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Clovis Unified’s ‘best of the best’ soak up the spotlight BY DANIEL LEON | Editor-in-Chief


Sheriff Mims runs for a fourth term PAGE 4


Nevills wins fourth California wrestling title PAGE 12

WHAT’S INSIDE? Let’s Talk Clovis, 6 Dining & Ent. Guide, 10 Old Town Clovis Guide, 11 Sports News, 12-17 Ag at Large, 18 Log of Shame, 19 Community Calendar, 20 Featured Recipe, 21

A distinguished group of 27 employees were awarded with Clovis Unified School District’s highest honor before hundreds of friends, family and colleagues during the Crystal Awards ceremony held Feb. 28 at Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. Known as Clovis Unified’s version of the Oscars, The Crystals honor educators within the district who have gone above and beyond in meeting one of the district’s three aims of maximizing achievement for students; increasing efficiency and effectiveness; and hiring, training and maintaining a high quality, diverse workforce. “This is one of my favorite nights and I am so proud of everyone we are here to recognize,” said CUSD Superintendent Dr. Eimear O’Farrell during her speech. “You are an amazing group of people. Let’s think about this for a moment: education is a profession that draws people with big hearts who want to make a positive difference for young people. That’s what educators do, isn’t it? From that field of special people, we in Clovis Unified strive to attract and even hire incredible individuals. If you wear an employee badge that says ‘Clovis Unified,’ we believe you have

Clovis Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Eimear O’Farrell delivers a message during the Crystal Awards ceremony at Paul Shagoian Concert Hall, Feb. 28, 2018. RON SUNDQUIST/CLOVIS ROUNDUP

committed yourself to achieving at a higher standard, caring more deeply and working much harder than anyone in public education today.”

Nominated and selected by their ees: peers as Crystal Award recipients, • Debby Bagdasarian, Office Supervisor, Fancher Creek the following 27 individuals exemplify the “best of the best” of more than 6,000 Clovis Unified employSee CRYSTAL AWARDS, Page 9

Mayor on a Mission: Bob Whalen discovers joyful community in Guinea-Bissau BY VALERIE SHELTON @ClovisRoundup

Clovis Mayor Bob Whalen is known for his passionate leadership, but his love for his hometown of Clovis has only increased since returning from his first mission trip to Guinea-Bissau in Africa earlier this year. “I wanted to kiss the ground,” Whalen said about coming home after his weeklong trip. A Christian, Whalen said he’s always known how blessed he is to live in Clovis, but visiting the thirdworld country was quite the wakeup call.

“Here, you go to turn on your faucet and water comes out; you put your garbage out and it’s going to get picked up. Your streets will be paved and generally well taken care of. You flip the switch and the light is going to come on,” Whalen said. “These things don’t happen in Guinea-Bissau.” On day one, Whalen recalls taking a slow, bumpy journey down an unkept dirt road to an adobe style house where he had a meeting with an administrator from the WAVS (West African Vocational Schools) campus in Guinea-Bissau he was See MAYOR, Page 8

Clovis Mayor Bob Whalen poses for photos with graduates from the WAVS School during the 2018 graduation ceremony on Jan. 20. BOB WHALEN/CONTRIBUTED


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What’s Up, Clovis? CHECK OUT THE BUZZ AROUND TOWN Rocket Dog opens in Clovis Rocket Dog, a Fresno restaurant that specializes in gourmet hot dogs and craft beer, just opened a Clovis location on the northeast corner of Willow and Nees avenues. In addition to its gourmet hot dogs, Rocket Dog serves sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. All sausages and sandwiches are served with bottomless russet potato chips with fries available for an additional charge.

The #3 Der Brathundt, a traditional bratwurst on a grilled pretzel roll with brown mustard, crunchy sauerkraut and red onion. COURTESY OF ROCKET DOG GOURMET BRATS AND BREW

T-shirts with the new City of Clovis and Old Town Clovis logo are available for $15 each at City Hall. CITY OF CLOVIS

City of Clovis promotes new logos on T-shirts A year ago, the City of Clovis updated its “Bronco Billy” logo that had been in use since the 1975 to make it look more modern and appealing. In the process, the city also updated the Old Town Clovis logo, which now consists of a single beaming light fixture bordered by the words “Old Town Clovis.” One of the ways the city is promoting its new City of Clovis and Old Town Clovis logos is by placing them on signage and T-shirts, which are now available for purchase at City Hall, 1033 Fifth Street. Sizes available are S-2X while supplies last.

Two Cities Coffee Roasters brewing up business in Old Town Two Cities Coffee Roasters, a new coffee shop that roasts its own product, has settled in the small brick building at 608 4th Street in Old Town formerly occupied by 559 Beer. Owner Rick Reeves and his team roast the coffee at their roasting facility at 110 West Pontiac Way, Suite 111, in Clovis which they then use in their own coffee and sell through several outlets. “Our commitment to handcrafted roasting and to the high quality of our coffee beans leads us to hand-select and craft every single-origin and blend that Two Cities has to offer,” says Two Cities’ website. “We’ve searched far and wide to find the best coffee beans, while ensuring that all of our beans are sourced responsibly through fair compensation to and care of the farmers who grow our coffees.”


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Cool Hand Luke’s now open for lunch Under its new franchise group, Clovis steakhouse Cool Hand Luke’s is now open daily for lunch with new menu options in an effort to give the restaurant a modern appeal. Their new 25-item lunch menu features some of Luke’s popular dinner entrees, sandwiches, burgers, salads and more. There are six brand new entrees incorporated into the lunch menu including unlimited soup, salad and fresh-baked sourdough rolls for $8.95. In October of 2016, the concept was bought by San Luis Obispo-based franchisor Heritage Restaurant Brands, whose principals also operate Huckleberry’s and Perko’s. Adding lunch was one of many positive changes to Cool Hand Luke’s, according to Greg Graber, CEO for Heritage Restaurant Brands. “We’ve made significant improvements to nearly every aspect of the Luke’s dining experience and adding lunch was a ‘no-brainer’ for us,” said Graber. “Our Cool Hand Luke’s celebrates its ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the new lunch menu is Clovis Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. priced affordably with many great choices yet is designed to get our guests COURTESY OF CLOVIS CHAMBER in and out quickly if “Cool Hand Luke’s has a great reputation,” Graber added. “Clovis enjoys they have the need to do so.” In addition to its new lunch menu, Cool Hand Luke’s has inserted new it so we thought we’d take something that was already good and make it great items to its dinner and cocktail menus and added happy hour. The steakhouse by making some menu improvements that improve the quality and contemporize the brand.” also now offers an updated website that allows customers to order online.

559 Beer enjoying new location Although Rhett Williams’ idea to bring a microbrewery to Clovis wasn’t well received at first, he strived to make it a reality. That perseverance led Williams to acquire the necessary licenses and permits to start 559 Beer, and open a small tasting room in Old Town Clovis. The tasting room, which opened in the spring of 2015, provided Williams the opportunity to introduce his product give consumers an up-close personal feel to all the beers. “The greatest thing about [opening the tasting room] was exposing people to craft beer and agriculture, which we’re known for here in the Valley,” said Williams. “Slowly and surely things started picking up and it got to where we were literally bursting at the seams in there.” The growing popularity of 559 Beer got Williams thinking of expanding, and in the spring of 2017, the historic hotel building located just a couple 559 Beer owner Rhett Williams gives a tour of 356 Tavern in Old Town hundred feet away opened up. As a prime location for an expansion, the Wil- Clovis with the bar area in the background. DANIEL LEON/CLOVIS ROUNDUP liams family jumped on the opportunity and took occupancy of the building “We wanted to identify as a family,” said Williams. “356 is actually the adin October. Today, 559 Beer operates as a full tavern inside 356 Tavern on Fourth dress of the building and a tavern was originally a place where people would and Pollasky avenues. In addition to beer and wine, guests can order food get together and have bible study, family meals and get to know each other. and enjoy it on picnic tables made of lumber from the Shaver Lake area in a That’s why I wanted to name it [356] Tavern, and it’s worked out well.” family-style environment.

Tiny homes break ground

The tiny home movement is officially underway in Clovis as the first home recently broke ground in an alleyway near Baron Avenue and Second Street. With the foundation in place, the home is now getting prepared to undergo the framing process, according to Maria Spera with the City of Clovis. More are expected to follow in the coming months. The city unveiled the Cottage Home Program in August in an effort to encourage infill residential development in the Old Town area. The City of Clovis developed several “Cottage Home” plans that may be utilized on properties having alley access. These home plans of less than 400 square feet of livable area are intended to orient onto alleys and provide for a unique pedestrian street environment.

With the foundation in place, the first tiny home is underway in Clovis. CITY OF CLOVIS



Sheriff Margaret Mims in the running for a fourth term BY VALERIE SHELTON @ClovisRoundup

When Margaret Mims was elected the first female Fresno County Sheriff in 2006, she didn’t know her historic leadership would continue for 12 years. Now, Mims hopes voters will give her four more to finish some of the major projects she’s started. Mims set out 12 years ago as sheriff with the goal of bringing stability to the department, which she believes she has. Mims recounts one of her largest accomplishments as improving the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit so those applying for CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) licenses within the county have an easier time, yet still undergo a rigorous screening process and background check. Now, 13,000 residents in the county have a CCW. Secondly, Mims championed getting the application approved for a new jail building to replace the current 1941 building in downtown Fresno. Now, the $100 million project is finally underway. Third, as sheriff, Mims has revamped the department’s overall philosophy, instilling a commitment to community service as evidenced by the fact that the sheriff’s office continues to respond to every call, even though many other agencies have cut back on responding to lower priority calls. “My philosophy is we are here to serve and as sheriff I’ve made sure the department concentrates on its role as a public service agency; I wanted to solidify that,” Mims said. While service is up, under Mims, overall crime rates are also down, even though she said they have struggled to keep order in the

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims (right) submitted her paperwork Feb. 20 at the Fresno County Clerk’s Office, allowing her to run for re-election as sheriff in 2018. FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

midst of new laws like Prop. 47 and Prop. 57. While Mims has had success in many of her endeavors as sheriff, one thing she didn’t anticipate dealing with when she was first elected was the economic downturn, which ultimately led the sheriff’s department to cut 98 deputy positions in 2010. Now, before she leaves her post as sheriff for good, Mims wants the opportunity over the next four years to bring many of those positions back, not in one fell swoop, but over time. Though some positions have come back, Mims said the sheriff’s department is still 80 deputies shy of where they were back

in 2006. “I know it is going to take some time, but I want to provide a plan and put it in motion for how to add more deputy positions and how much it is going to cost,” Mims said. This is just one of three goals Mims said she plans to accomplish if re-elected to a fourth term. Arguably, her biggest desire as sheriff is to witness the completion of the new jail, which just broke ground last month and is expected to be finished in two and half years. Her third goal is to see a new eastside substation built to replace the old substation

at Clovis and Shields avenues in Fresno. The board, she said, is currently in discussions about whether to move forward on this project so Mims could not confirm a specific location for the new substation. But, she said she is optimistic it will be approved and she would like to see that project come to fruition over the next couple of years. As of March 1, Mims is the only candidate who has filed with the clerk’s office to run for Fresno County Sheriff in November 2018. The deadline for candidates to file is Friday, March 9, at 5 p.m. If no one else files, Mims will run uncontested.



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Clovis Community College political science instructor Lee Andrew Brown Jr. was one of four honorees inducted into the State Center Community College District Wall of Honor during a special ceremony held Feb. 26 at Fresno City College. Started 21 years ago as a way to recognize the contributions of African Americans, the Wall of Honor pays tribute to those that have either attended or worked on behalf of SCCCD at one of its colleges, centers or district office. Brown began his teaching career as an adjunct political science and sociology instructor at Reedley College before being promoted to a full-time instructor. He eventually made his way to Clovis Community College, where he served as the school’s first dean of instruction prior to returning to the classroom. Inducted along with Brown as part of the 2018 class were Darryl Du’Chene, a Fresno City College graduate and project manager of Fresno Unified School District’s Men’s

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Clovis Community College’s Lee Andrew Brown Jr. (center) holds his award plaque while posing for a photo with State Center Community College District officials after being inducted into the SCCCD Wall of Honor at Fresno City College, Feb. 26, 2018. CLOVIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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PSA: Lawsuit scam targets new Clovis homeowners


A statewide lawsuit scam is going after new homeowners in Clovis. Los Angeles-based law firm Milstein, Jackson, Fairchild & Wade, LLP, as well as others, regularly sends out mass mailings to homeowners all over California with the goal of generating a frivolous lawsuit against home builders. Those being targeted include residents of Granville Homes, Lennar Homes, Bonadelle Neighborhoods and De Young Properties, among others. “We have seen this issue happening with all new home builders in Clovis. Granville [Homes] is just now getting underway with building in Clovis and we know this will be an issue for our homeowners as well,” said Charles Adkins, Granville’s Marketing Strategist. “They indiscriminately target anyone who has purchased a new home, regardless of builder, and have been heavily blanketing the Loma Vista new homes of all of the builders and have already blanketed our Copper River [Ranch] homes in Fresno.” The firm lures homeowners into lawsuits by offering “free” home inspections. In the past, simply filling out a Homeowner Profile Sheet or a Free Home Inspection Report has often obligated homeowners to be included in lawsuits in which every part of their home is labeled “defective.” If you join a construction defect lawsuit, all of the major components of your home could be listed in the Superior Court file as

Better Business Bureau recently issued a warning regarding a business email compromise scam that targeted its CEO and human resources department, and possibly others. The phishing email appears to be coming from BBB CEO Blair Looney asking for a payment to be sent out from the HR department. One closer look shows that the email has spoofed Looney’s name, and is actually coming from a scammer. A business email compromise scam typ-

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sites. One client complained of getting “sucked into a lawsuit against the home builder” for the defects in her home. After four years, she still hadn’t received an update or definite answer from the firm. She concluded by saying that “communication is a mess” as they switch attorneys assigned to the case very often. “Customer service also was a disaster and unprofessional,” she added. “Don’t waste your time with this law firm. They talk big but do very little, if anything, to your advantage at all.”

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Let’s Talk Clovis: 1919 Clovis High School ‘Argus’ BY PEG BOS Contributed Clovis Museum

We believe the first Clovis High “Argus” was published in 1910 and ended in 1929. The school began publishing it’s Cavalcade in 1937. WWI began in July 1914 and ended in November 1918. The 1919 Argus, which listed nine former classmates that had joined the service, reflected the influence of that war. A total of 10 Clovis men became Gold Star heroes during that war. A memoriam listed three women: Dorothy Davies, Ione Smith and Ruth Marlin. We believe their deaths were a result of the 1918-1919 world wide influenza epidemic. There were nine faculty members and of the 65 freshmen entering in 1915, only 24 (18 women) graduated in 1919. Their class yell: “Hullabaloo, Rah! Rah! Senior ‘19, Rah! Rah! Rah!” Their motto: “Be square.” Their Senior Day was declared on May 6 and they dressed in “garments which had adorned our grandparents for three centuries past.” They ate lunch at the City park (east side of Clovis Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets). The six men bought soda water for the group. Some of the social events that were held during the year: The Sophomores entertained the Freshmen at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F.C.R. Jackson. “The evening was spent in games and the initiation of the Scrubs, which with the aid of some green paint and a few all day suckers was very successful.” A Valentine party was held at the home of Mr. And Mrs. F. Stickles. “The house was artistically decorated throughout with hearts and red and white festoons. A table

The 1919 Clovis High School Cadets was made up of 47 members.

was laid for 22.” Athletics reported the following: Basketball: Wm. Estill (pioneer family member) was the center and Merle Clark (future Clovis Methodist Minister) was a forward. The schedule was broken by a vacation before the first game was played. Track: “Although a number of men reported for track and prospects appeared good, practice was necessarily abandoned because of the influenza.” Baseball: “The 1919 baseball team bed fair to become “world-beaters” and were ready to make a desperate scrap for the county pennant. On April 18, the baseball team defeated Sanger (11-7) in a practice game. The play was extremely loose on both sides and a large score was made, due to errors rather than heavy hitting.” Girls Gymnasium: “Gym” games were


held and basketball, indoor baseball and tennis were part of the class work. There was a dire need for showers and dressing rooms. Popular William Estill was Student Body President and Susan Gibson (daughter of Lewis Gibson our first City Council President) was Vice-President. Susan would live to be 102. A Ludores Literary Society was formed. Their first meeting was postponed due to the influenza epidemic. They debated: “Resolved that a Bolshevist Russia is more dangerous to Democratic Countries than an Autocratic Germany.” The orchestra consisted of 10 instruments: four violins, first and second cornet, trombone, clarinet, traps, drums and piano. It was the first year of performance for every member. “The study hall members who

convene during orchestra have unstopped their ears since the orchestra has stopped playing the National Anthem to Chinese music.” Clovis High School Cadets: Principal Brecheen (due to the demands of our state and nation) organized the Clovis High School cadet company (47 members). “The company has done good work, considering the situation into which the men were thrown on account of the flu.” Some favorite jokes: “Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom.” “How long can a man live without brains? I don’t know. How old are you?” “Zola reminds me of an accordion. She’s so full of airs.” The Class of 1919 is a part of our rich heritage.




More fires mean less funds for local USDA Forest Service projects BY RANDY MOORE | Regional Forester Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service

Last year, more than 1,500 wildfires burned over 640,000 acres on National Forest System lands in California, including the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California’s recorded history. The surrounding communities are still dealing with damage from debris flows caused by a charred and barren landscape that no longer has the protection of trees, grass and other vegetation. We see and empathize with those affected, and are working to reduce the potential for future loss by performing hazardous fuel reduction treatments which include thinning overstocked forests and prescribed burning. The Forest Service is increasingly challenged to provide the personnel and management needed to maintain these services; infrastructure, such as roads, trails and campgrounds; and the health and resiliency of our public forests. The Pacific Southwest Region spent in excess of $500 million preventing or suppressing wildfires over the past year. While nationally, Forest Service suppression costs exceeded $2.4 billion last year, more than ever before. Fire alone accounted for 57 percent of the agency’s budget in 2017, up from just 16 percent in 1995. At this rate, suppression costs will take up 67 percent of the Forest Service’s budget by 2021. Currently, 10 million acres of National Forest System lands in California are at moderate to high risk from insects, disease or fire. The science, data and monitoring shows that hazardous fuel treatments positively affect fire behavior and lowers the


catastrophic risk of fire damage. Essentially, the more acres we treat, the healthier our forests become, contributing to safer and more resilient communities. In 2017 alone, we performed fuels reduction treatments on over 310,000 acres of Forest Service lands across the state, but there is more to be done. Funding for suppression efforts performed by the Forest Service on National Forest System lands as well as those under other ownerships, comes from the agency’s

overall budget which means less money for other Forest Service programs and services. The Forest Service is the only federal agency that is required to fund its entire emergency management program through its regular appropriations. About a third of the Forest Service’s total spending on fire goes toward 1 to 2 percent of the fires it fights. Megafires, like the Thomas Fire, are national disasters. It would make sense to deal with them as such: through a separate

national emergency fund to stop the drain on the funding for the work we care most about. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the Forest Service deeply appreciate the ongoing work of Congress to pass new legislation to reform the way wildfire suppression is funded, supporting our efforts to meet the many different needs of the communities we serve, for the benefit of generations to come.




Clovis Mayor Bob Whalen teaches English students at the WAVS School on Jan. 15 during his mission trip to Guinea-Bissau. BOB WHALEN/CONTRIBUTED



DEANNA STOWELL Weldon Elementary

FAMILY: Deanna Stowell lives in Clovis with her husband and has resided here since she was 11 years old. She has four children, including her oldest who is now 32. “I have four of the most opposite children in the world, they just don’t have anything in common – personality, jobs, everything. They’re just so different.” PLACE OF BIRTH: Fresno, California FIRST JOB: “I’ve always babysat. I’ve always been around kids, so I would babysit all the neighborhood kids.” OCCUPATION: Stowell is a student activities specialist, also known as a front office secretary, at Weldon Elementary and has worked there in various positions for over 20 years. She and her children also attended Weldon. Amongst various duties, much of her time is spent greeting and assisting those who visit the school. She was initially approached to take a yard duty position after spending much of her time attending and assisting in her children’s classrooms. That position led her to fill many others, upon request, up until her current which she loves and has been doing for nine years. “I love it, I absolutely love it. I know I have a huge connection with the community because that’s my neighborhood. I came here in the fifth grade because my mom found a house to rent, that’s all that there was to it. There’s nothing else that brought us to Clovis, I’m sure, other than an inexpensive house to rent that my mom found. [From there] everything just rolled over to the next, to the next, to the next. I’m just extremely lucky to do [my job]. Those families that come to our door, that was me [at one point in time]. I just love the interaction with the families and children knowing that I can help them. It’s my community, now it’s home.” FAVORITE FOOD: “Breakfast. I can probably eat breakfast like three meals a day. I think [my favorite thing] is the atmosphere of a home-cooked breakfast.” FAVORITE MOVIE: “I can tell you a lot of titles to a lot of movies but I just don’t have one that I say, ‘Oh, I watch this one over and over again.’ If I’m on downtime, I am flipping channels. I will watch movies all day long.” FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR: “I read the Clovis Roundup. That’s all I read. I don’t pick up a magazine, I don’t order magazines. I don’t read it online, I don’t read it on my phone. We go walk, and I read the paper. This is our community, so that’s kind of more of what I need to know.” HOBBIES/LEISURELY PURSUITS: “I love going to the movies. My grandkids are at our house almost every single week so I just try to entertain them someway, somehow. So, it’s just spending weekends with [my] family.” INTERESTING FACTS: “I exited high school at 15 years old and 20 years later, passed the CBEST [ a California standardized test for individuals who want to teach at public schools]. But I exited, I didn’t drop out. [During that time] you would take the high school equivalency of a diploma [CAHSEE] and [if you passed] you could exit.” HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO STAY POSITIVE?: “Most of the time, primarily, I’m always in a good mood. I can talk to anybody about anything at any time, it doesn’t matter. I’m just a friendly type of person. I just think happy thoughts. [I believe] you should always be in a good mood.” FAVORITE THING ABOUT CLOVIS: “Clovis is amazing. When I got here, it literally felt like I was going back in time. When I was in fifth grade, I’d come here and it was just so old school. It’s pretty tough in Fresno, we witnessed all kinds of bad stuff there. Then, I get to Clovis and I’m like ‘Wow this is a different atmosphere.’ At 11 years old I could tell how different it was. The whole atmosphere was different and now that I’ve been here 42 years it’s still so similar, but the population [has increased so much]. Clovis still has that small-town vibe no matter how big it gets, no matter how many people move here.”

there to visit. The home had only enough space for sleeping, so Whalen was led to the backyard where a communal lunch—one big platter passed around—was served. There, as he ate with pigs and chickens roaming at his feet, at least 10 Guineans stopped by to pull up the day’s water from the host’s well. Such were Whalen’s initial observations: no roads, no water infrastructure, no sewer system to accommodate the restrooms Westerners are accustomed too, and no electricity save for some solar power. The only modern convenience afforded to Guineans: cell phones. “In my mind, based on my experience as mayor, it really wouldn’t take much to get things taken care of,” Whalen said. “For the roads, it would just mean grading them on a regular basis. I get that asphalt is really expensive, but just grading it would make it passable.” But this wasn’t Clovis, this was Guinea-Bissau, and Whalen wasn’t on a mission to build infrastructure but was there as interim president of the board for WAVS—a title changed last week to simply president of the board—to see the school, watch and participate in a graduation ceremony, and discuss how to provide better education to the local Guineans. The WAVS campus itself wasn’t like some schools where Americans come in and try to teach the locals the American ways, but Whalen said it was truly a place where “Guineans teach Guineans” with only a couple Americans on staff. Whalen said the most popular courses at the school are welding, ag mechanics, computer technology, English and French. Welding and ag mechanics classes teach students skills needed to go out and work. Ag mechanics is especially important since the country’s largest industry is the export of its cashews. Computer courses are also popular for students hoping to land a job in one of the bigger cities. As for English and French, Whalen said those are the universal languages of business.

Knowing one or both is essential for Guineans, who often grow up already speaking three languages—their tribal language, Portuguese (the common language as the area was once a Portuguese colony) and a form of Creole used as street language. “It’s amazing how these people who come from really difficult environments are incredibly intelligent,” Whalen said. “I’m not a very good foreign language speaker, but they know multiple languages.” In addition to being intelligent, Whalen said he was most impressed with the sense of community shared among the Guineans. “The people in this very poor country have very little, but what they have in abundance is joy,” Whalen said. “For me, as somebody who has been blessed with material wealth certainly compared to them, to see that joy in people who don’t have that much was a life lesson I needed to re-learn and probably need to continue to re-learn.” Whalen, who has a full plate with his work as Chief Deputy District Attorney and as Mayor, went on the trip as interim president very guarded, knowing that if he fell in love with Guinea-Bissau that he’d have to make his role as president of WAVS another permanent commitment to his schedule. Guarded as he was, though, and after witnessing such joy, Whalen couldn’t help but fall for Guinea-Bissau and its people. “I didn’t want to go too overboard because I knew it would take up even more of my time but Africa has a way of drawing you in and that was true for me and my experience,” he said. Thankfully, Clovis has its own way of drawing Whalen in and, like Guinea-Bissau, Clovis also values community. “I’ve always wondered why it is in Clovis we have this strong sense of community and we always have a mindset of how we can create opportunities for community,” Whalen said. “But, instead of thinking of it as an addon to what we do in the city of Clovis, I have come to a fuller understanding as a result of my experience that it should be primary to what it is that we do. You can have great infrastructure and great aesthetics but if you don’t have community you are missing the core of who we are as people.”



From top left: Debby Bagdasarian, Frances Bishop, Ray A. Blanco, Chris Blaufuss, Kristy Brinkley, Thomas Brocklebank, Patti Carpenter, Laura Collins, Tiffany Cooper, Larry Crayne, Cindy Dailey, Denise DenHartog, Ray Espinoza, Stephanie Frazier, Kendia Herrington, Jeff Hodges, Andrea “DeeDee” Jett, Karen L. Johnson, Donna Kawana, Judy Kobayashi, Laurette Lee, Sharon Magill, Denise Sandifer, Monica Schneider, Toni Shelby, Janis Tatum and Kent Younglund were the recipients of this year’s Crystal Awards. RON WEBB/CLOVIS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT


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Elementary School Frances Bishop, Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher, Dry Creek Elementary School Ray A. Blanco, Plant Supervisor I, Boris Elementary School Chris Blaufuss, Third Grade Teacher, Cedarwood Elementary School Kristy Brinkley, Nurse, Nursing Services, Garfield and Century Elementary Schools Thomas Brocklebank, Learning Director, Clovis West High School Patti Carpenter, Activities Secretary, Clovis High School Laura Collins, Teacher Librarian, Clovis North Educational Center

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Tiffany Cooper, Office Supervisor, Cedarwood Elementary School Larry Crayne, Bus Driver, Transportation Department Cindy Dailey, Sixth Grade Teacher, Century Elementary School Denise DenHartog, Math Teacher, Clovis West High School Ray Espinoza, Instructional Assistant II, Mountain View Elementary School Stephanie Frazier, Guidance and Learning Specialist, Clovis High School Kendia Herrington, CTE Chemistry Teacher, Buchanan High School Jeff Hodges, Guidance Learning Director, Buchanan High School Andrea “DeeDee” Jett, Third Grade Teacher, Tarpey Elementary School Karen L. Johnson, Guidance Learning Specialist, Clovis North Educational

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Center Donna Kawana, Health Services Assistant I, Nursing Services, Fort Washington Elementary School Judy Kobayashi, Third Grade Teacher, Cedarwood Elementary School Laurette Lee, Student Activities Specialist I, Riverview Elementary School Sharon Magill, Speech-Language Specialist, Valley Oak Elementary School Denise Sandifer, Guidance Learning Specialist, Gateway High School, Clovis Community Day School Monica Schneider, Campus Club Program Supervisor, Child Development Toni Shelby, Teacher, Clovis Online School Janis Tatum, School Secretary II, Clovis North Educational Center Kent Younglund, Sixth Grade Teacher,

Fugman Elementary School “The 27 Crystal Award winners take all of Clovis Unified’s amazing qualities and expand them to new heights,” O’Farrell added. “You [the recipients] stand out in a crowd of standouts, you have demonstrated care for our kids in extraordinary ways and you have been instrumental in allowing our kids to soar academically, emotionally and physically.” Before they took the stage, each honoree was individually introduced with a narrated slideshow highlighting their work in their school and community. In addition to the Crystal Award, honorees received a $500 grant to use at their school site as well as their name permanently engraved on the “Walk of Fame” located outside Clovis Unified’s Professional Development Building.




Movie Review: ‘Game Night’


“Game Night” is labeled as a mystery and crime film but it begins more as a cheesy chick flick. The movie gets started with corny scenes from a couple whose relationship begun because of their common interest in classic game night activities, such as board games and Charades. Max and Annie, the cheesy “perfect” couple, typically host game night every week but when they get a visit from Max’s brother Brooks, who only comes around to show off his wealth, they decide to move game night to his place for one evening. Both Max and his friends expect to have a typical game night with a simple change of location, but upon arrival at Brooks’ home he announces that this game will entail a reality twist. Brooks hired an agency to host a fake kidnapping in which he is taken hostage by a group of men and the rest of the participants will have to team-up and search for clues to find his whereabout. In the end, the pair that locates Brooks first wins. Humor certainly plays a big part in the film with scenes that bring amusement even though


many of those also showcase predictable jokes that might only make you laugh because of how bad the joke is. At this point, I sit in the large theatre wondering how filmarkers obtain such a large budget to create such a crappy film. I’ve seen better cinematic low-budget films with creative scripts that keep you from guessing what will happen next. If low-budget filmmakers can do it, these large budget films should offer the same right? Sure, some scenes did get a little less predictable as the movie evolved but was it enough? I don’t think so.

Following the fake kidnapping, the participants begin to question if this is actually a game, because every skit is played out “way too well.” The hired actors seem to be doing a very realistic job, especially during the kidnapping. As the participants began their search for Brooks, the film gets slightly suspenseful but only because confusion had been created. “Was the kidnapping real, was it fake? If it was real, who could possibly be after Brooks?” These were all questions I found myself going back to for at least half of the movie.

Even when I realized it was a real kidnapping, and that Brooks had been kidnapped for being involved in illegal business, many other factors through the end questioned that. After much commotion, Brooks is rescued by Max who obtained his kidnappers’ information after he hijacked a law enforcement computer. The film ends with Brooks being on house arrest for his illegal business and is forced to host regular game nights with friends. Talk about a basic “happy” ending.


Nick Jones entertains Clovis Senior Center with country music tribute BY LETICIA MADRIGAL @lettycandoit

Nick Jones, a local country music performer, visits the Clovis Senior Center the fourth Thursday of each month. He does so in order to bring happiness and entertainment to seniors. His performance consists of a country tribute concert, where he covers songs by country legends and brings nostalgia to all in attendance. His one-man show is composed of himself, a microphone and a small sound speaker, which is no set back for him as he is more than able to entertain the seniors with just that. Jones’ performance is very energetic as he makes all those present feel welcomed. You can spot him dancing and singing with those who walk up to the dance floor as he performs. He also gives a nice

country in 2007. “I saw the need for entertainment,” said Jones. “I try to bring enjoyment to the seniors and see how important music is to them.” Jones’ monthly performance at the Clovis Senior Center for February was recently changed to 10 a.m. in order to potentially attract a larger crowd, but he says that attendance numbers aren’t important to him. “To be honest, I don’t care how many people are out there,” added Jones. “I’ll sing to them and we’ll have a great time, [whether] it’s just as many people as there were today or as many as five or 10. I’ve performed for two before. Local entertainer Nick Jones performs his country music tribute at Clovis Senior I enjoy bringing happiness to Center, Feb. 26, 2018. LETICIA MADRIGAL/CLOVIS ROUNDUP others.” Jones’ next performance at “hello” to those who enter the Community in Fresno, began room. performing at senior living Clovis Senior Center is schedJones, the activities direc- communities and senior cen- uled for March 26 at 10 a.m. tor of Bella Vista Memory Care ters in various cities across the







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Greatest of all time? Nevills wins fourth California wrestling title

Debating the best ever in sports usually involves a spirited conversation. Think of a group of old-timers sitting in a coffee shop providing stats and arguments and “I remember when” stories to strengthen their position. Who’s the greatest baseball player of all time: Babe Ruth or Willie Mays? How about the greatest college football player of all time: Barry Sanders or Herschel Walker? What would happen if Mike Tyson fought Muhammad Ali while both in their prime? In the case of heavyweight wrestler Seth Nevills of Clovis High School, he very well may have cemented himself as not only the greatest California high school wrestler of all time but the most decorated boys prep athlete in state history after dismantling the field at the CIF State Wrestling Championships, becoming only the state’s third fourtime gold medal winner. Consider the facts: a 169-1 overall record, four state titles in four years and pinning every opponent the last two years in his wins. Who can boast a more impressive resume? He culminated his illustrious career at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on March 3, pinning Vacaville’s Jake Levengood in 49 seconds in the championship match. “I think he’s unquestionably had the most dominant high school career of anyone in California history,” Clovis coach Adam Tirapelle said. “I really don’t think that’s up for debate over a four-year period. He wrestled every big guy in the biggest state in the country with the most NFL players and he didn’t just beat them all, he dominated them all.” In fact, Tirapelle estimates only 20 of Nevill’s matches in his career didn’t end in a pin. His only loss was to world Greco-Roman BOYS BASKETBALL

Season ends for Clovis West boys basketball after stunning defeat For the second year in a row, Clovis West had its season end on a extremely sour note, this time losing 70-56 at home to Sunnyside in a stunning turn of events for the No. 1 seed looking for a return trip to the D-I Valley title game at Selland Arena. The Golden Eagles were coming off a 9-1 TRAC championship season and a sparkling 26-3 record with home court advantage. However, they sure picked a bad time for a letdown against the No. 9 seed Wildcats. Clovis West was down 48-45 over Sunnyside entering the fourth quarter and actually took a 51-50 lead on a Dante Chachere layup with 3:52 left in the game. However, the upset-minded Wildcats would outscore the Golden Eagles 20-5 the rest of the game. Last year, Clovis West, as the No. 2 seed, lost 71-68 at home to No. 7 Bullard. Overall, it was a down year for TRAC teams in the playoffs as Sunnyside beat No. 8 Buchanan 68-58, No. 7 Clovis North beat Centennial 78-70 before losing to No. 2 Bullard 70-61, No. 13 Clovis East lost at No. 4 Liberty 57-55 and No. 14 Clovis lost 76-62 at No. 4 Liberty.

Clovis’ Lung pitches perfecto, Sodersten throws no-hitter

Nevills defeated Vacaville’s Jake Levengood in 49 seconds in the championship match held at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, continuing his two-year streak of all his wins by pin. Nevills will be attending college wrestling power Penn State in the fall. CONTRIBUTED BY TONY ROTUNDO/WRESTLERSAREWARRIORS.COM

world champion Cohlton Schultz of Colorado 3-2 in the finals of the Doc Buchanan Invitational this past January. “I am beyond happy to accomplish a goal that I have had for so long,” Nevills said after his final event. “You can’t really put words on something like that.” Blessed with size (currently 280 pounds), quickness and agility, Nevills is as fierce competitor as you’ll find. According to Tirapelle, his balance and feel for the sport are uncanny and unheard of for a guy his size, the “LeBron James of heavyweights in California, just a man among boys.” After earning all-TRAC honors the last two years as an offensive lineman, he decided to forego football his senior year to concentrate on wrestling. Nevills will be attending Penn State next

year, joining brother Nick. Together with his older brothers Zach, Nick, and AJ, Team Nevills has now won nine state championships, breaking the record of eight held by none other than Adam, Alex and Troy Tirapelle also of Clovis High. “My brothers paved a way for me to follow in their example,” Seth said. “And if they didn’t, I don’t think I would be where I am today.” The legend of Seth Nevills has definitely reached rockstar-like status, even among his wrestling peers. “I know it’s a new generation but it’s the only kid I’ve ever had where kids who wrestled him wanted to take a selfie with him after the match,” Tirapelle said. “That’s the level of respect and dominance.”

Clovis senior Danielle Lung threw a perfect game in the Cougars’ 5-0 season-opening win. Lung is one of the top pitchers in California and has signed with Fresno State. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY CLOVIS SOFTBALL

Clovis High School had a double dip of history in late February on the 24th when senior Blake Sodersten threw a complete game no-hitter with 11 Ks and zero walks in the Cougars 7-0 win over Tulare Western. Then on Feb. 27, Clovis superstar pitcher Danielle Lung threw a perfect game in the Cougars 5-0 season opener, a 15-strikeout masterpiece. Lung, a Fresno State signee, burst on the scene her freshman year when she threw a no-hitter in the Valley championship 2-0 win over Central. The Cougars are the defending D-I Valley champs.


TRAC baseball teams off to scorching start What if I told you that five teams are a combined 30-2 on the young season, dominating opponents on both offense and defense, surely a precursor to a competitive league season. Well, that’s the case. As of March 5, those five baseball programs have started off in a hot blaze with Clovis West (7-0), Clovis North (6-0), Buchanan (60), Clovis (6-1) and Clovis East (5-1) all off to remarkable starts. Most of the games were a part of the Coca-Cola Classic run by Clovis coach James Patrick, featuring 14 of the best teams from Fresno to Tulare. The tie-breaker for making the championship game is the least amount of runs given up during the tournament in which Clovis West gave up a total of five and Clovis North 10. The two teams played on Feb. 5 at Clovis High. The next issue of the Clovis Roundup will have a preview of every baseball team in the TRAC with league play beginning on March 16.

Clovis West baseball is off to a hot start at 7-0 behind strong pitching from senior Kohl Simas. In fact, as of March 5, the combined record of the Clovis-area high schools is 30-2. CONTRIBUTED BY TIM KENT



After some “ups and downs” on Day 1 of the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield, the Buchanan Bears bounced back on Day 2 to capture their third consecutive state wrestling title. CONTRIBUTED BY BUCHANAN WRESTLING


Buchanan wins third straight CIF wrestling title BY PAUL MEADORS | Sports Editor @paulmeadors

The Buchanan wrestling program proved once again that the best reside here in Clovis as the Bears won their third straight CIF State Wrestling Championship in dominating fashion after a somewhat shaky beginning to the tournament. Armed with a team of 14 qualifiers, Buchanan marched into Rabobank Arena from March 2-3 and won two individual titles and eight total medals, tallying 219 team points, well ahead of second place Gilroy’s 180. “We definitely had some ups and downs, especially on Day 1,” Buchanan coach Troy Tirapelle said. “However, what has always made this group of kids champions is how they draw closer together when adversity rears its head. “When people start to doubt them, challenge them, they lean on one another and rise to the occasion. That’s what makes them champions, being a family.” Buchanan rebounded nicely on Day 2 and had the team championship in hand before the finals even began. Anthony Montalvo won his second title at 182 when he defeated Poway’s Nathan Tausch 5-0 in the final. “Montalvo is the backbone of our team and when you have a wrestler that is so in-

credibly dominant, you can almost guarantee how many points he is going to add to the team score each and every weekend,” Tirapelle said of the senior. “However, what he helps us with even more is holding the standard among his peers. He truly makes everyone around him better.” No. 4 seed freshman Maximo Renteria at 113 defeated No. 3 Aaron Nagao of Esperanza-Anaheim with a 9-1 decision for gold. “We at Buchanan knew what he was capable of when he was unleashed upon the state tournament,” Tirapelle said. “There haven’t been too many freshman perform like he did outside of the 106-pound weight class in the history of the tournament.” Clovis High, who had won the previous five CIF State titles before Buchanan’s streak started, placed fifth with 121.5 points, just ahead of Clovis North’s sixth place finish with 119. Here’s all the Clovis Unified wrestlers who placed: 106: 2nd–Carlos Negrete, freshman, Clovis North; 4th–Justin Mouritsen, soph, Clovis; 7th–Hunter Leake, soph, Buchanan 113: 1st–Maximo Renteria, freshman, Buchanan; 6th–Giano Petrucelli, soph, Clovis 120: 3rd–Davin Murphy, soph, Clovis North 126: 2nd–Ryan Franco, freshman, Clovis North; 3rd–Ethan Leake, senior, Buchanan.

Buchanan’s Anthony Montalvo (right) battles Poway’s Nathan Tausch for the state crown at 182 pounds. CONTRIBUTED BY TONY ROTUNDO/WRESTLERSAREWARRIORS.COM

132: 5th–Lajon Grier, senior, Clovis North 138: 3rd–Matthew Olguin, junior, Buchanan 145: 7th–Chris Gaxiola, senior, Buchanan 152: 6th–Tristan Zamilpa, senior, Buchanan; 8th–Max Anderson, junior, Clovis 160: 2nd–Joel Romero, senior, Buchan-

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Hoop, There It Is: Clovis West girls rout Clovis North for sixth straight Valley basketball title

The Clovis West girls celebrate their sixth consecutive D-I Valley championship after defeating Clovis North 63-49 at Selland Arena, March 3, 2018. The Golden Eagles are 30-3, ranked No. 5 in the state and will take on Mater Dei in the CIF State Open Division Championships on March 9. CONTRIBUTED BY SEVERANCE DIGITAL STUDIO

BY PAUL MEADORS | Sports Editor @paulmeadors

No matter how often the Clovis West girls basketball program wins a Valley title, there’s always a new story to tell. And while the latest chapter in the Golden Eagles book of legends has yet to be completed, one thing is certain: tradition doesn’t graduate. A year after graduating five Division I players and winning the CIF Open Division state championship with a 34-2 record and No. 1 national ranking, Clovis West won its unprecedented sixth straight D-I Central Section title behind junior Maddie Campbell’s 20 points and freshman Nikki Tom’s 19, rolling over Clovis North 63-49 in front of over 5,000 fans at Selland Arena and continuing a dynasty that reloads instead of rebuilding. “Last year was a once-in-a-lifetime club with so much talent but this year is special in a totally different way,” Clovis West coach Craig Campbell said. “To take a young team with the returners in totally different roles – it’s just been a great job by the kids and coaches. The kids just kept getting better.” Few could have predicted a 30-3 record, a 10-0 league record and currently a No. 5 state ranking by Cal-Hi Sports with only Maddie Campbell, the coach’s daughter who currently holds 21 Division I offers, receiving significant minutes from last season. And in this championship game on a familiar court against a familiar opponent in

Clovis North (26-5), Campbell would set the tone early and score seven points in the first 2:42 of the game en route to a 36-22 halftime lead. The Broncos would never get closer than 11 points in the second half. “Pure joy,” said Campbell about winning her third Valley title. “We’ve worked so hard since the end of last season to get to this point both as individuals and as a team.” Earlier this season, Campbell became the new school season record holder in scoring and 3-pointers made. And it was Tom, certainly next in line as the next great Golden Eagle basketball star, showing ice in her veins, hitting three 3-pointers in the first half and a perfect 6-6 at the free-throw line. “We’ve tried to take her from an athlete to a refined player,” Campbell said of Tom, who’s logged over 120 games at the varsity level which includes two years of summer ball. “She’s got a very bright future.” In addition, a pair of Clovis West juniors certainly contributed in the win: post player Aari Sanders scored 10 points with five rebounds and Champney Pulliam recorded six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Not to be overlooked is the season from upstart and young Clovis North, whose only losses are three to Clovis West, state No. 4 Harvard-Westlake and King High School, Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked team. They were led by sophomores Savannah Tucker (19 points on 8-12 shooting) and Rowan Hein (18 points and seven rebounds).

Clovis North sophomore Rowan Hein is fouled going to the basketball by Clovis West senior Makayla Warren. Hein would score 18 points for the Broncos, who were seeking the school’s first Valley title in girls basketball.

Clovis West junior Maddie Campbell scores two of her game-high 20 points with Clovis North sophomore Savannah Tucker defending on the play. Tucker scored 18 in the game. CONTRIBUTED BY RAWSPORTZ MEDIA


However, this was another storied year for the Golden Eagles who under Craig Campbell have orchestrated nine Valley titles and 13 league titles in 13 years. “From Day 1 we never lowered the bar,” Campbell said. “It’s not about winning a championship every year, but we also are not going to compromise our culture, preparation or work ethic.

“We are playing our best basketball right now.” Clovis West received the No. 2 seed in the CIF State Open Division playoffs and will play No. 7 Mater Dei at home on Friday, March 9. Clovis North was awarded the No. 6 seed and travels to No. 3 Harvard-Westlake. The Open Division pits the top eight teams together no matter school size.




Buchanan girls win Valley soccer title in dramatic fashion BY PAUL MEADORS | Sports Editor @paulmeadors

Playing with their backs against the wall is nothing new for the Buchanan girls soccer team, and when the moments arose in the biggest game of the year, the Bears clutched up big time. After falling behind 1-0 in the first half at No. 1 Liberty-Bakersfield, the No. 2 Bears got an equalizer goal in the second and rode out overtime to defeat the Patriots 4-3 in penalty kicks to capture the D-I Central Section championship in dramatic fashion on Feb. 27. It was a return to glory for the storied Buchanan girls soccer program who added its 11th section title and 10th of the last 13 years. “They [Liberty] had the lead for most of the game but we found a way to regroup and got the equalizer,” Buchanan head coach Tim Carroll said. “The game was our whole season built into one. Our entire year we’ve had to play with our backs against the wall.” Buchanan (18-4-4) scored its goal in the second half after Alessia Anguiano was fouled and Erika Montano fired a free kick from about 25 yards out. Montano’s attempt hit the top bar and bounced straight down before Giselle Uribe swooped in and cleaned it up, tying the score 1-1. After two 10-minute overtime periods and two five-minute golden goal periods, Taylor Phillips, Kiara Gaines, Anguiano and Montano would make their penalty kicks, setting up the play of the game. Buchanan goalie Alexa Marchini, who coach Carroll calls “the best player in the Valley,” then stood tall and deflected the game-clincher just enough to bounce off

the left post. “My first thought going into PKs was ‘we got this,’” said Marchini, the Northern Arizona-bound senior who recorded 15 shutouts on the year. “PKs are all a mental battle. I had confidence in my team and knew they had confidence in me. I was just focusing on one kick at a time.” Carroll mentioned that Marchini would have had another chance to be the hero – she was lined up to shoot the team’s fifth penalty kick. Liberty (20-2-1) and Buchanan played to a 1-1 tie on Dec. 13 at Liberty. The Valley title capped an emotional year that saw the Bears sitting at 0-1-3 to start league and had Carroll wondering why they weren’t winning. However, the season turned around with their 1-0 win over Clovis North on Jan. 19 when senior Kyndel Bowman scored the lone goal. Since then, the Bears have run off nine straight wins. “The girls deserve it, they could have quit on us half way through TRAC,” said Carroll, who is also the head coach of U14 boys for Cosmos and the head coach for the Fresno Freeze professional women’s team. “Instead, they stayed committed to each other, were focused and were a great group to be around.” The team also featured freshman Taylor Phillips, who scored a goal in Buchanan’s 1-0 opening playoff win and one in the 2-0 semifinal win over Clovis. “Our team has the strongest team chemistry I have experienced over my four years,” Marchini added. “That was also a huge factor to our success because we were all playing for each other.” Buchanan will play in a regional game on Tuesday, March 6. Location is to be determined.

The Buchanan girls celebrate after defeating No. 1 Liberty-Bakersfield 4-3 in penalty kicks to capture the D-I Central Section championship. It was the 11th title in school history and 10th in last 13 years. EYE FOR IT ALL PHOTOGRAPHY/CONTRIBUTED

Buchanan (18-4-4) junior Haley Barsotti takes on a Liberty-Bakersfield (20-2-1) defender in the Central Section championship game that was a 1-1 tie at the end of overtime. EYE FOR IT ALL PHOTOGRAPHY/CONTRIBUTED

Buchanan senior goalie Alexa Marchini was clutch in penalty kicks, stopping the final Liberty shot to seal the victory for the Bears. EYE FOR IT ALL PHOTOGRAPHY/CONTRIBUTED


2018 Chevrolet Malibu Base Model MRSP: From $21,680 Class: Passenger Car MPG: Up to 27 city/36 highway Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 L Ecotec Transmission: Hydra-Matic 6 speed Automatic with Manual Mode (6T40) The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size sedan and all of its models are front-wheel driven. In the Chevy line, it sits above the compact Cruze and below the full-size Impala. New to the Malibu for 2018 is the Redline Edition model. In addition to the gas-powered variant, a hybrid is also available and while its gas counterparts are available in four trims, the Malibu Hybrid is in a single grade. With these vehicles, the trims really stand out so let’s take a look: Malibu L: This is the base trim package with 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry/ start, 3.5-inch info display, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system and daytime running lights. Malibu LS: Stepping up here will get you 16-inch alloy wheels upgrade, and add a rearview camera and USB port. The big leap inside is Chevrolet’s MYLink infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Malibu LT: Climbing the ladder, the LT model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting, an eight-way power-operated driver’s seat and LED daytime running lights for quiet effect. Malibu Hybrid: This model is positioned as the second highest model and is equipped with the LT trim plus its own instrument cluster and dual-zone climate control unique only to the Hybrid. Malibu Premier: This model sits at the top of its counterparts as the most powerful with its 2.0-liter turbo-four which rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels. It displays a 8.0inch touchscreen, 4.2-inch instrument cluster and navigation. For your comfort it has ventilated front seats, a six-way power ad-

Horsepower: 160 to 250 hp 0-60 mph: Top 6.1 sec Seating: 5/5 Dimensions: 194″ L x 73″ W x 58″ H Curb weight: 3,086 to 3,388 lbs justable passenger seat, leather upholstery and will warm up your hands with a heated steering wheel. The Premier also adds a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, two additional USB ports and a wireless charging pad. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, an electric parking brake and automatic parking assist. The 2018 Malibu comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbo-four with 163 hp and 184 lb/ ft of torque, which is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission; EPA fuel economy ratings are 27/39 mpg. The Malibu Hybrid features a 1.8-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and a CVT with a combined output of 182 hp; EPA fuel economy ratings are 49/43 mpg. The Malibu Premier, equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 250 hp and 260 lb/ft, is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission; EPA fuel economy ratings are 22/32 mpg. The 2018 Malibu four-door features a capacious cabin and is quiet in its demeanor. Four passengers sit quite comfortably and the addition of a third person in the rear middle seat is not cumbersome. There is also plenty of legroom for this mid-size class vehicle with well-placed padded surfaces for knees and elbows. With plenty of space in the cab, the trunk features 15.8 cubic feet of space with a cut down in the Hybrid to 11.6 cubes to accommodate the battery pack. Note: A new exterior color is added for 2018, Sandy Ridge Metallic.




Clovis North loses heartbreaker to Sunnyside in D-I final BY PAUL MEADORS | Sports Editor @paulmeadors

Sports can be certainly be cruel. One minute momentum is on your side, the thrill of victory well within your grasp and the next, you’re devastated and in shock, the sting of defeat knocking you to your knees leaving you wondering what just happened. And the Clovis North boys soccer team surely felt the full gamut of emotions after freshman phenom Christian Silva scored an equalizer in stoppage time in the D-I Central Section championship game against No. 8 Sunnyside – a right footed blast that left two Wildcat defenders laying in his wake, setting off a massive celebration after the Broncos tied the game 1-1 in front of an overflow crowd at home. But the excitement would soon be turned to heartache as No. 2-seeded Clovis North was stunned when Sunnyside’s Melvin Alas scored in the waning seconds of the second golden goal overtime as the Wildcats captured the D-I Central Section title in a 2-1 victory. “I thought we came out in overtime with a little bit of edge and Sunnyside probably felt like they had lost the match by giving up the late goal,” Clovis North coach Cam Shahrokhi said. “I thought the momentum would carry over and it did. I thought we controlled the overtime and that was Sunnyside’s only chance in overtime … it ended up in the net on a great play.” After regulation, both teams went scoreless during two 10-minute overtime periods. Clovis North (20-4-2) controlled the game throughout with a possession-oriented game plan, trying to negate the speedy forwards of North Yosemite League champion Sunnyside (21-4-2), and it worked for the most part to a scoreless first half 0-0 tie. But Sunnyside would break through with 18:07 left in the second half when Josh Zambrano was clipped by Clovis North sophomore goalie Cooper Wenzel while rushing to the ball, setting up a penalty kick that Zambrano placed perfectly low on the left side with his left foot for a 1-0 lead. “Our game plan was executed to a T,” Shahrokhi said. “We wanted to keep possession of the ball, we wanted to control the pace of the game, and we wanted to make sure we were in the right spots defensively. I thought we executed great. “In overtime, we got back to our game plan but unfortunately we couldn’t get that

Clovis North freshman Christian Silva blasts a goal to tie Sunnyside 1-1 in stoppage time as two Sunnyside defenders lay in his wake. The No. 2 seed Broncos would lose 2-1 in dramatic fashion to the No. 8 Wildcats in the second golden goal overtime period. CONTRIBUTED BY SEVERANCE DIGITAL STUDIO

clear chance and put it away.” Silva’s goal was set up from a pass from senior Theo Nwajei and was his 21st of the season, a remarkable number for a freshman. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie back on Dec. 22 and there was a certain familiarity as opposing head coaches – Clovis North’s Shahrokhi and Sunnyside’s Fabian Rangel – were teammates at Fresno City College. The game marked the end of a successful season for Clovis North, who shared a TRAC title with Clovis at 9-1. “The amount of growth that these kids went through and the development I saw from some of these young men not only physically but mentally was tremendous,” Shahrokhi said. “We use the word ‘family’ that a lot of teams throw around but we really talk about what it means to be a family, and we were a family all season long. “I don’t think that goal against us that ended our season makes it not a successful season. It truly was a great season.”

Sunnyside’s Melvin Alas scores the game winning goal against Clovis North, denying the Broncos their first D-I section title. CONTRIBUTED BY SEVERANCE DIGITAL STUDIO



Ag at Large: Enemies of farms are enemies of all BY DON CURLEE Contributed

They say you have a better chance of surviving if you recognize your enemies. Of course, if you think you don’t have any, you have no chance at all. Agriculture in California has had a pretty good idea of who in the political, economic and philosophical arenas prefer that it not do well. Recently, it has been receiving louder and more direct messages from unfriendly elements that make the relationships clearer and more dismal for an ever-increasing number of farm operators. For example, an environmental group headquartered in the Bay Area issued a statement recently suggesting that the entire Central Valley be abandoned by people, and allowed to return to grass, weeds, swampy meadows and the assorted wildlife that once enjoyed such conditions. Shortly before that announcement came, the State Water Resources Control Board made the decision that it will approve none of the plans and projects submitted to it for the control and enhancement of water distribution. In other words, no dams to be built, such as the oft-mentioned Sites Reservoir in Sacramento County and Fresno’s local favorite, Temperance Flat. Friends simply don’t announce preferences and predicaments like that, especially if they are in lofty political positions. But the bull’s-eye of political expression, the California State Legislature, has taken numerous actions in recent sessions that regulate, frustrate and irritate farm operators. Many of the actions it has taken have little to demand or even suggest them. More of its agenda appears to be prime recruitment opportunities for expanding the already swollen ranks of public employees, those whose salaries and pensions are paid by taxes or fees taken from the general population and farmers.

Organizations that force farmworkers to become union members and pay supportive dues regularly have surfaced in the California agriculture industry. PIXABAY.COM

The goal of adding personnel to the state’s payroll has the unabashed support of the state’s powerful labor movement. That movement, as well as many observers elsewhere, has been stupefied by the utter failure of the prime labor union aimed at agricultural workers, the United Farm Workers (UFW). It can claim as members far less than one percent of California’s farm workers. That union’s inability to capture farm workers is even more astounding when the behavior and support of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is examined. This agency, formed at the insistence of Governor Jerry Brown during his first term 43 years ago, has managed to shed any semblance of neutrality as it has deteriorated

through the years. The ALRB gained national attention when it was established amid bitter union-instigated strife in the fields and food boycotts at the consumer level. But, that has been overshadowed by the board’s consistent support and encouragement of the UFW, fostered by its employment of union friends and supporters, even relatives of union leadership. One of the most egregious actions of the ALRB recently has been its persuasion of the California Supreme Court to approve a procedure called Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation (MMC). It forces workers to become union members, paying supportive dues regularly, without their voting to do so. To outside observers, the MMC is an out-

right prostitution of the ALRB’s founding premise to offer workers a choice through secret ballot elections to be members of and represented by a union – or not. The action is expected to be appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court. Maintaining an “enemies list” might not be the most effective action the state’s agricultural industry can take, though the list is ever growing. But being aware that the enemies are out there, ever at work to injure and even destroy a vital part of California’s economy, can be more than helpful – even life preserving. A compilation of offensive weapons might be more appropriate.

The Top Home Improvement Tips You Should Know Authorities in search of tip jar theft suspect

BY NOBLE CREDIT UNION | Contributed @NobleCUFresno

It doesn’t matter how old your home is, or how long you’ve lived in it – every home can use some tender loving care. Home improvement/home equity loans are more popular than ever, so that means you can do some serious consideration of the improvements you’d like to make to your home. Here are the top home improvement tips for people wanting a simple change or a home makeover: Make improvements that add the most value to your home. Some improvements are more likely than others to increase your home’s value, so it’s wise to consider whether a project has a return on your investment. Improvements like a master suite, a bathroom or kitchen remodel, a deck addition, or replacement windows – these projects are the most likely to add to the resale value of your home. Start with a timely project. Some home improvements can be more urgent than others. You might need a new roof, or a new water heater. Right now, for instance, is a good time to put in new drought tolerant landscaping. Do it yourself – on not? With home improvements, it’s important to decide whether or not you want to do it yourself or hire professional assistance. You should know your limits, but if you’re skilled and have access to the tools you’ll need, go for it! Learn more. Whether your projects are big or small, there’s a ton of do-it-yourself information online and at the library. With a few home repair skills, you can take care of some issues yourself, or be better prepared to understand an estimate provided by a professional. You can attend free clinics, classes or

Video surveillance identified this man as the theft suspect in the Papa Murphy’s tip jar case. CLOVIS PD


volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Be inspired. There are entire TV networks that cover home improvements 24/7, so there’s no lack of ideas. Look for inspiration on TV, in magazines, and model homes. The right tools make the difference. A big percentage of do-it-yourself success is having or renting the correct tools for the job. Basic carpentry and plumbing tools will be used over and over, while specialty, one-purpose tools can be rented. Use your equity for a home improvement loan. Popular home improvements (like bathroom and kitchen remodels) can be the most expensive. That’s why Noble Credit Union is making a major springtime effort to encourage members of the credit union to make their home improvement dreams come true. Noble Credit Union is the place to go for

a home improvement loan. Noble members pay no fees and get up to 100 percent financing on their most popular low rate home improvement loans. (All loans are subject to approval. Membership eligibility applies. Program rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. For more details, visit or call 559-252-5000.) Noble Credit Union members have access to a full range of financial services, including free checking and savings accounts, VISA debit cards, online and mobile banking, low rate MyRewards VISA credit cards, and professional budget management. Noble Credit Union members receive highly personalized service, and the essential services needed to manage finances with ease. For more information about membership in Noble Credit Union, visit


Clovis Police Department is asking the community’s help with identifying a theft suspect caught on video surveillance stealing a tip jar from Papa Murphy’s in Clovis on Feb. 16. Those with information regarding this case or the suspect’s identity are asked to contact Clovis PD at 559-324-2556, via email at or by sending the department a private message on social media. To remain anonymous, a tip can be provided using the department’s mobile app “Clovis Police Department mobile” or by contacting Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP. CPD Case: 18-10118



Log of Shame BY APRIL BLANKINSHIP | Contributed February 14, 2018 A couple were arrested and booked into custody for warrants the county issued for their arrests. Nothing says love like getting arrested with your boyfriend for a warrant while having a beer on Valentine’s Day!

A Clovis West High School student was arrested early this morning for making social media threats on Snapchat, showing an assault rifle with a caption that warned both Clovis West and Buchanan high schools. PHOTO: AMERISTUDENT

Second Clovis Unified student arrested for school shooting threat


Clovis Police Department reported its second Clovis Unified student arrest for social media threats early Friday morning. Earlier this week, Clovis Pollice arrested a 15-year-old Buchanan High student for making similar threats. This time, a 15-year-old Clovis West freshman was arrested after concerned citizens informed local authorities of a picture posted to Snapchat showing an assault rifle with a caption that warned both Clovis West and Buchanan high schools. The investigation on this threat began just before midnight on Thursday. At around 11 p.m., Kelly Avants, Chief Communications Officer of CUSD, disclosed that CPD, Fresno PD and Clovis Unified Police were working together “to ensure it is a hoax.” By 2 a.m. Friday, authorities located the student and detained him. Upon arrest, the department confirmed that the photo had come from an online website

and no weapons were found in the student’s residence. CPD also stated that the family had been cooperative throughout its investigation. “In another unfortunate example of the extremely serious consequences facing young people who irresponsibly use social media to spread rumors and false threats, the student who made this post was arrested early this morning for his dangerous actions,” Avants said. “Because no credible threat existed from this post, all campuses are open as regularly scheduled this morning.” Local authorities are not taking any social media threats lightly. Threats like these have emerged in various communities since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 students. Both teens were booked into Fresno County Juvenile Justice Corrections on one count of criminal threats of death or great bodily injury. CUSD campuses will have an increased law enforcement presence “in a gesture of reassuring support to our students, staff and parents,” Avants said.

February 15, 2018 While doing a weekly inventory, a local grocery store noticed that there was two cases of meat missing from the freezer department. Apparently meat has gotten so expensive that it’s worth the risk to go to prison over two boxes of rib-eye. February 16, 2018 A flabbergasted man called police when he realized that somebody had stolen his identity and made several charges that he did not authorize to his account! Once police were able to speak to him it was even more surprising that it was his ex-girlfriend! She took vindictive to a whole new level but the joke is on her because she gets to sit and stew in an orange jumpsuit while a judge sorts out all the details. Sucks to be her. February 17, 2018 A local pizza parlor called police to report a theft from their front counter. When the cashier was in the back getting change somebody stole the tip jar from the front register and walked out the front door with it! Here’s a tip, don’t steal money from people who are working their backsides off to make a living while your lazy bones are doing nothing but thieving. Pretty sure it’s a commandment buddy. February 18, 2018 A construction worker had his truck broken into while he was away at lunch with a coworker from a job site. While they were off getting a sandwich someone broke in and stole four different power tools and a couple of supplies. If we are lucky maybe the thief will accidentally drill a hole in his hand trying to use other peoples power tools! Oh karma, don’t fail us now! February 19, 2018 An unknown suspect broke into an elderly gentleman‘s apartment over on Villa. Luckily the only thing he stole was a box of checks and a pharmacy prescription card. I love that thieves are so lacking in common sense because he would’ve been better off taking the man’s leftover lunch from Denny’s and his tall bottle of Tylenol because those checks were stopped long before the thief could ever use them! February 20, 2018 It appears that the cost of meat has skyrocketed to such a high point that people are just stealing it right off the shelves! Another local grocery store had $400 of Tri-tip meat stolen right off their shelves. Before you know it we’re gonna have our meat locked up and need a security password and nationally registered finger print to purchase it! February 21, 2018 A woman in her 60s was arrested and taken to Fresno County Jail for stealing from a local department store. She was caught when she came out of the dressing room with several layers of clothes on underneath the ones she walked in with. You would think by the time you hit your 60s that you have figured out that stealing a couple of bras and a pair of jogging pants is not worth going to prison over. Somehow she missed the memo though.

ROUNDUP FAVORITE February 22, 2018 No one likes a sloppy drunk co-worker. Especially one that gets arrested on his way back to work! After a long lunch with clients, a man started walking back to his office in Old Town Clovis and harassing people shopping. Someone called the police on him and it turns out he was very intoxicated and got arrested. I don’t think that you can do that report that’s due by 4:00 p.m. from the drunk tank. All bad for business buddy, all bad! February 23, 2018 Dontcha just hate when the po-po knock on your door at 10:30 a.m. to arrest you for a warrant? A women answered the door with her mascara in her hand because she had been putting on her make up when the police knocked to see if she was home so they can arrest her for her outstanding warrant. Why yes, she is home, thank you for checking officers. DON’T MISS YOUR COURT DATES YO! February 24, 2018 Three men were arrested at 11:30 at night when they were outside of an apartment complex very intoxicated having a loud, good ol’ time hanging out! The girl who lived in the apartment they were standing in front of had yelled and asked them to be quiet several times but they just thought she was funny. I think they realized that she wasn’t so funny when she called the police and they had to spend the night in the drunk tank to sober up before they were able to go back home. February 25, 2017 What the hee-haw is up with girls these days? Do they not read the Log of Shame to realize that clothing stores have loss prevention teams that are only there to catch you in the act of shoplifting and press charges? Another girl got arrested and charged for stealing clothes from a local department store. She seemed extremely shocked and acted as though it wasn’t that big of a deal as they were processing her. Um, yes it is a big deal Pumpkin! The more you steal, the more I have to pay for clothes because stores need to hire more loss prevention people. Do the math. February 26, 2018 Neighbors called the police to report a barking dog next-door to them. The dog doesn’t typically bark that much and for whatever reason the dog would not stop. Good thing they called. Police got there and somebody had tried to break into the back window but was unsuccessful. The dog caused enough of an alarm to scare off whoever had the idea to attempt scaling through the bedroom window. 10 points for Fluffy!!!!! Get that dog a bone! February 27, 2018 A young man had his Beats headphones stolen from his work on Shaw Avenue while working his day shift. They were in his locker and when he clocked out to go home he found his locker open and his headphones gone. Boy howdy, watch and see if that 19 year old kid doesn’t turn into a lead detective and hunt down the co-worker who had the brass to steal from him! *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.





The Weekend Blender Indoor Mall Show Friday, March 9-11, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Place: Sierra Vista Mall Info: Pete (559) 347-4881 or www. Rodeo Boosters Dinner Saturday, March 10, 2018 Time: 6:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, 748 Rodeo Drive, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: Miss Winkles Annual Fundraiser Dinner & Pet Fashion Show Saturday, March 10, 2018 Time: 6:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: or call (559) 324-2465

Info: 559-327-2876, or www.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY Friday, March 17, 2018

2nd Annual “A Night to Remember” Lucky Stars Dinner & Dance Saturday, March 17, 2018 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St., Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 930-8633 or 916-3031 6th Annual Gilbert Marshall Memorial Scholarship Team Branding Fundraiser Saturday, March 17, 2018 Time: 7:00 a.m. Place: Blasingame Ranch, 19606 Auberry Rd, Clovis, CA 93619 Info: or 559940-1722, www.gilbertmarshallbranding. com

Clovis Smogs Cars & Coffee Saturday, March 10, 2018 Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m. Place: 4th & Clovis Ave Info: (559) 297-0052

The Sounds Of Freedom Live in Concert Sunday, March 18, 2018 Time: 2:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St., Clovis, CA 93612 Info: (559) 297-2295

Craft Beer Crawl Sunday, March 11, 2018 Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Info: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774

Bill Van Memorial Pack Stock Clinic 2018 Saturday, March 24, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Place: Blasingame Ranch, 19606 Auberry Rd., Clovis, CA 93619 Info: Mike at 559-917-4472 or Rick at 707695-3311

Clovis Friends of the Library presents Art Hop Thursday, March 15, 2018 Time: 5:0 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Regional Library, 1155 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 559-600-9531 or clovisfol

8th Annual Spring into your Garden Festival Saturday, March 24, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Place; Clovis Botanical Gardens, 945 N Clovis Ave. Clovis, CA 93611.

Clovis Adult Education ArtHop Thursday, March 15, 2018 Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Community Education, 1452 David E. Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611

2018 Clovis East Annual Crab Feed & Auction Saturday, March 24, 2018 Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, 748 Rodeo Drive, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: (559) 327-4015

Antique & Collectible Fair Sunday, March 25, 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Info: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774, -APRIL-

EASTER SUNDAY Sunday, April 1, 2018

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 933 Monthly Meeting Tuesday, April 6, 2018 Time: 6:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St., Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 559-297-4720 or Big Hat Days 2018 Saturday, April 7-8, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Info: (559) 299-7363 Ranch Rodeo Saturday, April 7, 2018 Place: Clovis Rodeo grounds, 748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 559-299-8838 or go to clovisrodeo. com Jackpot Roping Saturday, April 14, 2018 Time: 7:00 a.m. sign up Place: Clovis Rodeo grounds, 748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 559-299-8838 or go to clovisrodeo. com Clovis Cougar Crabfeed Saturday, April 14, 2018 Time: 5:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th St., Clovis, CA 93612 Info: Tami De La Cruz (559) 300-7383 Clovis Citywide Yard Sale Saturday, April 14-15, 2018 Info: City of Clovis, (559) 324-2060

Old Town Clovis Car Show Sunday, April 15, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Info: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774,

Clovis Friends of the Library presents Art Hop Thursday, April 19, 2018 Time: 5:0 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Regional Library, 1155 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 559-600-9531 or clovisfol Annual Golf Tournament by Clovis Kiwanis Club Friday, April 20, 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. Place: Belmont Country Club, 8253 E Belmont Ave, Fresno, CA 93737 Info: Paul Turner at 559-999-8538 Rodeo Queen Horsemanship Competition Saturday, April 21, 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo grounds, 748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 559-299-8838 or go to clovisrodeo. com Rodeo Queen Dinner Saturday, April 21, 2018- 5:30 PM Time: 5:30 p.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo grounds, 748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: 559-299-8838 or go to clovisrodeo. com Farm to Table Spring Dinner Sunday, April 22, 2018 Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Info: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774, 9th Annual James Pickens, Jr. Charity Open Roping Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Place: Clovis Rodeo grounds, 748 Rodeo Dr, Clovis, CA 93612 Info:



Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Servings: 12 8 small red potatoes 2 cups baby carrots 1 small onion, quartered 1 corned beef brisket (4 pounds), rinsed and trimmed 2 tablespoons McCormick Mixed Pickling Spice 1 teaspoon McCormick Minced Garlic 1/2 head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges Place potatoes, carrots and onion in slow cooker. Place corned beef brisket over vegetables. Sprinkle with pickling spice and minced garlic. Add enough water (about 8 cups) to just cover meat. Cover. Cook 7 hours on high. Add cabbage. Cover. Cook 1–2 hours on high or until cabbage is tender-crisp. Remove corned beef brisket to serving platter. Slice thinly across grain. Serve with vegetables. Tip: For best results, do not remove cover while cooking in slow cooker.



t doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests — including make-ahead corned beef and a minty-green cookie recipe both adults and little leprechauns will love. “We’ve developed recipes that make the tastes of Ireland easy to create — from a simple Irish Soda Bread to a classic corned beef and cabbage recipe that can be made in a slow cooker,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “And don’t forget the treats! Our Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect ending to a perfectly green party.” For more St. Patrick’s Day recipes, check out and visit McCormick Spice on Facebook and Pinterest.

Savory Irish Cheese Soda Bread

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Servings: 12 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons McCormick Caraway Seed 1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Red Pepper, Ground 1/2 cup shredded Irish Cheddar cheese 2 eggs 1 1/4 cups buttermilk Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and seasonings in large bowl. Stir in cheese. Set aside. Mix eggs and buttermilk in medium bowl. Add to dry ingredients; stir until well blended. Spread in lightly grease 9-inch round cake pan. Bake 30–40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 min­utes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Tip: Make muffins instead of bread. Prepare dough as directed and divide among 12 greased muffin cups. Bake 20–25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 3 dozen, or 36 (1 cookie) servings 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 1/4 cups sugar 2 eggs 1–1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Green Food Color 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, food color and peppermint extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by heaping tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10–12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.



CENTRAL VALLEY MOTORSPORTS Auto industry legend ‘Blackie’ Gejeian inducted into Clovis Heritage Walk BY PAUL HINKLE | Contributed @ClovisParknPark

On Feb. 8, the Gejeian family and members of the hot rod community were on hand to be a part of the unveiling of the Michael “Blackie” Gejeian banner along the Clovis Heritage Walk. Gejeian (1926–2016) was recognized for his contributions to the community of Clovis. As a race car driver, car builder and hot rod enthusiast, he operated the Clovis Speedway and made it one of the best race tracks on the west coast. Racers came from all over the country to participate in the races he held. Even today, old-time racers talk about how well the track was prepared for racing and how well it held up throughout the night. Clovis Speedway had the best racing surface around. “Blackie” would start preparing the track on Tuesday morning and wouldn’t leave the track until after the racing was over. You could find him sleeping at night in his old water truck. When you are out and about with your hot rod, take a few minutes and stop by Blackie’s banner and say “Hi.” You know he’s looking down on you and asking, “What’s up, hoss?” The Clovis Heritage Walk is located on the east side of Clovis Avenue just north of Shaw. His banner is on the light pole just north of Lowe’s. If you park in the right spot, you can get a picture of “Blackie” with your hot rod in the background. When finding out that he had been cho-

sen for the Clovis Heritage Walk, “Blackie” said he felt honored and was very excited. I’m sorry that he wasn’t with us for the dedication and unveiling. His family was hand to receive the honor in his behalf. “Blackie” was known as the “Ambassador of Hot Rodding,” an icon in the hot rod industry. Car show season has arrived. Clean up your truck and bring it out to the All Valley Truck Show held Saturday, March 10 at Triangle Drive In on McKinley in Fresno. The Clovis First Assembly of God church will hold its annual car show on Saturday, March 24. UPCOMING EVENTS: March 10: All Valley Truck Show March 10: Annual Selma Swap Meet March 16-18: Goodguys 9th Spring Nationals (Scottsdale, Arizona) March 24: Clovis First Assembly of God Car Show April 14: Tower Car Show April 15: Old Town Clovis Car Show If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event we are always looking for interesting cars, people and events to share. You can reach Paul Hinkle at or call (559) 970-2274 or Eric Hinkle at Be sure to follow us on Twitter@clovisparknpark and on Instagram@clovisparkinthepark. For more information on upcoming events, past events and articles, go to www.

The Gejeian family gathers in front of “Blackie” Gejeian’s dedication banner along the Clovis Heritage Walk section of the Old Town Trail, Feb. 8, 2018. CONTRIBUTED



Fresno State battles student hunger with March Match Up campaign CLOVIS ROUNDUP STAFF @ClovisRoundup

Fresno State’s March Match Up campaign that benefits the Student Cupboard kicked off March 1 with a community partner teaming up to help battle student hunger issues. The project is supported by accounting firm Moss Adams LLP, which has promised to match, dollar-for-dollar, every monetary gift given during the campaign up to $25,000 through March 31. The campaign goal is to raise $100,000 for the Student Cupboard. The public is encouraged to help by donating any amount at and then challenging others to also help fight student hunger. As of March 5, the campaign has raised $5,600. The Student Cupboard, which is located in the Grosse Industrial Technology Building, Room 144 (Barstow Avenue and Jackson Drive), provides all Fresno State students who are challenged by food security with free perishable and non-perishable food items and hygiene products five days a week. It is one of the initiatives under the Food Security Project that aims to increase student access to affordable, nutritious food. “Considering roughly 44 percent of Fresno State students do not know where their next meal is coming from, there’s clearly a need to support them,” said Mary Castro, Fresno State’s first lady who is

The Fresno State Student Cupboard’s March Match Up fundraising campaign tipped off this month to combat student hunger on campus. CONTRIBUTED BY FRESNO STATE NEWS

volunteering to spearhead the campaign. “We invite the community to join our team and help feed student success by making a contribution during March Match Up. By removing barriers and providing these essential needs, students can focus on their

academic goals.” The fundraising drive will continue this year by playing off the March Madness college basketball theme with students, faculty and staff playing in a basketball tournament on March 14.

“We are grateful that University partner Moss Adams LLP continues to step up for Fresno State students,” Castro said. “This program could not exist without everyone rallying together to have the biggest impact.”



Clovis Botanical Garden to host eighth annual Spring Into Your Garden Festival BY LETICIA MADRIGAL @lettycandoit

Clovis Botanical Garden is ready to help the community prepare for spring planting with its eighth annual Spring Into Your Garden Festival on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CBG plans to educate the Central Valley about the plants and landscapes, like those in its own garden, that are appropriate for its hot summers and cool winters. Ree Coy, co-chair of Clovis Botanical Garden, said all the plants that grow in the garden are low-water and climate appropriate. This goes hand-in-hand with CBG’s mission to work “as a living laboratory” for the public to see how such plants will grow in the various seasons of the valley: “This is where people can come to see plants [that do well in this climate], anybody can go out and buy plants but they don’t know how it’s going to look when its actually planted, especially outside.” At the festival, guests and members will have the opportunity to obtain an educational tour of the garden and view how various plants, that will be available for sale, will look in their own garden. The event will also include guest speakers, tips from garden experts, children’s activities, exhibitors, vendors, local authors, a gift shop and more. Coy said about one-third of the plant sale items are grown at CBG, the other twothirds are gathered from local growers and nurseries. “I love supporting local growers, we

Clovis Botanical Garden is a public water-wise demonstration garden sustained by the community through memberships, donations and grants. LETICIA MADRIGAL/CLOVIS ROUNDUP

could order from anywhere and they could truck them in, but I love supporting our local economy. I’ve always been a strong advocate of that,” Coy said. “[Local growers] have been very supportive of the Garden and they like what we are doing.” CBG will give its members exclusive access to shop at 9 a.m. Public access will begin at 10 a.m. Admission for members and children is free and a $5 donation is requested for non-members. Memberships will also be available at the front gate.

CBG is a three-acre water-wise demonstration garden and the only botanical garden in the San Joaquin Valley. It has continued to expand since breaking ground in March of 2012. From event planning to garden maintenance, all of the work of CBG is volunteer based. Currently, CBG’s Home Landscape Demonstration area gives a preview of four distinct exhibits of home landscaping ideas. The Sensory Garden is home to an impressive basalt column fountain and plants cho-

sen for their texture, color, and fragrance which gives a sense of peace and relaxation. CBG is also in the planning stages for a Children’s Garden, which will feature stations with hands-on activities for children. The Clovis Botanical Garden is located at 945 N. Clovis Avenue, just north of Alluvial Avenue at Dry Creek Park. Its public visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CBG is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and select holidays.

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