Clovis News

Local briefs: Budget woes close Hurley fire station for now

The Hurley fire station on Auberry Road near Prather will close today because of a lack of funding.

The station is expected to reopen in mid-May when state funds are available for the summer fire season, said John Dominguez, a Cal Fire spokesman.

Road work

Storm drain work affects Fresno traffic

The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District is installing storm drains in several locations around Fresno, which will require lane closures for about four weeks.

Motorists may experience traffic delays.

Lane closures are planned on:

*Southbound lanes of Blackstone Avenue between Olive and Belmont avenues.

*Both directions of Ventura Avenue between B and C streets.

*Westbound lanes of Belmont Avenue between Blackstone and Fulton avenues.

*Both directions of Divisadero Street between Van Ness Boulevard and Echo Avenue.

Street repairs will close lanes in Fresno

Maple Avenue between Shields Avenue and Fountain Way will experience lane closures from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Fresno street maintenance crews will be repairing deteriorated portions of pavement.

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Sheriff's substation will close for the week

The Fresno County Sheriff's Area 2 Substation at 5717 E. Shields Ave. will be closed to the public today through Friday.

During the closure, vehicle releases can be obtained from sheriff's headquarters, 2200 Fresno St., Fresno; San Joaquin Substation, 21925 W. Manning Ave., San Joaquin; Selma Substation, 1055 S. Golden State Blvd., Selma; Auberry Substation, 33155 Auberry Road, Auberry; Telen Substation, 30691 E. Kings Canyon Road, Squaw Valley.

Youth poetry sought

National University is seeking poetry from Fresno-area students for its 13th annual Young Writers Competition.

The contest is open to students in grades 4 through 12. This year's theme is "Words of Inspiration." Poems should be based on someone who has made a difference in the writer's life -- whether a famous athlete, teacher or parent. There is no length requirement.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners. All participants will receive a certificate.

Entry forms are available at National University's Fresno campus, 20 East River Park Place West. Entries may be e-mailed to, labeled Young Writers Competition. Deadline for submissions is April 23. Details: (559) 256-4942.

Fresno State limits students' units

Fresno State students will be limited to 16 units of classes during the early registration period that opens April 26, officials announced Friday.

The limit, which starts for the coming fall semester, prevents a student from enrolling or signing up on waiting lists for more than 16 units.

Authorities say some students are enrolling in more classes than they plan to complete, then dropping them after the semester starts. That locks out other students who might need those classes to stay on track for graduation.

In addition, new students -- freshmen and transfers -- won't register until June and July.

Valley schools honored

Twenty-three elementary schools from Fresno, Madera and Tulare counties received the annual Virtues and Character Recognition Award last week from the Bonner Center for Character Education at California State University, Fresno.

The awards were given during Fresno State's 26th annual Conference on Character and Civic Education on Friday at the Fresno Convention Center.

Recipients include Oak Grove in the Burton School District; James Polk, Central Unified; Mickey Cox and Red Bank, in Clovis Unified; Homan and Figarden, Fresno Unified; Sierra View, Golden Valley Unified; John Pershing, Madera Unified; Monte Vista, Porterville Unified; and Sundale, Sundale School District.

The following schools in Sanger Unified also were honored: Centerville, Del Rey, Fairmont School, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lone Star, Madison, Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Ronald Reagan, Sanger Academy Charter School, John Wash, Wilson.