Clovis News

Local briefs: Porterville fire displaces 10

A fire believed to have been started by electrical problems damaged a Porterville home and displaced 10 people, the Tulare County Fire Department said.

The fire on the 900 block of South Prospect Avenue was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Six of the residents were treated for smoke inhalation at Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville and released.

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Review of plan for Lost Lake Park set

Fresno County supervisors on Tuesday expect to review a draft master plan for Lost Lake Park, on the south bank of the San Joaquin River near the Friant Dam.

The plan calls for turning the area into a park, and includes environmental protections and recreational features to be done over 20 years.

The plan can be found on the county's Web site at

Supervisors will be asked to approve the draft plan so an environmental impact study can be done. They will still have to sign off on a final plan and find funding before any work can proceed. Planners looked at 374 acres owned by the county, the state and the San Joaquin River Conservancy.

Assembly speaker hosts public forum

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, is in Fresno today, hosting a public forum on the state budget.

The event is at 4 p.m. at the West Fresno Regional Center, Community Room, 142 E. California Ave.

Clovis police officer will be honored

Clovis police officer Mark Bradford will be honored in Sacramento tonight for the more than 100 DUI arrests he made last year.

Bradford will receive a California Hero Award at the annual statewide Law Enforcement and Community Recognition Event sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a Clovis police spokeswoman said. Bradford made 112 drunken-driving arrests in 2009, accounting for 29% of the Police Department's total.

MADD will honor law-enforcement officers and other community leaders for their contributions in the fight against drunken drivers and the prevention of underage drinking.