LOCAL NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
THE ONLY NEWSPAPER DEDICATED TO SERVING CLOVIS & THE SURROUNDING FOOTHILL COMMUNITIES • VOL. 3, NO. 14 Pet Tips, Page 3 Central Valley Motorsports, Page 5 Let’s Talk Clovis, Page 8 Drug Lab Bust, Page 15
Soo Clovis, Page 9 Community Calendar, Page 13 Log of Shame, Page 14 Featured Recipe, Page 18
Cougars take Range Rider trophy, win TRAC By Jason Galleske
Becky Clark the owner of Clovis Storage and Office Suites aka “The Queen of Hearts” aka “The Wicked Witch of Clovis Storage” reigns over the auction.
Clovis Storage Wars! Clovis Storage Wars, continued on page 9
Clovis High football coach Rich Hammond most strenuous part of Friday may have been lifting the Range Rider trophy his team had been coveting for a long time. “That thing’s a lot heavier than you expected it to be,” Hammond said. “It’s solid bronze. The Cougars effort may have been classified as other precious metals such as gold or platinum in Friday’s 2816 rivalry victory over Clovis West for the first time in 10 years The triumph also signified Clovis (9-1, 5-0) captured the TRAC league for the first time since 1996 and will receive a bye in the playoffs that start Friday. “I am really happy for our community,” Hammond said. “This is a classic rivalry and I am just happy that we get a chance to get it back where it is.” The Cougars took advantage of its first half chances and converted them into three field goals by Jake Poindexter to hold a 9-0 lead at halftime. Hammond wasn’t too concerned with the lack of touchdowns since his team was wearing out the Golden Eagles “We were getting field goals, but we out ran them like 45 plays to their 15,” Hammond said. “Defensively, we did a great job of getting a lot of three and outs but on the
Clovis High players celebrate with the Range Rider trophy after the Cougars toppled Clovis West 28-16 Friday. The Cougars finished 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the TRAC to win the league title. Cougars Wins TRAC!, continued on page 16
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How to Reduce Stress on Pets when Hosting Guests The holiday season is a Others may be skittish time of joy and togetherness. around guests and prefer It’s also a time of busy a low-key area where they schedules that can impact can reside during festivities. everyone in the household -A quiet bedroom or a crate including pets. may be the perfect den for People are not the only your pet. You also will ones who feel the emotional have peace of mind that the tug of the holidays. While animal is safe and out of their owners may be harm’s way. concerned about hosting * If travel is involved parties or ensuring all in plans, gradually prepare entertaining details are met, your pet. Visiting for the pets may be unaccustomed to holidays, birthdays and changes in daily routines that other special times often take place when their owners involves some sort of travel. are entertaining guests. New You may need to condition smells and sights and the a pet to spending periods of confusion of the actual event time in a crate or carrier so This kitty may not enjoy hosting guests as much as its owners do. may elevate stress levels for that the ride is event-free. pets. According to ASPCA Do so a few weeks prior to Director of Anti-Cruelty possibilities for pets to get loose and lost. your travel date. Behavior Research Dr. Katherine Miller, Be sure physical identification tags as well * Know pet travel regulations. Some people may underestimate just how as contact data online for microchips are states have laws regarding the transporting stressed pets feel when their routines are current so pets who get lost or run away of pets over state lines. The same can be turned upside down. can be easily found and returned home. said if you will be visiting from Canada Take special consideration of pets when * Keep pets away from table scraps. to the United States and vice versa. Know any holiday or special occasion takes place. Rich foods and desserts are often part the type of documentation you will need Here are some pointers that can make the of celebrations. While these treats may and file the necessary paperwork to ensure process easier on everyone involved. be enjoyed by guests, they can wreak you do not face legal issues when traveling * Try to stick to the routine as much digestive havoc on many pets. Also, some with your pet. as possible. Although having a party or foods may be choking hazards. Be mindful * Schedule a vet visit. You want to be shopping for gifts may require demands of taking out the trash promptly and don’t sure that your pet is in good physical health on your time, try to schedule tasks and let pets indulge in too many table scraps. prior to any gatherings in the household. errands at times when it won’t interfere * Spend time with your pet. Pets may Having a sick pet when you’re planning with pets’ schedules. For example, try not feel left out if you are too busy to spend a party or prepping for the holidays adds to alter meal times or daily walks. Also, time with them as you prep for parties and extra work to the entire equation. if errands have you running late, see if a holidays. Make some time to sit with your Holidays, parties, travel, and special friend or family member can stop by your pet and interact, even if you’re just playing events throughout the year can create home and tend to the pets. around. changes in household schedules and * Keep pets’ identifications current. * Leave a quiet space available for your disrupt the comfort level of pets. Know Times when people are coming and going pet. Some animals are very sociable and how to make these times as stree-free as from one anothers’ homes may open up enjoy spending time with new people. possible for companion animals.
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November 8, 2012
Problems with Poa
Perhaps you have seen this invasive “winter grass” invade your lawn and flower beds at home in past years. It’s a clumpy, spring-green tuft of grass that first appears in October, continues to grow denser and put out an abundance of seed mid to late winter and finally disappears as the weather warms up in May and June. Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is native to Europe, but now found world-wide. It can grow 6-8 inches tall and can tolerate mowing heights below 1/8 inch as seen on golf course putting greens. It has been estimated that Poa can produce as many as 14,000 to 63,000 viable seeds/ft2 in a year on a golf course green! Seeds can remain dormant for a few years, but with our regular irrigation, most do not show much of a dormancy period. What is the problem with it as it is green after all? The biggest problem with Poa annua around here is that it is a true annual that will abandon you by early summer in full sun areas because it cannot tolerate the heat. Germination will start as early as August when soil temperatures start to drop below 70 degrees. Germination
will continue throughout the winter and by December (or before) you will start to see the appearance of the open-panicled seedheads popping up. By February and March you will see the yellow-green patches with seedheads across the lawn areas and throughout the flower beds. Two to three months later most of the plants will only be brown tufts scattered about. Just think about the poor golf course superintendent that has to manage greens that are mowed daily at extremely short heights and dealing with excessive summer heat, and golfers trampling over the turf throughout the day. His job is to keep what Poa he has alive and try to minimize the spread further. So what can be done? If possible, one should try to limit the spread of it by not moving the seeds with mowers from bad to good turf. Mowing when the grass is dry could help somewhat, too, but certainly washing off the mower between lawns is obvious during periods of seeding. Secondly, a pre emergent herbicide should be applied mid to late August to reduce the likelihood of seed germination. One must also consider is the lawn is going to be overseeded or spot-seeded late September or early October. The pre emergent will possibly cause a poor or weak stand of new seedlings as the herbicide will reduce root development. There are a few options also for selectively controlling Poa annua in existing lawns, but they are not available to homeowners and generally they are specific for either warm or cool season grasses. Controlling Poa annua in lawns can be tricky, but it’s a no-brainer to get a pre emergent out now in flower beds to interrupt the life cycle this winter and save you a lot of work pulling weeds this spring.
Community Appearance- How Important is it?
Rob Wolley, Clovis City Manager
Everyone knows how important first impressions can be to one’s success. You want to look your best, be it for a job interview, or a first date, because if you don’t present yourself well the first time, you may not get another opportunity to show all you have to offer, all because of a negative first impression. The same is true for the City of Clovis, as it is equally important for a community to look its best. The city is being “interviewed” and judged each and every day, not only by the community’s residents who have pride in their community, but also by potential business owners who may be looking for a location to open shop, new residents looking for a home, even by out of town shoppers looking for a clean/safe shopping environment. Sad to say, even criminals will exploit a community’s appearance, if it looks neglected, they will assume there is more opportunity to commit crime (more on this later). For a city, this
first impression is critical. Community appearance is more than just a community pride issue; it is an economic development and crime issue. To illustrate the first impression concept on a larger scale, recently there was a discussion by civic leaders about the deplorable appearance of the local freeways. With Caltrans facing their own budget issues, litter clean-up and control has become a low priority on our freeways. Freeways such as Freeway 168 which passes through our community heading to the mountains and Highway 99 which many “out of the area visitors” use to pass through the valley, are essential for commerce, travel and tourism. Without knowing anything else about our valley communities, what impression do you think these “out of the area visitors” form when traveling on our freeways accumulated with trash? Not a good one I bet. Let’s assume one of these “visitors” is an executive with a business looking to relocate. Do you think that executive will even consider a valley location based on his/her first impression of the area? The valley’s image plays an important part in attracting new employers into the area and an image of trash and weeds along our freeways and highways goes a long way in creating a negative first impression. How many potential employers has the valley lost because of a bad image? Fortunately, the discussion continues about utilizing a portion of Measure C Highway funds for freeway litter clean-up. While many factors go into creating a successful community, image and first impression for first time visitors and current residents alike contribute to that success. As I mentioned, beyond being a community pride issue, community
appearance is an economic development tool. A clean city with well-maintained parks, medians, trails, neighborhoods and business districts demonstrates that the city and its residents have pride and care about their community. This is the type of community that businesses want to be a part of. This is a city that visitors want to come and shop in. This is a community where prospective residents want to live. I also mentioned that community appearance has an impact on crime. Clovis Police Chief Janet Davis has always commented, “If we let the small things go such as not cleaning up graffiti in a timely manner, letting trash accumulate, or we let weeds grow in parks, then the criminal element will assume that this is a community that they can move into and practice their trade and no one will care.” Well in Clovis, we do care, by not letting the little things slip, thus preventing bigger problems, which would be more difficult and more costly to correct. While we all
know it will not stop all criminal activity, if our community appearance reflects that we care and it discourages just one criminal wanting to move into Clovis, then the effort was well worth it. A dollar spent to keep a problem from happening is much better than two dollars spent later to correct a problem. Clovis residents, business owners, city staff, private contractors and volunteers work very hard to keep Clovis attractive. It is more than just a pride issue, an attractive Clovis is vital for its long term economic success and one that says criminals are not welcome. Rob Woolley, CPFO, MPA City Manager City of Clovis Robw@cityofclovis.com If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping keep Clovis successful, please contact City Hall at 3242060.
November 8, 2012
Central Valley Motorsports By Paul Hinkle
- SPONSORED BY HEDRICKS CHEVROLET -
These warm fall days are nice; we will soon miss them. The rain and fog will soon be upon us so enjoy the beautiful weather. Get out and cruise your rod before its time to park it for the winter. Last month I experienced the best drags that I have seen at Eagle Field. You couldn’t help but feel yourself slipping back in time and thinking you were back in the 60’s again. The burning rubber, then the dramatic starts by the flagman. If you wanted to heat up your tires, your crew put a little water down; you dropped the hammer and lit the tires. Then you backed up and waited for the flagman to stage you. The flagman looks and points at you and the other driver to see if you’re both ready to race. With the nod of the heads the flagman jumps in the air while throwing the green flag. You’re off smoking the tires and heading down the fastest 1/8 mile track in all of Northern California. Hopefully, the flagman at the finish line throws the flag declaring you the winner. This went on continuously throughout day. No long delays with the oil downs that you experience at the highpowered drags, this is non-stop racing. You can race stockers, hot rods, muscle
cars, racecars, gassers, altereds, dragsters, Jr. dragsters and mini bikes. If it passes tech, you can race it. In the middle of the racing there was a fly-over by the B25 Old Glory and another warplane. They made three passes that were so low they could have been crop dusting. The crowd roared as they passed over. There were racers from as far away as New Mexico, Oregon, Reno and Las Vegas. They all had a great time and plan on returning next year. Make plans to go to Eagle Field next May; you will enjoy your day in the 60’s. Some of us local hot rodders are planning a last cruise of the year on November 17th, weather permitting. We will meet at the corner of Clovis Ave and Shaw Ave in front of O’Reilly Auto Parts at 4:00pm and start cruising around 4:30pm. Please come and join us. Up coming events: November 9th – 11th 2013-Model Central California Auto Show, November 10th –11th Goodguys Pleasanton and SCTA Land Speed Racing at El Mirage Dry Lake, November 23rd –25th 2nd Annual Goodguys Fall Del Mar Nationals, December 2nd John Force Holiday Car Show. December 1st 4th Annual Toy for Tots Car Show at Clovis VW, December 8th Mooneyes Xmas Car Show at Irwindale. If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (559) 970-2274. I’m also looking for interesting cars and events to share with everyone.
November 8, 2012
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
Congratulations are in Order!
Recovery 2012 was an opportunity for a deserving person to maybe have the chance at winning a makeover that they otherwise would not have had. The Art of Design dental practice brought together a group of business people who were willing to give back to the community and give a special someone a helping hand. People are faced with adversity everyday and sometimes even when placed in this position are willing and giving of themselves in order to help others. We know that in the family unit it is usually a “Mom” who puts everyone else in the family before her. Not to say that a “Dad” could not take on this role. The underlying descriptor is “Giving”, which in our eyes makes it easy to define “deserving”. Dental needs are a big component of what people put of due to financial inability to care for their individual situations and because they are willing to have others cared for before themselves. This situation may cause other areas of concern like self- worth or lack of selfesteem. Societal acceptance is another component whereby society has set the bar at what is supposed to be the acceptable appearance in the day to day events or
Tips for Whiter Teeth and a Brighter Smile According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) survey, 99.7 percent of adults feel that a smile is an important social asset. Yet, when asked what they’d like to improve most about their smiles, the most common response
maybe in the employment arena. Just try to apply for a job if you don’t have all your front teeth. As shallow as that might sound, it is a reality. Even if it was interviewing some-one to watch your kids, if they don’t have the expected appearance, they are not going to get chosen. That’s where we come in. We felt that we could give back to the community and help some-one in these economic hard times and lend them a helping hand. We got our office to bring in the Spectrum Salon to assist with a hair and make-up make over while The Clovis Round-up newspaper is sponsoring a clothing make over. Our office, Art of Design Dental Practice will of course be giving them a new smile but very important as well, we have brought aboard a life coach. Jim Macy, PhD., (and far too many other letters to list) will be coaching the winner to a level of selfesteem and courage that will level the playing field. In Whatever endeavor they undertake, we hope that they will be better equipped to compete and attain their goals. We also had hoped that by sharing our good fortunes that this type of act would become infectious, AND IT DID! We had other business’s contact us after
hearing about our endeavor and now we have International Catering who will be providing food for the reveal party where we announce the winner to the world. Bella Pasta restaurant will be proving dinner for the winner and their guest to be able to celebrate their new “Them”. After reading our original letter printed in the Round-up, one of the premier lab-men in Fresno contacted us and offered to provide all the dental restorations for FREE! Lysdahl Dental lab will be providing the true artistic restorations that are necessary to help create this new smile. So without a doubt, it all-ready has become infectious. So all the people who submitted the names of someone who they thought were deserving, all-ready represent winners because those persons have you in their corner. There were five finalists that were chosen based on “deserving to most deserving”. The winner was chosen by representatives of the businesses participating and it was by unanimous decision. Unfortunately there can only be one recipient of the award, but the businesses opened their hearts again and will be giving conciliation gifts. So at the time this article was written,
the winner was chosen, and we could hardly wait to tell them. The next biggest joy will be doing it. So, look forward to the near future for the winner’s announcement and the reveal. If you have any questions or comments, you may contact this writer at: Art of Design Implant, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Edward A. Treviño, D.D.S. 1040 E. Herndon, #102 Fresno, CA 93720 559-230-0809 559-230-0833 fax email@example.com
was to have whiter and brighter teeth. Although getting teeth whitened by a professional may be popular, it can also be expensive. The good news is there are many affordable and convenient alternatives that will help you achieve a bright, white smile. * Start with a checkup. Make sure you get any cavities treated and talk to your dentist about which whitening methods you should use. Bleaching isn’t for everyone and your dentist will help
determine if you’re a good candidate. * Watch what you eat. Limit your exposure to coffee, tea, red wine, colas, and dark foods like beets and berries. When drinking beverages that stain, use a straw to help minimize discoloration. Lastly, brush or rinse as soon as you can after eating or drinking stain-causing foods. * Practice good oral hygiene. Brush at least two times a day, and floss at least once a day.
* Use a whitening toothpaste. Toothpastes such as the new line of ARM & HAMMER(r) toothpaste with Stain Defense(tm) are specially formulated to gently remove plaque and surface stains with baking soda, while targeting tough stains with peroxide. Learn more at www. armandhammer.com. Achieving a healthy, white smile is easy to do if you follow these tips. By practicing good oral hygiene you can achieve a smile of which you can be proud.
November 8, 2012
Ag at Large – Crumbling Infrastructure: Agency threatened By Don Curlee
For three years California’s nearly 4,000 citrus growers have been on pins and needles because of a tiny insect. Now an even tinier insect is putting them at ease. The worry was caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, discovered in a backyard citrus tree in Hacienda Heights in Los Angeles County four years ago. The psyllid is known to carry and thereby transmit to trees a malady called Huanglongbing disease. Growers translate that to citrus greening disease, a real tree killer. Growers and the rest of the industry have had to look no further than Florida to see the tree-crunching devastation of the disease that got a foothold there a dozen years ago. To prevent the spread of the carrier psyllid a quarantine on citrus shipments has been in effect in part of San Diego County since 2008, and imposed in other Southern California counties or parts of them at various times since. Currently the quarantine includes all of Los Angeles, Orange and Imperial Counties and parts of Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. It took a longer look, all the way to Pakistan, to find the parasitic wasp tamaraxia radiata which kills the ravaging psyllid by eating it from the inside. Biological Control Specialist Mark Hoddle
at the University of California, Riverside, made several trips there with his wife Christina to capture the tiny wasp. He calls the wasp find encouraging although it hasn’t been determined yet just how big an impact it is having since quantities of it were first released late in 2011. Hollowed out shells of the menacing citrus psyllid, convincing evidence the wasp did its predatory work, have been found in Fontana, San Bernardino, Pomona, Azusa and Pico Rivera/ Researchers are reassured that the tiny wasp from Pakistan doesn’t attack other insects, especially those that are beneficial. They don’t know yet how tolerant the wasp is to chemical sprays that growers might apply to control other insects, disease or weeds. They have found that it has enemies which might threaten its long-term existence, but have not estimated yet the number of wasps consumed by them. The primary danger occurs from Argentine ants, themselves an invasive species. One was observed snatching a tamaraxia wasp out of the air as it began to take flight. The ants like to farm the sugary waste produced by the larval stages of the citrus psyllid, so they often hang around psyllid populations. That might be a plus, or not. The term the researchers are using to
describe the phenomenon of one invasive species supporting another is invasive meltdown. Part of Hoddle’s team is investigating ways to control the ants, an indication of how complicated this or any biological control project can be. Such efforts are also time consuming, never the immediate cure that growers hope for. Another concern about the wasp’s welfare that needs to be explored is its ability to endure typical California winters, and continue its reproductive and predatory lifestyle in the spring. The industry’s confidence in the tiny tamaraxia wasp is strong enough that efforts are underway to finance a facility for rearing it in volume. Releasing larger concentrations is especially appealing to urban residents with trees in their backyards, who can dismiss thoughts of sprays or sticky traps for psyllid control on their properties. With as many trees in the state’s backyards as there are in commercial orchards, that is a major relief. Releasing beneficial predators like the tiny tamaraxia wasp from Pakistan can be equally effective in either setting. For late twentieth century students who came to identify WASP as the acronym for White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant, this tiny beneficial insect, which is none of the
above, will require an adjustment. Citrus growers are comfortable making it. “Don Curlee operates his own public relations firm in Clovis specializing in agriculture issues. His Column appears in the Clovis Roundup every other Thursday. E-mail Don at firstname.lastname@example.org”
November 8, 2012
“Let’s Talk Clovis” - Growing up in Clovis By Peg Bos
Esther Jessie Keller Benschoter, 1908 1984, part one. We are sharing Esther’s story that was written in the 1950’s about her remembrance of Old Town during the 1919 era. We have added information within the parentheses. “The first Keller came to Clovis from Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1889 or ’90. This was my Aunt Sarah (Sadie) Keller Soper with her husband Jack. He went to work at the (1893) saw mill which was located where the Rodeo grounds are and as far east as the (former Clovis High) football field are now. This would be from the railroad tracks are to Tollhouse Road which ended at 5th Street, then from Dog Creek on the South to 5th Street, leaving an area by the tracks for the Clovis water tower with the jail behind it. As I remember the jail was about the size of an outhouse. The flume came down Tollhouse Road, crossing over 5th Street where the logs dumped into the large pond. The overflow of water ran from there out along the right side of Bullard Avenue to Dry Creek, from there a smaller ditch went on West for the farmers (ended near Willow and Bullard). Uncle John lived on the corner of Bullard and Villa. He built a large water wheel so that he might irrigate his trees and vines. His house still stands. The mill manager lived with his wife in a beautiful white house at the entrance of the mill grounds, his house being on the left side with several smaller ones along side of his home. Across from his home were the Paymaster’s and the main office.
The Manager’s home was destroyed by fire. The Fire department was all volunteer. By the time they arrived it was too late to save anything. The main road into Clovis ran along the railroad track as far as 7th street then over to the location where it is now located. It was changed in 1922-1923 to its present location. The Eucalyptus Park was between 7th and 8th Street where the Bad Boy Market is located. Each summer the Auberry Indians camped here during the fruit season. Sometimes there would be Gypsy
caravans camped there in their beautifully decorated wagons. Our other park was between 4th and 5th Street by the railroad track. The depot was at the end of the Park opposite 4th Street. This park is where each spring was held the carnival for the Raisin Festival. They had a Merry-go-round and a few booths. Also they had a grease pole near the depot where the man that reached the top received $5.00. I remember Ed Kenneaster (1902-1998, Mayor of Clovis 1931) in a white shirt starting to climb it, don’t know if he made it or not.
Our parade wagon was decorated with crepe paper of course I would remember the one with the Summer Raisin girls. They threw the kids small boxes of raisins. Then in the evening they had the street dance in front of John Goods store, now Calico and Cobwebs (NW corner of 5th and Clovis Ave.). Above the store was the dance hall, a dance was held each Saturday night. Across 5th St. was the saloon above it (now 500 Club) was the Odd Fellows Hall. On up the street (north on Clovis Ave.)was a large livery stable. Then on the corner of 4th and Clovis was Bob Goods store. Left (west) on 4th was a fish market, later a meat market (Zarcone). Then on the alley was the P.G. and E. office. Across the alley was the Post Office. Mrs. Bell was the Post Mistress. Next to this was Merriman’s store with the rooming house above. Then to 4th and Pollasky where the First Bank (now Museum) was located. Across (west) Pollasky was Mr. Boice’s home and mortuary and beside it a long one story building which was the shop of Mr. Armstrong who printed the local paper (Clovis Tribune) on south of this on the same side of the street was a large (1896) home which was eventually turned into the first hospital (1920). Doctor McMurtry built his office next to it.” Esther will continue her remembrance of Old Town Clovis in the next issue. Her marvelous memory documents our rich heritage.
November 8, 2012
Katherine B. Alves is Soo Clovis: Long-time CPA still finds Tax Laws fascinating after all these Years
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
When Katherine B. Alves first began her accounting business in Old Town Clovis, she would push her baby’s stroller through Jim’s Place, a popular country western bar and dance hall, to pick up their accounting books. “I worked out of my home and one of my first customers was Jay Brinkley, who owned Jim’s Place,” Alves said. “He had lost his accountant and needed a new one and then started referring other businesses my way.” Alves worked with a large accounting firm in the Bay Area when she and her former husband lived there. When she moved to Clovis, she had already begun her family of three sons and started a part time business out of her home in 1978. She was one of the city’s first Certified Public Accountants and one of only a handful of women in the business. After expanding her business and buying the clients list from a retiring accountant, she moved to the western styled building at 150 Clovis Avenue, then to Tollhouse Road and then to her most recent location, on Shaw and Fowler avenues. “Some of those clients are still with me,” she said. “I’ve grown with them and their kids and grandkids are now my clients. I love them all.”
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Halloween was greeted by a host of folks at Clovis Storage and Office Suites for their auction, better know as the “Clovis Storage Wars”. Clovis Roundup reporters were on hand to follow the action. Auctineer Wayne Whittemore quickly took control and everything ran like clock work. The gates opened at 9 am sharp and the war was on! Everyone eyeballed the wears as best they could without breaking any rules. The rules are clear. Bidders are not allowed to touch or move anything. They can only look and guess what merchandise is inside, at the back or on the bottom of the units being shown. I was surprised at how much and the type of items that were stacked into a 5x5 unit. Wayne kept the bidding going while rapidly moving from unit to unit. All the while selling this, that, everything imaginable and unimaginable. The Clovis Roundup had a chance to meet some of the regular players and interview them. These are their stories: Heather and Eric Bloomer, aka “The Sniffers” said that they have been doing auctions for a while now and have made some good money. A couple weeks ago they spent $45 and made a profit of $1000. “It is a lot of luck sometimes,” Heather said, “but it helps when you have someone like Eric who knows the value of old things.” This day they bought a large professional speaker the type used by a Rock and Roll band. They paid $35. It has an estimated value of $300. Next meet Bill Barnes, aka “The Collector”. He never sells anything. He only buys and collects antiques and interesting things. Last but certainly not least, meet Pete Galli and Melissa Cornell, aka “Boss Lady”. She likes to collect toys and sell them. Nothing but toys! We had the opportunity to speak with Alfredo, the GM of Clovis Storage, and ask him what was the biggest take from Clovis Storage Wars during the past year. After a minute of thought, he said “I have to tell you it was one that did not actually make it to auction. One day last summer we started noticing an odd smell. As the weather continued to heat up the smell
Alves grew up in the San Fernando Valley but “ran away to college in Fresno.” In her senior year, she was offered a scholarship to the prestigious Menlo School of Business Administration. “At that time, it was a stepping stone to the Stanford MBA program,” Alves said. “I was the first woman to graduate from that college after they became coed in 1972. Now they are about 45 percent women.” Although not a local native, Alves has embraced the “Clovis way of life.” Her three sons, Paul, Steve and Tom attended Mickey Cox, Clark and Clovis High School. The older two are engineers and Tom, the youngest, is a correctional officer for Fresno County and just got married. Alves has three grandchildren, Connor, Sarah and Maggie. She also served on the Clovis Chamber of Commerce Board and is a former recipient of the Chamber’s Clovis Business Woman of the Year award. A lot has changed since she first began. She originally did all her accounts by hand and still does basic tax returns on paper before she inputs the data into the computer. “Computers are a wonderful tool for an accountant,” Alves said. “The rules and
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forms have changed but the basics are still there.” Alves said that the secret of her success and business longevity is that she “always puts the customer first.” At one time her business grew to over 1200 clients and she took on a business partnership, which did not work out. She took a step back to reassess her priorities and in December, she will be reopening
her business, Katherine B. Alves CPA, at her previous location on 1990 Shaw Avenue near the corner of Shaw and Fowler avenues. “I’m looking forward to reestablishing a manageable practice and continuing to help people as well as businesses,” Alves said. “I look forward to continue learning about tax laws – it’s an evolving education and I still find it fascinating.”
Clovis Storage Wars grew in intensity and we slowly began to realize there was something familiar about the odor. Well we sniffed and sniffed, following the odor to it’s source. We then called The Sheriff ‘s Office. They promptly sent out a Sheriff who, with the help of his loyal blood hound, cut the lock off the unit. Well, let me just say, we were stunned at the contents. There in all it’s glory was about $600,000 in Pot! The Sheriff then obtained an arrest warrant and served it on the person who rented the unit. He turned out to be the most innocent looking, little 75 year old Asian farmer with no prior criminal record.” You just never know do you! Alfredo then continued to tell me about a unit that actually made it to auction. “When the unit was opened there was only one item inside, some large metal thing. One of the regulars placed the only bid on it and paid $100. I asked him what the item was and he told me it was an electrical panel. Before he even left the auction he had sold one component of the panel for $500. He then sold the rest of the panel for $5000.” I guess this is what makes auctions so much fun. It’s a gamble and the excitement of who can score the best buy for the least amount paid! All in all it was well organized, great fun and a real “Treat” with plenty of food and refreshments.
People waiting for the gates to open
Pete Galli and Melissa Cornell aka “The Boss Lady” because, She is!
Heather and Eric Bloomer aka “The Sniffers”.
Bill Barnes aka “The Collector” He never sells just buys!
Wayne Whittemore “The Auctioneer”
Gates are open, getting ready for ‘War’
And they go wild!
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Lively Arts Foundation Brings Back Dance Theatre of Harlem Join the Lively Arts Foundation in welcoming the new Dance Theatre of Harlem! On November 11, this popular company from New York City will dance George Balanchine’s Agon, Alvin Ailey’s Lark Ascending, Donald Byrd’s Contested Space and a new ballet by John Alleyne, Far, But Close. Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem has performed all over the world, and under Lively Arts Foundation auspices no fewer than four times in the Central Valley. Under the artistic direction of former prima ballerina Virginia Johnson, the company returns to the William Saroyan Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on November 11th. Information/tickets: www.livelyarts.org Peachwood Medical Group’s Annual Holiday Boutique 275 W. Herndon, N.W. corner of Herndon and Villa Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please contact Sheryl with any questions at email@example.com The Clovis Area Brokers are holding their Annual Traditional Christmas Party on December 13th from 8:00 am to 10 am at Classic Catering in Clovis. Tickets are only $10 each, for breakfast and a great Christmas Party. There will be raffle
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tickets sold for some great raffle prizes which will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Clovis. For tickets please contact Ed Flores at 681.4447, Mike Bustamante at 696.2573 or stop by the Clovis Chamber Office.
NOV. 12-19: FRESNO COLLECTION SITE OPENS TO RECEIVE GIFT-FILLED SHOE BOXES Fresno Residents Join Operation Christmas Child Efforts During National Collection Week; Seek to Reach Over 100 Million Children With Shoe Box Gifts Worldwide Since 1993 FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012—While most people in the U.S. are preparing for holiday activities, Fresno volunteers with Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind—are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. This year-round project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect over 22,700 gift-filled shoe boxes during National Collection Week (Nov. 12 – 19). Anyone can drop off a packed shoe box at the Fresno-area collection site (address and hours below). Then, using whatever
means necessary—trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants—the shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to hurting children in 100 countries around the world. FRESNO COLLECTION SITE: Calvary Chapel 3425 E Shields Avenue Fresno, CA 93726 (800) 353-5949 Operation Hours: Mon-Sat - Nov 12-17: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sun - Nov 18: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mon - Nov 19: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. NEARBY COLLECTION SITE: The Ward Residence 14087 Oakview Drive Prather, CA 93651 (800) 353-5949 Operation Hours: Mon-Thur - Nov 12-15: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri - Nov 16: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat - Nov 17: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun - Nov 18: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mon: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Additional local collection sites can be found using the online Zip Code locator at www.samaritanspurse.org. FIRST ARMENIAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 430 SOUTH FIRST STREET FRESNO, CA 93702-1056 TELEPHONE (559) 237-6638 FAX (559) 237-9526 WWW.FAPC.NET
FAPC@FAPC.NET AUTUMN FOOD BAZAAR MARKS 115 YEARS FOR CALIFORNIA’S OLDEST ARMENIAN CHURCH California’s oldest Armenian religious institution will mark 115 years of ministry at its annual autumn food bazaar. Fresno’s First Armenian Presbyterian Church will celebrate the milestone at its Merchant’s Lunch and Country Store on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The annual harvest season commemoration is open to the public and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church Campus, 430 South First Street at historic Huntington Boulevard. The “115th on the 15th” gathering will feature lunch at $12 per person. Meals will be available to guests who wish to dine-in, takeout, and drive through. The Country Store will be open throughout the luncheon hours for holiday shopping. Merchants’ Lunch meals and Country Store items may be reserved in advance for drive-through or walk-in pickup by calling (559) 237-6638, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or faxing (559) 237-9526. Advance orders should be placed on or before November 14. The drive-through lane will be located on the Raisina Street side of the Church Campus, one block west of First Street between Huntington Boulevard and Balch Avenue.
Clovis Blood Drives The Holidays are right around the corner and schedules become hectic. Please remember to include your blood donations on your busy calendar. Blood usage increases during holiday time and patents in Valley hospitals need you! Give a pint
2012 -NOVEMBEROne Enchanted Evening Thursday, November 15th Step back in time for Old Town Clovis’ annual kick-off of the Holiday Season. Explore Old Town, a quaint village of shops and restaurants, that is known far and wide as the “heart and soul” of Clovis. As you stroll down cobbled sidewalks lined with old-fashioned street lamps, holiday entertainment awaits around every corner. Enjoy carolers, horsedrawn trolley rides, free food and a truly unique festive atmosphere set in a quieter, slower-paced lifestyle. Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 www. oldtownclovis.org Historic Academy Church Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 18th at 2:30 pm Historic 1868 Academy Church, 10667 N. Madsen, Tollhouse (168 and Madsen)
and save up to three lives. For additional information, please call (559) 389-LIFE (5433) or visit www.donateblood.org Blood drives in Clovis 11/8-11/21: College Community Mennonite Brethren Church – Sunday, November 18,
8:30 am – 12:d0 pm, 2529 Willow Avenue (at Alamos), Clovis – The Community is Invited! Institute of Technology Inc. – Tuesday, November 20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm AND 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 564 W. Herndon
CLOVIS Senior Center Thanksgiving Luncheon Thursday, November 22nd Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings. Brought to you by the Salvation Army, Pappy’s Fine Foods, and the City of Clovis Time: 12:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Senior Center, 850 Fourth Street, Clovis, CA 93612 Free Admission for – While supplies last Contact: Clovis Senior Center (559) 3242750 Santa & Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Saturdays, November 24th through December 23rd Enjoy a free horse drawn carriage ride through the beautifully decorated streets of Old Town Clovis with the jolly man himself along for the ride! Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 www.oldtownclovis.org OLD TOWN CLOVIS OPEN HOUSE Saturday, December 1st Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 www.oldtownclovis.org -DECEMBER-
Avenue, Clovis – Donors receive a FREE T-shirt! Kaplan College – Tuesday, November 20, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, 44 Shaw Avenue, Clovis – Donors receive a FREE T-shirt!
Clovis Children’s Electric Christmas Parade Saturday, December 1st Each December, Valley residents look forward to the Clovis Children’s Electric Christmas Parade, ushering in the holiday with a parade featuring a spectacular display of holiday cheer alive with thousands of local children, adults, animals and floats, all blanketed in a blizzard of lights. Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Old Town Clovis Kiwanis Club at (559) 250-3351 www.otckiwanis.org Historic Academy Church Advent Service Sunday, December 2nd at 2:30 pm Historic 1868 Academy Church, 10667 N. Madsen, Tollhouse (168 and Madsen) Christmas Tree Lighting Monday, December 3rd This annual event is always an exciting evening full of merriment as Santa arrives by fire truck, delighting children and families. He quickly becomes the center of attention as he, and Mayor Jose Flores light the giant Christmas tree. The air will be full of Holiday carols courtesy of the Clovis High School and Clark Intermediate School Choirs. Refreshments will be served. Bring your entire family and enjoy the magic of this special time of year! Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Clovis City Hall, 1033 Fifth Street Free Admission Contact: Clovis Recreation Center (559) 324-2780 Senior Center Holiday Luncheon Saturday, December 15th Time: 12:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Building Hosted by Clovis Kiwanis Free Tickets are available at the Clovis Senior Center Starting on December 1st Contact: Clovis Senior Center (559) 3242750 for more information Historic Academy Church Christmas Service Saturday, December 24th at 4:30 pm Historic 1868 Academy Church 10667 N. Madsen off Hwy 168 (Tollhouse Rd) For more information: Gary Hill, 2997438.
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by April French-Naten
October 17, 2012 So get this scene…..a local swim school, parking lot packed with cars, mom and kids inside taking lessons, they come out to go home and find that while they were inside someone seized the opportunity in broad day light to steal the catalytic converter from their Ford E250! What the hee haw? Are we just not watching what is going on around us at all as citizens? That took work, no one found this suspicious? October 18, 2012 The 2000 block of Helm became the victim of yet another subhuman idiot when they noticed that someone had jumped the fence to their apartment and stolen items from the back porch. The big score they were after; a blue Disney kids princess scooter w/ 3 wheels, and a purple kids scooter w/ 2 wheels. Do ya feel big now buddy, stealing from little girls? You’re lucky we don’t have hangin’s round here no more or you would move right to the front of the line! October 19, 2012 At 5th/Pollasky officers were called for a citizen assist as a very drunk man would not stop following and making cat calls at some college girls trying to just go out dancing for the evening! Unfortunately the man was very agitated at the rejection he was getting and when officers showed up was causing a scene. Hunker down buddy, enjoy your night in the drunk tank and learn some respect for our little gals! October 20, 2012 Officers were called out to investigate a toy gun disturbance when multiple kids in the neighborhood were running around like cowboys and waving toy guns. Of course one little smart mouth had to ruin it all and try to look big and bad by telling everyone his gun was real. In come the police and it was not real thankfully but he did get a stern talking to by officers who informed him that you gotta be a big boy to play with the big boys. For now, stick to pretending there Wild Bill! October 21, 2012 A Non-injury traffic accident was reported at Barstow and Brookhaven when a vehicle challenged a pole and the pole won! The boy driving had better thank his maker that he walked out free of a scratch. He was driving home from his girlfriends house and was a tad distracted to say the least when she continued to send him racy pictures for his drive home. One minute he is smiling in bliss, the next…right up a pole!
Drunk Driving Fact
Many people mistakenly assume that New Year’s Eve is the holiday responsible for the most drunk-driving accidents. Although champagne and other alcoholic drinks are often free-flowing on December 31, New Year’s Eve holds a distant second place to Thanksgiving for the most drunk driving-related fatalities. This is perhaps because Thanksgiving is a family holiday, and many people often feel pressure to drink more when family are around to have a good time.
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Log of Shame
October 22, 2012 A public hazard was reported regarding some found luggage in the road. Officers responded, removed the luggage and now I assume it a waiting game for the rightful owners to call and report that they lost it off of the roof of their car! Oh man, they could be to the next state over before they realize they are out of a toothbrush and change of clothes! October 23, 2012 A Commercial Burglary in the 2000 block of Willow was a bit brazen. Someone broke into the laundry room of an apartment complex, and stole a washing machine!!! Ummm, did no one see anyone struggling to drag a washer out the laundry room? Will he have to have quarters at home to wash his own laundry now? October 24, 2012 A young divorcee gentleman was arrested for violation of a restraining order when he returned to his former home and locked himself in the family car out front refusing to get out until he was given the keys. Not only was he not supposed to be there, or take the family car but outside of that was simply throwing himself a good ole fashioned pity party/revenge fit by just being annoying. Officers arrived and found him locked in the car and pouting about how it wasn’t fair that SHE got to keep their car. Ummm, you won’t need a car in jail buddy. Problem solved! October 25, 2012 A local gas station called to report that someone had smashed their side window broken and stole themselves $2,400 in lottery scratchers! Imagine the thieves surprise after scratching off 2,400 tickets, finding out that one of them is a big winner and when they go to cash it in….Bam you get a free ride to jail! Because they are all numbered and traceable genius! Have fun scratching that many tickets! October 26, 2012 A juvenile was caught stealing at a local department store and spent the night in Juvenile Hall after he was apprehended by loss prevention. Through video they watch the junior high aged boy shop for almost an hour for a Halloween costume. He then went into a dressing room, emerged fully clothed as Spider man and attempted to make a run for it. I wonder if he was surprised that his spidey powers hadn’t yet kicked in? October 27, 2012 A young woman reported that her front license plate had been stole. She had been parked in a lot that had security cameras and although after watching the tapes the thieves were not recognizable it was apparent that there were 2. There was a man driving an unmarked car and in the tapes you could see him hand a woman in the passenger seat a screw driver kiss her and all but push her out before he sent HER to do the dirty work! Great boyfriend sister! He’s a keeper! October 28, 2012 In the 720 block of Shaw Ave a resident reported a petty theft when someone stole his camper. Oddly, they also stole camping tables, and apparently after carrying all that they were a little over exerted because they went ahead and stole the victim’s case of water by the back door! Wow, talk about having an entitlement issue… you really think you are entitled to some re-hydration after stealing from another community member???? REALLY NOW! October 29, 2012 We are sad to report a Canine Alert for a canine-knapped white Maltese puppy! The 100 block of Shaw was the target of the inhumane doggy thief when the owner stopped to get a soda leaving the puppy safely locked in the car. Someone reached through window, gained access and stole the poor little pup before his owner could even take a gulp of his refreshment! *The above Police Logs are loosely based on actual events. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. The circumstances have been created and embellished for your entertainment.
ACROSS 1. Forbidden (var. sp.) 5. Strike a heavy blow 9. Guy (slang) 12. Tel __, Israel 13. The superior of an abbey 15. Swiss river 16. South American nation 17. Span. town Aranda de ___ 18. Yellow’s complement 19. Sun in Spanish 20. Sharp slaps 22. Cash dispensing machine 25. Persistently annoying person 26. Japanese rolls 28. The woman 29. Fiddler crabs 32. Buddy 33. Majuscule 35. Lake in Oklahoma 36. Airborne (abbr.) 37. Physician’s moniker (abbr.) 38. Lincoln’s state 39. Doctors’ group 40. By way of 41. Coated with tobacco residue 44. Collect information 45. Smallest whole number 46. Honey (abbr.) 47. Luggage containers 49. Nine banded armadillo 50. Malaysian isthmus
51. Very heavy hammer 54. Cry made by sheep 57. Gorse genus 58. Chilean pianist Claudio 62. Table supports 64. Insect feeler 65. Pointed fork part 66. Periods of time 67. Harvard’s league 68. Affirmative! (slang) 69. An open skin infection
25. 23rd Greek letter 26. Live polio vaccine developer 27. Forearm bones 29. An edict of the Russian tsar 30. Tent places 31. Not home 32. Peafowl genus 34. Bog berry 42. A shag rug made in Sweden 43. ___ Constitution Hall 48. Soft black furs 49. Atomic #46 51. Defense to the Queen’s gambit 52. Dutch painter Peter 16181680 53. UK rock band 55. About aviation 56. Used as a culture medium 57. Int’l. news organization 59. Fish eggs 60. Tennis star Ivanovic 61. Exclamation: yuck! 63. Point midway between S and SE
DOWN 1. Draw beer 2. Bird class 3. Ballpoint pen 4. Soft palate extensions 5. Not good 6. __ Dhabi, Arabian capital 7. One point E of due S 8. Old fashioned upholstery fabric 9. Stop short 10. Large extinct European wild ox 11. Important pollinator 14. Magnum P.I. star 15. Basic 21. Indicates position 23. 4th day (abbr.) 24. Underground *See our next issue for Crossword Answers* phrase
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Joint Agency Operation to Clean-up Drug Lab in Clovis Apartment Just before midnight on October 25th, Clovis Police officers were checking on information regarding drug activity in an apartment in the 1000 block of Villa. Two men, who showed symptoms of being under the influence of drugs, were walking in the parking lot. A Clovis Police officer detained them. The officer found one of the men in possession of stolen property from a nearby apartment. When officers went to the apartment to locate the victim, the man let them inside. That’s when the officers found evidence of an active Ecstacy lab that was hot and giving off strong fumes. For safety reasons, officers evacuated the two people inside, a man and a woman, along with two families in adjoining apartments. They were taken to a local hotel for the night. Officers secured the scene and called on the Fresno Meth Task Force, an initiative of the Central California HIDTA (High Density Drug Trafficking Area Task force). Task force members, 2 from the Sheriff’s Office, 2 from the Department of Justice and 1 from the Fresno Police Department, arrived on scene about 1 o’clock in the morning. They confirmed that it was an Ecstacy “cooking” drug lab. Clovis Police turned the scene over to HIDTA officers to write a search warrant and process the scene. Clovis officers, meantime, arrested 20-year-old Anthony Smith for being under the influence of a controlled substance and 19-year-old Cody Long for manufacturing a controlled substance. Both lived in the apartment with the two roommates, who were evacuated. HIDTA officers and Clovis Police remained on scene until the lab was cleaned
up (between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.). The Fresno County Health Department was also involved along with a local company, which handles hazardous materials who disposed of the lab after all evidence had been collected.
Clovis Police Arrest Janitor for Theft at Reagan Educational Center On Friday night, October 19th, Clovis Police arrested 37-year-old Fermin Villarreal at the Reagan Educational Center (2901 De Wolf Ave.) for numerous thefts from Clovis East High School and Reyburn Intermediate School. The Clovis Unified School District Police Department had been conducting a lengthy investigation into thefts of computers, video projectors and other property from the complex. When they identified the suspect last night, CUSD officers immediately contacted Clovis Police. Clovis Police detectives then served a search warrant at Villarreal’s home in the 4000 block of E. Lowe in southeast Fresno and discovered 8 computers and 2 video projectors that had been stolen from Reyburn. Detectives identified 4 computers that belonged to the district and 4 that had been stolen from students. Total value of the electronics is estimated at $15,000. In addition, Villarreal was arrested for stealing office furniture (tables and chairs) over the last year. Some of those items, too, detectives found in his possession.
Estimated value of the furniture is $1,000. He faces felony charges of burglary and possession of stolen property, and is currently being held in the Fresno County Jail. Clovis Police are asking students at Reyburn and Clovis East who have had laptops stolen to please call detectives at 324-3415 to identify their property.
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the flip side, we kind of kept the ball a lot in the first half. I thought that was huge.” The Cougars out gained West 322-113 and avoided the big play from the Golden Eagles most of the game. On the ground, Clovis rushed for 235 yards on 54 carries with Adrian Salas rushing for 120 yards on 29 carries and touchdown runs of 6, 1, and 16 yards. “This is the first time after the game where I was dead tired,” Salas said. “That last drive that we had where we got in the end zone and we scored, I was just exhausted. But the star running back/linebacker wouldn’t have it any other way. “You just put self out there for the team,” he said. Jake Gatewood led the Cougars through the air with 87 yards on 8-of-18 passing.
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Cougars Win TRAC! Logan Poisall was the leading receiver with four catches for 65 yards. For West, Taylor Bustamante scored on a 28-yard pass from Devin Knudsen and Khalil Montgomery added a 8-yard touchdown.
Clovis High’s Garrett Olson runs down the field after a catch.
Clovis High quarterback Jake Gatewood runs past several defenders, including Mitchell Francis (7) en route to a huge gain Friday evening in the Cougars 28-16 win.
Clovis High’s Garrett Olson (23) takes down Clovis West’s Taylor Bustamante (28) in the second half.
Last week: Cougars hold off Broncos 38-33, on to TRAC Finals By Jason Galleske
No anxious nerves, no worries, no problem. The Clovis High Cougars claimed at least a share of the TRAC conference title by stopping high-powered Clovis North 38-33 Friday, Oct. 26 at Lamonica Stadium. The win moved the Cougars to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the TRAC and North fell to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the league “We came into the game feeling like all of the pressure was on them, they had everything to lose,” said quarterback Jake Gatewood. “We just wanted to come out and play our game, it feels really good and nice to beat a team like this.” It certainly was a hotly contested game between the two upper echelon TRAC teams. In fact, the game came down right to the end. The Broncos were trailing 3833 and got the ball to the Cougars’ 37-yard line before the game ended on a incomplete pass from Christian Rossi intended for stallwart tight end David Wells. “We’ve got the best defense in the Valley and our guys always come to play and find a way to get it done,” Cougars coach Rich Hammond said. “I wish we would’ve gotten one of those picks a couple of times earlier or we could get a sack so we could run the clock out earlier, but we’ll take it that way at the end and those guys played their butts off and we always play really good ‘D’ and our guys are committed to doing that. I think it was a fitting way for us to close out the game.” The game clinching touchdown came from the legs of Adrian Salas, who scored a 73-yard touchdown with 6 minutes, 31 seconds left in the game to give the Cougars
a 38-26 lead. Salas finished with 172 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. “Adrian is a warrior and he played his butt off tonight,” Hammond said. “I am so proud of him and the effort that he put forth.” Gatewood agreed. “That kid is a beast,” Gatewood said. “He’s a senior, it was nice to see a senior come in and help our team out.” Gatewood did his share of pitching in as well as he had a big game through the air. Gatewood completed seven of nine passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns - both of which came in the right side of the field in the second quarter. “We had a really good game plan coming in this week and we knew which side to attack and it really worked out well for us today,” Gatewood said. On the other end, Broncos quarterback Christian Rossi had a monster game and did his best to try and get his team back in the game several instances. Rossi completed 27-of-39 passes for 362 yards and five touchdowns (four passing). The Broncos leading receivers were Tymon Locklin with nine catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns; Wells with seven catches for 98 yards and Marcus Rose with six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. On the ground Carson Guzman led the Broncos with 76 yards on 19 carries. With all of the weapons the Broncos have, Hammond knew no lead was secure until the clock ran out. “You’ve got to worry, they’ve got two 6-6 tight ends, they’ve got two wide receivers that can just flat out
Clovis High cheerleaders and players band together to sing the school song after the victory.
The Clovis High players come out of the
run,” Hammond said. “They’ve got a quarterback that’s like Houdini. I don’t even know how he gets away half the time. Definitely we’ve got a lot of confidence in our guys and they’re a pretty special high school team in terms of what they’ve got player wise. There’s not too many teams that run around with players like that.” The Cougars leading receivers were
Clovis High running back Adrian Salas reacts after scoring a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Salas produced a huge day by rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
Garrett Olson with three catches for 75 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown; Logan Poisall, with two catches for 68 yards and a 50-yard pass from C.J. Broussard and McKay France, who caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
November 8, 2012
Willy Jeep given TLC- Ready to hit parade circuitill
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
More than 60 years ago it was a shining star. But it had fallen on hard times and it just needed a bit of tender loving care. And that’s just what the 1951 Willy Jeep, a Korean War vehicle, got in the form of a total makeover from a local Clovis body shop. The jeep was lovingly restored over a five month period by the owners and employees of Don Valenzuela’s Autobody Shop at 297 N. Minnewawa in Clovis. The project was brought to their attention by employee Ray Ruiz, whose cousin, Nick Becerra, is part of the VFW Post 8900. “Since this was a donation on our part, they were willing to give us a lot of time to complete the project since it had to be worked around our normal daily work. Although we had the jeep for about five months, we probably had over 100 hours of labor into it,” said Rosanne Valenzuela, co-owner of the shop with her husband Don. “We had to disassemble many of the pieces inside and out in order to refinish
them. After it was repainted and reassembled, we painted the military star on the hood to complete the project.” The paint for the project was donated by Keystone Automotive Industries in Fresno. The project involved all four of the shop’s technicians. “They were proud to be a part of restoring this jeep that had been part of history,” Valenzuela said. The jeep had been donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8900 in Fresno by a local resident, Michael Gamel, who had purchased it from a fellow PG &E employee. In its heyday, the jeep was equipped with communications gear that allowed it to be employed in forward positions, directing air strikes and observation airplanes. It had been stacked with two by four foot high radios. After the Korean War, in an effort to downsize, jeeps and other military equipment were sold as surplus and salvage. “Mr. Gamel used the vehicle for
hunting and camping and spent some time restoring it,” said Keith Rudolph, commander of VFW Post 8900. “He told us he even used the jeep to pull stranded flood victims across a creek to safety. He decided to donate it to us because he knew it would be loved and respected.” “Since we got the jeep three years ago, we have been on a mission of restoration,” said Rudolph. Continuing the jeep’s restoration, which began with Gamel, members of the VFW also worked on it. A major breakthrough in its restoration came when a local tire company donated customized tires for it and the Valenzuelas donated their services. The Valenzuelas are not new to good works. Several years ago they painted a motor trailer for the California Air National Guard, 194th Fighter Squadron for them to use in their recruiting efforts. It was painted gray and the Guard added their squad decals and military insignia. “Also, last year, we had the privilege to restore a Ford Bronco for a young man through the Make A Wish Foundation. Another project was the restoration of an old Radio Flyer wagon that belonged to a little boy who was killed when he was five. The mom saved it until her first grandchild was born, and then passed it on to him,” said Roseanne. “That was a heart wrenching story.” The restoration of the Willy Jeep is also
a story which warms the heart. During the parade it will join other historical jeeps owned by fellow VFW veterans. One member has a Willy with an original machine gun attachment. “We’re putting the final touches on the vehicle,” Rudolph said. “It has most of its original parts but we are replacing the seats with Marine Corps vinyl and putting on the decals. We are looking for a radio to put on it. It’s been hard to find original parts. Jeeps were originally built as a disposable vehicle, they weren’t meant to last for years.” Rudolph is proud and anxious to show off the shiny, reconditioned vehicle. The state commander of the VFW is expected to visit the post and Rudolph looks forward to tootling him around in the jeep. The jeep will also be prominent in this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 11th in Fresno. Rudolph will be in the passenger seat with the driver, post member Frank Navarro, acting as chauffeur. Navarro served as a driver for U.S. generals in Germany and France during the Cold War. Afterwards the jeep will be on display at VFW Post 8900. “Often we think about what the jeep was used for and what has happened over the years,” said Rudolph. “But I know I will be riding in a piece of history and we are trying to keep it as such.”
November 8, 2012
That Won’t Break the Bank
ll hosts want to delight guests with delicious meals, especially during the holidays. The pressure often leads them to spend a fortune on ingredients or cater their gatherings. The experts at Campbell’s Kitchen have created this traditional holiday menu, proving that it’s possible to prepare a memorable, gourmet feast by combining affordable, quality ingredients. For more affordable holiday tips and recipes, visit www.CampbellsKitchen.com. Roast Turkey with Mushroom Stuffing Prep: 25 minutes Roast: 3 hours 30 minutes Stand: 10 minutes Makes: 12 servings 3 1/2 cups Swanson Chicken Stock (Regular or Unsalted) 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1 small onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup) 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (about 1 1/2 ounces) 4 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds) Vegetable cooking spray 1. Stir 1 3/4 cups stock, lemon juice, basil, thyme and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. 2. Heat remaining stock, remaining black pepper, celery, onion and mushrooms in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove saucepan from heat. Add stuffing to saucepan and mix lightly. 3. Remove package of giblets and neck from turkey cavity. Rinse turkey with cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Spoon stuffing lightly into neck and body cavities. Fold any loose skin over stuffing. Tie ends of drumsticks together. 4. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in shallow roasting pan. Spray turkey with cooking spray. Brush with stock mixture. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of meat, not touching bone. 5. Roast at 325°F for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until thermometer reads 180°F. Baste occasionally with stock mixture. Begin checking for doneness after 3 hours of roasting time. Let turkey stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Notes: n Bake any remaining stuffing in a covered casserole with the turkey for 30 minutes or until the stuffing is hot. n Stuffing in the turkey should reach 165°F. Moist & Savory Stuffing Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Bake: 30 minutes Makes: 10 servings (about 3/4 cup each) 2 1/2 cups Swanson Natural Goodness Chicken Broth Generous dash ground black pepper 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup) 1 large onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup) 1 package (14 ounces) Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing 1. Heat broth, black pepper, celery and onion in a 3-quart saucepan over mediumhigh heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring often. Remove saucepan from heat. Add stuffing and mix lightly. 2. Spoon stuffing mixture into greased 3-quart shallow baking dish. Cover baking dish. 3. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until stuffing mixture is hot.
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Sweet Potato and Parsnip Purée Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Makes: 4 servings (about 3/4 cup each) 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups) 4 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices (about 2 cups) 1/4 cup Swanson Natural Goodness Chicken Broth, heated 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives Additional fresh chives for garnish 1. Place potatoes and parsnips in 4-quart saucepan. Add water to cover. Heat over medium-high heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Drain vegetables well in colander. 2. Place vegetables, broth and butter into food processor. Cover and process until mixture is smooth. Add brown sugar, black pepper and chopped chives. Cover and process until mixture is just combined. Garnish with additional chives. Green Bean Casserole Prep: 10 minutes Bake: 30 minutes Makes: 12 servings (about 3/4 cup each) 2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup (Regular, 98% Fat Free or Healthy Request) 1 cup milk 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 8 cups cooked cut green beans 2 2/3 cups French’s French Fried Onions, divided 1. Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in 3-quart casserole. 2. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions. 3. Bake for 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Cornbread Turkey Pot Pie Prep: 15 minutes Bake: 30 minutes Makes: 4 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each) 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free) 1 can (about 8 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained 2 cups cubed cooked turkey 1 package (about 8 ounces) corn muffin mix 3/4 cup milk 1 egg 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Stir soup, corn and turkey in a 9-inch pie plate. 2. Stir muffin mix, milk and egg in medium bowl just until combined. Spread batter over chicken mixture. 3. Bake for 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Sprinkle with cheese.
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November 8, 2012
Gift wrapping tricks and tips The holidays are here and that means shoppers have started to stockpile gifts for those they love. Once the shopping rush is over, the time to wrap all of those great finds and treasures has come. Although some people are gift-wrap gurus, there are many others who feel that their wrapping skills are lacking. Regardless, anyone can create delightful wrapped gifts with a little know-how. Prepare The first step to wrapping is to have all of the supplies in one place. There are some people who have actually dedicated small rooms as gift-wrap stations. While you don’t have to go this far, find a large table and keep your tape, tags, paper, ribbon, scissor, pen, and other accessories nearby.
Also, sort out the gifts according to recipient and have any gift receipts handy to wrap up with the gift. Wrap at a time when there are no distractions and you can devote your attention to the task at hand, like after children have gone to bed or during the day when no one is home. Paper or Bags? When purchasing wrapping paper, it may be tempting to skimp on the quality of the paper to save money. However, a thicker, higher quality paper will make wrapping go more smoothly. That’s because it will be less likely to tear on boxes or when you’re rolling out and cutting it. Thicker paper means you’ll also be able to achieve more intricate folds and better
creasing around boxes. It also may be more forgivable around oddly shaped items. Gift bags are the go-to wrapping medium when you’re short on time or have items that are not easily wrapped with paper. Because they come in a variety of sizes -- and even giant plastic bags to contain large gifts -- they are often more convenient. Other Tips There are different tips that can help with wrapping. * Buy neutral-patterned wrapping paper that coordinates with other papers. This way if you run out of one type of paper you can stagger other pieces and make a collage of papers so there’s no waste. * Use ribbon to dress up a gift and direct the eye away from any imperfections.
* Keep a stack of paper scraps and use it instead of tissue paper to fill in gift bags. * Keep scissors sharp for clean cuts. * Pack smaller items or oddly shaped things into a different container that is easier to wrap. * Roll up clothing and place into a paper towel tube to turn the wrapping into a candy cane shaped gift. Practice often makes perfect when it comes to wrapping gifts. Having the right paper, a few decorative supplies and some patience can ensure that gifts look festive this year.
November 8, 2012