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Portrait of Clovis Clovis named #1 city in California The Conservation Environmental Ethic of Clovis to raise a family By Amy D. Fienen

Photo by Richard Wiebe. The J.E. Good building on Clovis and 5th Street By Richard Wiebe

In the late 19th century, two schools of thought arose concerning the human use of ournatural and cultural environment. The first, led by John Muir, was “preservationist.”An example would be the wilderness The Conservationist, on page 3

With its award-winning schools, safe neighborhoods, family-friendly activities, scenic parks and trails, and small-town feel, it’s no surprise to locals that Clovis has been named the number one California city in which to raise a family. Leading money blog NerdWallet.com set out to determine which cities in the Golden State have the best combination of good schools, affordable housing and opportunities for economic growth. The rankings were based on school ratings, home values, home ownership costs, household income, and income growth. The only Central Valley city to place in the top 20, Clovis earned the honor over places like Folsom, Yuba, Murrieta, Irvine, Lake Forest, Redlands, Roseville, Davis, and Walnut Creek, all which have reputations for being great places to live. City Manager Rob Woolley said that the ranking reaffirms the work of the City of Clovis, Clovis Unified School District, and the residents who make Clovis a great place to live. “We are happy that the hard work

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of many community partners is being recognized by this ranking,” Woolley said. “We know Clovis is a special community and one that we are very proud of.” Clovis: Best Place to Live, continued on page 22


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areas of our national parks were “natural processes prevail” and “humans are only a transitory visitor.” The second, led by Gifford Pinchott, the founder of the Yale University School of Forestry andthe first head of the United States Forest Service under Theodore Roosevelt, was “conservationist.” An example would be the sustainable “wise-use” of forests to provide wood without ravaging the landscape through severe clear cutting with its attendant problems of soil erosion and riparian destruction. The city of Clovis fits into the conservationist camp. What does “conservationist” mean in Clovis? It means “recycled” historic buildings, water meters, a reclaimed water system, greenbelts, “rails to trails,” bike lanes, pocket parks, parks, infrastructure fees for developers, the redevelopment and restoration of Old Town Clovis, historical signage, and a respect for human cultural history. An example of a “recycled” building is the Clovis Union High School built in 1919 at 5th and Baron Avenue. This Mediterranean-style, two-story building

to Riverpark. Nees has a good, wide bike lane and less traffic than some of the other arterial streets. It’s about 10 miles from home to the Edwards IMAX Cinema. At a moderate pace it takes only 45 minutes to bike there—not much longer than driving a car in traffic and just as fast as a bus—and healthier for myself and the environment. But don’t misunderstand my comments. I also drive around the Fresno-Clovis metro area. Biking remains an option, like the bus systems. The new city of Clovis (1912) passed its first water bond in the 1920s. With it came water meters. Fresno did not get water meters until the 1980s, after much complaining. Now they are moaning about the rates being raised 50 percent. Clovis, because of its agricultural roots, has always held to a no nonsense “pay for what you use” policy. If you use more water, you pay more. If you use more electricity, you pay PG & E more. If you want good schools, you pay for multiple bonds on your annual property tax bill and the same goes for greenbelt maintenance. Recently, Clovis forged ahead with a reclaimed water system in the newer parts of town. Marked with purple signage, new parks and greenbelts are being watered with reclaimed water. Fresno has yet to move in this direction, and is always

Photo by Richard Wiebe. The 1919 Clovis Union High School on 5th Street near the Water Tower

was retrofitted in the 1980s to meet earthquake codes (costing $1 million) and became the San Joaquin College of Law, the only graduate school in Clovis. The original Clovis Union High School annex to the south across 5th Street became Clark Intermediate School, home of the Chieftains. The new Clovis High School was built on the corner of Fowler and Barstow in 1969. Old schools are not always torn down in Clovis, although this almost happened to Clovis Union High School to make way for a parking lot. The Clovis Union High School building’s preservation is an instance of the conservationist environmental ethic at work. As a bicyclist, I find the “rails to trails” system for walking and biking in Clovis magnificent. It is more curvy, gentle and green than the Fresno units andhas underpasses for added safety. In addition to being a greenbelt threading through the city connecting many of the parks, there are amenities: lights, emergency phones, security cameras, mileage markers, botanical signs, bridges, benches, and thousands of trees, 4,000 of which were planted in three hours by 3,000 citizen volunteers. From my home near Clovis High School, I pedal to Old Town Clovis and pick up the trail at the historic water tower. I then go north along Clovis Avenue and then turn northwest at Sierra, following the slanting bike path northwestto connect withNees. On Nees, I turn west and go

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playing catch-up to progressive Clovis. Our “redneck” reputation is undeserved. Yes, we will celebrate our 100th Clovis Rodeo in 2014, but we are more complex than that one image. Most people don’t know that Floyd Buchanan earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley under Clark Kerr, later chancellor of the U.C. system until ousted by Governor Ronald Reagan for being too soft on student radicals in the late 1960s. Developers pay for the widening of roads, street lights, water and sewage hookups, and signage when land is developed for homes. That explains why a major artery like Nees will go back and forth between two and four lanes, depending on whether the land adjacent to the road has been developed. There is no subsidized free lunch in Clovis. We all pay our own way and hence contribute to the common good. The hub of conserved human history is the Clovis Dry Creek Museum in the old First State Bank building at 4th and Pollasky. The museum is a rich archive for researching local history. Peg Bos, the president of the historical society and museum volunteer was the first woman on the Clovis planning commission, the first woman council member and first woman mayor.The museum has binders of information on family historiesand historic places, and a photographic gallery of decades ofClovis Union High School class portraits. Special attention is given to the military veterans of Clovis and to those

Photo by Richard Wiebe. The Old Town Clovis trail portal at Shaw and Clovis Avenue

who gave their lives to defend freedom and the American way of life. The museum offers a “snapshot” of Clovis in times past and the present (new memberships in the Clovis Historical Society are always welcome, whether personal or business, see the museum folks for details). A major example of the conservationist environmental ethic is Old Town Clovis. In the 1980s, the idea was hatched to redevelop Old Town, bounded by Sierra in the north, DeWitt in the west, Barstow in the south, and Railroad in the east. Paving bricks, classic lampposts, posted area maps, signage, and the preservation of many 100 year-old businesses and homes constitute the character of Old Town Clovis. The iconic “Clovis, Gateway to the Sierras” sign, hanging over Clovis Avenue near Bobby Salazar’s Mexican Restaurant, has been lovingly repainted, refurbished, and had neon lighting added over the years. Even the misspelling of “Sierras” (literally, in Spanish, “mountain range, mountain range”) has been preserved and not corrected. The Clovis Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning on the site of the old DMV building at Pollasky and Bullard, community parades, and special events like Big Hat Dayskeep Old Town Clovis teeming with people. Historic buildings like J.E. Goode (1904, now an antique store), the Hoblitt Hotel (1902,now the

that a spirit of local history pervades Old Town Clovis. The creation of Old Town Clovis has allowed its businesses, mostly small and independent, to compete successfully with Sierra Vista Mall, The Avenue on Shaw, Sierra Pavilions, and other “big-box” retail strip developments like the newest one at Clovis and Herndon, the Historic Takahashi Ranch site. As a consequence, Clovis has the best of both worlds, large-scale and small-scale, corporate and individual, city and village. Clovis pursued these conservationist projects out of a pragmatic, citizen-led, good government movement. It was not outside, national environmental groups (the Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, for example) that moved this agenda forward. The political environment of Clovis can, I believe, be accurately and favorably compared to Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive Party within the GOP in the waning days of the 19th century. Roosevelt wanted federal lands to be used in such a way as to benefit people while conserving the natural resources for future generations througha policy of sustainable use.That is why he created the national forest system with its multiple uses of timber, mining, ranching, recreation, wildlife preservation, tourism, and watershed protection. With its agricultural roots and the attendant policies of “pay for what you use” and “waste

Photo by Richard Wiebe. 5th Street looking west towards Clovis Avenue

Clovis Hotel Bistro and Heart’s Haven ), the original First Presbyterian Church at 5th and Woodward (1898,now the Clovis Masonic Lodge after the congregation went bankrupt and sold the building) and dozens of others are still in regular use. These buildings have changed their function, but their “recycling” means

not, want not” Clovis has alwaysbeen a community that emphasized stewardship of its natural and cultural resources. That is the authentic and substantive foundation of the “Clovis way of life” and it is alive and well today. Richard Wiebe is an associate professor of philosophy at Fresno Pacific University.


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Ag at Large: Seedless grape industry personifies agricultural success By Don Curlee

The absolute best of California agriculture’s history can be capsulized and intensified in the experiences of the state’s table Don Curlee grape industry, as fresh and vital today as the tastiest and most colorful seedless grape. Without discrediting the pioneering families of Italian, Armenian and Slavic descent who staked out small acreages near Central Valley towns such as Dinuba, Reedley, Exeter, Porterville, and eventually Delano, the deep intensity and vitality of the industry beganin the 1960s. That’s when its imprints of character were refined in the noisy cauldron of farm labor relations fomented by the United Farmworkers Union(UFW). Surprisingly, history is confirming that the union and the turmoil it created made its greatest contribution by encouraging members of the table grape industry to

hunker down, work cooperatively to defend themselves, their markets and each other and face the future with deep resolve. A major step forward was taken by industry leaders as they led growers and shippers to join together in 1967 to form the California Table Grape Commission. Thestate sponsored structure allowed each producer to contribute a proportionate amount to be used for promoting and advertising their product.It has continued and grown.Its budget for 2013 was $17 million. Funds were accumulated through the California Table Grape Commission to support research leading to new, attractive and tasty grape varieties that are colorful, large, and above all, seedless.Other descriptive terms can be accorded them as well, like crunchy, sweet, fresh, handy to serve and long lasting. The research program to develop new varieties was launched in 1972 with the University of California. Besides development of fruit with a wide consumer appeal the goal of the research was to breed grapes that ripened later than Thompson seedless, the workhorse variety that had carried the industry for years, and

carried it well.But the Thompson season only extended from early July through September typically, longer under proper storage conditions. The lion’s share of the research assignment was accorded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) facility in Parlier in 1981.There, research horticulturist David Ramming accepted the challenge, outlining a plan to cross breed existing grape varieties to produce fruit to fit the production and marketing challenges defined by the industry. The need to extend the table grape harvesting and shipping season was further intensified in the 1980s when a developing table grape industry in Chile began shipping its output into the American market.Quality of the fruit was excellent.It mimicked the Thompson Seedless product grown in California, ripened in November as the California shipping season wound down and continued through May.It found consumer acceptance immediately in both the American and export markets.A few traditional California producers made Chile the second home for their vineyards, and did well in the market. One victim of the extended marketing

season for seedless varieties was the traditional Emperor variety.It was a colorful and hardy grape that withstood the rigors of shipping well, to both domestic and overseas markets, ripened in the fall, but it contained seeds. As growers planted and tended more of Ramming’s experimental varieties they learned the cultural characteristics the new grapes demanded, and adjusted to them.They found that some of the most promising did not do well if rain fell while they were in the late stages of ripening on the vine.That led to plastic coverings being stretched over acre after acre of vines. Several prominent grower-shippers are now operating their own research and grape breeding facilities.That leads to patented varieties that promise significant returns when they are accepted by consumers. Other challenges can be expected, but the table grape industry and its leaders have established structures and procedures that can be modified to handle them, up to and including totally new grape varieties that consumers are really getting their teeth into.

This 9.75 pounder was caught trolling.

This big rainbow weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces and was caught from shore near Sierra Marina on a crawler.

Shaver Lake Fishing Report By Dick Nichols

Shaver Lake continues to pop out trophy-sized trout most every day. Three to 16 pound trophy bows are common from the bank, and a few trollers are picking some up, too. Even with some adverse weather in the past couple weeks, the trophy hunters continued their move onto Shaver Lake in search of a trophy trout. The Sierra Marina, dam, roads 1 and 2, and the Point have produced most of the big fish from shore. Power Bait or crawlers have worked best. Dina Young of Young’s Liquor in Shaver Lake said several big fish have been brought to her store lately. The trophies are on the prowl for food in what was spring-like weather throughout January. Trollers are doing best on blade/ crawler combinations, such as Trout Busters tipped with a crawler. The depths have varied, but have been in the top 15 to 20 feet of water. One troller bagged

a 9.75 pounder, but many trollerswere getting skunked. In fact, according to local fisherman Lee Gates, he checked five incoming boats to the Sierra Marina and most reported zero to a few fish total for the boat. The recommended trolling lanes are near Sierra Marina, roads 1 and 2, the dam and the Point. Drifting crawlers from a boat can be beneficial in the same areas at mid depth. A few 14-inch browns were taken near Eagle Point trolling. The browns, a project by SCE three years ago, have shown up in Shaver the past year. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project released its 2013 plant of 2,500 trophysized trout prior to Jan. 1 and is working on developing the 2014 crop of big fish. Shaver Lake is truly becoming a destination for trophy-sized rainbow fishermen thanks to the team work of the SLTTP, Southern California Edison and the DF&W.


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Keep pets in mind when disaster planning Strong storms can barrel through a location with tremendous force, obliterating homes in the process. The prospect of a natural disaster often forces people to take inventory of their lives and make decisions about what items to protect and how to prepare for the inevitability of an approaching threat. When making disaster preparedness plans, pet owners need to factor in care of their companion animals. Many people refuse to leave pets behind. However, faced with the prospect of an impending storm or other calamity, pet owners may not know where to turn when it comes to caring for pets. Some inevitably stay behind after disaster evacuations have been issued with the fear pets may not be allowed in shelters or could be turned away from hotels. This can put homeowners, pets and rescue workers at risk for greater injury. Knowing how to behave during a disaster, and caring for a pet in the process, can assist with keeping everyone safe. * Know your options. People who live in particularly vulnerable areas, like those prone to wildfires or coastal flooding, should map out a disaster plan. This plan will spell out what everyone in the home will do in the event an evacuation is needed or if you need to stay put with the potential for utility interruption. While some shelters are not pet-friendly, many are. The Red Cross has a network of Pet Disaster Shelters where pet owners can turn. Finding one may require a bit more travel, but it could offer peace of mind. * Keep medical records handy. Have an extra copy of pets’ veterinary records in case of disaster. Keep important papers in a waterproof container. Should you need to

go to a shelter, staff may request proof of vaccinations. Dogs usually need to be up-to-date on distemper/ parovirus, rabies and bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines. Cats will need distemper, feline leukemia and rabies shots in most cases. * Create an emergency supply kit. Have extra food and water on hand for pets just in case you are stranded at home or need to go to a shelter. Store three to four days’ worth of food and water in sealed containers. Take stock of any medications that pets take on a routine basis. Pack comfort items, such as toys or blankets, that have a familiar smell so that pets will be less skittish. Place these items with your own emergency supplies. * Find pet-friendly lodging options. Many hotels allow pets overnight stays for a nominal security fee. Know which hotels will accept companion animals and include their contact information in your preparedness kit. Should the moment arise when you need to vacate to a hotel, you will know which motels to call first. * Ensure your pet’s identification is current. Dogs and cats should wear identification tags that include a mobile telephone number. Should the animal become lost, anyone can reach you regardless of your current location. Also,

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update contact information on the online database that corresponds to a pet’s imbedded microchip if it has one. * Take a first-aid class. It is important to know how to treat pet injuries during natural disasters. By learning CPR for a dog or cat, you may be able to save the life of your pet should disaster strike. Similarly, stock a first aid kit with necessary pet supplies. * Have a contingency plan. Speak with friends and family members and make arrangements for someone to care for your pet if you will be displaced for quite some time. It can relieve stress for the animal and also give you peace of mind that your cherished companion is being well cared for. More information is available at www. redcross.org/prepare/location/homefamily/pets.

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Is your Lawn Looking Sad? By Jeff Kollenkark

Spring is just around the corner and many of you will want to get out and work on the yard. To your dismay, your lawns may fall short of perfection due to “bald spots” or thin turf as a result of pet damage, weeds, sprinkler coverage, fertilizer spill, or any other number of things. I would like to say “That’s easy. Just sprinkle a little seed out there” and all will be well, but it is a bit more complicated than that. First I would determine what it was that caused the turf to thin out or disappear altogether. If it is something that you did wrong then I would be sure to not do it again and maybe hire someone that knows what they are doing. If it thinned out due to shade then you need to find another grass or plant material that can tolerate the increased level of shade or open up the trees to allow more light in. Grass does not grow here without adequate water so be certain your sprinklers cover well. I know this sounds really basic, but these are the problems that are often ignored and we repeat the same thing year after year and get the same mediocre results. The next step is to determine what kind of lawn you have and learn what makes it happiest. Tall fescue, ryegrass, and bluegrass lawns generally stay green year-round if they get fed, watered, and mowed regularly. They thrive on 50-75 degree weather, tolerate some shade, don’t spread well or none at all if damaged, and don’t compete well with warm season grasses like bermuda. Bermuda thrives on 70-100 degree weather, but can spread by rhizomes and stolons to repair thin turf under good growing conditions. You don’t try to reseed bermuda in the winter, early spring, or fall because it will have little chance to establish. You don’t seed tall fescue in the middle of summer or winter either for similar reasons. Finally there is the matter of dealing

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with the threat from crabgrass. It will out-compete all lawn types from March through September. It starts to germinate mid February and if there is a history of crabgrass in the lawn I would not feel good about the chance of successfully seeding a lawn in this window. For cool-season grasses like tall fescue I would delay seeding efforts and target October 1. If I had bare spots or thin weedy spots I would consider resodding those areas February through early May to allow establishment prior to our hot summer months. Bermuda could be sodded most any time, but it does have more ability to fill in by itself under good conditions and without seed or stolons in many cases. If you are not sure about what to do with your lawn we will give you a free evaluation quickly. Call Weed Man at 559-266-1624 or visit us at Fresno. WeedManUSA.com.


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Central Valley Motorsports By Paul Hinkle

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A love of hot rods has been a part of Joe and Carol Cusumano’s lives for decades. In 1958, while living in Long Island New York, Joe built a 1948 Ford convertible and customized the body, marking the start of his car building career. In 1959, he joined the Navy, but it didn’t deter his desire to build and customize cars. Joe was relocated to Key West Florida and since he was in need of transportation, he bought a 1956 Harley Davison FLH Hard Tail. It was in need of repair, so Joe gave it his magic touch. The following year he bought another Harley, this one being a Soft Tail which also needed to be restored. “Riding the Soft Tail was like going to Heaven,” he said. In 1975, Joe bought a new 1974 Chevy El Camino, which he still owns today. In 1976, he bought a ‘40 Ford, and it took 10 years before it was ready to show. In 1986, while towing the Ford across the country to a car show, he was approached to sell it. The price was right and he handed over the keys. Again he was relocated, this time to Alameda were he met his future wife, Carol, who he married in 1988. In 1990, they bought their first car together, a 1971 Riviera, which they restored. In 1991, they entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show where it took third place in their class. Joe decided to get serious with car building and retired from the Navy in 1992. At the 1993 Oakland Roadster Show, Blackie Gejeian approached Joe and asked him if he was the “GM JOE” that he had heard about. Blackie invited him to show their Riviera at the Fresno Autorama.

This Riviera was the first fully restored car to be in Blackie’s show. At the 1995 ISCA Nationals (International Show Car Association), it was awarded second place in its class. Joe and Carol’s love for hot rods kept growing. In 1996, they built the 1957 Chevrolet ‘Legacy’ custom. They entered it in the 1996-97 ISCA show circuit; it was the overall point’s champion. They then took the ‘Legacy’ on tour to Sweden and Finland in 1998. Having kept in touch with Blackie Gejeian, he introduced them to Chic Henry, promoter of the largest car show in Australia. In 2000, they took their ‘Legacy’ Chevy to Chic’s 10-day Summer Nats. Joe and Carol both agree that it was the best show they have ever attended. With constant urging from Blackie, Joe and Carol moved to Clovis. They purchased a home with a large shop and soon began their next project, a ‘54 Mercury. The plan was to make it a driver. When completed in 2002, Joe named the Mercury ‘Lemon Ice.’ Over the last 30 years, they have built and sold over 18 cars. Joe and Carols’ latest creation is the customization of their ‘74 El Camino, which they bought in 1975. Joe said every car should have a name; hence the El Camino became the ‘ELK.’ The Elk has a 454 c.i. motor and 400 transmission. The black paint job is impeccable. The fenders and quarter panels are highlighted with an American Flag in a ribbon design that ends on the tailgate with an eagle in the middle. The Elk made its debut at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, where it was awarded first in the Semi Custom

Pick-Up class. They also showed it at the Sacramento Autorama. UPCOMING EVENTS: Feb. 14 – 16 Sacramento Autorama, Mar. 1 Selma Swap, Mar. 1 Sanger Chamber Blossom Trail Car Show, Mar. 6 – 9 March Meet Famoso, Mar. 22 – 23 Street Machine &Muscle Car Nationals Pomona, Mar. 29 Clovis Assembly of God 8th Annual Car Show, Mar. 29 –30 Goodguys 32nd All American Get-Together Pleasanton,

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Milla Vineyards honored as small business of the year

By Jakob Smith

The Clovis Chamber of Commerce has named local winery Milla Vineyards as the small business of the year. Milla Vineyards was given the honor at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Salute to Business Dinner, which was held on Jan. 16 at the Classic Catering Banquet Hall in Old Town Clovis. “We consider our small business owners the economic heroes in our community,” said Fran Blackney, communications director for the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. “They risk their financial future while building their dreams and bettering the local economy, and we are committed to celebrating their success.” The chamber evaluates candidates for this award based on several factors, including the growth of the business, their community involvement and their overall contribution to the local economy. “We’re looking at the total package,” Blackney said. “Milla Vineyards is a wellrespected business, they’re involved in the community and they produce awardwinning wines.” The boutique winery, owned and operated by husband and wife Joey and Debbie Milla, is the culmination of more than 100 years of family winemaking history. The couple produces limited quantities of old-fashioned Italian style wines using the techniques passed down from Joey’s grandfather, Caesar Milla, who came to America more than a century ago to work in his uncle’s winery. And it’s these techniques, in part, that help Milla stand out from the crowd. “We’ve always considered ourselves rebels,” said Debbie Milla. “Our winemaking style is totally different from what most wineries are doing.” One major difference is that the majority of Milla’s wines are naturally fermented without the addition of yeast. This prevents the development of histamines, which can cause allergic reactions and

Debbie and Joey Milla, owners of the boutique winery Milla Vineyards, were named small business of the year by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.

discomfort (commonly referred to as “wine headaches”) in some people. They also use only free-run juice when making their wines, which means they don’t press the grapes or their skins to force more juice out. The result is a smoother wine with soft fruit flavors, much like the wine Joey’s grandfather used to make. But the winemaking isn’t the only element of “family” that Joey and Debbie incorporate into their business. Because the winery is located at Joey and Debbie’s house, visitors at Milla Vineyards are considered more like friends than customers. “We’re inviting people into our home,” Debbie said. “People always tell us that there’s a different feel here, that it’s more relaxed. We really try to make our

customers feel like family.” The Millas also make it a priority to use their business to benefit the community. Whether it’s hosting an event for a nonprofit, or raising funds for local charities, Joey and Debbie recognize the importance of local contributions. This April, they will be hosting “Get Sauced At Milla Vineyards,” a spaghetti sauce cook-off with all proceeds going to the community food bank. “Joey and I love this community, and we try and give back whenever we can,” Debbie said. “We couldn’t be where we are today without the help and support of our friends and customers.” Blackney said that Milla Vineyards is a great example of how small businesses can achieve success in our local economy.

“The ‘American Dream’ is alive and well in this area, and Joey and Debbie personify that,” she said. “As cliché as it may sound, if you work hard, have good character and make a quality product, you really can succeed.” For more information about participating in the “Get Sauced at Milla Vineyards” event, visit their website at millavineyards. com.

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Museum to present notorious bank robbery reenactment By Carol Lawson-Swezey

Even in 1924, crime didn’t pay. But what it did do is give us a great event to reenact decades later, and that’s what we’ll be doing on Feb. 22. On Feb. 5, 1925, the quiet town of Clovis was rocked by a daring noon hour bank heist. The notorious crime was carried out at the First State Bank by Thomas Griffin, nicknamed “the Owl,” and his partner, Felix “The Lone Wolf” Sloper. The two men tied up cashier Thomas Howlson, shoved him into the bank vault and quickly looted the vault’s treasure of $31,800 in gold, currency and securities. It was a sizable amount by today’s standards, but a king’s ransom for that time. As the not so dynamic dual exited, they were surprised by bank Vice President Emory Reyburn, who returned early from lunch. They shoved him into a corner and jumped into their still-running getaway car, a stolen Chandler, which they tried to disguise with a sloppy black over blue paint job. Reyburn ran down the street to a garage, where he and the garage owner jumped into a car to give chase. But the pursuit was cut short by the trail of largeheaded roofing nails the fleeing pair had scattered on the road as they made their getaway. The Owl and the Lone Wolf met up with an accomplice, 25-year-old Catherine “The Moll” Ryan, and ditched the car. Through a piece of clothing left behind, authorities tracked down Griffin and Ryan, who were arrested within 70 days. Ryan was released due to insufficient

evidence,but Griffin was convicted,and due to prior convictions for bank robberies and a payroll heist, was sentenced to Folsom Prison. In November 1926, Griffin and two other inmates escaped, in part by swimming across the bitterly cold American River. After spraining his ankle, he was abandoned by his accomplices and found dead of pneumonia three days later. Sloper, the Lone Wolf, gunned down a police officer during a San Francisco bank heist in 1925 and was hanged at Folsom in 1926. Before his execution, he admitted his role in the Clovis robbery. The 1925 bank robbery was engineered in the same building where the Clovis Dry Creek Museum now sits. The original bank vault is still there, along with the many stories about the event. The museum created a Founder’s Day to celebrate the 92nd incorporation of the City of Clovis in 2004, and local historian and Museum President Peg Bos wrote a 10-minute melodrama to commemorate the bank’s most notorious event. The museum, located at the southeast corner of Pollasky Avenue and Fourth Street, will present its 10thannual Clovis First State Bank Robbery Reenactment with continual 10-minute productions on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to3 pm. The intimate and interactive production has been well received over the years. “It’s a part of our history that actually happened,” said Bos. “People get to meet these characters and see that good does triumph over evil.”

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“Let’s Talk Clovis” - The 1919 Balfe Ranch, part 1

By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum

Harry Balfe (1860-1944) was a wealthy New York financier and CEO of the world’s largest wholesale grocery organization. During his New York business career, Balfe was selected by President Theodore Roosevelt to be his personal representative during the Panama Canal construction. President William Howard Taft also sent him to the Panama area. Balfe served as a commissary (food) contractor for Ellis Island for several years. During WW I, Balfe was invited by the Premier Georges Clemenceau of the French Republic to review the food allocated to the French army and French citizens. Lord Kitchener of England also sought Balfe’s commissary expertise. In 1919, Balfe purchased 760 acres northeast of Herndon and Thompson from the Fresno Roeding Family. He invested over $1 million to establish a seven room

house, five guest houses, a private air strip, race track (bred thorough bred horses), vineyard, and orchards. The landscaping included three terraced fish ponds, an aviary filled with pheasants, an Oriental garden, 400 rose bushes, and a eucalyptus grove. Balfe’s main interest was breeding blooded horses. It is believed he owned the finest thoroughbred horses in America. He won numerous blue ribbons, cups that were exhibited in his trophy room. Actor Will Rogers and many other polo players purchased their best mounts from the Balfe ranch. The National Geographic described his place like this: “A garden spot in the desert; a place which could not be duplicated in England in 100 years.” It would become the mecca for visitors from all parts of the world.

Balfe’s air strip was the only private landing field in Central California that was classified as a government emergency landing field. Movie stars that arrived by air included Fred MacMurray, Jack Holt, Jimmy Stewart, Myrna Loy, Edmund Low, and Gary Cooper. In 1933, Gary Cooper (1901-1961) married Balfe’s granddaughter, Veronica (Rocky) Balfe. The New York society woman became an actress (Sandra Shaw was her stage name) while under the guardianship of famous film actress Delores Del Rio. The once barren land that Balfe purchased would grow over 2,000 peach trees, 2,000 apricot trees, 3,500 almond trees, 1,000 orange trees, 90,000 Muscat grape vines, 20,000 Thompson seedless grape vines, fig orchard, alfalfa, and wheat. The success of the farm was attributed to a water pumping system (5,000 gallons per minute) that provided the underground and surface irrigation system. Balfe created a private museum, one of the finest in California, of valuable Indian relics, souvenirs and antiques of the pioneer Western era. They were displayed in a specially built structure. A wine cellar located below the museum was filled with home made Muscat wine that was stored in 50 gallon barrels. Pete Macias, who arrived in Clovis late 1920s, was superintendent of the ranch for eight years. He is quoted in an August 15, 1976 Fresno Bee article, saying, “It was quite a place with something always going on. I started as a Caterpillar driver in the depression and I guess Mr. Balfe liked me

Harry Balfe, 1907

because he fired his foreman and gave me the job. Then he asked me to bring my wife Emilia and my young daughters, Caroline and Sally to live on the ranch.” His daughters would try on all the old-fashioned pointed-toed shoes that were hanging from the rafters of the wine cellar. They were the only children on the ranch, and Mrs. Balfe would take them in a chauffeured car to Fresno to purchase clothes. Sally Macias Wright’s recollection of the Balfe ranch history was recorded at the “Let’s Talk Clovis” program on May 8, 2007. The DVD is available for review at the Clovis Museum. The second part of the Balfe ranch will follow. The ranch is an important part of our rich heritage.


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The 26th Annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival to feature world-class musicians By Corey Ralston

The mecca of all California jazz events is coming to Clovis Feb. 28 to March 1 at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. The 26th Annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival is a jazz lover’s dream, and features a who’swho of jazz performers from across the world, including big ticket names like the John Nelson Group and Alan Ferber Big Band. The two-day event will have something for all jazz aficionados as the Shaghoian Hall is filled with smooth sounds. Concert after concert will leave you reeling with the high caliber of musicianship. Don’t forget that local high schools will also be showcasing their talent alongside future jazz superstars, like the nationally awarded Buchanan Jazz Band, ‘A.’ “For students, we have assembled some of the finest jazz educators in the country to make comments for the performing student groups, and they also will be working with the groups after they perform,” said Festival Director Paul Lucckesi. Lucckesi played the festival as a student of Madera High, and later as a member of the Fresno State Jazz Band. Now, he runs the festival, striving to do so with in a way that would make Paul Shaghoian proud. Shaghoian was a prominent Valley musician before his death in 2004, and he would no doubt be pleased that the festival is being held in the hall that bears his name. “It’s been my goal to keep the festival moving into the future,” Lucckesi said. “I think Paul would be incredibly proud of the festival.”

Photo by Tomas Ovalle. The 26th Annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival takes place Feb. 28 – March 1 at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall, and will feature jazz performers from across the world, along with some amazing local talent.

For the community of Clovis to hear world class musicians in their own backyard is a rare and special occasion. “Alan Ferber’s band was nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY award. To get to hear that music live, especially in Clovis, is a

wonderful opportunity,” Lucckesi said. “This is the only chance to hear them live, maybe ever. It’s some of the most creative music anywhere. It’s going to be great. Josh Nelson, who’s playing Friday night, usually plays with Natalie Cole.”

For an amazingly low price, you can take in all the jazz you can handle and hopefully cheer on some aspiring hit makers of the future. For more information and a complete schedule, log on to sjvjf.net.


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Clovis Blood Drives

“Thanks to Valley residents and their support, blood donations have been steady, but the need in area hospitals continues to rise. Unexpected high blood usage, and a particularly bad flu season have combined to start off 2014 with a critically low blood inventory. This March, more than ever, we need the support of our generous donors to replenish the Valley’s blood supply, and we invite new donors to please take an hour to give ‘the gift of life’.” said Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Central California Blood Center. “Patients in Valley hospitals need all of us.” Clovis High School Blood Drive. February 20that 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Clovis High School Cafeteria, 1055 North Fowler

Avenue, Clovis. All donors will receive a Blood Bowl T-shirt and a variety of discounts from Valley businesses for dining, recreation, entertainment, and services. Contact Ellen Gates at (559) 3271402 for more information. Donors can also join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. For additional information on Marrow Donation or any blood drive, please call (559) 389-LIFE (5433) or visit www. donateblood.org For additional information contact Rob Walker, Communications Coordinator, at the Central California Blood Center, (559) 389-5433 ex. 5448.

2014 CLOVIS CALENDAR -FebruaryRace Judicata and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 15 Valley Runner of the Year Series 10 Point Race on the Clovis Old Town Trail hosted by San Joaquin College of Law Student Bar Association and Sierra Challenge Express Time: 6:45a.m. race Place: San Joaquin College of Law (901 Fifth Street) Entry fee: $10 kids, $15 Adults www.sjcl.edu Incognitio, the Play Friday, Feb 21 at 9:30 a.m. Willow International Community College Center Building AC1, Room 150 10309 N. Willow Ave Event is free and open to the public Incognitotheplay.com Clovis First State Bank Robbery Reenactment Saturday, Feb. 22 On Feb. 5, 1925, Clovis’ First State Bank was robbed at gunpoint by two daring life-long criminals. They made off with $31,000 and started a manhunt that garnered national attention. Come see the melodramatic reenactment of this historic event. Space is limited but there will be several 15-minute performances throughout the afternoon. Time: 1 p.m. Place: Clovis Historical Museum (southeast corner of Pollasky Avenue and Fourth Street, Old Town Clovis) Free admission

Contact: Clovis Historical Museum (559) 297-8033 Clovis Rotary 23rd Annual Crab Feed Saturday, Feb. 22 Time: 6 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building Tickets: clovisrotary.org -MarchSan Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1 During the festival’s quarter century in existence, the Central Valley has seen some of the nation’s top musicians and jazz educators. This year is no exception. For 2014, we are extremely proud to present our featured Friday night concert with Grammy Award winner, The Alan Ferber Band. Saturday’s concert will feature The Josh Nelson Group. Performances will take place in a variety of venues. For detailed information, please visit sjvjf.net/index.html or call Roberta Shackelford at (559)-355-1108 or (559) 299-7247. Clovis Advantage Business Trade Show Wednesday, March 5 Time: 4 – 7 p.m. Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th St. Open to the public, admission is free Call 559-299-7363 for more information www.clovischamber.com Bill and Cora Shipley 3rd Annual Crab Feed Saturday, March 8 Proceeds to benefit BOOT, Clovis Senior Center, Clovis Fire, and Police Explores

Time: 6 p.m. Place: Clovis Senior Center, 800 block of 4th St. Silent and live auction, raffle prizes and live entertainment featuring Jeremy “Elvis” Pierce. All the fresh crab you can eat along with pasta dinner. Tickets: $45 per plate, prepaid table of 8 is $350. Contact: Cora Shipley, (559) 269-5334 Old Town Antique & Collectible Fair Sunday, March 30 Old Town Clovis’ oneof-a-kind Antique & Collectible Fair boasts cobblestone streets brimming with antique and collectible treasures. Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Bullard Avenue and Third StreetFree Admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 www. oldtownclovis.org -AprilBig Hat Days Saturday and Sunday April 5 & 6 April in Clovis is Western Heritage Month. The celebration starts on the first full weekend when the Clovis Chamber

of Commerce hosts Big Hat Days in Old Town Clovis. With over 125,000 attendees, it is hailed as the largest festival in the entire Central Valley. Everyone is encouraged to wear a hat, a “big” hat that shields you from the Valley sun as you stroll around 400 food and crafts booths, visit the Home and Garden Show, listen to the music in the Beverage Garden and revel in your children’s enjoyment of the carnival rides. Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free admission Contact: Clovis Chamber of Commerce at (559) 299-7363 www.clovischamber.com


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Log of Shame by April French-Naten

January 22, 2014 Both a local fast food joint and a thrift store in the same shopping center were victims of arson when unknown pyro-maniacs decided to set the contents of the garbage cans on fire.Apparently, while everyone was watching the first one burn, they snuck out of the crowd and lit up the second one! Was no one in that large shopping center watching anything but the hood of their car? How does this happen?

January 25, 2014 Officers were called out to a disturbance at a local pub on Clovis Avenue,and quickly arrested a young 22-year-old man that, aside from having had far too many pints, was taking far too many liberties with his roaming hands on several women on the dance floor. January 26, 2014 A man walking down Herndon just passed Peach was arrested for being drunk in public. When officers stopped to do a subject check, he informed them he had run out of alcohol at home and was walking until he hit the nearest bar to continue his good time. Sorry buddy, off to a good time in the drunk tank for you! January 27, 2014 Twowomen were arrested for theft of merchandise in a large clothing store in town. One had a prior warrant for the very same charges. Looks like she didn’t learn her lesson the first time. Perhaps this time she will realize what a bad thief she is (seeing as she continues to get caught in the act) while she does some jail time?

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January 24, 2014 In the 1700 block of Ashcroft, a very angry man woke up to find that while he slept, the grand theft of his Christmas present occurred right in his driveway. Someone helped themselves to his GT wheels and rims, and his truck lay flat on the ground.

LAST ISSUE’S

January 23, 2014 A man volunteering to coach little league had just purchased new baseball equipment when he put it all in the car and walked over to a sandwich shop to grab a bite to eat. When he returned, some heartless, no good scaly-wag had stolen the baseball equipment from his car. No good deed goes unpunished.

January 28, 2014 A 16-year-old boy found himself snuggled in the back seat of a patrol car when an officer stopped to see why he was walking around after curfew. The answer was simple: He didn’t have a car, and went to his buddy’s to buy some marijuana. So not only was he arrested for being under the influence, he can go ahead and add a possession charge to that,too. January 29, 2014 A youngand obviously bored middle school juvenile was arrested for causing a public hazard and given a free ride to the juvenile detention center. Together with his best friend, they thought it would be funny to hide behind a parked car and start rolling golf balls one at a time into oncoming traffic. When an angry driver pulled over and called police, his friend ran off before they arrived. Where’s your BFF now,genius? January 30, 2014 A man in the 3000 block of Poe noticed that his house got very cold overnight, and thought maybe his heater was on the blitz. When he woke up in the morning, he got up to turn the light on and go check into it. No lights came on. He walked out to the side of the house to flip the breaker, and low and behold, he found the problem…someone stole the electrical breaker. That’s just cold! January 31, 2014 A woman in the 2700 block of Herndon called police to report her unwanted brother who would not leave. He came over to visit and proceeded to get sloshed. When family members offered to take him home, he began to throw a fit, complete with yelling, screaming and punching a hole in his sister’s wall. Sorry cowboy, they tried to help you but if you’re not going to take the ride from grandpa, you are certainly going to take the ride from the police officer. February 1, 2014 I tell you what, when the weather is cold, it appears that people have nothing better to do but drink themselves into oblivion. Officers were dispatched to a noise nuisance call over on Minarets,and arrived to find a good ole boy laying in the bed of his truck with the radio up as loud as it could go, listening to sappy country love songs. February 2, 2014 A woman eating alone at a local sushi place on Shaw was arrested for being drunk in public when the waitress noticed her sitting at the bar and helping herself to the tap. She called police, and just let her sit there drinking a few more sips of freedom before officers rolled in and swept her out before she could finish her “all you can eat” sushi platter. February 3, 2014 A word to young men: Listen, papas don’t mess around. When they tell you to back away from their teenage princess, you should heed the warning and bow out gracefully. A young man in the 2600 block of Clovis was promptly arrested for trespassing after being repeatedly asked to leave the man’s property, and the daughter that was on it. *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.

CLUES 1. Recapture the past 10. “Tosh.0” and “South Park” are two 12. Military greeting 13. Passenger ships 15. Can’t move 16. Any omission of a part 18. 43rd state 19. Compassionate nursing care 20. Pa’s partner 21. Dutch cheese 24. London radio station 27. Perfumed powder bag 30. Liquid body substances 31. Expresses pleasure 33. Escape from prison 34. Long-wave hue 35. Bleated 37. Male swan 39. Head cover 41. Fewer calories 42. Teal duck genus 44. Inspire with love 47. Grab 48. Cruel inhuman person 49. 6th musical tone

50. Indigenous tribe of Indonesia 52. Megabyte 53. Headpin in bowling 56. Light, fitful naps 61. Precede 62. Greek and Turkish Sea 63. Pot ‘o gold location 65. Was in disagreement DOWN 1. A player’s part 2. Ratites 3. Distribute 4. 15th day of March 5. Empire State 6. Small island 7. Con or swindle accomplices 8. Oasts kiln shape 9. Female sheep 10. Motor vehicle 11. ___ Lanka 12. More melancholy 14. Not all 15. Apple, pumpkin or a la mode 17. __ King Cole, musician 22. Palms with egg shaped nuts 23. Mistress of a household

24. Founder of Babism 25. Semitic fertility god 26. Connected links 28. Chocolate tree 29. Miao-Yao is their language 32. Moss capsule stalk 36. Young society woman 38. Bartenders 40. Buried port city 43. One point S of SE 44. Cervid 45. Inexperienced (var.) 46. Exercises authority over 51. Handles 54. Neither 55. Alumnus 56. Sunrise 57. Cease exertion 58. Double curve 59. Maneuver 60. Not happy 64. Old English

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Protecting visibility is essential when driving in hazardous conditions Driving defensively is the best way for motorists to avoid accidents and protect themselves and their passengers from the risks of the road. But the importance of defensive driving is magnified when driving in hazardous conditions, especially when drivers’ vision is potentially compromised. Driving when visibility is poor can test the skills of even the most seasoned and careful motorists. Though even novice drivers know to be especially cautious when driving in snow or heavy rain, extreme weather is not the only thing that can make roadways hazardous for motorists and their passengers. Highway construction that produces debris, poorly lit roadways and driving during certain times of the day when everyone seems to be in a rush can all compromise drivers’ vision. As a result, it’s imperative that motorists take steps to protect their vision when driving in hazardous or even potentially hazardous conditions. * Replace old or ineffective wiper blades. Maintaining wiper blades is an easy preventative measure drivers can employ to protect their vision, yet many motorists are unaware of just how frequently their vehicle wiper blades need to be replaced. Wiper blades should be changed every 90-120 days, as the blades can easily grow brittle and ineffective over time. Depending on how frequently they are used, wiper blades can wear out rather quickly, especially on older vehicles with pitting on the windshield. Wiper blades are relatively inexpensive to replace, and can make a world of difference when driving in hazardous conditions. * Don’t forget to maintain your windshield. A windshield can be a motorist’s best friend or his worst enemy when driving in hazardous conditions, but savvy drivers know there is no excuse for the latter. Windshield clarity is especially important when driving in hazardous conditions, and windshields that have been treated with a repellant are significantly safer than those that have not. “Driving in wet weather is inherently dangerous, and driving risks increase considerably with the inability to see clearly through the windshield,” said Dennis Samfilippo, General Manager of Philips Automotive. A one-time treatment just a few times per year keeps windshields clean and visibility at a maximum. The Philips Windshield Treatment Kit is a do-it-yourself kit that can make windshield glass easier to clean for up to six months after application and

Help identify suspected thief Clovis PD is asking for your help with identifying this suspect. She is suspected of stealing wallets from unsuspecting customers multiple times/days at the WalMart on Shaw in Clovis. If you have info, please call the Clovis PD at 559-324-2556, or call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You can remain anonymous! Case 141120.

Another Burglar suspect at large Clovis PD is asking for your help with identifying this burglary suspect. She is suspected of stealing items from the WalMart on Shaw in Clovis on 1/10/14. If you have info, please call the Clovis PD at 559-324-2556. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You can remain anonymous. Case 14-00433.

Treated windshields help to prevent rain from obscuring driver vision.

can be used by anyone, from veteran auto enthusiasts to novice do-it-yourselfers. In just a few minutes, drivers can dramatically improve their vision thanks to the kit’s unique, long-lasting hydrophobic technology designed specifically to coat windshield glass and make it easier to remove items that may obstruct a driver’s vision, including ice, dirt and even bugs. Drivers can even take advantage of a new instructional YouTube video titled “Windshield Treatment Kit Video,” which shows users the exact steps they need to take to help improve their field of vision in difficult driving conditions. The video can be found at www.philipsautolighting.com/ windshieldkit. * Check windshield washer fluid. Windshield washer fluid is one of those things drivers typically only notice when it isn’t there. Routinely inspect windshield washers to ensure they’re working properly, and top off windshield washer fluid so you know it will be there when you need it. * Clean interior glass and mirrors. It’s easy to overlook interior glass and mirrors when cleaning a car, but a dirty vehicle interior can be as dangerous as it can be unsightly. While coffee-stained cup holders or spilled snacks under vehicle seats are largely cosmetic concerns, dirty interior glass and mirrors can significantly compromise a driver’s vision. When cleaning the interior of their vehicle, drivers should remove any film that has built up on interior glass and mirrors. Such buildup, which is often thicker in smokers’ vehicles, can reduce vision and create a hazy reflection from the sun, putting drivers and their passengers at risk. More information is available at www. philips.com/automotive.

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Alcohol and drugs impair driving ability in many ways Millions of people die each year due to alcohol- and drug-related motor vehicle accidents. Many people simply do not realize how much alcohol and drugs affect one’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Many more may mistakenly feel they won’t be among the many people who cause injuries to themselves or others when operating a vehicle in an impaired state. Drugs, whether they are illegal or legal, can impair a person’s motor skills, leading to accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost 30 people in the United States die each day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. That equates to 1 death every 48 minutes. Many other accidents and fatalities can be traced back to other substances, whether legal or illegal. Using drugs such as marijuana and cocaine can be linked to roughly 20 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths in the United States. Compounding the problem is that these drugs are often used in conjunction with alcohol. MADD Canada estimates that a minimum of 1,074 fatalities in 2009 could be attributed to impairment-related driving in that country. Moreover, it is also estimated that 63,338 were injured in alcohol- and drug-related crashes the same year. What is BAC? BAC, or blood-alcohol concentration, measures the amount of milligrams of alcohol that is in 100 milliliters of blood. Each drink a person consumes increases his or her BAC. The legal BAC varies all over the world. Some countries have a zerotolerance policy, while in Canada and much of the United States the legal limit is .08 percent. That means anything more than 80 milligrams of alcohol is punishable. But a person can still suffer side

effects of alcohol consumption if their BAC is below the legal limit. Between .03 and .06 a person may experience mild euphoria, trouble concentrating, a relaxed feeling, talkativeness and decreased inhibition. Between .06 and .08, feelings may be dulled, peripheral vision can decrease, and drivers may have poorer depth perception and struggle to recover from glare. Drugs that impair driving Using drugs can also make it hard to safely operate a motor vehicle. Many drugs can affect the body in ways that make it dangerous to drive. A person may not think they are driving under the influence after taking a cold or allergy pill. However, many of these pills can impair driving ability because they tend to cause drowsiness. Drugs that act on the brain, such as psychoactive drugs, antidepressants, sleeping medications, and anti-anxiety drugs, can impair reaction time, judgment and motor skills. Most medications that can prove dangerous while driving will carry a warning label that advises against driving or operating heavy machinery. Illegal drugs have their own share of negative effects. Research indicates that marijuana is one of the most prevalent illegal drugs detected in individuals fatally injured in driving accidents. The Emergency Medical Services Authority says marijuana can cause reduced concentration, difficulty perceiving time and distance, poor speed control, inability to read signs, drowsiness, and distraction. Cocaine can mask fatigue and impair a person’s ability to concentrate. Impulsive behaviors can lead to risk-taking. Some research suggests that antagonistic effects can be produced when cocaine is mixed with alcohol. The EMSA says the use of amphetamines can interfere with concentration, impair vision and increase the driver’s willingness to take risks.


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Local endurance runner organizing new San Joaquin River Trail Half Marathon

By Elizabeth Warmerdam

Runners tackling grueling uphill and downhill stretches in the new San Joaquin River Trail Half Marathon will be rewarded with spectacular views and the inevitable runner’s high that comes with completing 13.1 miles. The new run is unique to the area because it will take runners away from the streets and into the hills – a true trail race. “It’s a single track trail in the hills with gorgeous views. There are no races like it that are nearby,” said race organizer and Clovis resident Nathaniel Moore. “It will be difficult, but the hills are what get you up to the beautiful views.” Moore, a 2001 Buchanan High School graduate and former Marine, is no stranger to endurance running. Staring with the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2005, Moore has since participated in races all over California, including 50-mile and 100-mile trail runs. Realizing the runs on trails were much more difficult because of the many ups and downs, Moore decided he needed to start training for these specific challenges. This led him to running on trails around Millerton Lake and San Joaquin River, and he was soon inspired to share the unique spot with other runners. “I’ve been running out there for awhile, and it seemed strange to me that we have all these races around here, a lot of them in Woodward Park, but we’re not utilizing this great area for a recreational event,” he said. Moore spent many hours making his vision a reality by putting together the San Joaquin River Trail Half Marathon, which crosses over the San Joaquin River Gorge above Prather and has a cumulative 2,500foot elevation gain as it winds through the foothills. The run, which takes place March 8 at 8

San Joaquin River flowing below Friant Dam. Photo courtesy of www.aquafornia.com

a.m., will be a challenge for even the most experienced local runners. “We have a lot of races here that are on the road, so people living in town are comfortable with that and are used to the flat road. Hills are hard, no matter how you cut it. The hills are the biggest difference between the San Joaquin run and the races in town. You’re either going to be going up or down the whole time,” Moore said. The race is much smaller than others in

the area – it has already reached its limit of 100 runners – because Moore wants to preserve the integrity of the single trail that runners will be traversing. Moore said the runners and the community as a whole have been very enthusiastic about the event. “I’ve had tons of positive feedback, nothing but positive feedback. Everybody is really excited because it’s local and there’s not anything like it close by,” he said.

Although registration for runners is closed, Moore still needs volunteers for the race who are willing to hike a few miles. The run has aid stations along the course, but they are not all accessible by vehicle, so volunteers are needed to hike to and man the stations. For more information on the race or to volunteer, visit www.facebook.com/ SJRThalfmarathon or email Moore at sjrtrailruns@gmail.com.


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How dentists fill your needs By Dr. Edward Trevino

It’s Monday morning, and you’re checking your calendar to see what you have going on this week.As usual, work is on the agenda, along with going to the grocery store and picking up your dry cleaning.Don’t forget to include the puppies having to go to the groomers and, of course, the daily drop off and pick up of the kids. You see an extra paper clip hanging on your calendar, which is holding what seems to be a business card, but after a closer look you realize it’s a dental appointment card.You look at the card and you remember that you have an appointment coming up this Wednesday. You’ve been putting this off for quite some time now, but you’ve exhausted every excuse in the book not to go.It’s really not that big of a deal; it’s only three fillings that you’ve been avoiding like the plague. So you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and decide you’re going to buck up and actually get your treatment done. It’s Wednesday morning and you’re at your dentist’s officesitting in the waiting room looking through magazines.All of a sudden, you start to think, hey, I’m getting fillings, but what are fillings?The doctor told you that you had cavities and that you needed fillings.But what is involved with these cavities?Well, we all know if we don’t brush, sugars stay on our teeth and the ‘sugar bugs’ attack our teeth and start eating away at them.When they eat away at enough tooth structure, they leave a space, or “cavity.”This space has decayed tooth within it and in order to restore the tooth, the decay must be removed.Once the decay is removed, we must restore the tooth by making a prosthetic restoration or more simply, a filling. It’s called a filling because it fills the space that was left by the destruction of the tooth from the decay.What do we use to make the filling? Beeswax!Not really, but 6,500 years ago, believe it or not, beeswax was used in Slovenia. The first amalgam fillings were documented in the Tang

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Dynasty in the year 659. But I digress. Today, filling materials are mainly made of resin based materials, but amalgams (a mixture of metals and mercury), or silver fillings are still used.At one point, gold flakes were used to make a filling by condensing the materials into a preparation to mimic the tooth’s original anatomy.We have also fabricated a prosthesis for filling a cavity by casting gold much like you would jewelry. Progress has taken over, and through technology we now have”machined” restorations utilizing aomputeraided design, better known as CAD CAM. Through scanning photography, a video sizing is made of the restoration your tooth needs.This information is translated into a working blueprint and instructs a milling machine to fabricate the restoration used tofill the void in the tooth. The machined restoration is made of tooth colored materials which mimic the look and structure of the ailing tooth. These materials allow the dentist to createa prosthetic device which is almost undetectable to the eye.This provides the dentist a mechanism to restore a tooth, or even multiple teeth, to their original splendor.Some of these materials are even fluoride releasing, which help to strengthen the original chemical make-up of the tooth. The fluoride also provides protection for the placed restoration and helps the tooth from decaying again. There are many types of materials that help the dentist fill the void in your tooth left from decay. So rest assured and don’t despair; your dentist has the tools to “fill” all your needs. If you have any questions or comments, you may contact the doctor at: Edward A. Treviño, D.D.S., F.A.D.I.A. 1040 E. Herndon, #102 Fresno, CA 93720 Ph: 559-230-0809 fax: 559-230-0833. Email: artofdesigndentistry@gmail.com. www.fresnosdentist.com.

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FAMILY FEATURES

ll across the country, food lovers are cooking up something wholesome and flavorful. They are making a commit­ment to eating better on their own terms by making more meals at home. They are finding that home cooking with real ingredients is inherently healthier — and it’s surprisingly easy. With a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in the healthfulness of everyday meals. “By adding herbs and spices, it’s easy to make healthy foods more flavorful. And it’s a smart way to freshen up your family’s standby recipes while gradually reducing re­liance on sugar, sodium or fat,” said Chef Mark Garcia, of the McCormick Kitchens. For freshened-up family favorites, try making these simple, healthful changes that are simply delicious:

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n Replace the heavy breading on chicken tenders with a flour mixture spiced with paprika, black pepper and oregano. Bake it in the oven to reduce fat and calories. n For a healthier take on beef stew, use low sodium broth and serve over whole grain pasta or brown rice instead of mashed potatoes. n For a delicious twist on traditional chili, try using bone­less, skinless chicken breasts with black beans and corn. Pump up the authentic Southwest flavor with cumin, garlic powder and red pepper. Get more recipes like these at www.mccormick.com. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @Spices4Health.

Hearty Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables

Roasting the vegetables before adding them to the stew brings out delicious caramelized flavors.

Makes 6 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes 4 cups cubed winter vegetables (cut into 1/2-inch pieces), such as carrots, butternut squash, parsnips or sweet potatoes 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes 3/4 cup chicken stock OR chicken broth can be used 1/4 cup dry red wine or apple juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Coarse Ground 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Thyme Leaves 3 McCormick Bay Leaves

Oven-Fried Chicken Boneless chicken is seasoned and oven-fried for great taste that’s quick and easy enough for any day of the week. Makes 5 servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Oregano Leaves 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves or thighs 1/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon butter, melted Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with no stick cooking spray. Mix flour, seasoned salt, oregano and pepper in shallow dish. Moisten chicken with milk. Coat evenly with flour mixture. Place chicken in single layer on prepared pan. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Test Kitchen Tip: For quicker, more uniform cook­ing, slice thick chicken breasts in half hori­zontally or pound chicken breasts thin. Flavor Variation: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning or Rosemary Leaves, crushed, in place of the oregano. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 190; Fat: 6g; Carbohydrates: 6g; Cholesterol: 80mg; Sodium: 457mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 28g

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn

Make a batch of this Super Spice-rich chili for your next get-together. It doubles easily if you are expect­ing a crowd. Makes 8 (1-cup) servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon McCormick Paprika 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Oregano Leaves 1 teaspoon McCormick Cumin, Ground 1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Red Pepper, Crushed 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can (15 ounces) great Northern beans, drained and rinsed 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup frozen corn Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Add paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and red pepper; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 188; Fat: 4g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Cholesterol: 37mg; Sodium: 413mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 18g

Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss cubed vegetables and onion with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Arrange in single layer on large baking sheet. Roast 20 minutes or until vegetables are golden brown. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Brown beef in batches. Return all beef to skillet. Add roasted vegetables, stock, wine, salt, pepper, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serving Suggestion: Serve stew over cooked brown rice or whole grain pasta. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 261; Fat: 10g; Carbohydrates: 16g; Cholesterol: 56mg; Sodium: 328mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 25g


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Clovis Unified honors exemplary employees with Crystal Awards By Carol Lawson-Swezey

Exemplifying the Clovis school district’s motto of excellence in mind, body and spirit, 36 of the best of the best in Clovis Unified were recognized Feb. 4 at the annual Crystal Awards Ceremony at the district’s Performing Arts Center. The employees, who were nominated by coworkers and peers, were awarded a plaque, a brick with their name on the district’s “Walk of Fame” located in the courtyard outside the Professional Development Building, and a $500 grant to be used at their site. The rectangular, clear crystal-like plaque is engraved with the winner’s name and the year awarded, as well as the school/department they work for. “I was so proud to hear story after story of how far these wonderful individuals have gone to stand out from an already impressive group of our Clovis Unified employees,” said Dr. Janet Young, CUSD superintendent. “I love the opportunity to recognize these winners, many of whom will tell you they don’t understand why they are being singled out for just doing what they love to do. Parents and community members should also be proud of these caring people: proud of the fact that their children, grandchildren, or neighbor gets to reap the benefits of working with or being taught by people of this caliber.” The honors have been awarded since 1992, originally as employee of the year awards. At that time, there was one each in the categories of teacher,classified

employee,volunteer,and management.The name Crystal originated as an acronym for Clovis Unified Recognizing Your School Teachers and Leaders. The number of winners has varied year to year as the program has evolved, averaging 29. Nominees are evaluated in three categories: how they exemplify the district’s core values in their work, how their work drives the district forward, and letters of support. Awardees, who ranged from teachers to instructional assistants to catering staff, displayed vast and varied backgrounds but shared the district bond of going above and beyond. For honored math teacher and cross country and track and field coach James Soares, who coaches after the school day and often returns later to conduct study sessions for his students, the school day doesn’t end at 3 p.m. Soares has been at Buchanan High School since 1996 and feels humbled to receive an award that others he regards so highly have won before him. “I view the award as recognition, not just for one person, but for the team effortwhich helps us makelife better for students,” he said. Payroll Manager Deana Buchanan has worked at Clovis Unifiedfor 26 years. She was nominated by Larry Corum, the director of budget and finance,for her expertise in system innovation and

increased productivity. “You just get in and do your job with passion and drive,” Buchanan said. “It’s very humbling when you get recognized; it’s not anything you expect.” 2013 Crystal Award Winners Kathy Adolph, Registration Specialist, Clovis Adult; Jo-Ann Beshansky, ESL Teacher/Department Chair, Clovis Adult; Tammi Brown, Systems Operations Technician, Technology; Deana Buchanan, Manager of Payroll; Stacey Canales, Fourth Grade Teacher, Mountain View Elementary; Monica Alexy Carter, Chemistry Teacher, Clovis High; Robb J. Christopherson, Principal, Reagan Elementary; Steve Cleary, Supervisor of Grounds and Landscape; Greg Connor, Resource Specialist STEP Program/Assistant Athletic Director, Clovis East High; Lisa A. Dolan, Human Resources Analyst ; Merle M. Flaugher, Instructional Assistant II – Special Education, Cole Elementary; Jeanette Garcia, Administrative Assistant, CUSD Clovis Community Sports and Recreation Department;Kendra Hamaoka-Simon, Resource Specialist, Fancher Creek Elementary; Chad A. Hayden, Forensics Director and AP Literature Teacher, Clovis North High; Susan Hoffman, Third Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary; Carin Jackson, Coordinator of the Family Resource Center ; Wendy Karsevar, Learning Director, Special Education John Lack, Instrumental Music Director,

Clovis West High; David Lesser, Director of Bands, Clovis North; Lisa LoftonSkinner, Resource Specialist, Mountain View Elementary; Ysidra “Cissie” Lopez, School Secretary II, Clovis High; Heidi Lynn, School Office Supervisor, Maple Creek Elementary; Julie V. McGough, First/Second Grade Teacher, Valley Oak Elementary; Linda McNiel, Library Technician, Reagan Educational Center; Richard E. Medina, Resource Specialist, Kastner Intermediate/Special Ed Department; Gary Mort, Teacher, Clovis Online School; Laura Poochigian, Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher, Liberty Elementary; John Poytress, Director of Plant Operations; Randy Ray, AVID Coordinator, Biology and Zoology Teacher, Clovis East High; Lynn M. Roberts, Health Services Assistant I, Fancher Creek Elementary; Robert Schram, Director of Campus Catering; James Eitaro Soares, Mathematics Teacher, Buchanan High; Marty Swift, Seventh/Eighth Grade AB Teacher, AVID Elective Teacher, and History Day Coach, Granite Ridge Intermediate; Tina teNyenhuis, Social Science Teacher, Buchanan High; Lili Tsai Wong, Chinese Teacher, Clovis West High and Buchanan High; Tria Xiong, Campus Club Lead Instructor, Child Development Department.

Members of Police Explorer Post 355 honored at awards banquet

By Nu Vang

The Clovis Police Department celebrated the accomplishments of the Police Explorer Post 355at the Clovis Rodeo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 25. There are 29 members in the Post, which consist of students ranging in age from age 14 to 21. Ty Wood, an advisor for Post 355, said the program is a learning experience. “It’s basically for teenagers and young college students that are interested in a possible career in law enforcement,” Wood said. “We meet twice a month and we train during those meetings. Throughout the year we attend three competitions in California to compete with other Explorer Posts from the Western United States.” The local post’s motto is: “To encourage youth within the City of Clovis to consistently demonstrate behavior that produces social, emotional, educational, and economic success.” With that belief, the members volunteered in Clovis events including Big Hat Days, the Clovis Rodeo and the Children’s Electric Parade. Last year, they devoted 3,150 hours to community service, in addition to their

training time which totaled up to 2,554 hours. Throughout the year, the members competed in competitions with other Explorer Posts. They placed first in Domestic Disturbance and Bus Assault, and brought back a total of 13 trophies for all of their accomplishments. Andre Pena is the captain of the Explorers and also the last founding member of the Honor Guard. Pena said his interest in law enforcement kept him into the program. “A lot of it is I know I want to go into law enforcement, so this is great training for me,” Pena said. “It’s teaching me community service, and it has helped me get a job outside of law enforcement.” As captain, Pena is in charge of the Explorers and their progress. “I mentor the Explorers and help guide them along,” Pena said. “I assist them in their training, and also help the advisors with everything from discipline to accommodations and training.” Pena became an Explorer when he was

14, and will be exiting the program in a few months when he turns 21. Matthew Moran attended the banquet with his two sons, Tristen and Michael Moran, who are both members of the Explorer Post. Moran said that he has seen a change in his sons because of the program. “I’ve seen in my oldest that he has more self-esteem, and he is more involved,” Moran said. “For the both of them, it helps with how they put themselves out there and teaches them to be bolder.” As a father watching his sons, Moran said it was exciting to see their involvement in the community and also their training. “I’ve seen them at the gun range, and that’s exciting for me just being a dad,” Moran said. “I didn’t do that when I was younger so I get to see that through their eyes. It makes me very proud.” Michael Moran has been a member of the Post for two and a half years, and said that he became interested in the program because he wanted to become a police officer.

“I saw a TV show like “America’s Most Wanted,” and I really had an urge to become a police officer to protect people,” Michael said. “So I became more involved and attended the Post meetings and got in like that.” Brianna Marczak has been a member of the Explorer Post 355 for about a year. So far, Marczak said the experience has been great and he is looking forward to the competitions that will be coming up this year. “I’m excited and nervous to be preparing for it,” Marczak said. “I will be doing domestic violence, public speaking and DUI.” At the banquet, 12 Explorers were awarded in the areas of tenure, community service, most community service hours, honor guard, perfect attendance, top gun,Advisor’s Award, and Explorer of the Year. This event was a way to show appreciation for the members for their time and dedication to the organization.


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Clovis: Best place to live Continued from page 1

Richele Kleiser and her husband, both Fresno natives, bought their first home in Fresno, but never felt like it was the perfect place to raise their children. After much research, they moved to Clovis and have never looked back. “We enjoy friendly neighbors, the best school district in the area and fun community events in Old Town Clovis,” Kleiser said. “Now we both work in Clovis and appreciate the affordability and opportunities this town provides.” In conducting their research, NerdWallet looked at schools’ academic performance with ratings from GreatSchools, a non-profit organization that compares a school’s standardized test scores to the state average. Clovis schools earned a rating of eight out of a possible 10 points, with Irvine being the only district to receive a perfect 10. NerdWallet also looked at the graduation rate for Clovis high schools, which was 92.6 percent in 2011-2012, compared to the statewide average of 78.5 percent. With a median income of $63,500 and a median home price of $284,500, Clovis is an affordable place to live compared to other high-ranked cities. In nine of the top 20 contenders, the median home price exceeds half a million dollars. NerdWallet also looked at ongoing monthly home ownership costs, including mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuel, and other bills. Clovis came in at $2,001 per month, while cities like Irvine and Redondo Beach exceeded $3,000 a month.

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February 13, 2014 In assessing each city’s economy, NerdWallet looked at household income and income growth over the last decade. With a median household income growth rate of 54.4 percent between 1999 and 2011, Clovis far outranked every other city, by nearly 30 percent in some cases. Also considered were the many familyfriendly activities Clovis has to offer like the Clovis Rodeo, Big Hat Days, Friday night farmer’s markets in Old Town, and the city’s 285 acres of parks and trails. With the Chaffee Zoo and Save Mart Center in close proximity, entertainment is never in short supply. Tara Marks said she can’t think of a better place to raise her children, citing the exemplary shools, the number of community organizations to get involved in and the support residents show local businesses. “We have great weather, affordable cost of living, amazing parks and walking trails, and with the university down the street, there is always something fun and exciting happening in our town,” Marks said. While crime rates weren’t considered in NerdWallet’s study, a feeling of safety is one of the perks Clovis residents are quick to mention. Silva Emerian, an East Coast native, said that police and firefighters “are so kind and go out of their way to make us feel safe and protected.” Stacy Nuotio is a single mom who said she doesn’t worry about her daughter’s safety when she walks or rides her bike to school. And the schools are really where it’s at for parents of school-aged children. “The schools are what I love about Clovis,” Nuotio said. “The teachers are so caring and supportive; they really want their kids to succeed.” Great restaurants and shopping options are just two more things that make locals so proud to call Clovis home.

Photo courtesy of City of Clovis

Photo courtesy of City of Clovis

“Clovis is a caring community with awesome schools,” said Melissa Bottimore. “Places to shop are all around,

and I hardly ever have to go to Fresno anymore. I love Clovis!”

Applications being accepted for City of Clovis planning and personnel commissions Applications are being sought from Clovis residents interested in serving on the city’s planning and personnel commissions. The planning commission reviews development proposals for compliance with the city’s general plan and makes recommendations to the city council regarding public improvements, development and property zoning. The five-member committee is appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at the

council chambers at 6 p.m. The personnel commission helps select the city employees that serve Clovis residents. The commission is responsible for interviewing, screening and recommending non-management employees. Appointment to the personnel commission is by majority vote of the city council for a four-year term. The deadline to submit applications for both commissions is 3 p.m. on March 16. Information and application materials are available through the city manager’s office at (559) 324-2060.

Clovis Business Resource Fair seeking participants The Clovis Chamber of Commerce is holding their semi-annual Clovis Business Resource Fair on March 5, and is looking for companies interested in showcasing their products and services as they gain new leads and customers and network with other businesses. Held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, the event brings together more than 50 Valley companies to promote their goods and services from dozens of vendor booths. Local restaurants and caterers will be serving food samples and drinks will be available at the bar.

This free event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Businesses interested in participating can apply at clovischamber.com, or call (559) 299-7363.


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California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy on track to begin classes in the fall

The Clovis-based California Health Science University (CHSU) College of Pharmacy has received the go-ahead to enroll its inaugural class from the nation’s accrediting body for pharmacy education. This is an essential step toward accreditation for the new college, and will allow them to admit the fall 2014 class this August, as planned. CHSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is the first of its kind in the Central Valley, and applications are being accepted by the College of Pharmacy for 84 students in the initial class. The College of Pharmacy will employ more than 50, mostly faculty, and intends to graduate 84 pharmacists a year. The CHSU College of Pharmacy is located at 120 N. Clovis Avenue in a stateof-the-art, 32,300 square foot building situated near Herndon Avenue and Highway 168. Adjacent to the building and in the vicinity, additional properties have been purchased to accommodate for expansion as future classes are implemented in the coming years.

To accommodate future growth, the university has submitted an application for a full-scale campus on 179 acres in Millerton. Communications Director RicheleKleiser said that even once the school outgrows the Clovis campus, the school may keep it as a launch site for the up to five health science related colleges CHSU has planned. Board Chair Dr. John Welty, former Fresno State president, said it’s exciting to see plans for the university moving forward. “This is a proud moment in the history of the Valley,” stated Dr. Welty. “Valley students need local opportunities for higher education and we hope these bright health care professionals trained at CHSU will remain local to improve the access and delivery of health care in Central California.” For more information about CHSU and the new Doctor of Pharmacy program, visit chsu.org or call 559-325-3600.

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18th Annual Fresno Compact Business-Education Partnership Awards Announced Winners of the 18th annual Fresno Compact’s Business-Education Partnership Awards have invested their treasures of time, talent and financial resources into students in Fresno County schools, and gone out of their way to improve the future of our community. Whether it is opening the doors of a business to give students real world work experience, mentoring at-risk kids, or “adopting” a program at their local school, this year’s winners clearly recognize the importance of investing in education. On March 5, 10 honorees will be recognized for outstanding work to support the future of the community through their investment of time and resources to Fresno County schools. In addition, one educator will be recognized with the Dr. Harold Haak Award for efforts to build connections between schools and businesses. The 2014 Fresno Compact honorees include: Business-Education Partnership Award Winners: Betts Company BSK Associates Central Valley Community Bank GrayLift Harris Manufacturing Integrative Brand Management PureFresh Sales, Inc. Tim Messer Construction, Inc. Universal Biopharma Research Institute, Inc. Vons (Herndon and Fowler in Clovis) Dr. Harold Haak Award for Educational Excellence for Building Busi-

ness/Education Partnerships Honoree: David Clark, Dean of Instruction, Reedley College Award winners will be recognized at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Tornino’s Banquet Hall in Fresno. To purchase tickets to the luncheon, please contact Mary Galvan at 559-265-4036 or mgalvan@fcoe.org. Find out more about the Fresno Compact at www.fresnocompact.com. The Fresno Compact Business-Education Partnership is a partnership of committed leaders from businesses, education, government and the community who support education, workforce development and economic growth in Fresno County. The Compact is dedicated to engaging the community in the betterment of the lives of children, with the ultimate goal of improving the future of the San Joaquin Valley. The work of the Fresno Compact is designed to support and recognize efforts to improve the educational experience for children from preschool through higher education.


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