Clovis News

Business briefs: Cell site to help 3G service along Clovis Avenue

A new cell site in the Fresno area is improving 3G cellular wireless coverage along Clovis Avenue for Verizon Wireless.

The company announced the addition along with other new cell sites in communities throughout northern California.

Verizon also offers its faster 4G LTE network in parts of northern California, and expects to activate its 4G service in Fresno and other northern California cities on June 16.

Moths found in N. California

State and federal agricultural officials have issued a quarantine in northern California after European grapevine moths were found in the area last month.

A 103-square-mile restricted zone has been created to prevent the destructive pest from spreading. The moths were found in two traps, one in a vineyard in western Nevada County and the other in the Nevada City area.

Officials have met with growers and related businesses in the area to determine how crops, plants and harvesting equipment must be handled to prevent the spread of the pest.

The European grapevine moth was first found in California in Napa County in 2009, triggering a quarantine for portions of Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties. Since then, smaller quarantines have been created in Mendocino, Santa Clara, Fresno, Merced and San Joaquin counties. The quarantines cover approximately 2,000 square miles in the state.

Valley business has positive outlook for coming months

Regional economic indicators dipped in May, but Valley businesses continue to have a generally positive outlook over the coming months.

The monthly San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index fell in May to 54.3, down from 56.7 in April. A score of 50 is considered neutral, and anything over 50 suggests economic expansion over the next three to six months.

"For the first time in 2011, the region's leading indicator declined," said Ernie Goss, a research associate with the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. "However, the index remains at a level pointing to positive economic growth in the months ahead."

The index is based on a survey of industry purchasing managers throughout the central San Joaquin Valley. It evaluates trends in employment, wholesale prices, business confidence, wholesale prices, imports and exports and merchandise inventories.