Apparently, as part of some double dog dare, two girls pulled the alarms at two different businesses on Sunday while at a birthday party. The first girl was caught, cited and released. Thinking that there was no way they could be caught twice in one day, the second girl went across town and pulled the second alarm. Well, they grossly underestimated our guys and gals in blue, and bam! She was popped, too. Now both girls will have to explain to the judge how they wasted taxpayers’ dollars tying up our good officers on such nonsense as a dare! Jan. 13, 2014 A young man called police to a store parking lot over on Shaw Avenue when his girlfriend (who just found out about his wife) met him and beat the living daylights out of him right there by his car! Now, unfortunately, the law says this is not acceptable, and she will likely be punished. BUT, I imagine his wife to be secretly grateful. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, gentlemen. Tread lightly.
Jan. 10, 2014 A woman that reported her black Lexus stolen was so happy to hear from officers when they called to let her know that the car had been found. It was parked a block away from her house, with the keys in it, and no damage done. Coincidently, an hour prior to that, her teenage son and his best friend came walking in the front door. Needless to say, they are prime suspects. Mamma ain’t playin’ ‘round boys! You take a girl’s Lexus, and there will be consequences.
Jan. 9, 2014 An employee at a local pharmacy over on Shaw reported a petty theft after an unidentified man came in, wandered around the store while filling a cart to the brim, and then suddenly walked out without purchasing a single item. After watching the surveillance tapes, it appears that all that shopping made him thirsty, because all he stole was a bottle of Captain Morgan. Typical man. Shopping was just far too overwhelming, so he helped himself to a drink!
Jan. 14, 2014 The manager of a large store over on Shaw Avenue reported a brazen theft. A woman walked in and put a vacuum in her cart while her partner in crime put a carpet cleaner in his cart. They walked out the door, put them in a truck, and off they went. Hey, they may be thieves, but at least their carpets are clean! Jan. 15, 2014 An officer stopped to do a subject check when he noticed a group of teenagers hanging out behind a store. He discovered that one of them had a warrant for his arrest from another county. He was booked and transported to juvenile hall with the warmest of regards. Thanks for visiting kid, but if you’re trying to be on the run, Clovis isn’t the place to go! Y’all come back now, ya hear! Jan. 16, 2014 Trying to determine the intensions of a thief is a lot like trying to put a puzzle together with your nose. The city was the victim when someone stole 50 feet of heavy-duty chain link fence over on Alluvial. So, were the thieves just really in need of a fence? Or were they wanting access to the fenced-off area? Things that make you go hmmmmm! Jan. 17, 2014 Over on Gettysburg, some wild child used blue spray paint to write a nasty note on the side of a residence. Turns out, a neighbor kid didn’t like the other kid living there. The best part…he signed his name. Awesome. Jan. 18, 2014 A man in the 1400 block of Locust reported a vehicle burglary. He told police that the thief popped his driver’s side door lock, so there was not any damage to the car, but stole his radar detector and two pairs of Oakley sunglasses. Thief? Or fashion police trying to force you out of the 90s and into the new millennium? You decide. Jan. 19, 2014 Police arrested a man in the 800 block of West Shaw for driving under the influence. He tried to argue that he was not drunk, as he had only drank HALF of the CASE of beer he had in his back seat, not the whole thing. Officers were not amused, and the man will have to explain to a judge how 12 beers do not constitute “under the influence!” Good luck with that, buddy! Jan. 20, 2014 Officers were called to the scene of a disturbance at Clovis and Shaw when a juvenile crossing the intersection was hit in the head with a shoe. He stated that an arguing couple was driving by, and the woman was throwing belongings out of the car window. Before he knew it, she had flung a gym bag out of the window, and a stray tennis shoe smacked him in the head. That must have been one good argument! Jan. 21, 2014 A local man in a maintenance uniform walked into a local grocery store over on Herndon and ordered a sandwich from the deli. He grabbed it, walked to the liquor cooler, grabbed a beer, and walked straight out the front door without paying. I’m not sure if he is a thief, or just had a really stressful morning at work and simply forgot to check out at the register! *The above Police Logs are loosely based on actual events. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. The circumstances have been created and embellished for your entertainment.
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52. Egyptian statesman Anwar 55. Expel 56. Expressed pleasure 60. Assist 61. Jewish folklore legend 63. An unidentified aircraft 64. Singer Nat “King” 65. A level surface 66. Israeli politician Abba 67. Actor Kristofferson 68. Paddled 69. Locomoted DOWN 1. Mild yellow Dutch cheese 2. Fallow deer genus 3. Of an ode 4. Phone line connector 5. Before 6. Insect stage 7. Electronic communication 8. Relating to metal 9. Japanese Minister Hirobumi 10. Naval historian Alfred Thayer 11. A long narrative poem 12. Drug officer (US slang) 13. Carbamide 21. Park in Northern Spain 23. Canine 25. Hit lightly 26. Indiana Univ. Degree
27. Play performer 28. Hairpiece 29. Pulled away 32. Papier-__ 33. Georgia city 34. Irregularly notched 36. Ladies’ 1st Army branch 37. Begetter 38. Raincoat 40. Conic curve 41. __ Claus 43. Family Hominidae member 44. Personnel 46. Actor Carney 47. At peace 49. Joyce Carol __, US author 50. Of cheekbone 51. A one-edged cavalry sword 52. Potato pouch 53. Town in Ghana 54. Small store 57. Rover 58. Oh, God! 59. Force unit 61. Central mail bureau 62. __ student, learns healing
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Clovis police search for victims after recovering stolen property A search warrant served in the 100 block of Fairmont in Clovis in late December turned up quite a cache of stolen property not only in the apartment, but also in the garage. Clovis Police detectives arrested a suspect in the case. They have identified five victims, and investigators are now looking for additional victims who had valuable items taken. Most of the pieces are collectibles, largely pins and coins, found in carrying cases or holders. Other property includes a DeWalt chop saw and a contractor’s table, painter’s scaffolding and several fairly new bicycles, including one that’s a bit unusual. If you believe any of these items belong to you and you can identify them over the phone, you are asked to call the Clovis Police Victim Hotline at (559) 324-3435.
Clovis PD swears in three new police officers Jan. 15
Clovis PD needs help with thief Clovis PD is asking for your help with identifying this theft suspect. He is suspected of stealing items from the Wal-Mart on Shaw in Clovis. If you have info, please message the Clovis Police Department, call 559-324-2556, or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You can remain anonymous! Case 14-00507.
Female suspects sought in Kohl’s burglary Clovis PD is asking for your help with identifying three female suspects. They are suspected of burglary at the Clovis Kohl’s on Dec. 29, 2013. If you have any info, please message the Clovis Police Department on Facebook, or call them at 559-324-2556, or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You can remain anonymous! Case 13-18735.
Biggest danger behind the wheel Billions of car trips are taken across North America each year, and though only a small percentage involve people driving under the influence, even one impaired driver can cause a great deal of trouble on the roadways. Drunk, drugged and distracted driving is responsible for thousands of fatalities and accidents each and every year -- with distracted driving now leading the pack as one of the biggest contributors to vehicular fatalities. Mothers Against Drunk Driving notes that someone is killed in a drunk driving crash every 53 minutes in the United States, while every 90 seconds someone is injured because of a drunk driver. Though driving under the influence poses a threat to everyone on the road, drunk driving is no longer the biggest risk behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a growing problem, one spurred on by the increase of technological gadgets that take drivers’ attention away from the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. The agency reports that texting while driving has now replaced drinking while driving as the leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers. But it’s not a problem only reserved for youngsters. People of all ages admit to texting while behind the wheel of a car. According to a Harvard Center for Risk Analysis study, texting in cars and trucks causes more than 3,000 deaths and 330,000 injuries per year. To illustrate just how dangerous texting while driving can be in relation to
driving while intoxicated, Car and Driver Magazine performed an experiment. During the test, cars were set up with a red light to alert drivers when to brake. The magazine tested how long it would take to hit the brakes when sober, when legally impaired at a BAC level of .08, when reading an e-mail, and when sending a text. The results were surprising. Sober, focused drivers took an average of 0.54 seconds to brake. Legally drunk drivers required four additional feet to stop. An additional 36 feet was necessary when reading an e-mail and an additional 70 feet was needed when sending a text. Drivers who text also are more likely to drift in and out of lanes. A study by the Transport Research Laboratory in London found that reaction times for texting drivers were 35 percent worse than those for drivers with no distractions. Although the proportion of alcoholrelated traffic crashes has dropped considerably in recent years, the number of accidents and fatalities attributed to causes other than impaired driving have increased. A survey by Nationwide Insurance found that 80 percent of drivers support some type of mobile phone or texting use restrictions while driving.
January 30, 2014
Forest Service conducts prescribed burn near Barnes Mountain
Kathy Sisk honored as Professional Business Woman of the Year
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
The High Sierra Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest has been conducting a prescribed burn in the vicinity of Blue Canyon south of Shaver Lake. The extraordinary dry weather has brought this research burn back to life, creating the perfect opportunity for continuing the research being carried out with the Pacific Southwest Research Station. Prescribed burning is primarily conducted to maintain the forest in a healthy condition and reduce the intensity of a wildfire. This prescribed burn was ignited in late November 2013 and became quite inactive for the last several weeks after the December 7th, 2013 rain. On January 22, 2014 the dry conditions allowed the fire to rekindle within its containment lines and continue creeping. The Clarence Burn has been an ongoing two year project to conduct habitat studies in known Pacific Fisher denning areas. Carbon monoxide and temperature sensors are recording data inside denning (nesting) Pacific Fisher cavities. The data from the sensors will be used to determine Pacific Fisher survivability during prescribed fires and how the fishers respond to fire. Unlike wildfire, prescribed burns are management ignited under very specific weather conditions and remain under management control to reduce the spread and intensity of the flames. This allows managers to moderate the effects of the fire on the forest as well as species habitat. Firefighters are using a tactic called “black lining” where the forest debris is burned along roads and containment
lines. The burned out containment lines can serve to assist firefighters in burning the rest of the burn area under drier conditions. At this time, the fire is moving on its own and fire crews are on scene to make sure it stays within its boundaries. It is possible smoke will be visible from Highway 168 (along the 4 lanes at about 4000 foot elevation) as well as Burrough Valley and from the valley floor on clear days and in the immediate location of the prescribed burn. The High Sierra Ranger District is working closely with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Board to minimize the smoke impacts to the local communities, and restricting ignition acres to those necessary to keep the fire from escaping the containment lines. For more information about these projects or questions on prescribed burning, contact District Fire Management Officer Carolyn Ballard or Fire Specialist Tomas Gonzalez at the High Sierra Ranger Station in Prather at (559) 855-5355.
Kathy Sisk (left) accepts the 2014 Professional Business Woman of the Year Award from 2013 winner, Donna Melchor (right). Photo by Ron Sundquist
Kathy Sisk, who was named the 2014 Professional Business Woman of the Year, is the true definition of an entrepreneur: self-motivated, dynamic, ambitious, and a fearless visionary. Sisk is the founder and president of Kathy Sisk Enterprises Inc., located in Clovis. An international trainer and consultant, Sisk has contributed nearly 40 years of her expertise to the call center and customer service industry. Considered an expert in her line of work, she is a published author of many manuals and books, and is known for her 12-step platforms for inbound and outbound call handling. She is a frequent speaker at top industry events and also contributes articles for many industry related magazines. She is both motivational and inspirational when she speaks, and offers a wide range of information to all who attend her seminars.
Sisk has opened several other successful businesses. Her latest project is Butler Web and Design, which she established with her son, Sean. Also located in Clovis, Butler celebrated their 100th client just a little more than year after opening their business. It continues to grow in both clientele and support staff due to its increasing success. Most recently, Butler was nominated for the BBB Ethical Business Award. Aside from her entrepreneurial skills, Sisk has a passion for philanthropic endeavors, evidenced by her founding of a local non-profit organization called Restoration Life Foundation. Her vision is to help women and children who have suffered from sexual abuse by offering counseling and other services. All proceeds from her latest book, “I’m Fat and Nobody Cares,” are donated to Restoration Life Foundation.
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This week in dental history The evolution of dental implants By Dr. Edward Trevino
The ability to restore the dental condition is beyond imagination, and is only limited by a dentist’s resourcefulness. Dental implants have been around for thousands of years, and can only be the product of an inventive mind. As early as 4,000 years, ago the ancient Chinese were using carved bamboo driven into the jaw to replace teeth. Twothousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians used heavy metals to do the same. These were the first designs that led to what is now the dental implant. The modern implant, as we know it, was first studied and created by Professor Branemark in 1952. He placed the first titanium implant in a human volunteer in 1965. This was his first “implantation.” Did everything work out perfectly the first time and were there trials and tribulations? Was it worthwhile? No, yes and yes. Dr. Branemark’s goal was to replace a single tooth, which, at the time, was very exciting. To Branemark, what was more exciting was his desire to learn about the method of osseointegration, or more clearly, how the bone grew and connected to the implant. The implant was placed as a root formed implant of a single rooted tooth. There are many sizes and designs of implants that replicate the root of the tooth, mini implants and even orthodontic implants. As there are many types of implants, there are an even larger number of usages. All these different types of implants allow dentists to restore almost any condition they are presented with. Developing implants was definitely a cause worth pursuing and has since been the foundation for dental rehabilitation. The most common implant restoration is based on Dr. Branemark’s first single root formed implant restoration. Of course, the implant itself is only the foundation for the tooth restoration. The implant is
placed in the bone while a secondary part, called an abutment, is placed within the implant supporting the tooth prosthesis (crown). This constitutes the most basic single tooth restoration. Multiple implants are used to support bridgework, which involves replacing multiple missing teeth. The number of implants depends on the number of missing teeth that need to be supported. A bridge normally involves a metal framework with porcelain baked to the framework to replicate the missing teeth. There is also a hybrid bridg/denture that utilizes a metal bar with acrylic teeth and gums, which is screwed to the implants. Sometimes, a denture is difficult to retain in the mouth due to lack of bone. Implants can be used to retain and support the denture with attachments on the implants and the other part embedded in the denture. Dentures can be helped to stay in position with mini single piece implants which basically help to keep the denture from moving. All of these treatments will substantially elevate the quality of life for any patient. Mini non-integrating implants are used in orthodontics to help teeth that are going in awkward directions move where they need to go. Implants are even used in rehabilitating a patient with facial prosthetics after loss from cancer or an accident. No matter what the need, the implantation of these devices will help to restore and strengthen a patient’s life. Art of Design Implant, Cosmetic, and Family Dentistry Edward A. Treviño, DDS, FADIA 1040 E. Herndon Ave. #102 Fresno, California 93720 559-230-0809 559-230-0833 fax email@example.com www.fresnosdentist.com
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ectic family schedules don’t have to get in the way of serving up tasty and healthy weeknight dinners,” explains leading nutrition expert, cookbook author and television star Ellie Krieger, author of “Weeknight Wonders: Delicious, Healthy Dinners in 30 Minutes or Less.” Krieger notes that pairing the unique sweetness of healthy, fresh pears with savory proteins like pork or chicken makes for a satisfying supper that can be made in a snap. “Pears are a perfect pick for weeknight dinners,” says Krieger. “Their distinctive flavor goes well in savory main dishes that are simple to make and will be enjoyed by the whole family.” Krieger’s recipe for Pork Chops with Pears in Port Wine Sauce from her new “Weeknight Wonders” cookbook will help add variety to the weeknight dinner routine, as will these other suppertime recipes that feature juicy USA Pears.For more great recipe ideas, visit www. usapears.org.
Pork Chops with Pears in Port Wine Sauce
Makes 4 Servings 3 large firm-ripe USA Pears, such as Bartlett or Anjou Cooking spray 4 1/2-pound center-cut bone-in pork loin chops (about 3/4 inch thick) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth 3/4 cup tawny port wine 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard Peel and core the pears, then slice them into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the pears and cook, stirring once or twice, until warmed and slightly softened but they still retain their shape, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the pears to a plate. Season the pork chops with the salt and pepper. Spray the skillet with cooking spray again, then add the pork chops and cook until just slightly blush in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a second plate and cover to keep warm. Add the broth and port to the skillet, raise the heat to high, and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the mustard and whisk until dissolved, then return the pears to the pan and stir to combine. Spoon the sauce over the chops and serve. Recipe adapted and reprinted with permission from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, from Weeknight Wonders by Ellie Krieger. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.
Check the Neck for Ripeness Pears are best enjoyed at the peak of ripeness. The best way to judge whether a fresh pear is ripe, sweet and juicy is to “check the neck”: n Press the neck, or stem end, of the pear with your thumb, and if it yields to gentle pressure it is ripe and ready to eat. n To ripen your pears at home, keep them at room temperature. Display these beautiful fruits in a decorative bowl as you wait for them to ripen. n To slow ripening, simply put the pears in the refrigerator.
Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Pears, Shallots and Wilted Spinach Makes 4 servings 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil,divided 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 2 shallots, thinly sliced 2 large USA Pears, peeled, cored and cut in 1/2-inch dice Juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock 4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme (about 4 sprigs) 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1 1/4 pounds fresh spinach, trimmed, washed and dried Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Using heavy skillet or mallet, pound breasts to 1/4-inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper and lightly coat with dusting of flour. Place 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter in large skillet over medium high
heat. When butter begins to foam, add two chicken breasts and sauté one side until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn chicken breasts over and sauté other side until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate, raise heat to medium high and repeat with another tablespoon each of olive oil and butter and other 2 chicken breasts. Add shallots and pears to pan and cook over medium-high heat until lightly trans lucent and golden, about 3 minutes. Add lemon juice, mustard, chicken stock and any juices on plate and deglaze pan, scrap ing to loosen any brown bits on bottom with wooden spoon. Simmer until sauce reduces by half, about 4 minutes. Add chopped thyme and parsley, and gradually stir in remaining butter until just melted. For spinach, add remaining olive oil and sliced garlic to large sauté pan. Warm oil over high heat. When very hot, and before garlic has color, add spinach and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes or until spinach is bright green and slightly wilted. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve, divide spinach between four plates, placing a mound on each. Top spinach with cutlet and spoon shallot and pear sauce over top.
Asian Style Lettuce Wraps with Chicken and Crunchy Pears Makes 4 servings 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons peanut oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 1/2 tablespoons grated gingerroot 6 scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated 1 pound ground chicken, dark meat 1 tablespoon chili sauce 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 large USA Pear, such as Red Anjou or Bosc, cored and cut in matchsticks Toasted sesame oil to taste 12 large tender lettuce leaves, such as bib, butter or red leaf Cilantro sprigs In small bowl, mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water to form smooth paste and set aside. Warm peanut oil in skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic, ginger and white parts of scallion and stir-fry until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken and cook, stirring frequently until it breaks into small pieces and is no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Add chili sauce, hoisin, and soy sauce, stirring to combine and evenly distribute ingredients. Add reserved cornstarch slurry and stir until sauce is clear. Finish with reserved scallion greens, pear matchsticks, and a splash of sesame oil. To serve, place heaping tablespoon of filling in middle of lettuce leaf with few cilantro leaves, if desired. Wrap lettuce around contents, pick up with hands and eat.
Alta Sierra, Kastner Intermediate Schools redesignated California Model Schools to Watch Clovis Unified’s Alta Sierra and Kastner intermediate schools are celebrating their re-designation as California’s Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage model middle schools. The official announcement that the two schools had been named 2014 Schools to Watch came Jan. 20. The Schools to Watch program uses a competitive, rigorous review process to identify high-performing, high-impact intermediate schools in the state so that all middle schools may have models of real-world success. Only 59 model schools have been identified statewide since the program began in 2003. In 2008, Alta Sierra and Kastner were the first in Clovis Unified to be selected as Schools to Watch, and represented the first time two schools from the same district received the award. The recognition is awarded for three years, with ASI and Kastner earning re-designation as Schools to Watch in 2011, and again in 2014. Since 2008, all five of CUSD’s comprehensive intermediate schools have been named Model Schools to Watch. “Alta Sierra and Kastner intermediate schools are models of what outstanding middle schools can be,” said Dr. Irvin
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Shorts can now be worn on CUSD campuses year-round
Alta Sierra Intermediate School. Photo courtesy of Ron Webb
Howard, president of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. “School leaders from across the state will continue to turn to Alta Sierra and Kastner for guidance on improving their programs to better serve their students.” The award is sponsored by the California Middle Grades Alliance, which includes the California League of Middle Schools, California Department of Education and other statewide educational organizations. Kastner and Alta Sierra intermediate schools serve seventh and eighth grade students in Clovis Unified. For more information about California’s Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage program, visit www.clms.net/stw/.
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On Jan. 15, the Clovis Unified Governing Board accepted the recommendation of student members of the Inter School Council and the administration to end its seasonal restriction on the wearing of shorts by students. Members of the Board, in approving this recommendation, affirmed their continued support for the safety and behavior standards
set by the District’s dress code; while agreeing that the area’s mild temperatures and the existing provision for allowing shorts during portions of the school year made this slight revision sensible. All other elements of the District’s dress code remain the same. With the Board’s decision, shorts will be allowed beginning January 21, 2014.
Garabedian foundation remains long-time supporter of local Girl Scouts The Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation has awarded Girl Scouts of Central California South a grant of $1,500. A long-time time supporter of the local Girl Scouts, the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation has supported the local organization with $58,600 in grant funding over the course of more than 10 years. “We appreciate the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation’s partnership and are very grateful for their recent donation and sustained support. The grant funding
received over more than a decade has assisted us in bringing Girl Scout programs to thousands of local girls in the Central Valley, building their confidence and character, and giving them a voice,” stated Cathy Ferguson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central California South. The Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation and other grantors, sponsors and donors help subsidize the cost of the Girl Scouts Connect program for at-risk girls in grades K-12 from economically disadvantaged families. Funding pays
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for materials, support items, program development, and insurance, and the salaries of mentors who travel throughout the Central Valley to deliver programming to the girls. In 2012-2013, Girl Scouts of Central California South served 3,903 girls through its Girl Scouts Connect Program, in the five counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, and Tulare. Eleven adult volunteers were trained to become Girl Scout leaders to help expand the program. By instilling moral values and teaching real life learning opportunities, Girl
Scouting teaches commitment, team work, goal setting, decision making, and many other skills and qualities that help girls reach their full potential. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. For more information on the Girl Scouts Connect program contact Sarina De la Rosa at (800) 490-8653 ext.125.
Four Student Affairs VP finalists to visit campus
By Tom Uribes www.fresnostatenews.com
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Fresno State has exceeded its target number of first-time freshman applicants for fall 2014 and more than 3,000 eligible, first-time freshmen applicants cannot be accommodated. For the fall semester, Fresno State is impacted at the first-time freshmen and upper-division transfer levels and is using supplementary criteria for admission, said Bernard Vinovrski, associate vice president for Enrollment Services. “Even though this demonstrates the success of our outreach programs to recruit students, it is unfortunate that so many eligible students cannot get access to Fresno State,” Vinovrski said. “It underscores the need for more funding for higher education.” Based on availability, first-time freshmen applicants from the Fresno State-designated local area will be admitted if they meet minimum California State University admission requirements and met the original Nov. 30 application deadline. Fresno State’s service area encompasses Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties.
Upper-division transfer students from area community colleges will also be admitted based on availability, as well as those with a recommended 2.75 grade point average or higher in all transfer work from other colleges and universities. Various other deadlines are also coming up for transfer, returning and graduate students to get materials submitted. Details are available at www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/are/ undergrad/fall-announcement.html. Vinovrski said there will be no exceptions for all deadlines. Students can also contact the Admissions and Records Office at 559.278.2261 for more information.
Fresno State University’s Henry Madden Library. Photo courtesy of csufresno.edu
The national search for a vice president for Student Affairs has produced four finalists for campus visits and open forums in January and February. An 11-member search committee of university faculty, staff and students was chaired by Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, vice president for Administrative Services/ CFO. The candidates are: Dr. Reginald Blaylock vice president for the Student Services Office, San Diego
State University Dr. Kevin Colaner, associate vice president for Student Affairs, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, the University of Texas at Arlington Dr. Kandy Mink Salas, associate vice president for Student Affairs, California State University, Fullerton The new vice president will succeed Dr. Paul M. Oliaro, who retired Dec. 31.
Middle Class Scholarship provides new college finance opportunities By Tom Uribes www.fresnostatenews.com
Applications are now being accepted for a new financial assistance program, the California Middle Class Scholarship, that will be available in the fall for undergraduate students who have family incomes up to $150,000 to attend a California State University (CSU) or a University of California (UC). A campaign to inform students and their families about the new funds is now under way by the Central Valley California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), a federally-funded state program administered by the California Student Aid Commission and governed by a consortium of colleges and universities including Fresno State with 15 Cal-SOAP programs statewide. Informational workshops, “Cash for College,” are scheduled throughout the state until the March 2 application deadline. Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in July, the new program begins in the 2014-15 academic year and provides scholarships of various amountsto attend any of the 23 CSU or 10 UC campuses, depending on eligibility factors. It offers sliding-scale discounts of up to 40 percent for families who don’t qualify for Cal Grants, federal Pell grants or UC/ CSU need-based grants, said Sandra Jones, director of Central Valley Cal-SOAP, based in the University Outreach Services Office at Fresno State. “The program is being phased in over four years, and each academic year the maximum amount of the scholarship
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will increase until 2017-18, when the maximum scholarship award will be up to 40 percent of the mandatory systemwide fees and tuition,” she said. The application filing period opened this month and students apply just as they would for federal aid or a Cal Grant, by completing the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application available at www. fafsa.gov or the California Dream Act Application at caldreamact.org by the deadline. Students applying for a Cal Grant must also make sure their GPA is submitted to CSAC by March 2. At the informational workshops, which are being hosted by CALSOAP, various schools and community organizations, students can get assistance with completing the FAFSA and Dream Act application. Central California workshop dates and times can be found with the meeting locator at the project’s web site (calgrants.org). To be considered for this program; students must be California residents attending a CSU or UC; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540 student status; meet certain income and other financial aid standards; maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and must not be incarcerated. For more information, contact Jones at 559.278.5312.
‘Glory Road’ Flournoy speaks Feb. 7 for African Peoples History Month By Tom Uribes www.fresnostatenews.com
African Peoples History Month at Fresno State begins in February with a talk by Harry Flournoy and screening of the Disney film “Glory Road” that depicts Flournoy and his history-making Texas Western College basketball team that won the 1966 national championship with the first-ever all African-American starting lineup. The film, which is part of the Fresno State CineCulture series, screens at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Peters Educational Center (2650 E. Shaw Ave. at Woodrow in the Student Recreation Center west of the Save Mart Center). Flournoy will speak about the film and his experiences at 7 p.m. as part of the Martin Luther King/Gunnar Myrdal Lecture Series presented by Fresno State’s Africana Studies Program and the Martin Luther King Committee. Additional details about several other events celebrating the contributions of African-Americans will be announced later by Fresno State’s Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute. Dr. Francine Oputa, institute director, points out that while the national name of the month-long observance is Black History Month, Fresno State’s celebration the past two decades has been called African Peoples History Month. The 2006 film featuring Flournoy is based on the events and individuals from the 1966 Texas Western College basketball team basketball team, later renamed University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), that made history under Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins in the NCAA Division I national Championship game
Harry Fluornoy. Photo courtesy of www.nwitimes.com
against an all-white team from University of Kentucky. Flournoy appeared on the March 28, 1966 cover of Sports Illustrated with Pat Riley (later player and coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and now coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat). After his career at Texas Western College, Flournoy became a teacher and basketball coach at an elementary school in El Paso. He now works in route sales for Bimbo Bakeries USA and speaks at various events about empowerment and leadership. For more information about the CineCulture film screening, contact Mary Husain at firstname.lastname@example.org. University Communications news intern Ashlie Day contributed to this report.
‘Barking Bulldogs’ debate team rises to No. 11 nationally By Tom Uribes www.fresnostatenews.com
Fresno State’s debate team, the Barking Bulldogs, earned two first-place finishes at the Cal Berkeley - Chico Invitational this past weekend and are now ranked No. 11 in the nation. The Barking Bulldogs team of Candis Tate and Sierra Holley defeated the University of California, Berkeley team 2-1 in the championship round to retain Fresno State’s No. 1 ranking in the 30team Pacific District 1. Fresno State sent two teams of two speakers that competed Jan. 18-19 in the Berkeley open (varsity) division. The team of Erica Barton and Carla Caffrey-Casiano defeated Pepperdine, Weber and Sacramento State. Barton is a Philosophy/Women’s Studies major and Caffrey-Casiano is a Psychology major. Both are seniors from Fresno. Tate, a senior Communication/Africana Studies major from Inglewood, and Holley, a senior Political Science/Africana Studies major from Fresno, finished 5-1, earning first and 17th place individually to help retain Fresno State’s high rankings, Cooper said. “As a team, Sierra and Candis have almost single-handedly helped us retain our position as No. 1 in Pacific District 1 and helped us gain No. 11 in the national rankings,” said Devon Cooper, Fresno State’s debate director and a lecturer in the Department of Communication. In the preliminary rounds, Tate and Holley defeated University of Southern California, University of Central Oklahoma, Weber State and California. In the quarterfinals, they defeated California State University, Fullerton with a 3-0 decision to set up the rematch with
California for the championship. In November, the Barking Bulldogs team made its presence known when Holley and Tate broke into the elimination rounds at Wake Forest University’s Shirley Classic, where they beat No. 2 Harvard. A month earlier, Fresno State students Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed made college debate history at the Henry Clay Invitational Debate Tournament at the University of Kentucky when they became the first two African-American nontraditional speakers to ever win first and second place individual awards. Established in 1971, the Henry Clay competition is one of the oldest and largest U.S. policy, varsity debate tournaments in America. The Fresno State debate team was among 286 speakers from 30 schools. Dr. Shanara Reid-Brinkley, director of debate at University of Pittsburgh, said it was the first time in the history of national debate competition that two AfricanAmerican women have finished as the top two speakers at any national tournament. The feat has earned the two Fresno State students recognition in publications across the nation, including JET Magazine. Lewis is a junior Psychology major from Vallejo and Ahmed is a senior Communication major from Fresno. Next, the Barking Bulldogs hit the road again for the University of Texas Open Debate Tournament Feb. 8-9 in Austin. For more information about the “Barking Bulldogs” contact Cooper at email@example.com and for the Berkeley Invitational contact Jonah Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org. University Communications news intern Ashlie Day contributed to this report.
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W Brewery: Brewing up success
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
In establishing Clovis’ only microbrewery, Rhett Williams prides himself on being home grown and family owned. He wants to extend that sense of pride and see if grow amongst other Valley residents from his generation. “There is so much that’s good in the Valley,” Williams said. “It’s been undersold. The Valley has made me what I am. There was no doubt in my mind that I would return here to start my business.” In 2011, Williams, who is only 27, set about fulfilling a long held dream of opening up his own microbrewery. With a lot of hard work, scraped together capital and a love of the foaming lager, Williams opened W Brewery in an industrial building in Clovis off Sunnyside Avenue and Tollhouse Road. Williams has been perfecting his unique, traditionally brewed German lager for the past four years, testing his batches on willing family members and friends. He developed his fondness for German lager through his many trips to Germany with his mom, Cheryl Williams, who coordinates an international student exchange program through InterEd. “I got turned on to the high quality and caliber of beer they had in Germany and started brewing my own,” Williams said. “I wanted to build a long-term sustainable business that could become my legacy.” The entire process to produce a keg, or batch, of beer takes about a month. Some of the process can be done by electronic remote control from Williams’ cell phone. He follows a traditional German brewing process called “Reinheitsgebot” (beer purity law), using only water, barley, hops,
and yeast. His hard work has paid off. The W Brewery started out on tap at Popolo’s Pizza on Blackstone and Herndon avenues in 2011. Two of his ales, the 559 Independent Pale Ale (IPA), Lager and soon to be the new Raisin Farmer Ale (RFA) are being sold at both the Clovis and Riverpark Costcos. Most recently, two restaurants, The House of Juju in Old Town Clovis and Westwoods Spice & BBQ, a new eatery in Fresno, began featuring the new RFA Beer on tap. William’s admiration and love for the Valley and for the richness of the written word have given birth to the unusual names for his products, which tie into the fertile heritage of the Valley. One ale showcases a plane and aviator Pappy Boyington and his Baba Black Sheep Squadron; another bottle displays a Caterpillar bulldozer – farm equipment invented in Turlock. His Raisin Farmer Ale is a salute to the 1968 Ford Tractor, instrumental for local raisin farmers and the first tractor his grandpa taught his mother to operate. Williams has a small tap room at his Clovis location, where he hosts a brewery night every other Thursday, serving up beer on tap and revolving food truck fare. Customers have been touting his ale as having a smoother, cleaner, crisper taste than other similar brews. Sales are doing well enough to keep him busy into the early morning hours brewing hundreds of gallons of beer a week. He’s also been working on marketing and sales, and recently met with corporate representatives of Costco, hoping to extend his reach.
Rhett Williams has been perfecting the unique, traditionally brewed German lager at W Brewing for the past four years with a lot of help from his family, including his mom, Cheryl Williams. Contributed photo.
“I present myself and my products to the appropriate people,” Williams said. “We’re bringing quality products to quality businesses.” Williams quit two full-time jobs to manage the brewery full-time with help from his parents, Cheryl and Randy, and brother, Ryan, who helps with the creative design of the labels and logo. It is truly a family affair. “Working in a family environment has proven to be the experience of a lifetime,” Cheryl said. “It’s not every day you can
work with your son. Randy and I are extremely proud of the positive work ethic that we have instilled in both our sons.” Williams is continuing to fine tune and perfect his brew. He is currently working on another two products – stout ale and a light lager – which should be coming out soon. “We’re just having a big push for 2014,” Williams said. More information about W Brewing and the dates of the brewery nights can be found at wbrewing.com.
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