Local briefs: New reward offered in '07 Fresno killing

February 26, 2010 

A reward was offered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week in connection with an unsolved 2007 Fresno murder case.

Police said Roger Harris, 37, was attending a party at a friend's home on the 4500 block of East Washington Avenue on Dec. 29, 2007, when two men approached and asked him his name. When Harris answered, one man shot him.

As part of the Governor's Reward program, $50,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in a California court.

Anyone with information about the case can call detective Todd Fraizer at (559) 621-2442 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

Repairs affect ramp on Highways 99, 41

The ramp connecting northbound Highway 99 to northbound Highway 41 will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day next week beginning Sunday, Caltrans officials said.

Work will be done on Highway 41 to place a bridge expansion joint and make structural repairs.

Motorists can reach Highway 41 from northbound Highway 99 by exiting onto eastbound Highway 180 and continuing onto Highway 41.

Conference set for Boys and Girls Club

The public is invited to a mulitcultural health conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Boys and Girls Club, 540 N. Augusta Ave. in Fresno.

The conference includes health information about HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), nutrition, obesity and diabetes, substance abuse and gang violence.

The Fresno County Department of Public Health will offer testing for HIV in its mobile testing van.

The event is sponsored by Helping Our Own Destiny, a youth enrichment program.

Details: (559) 681-9005.

Habitat for Humanity to dedicate homes

Fresno leaders will join Habitat for Humanity Fresno County today to dedicate two new homes in the Lowell/Jefferson neighborhood north of downtown Fresno.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Council Member Cynthia Sterling are expected to participate in ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. at 182 N. Echo Ave. to show the city's commitment to neighborhood revitalization.

Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families achieve home ownership with no-interest loans.

Qualifying families must invest 500 hours of labor in the construction of their own home and other Habitat projects.

Rodriguez gets seat on film commission

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has rewarded another staunch water ally with an appointment, picking actor comedian Paul Rodriguez for a slot on the California Film Commission.

Rodriguez, of Studio City, is chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition, which has routinely appeared alongside the governor as he pushed his water policy priorities, including an $11 billion bond that voters will consider in November.

There is no salary for the film commission post.

Last year the governor appointed another coalition member, Mario Santoyo, to the State Parks and Recreation Commission, which pays $100 per diem.

Santoyo is assistant general manager of the Friant Water Authority.

Lawmakers offers student internships

College students and recent college graduates can apply for paid internships working in the Visalia and Clovis offices of Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia.

Interns work at events, conduct research and help with special projects. Applicants should be interested in politics, want to gain professional experience and be able to handle a fast-paced environment.

Applications are available at www.nunes.house.gov. Information: (559) 733-3861.

Teacher Librarian Leadership Day set

The 2010 Teacher Librarian Leadership Day titled "Skills for the 21st Century Learner" will be March 12 at Fresno Pacific University.

The event begins at 8 a.m. in the Steinert Campus Center on the Fresno Pacific campus with keynote speaker Bernie Trilling.

He is the global director for Oracle Education Foundation and is the co-author of the book "21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times."

The day will include lunch, a panel discussion and breakout sessions and will last until 3:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in the event can register by March 3 at fresno.edu/leadershipday or by calling (559) 453-7162.

Miss Fresno County to be picked tonight

The Miss Fresno County Scholarship Program will be at the Tower Theatre from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

A total of $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the event.

The winner of the competition will represent Fresno County in the Miss California Pageant in July at the Saroyan Theatre.

Twelve women from the area have been named finalists. Each young woman will compete in four categories: interview, fitness, evening gown and talent.

Tickets are available for $15 at the door or by contacting Marie Theurich, the executive director, at (559) 269-9249.

Recall doesn't affect local Scout cookies

A cookie recall this week does not affect the 127,872 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies that will be delivered Sunday to the troops of the Girl Scouts of Central California South.

The recall affects the Lemon Chalet Crème cookies made in Kentucky and distributed in 24 states, said Amy-Marie Christensen, assistant director of product sales for the Girl Scouts.

She said the Valley cookies are made by the other Girl Scout baker, ABC Bakers, so Girl Scout cookies being sold here are not included in the recall.

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