Clovis News

Local briefs: Projects close lanes

Two road projects to install storm drains in southeast and northwest Fresno will close lanes.

One will close lanes starting Monday for the next three weeks on Belmont Avenue east of Clovis Avenue to Larkin Avenue.

The other will close lanes on Herndon Avenue between Marks and Valentine avenues starting Monday and ending Thursday.

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Schools win Madera Academic Pentathlon

Ranchos Middle School and Wasuma Elementary School on Saturday won the 2011 Madera County Academic Pentathlon.

Ranchos Middle School won the seventh-grade title, and Wasuma Elementary School won the eighth-grade title. It was Wasuma's first eighth-grade title.

More than 350 Madera County students competed in math, essay writing, literature, speech and super quiz segments.

Sewage plant upgrade needs more review

Plans to upgrade the antiquated sewage treatment plant serving Morro Bay and Cayucos have hit a major stumbling block at the California Coastal Commission.

At a recent meeting, the commission voted that environmental problems associated with the $34 million project are substantial enough to justify a full review.

That hearing is expected late this year or early next year, said Dennis Delzeit, project manager.

Five problem areas were outlined in a report presented to the commission March 11.

The most important of these is the fact that the project is located close to the ocean in an area vulnerable to floods and tsunamis.

The Morro Bay wastewater treatment is one of the few plants in California that still is permitted to discharge partially treated water into the ocean.