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BIG Hat Days – celebrating 75 years of Bigger and Better in the Central Valley. This year’s celebration is expected to draw over 140,000 attendees and 400 craft and food vendors. The two-day event is sponsored by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and Table Mountain Casino and includes all types of music, arts and crafts, water bubble simulators, a beer garden, international food fair, family

By Carol Lawson-Swezey By Ethel Jamfrey, a friend and fellow equine artist.

Since 1992 Claudia Fletcher has created the wonderful watercolor paintings that have presented the image of Clovis for the Clovis Rodeo Association. Her masterful understanding of the anatomy and movement of the horses, Claudia Fletcher: Soo Clovis, continued on page 9

Be sure to bring your biggest hat, sunscreen, walking shoes and a pocket full of money because BIG Hat Days is a-coming- April 6th and 7th- to Old Town. And whether you are seeking familiar vendors that you can only find here or looking for something new and innovative, there is something for everyone. In 75 years, Clovis’ BIG Hat Days has grown from a one day hat and shirt day to the largest street festival

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Are You Worth It? Worth and value are two very important words. Worth means is it good enough or important enough to justify. Value is relative worth, monetary worth or importance. Say you had an old chair that was worn and you decided to re-upholster it and still use it but you wanted it fit in with the rest of your furniture. You know that the chair is thirty years old and you love the style. Besides that, it was one of your mom’s old chairs. You check with your local upholsterer and find out it will cost more to cover it than to buy a new one. The question comes up, is it “worth” recovering. Only you know the history of the chair which establishes a value that others will not realize, unless you tell them. After telling them, they may change their mind a see the value and then agree that it is worth it to recover. Bingo, now we know of value and worth. Now let’s say that you lose a tooth or maybe more than one tooth. If they are front teeth, I think figuring out the value of replacing them is pretty evident. If you want to smile, you want front teeth. If you want someone to hire you, you want front teeth. If you want your wife to kiss you, you definitely want front teeth. It’s a no-brainer, right? Now let’s say you are missing back teeth. No one is going to see them, so why should I replace them? Humm? Let’s see. Our teeth have a master design, our front teeth are for cutting, and our back teeth are for chewing. Somehow I think there is a good reason for having the number of teeth we have to distribute the forces under which we chew. If we don’t have our front teeth we can’t cut food which means we have to chew more. We might prematurely wear out our back teeth. Is it worth it to replace those front teeth to avoid this? If you don’t have your back teeth, you can impose undo forces on

your front teeth and you may lose them quicker. Is it worth replacing those back teeth? Sure. If you lose your natural teeth you can’t eat correctly. If you can’t eat correctly, you affect your health. If you affect your health then you start to have health problems. Is it worth replacing your teeth to avoid this? You bet! If you lose your back teeth, can the rest of them shift and affect your bite, maybe even end up with joint problems? Yes! The importance of having all your teeth and a healthy oral environment is paramount to having the rest of our body healthy and strong - it is all connected. So we come full circle. We must know the full story in order to know the importance of our dental situation. Once we know the value of replacing our teeth, we can surely see that it is worth the investment. If you have any questions or wish to contact this writer you may do so at: Art of Design Implant, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Edward A. Treviño, D.D.S., F.A.D.I.A. 1040 E. Herndon Avenue #102 Fresno, California 93720 559-230-0809 559-230-0833 fax

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Adjusting to life with your newly adopted dog Bringing a new dog home from an animal shelter is an exciting experience. Dogs can bring a lot of joy and energy into a household, quickly becoming a treasured member of the family. Adjusting to life with a newly adopted dog is not always smooth sailing, as members of the household often deal with a transition period as they grow more acclimated to the responsibility of pet ownership. Sometimes this transition is easy, while other times it can be more complicated. The following are a few tips to help new dog owners make their transition to pet ownership go more smoothly. * Emphasize routine. Routine makes dogs more comfortable, and this can make things easier on new dog owners. Get up and go to bed at the same time each day, and schedule walks and play time at the same time each day as well. As the dog grows more acclimated to your home, you can gradually vary your own schedule, but try to stick to the walking and playtime schedule for your dog as much as possible. Anxiety is a significant issue for many shelter dogs, but sticking to a routine can help lower that anxiety significantly. * Visit the veterinarian within days of the adoption. A visit to the vet is necessary even if your dog has received all of its necessary vaccinations. The vet can examine the dog and give advice on diet and exercise, which is especially valuable information for those owners who have never before owned a dog. In addition, a vet might direct men and women who adopted a purebred to a colleague who specializes in that particular breed. Such vets may be more specific when recommending a diet or exercise regimen, which can help the dog’s long-term health.

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* Gradually alter diet. Many shelter dogs were on poor diets before they came to the shelter, and the shelter or your veterinarian might suggest changing that diet. Adapting to a new diet won’t necessarily be easy for your dog, but gradual changes often ease this transition. For example, if the dog’s diet must change completely, don’t change it all in one day. Gradually mix old food with the new food over the course of several days, adding more new food and substracting more of the old food each day. By the fourth or fifth day, the dog’s diet should consist entirely of the new food recommended by your vet. * Behave yourself. The first few days with a new dog can go a long way toward making the pooch feel comfortable or uncomfortable in its new home. If you have never owned a dog in the past, expect the dog to have some anxiety in the first few days. This anxiety can manifest itself



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in a variety of ways, including chewing furniture, going to the bathroom indoors or general restlessness. It’s easy to overreact to such manifestations, but control your temper and manage to discourage inappropriate behavior without getting angry. If you can successfully manage a dog’s initial anxiety as it transitions to its new home, the dog is more likely to behave properly as time progresses. But if you allow your disappointment or temper to get the better of you in those first days after the adoption, your chances of successfully transitioning the dog to your home will decrease significantly. Adopting a shelter dog is a great way to add a new and loving member to your family. Though some transitions are more difficult than others, owners who keep calm and work to reduce their dog’s anxiety are likely to treasure their new addition for years to come.

Contributing Writers Carol Lawson-Sweezey - Featured Articles Peg Bos - Let’s Talk Clovis Don Curlee - Ag at Large April French - Police Log of Shame Paul Hinkle - Central Valley Motorsports Dick Nichols - Fishing Report Sarah A. Peterson - Featured Articles Dr. Edward Trevino - Featured Articles Accounting Services Teresa Stevens - Certified Public Accountant (559) 326-2029 The Clovis Roundup is a custom publication. 2491 Alluvial Avenue Suite # 540 Clovis, CA 93611 | (559) 326-2040 To submit events for the CR Calender, email For Advertising, email Reproduction by any means of the entire contents or any portion of this publication without written permission is prohibited. The appearance of any advertisements in this publication does not constitute support or endorsement for any product, person, cause, business or organization named therein, unless specifically noted otherwise in the advertisement.

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Spotting Spotted Spurge

You may or may not know what spotted spurge is, but chances are you have seen it in lawns and especially flowerbeds during the summer months. Spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata) is a summer annual broadleaf weed that is native to the eastern United States and is extremely common here in central California. It grows very close to the ground and forms a dense mat of pinkish-red stems, deep green leaves with a purple spot in the center, and a center taproot pegging it to the ground. The taproot may extend down as far as 24 inches! If the plant is pulled or broken, a white, milky latex-like sap will ooze out. This sap can be irritating to sensitive people’s skin. Leaves are in opposite pairs along the stems and the flowers, stems, fruit, and leaves are covered with tiny hairs. Spurge usually starts geminating here in late March or April as the soil temperatures reach 60 degrees F, but really thrives when soils temperatures are 75-85 degrees F. With a little water and some light the seed will germinate successfully. UC Extension literature states that it can produce viable seed within 5 weeks of germination, but I swear that it seems more like overnight.

Shaver Lake Fishing Report

Beautiful weather brought more fishing activity to Shaver Lake, but the fishing remained slow. Some trollers were reporting a few fish to a limit per boat, while others were experiencing difficulty in picking up a fish. Blade/crawler combinations behind weighted flashers or lead line, produced most of the action with Needle Fish, Apex lures, Fish Hawks and Captain Jack’s Super Hoochies also contributing to a few fish. A couple of 9-10 inch kokanee were caught and released during the weekend on the Super Hoochies with a tip of corn. It is recommended that trollers plan to fish long enough to try to locate the fish in various locations including, the island, road 2, the Point, dam, Dorabella, Eagle Point and in front of Stevenson Creek. Also, set your lines at various depths from 10 to 30 feet down.

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A single plant can produce thousands of seeds that can germinate immediately if the conditions are right. If you have ever pulled up spurge plants you can see the massive amounts of seed left behind on the soil surface. Ants like to help move these around, too. Maybe they like the shade it produces or perhaps it is a source of food for them. Now we know what and when to look for in our search for spotted spurge, but how do we reduce its presence in our landscapes? Culturally, we can watch for weeds in plants and soils we purchase to add to our landscape. Try to pull, hoe, or spray plants before they have a chance to go to seed. Mulching the soil surface with 3-4 inches of bark chips can also reduce weed germination by shading the soil below and reducing the needed sunlight for germination. Anything less than 3 inches is only cosmetic in terms of weed control. In lawns, thin areas should be filled in with sod or reseeded and then fertilized and mowed at 2 inches or higher to increase the competitive edge over the spurge. Pre emergent products like Amaze, Preen, or Dimension applied starting in March will significantly reduce spurge populations through root inhibition. Multiple applications may be needed for season-long control. Post emergent products come in both selective (broadleaf herbicides for lawns) and non-selective types such as Roundup where sprays must be carefully directed to hit the weeds only. Spurge will be here for years and years to come. If you would like to know more about spurge or other weeds that you wrestle with you can call Weed Man at 559-266-1624 or visit our website at Fresno.

Bank fishermen are finding hit or miss conditions for trout. Power Bait or crawlers near the Sierra Marina, the north side of the dam and road 1, have had the most success. Casting from anchored boats can be productive at times near underwater structures and inlet creeks. Fish Hawks, Kastmasters and Panther Martin spinners have had some success. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project welcomes new Trophy Club members Scott and Mark Arnett to the projects elite group. Donations can be sent to the SLTTP, PO Box 908, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664 Captain Jack Yandell, fishing guide Dick Nichols, of Dick’s Fishing Charters and historian/angler, Lee Gates, all of Shaver Lake, will be featured at a Shaver Lake fishing seminar on Saturday March 30th at 1 pm. It will be a no tax day at Valley Rod and Gun and a free raffle will follow the seminar. Captain Jack will bring everyone up on the progress of the Trophy Trout Project, including the 2,500 rainbow’s that were planted recently. He will also give his tips on kokanee fishing. Nichols charter boat averaged over 12 fish per trip last season. He will have a slide show including a map of his favorite fishing spots, depths, tackle and the best fishing dates from last year. Gates, will have an abbreviated slide show on Shaver’s history, a hands on presentation on the use of downriggers and his recommendations for night fishing at Shaver. Last year VR&G had 220 people at the seminar. Light refreshments and bottled water will be served.

Answers to last week’s Recycle Quiz 1. ( d ) – Waxed paper; can or bottles with liquids or other stuff still inside and definitely cat litter should not go into your recycle container. 2. ( a ) True – motor oil can be cleaned and reused over and over. 3. ( c ) – Approximately 100 years. Once in the landfill they are covered and without air it could even take longer. 4. ( c ) Remember – even though it is important to remember it is not one of original environmental three R’s. 5. ( a ) Yes – chipboard is uncorrugated (cardboard) thick paper used for things like shoe, cereal, rice, cake and tissue boxes as well tablet backings, etc. 6. ( b ) – 7 – now that’s amazing.

7. ( b ) – Aluminum cans are number one; however plastic PET – water & soft drink – bottles are also popular. 8. ( a ) – Fresno, California in 1937 – that’s right: The Fresno Sanitary Landfill (West & Jensen Avenues) is the oldest “true” sanitary landfill in the United States. 9. ( a ) True – the bottle act has kept nearly 200 billion containers out of landfills and off the side of the roads. 10. ( d ) – All the above

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Central Valley Motorsports - SPONSORED BY HEDRICKS CHEVROLET -

By Paul Hinkle

With this beautiful weather we have been having and days getting longer it gives all of us more time to spend outside enjoying our favorite activities. Winter is officially over, now is the time to start cruising. The March Meet was held at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield March 7-10th. The track at Famoso Raceway is 1320 feet in length and the racing surface is concrete. The surface is prepped with a layer of rubber on top of the concrete. This surface offers advantages over asphalt as it heats and cools at a more predictable rate, it is also flatter and smoother. The March Meet celebrated 55 years of quarter mile drag racing this year. Some of the greatest racing in the world takes place at this event. It is the world’s top attraction for nostalgia dragsters and hot rods. After a lengthy rain delay the races finally got underway on Saturday afternoon. The spectator turn out was as large as ever, the rain didn’t discourage them. If you arrived late the parking lots were full and you had to park along the road in the mud and walk a mile to get to

the gate to buy your ticket. The four-day event became a five-day event with the finals being held on Monday. The March Meet is more than just drag racing. The area behind the pit side of the grandstands was full of customs, muscle cars, rat rods, hot rods, racecars and dragsters owned by people who were proud to show them off. Race Winners: Top Fuel - Jim Young - 5.703 @ 242.15mph Funny Car – Tim Boychuck - 5.81 @ 249mph A/Fuel – Tony Waters - 6.352 @ 220.58mph Jr/Fuel – Wayne Ramey - 7.046 @ 187.68mph Pro Class – Michael Peck - 7.027 @ 166.92mph NE1 – 7.60 Index – Danny Schrokosch - 7.627 @ 167.93mph NE2 – 8.60 Index – Rick Nordness 8.611 @ 145.69mph NE3 – 9.60 Index – Roger Turley - 5.39 @ 135.67mph

A/Gas – 7.60 Index – Dean Hill - 7.551 @ 183.49mph B/Gas – 8.60 Index – John Saliani 8.612 @ 157.37mph C/Gas - 9.60 Index – Ken Brown 9.576 @ 130.48mph D/Gas – 10.60 Index – Ed Carey 10.681 @ 120.83mph Hot Rod – Alan Ross - 10.355 @ 129.38mph Up coming events: March 29th – 30th Galvin Car & Truck Show, March 30th Battle of the Badges 2013 Lemoore, April 5th Rods on the Bluff, April 6th Cars on K Downtown Tulare Car Show, April 5th – 7th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 13th Tower Classic Car Show, April 14th Cherry Auction Spring Fest Auto Swap, April 20th Kingsburg Car Show and Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show Cambria, April 26th – 28th Western Street Rod Nationals Bakersfield, May 3rd Rods on the Bluff, May 4th Yosemite High School Car Show Oakhurst, May 4th 5th 2013 Fun Ford Weekend Fomoso Raceway, May 5th 15th Annual “Sunday Spring Classic Fresno, May 11th Jefferson

Elementary 3rd Annual Car Show Clovis, May 18th Cam Twisters Car Show, 25th Annual Downtown Visalia Car Show, May 18th – 19th Eagle Field Drags, May 24th – 26th Annual West Coast Kustoms Car Show. If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to or call me at (559) 970-2274. I’m also looking for interesting cars and events to share with everyone.

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carnival and pony rides. Among the new vendors are Hanford Glass/A Greener Earth, (located between 7th and 8th) which features unique plant arrangements using outdoor decor from old Tonka trucks to wagons; portrait artist, Cecelia Eidemiller (located on 5th and Pollasky); Sturdybelt, featuring handmade leather items like belts and gun holsters (located between 4th and 5th); and children’s author Morris Garcia (located at 4th and Pollasky). The author of “Henry the Brave Little Tractor” will have his antique tractor for children to sit on and have their picture taken. That photo is then placed in a frame entitled “My Day With Henry.” BIG Hat Days has become a permanent part of the culture of Clovis and its popularity so well known that Festfan magazine proclaimed Clovis the Most Festive Town in 1994 – a moniker that has been well deserved and maintained. But it hasn’t always been the extravaganza it is today. According to Clovis Chamber Communications Director Fran Blackney, it started in 1939,

in conjunction with the city’s rodeo. The Clovis Rodeo, formally known as the Festival and Horse Show, has been presented on the last weekend in April since 1914. During the entire month of April, the city got ready for the rodeo by dressing up in big hats and western wear. Finally, on March 25, 1939, one day was given a special name – BIG Hat Day – and a tradition was created. The Clovis Chamber of Commerce became the organizer and presenter of the annual event. On April 8, 1950, the event was announced as “Big Hat and Bright Shirt Day.” Along with the big hats sporting the red or gold bands that were available at local stores, people were also encouraged to wear bright shirts, jeans, western boots and other cowboy apparel. In the late fifties, the tradition of presenting a ten gallon hat to the mayor was started. Today, the Grand Marshall of the Rodeo Parade receives the hat.

In 1983, the Clovis Chamber decided to take the event in a different direction. That year, they spearheaded a small festival and barbeque at the Rodeo Grounds. The crowd was entertained by a live band and children enjoyed sack and wheelbarrow races. Visitors packed the Rodeo Grounds, so on the advice of the Clovis Police, the festival was moved to Pollasky Avenue in 1984 and the rest is history. In 1992, BIG Hat Day became plural as it became a 2 day event. From a festival of a dozen craft booths taking up one block, the event now encompasses 13 blocks and could use more. Some of the event’s vendors have been returning for years. Vincent Smith, of Smith’s Collectibles, (between 3rd and 4th) makes handmade and shaped old style Western Palm Leaf Hats and horse hair bands for Big Hat Days. The all-weather hats can be soaked in water to optimize cooling.

Primo’s Gourmet Food Company will once again sell 50 varieties of condiments including dips, rubs and marinades. This year, Primo’s will have a Salsa booth, offering a dry salsa mix, table ready in 30 seconds. Both booths will be back to back at 3rd and Pollasky. “We love the small town venue of Big Hat,” said Primo’s owner Gary Ricommi. “We call it our feel good show.” Suzanne Lane, of Suzanne’s Ballet, (between 4th and 5th) started selling her whimsical wares at BIG Hat more than 22 years ago. She liked the small town friendliness and charm so much she moved here from Sacramento. Her booth offers children’s ballet clothing and accessories and she also has a weekly stall at the Old Town Farmer’s Market. She is well known for her air-brushed angel’s wings, halos and ballerina wands. “I used to do 48 shows a year, now I only do 8 at the events I really enjoy,” Lane said. “I’ve met a lot of neat people and it’s a family atmosphere and I enjoy seeing returning customers and vendors.”

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Ag at Large – Migrant Mania: A tighter border squeezes farmers By Don Curlee

If you believe the headlines Congress and the President finally seem ready to tackle immigration reform, an issue of great importance to farmers. So far, the farm community, especially in California, is applauding statements by politicians saying the time has come to resolve this sticky issue of border control, citizenship attainment, deportation and the stickiest aspect of all, amnesty. But farmers and ranchers and their organizations should expect no more than gratuitous consideration from the nation’s leaders because the solution ultimately will be for the primary benefit of politicians from the highest level downward. Migrant workers, mostly from Mexico, have provided the bulk of the farm workforce in California for decades. But farmers in other states in the south, Michigan and even New York also rely heavily on workers who cross America’s southern border to work on their farms. All of them want to protect and preserve that source of farm labor. The fact that well over half of the migrant workers in California have crossed the border illegally has been a black eye that farmers and ranchers want to be rid of. True immigration reform is seen as a way to accomplish that. And it is perceived as a

means of preserving the primary source of workers, seasonal and otherwise, Until recently a porous border has been a major contributor to the severity of the issue. If federal officials can tighten the incidence of border crossings it will be the beginning of reform. It hasn’t taken place yet in Arizona, where illegal drug trafficking plays a major role in unrecorded, unauthorized border crossings. Arizona’s “Show me your papers” law has drawn the criticism of federal officials, and three other alien-related laws enacted by that state have been declared invalid by the U. S. Supreme Court. Politicians, government officials, sociologists, the Internal Revenue Service and many others are scrambling to verify the size of the Latino segment of this country’s population – legally and illegally present. It has significant effect on many aspects of our society and civilization, not the least of which is the education system. That it impacts the dynamics of our state and national economy is obvious. Politicians see Latinos as voters. Analysis of votes cast in last November’s general election indicates that the vast majority vote for Democrats. If more can be guided down the pathway to citizenship Democrats envision a widened margin of

support. From a politician’s point of view what can be more important than additional supportive votes? While rhetoric might indicate otherwise, getting elected or reelected is every politician’s primary goal. So are farmers and ranchers dreaming when they express hope for positive consideration by the President and Congress as they hammer out a revised immigration policy? Are they “whistlin’ Dixie” when they expect their need for a workforce to be high on the politicians’ priority list? Hopefully the answers are no and no. At the same time it is unrealistic and naïve to think the needs of farmers and ranchers will be higher on the immigration reform agenda than the goal of politicians to create a broader voter base for themselves as they revise and update immigration policies. But the politicians are as sensitive to public opinion as anybody, and that favors farmers and their needs. Farmers will receive compassionate consideration from their elected representatives. Whether that will meet their full needs and expectations is another matter. It’s going to be a little like buying a new tractor. It’s natural to expect a lot from it, to celebrate the automatic and electronic

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improvements over the old model. But it’s still going to require fuel, upkeep and occasional repair. Shop diligently and drive carefully. Especially on the path to amnesty. “Don Curlee operates his own public relations firm in Clovis specializing in agriculture issues. His Column appears in the Clovis Roundup every other Thursday. E-mail Don at”

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“Let’s Talk Clovis” - Dr. Richard Tracy Clark’s 1900 home By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum

was called “Woodville”. The house was high ceilinged, two and one half story, 14 room frame structure. Clark inserted copper ore (from our flourishing Copper King Mine) specimens in some of the rock work. It would take several years to complete his home. Miss Francis Bryant joined her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Treasure, here in 1898. She was an accomplished artist. She established an art studio in Fresno. She married Dr. Clark in 1904. Fred Clark (Dr. Clark’s son Dr. Richard Tracy Clark’s 1900 home by his first wife) had remained in Nebraska and was raised by his mother’s brother. Seventeen Dr. Richard Tracy Clark arrived in old Fred would join his father here. Fred Clovis (1899) to practice medicine. Our attended Clovis High School. He worked only other doctor at that time was Dr. in the box factory and later would farm on Milton Mc Murtry whose son Dr. M. S. his father’s Minnewawa ranch. Fred married Ollie Jackson. Her McMurtry would practice here from 1904father (early day pioneer Perry Rockwell 1962. Dr. Clark (widowed twice) and his Jackson) built their home at 406 DeWitt sister Dr. Nell Clark had been encouraged (SW corner of DeWitt and Fourth) in 1903. to leave Columbus, Neb. and relocate to The historic home remains and has become Clovis. In 1900 Dr. Clark purchased two the “Christmas Home” during the Holiday. Dr. Clark retired and in 1913 he sold city lots (SW corner of 4th and Pollasky) from Mabel K. DeWitt for $10.00 in gold his home to Arthur Boice who converted coin. Miss DeWitt was the daughter of H. it into a Funeral Home. A trap door was G. DeWitt who built a two story building installed in a back room of the main floor (453 Pollasky) in 1906. A Street is named in order to lower bodies and caskets to the (two blocks west of Pollasky) in his honor. large basement. Boice’s moved to the SW Clark and his sister built a lean corner of Third and Pollasky in 1929. They to temporary home on the property. remain at that location. Forrest Franklin purchased the home He supervised and participated in the carpentry. He personally selected a variety in 1942. The Franklin family resided in of woods for the interior of his home. It the main house. They converted the large

basement into five apartments. Numerous airmen from Hammer Field and their families lived there. Mrs. Franklin recalled the house had a friendly ghost they called “Mr. Silent” since she and her daughter Kay would speak to “It” but “It” would remain silent. “It” would wander about in the attic and bother no one. Mrs. Franklin wondered what location the supernatural sought after the home was destroyed. The Franklin home was used for several community functions. The traveling photographer would come to town and set up shop in their parlor. The voting precinct was available on the front porch or in bad weather inside the big reception room. Mobile-X-Ray units would park in front

of their home and use their electricity. In 1952 Forrest Franklin sold the home to local business man Harold Cosby. Cosby rented the home to James Wheeler who lived and operated a used furniture store there. In 1955 Cosby sold the home to Walter Kingen who previously had owned several dime stores in this area. The Kingen Clovis dime store was located in the 1906 DeWitt building at 447 Pollasky. The historic Clark home was demolished in 1955 in order to “modernize” Pollasky Ave. It was a sad time for the “old timers” of Clovis to have the unique home becomes a victim of “progress”. Dr. Clark and his family provided us a rich heritage.

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bulls and riders she portrays is the heart of the phenomenal impact of the annual rodeo posters she has produced over the years. As it was stated in a featured article in US Art, April, 1995, “…her paintings and drawings are a curious balance of precision and expressive movement, as if she had cut the ceaseless energy of a rodeo from the dust swirling around its participants.” As Clovis Rodeo Association Past President, Ronnie Dunbar, says in admiration of her work, “We provide her with a photograph or idea and she always puts the stamp of what is rodeo into it … she’s a long time friend of the Clovis Rodeo and part of the tradition.” This year’s poster features Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association’s 2012 World Champion Steer Wrestler, Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, California. In past years she was also commissioned to do a signed and numbered limitededition print for the National Reining Cow Horse Association’s, Snaffle Bit Futurity’s 25th Anniversary, and was contracted to provide artwork for the 1997 Grand

By Carol Lawson-Swezey

Although it was nearly 70 years ago and the faded photos are yellowed and creased, the memories that Jane James has of her war years are vivid. Those 2 ½ years, although a drop in a long and event-filled life, defined the person she was and has since become. Following graduation from Four C’s Business College, the former Lela “Jane” Duckering landed a job as a civilian working for the Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco. But it was wartime and James felt the calling to sign up for active service. In March 1943 she enlisted in the SPARs (Semper Paratus-Always Ready), a woman’s division of the Coast Guard. Following training, she was stationed in the Beach Patrol Office in the Custom House in Boston. While in Boston, her Fresno boyfriend, Richard Payne, got his pilot’s wings and James managed to get a

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Claudia Fletcher: Soo Clovis National Rodeo Horse and Stock Show. Her work has been featured in national publications including Riding Magazine, Equine Images, as well as in US Art . Claudia’s a natural artist when it comes to animals. As a child her first drawings were of horses, and even these early paintings had style and action. Growing up on a cotton and alfalfa farm in Madera, she longed for a horse. She studied them and recorded the detail and attributes of each individual in her drawings. Her teachers noticed her ability and encouraged her work. She even had her first bulletin board show in elementary school. At Madera High School Claudia studied with Heinz Kusel who introduced her to serious art studies and a basic background in the arts. She continued her studies in art at Immaculate Heart Women’s College in Los Angeles under the direction of Sister Mary Corita and others. She has continued her studies with noted artists: Pat Hunter, Joan McIntyre, Booth Malone and Jerome Grimmer. Since her teens, she’s been doing portraits of people and their pets, drawing in pencil and pastels, painting in watercolor and oils, and more recently in acrylics. Her wide breadth of art experience allows her to be an extremely versatile artist. In the 1970’s she began working in the automotive finishing and decorating business where she created and painted pictures as well as custom lettering on motorcycles, boats and other vehicles. This art work was featured in Custom Chopper Magazine several times. She was also an illustrator for Valley Decorating Company. As Tom Woolley, Art Director for VDC stated, “Claudia can draw any subject with style and realism, capturing the essence of

the thing and imbuing a special quality all her own.” If you visit local cemeteries, you’ve probably seen Claudia’s work carved in stone. She has been doing custom graphic art designs for Meachum’s Memorials in Clovis for over 35 years. In the late 1980’s she began painting wall murals. One of the most impressive pieces is in the town of Exeter. “Golden Harvest” was completed in 2000. It is on a 22 by 60 foot wall where she brought back to life a 24 horse hitch pulling a grain thresher. Working from a photograph taken of a harvesting team in the nearby Merhten Valley, Claudia painted this memory of the dusty work that shows the human and horse strength it took to harvest wheat in 1915. In Kerman’s Historic Gateway mural she painted a steamboat carrying passengers on the San Joaquin River. For the Kerman Cultural Arts Council she created life size figures of the blacksmith, a child and horse across the front of the historical blacksmith’s barn which covers a 40 foot span. Other murals can be seen in Clovis in the BS Coffee Shop, Toledo’s Mexican Restaurant, Old Town Station, First American Title Company and San Joaquin College of Law. She’s been active in the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and was honored in 2004 with the Spirit of Clovis award at the Hall of Fame

Dinner to acknowledge her contributions to the City of Clovis. Participating in the Clovis Art Guild shows and activities, she received the “Best of Show” award in 2011 at the CAG Veterans’ Show with her painting, “Remembering”. Most recently she worked live on stage at the Rotary Crab Feed where the drawing was auctioned off for a fund raiser. Across the country Claudia Fletcher is known for her western paintings and drawings. She continues to create portraits of people, pets, horses and action scenes from rodeo and working horses in any endeavor in the media of pastels, pencil, pen and ink, acrylics and watercolor. Her format ranges from 8 x 10 inches works on paper or canvas to 22 x 60 foot murals. Prints of the 2013 Rodeo Poster and some previous year’s posters are available for sale at the Ticket Office of the Rodeo Grounds. Prices start at $10. For an artist signed and dated copy it is $20. Claudia can be contacted at: (559)2975348 for information or appointment.

Woman vet finds kindred bond transfer to Seattle where she was from. In Seattle, James worked in the Engineering Office, which was in charge of the upkeep of lighthouses in Washington State. In March 1944, while on leave, the couple was married. “We had everything a person could want except no time for our folks to get there. We left by train the next day for Fresno and my folks had a reception,” James said. “After several days, we both had to return to our stations. We saw each other whenever we could get a leave.” Within a year, the young bride became a widow. In April 1945, Payne sent word that he was coming to Seattle with two crew in a Photo Reconnaissance Plane to take photos of Boeing. He never arrived. After two weeks of searches by civil air patrol, the search was discontinued. The plane was later found in the Cascade Mountains and all three men were interred in one grave in Golden Gate National Cemetery. James still has the newspaper clippings of the event and the rolled proclamation from then-President Harry Truman honoring Payne for his service. A scrapbook encapsulates the tears. Life did go on. She met Harold “Buzz” James, who was serving in the Merchant Marines. After the war, they were both discharged and were married and had 58 years and four sons together. Buzz James, a radio operator during the war, later worked as a director of service for a Zenith distributor for many years. After living in Oregon and Washington, the family moved to Fresno for health reasons and to be closer to grandparents. After raising her family, Jane worked as a doctor’s receptionist for ten years. Buzz passed away in 2003. Somehow, life has come full circle.

Jane James still carries a laminated copy of her U.S. Coast Guard discharge card from 1945. At the Veteran’s Wall of Honor, dedicated in November 2011 at the Fresno Veteran’s Hospital, there are bricks engraved with the names of Jane James and both her deceased husbands, honoring their service. Jane, now 92, became involved with the Clovis Veteran’s group, and joined many who published their recollections in a “Stories of Service” book in 2007. They gather weekly to talk and to share. And she listens to the stories, wishing that her husbands had had a chance to speak. “I’ve always been very interested in vets,” Jane said. “I and both husbands served and two of my sons were in the

Army. It’s important to share your memories and your stories with those with similar experiences. A lot of veterans haven’t spoken about what they went through and they need to get it out.” Jane James marvels at how two years can have such an impact in a life spanning more than nine decades, but it has. Her blessings include her four sons, eight grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren and a newly found veteran’s family forged from a kindred bond. “As a woman vet, I want to be remembered as doing my part for my country,” she said. This story is shared in commemoration of Women Veteran’s History Week March 18-24.

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2013 - MARCH Academy Church Services and Events Good Friday Service Friday, March 29th at 6:pm 10667 N. Madsen (North on Madsen from 168/Tollhouse Rd) 7th Annual Clovis First Assembly of God Car and Motorcycle Show Saturday, March 30th from 8am - 2pm. 1185 Sunnyside Ave-Clovis Tri-tip and Mexican Style Lunch Available contact # 299-7679 or 299-5309. Academy Church Services and Events Easter Services Sunday, March 31st Easter Sunrise Service at 7:am Pot Luck, 12:30 pm Easter Service at 2:pm 10667 N. Madsen (North on Madsen from 168/Tollhouse Rd) Easter Sunday Community Luncheon Sunday, March 31st Enjoy Easter Dinner with all the trimmings. Time: 12:00 pm Place: Clovis Senior Center, 850 Fourth Street Free Admission Advanced Reservations Required Open to All Seniors Contact: Clovis Senior Center (559) 3242750 - APRIL Big Hat Days Saturday & Sunday, April 6th and 7th April in Clovis is Western Heritage

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CLOVIS 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 on the carnival rides. Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Clovis Chamber of Commerce at (559) 299-7363 Ranch Rodeo Saturday, April 76h The best riders and their horses must ride, rope, brand, rein and perform cow work exercises against each other; competing in the kind of ranching activities they must do every day on their working cattle ranch operations. Each team consists of four (4) riders who must use their same horse for the entire event. Cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Central Valley will compete for more than $16,000 in

CALENDAR prizes including custom made saddles and silver bits. Time: 8:00 am to 5:00pm Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, east of Clovis Avenue at Seventh Street Free Admission Contact: Clovis Rodeo Ticket Office (559) 299-5203 “Let’s Talk Clovis” The Grossi Family by Larry Grossi Tuesday, April 9th at 7pm Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, Hughes and Fifth Free to the public Asian American Heritage Cultural Film (TBD) Wednesday, April 10th (1-4pm) Willow International ACI-150 Willow International Planning Charrette Thursday, April 11th (5:30-8:00pm) WI Campus Library

Jackpot Roping Saturday, April 13th With this event, it’s time for our local favorites to show off their skills when ropers from throughout California join them for the high-energy competition. Rodeo fans will see some of the best cowboys and cowgirls compete in one of the most exciting timed event competitions in rodeo. Ropers with all levels of experience

compete for top prize money and custom made saddles. All competing ropers must be members of the National Team Roping Association. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, east of Clovis Avenue at Seventh Street Free Admission Contact: Clovis Rodeo Ticket Office (559) 299-5203 Black Pot Cook-Off & Cowboy Poetry Friday, April 14th If there is a piece of cookware that is symbolic of the old west, it’s the black pot. The old cast iron pot was used on cattle drives, in bunk houses and by pioneer mothers and grandmothers to smother steak and chicken and make sauce piquante, fricassé and goulash for generations. Some cast iron pots have passed down from one generation to the next generation of cooks in a family. Of course, the cattle drive cook-out was always accompanied by a few tall tales, traditional music and cowboy poetry, also passed down from one generation to the next. The first annual Black Pot Cook-Off and Cowboy Poetry celebration carries on this grand tradition and honors Clovis’ Western heritage. Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free admission for spectators with tickets available for food sampling. For more information, contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774

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Help Animals & Volunteer at the Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center Construction of “The Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center Clovis” should be completed in mid to late May when the need for volunteers will be great. YOU can make a difference by giving a few hours of your time each week to work, walk and play with the cats and dogs looking for homes. Your involvement will mean a lot in socializing the animals and to the community as it embraces the new facility. We are looking for 100 potential volunteers to

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attend an orientation at 6 p.m. on April 10th at Clovis Police Headquarters to learn more. Please, call Caroline at (559) 324-2416 and visit

CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s “Joseph” Auditions CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre encourages performers, kids (8 and over) to seniors, to bring their singing, acting and dancing talents to AUDITIONS for the 2013 Summer Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Please, bring your sheet music, a memorized song and dancing shoes to the Buchanan High

School Multipurpose Room on Saturday, May 4th. The “Joseph” Kids Ensemble registration and auditions will start at 9:00 a.m. with adult cast registration starting at 11:00 a.m. Performances are July 19th through the 20th (two shows on Saturday) and July 25th through July 27th. The director is Scott Hancock. More information:

Clovis Blood Drives Clovis Roundup 3/28 – 4/11

The days are beginning to lengthen, which means more time to go out and enjoy the nicer weather. But, before you do, please don’t forget to visit a Central California Blood Center or mobile drive site near you, donate blood and help patients in Valley hospitals. Your “gift of life” can help bring someone home sooner! And don’t forget to ask about joining the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. For additional information, please call (559) 389-LIFE (5433) or visit www. Milan Institute – Thursday, March 28, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 731 West Shaw Avenue, Clovis – All donors receive a FREE T-shirt AND Fresno Monsters game discounts too! Boy Scouts of America – Saturday, March 30, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, 1880 Gettysburg Avenue, Clovis – The Community is Invited! Institute of Technology – Tuesday, April 2, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm AND 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 564 W. Herndon, Clovis – All donors receive a FREE T-shirt AND Fresno Grizzlies game discounts too! Madyn Frazier Replacement – Saturday, April 6, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm,

Save Mart Grocery/Chase Bank, 2179 Shaw Avenue, Clovis – All donors receive Fresno Grizzlies game discounts! Sierra Vista Mall – Saturday, April 6, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 1050 Shaw Avenue, Clovis – All donors receive a FREE Vintage T-shirt AND Fresno Grizzlies game discounts too! RUSTLE UP YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP SAVE LIVES! IT’S TIME FOR THE RODEO BLOOD DRIVE! Donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt featuring artwork by local artist Kay Linch, along with rodeo performance discounts and the chance to meet champion cowboys & rodeo royalty! Thursday, April 25, 2013 Clovis Rodeo Association Hall, Clovis Rodeo Grounds, 748 Rodeo Drive, Clovis, CA --- 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Milan Institute – Thursday, March 28, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 731 West Shaw Avenue, Clovis – All donors receive a FREE T-shirt AND Fresno Monsters game discounts too!

Wood cutting season open on the Sierra National Forest Clovis, CA – Firewood cutting and gathering season in the Sierra National Forest is open April 1 to November 30. To cut and gather firewood in the Sierra National Forest, you must obtain a woodcutting permit authorizing the permit holder to gather a specified amount of dead and downed wood for personal use from any portion of the Sierra National Forest open to woodcutting. The cost of a fuel wood cutting permit is $10.00 per cord with a two cord minimum. U.S. Forest Service permits available at the following office locations beginning April 1: Prather office open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clovis and North Fork offices open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oakhurst office open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. U.S. Forest Service permits available at the following office location beginning April 5:

NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL REORGANIZATION CLOVIS, CA – March 12, 2013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Clovis was reorganized at a regular meeting held on March 11, 2013, as follows: MAYOR Lynne Ashbeck MAYOR PRO TEM Nathan Magsig COUNCILMEMBERS Bob Whalen Harry Armstrong Jose Flores Regular meetings of the Clovis City Council are held on the first, second, and third Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Clovis City Council Chamber, 1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, California.

Clovis Community Foundation Hosts the Mayor’s Breakfast Join the Clovis Community Foundation, Mayor Lynne Ashbeck, the City Council, business leaders and your friends for the annual Clovis Mayor’s Breakfast, “Clovis – Looking Ahead to Our 2nd Century” at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building (5th and Hughes) on May 16th from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $30.00 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Table and event sponsorships are available. Proceeds from the Mayor’s Breakfast benefit deserving non-profit community

organizations. For more information and reservations, call (559) 298-9261 or visit and click on “calendar of events.”

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Log of Shame by April French-Naten

March 06, 2013 A concerned neighbor in the 2000 block of Morris noticed a cleaning crew at the house being sold across the street. They arrived on scene early morning to get the house cleaned up to put on the market. She noticed that when the crew was done they also helped themselves to the ground AC unit thinking no one would know the wiser. Well, unfortunately for them, the head of neighborhood watch wrote down the vehicle description, license plates and multiple other descriptions that should lead an easy trail to these careless thieves! JUSTICE!

March 09, 2013 1600 block of 5th is no stranger to odd happenings! Officers were called out when a man decided he was going to charge on coming cars! Officers quickly detained the man before he hurt himself or caused an accident but it took several hours for the alcohol in his blood to settle enough that the officers could convince him he was not indeed a bullfighter. March 10, 2013 A single vehicle traffic collision near Pontiac and Villa was the chuckle of briefing later that night when an officer following a sporty red Dodge Magnum saw the whole thing unfold in front of his very eyes! Turns out the man driving had no insurance, no vehicle registration and had been partaking in the Spirits of wine when he had crashed. The man noticed the officer behind him, got very nervous and since he was staring in his rear view mirror (not watching where he was going) he never even saw that curb when his tires hit it!


March 08, 2013 A local high school student was the victim of a petty theft when she went to umpire her niece’s softball game. After saying her hello’s and grabbing sunflower seeds at the concession stand she went to change into her umpire uniform and found it had been stolen from her car! Crazy softball mom, or chance coincidence?


March 07, 2013 A young couple walking their dog noticed a transient late evening in the park. The man was talking to himself and as they continued to watch realized he was playing house in the playground equipment. They called police and when officers arrived they realized he had spent a tad to much time with Mary Jane that evening and was arrested for narcotics. Perhaps he can find a cell mate to play house with now?

March 11, 2013 A man in the 1600 block of Holland was ordered by his wife to get the shop vac out and clean up the cobwebs on the back patio before their guests arrived for a dinner party. He went to the garage to get it and realized someone had broken in during the day and stolen the shop vac, extension hose and nozzles. Soooo, do we count this as a loss or just plain lucky? Guess it depends who you ask! March 12, 2013 A local ice cream shop over on Herndon Avenue was the victim of petty theft! During the evening rush of desert seekers they had built up a pretty good tip jar. When they finally got a break from the crowd, 2 of the high school aged workers went to count their tips for the night and found that the tip jar had been stolen! For the record, and you know who you are….I hope you get brain freeze for stealing hard earned money from responsible hard working kids! March 13, 2013 A young, strapping young lad in the 1000 block of Dewitt, called to report that someone had spray painted his car during the middle of the night! Looks like someone’s ex-girlfriend has been listening to a little too much Carrie Underwood. March 14, 2013 A mans family reported him missing when he was supposed to be home recovering from having his wisdom teeth removed. His wife had left him alone and still very drugged to pick up his prescription and when she returned he was gone. They were able to find him a few blocks away hiding in a tree. They went ahead and took him 5150 as he obviously had some adverse reaction to the anesthetics! March 15, 2013 An honorable young man went to spruce up his moms yard for spring in the 600 block of W Paul. He got there and decided to go in and have some lunch before he got started. When he came back out he realized someone had helped themselves to his Stihl chainsaw, pole saw, edge trimmer, and back pack blower from his truck. No good deed goes unpunished I suppose. GRRRRRRR! March 16, 2013 Some geniuses thought it would be a grand idea to park at HWY 168 and Temperance and attempted to steal some copper wire in broad day light! A concerned citizen called police immediately and they bolted. Luckily they were unsuccessful but even better, they learned a valuable lesson not to mess with Clovis! Our citizens and officers are on it! March 17, 2013 A small party in the 2000 block of Willow caught an officer’s attention as he drove through the apartment complex. He stopped to check into the suspicious activity as he noticed multiple people standing on an upstairs balcony looking down to the back yard of the apartment below. When the officer looked over the bottom fence he saw a very drunk man dressed as a Leprechaun who apparently has lost all his magical powers seeing as falling from the top balcony stunned him stupid!

*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.

ACROSS 1. Fishing hook end 5. A jump forward 9. Girl entering society 12. Largest toad species 13. Measure = 198 liters 15. Jeff Bridges’ brother 16. Past participle of be 17. SE Iraq seaport 18. Paddles 19. Biotechnology: ___onomics 20. Perfectly 22. Japanese sash 25. Flower stalk 26. Bosnian ethnic group 28. Longest division of geological time 29. Hoover’s organization 32. Thigh of a hog 33. Fabric woven from flax 35. Upper limb 36. Basics 37. Satisfies to excess 39. The cry made by sheep 40. Go quickly 41. Allied headquarters in WWII 43. Paradoxical sleep 44. Point midway between N and NE 45. Refers to a female

46. Tears down (archaic sp.) 48. Increases motor speed 49. Nocturnal winged mammal 50. Integrated courses of studies 54. Goat and camel hair fabric 57. Papuan monetary unit 58. Extreme or immoderate 62. Free from danger 64. Musician Clapton 65. French young women 66. Auricles 67. Foot (Latin) 68. Prefix for external 69. Allegheny plum

23. Where wine ferments (abbr.) 24. Egyptian goddess 25. Boils vigorously 26. Oral polio vaccine developer 27. Master of ceremonies 29. Fr. entomologist Jean Henri 30. Scottish hillsides 31. Islamic leader 32. Bakker’s downfall Jessica 34. TV show and state capital 38. A citizen of Belgrade 42. Supervises flying 45. Sebaceous gland secretion 47. Conditions of balance 48. Ancient Egyptian sun god DOWN 50. Part of a stairway 1. Founder of Babism 51. Time long past 2. “A Death in the Family” author 52. Hawaiian wreaths 3. One who feels regret 53. Resin-like shellac ingredient 4. Maine’s Queen City 55. Semitic fertility god 5. Research workplace 56. 60’s hairstyle 6. A division of geological time 59. Honey Boo Boo’s network 7. Paid media promos 60. Soak flax 8. Abdominal cavity linings 61. Volcanic mountain in Japan 9. Apportion cards 63. Point midway between E and 10. Ranking above a viscount SE 11. Not idle *See our next issue for Crossword 14. Former SW German state 15. Constrictor snake Answers* 21. Pica printing unit

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Clovis High Students See Fatal Wreck Consequences in: Every 15 Minutes Two Clovis High teenagers are “dead” as the result of a DUI car wreck with fellow classmates in an “Every 15 Minutes” scenario held March 20th on Barstow Avenue near Burl, just south of the campus. The DUI driver survives. A fourth student is paralyzed. Members of the two upper classes arrived at the scene of the “fatal accident” complete with emergency crews and chaplains just before 11:00 a.m. In addition, every 15 minutes a class “lost” a student. The idea behind “Every 15 Minutes” is to give students a real-life experience, without the real-life risks, on how drinking and driving can impact their

lives and the lives of others. Participating were Clovis High School juniors and seniors, the Clovis Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Clovis Fire Department, the Fresno County Coroner’s Office, American Ambulance, Action Towing, and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), which provided grant funding for this event. A detour was in place from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Barstow between Fowler and Armstrong, allowing law enforcement, faculty and students to stage the scene

Clovis Police Arrest Woman for Attempted Armed Robbery On March 12th Clovis Police arrested 40-year-old Terri Graham of Fresno at her home for the attempted armed robbery of the Step-N-Shop liquor store at Ashlan and Willow about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (3/10). No one was hurt. Officers from the Clovis and Fresno

Police Departments contacted her at her residence this afternoon during a parole search. Clovis officers had developed solid evidence that she was the only person involved in the attempted robbery, and arrested her for the felony.

Fatal Traffic Accident Herndon/Fowler Investigation Results On March 13th The Clovis Police Collision Reconstruction Unit released results from its investigation into the fatal traffic collision that claimed the life of 77-year-old Patricia Gast of Sanger on Saturday (3/9) evening. Based upon multiple witness interviews, measurements and no evidence of distracted driving or alcohol, the team determined that 80-yearold Gene Gast ran a red light as he turned northbound from Herndon Avenue onto

Fowler Avenue. The driver of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was heading westbound on Herndon on a green light, when he collided with the 2004 Lexus ES. The broadside crash shut down the intersection for hours as the Clovis Police Collision Reconstruction Unit worked to determine exactly what happened.

Fraudulent Use of Credit Card The Clovis Police Department is asking for your help in identyfing this female suspect. The victim in this case had per wallet stolen at a grocery store in Clovis, and within hours, muliple credit cards had been used at 3 Clovis businesses, including this Target. Almost $500 was charged at

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the 3 stores. If you have any information regarding this white female adult or the red vehicle she was driving, please contact PSO Wood at (559) 324-2556. Thank you for your assitance. Case number 13-04199.

Tip of the Day Criminals like hiding in the dark. Turn on your front lights and leave them on during the night. Set up motion sensor lights facing your driveway, and you can report street lights out through the www. website, or GORequest app.

What is ‘swatting’? Each April Fool’s Day, people play pranks on unsuspecting friends and family members, all in the name of a little humor. Most tricksters engage in lighthearted tomfoolery that results in long-standing issues. A pranking trend that has become more frequent and isn’t necessarily reserved for the month of April is the concept of swatting. Swatting gets its name from the premise of the prank -- getting an emergency services dispatcher to call to action police or an entire SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team to report to an incident. Swatting originated in prank calls to emergency services. The prank may be made by phoning in to 9-1-1 services or through the process of “phreaking,” an activity where telecommunications systems, such as public telephone networks, are hacked or breached. Hackers can actually place calls from a particular phone number to simulate an emergency at a certain location. Emergency service dispatchers have been tricked by calls that were actually placed a great distance from the reported scene of the crime. Swatters make it sound like extremely violent situations are taking place, necessitating a heavy police response. Police then arrive at a location where nothing is taking place. Swatting has the potential to put innocent people in harm’s way, where they can be injured or killed as police respond to a situation they have been told is volatile. The costs involved in sending out a SWAT team can be significant. ABC News has found that dispatching a SWAT team costs roughly $10,000.

Dozens of swatting incidents are perpetrated every month throughout the United States and Canada. Celebrities have recently become targets of these pranks. In December 2012, a 12-year-old boy was arrested for swatting pranks that targeted Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber. Swatting is unlawful because the caller falsely reports a crime. In many jurisdictions, swatting is considered a misdemeanor. However, if someone is injured as a result of the swatting, the caller could face jail time and felony charges. Playing lighthearted pranks for April Fool’s Day is a long-standing tradition. But engaging in swatting is a potentially deadly prank that could land perpetrators in jail and lead to innocent people being harmed.

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Fresno State Holds 2013 Pro Day 19 NFL teams were in attendance testing 19 Bulldogs looking to make it to the next level By Jason Clay |

FRESNO, Calif. - 19 former Bulldogs participated in Fresno State’s 2013 Pro Day on Wednesday, showcasing their skills and talents in front of numerous NFL scouts and assistant coaches. Representatives from 19 different NFL teams were in attendance to work out the former ‘Dogs looking to take their career’s to the next level. For the Bulldog NFL hopefuls, Pro Day serves as their job interview to play professional football. “It’s one of those days that you wait for your whole college career,” said linebacker Travis Brown, who was a threetime All-Conference selection at Fresno State. “I’ve been waiting for a long time, ever since high school, it’s been my dream to at least get a chance to try-out for the next level and that’s what that is right now. It’s just a big tryout and I think I came well prepared, I worked my butt off for this, so I’m excited. For most of the Bulldogs at Pro Day, they have been working out for the past three months for this day and are eager to turn some heads and impress the scouts. “It’s nerve-racking,” said Shawn Plummer. “You think `oh, I got all this time. I got three months to prepare for this.’ Then you come down to the last week and `oh shoot, here it is.’ You got one day to show everybody what you got.” Nerves didn’t affect Plummer on Wednesday. He was one of the players that

stood out in all the tests and drills. “I felt really good, I started off a little slower than I wanted to, but picked it up towards the end and felt like overall I had a really good workout,” said Plummer, who played linebacker for Fresno State last year but looks to move to safety at the next level. “When you feel good, it ends up that everybody else feels the same way and at the end of the day that is a good feeling for me.” The NFL scouts are the ones who are running the drills at Pro Day, so the official testing results are not made available. One result that is reportable is the number of

New Gibson Farm Market opens at Fresno State Customers who line up for sweet corn, ice cream, olive oil and other goods produced by Fresno State students now have new place to shop for their favorite items. This morning the university celebrated the grand opening of a new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market on the Fresno State campus. “Between our customers and our students, it is nearly impossible to say who is more excited,” said Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. “This new space beautifully showcases our student produced products and will make for a far more pleasant shopping experience for customers.” Retail floor space of the new market is nearly double that of the original facility. The new 4,800 square foot Farm Market has 2,500 square feet of retail floor space. New features include a hand-dipped ice cream counter and wine tasting room. The market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Special gifts, discounts and free wine tastings are available the week of March 18th. The new market is possible because of a $1.5 million dollar bequest from the estate of Joyce Mae Gibson to improve the facility. When the gift was announced in 2008, the Farm Market was renamed to honor her parents, Rue and Gwen Gibson. Fresno State President John D. Welty marked the opening with a ribbon cutting this morning. He was joined by Dr. Boyer, Ag Foundation Board Chair Pat Ricchiuti, students of the Jordan College and Joyce Gibson’s sister Beverly Knobloch. “I know my sister would be so pleased with this stunning new building that pays tribute to my family while supporting the fine work of Fresno State students,” said Knobloch.

Benefactor Joyce Gibson began her career in education before becoming a prominent local attorney, practicing with her father Rue Gibson. They were among the first father-daughter legal teams to practice in Fresno. Gwendolyn “Gwen” Gibson is a Fresno State alumnus who taught for 20 years in Fresno County. The Fresno State Farm Market started as an outdoor stand on the corner of Barstow and Chestnut avenues. In 1986, the market moved indoors into a corner of a structure where grapes and stone fruit were packed. In the early 1990s, walls and a ceiling were built to define the market space. The farm market sells products grown, processed and packaged from the University Farm Laboratory. “The ability to have a retail outlet on campus to showcase the work of Fresno State agriculture students has been invaluable and has allowed the local community to help support our student projects,” said Boyer. “Students, with the assistance from faculty and unit enterprise staff, learn how to create new value-added products which provides them a handson experience that supports their academic and research experience.” More than $1 million in products are sold through the market each year, including the popular Fresno State sweet corn, award-winning wine and sausage. The Gibson Farm Market is operated by the Agricultural Foundation of California State University, Fresno, a recognized auxiliary organization. For more information, contact Kathleen Schock with university communications at 559.278.2756 or

repetitions done in the bench press at 225 pounds. Defensive end Anthony Williams was the standout in that group, pumping out an astonishing 37 reps. For safety Phillip Thomas and running back Robbie Rouse, who both participated in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine back at the end of February, Wednesday was more about improving or solidifying everything that they already did back in Indianapolis in front of all 32 NFL teams that were there. “The 40 [yard dash] that I ran at the

combine was definitely not what I wanted to run and for me to come out here and run the 4.5 that I wanted was definitely a goal that I set,” Rouse said. “It felt good to get it.” Thomas, Fresno State’s top pro prospect, still has a heavy schedule now after Pro Day leading up to the NFL Draft that runs April 25-27. “It’s a relief that this stuff is over with, but it’s definitely not over yet,” Thomas said. “I still have to fly out to places and get out on the board to talk to people. No workouts like this anymore, 40’s and shuttles and all that, but there is still a long way to go. I’m just excited to be done with this part.” The 19 players that tested at Pro Day were:
Travis Brown, LB 
Michael Butler, TE
Matthew De Los Santos, WR
Terrance Dennis, DB 
Rashad Evans, WR
Beau Fryer, DB
Michael Harris, RB
Richard Helepiko, OL
 Matt Hunt, OL
 Jerry Kelly, RB/WR
Milton Knox, RB
Tristan Okpalaugo, DE/LB
 Shawn Plummer, LB/S
Robbie Rouse, RB
Andrew Shapiro, K/P
Gerome Surrell, WR
Phillip Thomas, S
Anthony Williams, DL
Cristin Wilson, DB “Discover Fresno State Football” 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647).

Dedication of nation’s first humane certified university poultry facility Fresno State President John D. Welty joined Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster and others today for the dedication of the Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility. A unit of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences, this state-of-theart poultry facility is the first in the nation to receive certification from American Humane AssociationTM (AHA). The 16,320 square-foot building houses an eco-friendly research and training center that replicates professional poultry production for more than 500 students in the Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education department. It features advanced temperature control, monitoring and feed delivery systems. The building was made possible by a gift to Fresno State from Foster Farms. They contributed the engineering, design and construction of the facility, and will also provide ongoing program support. “The partnership with Foster Farms opened the door to this extraordinary facility where students will learn best practices and work with faculty to conduct research to advance poultry science and the future of the industry,” said President Welty. During the dedication, Foster Farms also announced that its fresh chicken products have earned certification from American Humane Association. The American Humane CertifiedTM (AHC) program, developed in 2000, is the nation’s first independent, third-party humane certification program for farm animals. “While the actual certification is a new development for us, our commitment to raising chickens humanely has always been important to our company,” said Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster. “It is the right thing to do for our birds and we know

that it is important to consumers.” AHA’s farm animal welfare certification program was the first of its kind to classify standards for the humane treatment of farm animals. The American Humane CertifiedTM program now works with more than 100 major producers, representing approximately 7,000 farms. Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College, says AHA certification speaks to Fresno State’s commitment to providing pioneering education in Animal Sciences. “Our students graduate with a deep understanding of the importance of animal welfare. This new facility aligns perfectly with the values of our program while enabling students to gain hands-on experiences that will prepare them for jobs in one of the fastest growing fields in agriculture.” The Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility is located on the Fresno State farm, north of Barstow Avenue west of the dairy unit (between Sierra Vista and Woodrow avenues). Based in the Central California, Foster Farms is one of the state’s leading providers of fresh chickens and turkeys. The addition of the poultry facility at Fresno State builds upon a long-time relationship with the company. Foster Farms actively recruits Fresno State graduates and has a steady base of students participate in the company’s internship program each year. For more information, contact Kathleen Schock at 559.278.2656 or kschock@

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March 28, 2013

Central Valley Expo By Victoria Coffman

This past Thursday evening, The Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) hosted the Central Valley Expo. CART is a program available to juniors and seniors in the Fresno and Clovis Unified School Districts which provides a more hands on approach to learning. Students are grouped together based on their chosen career paths and challenged to complete projects in lab-type setting. The Central Valley Expo provided the students with the opportunity to display their projects. For example, CART students, from the Hospitality and Event Management lab called the vendors, arranged a silent auction, and set up and worked at the event itself. The selected vendors were chosen because they give back to the community. The proceeds raised in the silent auction were raffled off to one lucky vendor, Dusty Buns. Also at the event, the Economics and Finance lab showed off their nonprofit business plans they had been working diligently on during the preceding 6 weeks. Their assignment had been to research a prevalent socioeconomic problem in Central Valley, and develop a strategy to combat the issue. These teens had to come up with the concept behind their business, and gather research and put together a business plan, as if they were really getting ready to open their doors. Among these presentations were Teens for Tolerance, the SAFE Foundation, and A Place to Call Home. Teens for Tolerance addressed the need to build bridges between children, teens, and young adults from different backgrounds within our community. The

SAFE Foundation proposed ways to stop abuse in the Central Valley, and provide those who have been abused a safe place, and A Place to Call Home proposed a shelter for the homeless and the hungry; where they would also teach the people they brought useful skills to help them find jobs and become self-sustaining adults. In addition to the students showing off their skills, several Central Valley businesses were there to demonstrate what they do for the community. CartHop, a division of Creative Fresno, organizes events with a series of food trucks and good music on a weekly basis. Two of the food trucks were at the CART facility on Thursday night, and all the patrons enjoyed food from Dusty Buns and Mattie’s Pizza. Another organization in attendance was CERT, Clovis Emergency Response Team. This group gives emergency training to Clovis citizens, to help during a crisis. The Clovis Rotary was also at CART Thursday evening. The Clovis Rotary does many things in the Clovis community including (but not limited to); distributing baskets of food to the needy during the holidays, handing out stockings to the elderly in nursing homes at Christmas, collecting luggage and toiletry items for children in the foster system, and getting Clovis Unified students involved in Interact Clubs.

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Spicy Candied Bacon with eggs

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

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he ingredients for an easy weekend breakfast or a special Easter brunch may be in your pantry right now. Holidays are the perfect time to sprinkle additional creativity or fresh new thinking into meals for family and friends and — by using staples like pancake mix, syrup and instant mashed potatoes in unexpected ways — you can craft new and deli­cious dishes sure to make everyone smile. Try these recipes from Hungry Jack® using simple pantry staples, and turn them into what will become new brunch favorites: n Put a unique spin on brunch food with a savory Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza. n DIY Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches: You can assemble them for your guests, or get everyone involved by letting them build their own and add some custom touches like eggs, cheese or bacon. n Combine sweet, spicy and smoky flavors for Spicy Candied Bacon, a definite crowd pleaser. n Set out some flavored or Greek yogurt and a bowl of Good Morning Granola so guests can create their own breakfast parfaits. For more creative recipes and ideas, visit

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza Yield: 8 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Crust: Crisco® Original No-Stick

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Spicy Candied Bacon Yield: 6 slices Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes 1/2 pound extra-thick cut bacon, about 6 slices 1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Line 15 x 10-inch baking pan with foil. Lay bacon slices on foil. 2. BAKE 18 to 20 minutes or until bacon edges begin to curl. Remove from oven. Tilt pan to drain. Pat bacon with paper towel. Combine syrup, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and pepper in small bowl. Drizzle evenly over bacon slices. 3. BAKE 5 minutes or until evenly browned. Remove to wire rack. Cool 5 minutes. Serving suggestion: Candied Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: Layer fried egg on English muffin. Top with shredded cheese, Spicy Candied Bacon and a dash of hot sauce or ketchup. Top with other half of English muffin.

Cooking Spray 1 3/4 cups Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/3 cup water 2 tablespoons Crisco Pure Olive Oil Filling: 3 large eggs 1 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill weed or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed 1/4 teaspoon salt Good Morning Granola 1 cup shredded Swiss or cheddar Yield: 5 cups cheese Prep Time: 10 minutes 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion Cook Time: 30 minutes 4 ounces thinly sliced deli-styled 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats baked ham, coarsely chopped 1 cup sliced almonds Fresh dill sprigs (optional) 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut For crust: (optional) 1. HEAT oven to 425°F. Coat 12-inch pizza 2 tablespoons wheat germ pan with no-stick cooking spray. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt pancake mix, Parmesan cheese, dry 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon mustard and onion powder in medium 2 tablespoons Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil bowl, stirring until blended. Stir in water 1/2 cup Hungry Jack Sugar Free Breakfast and olive oil until dough forms. Syrup 2. PRESS dough onto bottom of pre­pared 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar pan to form a crust, building up outside 1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, golden edge to form a rim. Bake 7 minutes. raisins, cherries or cranberries For filling: 1. HEAT oven to 350°F. 1. WHISK eggs, sour cream, Dijon mustard, 2. COMBINE oats, almonds, coconut, wheat germ, dill and salt in medium bowl. Stir in salt and cinnamon in large bowl. Combine oil, cheese and green onions. Pour over hot syrup and brown sugar in another bowl. Pour crust, spread­ing evenly. Toss ham to over oat mixture. Toss until well coated. Spread separate pieces. Sprinkle evenly over egg evenly in 13 x mixture. Reduce oven temperature to 9-inch pan. 350°F. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until egg 3. BAKE 30 minutes or until golden brown, mixture stirring frequently. Cool completely. Stir in is set in center. Cool 5 minutes before dried fruit. Store in airtight container at room cutting. Garnish with fresh dill, if desired. temperature.

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Pancake Breakfast Sandwich Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Pancakes: Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 3/4 cup Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed, chopped into bitesized pieces 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 3-inch round sausage patties* Eggs: 1 tablespoon butter 1/3 cup diced red pepper 4 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt For pancakes: 1. COAT griddle or skillet with no-stick cooking spray. Heat griddle or skillet on medium heat (350°F).

2. WHISK pancake mix, water and syrup in medium bowl. Stir in cheese, potatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook sausage patties as directed on package. 3. POUR 2 tablespoons batter on griddle, spreading batter to make a 3-inch circle or by using 3-inch pancake molds, coated with no-stick cooking spray. Repeat to make 7 more pancakes. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn. Cook second side 2 minutes. For eggs: 1. MELT butter in large skillet. Add red pepper. Cook and stir about 1 minute. Whisk eggs and salt in small bowl. Pour into skillet with peppers. Cook slightly, then shape into four 3-inch circles about the same size as the pan­cakes and sausage. 2. PLACE one pancake on plate. Top with cooked sausage patty, egg and another pancake to make breakfast sandwich. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 3 more sandwiches.

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Walmart opens at Clovis Crossings Center By Carol Lawson-Swezey

Let the shopping begin. Hundreds of people braved the early morning chill to be the first in line when Clovis’ new Superstore, Walmart, flung open its gates March 13th. The store, approximately 192,000 square feet in size, opened at the Clovis Crossings Center, at Herndon and Highway 168, and is bringing 280 new full and part time jobs to the Clovis area. Worldwide, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates. The new Walmart’s first customer was Clovis fireman Andy Isolano, a fire prevention officer for Clovis, who was on duty showing his battalion chief where all the fire exits and emergency systems were. Isolano had been at the store since the ground breaking and “just wanted to be there when they opened.” “I asked if they had made a sale yet and the cashier said no so I grabbed a candy

bar and the cashier rang me up,” Isolano said. Much like the story of the store, Isolano’s is one of triumph and rebirth. He was one of 100 New York City firefighters who then CEO David McDonald of Pelco, flew to Clovis in December of 2001 for the unveiling of Pelco’s 9/11 Memorial. Isolano liked the area so much, he moved here in 2004 and opened up a deli, the New York Family Deli. Due to a tough economy that didn’t work out, but Isolano stayed and rebuilt his life. He has worked as a Community Service Officer for Clovis Police for several years and is now the fire prevention officer for the Clovis Fire Department. Isolano said that moving here literally saved his life. “I was going through a divorce and lost 13 friends in 9/11 and suffered lung damage during the rescue and recovery efforts and could no longer be a firefighter,” he said. “I lost everything at that point. Coming here helped me start over.” Isolano remarried and still visits his grown sons in New York but is happy to call this area home. The grand-opening celebration also included presentations of $10,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to the Clovis Fire and Police Departments, Boys & Girls Club, City of Clovis Senior Center, Clark Intermediate School, Community Food Bank, Jefferson Elementary School and the Marjaree Mason Center. In 2011, Walmart’s cash and in-kind donations from stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation contributed $28.9 million to California groups alone and $958.9 million in cash and in-kind gifts nationally. In addition, Walmart associates volunteered more than one million hours

that resulted in more than $13 million in grants to local nonprofits. Included in the mammoth facility are a deli and bakery as well as a full-service pharmacy. The store features a Digital-photo processing center and general merchandise, including apparel, electronics, toys, sporting goods, and lawn and garden items. It also offers a full line of groceries, including organic and natural selections. Leased businesses within the store include a McDonalds and nail and hair salons. Clovis’ Mayor Jose G. Flores expressed enthusiasm for the new store. “This new Walmart store not only provides hundreds of new jobs for our city, it serves as an anchor for the new Clovis Crossing Regional Shopping Center,” said Flores. “Walmart and neighboring stores will generate a synergy that will attract buyers from all over our region, and local consumers will have new options to buy affordable goods and services in Clovis. Many Clovis residents have told me they can’t wait to shop at the new store.” “The benefits of opening this Walmart store will be tremendous to the Clovis community, from the 280 new jobs that were created to the increase in tax revenue that will go towards funding city services,” added Clovis City Manager Rob Woolley. Walmart is also one of the Clovis Chamber’s larger business members.

“The Clovis Chamber is thrilled that the Clovis Crossings Center has finally opened,” said Fran Blackney, Chamber Business Advocate. “We have supported the development for many years and look forward to the additional sales tax and jobs it will bring to our city. It is a testament to the strength of the Clovis economy that developer David Paynter never gave up on us during a recession that has made many shopping centers close.” There seems to be no stopping the retail giant. Walmart just celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founder, Sam Walton, opening his first store in Rogers, Arkansas. And boy, what can happen in a half century! The Clovis store joins more than 10,700 stores in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. An estimated 200 million customers and members visit the stores adding up to a 2013 fiscal year sales record of approximately $466 billion.

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Your Child is Accepted to College – Now, How to Pay For It?

These days, getting admitted to college is only half the battle; the other half is figuring out how to pay for it. Students now have the opportunity to graduate with a degree, not a huge debt that takes a career to pay off. The cost of a college education has risen dramatically, leading to a huge gap between what scholarships and federal loans cover and the actual cost of college attendance. For a college student attending a public university for four to six years, that gap has grown to more than $30,000. For those attending a private school, the gap jumps to well over $100,000, making a college degree unaffordable for many young people. Fresno County Federal Credit Union’s MyCU College Loans have features that include zero origination fees, extremely competitive interest rates, in-school deferred payment, and flexible repayment

options. Structured as a line of credit, MyCU College Loans allow students to make multiple draws over the course of their entire undergraduate career after completing a single, simple application. Fresno County Federal Credit Union also offers financial management resources for young adults and products and services to help develop and maintain good financial habits. No monthly fee checking, more than 30,000 fee-free ATMs, low interest auto loans and free online and mobile banking and bill pay are just a few of the services available for credit union members. Tips for affording college • Start early. Research aid possibilities sooner rather than later. The competition for aid increases when the economy is weak. Plan ahead to do better than those who procrastinate. • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Find one online at • Apply for scholarships and grants. Apply for as many scholarships as possible. Of course, many will not pay for your entire tuition, but every little bit helps. • Don’t rule out any school as being too expensive. Many colleges have increased aid budgets to attract applicants whose families are now more price resistant. • Save on costs by attending a community college. Transfer for the remaining two years. Be sure that the next college will accept the credits from the community college. • Apply strategically. Students that exceed the school’s admission criteria are much more likely to get a better aid package than a marginal applicant.

• Be realistic about how much debt can be incurred. Consider the starting salaries for his or her probable major and career path. • Focus on planning for education tax benefits that can be claimed. A dollar saved on taxes is worth the same as getting an additional dollar in grant or scholarship aid. • Don’t put tuition on a credit card. This debt is more expensive, especially given the recent changes to interest rates and other fees that many national card issuers are now charging. • Plan to take the maximum amount of Federal Stafford Loans awarded before applying for a MyCU College Loan. The government caps the interest rates and may pay the interest for students on subsidized

loans while in school. To become a member or apply for a MyCU College Loan, visit www. or call (559) 252-5000. Fresno County Federal Credit Union members have access to a full range of vital financial services, including budget management, online and mobile banking, and online bill pay. You’ll receive highly personalized service and the essential services you need to manage your finances with ease. It’s a level of service you won’t find at other financial institutions. Joining is a breeze and everyone can join. Visit Fresno County Federal Credit Union at or call (559) 252-5000 for more tips and tools.

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