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A record 26 CUSD Schools Named to California Business for Education Excellence 2011 Honor Roll

Twenty-six Clovis Unified elementary schools have been named today to the prestigious California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) 2011 Honor Roll list, the most for CUSD since CBEE began naming honor roll schools in 2006. Schools receiving this distinction from California's business community have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.

This year, 1,614 California public schools were named to the CBEE Honor Roll, which is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award.

Clovis Elks Lodge Gives 5 CUSD Seniors Scholarships; 3 Win at National Level

Clovis Elks 2599 recently announced the area high school winners for the Most Valuable Student Elks National Scholarships on the local, regional, state and national level. The National Elks Organization sponsors the $2.2 million competition every year for local high school seniors.

Local winners this year were Rafay Haseeb, Clovis North High; Jim Nakamura, Dilpreet Kaur and Lisa Huang, Buchanan High; and Jenny Volanti, Clovis High. All the winners will receive $100 from Clovis Elks 2599.

All five CUSD students were announced as regional winners in January and advanced to state judging in March. Each was selected as a state finalist, with three of them moving onto the national competition held in April. Rafay, Dilpreet and Lisa won a national scholarship of $1,000 a year for four years.

Clark Intermediate Celebrates 2012 Most Inspirational Teacher

Clark Intermediate Celebrates 2012 Most Inspirational Teacher

May 8 was National Teacher Appreciation Day. While CUSD believes ALL of its teachers are special, we were inspired, in the spirit of the day, to share a story given to us by Clark Intermediate students Elyssia Arreguin, Skylar Lopez and Ajay Patel who wrote about Clark’s annual Most Inspirational Teacher event:

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. While CUSD believes ALL of its teachers are special, we were inspired, in the spirit of the day, to share a story given to us by Clark Intermediate students Elyssia Arreguin, Skylar Lopez and Ajay Patel who wrote about Clark’s annual Most Inspirational Teacher event:

Cops Say Drunk Mom Lets Child Drive When She Can't

Cops Say Drunk Mom Lets Child Drive When She Can't

She was too drunk to drive safely, police say, so she let her kid take the wheel instead.

Now, Clovis police say, that woman is facing charges.

Officers say they pulled the woman over Thursday afternoon and gave her a DUI test after another driver called to say a car was hitting curbs and stopping in the middle of Fowler Avenue.

Police say the woman stopped to let her child drive shortly before they stopped her.

Police say they arrested the woman after she failed the DUI test.

Yodigity to Give 20% of Profits to Woods Elementary Student Today, May 10

Yodigity to Give 20% of Profits to Woods Elementary Student Today, May 10

Yodigity Yogurt, 2950 E. Nees Ave. in Fresno (at the northwest corner of Willow and Nees avenues) is giving Woods Elementary School student Bridget Hughes 20 percent of all profits it brings in today to help Bridget raise funds for her educational People to People trip this summer.

Bridget was selected to join the People to People Ambassador Program to travel to Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France June 29-July 17. She was selected for this program after having been nominated then had to get three letters of reference, submit an application and do an interview.

Future Ford, Hedricks Workers Get Lesson In Firefighting

Future Ford, Hedricks Workers Get Lesson In Firefighting

Minutes before the fire raged out of control at Future Ford last December, Manuel Luevanos was working as a smog tech on what seemed like just another day.

"I was working on a car, I was underneath the hood. And then all of the sudden I heard there was a fire. I got up. I could see the flames starting. And after that, it started going higher and higher," Luevanos said.

When he got outside, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"It was almost like Backdraft. It was like a Hollywood movie. It was crazy," he said.

Nearly four months later, business is back up and running.

But the massive dirt area just yards away where the shop once stood is a constant reminder, it could all change in an instant.

"On a daily basis they deal with dangerous chemicals, such as gasoline, which started this fire, flammable liquids," Deputy Fire Marshal Gary Sawhill, Clovis Fire Department, said.

Pit Maneuver Stops Out Of Control Driver

Pit Maneuver Stops Out Of Control Driver

Clovis police were forced to use the pit maneuver, a move where police ram the back end of a car to spin it out of control.

Around 10:30 Wednesday night, the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta was seen by officers running several red lights in the downtown Clovis area.

Police tried to stop the car, but the driver led police on a short chase through north Clovis.

When officers realized the driver wouldn't stop, police used the pit maneuver.

The driver in his 40s was arrested for failing to stop and reckless driving. Police say he also had a suspended license.