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Soldier from Hanford found dead at N.Y. home

Former Hanford High School football star and decorated U.S. soldier Brian Johnson, 32, was found dead at his home on the Fort Drum Army Base in New York on Jan. 20.

The Fort Drum public affairs office said Johnson's death remains under investigation.

He graduated from Hanford High in 1995 and was named to the Tulare-Kings All-Star team.

Johnson joined the Army in 2003. He was an infantryman with C Company, 1 Battalion, 32 Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Johnson was deployed to a one-year tour of duty in Iraq in 2003 and for one year in Afghanistan in 2006. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team is currently being redeployed to Afghanistan.

Johnson's awards and decorations include the Expert Infantry Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, the NATO medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Combat Service, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Arrowhead.

Johnson had a wife, Nicole. His parents are Bruce and Reba Ryan of Hanford.

Report on Clovis center available for review

A revised draft environmental impact report for a shopping center at Herndon and Clovis avenues in Clovis is available for public review.

The environmental document was revised after a judge ruled in August that the report did not adequately address economic issues beyond the city limits and required more information about impacts on water. The 492,000-square-foot shopping center will be anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The city will accept written comments through Feb. 16. A Clovis Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26. The Clovis City Council will consider the issue after the commission hears it. Residents who do not make written comments can address city officials during public hearings.

The environmental impact report can be read at the Clovis branch of the Fresno County Library, 1155 Fifth St., or at the city's planning and development services department, 1033 Fifth St.

The report also is available on the city's Web site,

Nuclear reactor shut down for maintenance

Operators at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant have begun a two-month shutdown of one of the facility's two reactors in order to install new fuel rods and replace the unit's four steam generators.

The unit was shut down Sunday, PG&E spokeswoman Emily Christensen said.

Standard refueling outages usually take about a month, but replacement of the steam generators will require more time. The steam generators in the other unit were replaced a year ago. That outage lasted 68 days.

Workers also will replace one-third of the unit's fuel rods and perform maintenance and testing. The plant's work force will be augmented by 2,000 temporary workers during the shutdown. Each of the four steam generators is 70 feet long and weighs 350 tons.