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VOL. 5, NO. 3

may 8, 2014

Made in Clovis: Cavelle Kids Local clothing boutique enjoying worldwide success

By Silva Emerian

“There is no place like home,” says designer Jessica Elrod, owner of Cavelle Kids designer children’s boutique in Clovis. And it’s from right here in Clovis that Elrod’s unique

Photo by Joaquin Hernande For the first time ever, the Clovis Rodeo sold out all four days. By Amy D. Fienen

Contributed photo Local designer Jessica Elrod launched her own children’s clothing line in 2012.

It was a celebration 100 years in the making, and the 2014 Clovis Rodeo marked its centennial with recordbreaking crowds.

line of children’s clothing is designed for stores across the country, and as far away as Saudi Arabia and Europe.

Recap: Clovis Rodeo, continued on page 3

Contributed photo Cavelle Kids collections have comfortable shapes, but with special design touches.

Made in Clovis, continued on page 3


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Recap: Clovis Rodeo

think we’ve built a lot of excitement about our rodeo,” Rigsbee said. “It’s great family entertainment, and we’ve got a lot of Continued from page 1 momentum going.” The rodeo kicked off early on the morning of Thursday, April 24 with a blood The annual tribute to Clovis’ cowboy drive at the rodeo grounds. More than roots, the rodeo is a popular local tradi1,000 pints of blood were donated. Rainy tion, but this was the first time in a century weather blew in Friday night, turning the that there was a sell-out crowd for all four arena into a muddy mess and shortening days. An estimated 45,000 people came to the Tyler Farr performance, which made watch some of the country’s best cowboys for some disappointed some concert goers. compete. Many rodeo fans who hoped to Saturday morning brought clouds and buy tickets at the gate were greeted at the cooler temperatures, but the rain stayed ticket office by “sold out” signs on every away for the rodeo parade through Old window. Town Clovis. That morning, the sheriff’s Clovis Rodeo Association President department brought in a helicopter to fly Chuck Rigsbee said the rodeo has had low over the arena to dry out some of the sold out single days in the past, but no one mud puddles before the rodeo got undercan recall them ever selling out Thursday way. through Sunday. He think the excitement On both Saturday and Sunday afterand special events that marked the centennoons, rodeo fans were treated to sunshine nial had something to do with the larger and gorgeous blue skies. crowds, but he also attributed this year’s “The weather couldn’t have been more success to the rodeo’s longevity. perfect,” said Joan Vernon. “I distinctly “We’ve been building every year, and I recall looking out from the grandstands and seeing the foothills all around and thinking how grateful I am to live in such a beautiful community that supports a great event like the Clovis Rodeo.” For Vernon, Sunday’s highlight was the invocation given by Elsie Frost, Lane Frost’s mother. The Frosts where there for the dedication of the “Challenge Photo by Joaquin Hernandez of Champions” Bull riders are always a crowd favorite at the Clovis Rodeo.

Made in Clovis Continued from page 1

Growing up in O’Neals, attending Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, working for Nike in Oregon, and then moving to Germany with her husband (who served in the military) couldn’t keep Elrod away from home for long. One year after moving back to Clovis, Elrod’s daughter Harper was born. While in the military, many of Elrod’s friends began having babies. She began designing and making clothing as gifts, which led to orders for more clothing. In 2012, she started Cavelle Kids. Cavelle is a play on the Yiddish word “kvell,” which is a feeling of indescribable joy and pride, much like the feeling our children give us. Elrod designs all of the clothing for boys and girls, ages infant to toddler, herself.

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She oversees every detail, including trim and buttons, for each unique outfit. “When I design, I often think of clothing that I would wear or I would want my daughter to wear. I also love detail and construction of garments and mixing different fabric textures together,” she said. Elrod is especially proud that her entire line is made in the U.S.A. “I feel like we need to start bringing more jobs and manufacturing back to the U.S.,” she said. “Not just for the fact that I love this country and want to see more work here rather than overseas, but also you have such higher quality control when you can visit the factory and make sure it is done right.” Cavelle Kids’ collections are unique, creative and unlike typical children’s clothing. They have simple and comfortable shapes, but with special design touches – flower and bow embellishments, twists of fabric and sweet buttons, patches on elbows and dolman sleeves. These are clothes children can play freely in without compromising an ounce of style. “One of the big trends that was really up my alley this spring and summer was details in the back of the garments, like cutouts and great seaming,” said Elrod. There are more choices for girls than boys, as is typical of most lines. “I think it’s because girls have more silhouettes, textures and details than boys,” she said. “But I am hoping to change that!” “I do love designing for girls because you can have so much fun with it. But lately I have been having fun with and [getting] passionate about the boys’ line,” said Elrod. Setting up shop in Clovis definitely has its benefits, according to Elrod. “Everyone has been very supportive and very friendly. Most of my business has come from other stores just spreading the word around,” she said. “When we first

statue that memorialized their son’s most famous bull ride. The Vernons are big rodeo fans, and gave their son the middle name Lane, after Lane Frost. “I was particularly moved by the invocation given by Lane Frost’s mother,” Boyd said. “She gave a very heartfelt invocation that made me very proud that the Clovis Rodeo Association chose to honortheir son’s Photo by Joaquin Hernandez Kick off ceremony for Clovis Rodeo’s 100th year. memory.” Lisa Swennin2015 Clovis Rodeo for one week after this gis from Clovis so she grew up attending the rodeo ev- year’s rodeo finished up, with faithful fans ery year. She now lives in Kingsburg and lining up to get tickets for next year. Tickhadn’t been to the rodeo in years, but de- ets will not be on sale again until Jan. 1, cided to take her daughter in honor of the 2015. centennial. “It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect, all the people were so friendly and it was great to see that nothing had changed with the Clovis Rodeo,” SwenSweepstakes float: Minuteman ning said. “It’s the perfect thing to do as Press a family.” 1st place youth group float: The all-volunteer Clovis Rodeo AssoBlossom Trail 4-H ciation is what makes the festivities pos1st place non-profit float: Clovis sible, and aside from putting on a great Big Dry Creek Historical Society event year after year, their focus is on giv1st place motorized vehicle: Sierra ing back to Clovis. Chapter Model A Club “We give more than $150,000 back to 1st place mounted groups: US the community,” CRA President Rigsbee Marshall’s Service said. “Every food vendor has to be a nonMarching band division: 1st place profit and for some of them, it’s their bigClovis West, 2nd place Clovis High, gest fundraiser of the year.” 3rd place Clovis East Pre-sale tickets were available for the

Clovis Rodeo Parade award winners

Contributed photo Cavelle Kids’ Clovis storefront at 623 4th St. opened earlier this year.

moved to our neighborhood in Clovis, it didn’t take long before we met everyone on our street, and it has been such a blessing to have such great neighbors.” To pick up some fun, stylish and playful

clothing for the unique children in your life, stop by Cavelle Kids at 623 4th Street in Clovis or Bobbi Dazzlers in Fresno, or visit www.cavellekids.com.


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Tips and tricks for a successful car buying experience Contributed by Fresno County Federal Credit Union

Buying a new or used car or truck can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, with a little planning, getting your next car can be a really enjoyable experience. That’s why you should attend the free seminar from Fresno County Federal Credit Union, where you’ll learn a bunch of auto buying tips and tricks that might help you get the car or truck of your dreams! The free seminar is Wednesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Cedar and Nees branch. During the seminar, you’ll learn the importance of your credit score (and some tips to improve it), you’ll understand the auto buying process better, and you’ll receive some insider negotiating tips to get the best price. RSVP for this informative seminar at FresnoCU.com. Be prepared before you start looking for your next car or truck. It’s hard to be sure that you’re making the right decision if you have unanswered questions: Is this the right car? Is this the best price? Are you getting all the options you really want? How many dealerships should you visit? Are you paying too much? Can you get a lower monthly payment? Here are tips that can help you obtain

all of the most important information you need before you go car shopping. Chances are you’ll enjoy more than just a test drive – you’ll drive home the car or truck of your dreams. Do your research. Save time and effort before you visit any dealerships by already making some big decisions about the make, model and options you want. All auto manufacturers provide sophisticated web sites where you can explore all the options and build the car you want online. Take print-outs with you to save even more time. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. There’s no reason that your first offer should be insulting to the dealer, but it should be less than you are willing to pay. In any case, you can always end negotiations if things aren’t going the way you want. Once you agree on a price, make sure to stick with it. Insist on the car you want. Make sure it’s exactly the make, model and color you want, with all of the options you require. The car you want may have to be driven from another dealer – that’s no problem, because dealers trade vehicles all the time. If the car you want isn’t available, wait for it, or you’ll find yourself accepting a purchase you’re not happy with.

Know the price of the car you want. Do your research to get a good idea of the base price (the price of the car without any options) and how much dealers add for add-on options. If you can find out the dealer invoice price, you can negotiate from that figure. Know what your trade-in is worth. Look at classified listings and check out the Kelley Blue Book to determine the market value of your trade-in. Blue Book estimates are based on cars in good condition, so your car’s value may go up or down. Think about upgrades. Once you’ve decided on the car you want, take a close look at the options. A better set of tires may help your car operate more efficiently and last longer. Consider more safety options: blind spot cameras, collision avoidance systems, high-intensity headlamps. Pre-arrange financing. Review your credit report and understand what your score means. Visit your credit union or other lender. Get pre-approved so you’ll know the rate you qualify for and your monthly payment. Be sure to attend the free auto buying seminar. The free seminar is Wednesday, May 28 at 6pm at the Cedar and Nees

branch. RSVP at FresnoCU.com. For the lowest rate, join Fresno County Federal Credit Union. They are currently offering auto loan rates as low as 2.24% APR (Annual Percentage Rate)! For more information about membership in Fresno County Federal Credit Union and their auto loans and auto buying services, visit online at www. FresnoCU.com.

Ag at Large – Farmers can lead environmentalists to ruin By Don Curlee

It didn’t start out that way, but the farm community seems to have become a leading voice in denying Don Curlee the specious claims of the environmental radicals. Farmers couldn’t believe the claims by the environmental extremists and writer Rachel Carson when that combine denounced DDT more than 50 years ago. No farmer had ever experienced or witnessed a bad reaction to the pesticide by a human. But farmers backed off, and pseudo science took the very effective and economical chemical away from them and practically away from the world. Worse, malaria marched into the gap left by perhaps the safest and most effective killer of mosquito pests known to man. Millions have died around the world

since, and some farmers feel remorse that they didn’t fight harder to retain use of the chemical for themselves and mankind. Farmers are beginning to feel that it’s about time to set the record straight on the panic banning of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals on the ridiculous claims by environmentalists about the need for protecting species of weeds, insects, predacious animals and varmints of various kind by branding them as endangered. Finally they point to the foolish wasting of water because some worthless fishare alleged to need it more than people do. Rachel Carson was followed by a generation or two of clueless citizens in America and around the world wishing to sanitize everythingfrom pet food to peat moss. They accepted the line of teaching adopted by universities and gurus that people are to serve the environment whether it’s good for them or not. But the eyes of farmers have been opened. They see that the mantra of the environmental crazies leads nowhere. De-

cisions about the distribution of water during California’s severe drought year was a painfully convincing point. Those detrimental decisions were made by following or being taken in by 50 years of environmentalist gibberish. While farmers have consistently made fun of most environmentally contrived edicts, rulings and restrictions, they have become more militant now in wanting to denounce many of them, and see that politicians make changes to do so and to set the record straight. No doubt, many farm operators have been injured financially by the patchwork of environmental rulings and decisions. But the current combative attitude among them doesn’t seem to be motivated by a “get even” spirit. It seems more to be based on the good, old fashioned attitude of “enough is enough.” In their minds, they have given the environmental movement enough rope, and sure enough, it has hung itself. Agriculture, especially in California,

has been infiltrated by a few graduates and adherents of the environmentalist camp. It is from them that the unrealistic message of sustainability has emanated, requiring vital time and mental input to even define it, much less make sense of it and apply it. Their proposals can be expected to fall more and more on deaf ears of practical farmers. And practical may be the hallmark of the stubborn, somewhat militant new farmer attitude. A time to sow, a time to reap, a time to stand up and be counted. Look for more farmers to be counted. Politicians beware, and listen carefully. The farm voice will find ways to be heard. The state, the country and the world will be better for listening. In the California farm community, the admonition from Lee Iacoca when he was Chrysler’s CEO has never been clearer: “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” If mindless environmentalist evangelists continue to stand in the way, they may get run over by a truck…a Dodge, of course.

Fishing report: Trout are biting at Shaver Lake Good kokanee and trout fishing with a mix of trophy size fish have been the norm at Shaver Lake in recent weeks. Several trophy sized fish to 11 pounds were caught by both bank fishermen and trollers. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters says he has had good success near the island, Point and mouth of Dorabella Cove for both trout and kokanee. Limits are definitely possible at the right depth and tackle. Nichols is using orange Apexes, with corn, behind Mini Mountain Flashers on the down riggers at 30 to 40 feet and Trout Busters tipped with corn and crawler behind weighted Mountain Flashers at 20 feet deep. Others are using blade/crawlers combinations, Needlefish and Thomas

Buoyant’s. Flat lining a Rapala has had some success for trout. Bank anglers are picking up trout near the Point, Edison Campground and Road 2 using crawlers, Gulp! Worms or Power Bait. Nichols said that his clients have caught some nice trout that have had up to three hooks broken off in them indicating bank anglers are not using good line or too small test of line. The 4th Annual Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Dinner is slated for Aug. 9 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. Tickets to the public go on sale July 1st at various Shaver Lake businesses.

Photo contributed by Dina Young, of Young’s Liquor Store in Shaver Lake. Isidro Cardenas of Fresno, was fishing in the Camp Edison area on the bank when he hooked this beautiful 29 inch, 11 pound rainbow. Cardenas caught it on a Gulp Worm.


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Things to consider when choosing a veterinarian Pet owners must make a bevy of decisions regarding their pets. What to feed their animals, how often to exercise them and how to curtail certain behaviors are a few of the more significant decisions facing pet owners every day. Choosing a veterinarian is another important decision pet owners must make. But choosing a vet is more than just finding one close to home. The right veterinarian does more than conduct checkups, detect illnesses and prescribe medications. A good veterinarian will make an animal feel comfortable, even during vet visits that tend to be stressful for pets unaccustomed to offices and physical examinations. Pet owners who want the best veterinarian for their pets should consider a host of factors before choosing a vet to treat their animals. Flexibility Pet problems do not always happen during working hours on weekdays. If a pet is not feeling well during the day, it can’t call its owner on the phone and ask to be taken to the vet. As a result, emergency vet visits are often after working hours when owners arrive home and discover that their pet is sick. When choosing a veterinarian, make sure the vet’s schedule is compatible with your own, and that the office hours are flexible. This flexibility reduces the likelihood that you will skip vet visits because they must be scheduled at times that are inconvenient to your own schedule, and it also provides you with peace of mind that your vet can be contacted should an emergency arise. Breed Some veterinarians specialize in particular animals. For example, equine veterinarians work exclusively with horses.

But many veterinarians treat a host of animals, including birds, cats, dogs, and other common domesticated pets. However, some veterinarians are known to be especially effective with certain breeds, even if they still treat various types of animals. Some vets might specialize in treating especially exotic breeds of cat, while others might have a reputation for working especially well with English bulldogs. Owners of purebred dogs or other less common pets might want to find a veterinarian with a track record for treating their particular type of animal. Such vets might be more comfortable with your pet or more familiar with, and therefore quicker to recognize, any ailments that might be common to the breed. Payment options Veterinary care can be expensive, especially when pets are not insured. No pet owner wants to find himself in a position where resources fall short of the money needed to effectively treat a pet. Many veterinarians will work with pet owners to establish a payment plan if owners can’t pay for treatment upfront. But don’t assume all veterinarians are open to such arrangements. Before choosing a veterinarian, discuss potential payment options should the cost of care one day exceed your resources. This is especially

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important for owners of exotic pets or purebred dogs, which tend to encounter more unusual ailments that can be costly to treat. Atmosphere The atmosphere of a veterinary office should be considered as well. If the atmosphere is hostile or unaccommodating, pets are likely to stress out when visiting, making it more difficult for vets to do their job. Look for an atmosphere that aims to put pets at ease. In addition, monitor the interactions between staff and the pets, paying close attention to how your animal is treated on its visit.

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It’s a weed, it’s a grass…no, it’s sedge! By Jeff Kollenkark, Weedman

I know you have seen them. They hibernate in the winter, but by late April they have started to pop up in your lawn. You mow the lawn and for the most part they have disappeared, but by the next afternoon, there they are again sticking up above your lawn! Many call these grasslike weeds nutgrass, but actually they are in the sedge family. The sedge family will have thicker leaves that come in sets of three with triangular stems which is unlike the grass family that has flat or oval stems. In the Central Valley, we are blessed with two main types: yellow and purple nutsedge. The color referenced in the name refers to the color of the flower head with yellow ranging from yellow to light brown and purple having a reddish tinge to it. Hopefully you are mowing weekly or as needed and never see the formation of a seedhead. Really, I look at the leaves and the underground nutlets to help me determine which one I am dealing with, along with my nose and taste buds. Yellow nutsedge has a more slender and lighter green leaf than purple. It tends to grow taller as well. Underground tubers or nutlets form on the terminal end of the rootlets and are round. They are tasty and edible, too, and much better if the dirt is washed off first. Purple nutsedge on the other hand has a denser, shinier, thicker and blunter leaf. Its underground tubers are scaly and can form in chains like Christmas lights. The soil around them has a distinct smell and the nutlets are bitter tasting. The nutlets can get much larger than the yellow nutsedge at maturity. The key to control is managing the de-

velopment of further nutlets. A healthy nutsedge plant will be collecting the sunshine and nutrients to expand both above-ground parts and storage of carbohydrates in the formation of tubers. The goal, therefore, is to disrupt the happyleaf factory. Years ago, Kern County farm advisor Harold Kempen showed that regular hand pulling of the plants could reduce populations by 60% in the first year and close to 80% or so by year two. Obviously pulling helps, but that is not very practical. There are several selective herbicides that will “hide” the above ground parts for four to six weeks, thus slowing down the tuber formation and further expansion. I have not seen any silver bullets that fully eliminate nutsedge populations in one or two sprays, unfortunately. Persistence is the key to reduction and eventual elimination. Finally, I would advise not overwatering the lawn or flowerbeds as this favors expansion as well. Once established, they will do just fine under normal watering practices. If you would like to know more about nutsedge and proper control measures, call Weed Man at 266-1624 or visit us at Fresno.WeedManUSA.com.


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Central Valley Motorsports - SPONSORED BY HEDRICK’S CHEVROLET -

By Paul Hinkle

Once again, the Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce has continued their tradition of hosting another great car show. This show has been an annual event for the past 19 years and is one of the most enjoyable car shows in the valley. The car show is held on Draper Street in downtown Kingsburg, where you will see some of the finest cars from the surrounding areas displayed. Most of the hot rods at this show are drivers, and you will see a variety of cars that you don’t necessarily see at the car shows in Fresno. Many rod owners bring their cars out for the first showing of the year and then there are others that you enjoy seeing each year. In the past, you did not see many pick-ups at this event; however, it was nice to see that this year a number of quality custom and modified pick-ups were on display. Jess Chambers, the executive director of the Kingsburg District Chamber of

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Commerce, has been an integral part of this car show for the past 12 years. This was his last show as he is retiring to spend time with his beautiful wife of 41 years and their three grandchildren who will keep him busy. The hot rod community would like to thank Jess for all his hard work and dedication in making the Kingsburg Car Show the success that it is today. SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS: Best of Show – John Mananian 1957 Chevrolet Convertible, Best Motor – Bob Cook 1955 Chevrolet (Hemi Motor), Best Interior – John Mananian 1957 Chevrolet Convertible, Best Wild Paint – Bryan Bergen 1936 Ford, Exotic Car – Barbra Newton 1967 Jaguar, Best Paint – RJ Correia 1950 Chevrolet Pick-up, Car Show Committee – Louis Salazar 1956 Camio Chevrolet Pick-up, Ladies Choice – Dennis Melkonian 1928 Ford Sedan

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On May 17, Clovis Park in the Park will take place. This will be the second summer for this gathering of car enthusiasts. It is held at Treasure Ingmire Park at the corner of Clovis and Sierra avenues from 4 to 9 p.m. This first event is sponsored by Clovis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Goodguys Tire. The San Joaquin Valley Mopar car club will have their muscle and classic cars parked under the shade trees. Their club will be collecting canned soup for the Oak Hills Church Soup Kitchen to help them feed the less fortunate in Clovis, so don’t forget to bring a can of soup for this worthy cause. Visit the website www. clovisparkinthepark.com for more information on this event. UPCOMING EVENTS: May 9th Clovis Senior Center Car Show, May 10th Jefferson Elementary 4th Annual Car Show and American Legion Post 509’s Car Show and Pan Draggers 25th Start-N-Summer

Rod Run, May 11th MOTHERS DAY, May 17th Clovis Park in the Park and Cam Twisters of Fresno Car Show, May 17th – 18th Eagle Field Drags, May 23rd – 25th West Coast Kustoms Crusin Nationals, May 30th – June 1st Super Chevy Show Famoso Bakersfield, May 31st The Red Caboose 1st Annual Car Show, May 31st – June 1st Goodguys 21st Summer GetTogether, June 6th Rods on the Bluffs, June 7th Northside Church Car Show, June 14th Peoples Church Car Show, June 14th – 15th LA Roadster Show Pomona, June 15th Father’s Day, June 21st Clovis Park in the Park. If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to clovisparkinthepark@gmail.com or call me at (559) 970-2274. I’m always looking for interesting cars and events to share. You can find past articles and pictures of events at www. clovisparkinthepark.com.

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Digging in: Taking backyard vegetable gardening to a new level By Jolene Polyack

While shopping at Wal-Mart, fourth generation Valley native Stan Ruiz noticed a new type of gardening pot. He picked one up and examined it and determined that there was no way it could do what the label promised, and so he set it back down. His brother, who coincidentally had purchased one of the pots, showed Ruiz the big healthy plants he had as a result of the pot’s unique watering system. “I ran down to Wal-Mart and got a couple of pots and tried it,” Ruiz said. “When I could see the results, I determined that I would use them on a larger scale the next season.” Up until utilizing the above ground system, Ruiz averaged 150 quarts of pickled chilies per year. In 2012, when he switched to the above ground system, he pickled 175 quarts and could have done more, but simply ran out of time. “There were four weeks when we couldn’t pickle, so we just picked those chilies, toasted them and froze them to use for cooking and salsas. If we would have pickled these chilies, we would have had well over 300 quarts. When I was planting on the ground I had room for 64 plants. With this raised system I can condense the plants and fit 96 of them into about the same amount of space. With the confinement of the plants I use a pressurized drip system and water the first and last plant at the same time, knowing that they will all receive the same amount of water. What used to take four hours to water now takes three minutes.” Ruiz said. The plants are highly prolific with a stem that resembles bark which is due to using a pathogen-freeliquid organic fertilizer called 8-11 mix and K-Max.

Photo by Stan Ruiz Stan Ruiz uses an above ground gardening system to grow 175 quarts of chilies each season.

Photo by Stan Ruiz In addition to the chilies, Ruiz uses above ground gardening to grow squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplant. The system can be used for anything that has a root.

Before last year, Ruiz had between four to six pickings per season. Last year he had 12 pickings. What conventionally was three weeks between pickings changed to 12-15 days, with 25 to 35 chilies per plant. Ruiz grows eight varieties of chilies, five of which are considered the hottest in the world. What does he do with 175 quarts of chilies? “After pickling them we either eat them or give them away to friend,” he said. “If I start selling them, then it turns into a job.” In addition to the chilies, Ruiz grows squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplant. The system can be used for anything that has a root.

“The neatest thing about the raised garden, all of the work I have to do, from trimming the plants, to watering and picking, I do it standing up,” he said. “There is no bending over. Interestingly, because they’re raised and the water is so targeted to the roots, there are no weeds. I’ve had zero aphid problems and there have been no worms on the tomato plants. “ There has been a surge in backyard vegetable gardening over the past decade. In 2008 31% of the U.S. households had their own food garden. By 2009 that percentage had jumped to 37%. There are many ways to learn about gardening, the National Gardening Association’s (NGA) website,

garden.org, provides detailed information for the beginner to the pro all in a wellorganized, easy to understand way. There is gardening software, you tube videos and a myriad of other resources available for the home food gardener. According to the NGA, the average amount of time spent in a backyard garden is 5 hours per week with tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers being the three most popular items grown. Gardening is considered a past time, hobby, vital food source, and even therapy to some. For whatever reason, it’s a great time to begin your own garden and dig in to this re-emerging American trend.


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“Let’s Talk Clovis” - The history of the Galliano and Matthews families By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum

Joseph Galliano emigrated from Italy in 1891 and lived on the coast of California prior to arriving in Clovis in 1894. The family settled at the corner of 8th and DeWitt. They moved in 1900 to a ranch in the Jefferson district. The Jefferson School District was established in 1884 with boundaries of Bullard, Shields, Peach and Highland. Joseph and his wife Lucy had four children, all born in California: Julius, Antonetti, Josephine and Fred. In 1935, Joseph moved to a ranch at 2643 Copper Ave. to be with his sons. Joseph died in 1937 at the age of 72. Julius (1893-1967) attended Jefferson Grammar School and one year of Clovis High School. He worked at his father’s

ranch until he joined the Army during WW I. The 1937 telephone directory indicates Julius lived on Copper Ave. His listed number: 105-F-2, which indicated it was a “party” (not private) line. It is believed he purchased the land in 1918. He would partner with his brother Fred on the Copper 75 acre farm. Flora Edith Matthews (1895-1973) married Julius in 1919. They had no children. Her father Robert John Matthews was born in 1849 in Johnson County, Missouri. He married Florilla Nichols on 29th of November, 1872. The family, including Robert’s mother-inlaw Josephine Nichols, arrived in Clovis between 1901-1906. The family raised

grapes. Flora’s brother Theodore Mathews (1887-1967) worked at the big cattle ranches in the foothills. He was described as being of “small string bean stature, a genuine cowboy and a man of few words.” Upon retirement, he moved to a small, one-room cabin set out in the middle of the Galliano’s vineyard. Theodore was a great card player. He would frequently walk into Clovis to play cards at one of the card rooms on Clovis or Pollasky avenues. Ralph Mathews (1892-1940) was the brother of Flora and Theodore. He worked as a muleskinner. He drove a mule team wagon hauling timber down the old Tollhouse grade from Shaver Lake (19181919) to the sawmills at Tollhouse. He farmed on east De Wolf and continued using the same mule team to work his fields. Their property was lost during the 1933 as a result of the Great Depression. Josephine Nichols’ eldest son Clark Nichols had arrived in Clovis 1896. Clark’s son Delbert Nichols was a raisin farmer for many years in the Ashlan area, near Clovis East High School. Jube (Julius’ nickname for most of his life in Clovis) was active in the Clovis Rodeo Association and a 32 degree Mason. He was commander of the American Legion Cecil Cox Post #147, 1932-1933. The unit was formed in 1919 and was named in honor of Cecil Cox, the first Clovis man killed in WW I. A 1921 report indicated there were 120 members and that the dues were 50 cents per month. Jube was a member of the Farm Bureau for 40 years and would assist Al Biglione in creating the Clovis Fresno County Fair

Contributed photo. Julius and Flora Matthews Galliano 1919’s wedding.

booth that would consistently win prizes for its produce and design. He also served as Fresno County assessor for over 15 years. He was considered the best volunteer fund raising cook (noted for his beans) in Clovis. He was active in raising funds for the new Clovis hospital on De Witt (1965) that replaced the antiquated 1896 home that had been converted into the Clovis Sanitarium by Dr. Milton McMurtry in 1920. Jube served on the Clovis Union High School Board from 1934-1946. He and Flora remained active in the Clovis community. They sold their portion of the ranch in 1957 and purchased a home in Tarpey Village. The Galliano and Matthew families are a part of our rich heritage.


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“Challenge of Champions” statue commemorates Clovis Rodeo centennial By Amy D. Fienen

It’s been nearly 25 years since world champion bull rider Lane Frost died tragically from injuries sustained in the arena, but his legend lives on. A tribute to the dream of all who ever aspired to the cowboy way of life, Frost’s most remarkable accomplishment is frozen in time at the entrance of the Clovis Rodeo grounds. In honor of the Clovis Rodeo’s 100th birthday celebration, a bronze statue of Frost riding Red Rock, a bull who remained unridden for 309 attempts, was dedicated on Wednesday, April 23, the evening before the rodeo festivities kicked off on Thursday. Frost’s parents, Elsie and Clyde Frost, traveled to Clovis from Oklahoma for the dedication and subsequent events. While they wish he had chosen a safer profession, they supported the career that led to him being named world champion bull rider in 1987. Elsie Frost said she was amazed at how her son’s legacy continues to live on. It was in 1988 that Frost competed in Clovis during the Challenge of the Champions, pitting Frost against Red Rock in seven matches across the west. Clovis was the second stop on the tour, and when they left town, Red Rock remained unridden. It was during their third stop in Redding that Frost conquered Red Rock, becoming the first cowboy ever to stay on the legendary bull for eight seconds.

Photo courtesy of projects.ajc.com Professional bull rider Lane Frost.

He went on to ride Red Rock three more times. A year later, Frost died from injuries he sustained when being charged by a bull following a successful ride. The “Challenge of Champions” statue was created by bronze artist Jim Stuckenberg, a graduate of Fresno State. Clovis Rodeo Association President Chuck Rigsbee said the community is lucky to have commissioned such a talented artist for the project. “The statue is just amazing in my

Military Appreciation Day will honor veterans and service members By Elizabeth Warmerdam

Clovis’ upcoming Military Appreciation Day will provide veterans and service members with a variety of services and workshops and give the public a chance to show their gratitude to the many local men and women who have served this country. “This is a day to let veterans know that we appreciate what they’ve done or what they’re doing, and so they can feel special for a day,” said Steve Doak, a veteran who helped organize the event. Military Appreciation Day, put on by the Veterans Event Planning Committee, will take place on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, located at 808 Fourth Street. Admission is free and veterans and service members will receive a complimentary lunch for two. The opening ceremonies are at 9:30 a.m. and will feature the band “Sounds of Freedom.” Other musical entertainers scheduled for the day include the Roosevelt School of the Arts Band, the Baloney Creek Band, country western entertainer Roger Perry, and the Travelin’ Pioneers Square Dancers. “The caller for the square dancers is Ernie Kinney, an 89-year-old former Marine,” said event organizer Marti Nicely. “He is the oldest square dance caller in the United States.” Kids will be entertained by a bounce house and slide, face painting, a Clovis fire engine, go-kart rides, and pony rides. Food vendors will also be on hand selling delicious items like cotton candy, snow cones, kettle korn, Jamba Juice and hot dogs. Most importantly, the inaugural Military Appreciation Day will feature a variety of resources intended to help veterans and service members, including resource and job fairs.

“There are going to be employers with jobs or with information on how to apply for jobs. There will be seminars throughout the day about how to apply for state jobs, tips on filling out a successful resume, interviewing skills, dressing for success, and other types of coaching for those looking for work,” Doak said. Businesses that will be on hand to accept resumes from veterans and service members include the city of Clovis, Lowe’s, the California Highway Patrol, Children’s Hospital Central California, and the California Department of Corrections. More than 50 local, state and federal agencies will be represented at the resource fair and will provide valuable information and assistance to the honorees. Veterans and service members will also be offered complimentary massages, laser scans and spinal evaluations at the health fair, and complimentary haircuts, nail polish application and hair braiding at the beauty services station. “We will have vendors talking about smoking cessation, someone will be there to talk about special phones for those with hearing difficulty, and a couple of agencies will be handing out literature on health and fitness issues, such as how to eat correctly and get plenty of exercise,” Doak said. Bruce Thiesen, director of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, said that events like these are important to veterans and service personnel in the Central Valley. “Many veterans and their families are struggling to make ends meet, and through these public functions, they soon realize that they’re not in this alone,” Thiesen said. For more information, or for veterans and service members who want to RSVP for the free lunch, visit facebook.com/ saluteourmilitary or send a message to veteransevent@att.net.

Photo courtesy of Clovis Rodeo Association The “Challenge of Champions” statue honoring Lane Frost was formally dedicated on Wednesday, April 23.

book,” Rigsbee said. For all those entering the rodeo grounds, the statue stands as a larger than life reminder of the cowboy way of life on which Clovis was founded, and the importance of following one’s dreams no

matter what the cost. “Don’t be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be,” Lane Frost was quoted as saying. “But don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price.”

Local volunteers to shave their heads to support childhood cancer research

Photo Courtesy of Britt Anderson - St. Baldricks Foundation

Clovis North High School will participate in a unique event to fund childhood cancer research. On May 8, Clovis North is partnering with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteerdriven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host a head-shaving event where more than 70 volunteers will shave their heads or cut eight or more inches in solidarity with kids with cancer. Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. With only four percent of all federal cancer research funding

dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation volunteers, supporters and donors are needed to continue the battle against this devastating disease. Over the last four years, the Clovis North Peer Counselors have helped raise more than $65,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Money raised has come from classroom donations, shavees and volunteers, and corporate donations. The Peer Counselors put together a huge event during lunch and the whole student body comes out and supports their classmates and teachers while they shave or cut their hair. The event continues to grow in numbers and an increased awareness to support children’s cancer research.


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Luna’s in Old Town Clovis serves up authentic Italian fare

Story & photos by Amy Guerra

The wooden benches were worn with familiarity; the awnings, red, green and white, bore the name of a nearly 50year old-restaurant – a restaurant that the Liberta family opened in 1969 on borrowed groceries and without a single employee. When we arrived at Luna’s in Old Town Clovis, there was a bustling lunch crowd already seated, each table marked with a basket of soft, neatly sliced Italian bread and butter with red and white checkered paper showing from underneath. At each table, patrons labored over the menu…

lasagna, calzones, pizza and pasta options; hearty helpings served on simple plates. There’s nothing pretentious about the atmosphere. No one steps into this place thinking about anything but the abundance of lovingly homemade food that’s made Luna’s a local favorite. Luna’s menu is simple but authentic; a collection of homemade dishes that showcase the simplicity of traditional food. Still, the restaurant offers a glutenfree version of their highly regarded pizza crust. A collection of dishes offer an option only rarely found at less traditional

restaurants: for a mere 50 cents more per dish, customers can opt for freshly prepared pasta: linguine, fettuccini or angel hair. Unwilling to pass up an opportunity to eat homemade pasta, we ordered the manicotti and meatballs and the angel hair speciale, a combination of mild olive oil, sweet chopped tomatoes and basil topped with chicken, all of which was perfectly designed for emphasizing, but not overpowering the tender homemade pasta. The manicotti was tender, overflowing with mild ricotta cheese, paired with

tender meatballs and perfectly seasoned red sauce. For dessert, the waitress served spumoni – Italian ice cream that combines cherries, pistachios and chocolate in an old fashioned glass. A variety of large jars near the register showcased chocolate, almond and twists of homemade biscotti. Apparently it’s not uncommon for customers to purchase a dozen to take home and enjoy. Today, the restaurant is owned and operated by the Liberta family. Luna’s is located at 349 Pollasky Ave. in Clovis. For more information, visit lunasclovis.com.


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I have just received my second copy of the “Clovis Roundup.” Thank you. It is so much fun reading about all the goings on in Clovis. Especially Old Town Clovis. I really enjoyed the lead story in the current edition all about Al Gould and his shop making custom saddles. The saddles in the photos are exquisite. When I was a little boy I remember climbing on some of the saddles that were on display in the hardware store on Pollasky near Fifth Street. In the previous edition I enjoyed reading about all the Grand Marshals and especially the women Grand Marshals. My Aunt Lu was the very first. It was nice to read of her driving her sisters from Academy to school in Clovis. One of her sisters was my Grandmother. You also mentioned A. P. Smith, my Great Grandfather. It was nice to read about my family. A.P. and my Great Grandmother lived at 350 Woodworth when I was a boy. Aunt Lu and Dr. Mac lived next door at Fourth and Woodworth. Sometime I will get some more family information and maybe some pictures for you and Peg Bos to have for your files. I will be looking forward to receiving the nextedition of the “Clovis Roundup.” Dave Kohnke

ACROSS 1. Compartments 5. A fencing sword 10. Curtsies 14. Moonfish 15. U.S. Senator Spector 16. Norse goddess of old age 17. Become stuck in 18. Vestige 19. Beat with a cane 20. Literary elephant 22. Nursing group 23. Cobitidae fish 24. Reprocessing discards 27. Graphic cardiac cycle 30. Hyrax 31. Stage of a journey 32. Show host: Bergeron 35. Wine cask 37. Resting place 38. Cab 39. Spills the beans 40. Dishonorable man 41. Tossed, taco or fruit 42. If not 43. Scarf 44. Brook sound 45. Dip lightly into water 46. Box, abbr. 47. ___ - you’re it! 48. Word element meaning ear 49. Light-skinned race 52. Book jacket notice

55. Before 56. Alt. sp. of 5 across 60. Melodic Hindu music 61. The Laws of Status - Gablach 63. Swiss river 64. Feels ill 65. A secret store 66. Greenish blue 67. Greek goddess of discord 68. Dunce cap shaped 69. El __, Texas town DOWN 1. Hair grooming tool 2. Samoan capital 3. A cutting remark 4. Remove fleece 5. College admission test 6. Orderly arrangements 7. White (French) 8. Remembered 9. Midway between NE and E 10. Obscure with mist 11. Earthenware water pot 12. Alliance 13. Breathe deeply and heavily 21. 1936 fishing film 23. Liquefied natural gas 25. UC Berkeley 26. Improvised explosive device 27. Pulled away 28. Arum lilly 29. Take hold of

32. Italian aviator 33. Laud 34. Relating to TV images 36. Relative biological effectiveness (abbr.) 37. Blat 38. Bar bill 40. Ripieno 41. Adventure stories 43. Heat unit 44. Actress Ling 46. Rig 47. Fly 49. Unrefined 50. Born under the Ram sign 51. Civil Rights group 52. Hillside 53. Den 54. Grapefruit and tangerine 57. Indian weaverbird 58. Geological times 59. Gambling town 61. Reciprocal of a sine 62. Hogshead (abbr.)

*See our next issue for Crossword Answers*

2014 CLOVIS CALENDAR car dealers will judge cars with prizes for 1st and 2nd in each Stock and Modified categories. There’s also a People’s Choice prize for the popular favorite. The ever popular 50/50 raffle will be held as well. Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Place: Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street, Clovis Call the Clovis Senior Center at 324-2750 for more information. - MAY Rock the Mall Concert Series Thursday, May 8 Bring your blanket or chairs, family and friends and spend an evening with us this summer. All shows are free and appropriate for all ages. Visit a variety of vendors at the park while enjoying the music. Most of the Sierra Vista Mall restaurants will prepare your dinner to go so you can enjoy it while taking in an evening of fun. The Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Garden is open for those 21 and older. Sierra Vista Mall is located on the southeast corner of Shaw and Clovis Avenues. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission For more information, please visit www. sierravistamall.com Clovis Senior Center Car Show Friday, May 9 Enter your car for a $15 entry fee (which includes a free BBQ lunch) or just come out and check out some cool cars and motorcycles. Spectators can enjoy a BBQ lunch for $4. Judges from local

Old Town Clovis Farmer’s Market Friday nights, May 9, 16, 23, & 30 Every Friday evening starting on May 9, Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample a cornucopia of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown here in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season! This weekly event also offers live entertainment and special activities for kids. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Third and Fifth Streets Free admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774. www.oldtownclovis.org KSEE Concert Series Friday, May 9 A fantastic evening at the Farmer’s Market just got more fun! The KSEE 24 Concert Series brings the best Valley entertainment to Old Town. And, this year’s concerts are bigger and better than ever. Don’t miss the excitement and some great concerts. Plus, you will see some awesome local talent during Central Valley’s Top Talent performances. Great music, great food and drinks, and great

family fun. Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Old Town, Clovis. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Third and Fifth streets Free admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774. www.oldtownclovis.org “Let’s Talk Clovis” Tuesday, May 13 David Lewis, a 1963 Clovis High graduate, received the treasured football Sassano Blanket award. He played for Stanford and was their starting quarterback in the 1966 East-West game. During his four years with the Cincinnati Bengals, he led the NFL in punting (1970-1971). He was also selected for the All-Conference and All-Pro First Teams in 1970. He was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. The presentation is open to the public. Time: 7 p.m. Place: Clovis Memorial Bldg., 453 Hughes at Fifth, Freedom Room For additional information, call 297-8033. Clovis Brew Fest Saturday, May 17 Enjoy an evening of unlimited beer, food and entertainment. With 30 different beers, live music, food booths, cigars from Cigars Ltd. and much more, you can’t afford to miss this event. Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds (Clovis Avenue at Seventh Street) $25 per person. Tickets are available at Sierra Vista Mall’s Customer Service Booth. Contact: Old Town Clovis Kiwanis at (559) 916-9124

Military Appreciation Day Saturday, May 17 It’s a day to show appreciation for, and give support to our local area veterans and military members. Hosted by the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, the event features a veteran’s job and resource fair, workshops for veterans and their families, entertainment, information booths, food vendors, children’s play areas, bounce houses, pony rides and a car show. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building (808 Fourth Street) Free admission Contact: Steven Doak at (559) 260-2704 AUSA Sounds Of Freedom Military Concert Band Sunday, May 18 This free concert is open to the public. Time: 2 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building For more information, call 297-2295. Rock the Mall Concert Series Thursday, May 22 Bring your blanket or chairs, family and friends and spend an evening with us this summer. All shows are free and appropriate for all ages. Visit a variety of vendors at the park while enjoying the music. Most of the Sierra Vista Mall restaurants will prepare your dinner to go so you can enjoy it while taking in a evening of fun. The Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Garden is open for those 21 and older. Sierra Vista Mall is located on the southeast corner of Shaw and Clovis Avenues. Time: 6 to 9 p.m.. Free admission For more information, please visit www. sierravistamall.com


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Log of Shame By April French-Naten

April 16, 2014 A very calm and collected young woman called to report that someone attempted to break into her house over on Timmy Street. The owner was in the kitchen making a sandwich when she noticed someone at her back sliding door. So, naturally she armed herself with the nearest weapon and when the intruder broke the slider free, she used all her might and, bam….right over the head with a frying pan. Knocked him out cold! April 17, 2014 A resident in the 1000 block of Sylmar got ready for work one evening at a local pub, and when she went out to get in her vehicle, she found her tires slashed! So either she was the victim of a random act of vandalism or she ticked off the wrong cowboy’s girl during last night’s shift!

April 20, 2014 A local mom called police to report identity theft when over the last week she started getting an excessive amount of mail for loan approvals, men’s magazine subscriptions and the occasional package with odd purchases, all of which were in the name of her 1 year old son. I’m pretty sure GQ Magazine isn’t targeting men quite that young! April 21, 2014 In the 2700 block of Herndon, a woman called police very confused to report that someone broke into her car and stole a bottle of prescription medication. They didn’t take anything else, not her designer sunglasses, not her coffee cup full of quarters or even her camera in the center console. Nope, just took her prescription pills for heartburn. She is of course grateful, but very confused, as I assume the thief is by now! April 22, 2014 A woman following a truck pulled over when she saw something fly off the tailgate. Apparently the driver had left his wallet on the lowered tailgate and when he drove off, it came tumbling down. The woman got back in her car and attempted to catch him to no avail. He hopped on ramp to the freeway, opened up and sped away! The good Samaritan dropped the wallet off at the police station. Bet that cowboy wishes he hadn’t been speeding! Maybe he would have had his wallet by now! April 23, 2014 A woman walking her dog noticed suspicious activity on the railroad tracks and called police when she saw an obviously intoxicated man trying to jump over the train tracks. Police arrived and, sure enough, the man was tempting fate and jumping back and forth over tracks playing some kind of game. Luckily for him, officers were able to go out and arrest him for his own safety and let him sober up in the drunk tank. No more chicken with the train tonight! April 24, 2014 A man was arrested for possession of burglary tools when an officer noticed him trying to pry a window open in a quiet neighborhood. He of course had a wonderful story about how he lives there and just forgot his key. Unfortunately, his story fell apart and when the owner of the home walked out curious as to why there were police cars in his driveway! Oops! April 25, 2014 A routine traffic stop ended in an arrest when a man was caught running a stop sign. When the officer lit him up, the car pulled over, the driver shut it off and jumped into the passenger seat and tried to tell the officer he was not driving the car. (Insert cricket sounds here.) …….And surprise, he was arrested for driving under the influence of narcotics. April 26, 2014 Multiple officers were dispatched to a country road near Minnewawa when a neighbor noticed someone driving slow and yet recklessly swerving to avoid cars down the street. Officers showed up to find a 13 year boy driving his dad’s ranch truck without permission. Luckily, the sight of the officer’s cars all lit up immediately prompted him to stop. He was arrested and will certainly never forget his night or two in the clinker! April 27, 2014 A petty theft was reported at a local store when a man was caught on camera walking out the front door with a patio umbrella fully extended. This caught the attention of loss prevention as he was obviously trying to cover his face from the cameras. Instead he just attracted an entire team that brought him down, detained him and turned him over to the police! April 28, 2014 A small liquor store over on West Gettysburg called police to report a theft in progress. An officer who was very close was able to respond and caught a very thin man running through the parking lot with two 18-packs of beer. Perhaps if he had stolen a six-pack he would have been able to run a little faster! *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.

CROSSWORD

April 19, 2014 An attempt to pick up a male subject with a warrant went very well when officers arrived to find the man lounging by the pool. Of course, the man went on and on about how he didn’t do it but I gotta tell ya – it’s a tad difficult to explain how you got yourself a Rolex working as a janitor! We’ll let the judge decide!

LAST ISSUE’S

April 18, 2014 A woman was arrested at a local jeweler over on Herndon Avenue when she strolled in, spent an hour picking out a hefty piece of ice and tried to pay for it with a stolen credit card. You’re not at a gas station buying a candy bar, lady! Did you really think they weren’t going to ask for your identification?


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Help Clovis PD identify burglary suspects Clovis PD is asking for your help with identifying these 2 burglary suspects from Walmart. If you have any info, please message us on FB, call 559-324-2800, or call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You can remain anonymous!

Clovis PD makes six DUI arrests as part of AVOID the 21 Grant Program The Clovis Police Department conducted an effective DUI checkpoint on Thursday, April 24, resulting in significant arrests as part of the AVOID the 21 grant program anti-DUI crackdown effort. Additional DUI Saturation Patrols were also conducted in the community. From 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 to 2 a.m. on Friday, April 25, Clovis police officers arrested six individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Clovis police officers have joined thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout the region and nation as they continue to take part in the on-going Drunk Driving,

Over the Limit, Under Arrest program. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During designated holiday periods, special community events and throughout the year, law enforcement officers in Fresno and Madera counties conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols as part of the AVOID the 21 DUI Task Force. The program’s focus is to stop and arrest DUI drivers before another life is lost. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report drunk drivers – call 911.

Clovis Police arrest female car thief following a short pursuit

Just before 2 p.m. on April 30, Clovis Police responded to a call of a stolen vehicle from a quick lube shop in the 1100 block of Clovis Avenue. The suspect drove off in a gray Honda Civic southbound on Clovis Avenue. She headed west on Barstow and stopped to get gas at Shaw and Willow. That’s where officers spotted the stolen vehicle. Upon seeing the officers, Brandi Wineland took off. She drove eastbound on Santa Ana to Peach and

went southbound to Dakota. The Tollhouse resident tried to make a westbound turn, but the turn was too wide. She ended up hitting a car in the turn lane, and took off. A Clovis Police officer used a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to stop the car. Officers arrested the 27-year-old Wineland for grand theft auto. She was taken to Clovis Community Hospital after she complained of pain. No one else was hurt.

Tip of the Day If you open your windows/doors in the cool evenings, don’t forget to lock them before leaving for work in the morning. Day time burglaries typically increase as the weather gets warmer.

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The Pest Report: Beating bed bugs

Contributedby Taylor Reinke, Tamarack Pest Control

Here at Tamarack, we have been seeing more and more bed bug problems in the Central Valley. These teeny tiny bloodsucking insects that usedto be most abundant in New York now hold a bigger population in Los Angeles, which is a lot closer to home. They are sneaky critters that hide themselves in furniture, but that does not limit them to other unsuspected items. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and can hide in leather watches, the carpets in your home, suitcases and shoes, making it easy for you to become their next victim. Bed bugs are becoming more and more difficult to get rid of due to their increasing resistance to chemical application. When bed bugs are professionally found in your home, there are three ways you can exterminate them. The first is a chemical treatment, the second is a fumigation of your home, and lastly is thermal remediation or heat treatment. The most effective treatment, whichis also the most economical, is thermal remediation. All adult bed bugs and any bed bug eggs will die at 121 degrees Fahrenheit. Now you can see why thermal remediation is so effective. This type of treatment is an allday service where Tamarack essentially heats up your entire house to 135 degrees. The technician performing the service will go into the house every half hour, flipping over couches, moving dressers, etc. in order to have every square foot of your house and furniture well heated and leave you bed bug free. This service is extremely effective and is guaranteed by Tamarack for 45 days. I bet you’re thinking, how would I get bed bugs anyway? There are three common ways you can bring them into your home.

1. Traveling to different places, whether is Los Angeles or half way across the globe. They’re hitchhikers and they can embed themselves into articles of clothing, suitcases, shoes and even be dormant until conditions are prime for living. 2. Someone else bringing them into your home. 3. Buying used items. This is one of the more common problems where bed bugs are found, especially when buying used furniture from Craigslist or garage sales. Be extra cautious if you do buy used furniture before you bring it, and possibly an infestation of bed bugs, inside your home. The most important things to do if you discover that you have bed bugs is to stop the spread of them. Once you have suspicions that they are in your home, bring in the professionals! Bed bugs will put up a gruesome, bloody fight that you don’t want to be in the middle of.


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Success through communication By Dr. Edward Trevino

Have you ever found yourself sitting in the dental chair wondering what was going to happen to you? Fear of the unknown is one of the biggest culprits of dental anxiety. The “unknown” creates an uncertainty which leaves you pondering the situation surrounding you. The opportunity to eliminate “anxiety” somehow never arrives because the most basic of tools is not being used: communication.What do you mean by communication? The dictionary states that communication is the process of “imparting or interchanging thoughts, opinions or information by speech, writing or signs. “How does that apply to the anxiety of your dental visit? Most of our teachings are made through communication. As a child, information is shared with us through speech by our parents. They tell us what to do and what not to do. This information can be based on fact or personal opinion. They may be sharing their own opinions based on their own personal experiences. The information can be interpretations based on informational background that was imparted to them. In any case, these all meet the criteria for establishing the components of communication. Now what happens if no one communicates with you? How would you know to be afraid of a large snake or spider if you were never told to be afraid of them? You might be afraid of them because it is in your nature to fear the unknown or you might not have any fear at all. Either way, communication, or lack of, is somehow mixed in there. In regards to dentistry, one has usually heard opinions that “it is horrible to go to the dentist. “Someone’s opinion is interchanged with another person’s and it often impacts their opinion. If it is a negative opinion, how can it be corrected? It stands to reason that, conversely, as the opinion was formed through communication, it can be changed through the same process. In the dental office, it is the duty of the dentist to inform or teach the patient about the world of dentistry. The dentist is the expert on the oral cavity and its com-

ponents. With proper teachings or instruction, they can dispel preconceived erroneous notions. If the dentist is capable of imparting or sharing information correctly, they can lay a foundation for a successful dental relationship. The dentist must share any and all information necessary at the onset if there is to be any chance for moving forward. If the dentist cannot do this with their patient, they may never advance into a trusting, confident relationship. It is an artform to be able to communicate properly and some people are better than others. There is one more essential component that allows the communication process to take place. It is the exchange of information between the involved parties that allows a dialogue so the appropriate information is shared. The dentist cannot possibly know which areas of concern need to be addressed without the exchange of thoughts between the dentist and the patient. This is, and must be, the most basic foundation sought to initiate the success of a good doctor/patient relationship. It does not matter if the parties are discussing fear of just sitting in the dental chair or talking about a full mouth rehabilitation using implants combined with fixed, removable and surgical components, the patient must have the ability to “interchange” their concerns and desires. The dentist also needs the ability to impart his or her knowledge and experience. This will dispel most concerns as well as educate the patient through verbal, written, or visual cues. In any case, communication becomes the foundation for success, and success can only come if you have the proper communication. If you have any questions or wish to contact this writer you may do so at: Art of Design Implant, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Edward A. Treviño, D.D.S., F.A.D.I.A. 1040 E. Herndon Avenue #102 Fresno, California 93720 559-230-0809 559-230-0833 fax artofdesigndentistry@gmail.com www.fresnosdentist.com

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Roasted Pepper Pesto Rubbed Grilled T-Bones

Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 45 minutes Serves: 4 4 Omaha Steaks T-bone steaks 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Seasoning, or salt and pepper 1 recipe Roasted Pepper Pesto (see recipe below) 4 fresh basil sprigs Preheat grill to medium. Brush steaks with olive oil and season with season­ing, or salt and pepper. Brush both sides of steaks with Roasted Pepper Pesto. Place steaks on grill and cook to desired doneness. (For a medium-rare steak about 8 minutes on first side and 6 to 7 minutes on second side.) When steaks are finished, brush both sides one final time with pesto. Serve steaks with dollop of unused pesto in center of each and garnish with fresh basil sprig.

Roasted Pepper Pesto

Makes: approximately 2 cups 1 cup roasted red peppers, peeled, seeded and chopped 1/4 cup garlic cloves, peeled 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil Combine all ingredients except olive oil in food processor or blender, and puree until smooth. Next, add oil slowly in food processor until com­pletely combined.

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uite possibly the ultimate steak, the T-bone embodies the rich blend of varied beef flavors that steak lovers crave, from tender and mild to bold and beefy. On one side of the T-bone is the filet mignon. French for “dainty fillet,” the filet mignon is considered the most tender cut, with a mild beef flavor. On the other side of the T-bone is the strip loin or New York strip, a firm, robust steak that is naturally marbled and offers a bold taste. The bone itself also provides additional flavor in the cooking process. With this pairing of tastes, it is no surprise that the T-bone is considered to be “the best of both worlds” by steak connoisseurs. For more steak recipes, visit www.OmahaSteaks.com.

Ancho Chile Rubbed Grilled T-Bones

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 4 Omaha Steaks T-bone steaks 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons Ancho Chile Rub (see recipe below) 12 grilled tri-color sweet baby peppers Preheat grill to medium. Thaw and blot dry steaks. Brush steaks with olive oil. Generously cover both sides of steaks with Ancho Chile Rub by dipping them in rub. Continue until steaks are com­pletely covered. Place steaks on heated grill and grill to desired done­ness. (For a medium-rare steak, grill approximately 8 minutes on first side and 6 to 7 minutes on second side.) Remove steaks from grill and garnish with grilled tri-colored sweet baby peppers. Ancho Chile Rub Makes: 4 tablespoons 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons sea salt 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder 1 teaspoon brown sugar Combine all ingredients and mix well.

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Grilled T-Bones with Tabasco and Roquefort Cheese Butter

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 4 hours refrigerator time Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 4 hours and 30 minutes Serves: 4 4 Omaha Steaks T-bones Omaha Steaks All Natural Steak Seasoning, or salt and pepper, to taste 4 slices (1 1/2-inch coins) Tabasco and Roquefort Cheese Butter (see recipe below) 2 tablespoons minced chives Thaw steaks over­night in refrigerator or quick thaw by placing sealed steaks in sink with water for approxi­mately one hour. Preheat grill to medium. Season both sides of steaks with seasoning, or salt and pepper. Grill steaks to desired done­ness. (For medium-rare steak, grill approxi­­mately 8 minutes on first side and 6 to 7 minutes on second side.) Just before removing steaks from grill, place butter slice on each steak. The idea is to have butter half melted on top as you are serving steaks. Garnish each steak with sprinkle of minced chives. Tabasco and Roquefort Cheese Butter 4 ounces unsalted butter,softened 4 ounces Roquefort blue cheese, crumbled 3 tablespoons Tabasco sauce 1/4 cup fresh chives, minced 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced 1 roasted red pepper, peeled, seeded and diced 1 teaspoon kosher salt Whip butter slightly in mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Transfer mixture to sheet of parchment paper. Roll into tube (approximately 1 1/2-inch diameter) and twist paper at the ends. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours. When ready to serve, slice into coins as needed. Unused butter can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.


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May 8, 2014

CUSD bus driver honored as bus driver of the year Clovis Unified School District bus driver Pamela Black was selected as the California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Northern California School Bus Driver of the Year. On April 22, CHP Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow presented Black with the School Bus Driver of the Year award during a special School Bus Drivers’ Day breakfast hosted by the CUSD Transportation Department. Black has been a school bus driver for four years, safely and caringly transporting Clovis Unified’s special needs students to and from school each day. CUSD Director of Transportation Charlie Ott nominated

Black for the award in November. The nomination was then approved by local CHP School Bus Safety Officer Dennis Yates who forwarded it to the state selection committee. The award is given annually to recognize school bus drivers for outstanding acts of performance or heroism. CUSD Comminications Specialist Susan Wise said the surprise announcement was a great success. “Pamela was so surprised,” Wise said. “Her whole family was there, they were so proud of her and she was clearly touched.”

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Contributed photo CUSD bus driver Pamela Black was selected as the CHP’s School Bus Driver of the Year.

Buchanan High student receives prestigious science award Buchanan High School student Callie Carbajal was one of 10 student recipients of the Dean’s List Award during a ceremony at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen. Carbajal was at the competition with the Buchanan High Bird Brains robotics team. The Bird Brains made it to the quarter finals and were then eliminated. The Dean’s List Award recipients – all FIRST Robotics Competition students nominated by their team Mentors – were chosen based on their leadership skills, commitment to FIRST ideals, contributions to their team, and their effectiveness in increasing awareness of FIRST within their schools and communities. “You are all superstars who have helped lead your teams to greatness,” said FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen. “You exhibit extraordinary energy and passion for FIRST,

and will continue to do so. You will all become great engineers and technology leaders.” Since its introduction in 2010, the Kamen family has sponsored the Dean’s List Award with the hopes that the award winners will continue on as great leaders of the FIRST Alumni community, and as advocates for the FIRST experience. “Everyone in this auditorium inspires me,” said will.i.am, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education advocate. “You guys make tomorrow possible. My hat is off to you.” will.i.am helped to launch a FIRST team in his hometown of Boyle Heights, Calif. Winners of the Dean’s List Award will receive a written recommendation from FIRST to the colleges or employers of their choice, and an invitation to attend an expenses-paid trip to the FIRST Dean’s List Award Winners Summit at FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, N.H. this summer.

Contributed photo Buchanan High School student Callie Carbajal pictured with robotics teacher Paul Lake. Carbajal was named a winner of the Dean’s List Award during a ceremony at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo.


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Clovis Chamber hires new membership director By Nicole Maul

With nearly 15 years in membership management, Diana Hunnicutt has joined the Clovis Chamber of Commerce as Diana Hunnicutt its membership director. Coming up on her second month with the Clovis Chamber, Hunnicutt has been busy setting her goals and planning events for Chamber members. “Not everyone thinks of joining the Chamber when they first open a new business,” Hunnicutt said. “I want to put us at the forefront of their thoughts.” Hunnicutt expressed that membership in a chamber or association is a benefit to all businesses. Membership in the Clovis Chamber is not limited to only Clovis

businesses, Hunnicutt said. Born and raised in Fresno, Hunnicutt made her start in insurance field. Hunnicutt then made her transition into membership services for the Bay Areabased Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California (IIABC), an association which her own insurance company was a member of. Her job allowed her to work remotely from Fresno while traveling frequently throughout the Central Coast and Central Valley. While not traveling nearly as much in her new role, Hunnicutt believes that Clovis a great community to work in. “I am excited about being here in this position,” Hunnicutt said. “The people are wonderful and that’s what I really enjoy. From welcoming me to my new position to setting up meetings with business owners, it has been going very well.” In 2008, during her tenure at the IIABC, Hunnicutt earned her certification in organizational management for nonprofits

through a program by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The program, comprised of four week-long sessions held annually, brings together professionals in association and chamber industries from across the country to develop skills in organizational management. “In those classes, I learned how chambers worked,” Hunnicutt said. Associations and chambers share similarities such as being membership driven organizations, creating and maintaining value of the organization and meeting the needs of the membership, Hunnicutt described “Going through that program, I was able to meet many chamber employees,” Hunnicutt said. “Coming from working with an association, the members were in the same business. With chamber members, everyone is different and unique. It’s great to hear the stories of how the businesses were started.” Her focus now for the Clovis Chamber

is to continue to drive membership numbers up. She says the monthly mixers held for Chamber members draw 80-100 guests. Members are chosen to host the monthly gatherings, which gives the hosts a chance to showcase their business while networking with other owners. Hunnicutt also looks to shift the conversation on chamber membership. If you’re a business owner, Hunnicutt sees the benefit in belonging to a chamber or an industry association. The chamber or association supports your endeavors, she said. “You should have that plaque hanging in your business,” Hunnicutt said. When she’s not busy recruiting members or planning events, Hunnicutt stays busy as a wife and mother to a pair of 19-year-old twin boys. “I like to keep active, backpacking in the summertime,” Hunnicutt said. “I enjoy spending time with family and friends.”

Bluegrass concerts under the stars kick off this month By Carol Lawson-Swezey

Music which reaches deep into the storytelling of American roots has been passed on from generation to generation and will be shared on summer evenings in Old Town. The 7th annual Bluegrass in the Park free concert series will run Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from May 23 through Sept. 5 underneath a canopy of trees and stars on the grassy area between the Clovis Senior Center and the Clovis Veterans Memorial District building. What started as a local Fresno/Clovis effort has expanded to bands from Bakersfield to Gilroy and up and down the Central Valley. Local bluegrass musicians initially met at Temperance Kutner Elementary and then at the Clovis Senior Center the first and third Saturdays to play. At one of those Clovis jam sessions, musician Doug Bremseth suggested starting a concert series featuring bluegrass, much like the outdoor venues he knew from the Carolinas. Bremseth, who toured with the Shady Grove Band of Chapel Hill, breathed life into the concert series. With the help of the Clovis Senior Center, the Memorial District and the

California Bluegrass Association (CBA), the concerts were launched. The origins of bluegrass mine deep into the roots of Americana, with influences from Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English traditional music, as well as AfricanAmerican and country music. Instruments include the banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddle and even the washboard and penny whistle. Bluegrass, as a distinct musical form, developed from elements of Appalachian old-time and traditional music and often accompanied a rural dancing style known as buck dancing, flatfooting or clogging. William “Bill” Monroe is widely acknowledged as the father of bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the “Blue Grass Boys”, named for Monroe’s home state of Kentucky. Locally, the first bluegrass concert series began with a “wing and a prayer,” said former organizer Candy Sponhaltz. “Bluegrass musicians are a tenacious group and they played to enthusiastic crowds that grew weekly through that first summer,” she said. “As the word spread throughout the music community, the

Contributed photo The Grasskickers will help kick off this year’s free Bluegrass in the Park concerts, which will be held Friday evenings beginning May 23.

range of bands broadened, always with bluegrass at the core. They play the gamut from old traditional tried and true high lonesome sounds to the newer urban grass tunes and some old-time music groups.” Stan Allen, the vice president of the Fresno County branch of the California Bluegrass Association, doesn’t play in a group but instilled such love of the music that his daughter Charlotte, 17, now sings and plays upright bass in two bluegrass bands, Valley Oak Band and Baloney Creek. “The music kind of grows on you,” Stan Allen said. “Bluegrass musicians and their supporters are a big community family organization.” Allen said he is grateful the Friday night concerts are continuing, especially since the three-day Kings River Bluegrass Festival at Hobbs Grove has taken what he hopes is only a temporary hiatus. “We’ve been doing it for 14 years and would like to see it come back,” he said. Meanwhile, the bluegrass bands play on in Clovis Old Town. “Bluegrass is a family affair; people feel safe there,” Allen said. Although the musicians are profes-

sional, most of them have day jobs ranging from doctors, lawyers, teachers, pharmacists and psychologists. They don’t get paid, but play for the love of music and tips to offset their costs. Many of the featured groups have garnered prestigious industry awards.Red Dog Ash won the 2011 CBA Emerging Artist Award and often play their own original music. Baloney Creek fiddle player Dalisay Johnson, known as the “barefoot fiddler,” has been named a California fiddle champion five times. Current concert organizer Rob Roy has been attending the concerts for the past four years. “It’s a great group of people trying to keep the tradition alive,” Roy said.“I didn’t have to sell the groups into filling in the spots for the concerts.” The concerts still offer the same format, location and tradition. “Clovis has a lot going for it,” Roy said. “The concerts are a great part of this community and offers residents American classic music in a family environment. It helps define the city.”


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MB2 Raceway gearing up for new facility in Clovis

By Jakob Smith

There’s a new business racing into the Sierra Vista Mall, and it’s sure to satisfy your need for speed. MB2 Raceway is gearing up to open a high-speed indoor go kart track in the space formerly occupied by Gottschalk’s department store. The 60,000 square foot facility will be the home to a quarter mile race course, and will be the only operation of its kind between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The raceway will feature imported Italian karts equipped with emission free electric engines. And these state of the art karts will pack a punch. The standard kart is powered by an 8 volt engine, and tops out at 50 mph. They also have 4 volt junior karts for riders under 12 years of age or under 57 inches tall. These karts reach speeds of 30-35 mph, and don’t have an age requirement so long as the rider is at least 48 inches tall. The company currently operates three other indoor race tracks, including one in Thousand Oaks, one in Sylmar and another outside of Des Moines, Iowa. Billy Fonnegra, marketing manager for MB2, said that their team was excited to expand their business into the Clovis area. And while converting a vacant retail space into a racing facility may seem a bit unusual, Fonnegra said it was an easy transition. “It was definitely a new adventure for us

to open inside of a mall, but there weren’t any out of the ordinary challenges,” Fonnegra said. “It’s been very cool seeing it all come together. We’re looking forward to bringing something new and exciting to the city of Clovis.” Greg Newman, general manager of Sierra Vista Mall, said they couldn’t be happier with the opportunity to partner up with MB2. “We were looking for another unique entertainment component to bring to our mall, and we were lucky enough to find MB2. When we visited their other facilities in LA, we were very impressed with what we saw. It’s really been a perfect fit with them,” Newman said. He also felt that the conversion of this former retail space into a race track had gone exceptionally well. “The city of Clovis was fantastic to work with, MB2 has done a great job and it’s really been a seamless transition,” Newman said “It’s very exciting to bring the right business to this space.” In addition to the “fun factor” that MB2 is sure to bring, Newman is hopeful that the new raceway will help financially stimulate both the mall and the city of Clovis. “As the only indoor racing facility of its kind between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, this is going to be a draw that brings people into Clovis. That means more peo-

Photo courtesy of MB2 Raceway An indoor go kart track like this one will open soon at Sierra Vista Mall.

ple eating here and more people shopping here. Everyone will benefit from these new customers,” Newman said. “We can add this to the list of great entertainment venues that Clovis is known for.”

MB2 is expecting to open in mid to late May. For more information, check out their website at www.mb2raceway. com and watch for updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mb2clovis.


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