Clovis Roundup - Feb. 5, 2020

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people that make Clovis such a wonderful community,” Newman said. The Clovis Chamber of He added that what makes Commerce honored Peg Bos, Clovis special were the people in Greg Sassano, Scott Dority and attendance who work together to Robert Cozzi at its annual Salute “make great things happen.” to Business Luncheon Jan. 30 at Outgoing Board Chair Mathew the Clovis Veterans Memorial Grundy and incoming Board Chair District. Ryan Indart gave remarks. They Chamber of Commerce Exthanked those in attendance, saying ecutive Director Greg Newman the hard work of the Chamber began the luncheon by thanking members led to the business suckey community members, includ- cess of the last year. “This year we added 95 new ing Clovis City Council members members to this Chamber famand renowned business owners. ily and had 35 ribbon cuttings,” “This is a way for us to all Grundy said. “We’ve had over 40 come together and celebrate the networking functions, including best of Clovis and the best of the RON CAMACHO



Clovis Fire Chief John Binaski and other city officials introduced plans for a new Loma Vista Fire Station at a neighborhood meeting Jan. 28 at Reyburn Intermediate School. About a dozen Loma Vista residents attended the meeting, which began at 6 p.m. City of Clovis Planning Director Dwight Kroll said the fire station is similar to the others that are already serving Clovis. “Fire station 6 is very similar

coffee connects and lunch connects and holiday mixers. We’ve had over 1,000 volunteer hours from our ambassadors support our key events, including Big Hat Days and ClovisFest.” Cozzi received the Ambassador of the Year Award. Cozzi served as a Chamber ambassador for 14 years. He became a managing director at Principal Financial Group in 2016, though he worked for the company since 2004. “One of the things that my father tried to teach me was whenever you borrow something, always make sure to return it just as good See STB LUNCHEON, Pg. 5

Gavin’s Law Bill Passes State Assembly, Moves To Senate


The California State Assembly approved Gavin’s Law, a bill named after Clovis Unified Educator Gavin Gladding, who was killed by a hit and run driver on Friant Road in September 2018, in a 66 to 3 vote Jan. 28. The bill, known as AB 582, heads to the senate floor next. If passed,

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Bears Shock Cougars With Fourth Quarter Comeback PG 15

Clovis Unveils Plans For Loma Vista Fire Station


L-R: Jerry Cook (CEO, Cook Land Company), Peg Bos (President, Clovis Museum), and Greg Newman (CEO, Clovis Chamber of Commerce). Peg Bos was honored with the Einar Cook Leadership Award at the Clovis Chamber's Salute to Business Luncheon held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District on Jan. 30, 2020.

Clovis West Presents Women and War PG 14



Keeping Up With 2019 Miss Clovis Winner Jacqueline Trafton PG 4


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Clovis Police Explorer Post 355 Little Free Library Open to All at McCall Honored at Annual Banquet The Clovis Police Explorer Post 355 held their annual awards and banquet dinner on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Clovis Rodeo Hall. The event was to honor the 19 members for the 3,800 hours of community service and training in 2019. Members from the post volunteered from traffic control during the Clovis Parade to other city events. Aside from volunteering, the Explorers are trained in law enforcement scenarios such as traffic stops, DUI enforcement, domestic violence, crime scene investigations, and more. The Explorer Post 355's purpose is to expose youth to an

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organization with strict standards, high expectations, a police command structure, higher education and a career in law enforcement. The Clovis PD is always look-

ing for new Explorer members, if anyone is interested, please call (559) 324-2443 or go to www.

10 Things To Do In Clovis With Your Sweetheart Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Here are some romantic ideas to celebrate the holiday with your loved one all month long in Clovis. 1. The classic movie date. Head over to Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 or Maya Cinemas to catch a movie while sharing popcorn and soda. After the movie, be sure to stroll through the mall hand in hand. 2. Dinner reservation for two at Luna’s Pizzeria or Andiamo Ristorante Italiano. What’s more romantic than Italian food? Friday nights, Andiamo’s helps to set the mood with live accordion music and candle light. 3. Take your sweetie on a stroll along the Clovis Old Town Trail to lovers’ bridge to “lock” in your love. Lock in





your love by adding a lock to the bridge with you and your special someone’s initials carved in. A picnic in one of the beautiful parks in Clovis. Don’t feed the geese, they can become quite aggressive and spoil your date. Grab your sweetheart a Valentine from Chocolate Wishes and Treats. You are sure to find something with so many delicious sweets to choose from. Antique shopping is a great way to spend some quality time together. Old Town Clovis offers some of the best antique stores to be found. Marty Watt at 4th Street Antiques offers romantic displays sure to bring out the cupid in you. Book a reservation for one

of the many paint nights Clovis has to offer. A great way to enjoy a glass of wine while creating a masterpiece! 8. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at one of the cozy coffee shops in Old Town. You and your date will enjoy being seated at a bistro on a patio or on the sidewalks of Old Town. 9. DiCicco’s offers a variety of opportunities for dinner and a show. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for upcoming shows. 10. Prepare a romantic meal for two. Shop together for fresh produce at Old Town’s Farmers Market and leave inspired to create a special meal for your sweetheart. Champagne brunch, anyone?

Miss Winkles to Host 14th Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Fashion Show Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center is set to host their 14th Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Fashion Show on Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020. Event will start at 6 p.m. and be held at the Regency Event Center on 1600 Willow Avenue in Clovis. The fundraiser includes a full dinner service, no host bar, live auction, dessert auction, raffle, and a pet fashion show. Proceeds from this dinner and show will provide funding to Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center in continuing their work on helping homeless pets throughout Clovis. To purchase tickets for the

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Miss Winkles is hosting their 14th Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Fashion Show at the Regency Event Center on Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020.

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Sunday, Jan. 27 was the grand opening ribbon cutting of the Little Free Library at 5382 N. McCall Clovis 93619. The library stands in memory of Clovis Police Captain Dan Sullivan, who succumbed to cancer last year after a monthslong fight. The library was built by Maureen Steinback and resides

in front of her house on McCall Ave. between Shaw and Bullard Ave. The little neighborhood library serves to encourage residents to participate in a book exchange by replacing a book taken with a book brought. The Little Free Library is open 24 hours. For more information, visit littlefreelibrary.

Happy One Year Anniversary Chocolate Wishes and Treats

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Chocolate Wishes and Treats opened in February 2019 next to the Sierra Vista Cinemas at Sierra Vista Mall.

Locally owned chocolatier Chocolate Wishes and Treats celebrated one year of fulfilling Clovis’ chocolate wishes on Saturday, Feb. 1. They offered $5 peanut caramel apples in an ode to “the best and nuttiest year” as a thank you to the community. The vibrant sweet treats shop, owned by Clovis’ own Susie Bowen, offers everything your inner kid-in-acandy-shop could ever dream up. From truffles, to caramel apples, to ornately decorated cakes and everything in between, chocolate dipped, of

course. Chocolate Wishes and Treats is the destination for Valentine’s Day! Especially for the holiday, they have added chocolate dipped strawberries to their extensive selection of treats. Located at Sierra Vista Mall, Chocolate Wishes and Treats’ hours are Monday Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.. Stop in for Valentine’s Day, or any day you feel you need to treat yourself or a special someone!

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Keeping Up With 2019 Miss Clovis Winner Jacqueline Trafton RON CAMACHO

A lot has changed in 19-year-old Jacqueline Trafton’s life since she was named Miss Clovis last February. Since then she’s enlisted in the Air Force’s Air National Guard, attended basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and graduated from tech school at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. She only recently came back to Clovis January 2020. The Miss Clovis winner currently serves the 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno’s Air National Guard Base, where she is responsible for getting F-18 Fighter Jets into the air. So how did Trafton go from winning Miss Clovis to enlisting in the Air Force and working with some of the fastest aircraft in the world, all in the same year? The Roundup spoke to her to find out. Trafton, whose family has a long tradition of serving in the military, said she chose to join the Air Force because she wanted to challenge herself to do something that she previously believed she could not. Photos Contributed “If you would have asked me a few 2019 Miss Clovis Jacqueline Trafton recently returned from the Air Force National Guard and is currently serving at the Fresno Air National Guard years ago if I would be in the Air Force I Base's 144th Fighter Wing. would have thought you were crazy for telling me that,” Trafton said. “I would sup- I did it.” “The reason I picked the Air Guard was home,” she said. port the people in the military but I never She added that joining the Air Guard over going active duty for the Air Force is Trafton said she avoided researching thought I could do that myself. Then I built gave her the opportunity to protect her com- we have an Air Guard wing here in Fresup enough courage and enough bravery and munity. no. What I love about that is I’m serving See MISS CLOVIS Pg. 7

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A rendering of the new Loma Vista fire station.


in scale to some of the other fire stations that we have. You may have known of fire station one, which is in the downtown area. We have fire station 5 near Temperance and Highway 168,” Kroll said. “It's about that size facility, it's a three bay facility. It has bunkrooms for fire service individuals. It has an office. It would be very much like the ones we have already.” Kroll said the fire station would showcase a Spanish colonial design. There would also be a new communications tower built nearby. Binaski said the station would serve the neighborhoods east of Locan Avenue and south of Barstow Avenue. He said that is


if not better than when you took it,” Cozzi said. “That is where we are today. How are we making Clovis… just a little bit better.” The Chamber recognized Dority of DiBuduo & Defendis Insurance with the Professional Business Person of the Year Award. Dority attended CSU Fresno before opening his own farmers insurance agency. Dority led his company to grow into one of the largest farmers insurance companies in the Central Valley. His agency recently merged with DiBuduo & Defendis, where he currently heads the company’s Old Town


Gavin’s Law would increase the minimum sentence for hit-and-run drivers from four years to six years. Supporters of the bill say it cracks down on a loophole that allows drunk drivers

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A rendering of the new urban development, Loma Vista, east of Clovis.

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“The plan for Loma Vista was to have higher density activities and housing occur towards the urban village and the center of it is this thing called the village green. This is about a six to seven acre park site. It’s not your typical suburban park. It's kind of a celebratory space, it's made to accommodate outdoor entertainment,” Kroll said, adding that the park would also feature Spanish colonial architecture. Kroll said the park would have rentable spaces available for occasions such as

weddings. The site is located between Shaw Avenue and Gettysburg Avenue and is bordered by Leonard Avenue in the west and De Wolf Avenue in the east. The fire station is slated for construction north of the park area, serving as a backdrop for outdoor park events. After the presentation, Binaski said he was happy with the community response. “I think people are always excited to see a new fire station. People like the fire service and they like community building in the park and the pieces that go with it. I think everybody is happy to see improved government services and a fire station is one of them,” Binaski said. Loma Vista area resident Jim Kuhtz said he was impressed by what he saw at the meeting.

“I think it's a really good idea because with the amount of homes that are going up, I think they are going to need a fire station,” Kuhtz said, adding that he was especially impressed by the concept art that was shown. “I think it looks really good and the way it sounds it will blend right in to the park area,” he said. Barbara Onisko, who also lives in the Loma Vista area, expressed optimism over the village green park area. “I think it's great. I think it will be really nice for the area here, especially families. I think it will be great for our property value too. It will be nice to have the fire department and the utility resource out here close to our home,” Onisko said. A planning commission will further discuss the project Feb. 27.

Clovis location. “It’s humbling,” Dority said of winning the recognition, “I’m so grateful for it though. What the Chamber does in our community I think is amazing. It’s amazing to be recognized by them. To know and count the people here at the tables, the sponsors, the members of the chamber, to know them and count them as friends, how fortunate is Scott Dority.” Sassano’s Men's Wear, a Clovis legacy business, won the Business of the Year award. Sassano’s great grandfather, who immigrated to the United States from Italy, founded the business now known as Sassano’s Men's Wear in 1907. Sassano left PG&E

to continue his family’s legacy fulltime in 2016, joining Bob Parks, a loyal employee of 56 years. Besides running the shop, Sassano continues to serve an active role in the community through his work with BOOT. “I’m just happy that my great grandfather parked his buggy out here in 1907. My grandfather, my dad, and now myself and my son are going to keep it going. There will be another generation after me. I’m thrilled to be a part of Clovis and the people here are unbelievable. It is the greatest community. I’m not going anywhere,” Sassano said. Peg Bos, President of the Clovis Museum, received the Einar Cook Leadership Award. Bos spent her entire life overcoming

boundaries. She was the first woman to be elected to the Clovis City Council, the first woman to serve as mayor, the first woman to serve on the planning commission and the first woman to receive the Citizen of the Year award from the Clovis Hall of Fame. She is also a major advocate of the Clovis Roundup Newspaper, where she contributes stories on Clovis history to each issue. “My life has been enriched by living in Clovis because of the Clovis Way of life,” Bos said. “I want to thank the members of the Chamber for their promoting and maintaining the Clovis Way of Life. I leave you with this basic truth, when good people get together, good things happen, especially in Clovis.”

involved in a fatal car accident to face less jail time if they leave the scene and sober up before getting arrested. Gladding was jogging on Friant Road when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene and attempted to cover up his crime before he turned himself in. The driver, Rogelio Alvarez Maravilla, was believed to have been under the influ-

ence when he killed Gladding. Maravilla was sentenced to three years in prison but was released on probation in December 2019. The Gladding family said in a statement, “Throughout the legislative process, we’ve felt Gavin’s hand and strength in our hearts. Gavin was a man of integrity who loved his family, he was an educator devoted to his

students, and someone committed to leaving the world better than he found it. Our efforts are to continue Gavin’s legacy of love and service to others, and the fact that AB 582 brought so many people together to do the right thing is a positive step to honor his memory.” The bill’s first hearing in the Senate has not yet been scheduled.

between 20,000 and 25,000 people. Construction on the station is expected to begin in 2021 and wrap up by 2022. City planners also unveiled concept art for the unnamed Loma Vista Park, which Kroll referred to as the village green. The area is expected to sprawl over six or seven acres.

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Legendary CUSD Superintendent Dr. Floyd Buchanan task. “Doc-ism”: “Value people above programs.” Doc interviewed every new teacher PEG BOS and staff member. He was very perceptive Historian/Clovis Museum and hired those who were intelligent and Sponsor had a passion for excellence. Doc believed everyone was accountable for their proWe call him Doc. Dr. Floyd B. Buchanan fessional performance. He was quick to (1924-2015) became the first Superintenremove barriers, establish factual goals, and dent of Clovis Unified School District in give his employees professional freedom. 1960. With the guidance of this renowned He stated: “Make sure there aren’t too many educator the district became nationally people in charge, give teachers the best marecognized for their educational excellence. terials and then stand back and cheer them It is recognized that as the Clovis Unified on.” School District goes so goes the town of “Doc-ism”: “Competition is a good moClovis. tivator.” Doc believes everyone wants to be Two basic standards guided his decia winner and competition builds strength sions: “Is it good for the kids?” “Every kid and endurance. Six months into his new deserves a good education.” He is a brilliant position, disgruntled “Clovis Boosters” visionary with a tenacious focus on goals. met with him with major concerns. He conHe believes that all students deserve an vinced them that change was good. At the close of the meeting he was invited to join education that will prepare them for future the club. opportunities in life. Some of the early changes: Coaches “Doc-ism”: “We’re too poor to buy would serve as referees at games and were cheap.” He was quick to assure our runot above bias. Doc opened a concession ral-conservative population that it was stand and proceeds were used to hire CIF best to buy an expensive “Cadillac” over referees. The girl’s basketball teams were a cheaper model since it would last twice as long. The taxpayers were converted and challenged to play full court as their male historically have supported school bonds counterparts did. for new schools and upgrading of older He got a “bargain” on the first tackle schools. Inner city schools in Clovis have football uniforms that were all white. He not been neglected. It is standard procedure placed different colors of tape on helmets to to maintain quality teachers, resources and identify the teams. There were no funds to equipment at all schools. support the first girls’ volleyball team and “Doc-ism”: “Document the facts, minplayers used balloons. A parent club was imize the variables and 90% of your goals formed to support the teams. will be achieved.” Doc believed that vari“Doc-ism”: “4-3 vote of the Board of ables are excuses for not accomplishing a Trustees is a majority decision.” Doc re-

spected the “loyal opposition”. He honored tradition and values but was a visible, strong, determined leader of educational change. The 1960 unification of seven independent districts created open antagonism. Doc and the dress code were key issues in a 1964 recall that failed. He still admires the dedication and support of four trustees that remained loyal to his vision. He understood that they were lifelong members of this community and would not relocate as he would if the recall Photo Courtesy of Clovis Museum prevailed. Dr. Floyd B. Buchanan. Former Board member Ralph Lynn recorded “Platitudinous Preachments of Doc”: plary Practices, CSU, Fresno and as a con”A school district without accountability sultant at numerous school districts. is like a car without breaks.” “There is nothBehind every great man is a greater ing worse than a fired up untrained gladiawoman. Doc’s wife of 61 years Molly died tor” “Success is not final and failure need in 2006. She was his tower of strength. She not be permanent.” “Win with class, loose taught fourth grade at Viking school for with dignity.” “What do you think would twenty years. Her peers recognized her as, happen if we let the kids in on what we are “Marvelous, marvelous person, level-headdoing?” “Don’t get on your educational ed and unbelievable cool. Nothing fazed horse and ride off without the kids.” “If you her.” Her final letter to Doc: “You are my are being burned at the stake, you may have hero. You are kind, loving and so handcarried too much wood.” some.” After leaving the district in 1991, Doc The legendary Doc is part of our rich served as Distinguished Professor of Exem- heritage.

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Shaver Lake Fishing Report:

Slow fishing at Shaver, but the future looks good days and cancelled or rescheduled trips. It also means that the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DF&W) may start their DICK NICHOLS stocking of the lake earlier. There are a lot Shaver Lake Fishing Report of DF&W trout being planted this year. Of Sponsor course, we all know there will be little, if any, third-year kokanee. I always cheer for family fishing trips. I A couple of weeks with only a day of rain and yet very few anglers are making the trek guess it is because from the moment I was to Shaver. Of the one or two boats out a day, potty trained, my dad, mom and I fished the rivers above Porterville and Three Rivers. you get mixed results. Two of my best winter informants, Arnold My son and I fished regularly until he died in an auto accident at the age of 22. Sybesma of Visalia and Ronnie Mauck of I missed that partnership of family fishing Porterville, fished this past week and came and really love taking families fishing each up empty handed. Hard to believe good year. It's the families that keep me in the fishermen like Arnold and Ronnie could get boat for my 15th year and approaching 74th skunked, but they did. I really don't know why the slow down is birthday. Three of my grandsons have drove the occurring, but apparently it is. The word is out that we could have a drought like winter. boat on charter trips over the years, but that is pretty much in the past as they are getting Gosh, I hope not. But, one drought winter ready to graduate from college or are serving does not hurt us this summer. For one thing, I don't think Southern Cal- in Korea in the U.S. Army. So, it's the families that keep me going and I love it. ifornia Edison (SCE) would lower the lake This year I have decided to let two young in late winter and early spring like last year. anglers, 12 years old and under, go free with That means we could get an earlier than nortwo adults. It's my way of showing my apmal start this spring. preciation for parents, grandparents, uncles Last year, I could not start until early May due to the water being down and my marina and aunts, to allow me to fish with their young folks. unable to enter the cove we moor in. Then, Hopefully, they get hooked on fishing mid to late May was all kinds of bad weathand enjoy it for a lifetime, eventually with er, including snow. I pulled my boat out ten there,” she said. After graduating from basic training in CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 October and from tech school in January, Trafton was finally set to return home. She what basic training would be like, as she said coming back was as overwhelming as wanted to experience it purely from her it was heartwarming. own perspective. “I had a very warm welcoming at the air“I didn't want to watch any videos or port from different people from all over my read anything about it because I didn't want life, from my pageant platform to school to think of anything as being scary or hard. to my family and friends,” Trafton said of I wanted to experience it for myself. It was the welcome party that greeted her when challenging but when you are disconnected she returned to her hometown. “That warm from not having your phone and not seeing welcoming was very overwhelming but I your family and just being you when the feel so loved.” pressure is there, you can do anything,” she She said she loves serving her country said. and her community through working with The most challenging part of her basic the 144th Fighter Wing. That’s not to menmilitary training was “beast week,” a train- tion the excitement she feels when assisting ing exercise designed to teach recruits how F-18s into the air. to survive while deployed. “Its exhilarating. I grew up with (F-18s) “There’s a week of training in the Air flying over and not really knowing that we Force, it’s called beast week. It’s a mock had an Air Guard wing here,” Trafton said. deployed environment and you stay in tents “Being involved in the process of getting and you are always wearing your vest and them in the air and getting the air crew your helmet. You are doing these things that ready and watching them take off is very prepare you for a deployed environment. rewarding and it warms my heart that I am That’s constant pressure. You are learning protecting the people of Clovis and the Cenhow to shoot, how to crawl, how to do night tral Valley.” raids,” Trafton said. Trafton continues to serve her commuAnother challenge Trafton overcame was nity through the Miss America organization homesickness. when she’s not on duty. She mentors young “You receive letters every once and girls in the Miss America organization’s awhile so seeing messages from my family Princess Program. saying how they are proud of me – it really She said her experience with the Air made me miss home but I knew I was there force and as Miss Clovis places her in a for the right reasons and it just made me unique position to inspire others in her commore motivated and more proud that I was munity.

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A happy young fisherman from Arcadia, Ca. picked up his first ever limit of kokanee on an outing with Dick Nichols last summer.

their children. I think I am seeing more of these trips, dads and moms with their sons and daughters. So let's try to get the kids or grandkids out this year. Whether on the shore or in a rented boat.

Our 15th season begins in May, reservations can be made through Shaver Lake Sports, at (559) 841-2740. My wife, Diane, has cut my charter fishing days down to Monday through Friday.


Jacqueline Trafton holding up her 2019 Miss Clovis sash.

“Now that I’m back in Clovis, I am still continuing my appearances on my platform. I still want to be as involved as I can,” Trafton said. “I’m bringing a different approach to the public as being a role model to girls my age, younger or older, that you don’t have to fit that mold of being that one person. You can be as diverse as you want to

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be. You can get muddy at boot camp being in the military or you can put on a crown and a dress. There’s so many things you can be.” Trafton said she is not entirely sure what the future has in store, but plans on continuing to serve her home as best she can through the Air Force.

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Truth of Slogan Gives it Strength for and maintaining recognition in California for an industry-wide movement is a substantial undertaking in itself. It has been proposed and structured on previous occasions, always faltering and failing to become permanent, even after noteworthy achievements. Support by a determined agricultural industry focused attention in the 1950s and ‘60s on retention of the well-recognized bracero program for importing agricultural workers. It was not enough to withstand overwhelming political pressure that ended the program. Now politicians are striving to restore the benefits of the program in another context called H2-A. Support for an agriculture-wide California program of public relations to recognize the strategic value of farming within the state gained notable support in the1960s, but faltered when it seemed necessary to focus its attention on countering the destructive and negative aspects of the farm labor unionization effort. The well-respected Council of California Growers disbanded in the early ‘70s, and no industry-wide organization has risen to replace it. Some respected organizations in California agriculture always seem reluctant to allow another organization or unit of the industry to speak for their members, even in the context of industry-wide goodwill and reputation. “My Job Depends on Ag” might be able to overcome that built-in resistance as it moves forward to simply and tastefully expand the platform of pride and performance established by California’s agricultural industry and its people.


A slogan that is growing into a movement is making its way around agriculture in California and throughout the country, and its four word message may have the potential to focus political attention on some needed reforms to benefit farming. Urban residents are enjoying being a part of it. “My job depends on ag” in bright green letters displayed in windows, on vehicles, buildings and in hundreds of unexpected locations, is causing people in thousands of occupations to realize that it is because of agriculture that their jobs exist. Everybody, from a cowboy in a feedlot to a broker handling shares of potato stocks can chuckle at the admission and inwardly express pride. The strength and truth of the slogan became apparent when an expansive aerial photo was taken about three years ago near Firebaugh showing the number of people (250) and pieces of equipment (50) required to produce the alfalfa crop growing there. It had extended meaning for farm people who understand that alfalfa is a crop that demands fewer workers and less equipment than many other crops. The photo from Firebaugh became basis for a series of agriculture-oriented television programs broadcast on public television by Fresno’s KVPT. They portrayed the details and planning required for produc-

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With supermarkets providing more local organic produce, consumers are making less trips to the roadside vegetable stands.

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purchasing more MJDA decals and extending the movement further. Among some of the volunteers supporting the movement is the possibility that it may become a worldwide rallying cry for food producers and handlers everywhere. That may involve replacing the backdrop of an outlined California with something more widely recognizable akin to traffic signs and symbols accepted and recognized around the world. Gaining worldwide recognition is an exciting possibility, but attracting support


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Fresno Housing Authority Breaks Ground on New Solivita Development

life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Bessinger said. “The pursuit promises an opportunity. Today is an opportunity for The Fresno Housing Authority, Clovis folks to get a nice place to live, an opporMayor Drew Bessinger and other commutunity to live in a beautiful community, a nity leaders broke ground on the Authority’s safe community, a community with great new affordable housing development Jan. parks, trails and schools. The opportunity to 28 at 11 a.m. get a great education by the Clovis Unified The new development, known as Solivita School District and down the street at CloCommons, is located at 725 West Alluvial vis Community College, at Fresno State.” Avenue. He continued, “This will be an opportuniPreston Prince, CEO of the Fresno Hous- ty for young men and women who live here ing Authority, thanked the City of Clovis to become doctors, lawyers and hopefully for partnering to create affordable housing the mayor of the City of Clovis. They’ll in Clovis. be able to talk about the opportunity that “This is something that we have been they had because of Solivita Commons and talking about for years and we are really because of the hard work of the people here excited that it's come together today with today.” this partnership with the City of Clovis,” Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Prince said. “This is an amazing opportuni- Magsig reminded the audience that Solivita ty to create housing for welcome families Commons is not the first affordable housing project in Clovis. in a place where there is high performing “This is not the first affordable housing schools and great opportunities in the project the City of Clovis has seen. The economy.” Solivita Commons will offer families City of Clovis has a history of working one, two and three bedroom units. The with organizations like Self Help Endevelopment will have 60 units total once terprises, organizations like Habitat for completed. Prince said rent costs would Humanity,” Magsig said. “The council in range from about $320 to $1250 a month. Clovis recognizes the value to make sure Bessinger said Solivita Commons would that we are a community that represents all grant opportunities to young people wanting people. Regardless of socio-economic class, to start their life in Clovis. regardless of income, we welcome all. I am “One of the foundational documents of excited that we are going to see 60 families our nation is the Declaration of Indepenhere living in the City of Clovis who maybe dence. The unalienable rights that were otherwise wouldn't have had an opportunity stated in that document were the freedom of to live here.” RON CAMACHO

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Fresno Housing Authority and City of Clovis Councilmembers broke ground on a new affordable housing community development in Clovis on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Fresno Housing Chair Adrian Jones said Solivita Commons is part of the Fresno Housing Authority’s mission to create vibrant communities across the county. She said an investment in families with lower incomes is an investment in the future. “As a board member, developments like Solivita Commons are high on our priority list. Everyday I see need, I see a need for education, need for food, need for clothing, need for love. At the core is the need for stable housing, and housing cannot be stable if it is not affordable,” Jones said. She continued, “Affordable housing is

not an option of a productive, qualitative life. It is a requirement. Right now, I do not speak to you from the lens of a social worker, from the lens of a child therapist or even from the lens of a commissioner. I proudly speak to you from a voice that not too long ago was a resident of Fresno Housing. I serve as a living and breathing return on your public investment. So let's be clear that an investment in low income families is an investment in the success of future generations of Fresno County.” Solivita Commons is expected to open in 2021.

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Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan


iscovering a better version of yourself is all about striking balance. That’s especially true when it comes to making smarter food choices that you can maintain over time. A sustainable, long-term healthy eating approach, such as the Atkins low-carb lifestyle, emphasizes variety and balance. Start planning a low-carb menu filled with high-fiber carbo­hydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats with these tips from Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition and education for Atkins. Fill up with fiber-rich foods. Foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds, low-glycemic fruit (like berries) and whole unrefined grains are considered carbohydrates, but they don’t raise your blood sugar the way processed carbs do. Fiber slows the entry of glucose into your bloodstream so you don’t experience insulin spikes that encourage your body to produce and store body fat. Try to eat between 25-35 grams of fiber a day. Reduce inflammation. A low-carb approach eliminates refined and processed foods and sugars that can cause inflammation. Focus on foods that decrease inflammation, such as colorful low-glycemic vegetables, low-sugar fruits, protein and healthy fats such as olive oil. The ground turmeric in this Golden Milk recipe offers an easy way to fight inflammation without sacrificing flavor. Kickstart your morning. Start your day with a proteinpacked choice such as these Chocolate Banana Protein Overnight Oats. You’ll get the omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants from the chia seeds along with protein and healthy fats to keep you energized while avoiding high-sugar breakfast alternatives. Find more recipes like these for Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan or Spicy Crispy Chickpeas and ideas for a balanced, low-carb approach to eating well at

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Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 2 Net carbs: 4.41 1 bunch thin spear asparagus 1 tablespoon, plus 1/4 teaspoon, extra-virgin olive oil 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided 2 salmon fillets (4 ounces each), no more than 3/4-inch thick 1 pinch black pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil-based mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon minced or pressed garlic 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese Heat oven to 425 F. Wash asparagus and remove woody ends. Place on rimmed baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and pinch of salt. Arrange in single layer, leaving space for salmon. Place salmon skin-side down on sheet. Brush with remaining olive oil and season with remaining salt and pepper. Place in oven and bake 12 minutes. In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and garlic. Remove sheet pan from oven, sprinkle asparagus spears with cheese and cook 3 minutes, or until fish reaches 145 F and asparagus spears are tender and beginning to brown on tips. Plate one fillet and half the asparagus, drizzle each plate with about 2 tablespoons mayonnaise sauce and serve.

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Spicy Crispy Chickpeas

Golden Milk

Chocolate Banana Protein Overnight Oats

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 8 Net carbs: 8.3 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas 1 tablespoon ghee (or clarified butter), melted 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder Heat air fryer to 390 F 3 minutes. Using fine mesh sieve, drain and rinse chickpeas. Use towel to gently pat chickpeas dry, removing skins. In small bowl, toss chickpeas with ghee and salt. Cook in single layer in air fryer 6 minutes. Pause and shake bowl; cook 6 minutes. Pause and shake bowl; cook 3 minutes. In separate small bowl, sprinkle chickpeas with spices and toss to evenly coat. Chickpeas can be stored in open container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Prep time: 8 minutes Cook time: 7 minutes Servings: 3 Net carbs: 3 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk 1 cup water 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 10 drops liquid stevia extract In small pan, whisk coconut milk, almond milk, water, coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Warm over medium heat until hot but not simmering, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat, whisk in sweetener and serve.

Prep time: 5 minutes Chill time: 3 hours Servings: 2 Net carbs: 6.84 1 Atkins Chocolate Banana Shake 2 tablespoons rolled oats 2 tablespoons chia seeds 2 tablespoons hemp hearts 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut shreds 2 tablespoons sliced almonds fruit, such as sliced bananas or berries (optional) In jar with tight-fitting lid, combine shake, rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp hearts, coconut and almonds. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Top with fruit, if desired.

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looks to showcase fresh products from local businesses

With over 50 years after opening its first restaurant in Fresno, Triangle Drive In continues to serve great food and in the same kind of atmosphere. Its 50s-style interior complete with diner-style tables, booths, and 50s music adds to the ambiance. RESTAURANT LISTINGS

FULL O BULL SANDWICH SHOP 632 5th Street, (559) 299-3076 JULIO'S TAQUERIA 632 5th Street, (559) 299-3076 LUNA PIZZERIA 349 Pollasky Ave, (559) 299-4141 OLD TOWN DONUTS 30 W. Shaw Ave #102, (559) 3260300 or (559) 790-2204 PHILL’S CORNER GRILL 1427 Tollhouse Rd. (Peacock Mkt) (559) 709-0978.

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The Local, located in Old Town Clovis, held their grand opening on Feb. 16, 2019. They will be coming up on the one year anniversary this month.


For our 2019 Reader's Choice, we would like to highlight one of our most popular Food articles. For this issue, we review The Local. Old Town Clovis’ newest eatery had its grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 16. That’s right, folks. The Local is officially in business. Offering a range of American fare, from grilled cheese to a charcuterie board to craft beer and various meat dishes, The Local embraces a “warm and homey” feel –– something that owner Jenny Fisher noted on the restaurant’s ambiance. The menu highlights selections for snacks, salads and lighters dishes, and entrées.

Furthermore, the new spot offers craft beer and a diverse wine selection. Specifically with the wine, Fisher pointed out that she looked at and sourced wine from appellations including Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and Monterey. Fisher emphasized one of The Local’s most important aspects: locally-sourced products. One way that this is already in play is the fact that The Local gets their coffee from Two Cities Coffee Roasters. “Everyone does ‘support local,’ and I wanted to bring that to Clovis,” Fisher explained. “Hopefully, I think, it’ll catch on.” Because the restaurant just opened, not everything is 100 percent local yet, Fisher pointed out. She did, however, provide a goal: “Now, we’re going to start reaching out to farmers and try to build that community and that relationship, and bring their food in here so people can

taste it...We can expose the farmers’ businesses as well as our own.” When defining “local,” Fisher expressed that the team desired to keep sources within 200 miles, making this another goal of keeping sources as local as possible to the Clovis community. If you’re looking for some new eats and locally-sourced products, make sure to stop by The Local. The Local is located on 401 Clovis Ave in Old Town Clovis. Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: (559) 900-4253 Website:



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Clovis West High School Presents Women and War Sandra Hahn. "This play has been very special to the cast and to me. There is a belief that we all can play a role in protecting If you haven't seen it already, there's still our country. Not all of us can enlist, but we time to catch Clovis West High School's can raise awareness about the dedication touching presentation of Women and War. our military personnel gives every day to The poignant play, written by Jack protect our freedom." Hilton Cunningham, consists of a series of Partial Cast monologues and letters based on real-life Emily/Emily Lawson wartime experiences. Originating from Helen/Jordan Stewart the Great War and continuing through the Buddy/Jason Fortner War in Afghanistan, the women's stories Vietnam Marine/Blake Plumlee run a full range of emotions: humor, grief, Camp Follower/Kiley Diaz loneliness, determination, anger, and hope. Jack/Kolbie Chase Especially hope. Betsy/Vivien Needham Authentic newsreels played on overLos Almos wife/Katie White Photo courtesy of Ron Webb/Clovis Roundup head screens, and coupled with nostalgic Women and War will continue its run A flag-folding ceremony scene during the production of Women and War. music, identified each war era as the Feb. 6-8 at the Dan Pessano Theater at stories came to life. Women's roles during Clovis North High school, located at 2770 and respect. They made you believe that Actors carefully researched the charwartime evolved over time, from that of E. International Ave., Fresno. Doors open they were really the characters they were acters they portrayed. By doing so, they wife to that of a soldier. Among the roles at 7 p.m., curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. playing. It was all very moving for me, brought authenticity and respect to their depicted were those of a Hello Girl, Navy A matinee will be held on Sat., Feb. nurse, Doughnut Girl, camp follower, Los especially the Blue Star Mother, and when performances and to their characters. Addi- 8. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., with curtain the boys were writing home. tionally, a member of the military visited Alamos spouse, a Gold Star Mother and time at 2 p.m. Student tickets are $8, adult "The teachers and directors did a Vietnam nurse. The actors did an excellent and taught the cast how to salute, stand tickets are $10 for all performances. fantastic job of presenting the materials. job of connecting with the audience. and the proper way to retire the flag. To purchase tickets, visit cwhsdrama. "It brought tears to my eyes," said Chris- This play brings the audience back in time "This story might be about 'women and or call 559-327-2043. The through the different wars and touches the war,' but within every woman's life are tine Hofmann, President of the Central play is rated PG-13 with parental guidance present day. A wonderful play for everyone husbands, brothers, children, etc., that end suggested. Valley Blue Star Moms. "The students to see!" up serving in the military," said Director, portrayed their characters with passion CAROLE GROSCH

Bear Stage Presents Matilda The Musical character of Mrs. Phelps was a notable highlight. The audience chuckled at how much Mrs. Phelps became immersed into Buchanan’s Bear Stage performed JanuMatilda’s story. ary 16-18 and 23-25 with their production When Matilda begins school at of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the musical, direct- Crunchem Hall, her class and teacher Miss ed by Buchanan’s drama teacher, Abigail Honey (Maya Gengozian) realize just how Paxton. smart she is. Bear Stage did a great job in capturing There’s just one problem - Miss Trunchthe essence of Matilda’s story. From the bull (Jacob Dueker) is out to get Matilda, set design and costumes to the acting and and anyone else that displeases her. singing. Dueker playing Miss Trunchbull was Although you feel for the loneliness another highlight of the show, as he brought and neglect Matilda (Lauren Aiello) goes a lot of personality to this character. To through, the show stays optimistic and light me it was the perfect balance of showing hearted. You see the way Matilda is treated how evil and rotten Miss Trunchbull is but horribly by her parents Mr. Wormwood making her comical and amusing simulta(Hunter Oehlschlaeger) and Mrs. Wormneously. wood (Grace Bolton). The relationship between Miss Honey You can’t help but laugh at the fact and Matilda on stage felt genuine as Aiello that Matilda is biologically related to the and Gengozian complimented each other Wormwoods. Oehlschlaeger and Bolton did very well. This musical number “Loud” performed a great job at portraying how egotistical, by Bolton and Folmer was yet another heartless, and empty-headed they are as parents to Matilda. highlight, it was a funny and upbeat perforMatilda seeks out a friend through the mance making the audience laugh, showing librarian Mrs. Phelps (Juliana Chiarito) who just how crazy Mrs. Wormwood is. is in awe about Matilda and the intelligence One of my favorite scenes in the show she holds at such a young age. Mrs. Phelps was when Miss Trunchbull makes a student encourages Matilda to tell a story and is named Bruce (Zachary Kelly) eat an entire more than excited to hear it. chocolate cake, after realizing he stole a The enthusiasm Chiarito put into her piece of it. HALEY MCKELL

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Bear Stage’s production of Matilda The Musical took place January 16-18 and 23-25, 2020.

This was one of my favorite scenes in the movie and I thought it was depicted creatively in the show with the musical number “Bruce.” Another standout scene was the musical number “The Smell of Rebellion” involving Miss Trunchbull and the ensemble. The ensemble along with Dueker made this number entertaining and humorous to watch. I think Aiello did a great job taking on the role of Matilda, her solo musical numbers and acting were strong. It was a big role to

take on and I think she did an exceptional job. The set design and lighting truly added a valuable touch. The Orchestra conducted by Matthew Dean was remarkable and made the musical numbers captivating. The ensemble was talented and one of my favorite parts to watch. Matilda was a really well put together and entertaining production by Bear Stage, the hard work from the entire cast and crew surely showed.


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All in the Family: Chris Patrick Steps in Dad’s Footsteps at Clovis High

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L-R: Kevin, James, and Chris Patrick after the 2014 City/County All Star Game at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

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Chris Patrick is ready to blaze his own trail when he takes over as Clovis High’s new head baseball coach next week.

His surname, however, leaves some rather large cleats to fill. If Chris needed a reminder, he would only have to glance at the left-field wall of See CLOVIS BASEBALL, Pg. 18


Clovis West Girls Honor Kobe Bryant in Rout of Clovis North

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Buchanan Bear’s Kendall Oliver (#1) swats ball over Clovis’ Tyrell Lopez (#20) during a game on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Buchanan Bears Shock Cougars with Fourth Quarter Comeback Win underneath the rim. Remarkably, the game was still not out of reach when the team began their remarkable run Buchanan completed a that awakened the long-quiet student fourth-quarter come-from-behind win section. on Friday night to defeat Clovis High Bears head coach Brooks Malm 47-45. The result leaves the Cougars credited Austin Villareal with playing still searching for their first win of a crucial part of swinging the mo2020. mentum back into Buchanan’s favor. For Buchanan (14-12, 4-3 TRAC), Villareal, a senior playing in his final much of the night had not gone their game at home, was credited with way; three-point shots came up short; two steals in a short period that gave rebounds could not be made; the Buchanan the chance to produce the Bears struggled to produce offense offense they needed. RYAN KISH

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Clovis North's Savannah Tucker (#2, in black) loses possession out of bounds closely guarded by Clovis West's Aaliyah Suell (#24, in white) Tuesday January 28, 2020.

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Two days after losing friend and NBA icon Kobe Bryant, Clovis West girls basketball head coach Craig Campbell knew it would be an emotional

game Tuesday against Clovis North. Prior to tip off, Clovis West paid homage to the late Lakers star with a 24-second moment of silence as Golden Eagles See CLOVIS WEST GIRLS, Pg. 18

“Villareal,” Malm said. “...he is a senior, it’s senior night, he doesn’t start normally, he has had a lot of ups and downs but he deserved to have that moment. He single-handedly brought us back, he had two steals, two layups… which got us going,” Malm described. After just nine points in the second quarter, Buchanan needed something to change if they wanted to keep in touch with Clovis High (10-15, 0-7 See BUCHANAN, Pg. 18

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KOBE BRYANT A Second Legacy Cut Short

MICHAEL FORD @MFordJournalism

Kobe Bryant’s death on Jan. 26 sent shockwaves throughout the world in ways that haven’t been seen, perhaps ever. Bryant, along with eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, was killed when his helicopter slammed into a hillside near Calabasas while flying through thick, blinding fog. What the world lost by the death of the former Lakers superstar cannot adequately be summed up by what he did on the court; winning five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 all-star selections and many other accolades were threatening to become perhaps secondary to what Bryant had evolved into since he retired in 2016. The player that garnered the well-deserved reputation of being a cold-blooded assassin on the hardwood had developed a much softer image since he called it a career. For every memory of him nailing a game-winning shot, an accompanying image of Bryant with his daughters sitting with him courtside, or of him teaching Gianna the game, or of him showering his wife Vanessa with love and affection, had become burned into the minds of those who had followed his life after retirement. He took the same intensity that made him what

he was on the court and channeled it into becoming one of basketball’s great ambassadors. Bryant, a shoe-in for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August, no longer is able to gift the basketball world with a speech that would undoubtedly have proved fascinating, sure to have been filled with anecdotes and insights into his career and what got him to the pinnacle he reached. And that hurts that we have been robbed of that. But it goes even deeper than that, which is what makes this so hard for so many. Bryant had so, so much more to give the world. His legacy left with so much more to be written. Kobe had developed his own multimedia production company “Granity” with which he had already accomplished what many spend their entire lives working to achieve, winning an Academy Award for his short animated film “Dear Basketball,” created based on a poem that he had written bidding his farewell to the game that had brought him into all of our lives. But that was the Black Mamba, as he had become known, doing the seemingly improbable while brightening the lives of others, and for that, the world thanks you, Kobe. Rest in peace. Kobe Bean Bryant: Aug. 23, 1978- Jan. 26, 2020.

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Kobe Bryant along with daughter Gianna Bryant and 8 others were killed in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26, 2020.

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Buchanan's Three Point Shooting Overwhelms Clovis 66-58 RYAN KISH

Reagan Stermer scored 20 points including an onslaught of three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help propel Buchanan over Clovis High 66-58 on Friday night. Stermer made three, three-pointers in a 20-point fourth quarter that helped Buchanan breakaway from the Cougars. The two teams had rarely let the other get too far ahead before the Bear’s began their game-winning fourth-quarter drive. Throughout the game, the Bears made nine three-pointers and attempted a handful more. Attacking from beyond the arc was “not necessarily” in the team’s game plan, though, head coach Adam Wall said. “We try to teach our kids just how to play basketball and understand concepts, specific plays, and different things. We shoot a lot of threes, it’s who we are, but at the end of the day, we take what the defense gives us and early in the game they were giving us some of those shots,” Wall said. Like any coach, Wall was able to find areas of his team’s game that needed to be improved. In this case for the Bears, it was the team’s performance from the freethrow line. The Bears ended the game 13/21 from the line, good enough for 61

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Buchanan's Reagan Stermer (#30) attempts to go up for a basket over two Clovis defenders during a game on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

percent. “I kind of wish we were getting to the free-throw line more and making free throws, but at the end of the day it worked on,” Wall said. Buchanan’s Ashtyn Arnold scored 19

points and Olivia Garcia added 12 points to the Bear’s total. This win is a redemption win for the Bears who fell to Clovis High, at Clovis 45-43 earlier in the season – a lack of offensive production was certainly not a factor in this game.

Megan Esler with 16 points was the top scorer for Clovis. Kiley Butchert was close behind with 15 points in the game. For the Cougars, this is just their second loss in league play after falling to Clovis West who lead the TRAC.

After a quiet first half, Anderson erupts to secure season sweep of Broncos MICHAEL FORD @MFordJournalism

Winning a basketball game in the TRAC in certainly no easy feat, just ask the Clovis North Broncos and Clovis West Golden Eagles. And when a star player struggles or is taken out of a game due to foul trouble, it is incumbent on teammates to hold down the proverbial fort until that player can get back on track, making any chance of a win that much harder. That is exactly what the Golden Eagles were able to do in their 77-61 victory over the Broncos in the highly-anticipated third installment in the trilogy of the two teams atop the TRAC standings, with the teams having split the first two games of the series. Golden Eagles star guard Cole Anderson, who scored six points in a first period that saw the Broncos take a 13-8 lead, picked up two fouls early in the period, leaving the offensive load in the hands of Max Phillips and Jarren Carr. Phillips filled it up with nine points in the second quarter, complemented by another six from Carr to keep the Golden Eagles down only 33-31 at halftime. “I’m really proud of my teammates. They stuck it through and I knew at halftime I had to be aggressive going into the second half,”Anderson said. Aggressive might be the understatement of the season. Anderson went on a rampage in the third quarter, scoring 17 points while showcasing his all-around game with drives to the basket, back cuts for layups at the rim, and, oh yeah, the long ball as well. Anderson nailed

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Clovis West guard Cole Anderson surveys the Clovis North defense. Anderson scored 29 in the Golden Eagles 77-61 victory over the Broncos Jan. 28.

three three-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points in total. The effort spurred Clovis West to win the period 30-15, a theme that has been all too common for the Golden Eagles, according to head coach Vance Wahlberg. “For whatever reason, we seem to be a pretty good third quarter team,” Wahlberg said. “Honestly, I don’t know, it was the intensity they had.”

The Golden Eagles took the 61-48 lead into the final period, which they continued to dominate. Carr sank all eight of his free throws in the period and Cole added another six that allowed the Golden Eagles to comfortably guide home the win and the sweep of the season series. Clovis West’s victory puts another degree of separation between the Broncos, allowing

the Golden Eagles to take a two-game lead in the standings with four games left in the season. The Golden Eagles will take their 22-3 record on the road as they will travel to Central to play the fourth-place Grizzlies Friday. The Broncos will lick their wounds before they try to bounce back against the fifth-place Clovis East Timberwolves Friday.

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For Clovis East, senior night fell well short of the result it was hoping to send its senior class out as the Timberwolves were defeated soundly by Clovis High, 61-9, on Wednesday night. De’Andre Smith’s opening match win for the Timberwolves in the 160-lbs weight class failed to materialize into any significant advantage that the Timberwolves could capitalize on. The Cougars went on to win 12 of the 14 matches, with only the aforementioned Smith and Jonah Schmidtke in the 285-lbs weight class winning their matches for the Timberwolves. Despite the one-sided nature of the meet, Gabe Schaefer, the director of wrestling at Clovis High had positive words for the Timberwolves. “They’re building now,” Schaefer said of the Timberwolves program. “They’re getting better and they have a good junior high coach that came in. They’ll be more competitive in the years to come, but we have a pretty good team this year, so it is about what we thought.” Schaefer added. The Cougars still have Buchanan to come on their schedule, and the meet, known simply as; ‘the duel’ will certainly be what the Cougars have their eyes on. Their cross-town rivals at Buchanan

The Clovis Cougars topped the Clovis East Timberwolves 61-9, winning 12 of 14 matches on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

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have gotten the better of them in both the Zinkin Classic and the Doc B Invitational. As Clovis High prepares to go into the meat of the schedule, keeping the team’s plethora of young players in the right

mindset will be crucial. According to Schaefer, the Cougar’s senior leadership is set to play a critical part in the final stretch of the season and in future seasons. “Our senior leadership is helping them

[the lower classmen] and making sure they buy into the program and what we’re doing. Once they get bought in, they develop really well and really fast.” Schaefer said.

The game was a rematch of the Central Section D-1 girls basketball title game of the past two years, another contributing factor to what Campbell described as “nerves” in his team during the first quarter. Clovis West did not make a shot in the first two minutes of the game, yet made up for its early sputtering offense with ferocious defense. Turnovers by Clovis North led to fast break points for the Golden Eagles, who went on an 8-0 run to take the lead midway through the first quarter. It was a lead that California’s 12th-ranked girls team would not surrender. Clovis North kept the game close, cutting the score to 15-9 after the first quarter, but

the Broncos suffered an offensive outage in the second quarter. Clovis West outdid themselves on defense in the second period, shutting out Clovis North completely and scoring 18 straight points to build a 33-9 halftime lead. Junior guard Nikki Tom acted as a crucial part to the Golden Eagles’ big second quarter, netting 10 points in the quarter alone and 12 in the first half total. Campbell knew once his team got settled in after an emotional pregame tribute, his Golden Eagles would do something special on the court. “For us, the goal early in the game was to stay calm and get through [the slow start],” Campbell said. “I liked what I saw with the

defense and rebounding, so I felt our offense would settle in at some point.” Guided by Tom, Clovis West played more fluidly on offense, with passing and motion emphasized. Combined with a stellar performance from West’s half-court defense, the Golden Eagles proved too much for Clovis North to handle down the stretch. Clovis West led 47-22 after the third quarter and coasted through the final minutes of regulation to clinch their 21st win of the season and improve to 6-0 in TRAC play. Most importantly, for Campbell, players and fans of both teams in attendance, Tuesday’s game was a time to heal following the tragic death of a basketball legend.

a coach,” Chris said. “If anybody is tough enough to handle that, it’s me.” The younger Patrick is not wet behind Lloyd Merriman Field. the ears when it comes to coaching. He Decorated on the blue outfield wall are spent 10 years as the head baseball coach at Clovis North, from the school’s opening banners commemorating the nine section in 2008 until his dismissal in 2017. In that titles - and two national championships span, Patrick captured a section title in won by Clovis High under the direction 2013, coincidentally defeating James’ Cloof James Patrick, Chris’ father. The elder Patrick was at the helm of Cougars baseball vis High team during playoffs en route to for 32 seasons before hanging up his cleats the championship that year. “What I was trying to do was build a last May. blue-collar, Clovis High-type of program The Cougars did not have to look far for on the north side of town,” Patrick said. their next head coach, tabbing James’ son last July to take over the role, as if it was a “I’m proud of what we did, but I’m excited for this fresh start and to make new memofamily heirloom. The Patrick family has become baseball ries here.” It is a tough act to follow in Dad’s footroyalty at Clovis High, yet the success of steps, but along with a proven winning the elder Patrick has also led to high expectrack record at Clovis North, Chris Patrick tations for the next Patrick. has built familiarity with the Cougars base“If you have success, it’s because of ball program. He served as an assistant what [James] already established, and if coach on his father’s staff for the past two you lose, it’s because you’re not as good of

seasons, including last year’s campaign which culminated with a section title. Patrick notes the group of seniors on his team this year, who return from the 2019 Valley championship squad, as being pivotal to success for Clovis High in 2020. Chief among that group is UNLV commit and pitcher/first baseman Noah Beal. “There’s a chance he could be an MLB draft pick in late June if he puts together a good season,” Patrick said. “He’s a big physical kid who will likely hit second in our order.” Patrick also named another senior who can have a breakout year at a new position: catcher Koby Kropf. “[Kropf] is a three-year guy. It’s his first year catching, though; he’d been our left fielder because of our stud catcher [Darien Miller] who got drafted last year,” Patrick said. “Koby was waiting in the wings and he’s ready to take over.” Two more seniors to keep an eye on,

according to Patrick: Ian Mortenson, who will start at center field and fill the role of No. 2 pitcher after Beal, and Miles Henderson, who be utilized as a utility player and a closer out of the bullpen. Overall, the senior class provides an opportunity for Patrick to win immediately in his first year as the Cougars’ head coach. It was part of the reason why he took the job in July. “The biggest reason why I put in for the job was because I wanted to keep this nucleus of coaches and players together,” he said. “These guys have been working and playing together for a long time and we want to keep doing it the way my dad taught us. We want to make him proud.” Chris Patrick wants to blaze his own trail, of course, but he is very aware of the legacy his father left behind at Clovis High. In fact, Patrick is embracing it, and in doing so, embracing the family name and the winning tradition that comes with it.

“We don’t have anybody to throw it into, we’re not very big. They [Clovis High] did a really good job of defending the rim and making us shoot threes, we just weren’t making them. Nothing really changed, we were just lucky to have a couple of things bounce our way. Sometimes that happens,” Malm

said. Buchanan will travel to Central, Clovis West, and Clovis North for their final games of the season. Clovis will travel to North before hosting Clovis East and Clovis West to end their regular season.


players wore custom shirts honoring Kobe and his daughter Gianna, both of whom perished in a helicopter crash Sunday morning. It was impossible for Campbell to hold back tears. “For me, it was a little cloudy when the ball went up,” Campbell said. “Just the emotions circling through the gym and thinking about where you are individually in life.” It was a difficult start to the game for Clovis West, but the seven-time defending Central Section champions showed remarkable resolve in their 54-32 rout of visiting Clovis North Tuesday night.



TRAC) who entered the final quarter with a five-point lead. What they found was a game-high 16 point fourth quarter and a way to stall the Clovis offense, limiting the Cou-

gars to nine points in the final frame. The Bears had been forced to take low-percentage shots from outside of the perimeter for much of the game -- these shots rarely went the Bears way. Changing the game plan when those shots fell flat was not a viable option according to Malm.

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FEBRUARY WAKE UP CLOVIS - 2020 LABOR LAW UPDATE Wed, Feb. 5, 2020 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Location: Clovis Community College - Herndon Campus, 390 Fir Ave., Bldg B Rm 308. Info: (559) 299-7363 CENTERSTAGE PRES. RAT PACK AT DICICCO'S Thurs, Feb. 6, 2020 Time: 7 p.m. Location: DiCicco's in Old Town Clovis Info: www. SWEETHEART DANCE Sun, Feb. 9, 2020 Time: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: CVMD, 808 4th

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Feb. 14-15, 2020 Time: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: CVMD, 808 4th St. Info: (559) 299-0471 or SENIOR VALENTINE'S PARTY Fri, Feb. 14, 2020 Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Clovis Senior Activity Center, 850 4th St. Info: (559) 324-2750 CRAB FEED & AUCTION Fri, Feb. 14, 2020 Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Location: CVMD, 808 4th St. Info: (559) 299-7504 or

THE 13TH ANNUAL RED HEART BALL BARIATRIC WEIGHT-LOSS Sat, Feb. 15, 2020 SEMINAR Time: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Wed, Feb. 12, 2020 Location: CVMD, 808 4th Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. St. Location: Clovis Community Info: Alene at alene@ Hospital, 2755 Herndon Ave. Info: www.clovisbariatrics. CELEBRATING CLOVIS AT org 108 YEARS Thurs, Feb. 20, 2020 CAL4WHEEL Time: 5 p.m - 8 p.m. CONVENTION 2020 Location: Clovis Regional

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2020 WORKPLACE CONFERENCE: A 2020 VISION OF HR Wed, Mar. 25, 2020 Time: 7:30 a.m.. - 4:30 p.m. Location: CVMD, 808 4th St. Info: SENIOR PROM "WALKING WITH THE STARS" Sat, Mar. 28, 2020 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Location: Clovis Senior Activity Center, 850 4 St. Info: (559) 324-2750

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January 16, 2020 A middle-aged man attempted to rob a cashier on Herndon Ave. Despite her best training, her instinct kicked in and she proceeded to scream and yell at him. Not expecting this from the little woman behind the counter, he became exceedingly nervous and ran out without a single piece of gum stolen. Well that was fun, eh? January 17, 2020 A local construction company called police to report that someone busted a window out of one of the supervisor’s trucks. The thief stole $30 worth of granola bars and cracker snacks he had just picked up to pass out to the men and women working on the job. No good deed goes unpunished, I suppose! Here he is trying to be a good guy and concerned with the needs of his employees and bam! A jerk steals it all, and now the whole camp he lives in will eat like kings tonight. Jeesh! January 18, 2020 A citation was given to a resident for having an inoperable vehicle parked outside on the street for an extended period of time. The woman who lived there said her daughter came over and left the car and never came back for it. Well, you are welcome to enable your daughter but your neighbors aren’t havin’ it. So, you can move the car to your driveway, or the police will move it to the tow yard for you. Your choice. (P.S. My mom would have towed it the second day I left a broken down car in front of her house.) January 19, 2020 A man was stopped outside of a large department store on Herndon Ave for stealing over $400 worth of merchandise and attempting to get in his car and leave with it! All of the items were recovered and put back on the shelf. Makes me wonder when I go pick up toothpaste or a new set of towels if maybe before I got to them, they were part of a theft attempt and arrest? Makes brushing my teeth so much more exciting! January 20, 2020 A woman at a grocery store got caught attempting to steal four packages of filet mignon. Gurl, I want steak too, but it certainly isn’t worth a criminal record. You want steak for dinner? Work to earn the money to eat steak for dinner. These are the rules and there is no getting around them! January 21, 2020 Two male adults were caught on video surveillance stealing $1,500 worth of tools from a hardware store. What’s worse is they are regular customers and a cashier recognized them! With just a bit of research, the staff was able to determine what company they work for and provide police with the information to pay the two knuckleheads a visit on the job. Hopefully they got there before they started using those new and expensive stolen tools! A CLOVIS ROUNDUP FAVORITE

January 22, 2020 A man came home on his lunch break intending to marinate some meat to BBQ after work, and found his $900 grill MISSING! Just gone. Stolen off his patio from his apartment complex. WHO JUST WALKS AWAY WITH A BBQ AND NO ONE NOTICES? I would check my neighbor’s patio’s ASAP! I smell a rat here! January 23, 2020 As I read through the police logs each week, I roll my eyes when I see that yet another teenager is arrested for trying to steal a set of earbuds, a bottle of cologne and a new pair of Nike shoes from a store at the mall. Dude, no amount of cologne or new kicks will make you cool enough to ‘fit in’ if you are IN JAIL! Why is this even a thing? Ugh. Here’s something that is a thing: YOU WILL BE CAUGHT! January 24, 2020 A young man walked into a department store, straight up to a clothing rack, grabbed approximately 20 women’s shirts and turned to run out. He tripped over a cart that was behind him and went face first into the tile. Well then, that didn’t work out how you planned it I bet. This is not the movies pal, it's real life. In real life, old ladies like me stop our carts in the middle of the isle as we aimlessly wander the sales! January 25, 2020 During the day, a thief broke into a home and proceeded to steal two of the victim’s purses from her closet. Two very expensive designer purses, of course. To the jerk who stole these purses: Yes, the misses worked her backside off to save her money for three months so YOU could sport her Gucci bag in the alleyway behind the liquor store. (Sorry, this hit me hard as a woman!) TAKE THEM BACK! January 26, 2020 A small fender bender occurred at Herndon and Fowler near 3:30 pm. Mom overslept during her afternoon nap and was high tailing it to the school to get her kid. She thought the guy in front of her was going to go, but he just rolled into the right turn lane a bit and she punched it! Ma’am, you may not push the car in front of you along. You must wait until THEY accelerate BEFORE you accelerate! *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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Caden Quinn is only 12 years old and he’s already drawing attention in Clovis’s competitive youth sports scene. He just wrapped up his first full season with the Clovis Clash, Clovis’s Pop Warner youth tackle football team, as the team’s quarterback. “They asked if I could throw the ball and I said yeah,” Quinn said, recollecting when he joined the Clash earlier this year. “They put me in for practice and I just kept improving.” Quinn helped the Clash battle its way to the semi-finals in 2019 and secured the award for offensive player of the year along the way. “It just brought a smile to my face,” Quinn said about winning the award. “I was glad because I started off not knowing how to hand the ball off, barely being able to throw a spiral. Then at the end of the year my hard work paid off.” Heather Frantzich, Quinn’s mom, said she knew her son possessed the talent and drive necessary to excel with the team. “At the beginning of this season I was very nervous because he's never really played that position before… but I knew he had the talent to fill that role,” Heather Frantzich said. She continued, “I couldn’t help but have tears in my eyes for the mere fact that he has grown so much as a player, as a 12-year-

old. For him to achieve all that he set out to achieve and the goals he had and really help lead the team you can’t help but feel proud, very proud.” Quinn also plays wide receiver on the Cedarwood Elementary football team. Football is only Quinn’s latest undertaking. He began playing sports when he was four years old, after his parents enrolled him in tee-ball. His first and biggest inspiration was his parents, who trained Quinn at a young age. “I started baseball when I was in preschool. My parents were my first coaches. We would go out to the field and just practice or go in the backyard with my tee and net,” Quinn said. Baseball is currently Quinn’s strong suit, as he plays pitcher, first base and center field. In 2016 he helped lead his Babe Ruth team to the state championship. He ranked as one of the top players in the nation in his age group that same season. Quinn, one to explore all areas of sports, currently plays basketball at Cedarwood Elementary. He plans to return to baseball in the spring. He doesn’t yet know what he wants to do when he gets older, but he said he’d never give up on sports. “It depends on what I do, if I get better at baseball or football. I’m never going to quit. I’m never going to give up on those sports,” the up-and-coming athlete said.

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12-year-old Caden Quinn's favorite team is the Oregon Ducks' baseball and football teams.

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The Home Energy Saving Tax Credit Is Back er.


On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the Appropriations Act of 2020, which included a number of tax law changes, including retroactively extending certain tax provisions that expired after 2017 or were about to expire, a number of retirement and IRA plan modifications, and other changes that will impact a large portion of U.S. taxpayers as a whole. This article is one of a series of articles dealing with those changes and how they may affect you. The Residential Energy (Efficient) Property Credit was initially introduced in 2006. The credit’s name is somewhat misleading, and the credit is best described as an energy-saving credit since it applies to improvements to the taxpayer’s existing primary home to make it more energy efficient. Over the years since it was first introduced, it has provided a tax credit in amounts varying from 10 percent to 30 percent of the cost of energy-saving devices installed as part of a taxpayer’s home, with the maximum credit ranging from $500 to $1,500. Currently, the credit percentage is 10 percent, with a lifetime credit amount limited to $500. Since the credit currently has a lifetime credit of $500, that means if you have ever claimed this credit in the past, going all the way back to 2006, you must reduce any credit currently claimed, limited to the

The credit is non-refundable, meaning it can only be used to offset your tax liability to bring it down to zero, and there is no carryover provision, so any portion of the credit not used in the year when the credit is earned is lost. There are also credit limits for certain items: • Qualified Windows and Skylights $200 • Qualified Advanced Main Air Circ. $50 • Qualified Hot Water Boilers $150 • Qualified Energy-Efficient Equip. $300 Basis Adjustment – The basis of your home is increased by the amount you spend on an energy-efficient improvement but is then reduced by the amount of the credit. So Envato Elements even if you can’t claim the credit because To qualify for the Residential Energy Property credit, the home of the taxpayer must be their you’ve exceeded the lifetime credit limit, primary residence and located in the United States. the cost of the energy-efficient property will $500, by any credit amount you claimed in • Energy-efficient central air condition- increase your home’s basis. Retroactive Extension – Since this credit any prior year. As a result, taxpayers who ers; was retroactively extended to 2018, if you claimed the maximum credit amount in the • Insulation; past won’t be eligible for any additional • Metal roofs with appropriate pigment- made qualifying improvements in 2018, you can amend your 2018 return and claim the credit under this extension. ed coatings; Generally, this tax credit equals 10 per• Asphalt roofing with appropriate cool- credit. Since this credit has been extended through 2020, it can also be claimed for encent of the cost of the following energy-saving granules; ing improvements that meet certain Energy • Exterior storm windows and skylights; ergy- efficient improvements made in 2019 and 2020 as long the $500 lifetime credit Star requirements: • Exterior storm doors; and limit will not be exceeded. • An advanced main air-circulating fan; • Others not listed here. If you have questions about this credit • A natural gas, propane, or oil furnace; To qualify for the credit, the home must or think you might qualify for the credit in • A natural gas, propane, or oil hot wabe the taxpayer’s primary residence and be 2018 and want to see if the credit is worth ter boiler; located in the U.S., the improvement must generally have a life of 5 years or more, and the cost of amending your return, please • Energy-efficient heat pumps; • Energy-efficient water heaters; the original use must begin with the taxpay- give this office a call (559) 326-7072.

Gap Gifts Land To Fresno For State-ofthe-Art No Kill Animal Shelter For $1


The City of Fresno announced Jan. 28 an agreement with Gap, Inc. that gives Fresno land for a state-of-the-art, no kill animal shelter. The 4.8-acre parcel of land is located on Airways Boulevard, just south of Clovis, near the company’s Gap Pacific Distribution Center at 3400 Gap Drive. Fresno originally sold Gap the land in 2007 to build the distribution facility. Gap will now sell its extra land back to Fresno for a symbolic $1. Gap also announced it will donate another five acres of land for a Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County. The Fresno City Council will vote on the agreement regarding the animal shelter at its Feb. 13 meeting. It is also expected to finalize its agreement regarding the Boys and Girls Club by the same time. “We looked at a number of locations around Fresno that would be suitable for a new animal shelter and this property is by far the best site because it's centrally located and close to the Airport," Fresno Mayor Lee Brand said in a statement. “Gap Inc. has been a great corporate partner since the 1990’s and they’ve invested significantly in our city by adding their West Coast e-commerce fulfillment center to its distribution facility in 2018 and bringing over 500 good-paying new jobs to Fresno. Gap Inc.’s generous gesture shows the importance of that investment and the depth

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Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announces Jan. 28 and agreement with Gap, Inc. to purchase 4.8 acres of land on Airways Boulevard for $1. Fresno intends to use the land for a state-of-the-art no kill animal shelter.

of their concern for the community where their team members live, work, raise their families and play. On behalf of the people of Fresno and all of our four-legged friends, I say thank you very much to Gap Inc. for stepping up to the plate in a very big way.” The land purchase is the second step to opening the new no kill shelter. Fresno’s first move to build the shelter happened Jan. 16, when the city council awarded a design contract for the shelter to a group headed by Tim Simons of Fresno-based construction company Northstar General,

Inc. The project, which is slated to complete construction in summer 2021 if it is approved, aligns with Governor Gavin Newsom’s new goal of making California a “no-kill state.” This means the elimination of euthanizing treatable and adoptable animals. Newsom said $50 million of California’s 2020-2021 budget would go to achieving the goal. Fresno’s contract with the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

to Animals (CCSPCA) to provide animal control services will expire in June after the organization declined to renew its contract last year. The SPCA is expected to continue its operations in Fresno County, though it will no longer handle animal control services with the city. Mark Standriff, director of communications and public affairs for the City of Fresno, said the city does not yet know who will be contracted to run the new facility if it is approved.

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Clovis local’s daughter raising money for funeral expenses


Back in December 2019 the Clovis Roundup covered Clovis resident, Dana Kennon, 54, as she fulfilled her one last wish to see the lights at Disneyland. Kennon was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2017. As Kennon’s sickness became progressively worse she knew she didn’t have much time left. All she wanted to do was go to Disneyland and see the lights, one last time. Through the power of the internet and old friends, that wish was fulfilled. Kennon’s former high school classmates raised the money and turned her Disneyland wish into reality. Though Kennon was able to feel like a kid again at Disneyland, shortly after she got back things took a turn for the worse. Kennon was on her last days as she was taken off all life sustaining medicine and sadly the cancer won, she passed Jan. 19, 2020. She was being cared for in the comfort of her own home on her last days by her daughter, Kelleen Kennon, 21, and Kelleen’s fiancé Caroline Peltz. Kelleen took care of her mom while juggling school and work full time in addition to handling finances. Kellen graduated from Fresno State in

L-R: Kelleen Kennon, Dana Kennon, and Caroline Peltz.

Fall 2019 with her Bachelors in psychology. Dana wanted to see her daughter walk but because time was limited and the graduation ceremony wouldn’t take place until May 2020, Kelleen held a ceremony in the hospital. “She told me it was the proudest moment of her life because she finally got to see not only the achievements that I made but also what kind of a woman she raised me to be,” Kelleen said.

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Though she said this has been the hardest thing in her life, when asked what has gotten her through it she answered her fiancé, Caroline Peltz. “Not going to lie, I have my moments. I’m not the strongest person but the person who has kept me grounded the most is Caroline, my fiancé,” Kelleen said. “That’s the thing is everyone forgets her. Everyone interviews me and talks to me but she's my mom’s daughter too.”

Peltz has been there every step of the way. “She’s been the rock in this entire situation. She’s been by my mom’s side taking care of her, changing her diapers, wiping her butt, things I wouldn’t be able to handle emotionally,” Kelleen said. “Caroline has just made everything easier, she brings a little bit of light into every single day,” Kelleen said. Kelleen wants her mom to be remembered for the incredible human being that she was. “If any of my friends growing up needed a place to go to be themselves she gave them that place. If they needed a mom to love them she gave them that mom,” Kelleen said. “My mom has just been the rock for so many people. I didn’t realize because I guess she just raised me to be that way and it’s normal to show love to everyone and it’s normal to love everyone for who they are and what they believe.” Kelleen said she is grateful for this last month to be able to see the impact her mom has made on everyone in the world. Kelleen started a fundraiser to help pay for her mom’s funeral and cremation services. If you would like to donate, go to: www.

Kirkland Foundation Uses Facebook To Save Homeless Animals RON CAMACHO

Fresno-based animal welfare nonprofit Kirkland Foundation fosters and finds new homes for homeless pets, but it’s not a shelter. Instead, founder Kyle Kirkland says his foundation is more of a virtual network of people working together for the good of homeless animals around the valley. “For the most part we are working with ourselves and other (animal welfare) groups, working out of our homes or with fosters,” Kirkland said. “It’s a network of people, its virtual. We will definitely foster, but the goal is not to store, the goal is goodbye. So we'll get an animal, get them healthy, figure out who can foster them, we pay for the food, the medical, follow up the chipping and all that. Then we find them a home.” Kirkland is also Board Chair of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and owner of downtown Fresno’s Club One Casino. His organization exists primarily on Facebook, where it pursues its goal of taking in animals and fostering them until they find new homes. “The cool thing about Facebook is that we couldn’t do what we do but for that tool. All these animals come to us on Facebook, we can organize with other people using that,” Kirkland said. “Someone will see an animal distressed, take a picture and post it. Then in the comments someone will tag us. Then when I see it I'll be like ok, how can we help you? So then we start communicating on Facebook and we arrange for the resources and the medical care to get there and then we figure out who is going to take care of them.” The Kirkland Foundation is only made out of about 20 people, including paid employees and volunteers.

Kirkland Foundation founder, Kyle Kirkland.

Kirkland began the foundation three years ago, after he rescued a few animals of his own. “I rescued a puppy from underneath one of the dumpsters at work and he became the Club One mascot, his name is Jackpot. Everyone likes him and he runs around the casino. I noticed downtown – I was living downtown – and I saw some stray cats and I actually rescued a couple, still have one. Then I just started noticing it so I had a heightened awareness,” Kirkland said. The Foundation’s main goal is to reduce Fresno County’s high rates of euthanasia. Kirkland said Fresno has an 80 percent euthanasia rate for cats and a 50 percent rate for dogs. In fact, learning of the high euthanasia rate is what inspired Kirkland to start the foundation in the first place. “The tipping point for me was talking with the (SPCA) about some issues and they

Courtesy of Kirkland Foundation

told me what their euthanasia rates were and said I can’t do that. I can move that needle,” Kirkland said. “We have an animal overpopulation problem in Fresno County with 80 percent euthanasia rates for cats, 50 percent for dogs. No one wants to do that.” In 2019 alone, Fresno County euthanized 14,500 dogs and cats. Animal overpopulation is regarded as a major problem statewide. Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his intention to make california a “no-kill state,” meaning the elimination of euthanizing treatable and adoptable animals. He said $50 million of the Golden State’s 2020-2021 budget will go to achieving the goal. Kirkland said Fresno’s high euthanasia rates are a fixable problem. With the proper grants and public education, the valley can bring euthanasia rates down to below 20 percent. “We have a domestic animal overpopula-

tion problem that is eminently solvable, all we need is education on spay and neutering and in 24 months, because that’s how animal gestation works, that problem starts to correct,” Kirkland said. “If you have a leak in your roof and your bucket fills, don’t just get a bigger bucket, fix the leak in the roof, and the leak in the roof here is animal reproduction. If we work on spay and neutering and educating people, in a very short period of time we slow the inflow and make it more manageable.” For those who doubt his claim, Kirkland said look no further than the neighboring community of Madera. “We have an example, Madera County 10 years ago had a 90 percent kill rate and then they got a spay and neuter program and now its like under 15. If Madera can do it, we should be able to do it,” he said. Spay and neuter programs give pet owners the opportunity to “fix” their furry friend for a lower cost. So instead of paying $70 to $100 to spay or neuter your pet, you would only have to pay $25. “Spay or neutering is $70 to $100 if you do it through your vet, but we if have a grant that supports it its $25. And we'll reinforce it with advertising and education,” Kirkland said, adding that Fresno would need about $4 million in grants to address the issue. “In Fresno I think for about $3 or $4 million in programs of advertising and education and awareness – I want to get it from private grants to not burden the city with it – you can educate people and have a huge impact. We at least can get it down from 80 percent to 30,” Kirkland said. The foundation constantly shares events, news and educational information regarding animal welfare over its Facebook page. You can follow them at https://

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Clovis Friends of the Library to Celebrate Clovis’ 108th Anniversary CAROLE GROSCH

Incorporated in Feb. 1912, the City of Clovis is commemorating its 108th anniversary with the theme of "Celebrating Clovis" at the Clovis Library. The Clovis Friends of the Library in partnership with the Clovis Regional Library is featuring a month-long historical exhibition of artifacts, written works, paintings, and photographs of the city. The Clovis- Big Dry Creek Historical Society will loan artifacts for the exhibit and the Fresno County Library will contribute photographs. “This is a fresh look at Clovis History," said Bonnie Lind, ArtHop Coordinator. "Lynne Ashbeck will make a formal welcome at 6:30. There will be food and fun, souvenirs and a chance to learn more about Clovis. We are an official venue with the Fresno Arts Council ArtHop, and this is a kid-friendly and free event." Festivities will culminate on Thurs., Feb. 20, with an ArtHop Artist Reception at the Clovis Library, located at 1155 5th Street, Clovis. From 5-8 p.m. - the formal welcome and cake cutting is at 6:30 p.m. you can enjoy light refreshments, hear from local dignitaries and learn about the history of our city. The Artist Reception includes two wellknown local talents; writer, Janice Stevens and artist, Pat Hunter. During their successful careers, they have collaborated on numerous books that beautifully merge their respective crafts and feature local historical landmarks and history. William Saroyan: Places in Time, Remembering the California Missions, Fresno's Architectural Past, Volume I and Volume II, are just a few of

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Clovis Friends of the Library is set to celebrate Clovis' 108th anniversary on Feb. 20, 2020.

their published works. During ArtHop, Hunter will be exhibiting her historical Clovis paintings. Peg Bos, President of the Clovis Museum, will also be a guest. Other events taking place at the library include: Feb. 4-April 14, every Tues. at 9:30, Storytime for children up to age 2

Feb. 9, March 8, April 5, 3-4 p.m., Craft Time. Children should be accompanied by an adult Materials are provided Feb. 9, March 8, April 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Builder's Club for LEGO enthusiasts. Children should be accompanied by an adult. LEGOS are provided. Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. Tea and a Story. Sample teas are based on that day's story. A Cup

of Tea by Katherine Mansfield is featured. March 18, 6:30 p.m. Tea and a Story, A Cup of Tea by Farhana Shaikh April 15, 6:30 p.m. Tea and a Story, The Tea Shop by Zoran Zivkovic ArtHop at the Clovis library takes place every third Thursday. For more information on this or future events, please call 559600-9531 or visit



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