Clovis News

Local briefs: Grass fire burns 40 acres

A grass fire just outside Fresno city limits burned 40 acres Saturday.

Just after noon Saturday, the Fresno Fire Department responded to a landfill with six acres of grass burning in the area of Chateau Fresno and North avenues.

A total of 18 personnel from the Fresno Fire Department and Fresno County Fire Protection District quickly contained the blaze, the Fire Department said.

The fire was accidentally caused by maintenance personnel trimming the grass, according to the Fresno Fire Department. No one was injured.

Visitors invited to opening of Ahwahnee Fire Station

The Ahwahnee Fire Station opens Monday.

Those wishing to attend the opening can visit the station at 43033 Highway 49 South in Ahwahnee beginning at 10 a.m.

Visitors can meet the station personnel and tour the facility.

Refreshments will be provided.

Clovis West senior gets highest Girl Scouts honor

A Clovis West High School senior will receive the Girl Scouts of America's highest honor today.

Tanya Nelson, 18, is being awarded The Girl Scout Gold Award for launching a service project for Children's Hospital Central California.

After volunteering at the hospital for three years, she began creating special blankets for the babies' incubators in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The blankets that Tanya created for the hospital have an estimated value of $1,500.

Tanya recruited help from more than 50 volunteers in six states and inspired a group of volunteers in Montana to make blankets for their local children's hospitals.

Tanya has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.

Alta Sierra school wins merit grant of $1,200

Alta Sierra Intermediate School in Clovis was named a 2010 Red Robin Foundation U-ACT Award of Merit winner, earning a $1,200 grant for the school and an invitation to a spirit night and fundraiser at the Clovis Red Robin restaurant.

The Red Robin Foundation's U-ACT Program recognizes middle schools for bringing kindness into their school and community during the school year.

The program is designed to promote the elimination of negative, bullying behavior and establishing positive social behaviors.

Alta Sierra Intermediate School was named a U-ACT Award of Merit school by starting the WEB Program, which stands for "Where Everyone Belongs," along with many other community outreach efforts.

The program is used to make every student feel they are part of the larger school community.

Three schools received the top $10,000 award. Seven schools earned the $1,200 merit award. Alta Sierra was the only California school awarded.