A motorcyclist suffered major injuries Monday morning in a collision west of Laton, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The incident occurred on Mount Whitney Avenue just east of Clovis Avenue about 7 a.m.
The motorcyclist's name and hometown could not be immediately determined.
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Fire damages room in SW Fresno home
Fire damaged at least one room at a home in southwest Fresno on Monday, the Fresno Fire Department reported.
The blaze was reported at 11:41 a.m. on South Kirk Avenue just south of East Church Avenue.
A Fire Department spokesman said investigators were trying to determine the cause but that a pest-control worker was spraying the home when the fire started.
There was heavy smoke throughout the home. The initial damage was estimated at $30,000.
Historic homes burn
Two unoccupied historical bungalows in downtown Fresno sustained major damage in an apartment fire Monday night, Fresno Fire Capt. Bob VanTassel said.
No one was injured in the blaze, reported shortly before 9 p.m. at 1105 E. Divisadero St. between Van Ness Avenue and L Street, VanTassel said.
The blaze was contained around 9:30 p.m. by Fresno Fire.
The fire is under investigation and an estimate of damage was not available.
EPA sued over ozone violations
Activist groups on Monday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking for a plan to clean up ozone in the San Joaquin Valley.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oakland, is a response to the Valley missing the cleanup deadline in 2010 for the one-hour ozone standard. The standard was revoked several years ago, but activists say the Valley still needed to meet the cleanup deadline.
Represented by Earthjustice, a legal watchdog based in Oakland, the activists include the Valley-based Medical Advocates for Healthy Air and the Sierra Club.
Ozone is a corrosive summertime gas that can trigger asthma and other lung problems. The Valley has never achieved an ozone cleanup deadline.
Fresno State sends layoff notices to two employees
Fresno State officials sent layoff notices to two nonteaching employees on Monday. The cuts are not final, and the California State Employees Union will negotiate to save the employees' jobs. The layoffs would take effect Oct. 17.
Another 10 nonteaching staff at CSU Stanislaus also received layoff notices on Monday, which are effective Sept. 30. Notices also were recently sent to staff at CSU Channel Islands and the Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach.
Union officials said they don't expect as many layoffs as last year.
Reedley College offers free interpreter training classes
Reedley College is offering free Health Care Interpreter Certification Programs to students who are bilingual in Spanish or Hmong.
Students interested in the Hmong interpreter program should attend a mandatory orientation at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Center, 390 W. Fir Ave. The meeting for the Spanish program is at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at Reedley College in SOC 32.
Students will take free classes twice a week from October through March and can begin working as early as April 2012. Classes focus on health-care interpretations, insight into language and culture, and basic knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and procedures.
The program is funded by a Department of Labor grant.
Information: (559) 638-0306.
Flood advisory is in effect for Kings River
The National Weather Service in Hanford has extended the flood advisory for the Kings River just below Pine Flat Dam.
Local law enforcement officials report that Winton Park on the Kings River continues to be flooded and is closed to the public.
Cold and high flows continue just below the dam and pose a danger to recreation activities.