Clovis News

Local briefs: Phony census ID scam investigated

The Better Business Bureau is investigating a scam where callers try to gain personal information by posing as census workers.

The bureau has heard from several consumers who received calls asking where they shop for groceries, whether they have ever had a mental illness and other personal information that could lead to identity theft.

The bureau said consumers should only receive a call from the Census bureau if their forms were returned with incomplete or illegible information.

Health care heroes nominations sought

Business Street Online is accepting nominations for its Heroes In Healthcare.

Awards will be given in seven categories: organization, physician, nurse, volunteer, innovation, health-care professional and emergency response. Nominations can be made by visiting and clicking on "nominations." The deadline is June 25.

This year's recipient of the Heroes in HealthCare Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Sathaporn Vathayanon. He will be honored during an awards banquet Sept. 23 at the Bankers Ballroom in downtown Fresno.

For more information, call Lance Cardoza at (888) 989-4448.

Host families sought

Local officials with an intercultural exchange program are seeking host families for eight French high school students scheduled to visit from July 12 to 31.

Ben Flores, a state program director for World Exchange, said the poor economy may be making it harder to find host families. Officials already have placed 19 French teens, but need to find homes for eight others.

Students travel to the Fresno/Clovis area to experience typical American family life and don't require expensive side trips, Flores said. For more information on becoming a host family, call Flores at (559) 298-2901 or (559) 930-3609.

Editor's note: The first of the two phone numbers listed in this brief has been corrected.