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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.

Amgen Tour Rolls Into Clovis; Peter Sagan Wins

Amgen Tour Rolls Into Clovis; Peter Sagan Wins

Some of the world's best cyclists rode into Old Town Clovis for Stage 4 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California Wednesday.

22-year-old Peter Sagan won this leg of the race. This is Sagan's fourth consecutive victory in the weeklong tour.

Stage 4 was the longest leg of the race -- 130 miles from Sonora to Old Town Clovis.

The Amgen Tour will head to Bakersfield on Thursday.

For more information, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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.