Clovis News

Local briefs: Victim of crash south of Madera identified

The Madera County Sheriff's Department on Thursday identified the driver killed Tuesday on Avenue 7 near Road 13.

Fernando Magana Gonzalez, 19, was killed. Gonzalez was westbound on Avenue 7 about 5 p.m. when his pickup drifted into eastbound lanes and collided with a Mercedes driven by Sherry Jones, 61, of Fresno, the California Highway Patrol said.

The pickup then ran into a Ford Explorer driven by Shimon Horovitz, 54, of Israel. Gonzalez died at the crash site. Jones and a passenger, Susan August, 62, of Marina, suffered minor injuries, as did Horovitz.


Tour of fire-safe homes in Three Rivers planned

Fire and national park officials will conduct a tour Saturday in Three Rivers, highlighting homes with safe space around them in the event of a wildfire.

Participants are asked to meet at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Building to coordinate carpooling. The tour will last about two hours.

Representatives from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Tulare County Fire Department and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will take part in the event.

The tour also will include a new native plant garden.

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Lindsay water supply fouled by bacteria

Lindsay residents have been advised to boil their water for drinking and cooking for one minute because of contaminants in one of the city's wells.

The advisory was issued Wednesday after routine tests of the Tulare County town's water wells revealed bacterial contamination, said Ralph Gutierrez, Lindsay's utilities supervisor. The water is safe for showering, bathing and irrigating and for washing dishes and clothes, he said.

The well was chlorinated earlier this week, and the city's water is being tested daily with no subsequent signs of contamination, Gutierrez said. The advisory will remain in effect until the state Department of Public Health says it can be lifted, he said.

4 young Valley spellers to compete in state event

Four Valley elementary school students are among 62 students who will compete Saturday at the California State Elementary Spelling Championship in Northern California.

Kathryn Moore, a sixth-grader from Quail Lake Environmental Charter School in Clovis, and Gobind Puniani, a fifth-grader from Valley Oak Elementary School in Fresno, will compete. Also competing are Quinn Camara, a sixth-grader from Pioneer Middle School in Hanford, and Simran Dulai, a fifth-grader from Mark Twain Elementary in Corcoran. The students represent 32 counties and already have won school, regional and county spelling bees.

Prizes are $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. The next three finishers each will receive $100.

The public is invited to attend the competition at the Evert B. Person Theatre on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. It is sponsored by the California School Employees Association.

Scholarships to be given to Latino high-schoolers

The Association of Mexican American Educators of Fresno will honor 10 local educators and award 29 student scholarships at its annual banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m. today at TorNino's, 5080 N. Blackstone Ave.

Twenty-nine scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to Latino high school students from Fresno and Kings counties.

Tickets are $50 and are available at the door.