Clovis News

Local briefs: CHP plans new cell phone crackdown

A second two-day operation in the latest California Highway Patrol campaign to crack down on cell phone talking and texting while driving will be Monday and Tuesday.

In the past two weeks, CHP officers have cited more than 1,700 drivers from Grapevine to Modesto, most for using their hand-held cell phones.

Earth Day event set for farmers market

Kaiser Permanente Fresno's weekly farmers market will offer an Earth Day celebration Wednesday with cooking demonstrations, tips from Fresno County master gardeners and information about how to go "green" from various community organizations.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the medical center, 7300 N. Fresno St.

A special performance of "The Best Me," which encourages students to eat healthy and stay active, will be at 11:30 a.m. The 45- minute production is part of Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program.

NASCAR driver plans tribute to killed pilots

NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte will display a VFA-122 decal from Lemoore Naval Air Station on his race car in honor of two Navy officers killed in a jet fighter crash.

Labonte will race Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in the Aaron's 499 Sprint Car Series.

Killed on April 6 were Lt. Nathan Hollingsworth Williams, 28, of Oswego, N.Y., and Lt. Matthew Ira Lowe, 33, of Plantation, Fla. They were in an F/A-18 Super Hornet that went down in a farm field near the base while on a routine training flight, the Navy said.

A member of Labonte's team is from Oswego and is a former student of retired teacher Al Williams, the father of Nathan Williams, said base spokeswoman Melinda Larson.

The staffer told Labonte about the crash and called the air base, she said. The logo of the VFA-122 squadron being placed on the race car will have the name of the two men around it.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Drug Take Back set

Residents can get rid of unused or expired drugs April 30 at any of the 11 safe-disposal sites in Tulare County for National Drug Take Back Day.

Prescription or over-the-counter pills, liquid medication and vitamins can be disposed of for free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at police and sheriff's substations in Cutler, Dinuba, Exeter, Pixley, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia and Woodlake. Drugs also can be taken to the Farmersville Civic Center, the Lindsay Department of Public Safety and Tulare City Hall.

Capsules, pills and tablets should be put in plastic bags, and liquid medication should remain in its original container.

Prayer Breakfast set

The Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast will be April 28 in downtown Fresno.

The breakfast will be 6:30-8:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Conference Center at 2233 Ventura St. The keynote speaker for the event will be former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky.

Admission is $29 per person or $290 for a table of 10. Register online at or mail registration and payment to Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast, Attn: Patricia White, 9090 N. Minnewawa, Clovis, CA 93619-8335.

Tulare Co. chooses clean-up weeks

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has designated clean-up weeks in Tulare County to encourage residents to beautify their communities and receive reduced disposal fees at landfills and transfer stations.

Residents will be required to pay only half of the posted disposal fee, county officials said. Reduced fees do not apply to business and commercial vehicles, tires, refrigerators or construction and demolition debris.

Cleanup weeks are Monday through April 23 for Valley residents and May 23-29 for mountain residents. Details: or call (559) 624-7000.

Old tires spur grants

Tulare and Clovis are among a handful of California cities to receive grants through a state program that uses recycled tires for road pavement projects.

The material used is a rubberized asphalt concrete, which combines grounded tire rubber with asphalt and other aggregates, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery said.

Tulare was awarded $475,000 and Clovis was awarded $150,000.

The state department, also known as CalRecycle, receives $1 from a recycling fee levied on each new tire sold in California.