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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.

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.