Clovis News

Local briefs: Business aid offered

The city of Clovis is offering a seminar Monday to give local businesses ideas on how to succeed in an economic downturn.

The program, called Tools for Business Success-Live, is free.

This first session is at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Trelio, 438 Clovis Ave. Discussion will include how to help business owners and managers increase their bottom line. The first installment will focus on alternative marketing techniques, such as using Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

Details: Shawn Miller, (559) 324-2083.

99 project targeted

Caltrans will hold a public meeting Wednesday to begin environmental study of the proposed Veterans Boulevard interchange with Highway 99 in northwest Fresno.

The meeting will run from 6-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room at River Bluff Elementary, 6159 W. Palo Alto, Fresno. A brief presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Preliminary designs will be available and comments will be accepted.

Student wins grant

Reynaldo Pacheco, a junior at Granite Hills High School in Porterville, is among 10 students nationwide to receive a grant to complete an environmental project.

Reynaldo will create an eco-friendly garden consisting of native and low-water plants. Each student will receive $1,000 from Planet Connect -- an online social network where high school students can learn about environmental issues -- and The Weather Channel.

Information about Reynaldo's project -- called EcoGarden -- and the rest of the Planet Connect national grant winners can be found at

Network lays off 60

Family Health Care Network has announced that it is laying off about 60 people in its administration and support staff. A $2 million cut in state funding plus other reductions in revenue made the cuts mandatory, said Harry Foster, president and chief executive officer.

No doctors or professional health care providers are being let go, he said. Family Health Care Network operates 11 clinics in Tulare and Kings counties.

Scholarships offered

California's fresh grape growers are offering three $16,000 scholarships to table grape field workers and their families.

The scholarship applications are available now and are due March 19.

The California Table Grape Workers Scholarship program has offered scholarships to high school seniors since 1985.

Applicants or their immediate family members must be table grape field workers. They must also be graduating from high school this year with a desire to continue their education at a four-year California college or university.

Applications are available through employers or high school counselors. Applications can be downloaded from the California Table Grape Commission's Web site:

New judge appointed

Attorney Bret Hillman of Tulare was appointed to a judgeship on the Tulare County Superior Court, Presiding Judge Gerald Sevier announced Thursday.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made the appointment to fill a vacancy created by the conversion last year of a court commissioner position to full-time judge status.

Hillman, 49, has a law degree from the University of Santa Clara and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University. He has been a partner in Hillman and Lew in Tulare.