Clovis News

Local briefs: Fresno County pension talk set

A financial consultant for Fresno County is scheduled to make a public presentation on the county's employee-pension system Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors' meeting.

Cheiron, Inc. of McLean, Va., which recently proposed a number of new and less costly benefit packages for county employees, will offer details on its recent report.

The review comes as county pension costs grow at unprecedented levels.

The presentation was originally scheduled for a special meeting last month but the consultant was unable to attend. Tuesday's report is scheduled during the board's morning session at the Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare St., Fresno.

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Stockton high school wins competition

Almos Alonzo Stagg High School of Stockton won the sweepstakes at Saturday's 81st Annual San Joaquin Valley Scholastic Press Association competition, which recognizes the region's top high school journalists.

The sweepstakes award is based on a cumulative total of each school's scores in newspaper critiques and in 24 categories for individual student journalists. More than 150 students from a dozen Central Valley schools competed.

Clovis West High School was the sweepstakes' runner-up, and Lodi's Tokay High School finished third.

The conference was held at California State University, Fresno.

Orosi health fair set for March 13

The Family HealthCare Network will hold its 10th annual health fair March 13 in Orosi.

The health fair will include free health and digital retinal screenings, access to health and nutrition information, and dental checkups for children 5 and younger, Family HealthCare Network spokeswoman Janet Paine said.

Along with the screenings and seminars, local agencies will be provide information about services and programs, Paine said.

For more information, call (559) 909-4217.

Harvard professor to talk at Fresno State

A Harvard University professor will lecture at California State University,Fresno, on March 16.

Dr. James Russell, the Mashots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, will speak about Misak Medzarants, a late 19th century Armenian poet, said Fresno State Armenian Studies Coordinator Barlow Der Mugrdechian.

The lecture will be held in the Alice Peters Auditorium, Room 191 starting at 7:30 p.m., Der Mugrdechian said.

The lecture is free and open to the public, Der Mugerdichian said. There will be relaxed parking in the University Business Center parking lot.

For more information, call (559) 278-2669.

West Hills to hold 2 days of open forums

West Hills College Coalinga is holding open forums Tuesday and Wednesday as part of its accreditation process.

The Tuesday forum begins at 5 p.m., and the Wednesday forum is at 10 a.m., college officials said.

Representatives from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges will be at the college Tuesday through Thursday to evaluate the school.

The visit is part of a six-year accreditation process. The forums are open to the public.

Upgrade closes three libraries for one day

The West Fresno, Gillis and Politi branches of the Fresno County Public Library will be closed for one day for installation of radio frequency identification systems, library officials said.

The West Fresno branch will be closed March 22, and the Gillis and Politi branches will be closed March 23, spokeswoman Roberta Barton said.

The systems are a wireless technology that replace bar codes to identify books and other materials.

Self-defense lesson offered at luncheon

Fresno Women's Network will offer a self-defense lesson Tuesday at its networking luncheon in central Fresno.

The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Piccadilly Inn, 2305 W. Shaw Ave.

John Nidever of Excellent Way Martial Arts will teach participants defensive moves.

Participants can also participate in a raffle to raise funds for the Fresno Women's Network scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, call (559) 450-2102 or visit