Clovis News

Local briefs: Sequoia park shuttle to begin

Daily shuttle service in Sequoia National Park will begin in two weeks, the National Park Service said.

A daily shuttle from Visalia will begin service May 26 with a $15 fare, including the park's entrance fee, said park service spokeswoman Debra Schweizer. The shuttle will run hourly from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Return trips to Visalia leave the Great Forest Museum hourly from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The park also has a second free shuttle for transportation inside the park.

The park service has also expanded its shuttle service to include an early-morning hiker shuttle, Schweizer said. The hiker shuttle leaving the Lodgepole Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m. will stop at the Wolverton Recreation Area and Crescent Meadow. At 6:30 p.m. a shuttle will provide a return trip to the Lodgepole Center, she said.

While shuttles are operating, Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Exceptions to the road closures include backcountry hikers with permits, vehicles with disabled placards and shuttle traffic.

The daily shuttle service will operate through Sept. 25. Reservations for the Visalia shuttle can be made at (887) 287-4453 or by visiting fblinks.com/sequoia.

Education

Parents can learn from Web-savvy kids

Teaching parents to use technology that children have mastered can reduce dropout rates and boost student success, community leaders said at a conference Friday in Clovis.

The session was the second in a statewide series led by the One Million NIU (New Internet Users) Coalition. The organization promotes technology education in underserved areas, including low-income and rural neighborhoods.

Larry Ortega, president and CEO of Community Union Inc. in Los Angeles, said the coalition is working with school districts to turn on-campus computer labs into places where parents can learn, too.

Fresno County's Office of Education is working on a project to bring low-cost broadband Internet access to every family with children in school, Superintendent Larry Powell said.

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Postal food drive aids Poverello House

The Poverello House is looking for nonperishable food during the 19th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 14.

Fresno letter carriers selected the Poverello House for the fifth straight year to receive the donated food, said Poverello spokeswoman Kathryn Weakland.

Participants in the drive can fill a blue grocery bag with nonperishable food and leave the bag next to a mailbox on May 14, Weakland said. A mail carrier or volunteer will pick up the food and deliver it to the Poverello House.

The blue grocery bag will be given out by mail carriers starting Tuesday along with save-the-date cards, Weakland said.

Arts council honored

The Madera County Arts Council will receive a Golden Apple award from the Association of California School Administrators for its work with the Madera County Office of Education.

Madera County Arts Council President Tina Holmquist and former President Dianne Rich will receive the award, said Madera County Office of Education curriculum director Kathy Woods.

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