Clovis News

Briefs: Visalian arrested and three vehicles towed

A 29-year-old Visalia man was arrested and three vehicles were towed Sunday during a DUI checkpoint in Visalia, authorities said.

Police also issued 75 citations for offenses including driving with a suspended license or no license, Sgt. Steven Phillips said.

Fire

2 Visalia apartments damaged by fire

A fire Monday morning caused $35,000 in damage to two Visalia apartments on the 2000 block of Laura Avenue, the Visalia Fire Department said.

The fire started about 10 a.m. when the fireplace flue overheated the attic, Battalion Chief Danny Wristen said. No one was injured.

Road work

Maple Avenue closed weekdays near 180

Lanes of Maple Avenue at the Highway 180 overcrossing will be closed each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for road work, the California Department of Transportation said.

Repair work will be done to the bridge deck. The project is expected to be finished within 30 working days.

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New education center planned in Yosemite

The National Park Service will build a new Yosemite Environmental Education Center at the intersection of Wawona and Glacier Point roads and remove the existing center at Crane Flat, officials announced Monday.

The new Henness Ridge site will be owned by the National Park Service and jointly operated by the park service and Yosemite Institute, a campus of the nonprofit NatureBridge, formerly Yosemite National Institutes.

The institute annually brings thousands of students to learn about nature in Yosemite and other national parks properties.

Clovis receives $1.15m federal grant

Clovis has been given a $1.15 million federal grant to pay for six new firefighters, which could allow the city to fully reopen its downtown fire station.

The City Council accepted the grant Monday night.

Under terms of the grant, the federal money will cover the first two years of costs. The city must pick up the third-year costs, which could amount to as much as $577,000. City officials expect other savings could offset some of the costs.

Fire Chief Rick Bennett said the new firefighters could allow the city to reopen its downtown fire station, which has been largely closed because of budget cuts imposed last year.

Brand plans to meet with district residents

Fresno City Council Member Lee Brand will meet with residents of District 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Woodward Park Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Capt. Al Maroney will address public safety issues affecting Fresno residents. Assistant City Planning Director Jerry Bishop and Parking Manager Del Estabrook will address code enforcement and illegal parking issues.

TVs donated

The East Fresno Rotary Club donated 30 televisions to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera on Friday, a hospital official said. The TVs were placed in patient rooms, Children's Hospital employee Micheline Golden said.

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