A Laton woman who died Friday night along Highway 41 has been identified as Carol Carleton, 78, the Fresno County Coroner's Office said Saturday.
Carleton was dropped off by her sister about 9:15 p.m. Friday across the street from her home.
Carleton attempted to cross the highway and was struck by a car going southbound on Highway 41 near Mount Whitney Avenue.
No other injuries were reported.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
3 arrested in Visalia DUI operation
Visalia police arrested three people during a DUI traffic detail Friday night and Saturday morning.
During the detail, 78 vehicles were stopped and one DUI arrest was reported.
There also were 51 traffic citations issued for violations that included unlicensed drivers and driving with a suspended license.
One man also was arrested on an active warrant and another was arrested for drug possession.
Smoky fire burning in Dinkey Lakes area
A lightning-sparked fire in the Fresno County mountains discovered on Tuesday is being allowed to burn, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Helms fire is more than a mile inside the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Boundary, north of Courtright Reservoir. It is one of about 20 lightning-ignited blazes found in the Sierra National Forest since Sept. 8.
All the fires, with the exception of the Helms and two others, have been contained. The Helms fire, which is about an acre in size, is the one most likely to produce smoke that could be seen in surrounding communities, including Courtright Reservoir.
West Nile virus kills horse in Merced Co.
A 2-year-old horse with the West Nile virus died in Merced County, an official said Friday.
Mosquitoes, birds and chickens in the county also have tested positive for the virus, said Allan Inman, manager for the Merced County Mosquito Abatement District. No horse cases were reported in the county last year.
The peak season for the virus is under way and is expected to run through October. Most counties around Merced County already have seen human cases.
Music program targets kids in K-6
Fresno City College and KIDmunity Music are teaming up to offer after-school music to children in grades K-6.
The program begins Wednesday, runs through Dec. 14 and will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
The KIDmunity Program teaches children to perform music from around the world and play instruments including percussion recorder and guitar.
There is a registration fee of $60, but scholarships and fee waivers are available upon request. No family will be turned away for financial reasons.
For more information contact Catherine Cooper at email@example.com or (559) 797-1543.
African-American group hosts event
The African-American Student Union at Clovis North High School will host an event Saturday featuring MSNBC political commentator Jeff Johnson at Fresno City College.
The event, in the Old Administration Building auditorium, includes a free educational fair at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for students and parents to get information about the benefits of staying in school.
Local college representatives and services for college and scholarship applications also will be available.
Johnson will speak at 2 p.m.
The student union is seeking sponsors to offset the $10 entry fee for students to attend Johnson's speech. They also are seeking vendors and other groups willing to offer students their services in continuing their educational careers.
Clovis North High School's African American Student Union has about 70 students and is a nonprofit operated through the Bronco Foundation. Information: (559) 327-5062.
Madera council plans redistricting hearing
The Madera City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed redistricting plan.
The council is considering increasing the number of City Council members from five to seven. The six council members would have to live in and be elected by the residents of their district. The seventh would be the mayor, who would be elected at large.
The new plan would cut the city into six districts. Now, council members are elected at large, and four of five officials live within a mile of each other.
After the public hearing, the council may consider approving a draft plan map. The redistricting ordinance could be introduced at the Oct. 5 meeting.
Information: (559) 661-5405
Trash removed in rivers cleanup
About 2,000 volunteers collected nearly 36,000 pounds of trash, appliances, car parts and other debris from California waterways Saturday during the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup.
The event, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, was held in about 100 locations throughout California, including 11 sites in Central California.
Volunteers scoured river banks to collect trash, aluminum cans, plastic bags, cigarette butts, bottles and other items.
In Fresno County, the cleanup occurred in five locations between Skaggs Bridge and Lost Lake Park on the San Joaquin River. The cleanup also took place at a site near Oakhurst and a location on the Tule River near Springville in Tulare County. Mariposa County also had four cleanup sites.
The river cleanup program started in 2009 at 30 locations.
"About 23 million Californians get their water from the Sierra, so it is great to watch the Great Sierra River Cleanup growing in support each year," said Jim Branham, executive director of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Yosemite hosts annual cleanup event
Yosemite National Park will host its eighth annual "Yosemite Facelift" event from Wednesday to Sept. 25, where volunteers can help clean the park after the busy summer season.
Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter from various locations in the park, including trails, roadways, parking, camping and lodging areas.
Volunteers can register from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. any day of the facelift at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Participants will receive a ticket each day they participate for a daily raffle. A reception on Sept. 25 will include free food and drinks and live music performed by Little Brother.
Information: (209) 372-0248.
DMV warns of 'curbstone' car sales
The Department of Motor Vehicles Office of Investigations fanned out across California on Saturday to stop the selling of unsafe vehicles by "curbstoners" posing as licensed dealers.
In Fresno, officials issued four citations and four written warnings for the selling of unsafe vehicles, said Tom Wilson, area commander for DMV investigations.
"The goal today was to stop people from selling unsafe vehicles," Wilson said. "We were tracking vendors who had bought cheap cars that had been wrecked from auctions, and they were cosmetically correcting these cars. But the mechanical issues with the cars still exist, like bent frames or missing airbags."
The DMV is asking anyone who suspects unlicensed dealers are operating to contact their local DMV investigations office.