Thumbs up to Eagle Scouts Brian Phillips, 23, of Fresno and George Myers, 21, of Laton and their Scout buddies for rescuing ailing newlyweds Jessica and Rodney Aguilera during a hike up 14,500-foot Mount Whitney. While being pelted with hail and thunder clapping overhead, the Eagles came upon the couple after reaching the summit. Phillips suspected the couple were showing symptoms of the bends, and the newlyweds said they had just gone scuba diving in Belize. The Scouts helped them stave off dehydration, guided them down the mountain and set up a tent. Good job, guys, for giving the Aguileras a happy honeymoon story.
Thumbs up to the California Air National Guard's 144th Fighter Wing for dedicating F-15 Eagle jet fighters to the cities of Selma and Kingsburg. The dedications are part of the "Cities of Honor" program, which pays tribute to cities that support members of the 144th.
Thumbs up to the late Clifford Grant Jr. of Fresno and family members for endowing music scholarships at Fresno State. Grant, who died July 15, was an accountant and cattle rancher who sang in many Fresno chorale groups. Blessed with a remarkable voice and great enthusiasm for life, he made a big imprint on the Valley. He and his wife, Jean, also donated prize money to the old Fresno Lyric Opera Theater singing competitions.
Thumbs up to the Clovis Rodeo for being enshrined in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo. It's a perfect gift for the rodeo's 100th anniversary, which was in April.