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Children's Hospital Needs NEW Stuffed Animals

Children's Hospital Needs NEW Stuffed Animals

Children's Hospital of Central California has a need, and this one goes right to the core of the hospital's mission: the children that need it and use it.

The hospital is running very low of one particular thing that children want when they are sick: cuddly, stuffed animals.

The hospital can ONLY accept new ones. It won't take used ones because of fear of bringing infections and other bad things into the facility.

The hospital is also in need of other things for the children. Here is a link to the Children's Hospital website so you can see what's needed and how to help: http://waystogive.childrenscentralcal.org/InKindGifts

Statue Honoring Legendary Clovis Unified Superintendent Doc Buchanan to Be Unveiled May 24

Statue Honoring Legendary Clovis Unified Superintendent Doc Buchanan to Be Unveiled May 24

Five years ago, the members of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Clovis Class 2007 had a vision for their community service project: to honor the impact Clovis Unified School District’s founding superintendent, Dr. Floyd B. “Doc” Buchanan, had on the community. Those affiliated with the project, including Project Director Marilyn McGrady, wanted to create a sculpture reflecting Buchanan’s unwavering focus on the children of CUSD, and his dedication to their learning and well-being.

On May 24 at 2 p.m., members of Leadership Clovis Class 2007 and all interested community members will have the opportunity to see the sculpture, more than five years in the making, unveiled and dedicated at its permanent home at Buchanan High School.

Gusty Winds Hit The Valley; Blowing Dust Possible

Gusty Winds Hit The Valley; Blowing Dust Possible

Local air-pollution officials are advising people in the Valley to be careful because gusty winds are expected in the area through Wednesday evening.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust in the following counties: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley air basin portion of Kern.

Blowing dust can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter. Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

The Valley Air District says adults and children should avoid being outdoors for a long period of time.

For more information, visit valleyair.org.

Casino Jobs Up For Grabs In Clovis

Casino Jobs Up For Grabs In Clovis

Are you in the market for a job? You may want to head to Clovis because a casino is looking to fill dozens of positions.

The 500 Club Casino will hold a job fair on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 2 p.m., at its new site -- 771 W. Shaw Avenue (northeast corner of Shaw and Willow).

Some of the jobs available include: managers, supervisors, dealers, hosts, bartenders, chefs, dishwashers and security guards.

Applications will be available at the job fair.

Applicants must be 21 or older. The casino is asking applicants to take along a state issued ID or driver's license, social security card, resume, pen and paper.

The Clovis Police Department will do a criminal background check on each applicant.

Whoosh: Amgen Tour Zooms Through Clovis

Whoosh: Amgen Tour Zooms Through Clovis

More than 100 of the world's best cyclists sprinted to the finish line in downtown Clovis, wrapping up Stage 4 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Tens of thousands of people were in town for the event.

It was no easy feat for the cyclists to get to the finish line - they rode 130 miles for more than 5 hours straight.

The riders started in Sonora, took on steep climbs in the mountains through Mariposa and Oakhurst, then sprinted through the final stretch into Clovis.

The course turned out to be much harder than many of them expected.

"I think the most difficult part was definitely the heat. When we came down from the mountains it got really dry and really warm, almost 10 degrees different, that was the hardest part for me," said Heinrich Haussler, who came in second in the race.

City Of Clovis Picks Up Tab For Amgen Tour

City Of Clovis Picks Up Tab For Amgen Tour

The best cyclists in the world raced into the Valley Wednesday.

"It's very exciting to see it live versus on TV," Jennifer Knect said.

Knect came all the way from Pennsylvania to see the race.

Her friend, Heidi Moser traveled from Ohio.

"We're pretty die–hard cycling fans," Moser said.

And they're not alone.

The race brings tens of thousands of people to Old Town Clovis. It's much of the reason the city agrees to foot a fairly hefty bill to put it on.

"This year, I bet we're probably in the range of maybe $20,000," Chad Fitzgerald, Clovis Fire Department, said.

From police and fire assistance to public utilities and road maintenance, the city provides it all to the Amgen Tour for free.

"I think at the end of the day, absolutely, the investment that the city makes in this is well worth the effort," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald says, for the $20,000 the city spends, it expects to make about $1 million in revenue.