Clovis Skeptic: 01/02/2005 - 01/09/2005

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Major Resort Hotel to Rise in Mammoth Lakes

Untitled Document: "Mammoth Lakes is about to get a different kind of lift.
Developers hoping to turn the homey Eastern Sierra town into an upscale ski resort said Wednesday that construction of the area's first luxury hotel would begin with the spring snowmelt.
Intrawest Corp., a Canadian developer that has spent the last 15 years working to remake Mammoth, said it would erect a 230-room, $140-million Westin hotel. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2007.
Dubbed the Westin Monache, the hotel would be the largest in town and the first to bear the nameplate of an upscale hostelry. It is the centerpiece of Intrawest's planned $1-billion makeover of Mammoth.
'The arrival of the first international hotel brand is a very significant step for Mammoth to be recognized as a world-class destination,' said Peter Cowley, Intrawest's vice president of lodging development."

Who wants to buy a condo within the lava flow of a live volcano. Those of us who live in the Clovis/Fresno, Ca area have felt a few of the earthquakes from the Mammoth Mtn. Volacano.

Here are some diagrams from the USGS. Click on them for a larger view. The First one shows the direction of lava flow, which is right towards this proposed resort. The second shows the areas to be affected by the ash.


The 'Dukes' filming moves to LSU 01/08/05 News - The 'Dukes' filming moves to LSU 01/08/05: "It may not be the Bo and Luke Duke you remember from your younger days, but the 2005 version of the Dukes of Hazzard takes to Duke cousins to college."

Love them Dukes! Can't wait for this movie to come out. Why you ask,great plot, or great writing, or cinematography? Don't be silly! Jessica Simpson wearing those "Daisy Dukes".....


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Friday, January 07, 2005

Clovis Building for Future Metro: Building for Future:

"When Clovis City Hall opened a modern set of downtown offices in the Fifth Street civic center nearly 30 years ago, the city was a small suburb of Fresno facing a minor growth spurt.

With the city's population at
20,750 (actual 80,844) city leaders hoped the new 25,000-square-foot, $2.4 million complex would house the police, planning, financial and administrative departments for some time to come. "

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The current Clovis City Hall complex has paved over my old field of dreams. Located on the SE corner of 5th Street & Cole (which used to go through), was the Old Clovis High Schools recreation area. It contained the old wooden gym, and the baseball fields. There were 2 fields, the nice one in the SW corner with the concession stand right behind home plate, that kept all of us little leaguers cooled off with cherry snow cones, and the basic field in the NE corner with only a backstop, and small bleachers for the friends and families of the minor leaguers.

The Clovis Boys League was great in those days. Yes, "boys" league, it was a different time. All summer the future pro baseball players honed their skills. Skinned knees, missed flyballs, and a few homeruns, proud mom and dads cheered on their sons, and made friends in the stands.

Now of days I see kids playing soccer all over town, even in drainage pond/recreation parks. They even play on Sunday! I will never get used to that. I'm sure these kids are having fun, and learning some skills, and making lasting memories such as mine, but they missed a good time back when Clovis was indeed becoming a "Way of Life". Clovis was a community back in 1965, when I turned 8, and able to play minor league. You either knew or at least recognized most everyone you saw on a daily basis. They may even had been riding a horse on Shaw Ave near Clovis Ave.

Click on the picture above for a larger picture of the field in 1965. And for those inquiring minds, this City Employees sponsored minor league team is; top row l to r, Don Nelson, Tom Perez, Felix Puentes, Chuck Nicholson (dark blue shirt unknown), bottom row l to r, Steven Swiger, Cesario Lopez, Tracy Taylor, Mike Gibson.


Thursday, January 06, 2005

Ashlee Simpson's Halftime Performance Falls Flat - News - Ashlee Simpson's Halftime Performance Falls Flat: "MIAMI --


Ashlee Simpson's Orange Bowl halftime performance ended with the screeching line, 'You make me want to scream,' but all the crowd wanted to do was boo.

Simpson's performance topped off a halftime act that featured American Idol Kelly Clarkson, country star Trace Adkins and a host of technical problems.

Simpson, the act's finale, fell flat in front of the 72,000-plus Orange Bowl crowd. The camera zoomed in on Simpson's face just as the boos started raining down then quickly cut away."

Will someone please tell Ashlee to try acting, carrying her sisters luggage, or maybe host a cooking show on MTV, anything but singing in public!

Her sister Jessica, is a beautiful, and quasi talented singer. Her beauty tricks your ears into hearing an angelic chorus when she sings ( mine anyway). Now Ashlee is a cute kid, but her 15 minutes of fame are running into someone else's time by now.

What do you think?


Boxer Bashing Bush In Ohio

For the second time since 1877 the house and senate will be forced into seperate 2 hour meetings to consider electoral votes. Why you ask? California's Senator Barbara Boxer (dem) and a small band of other democrats, signed a challenge to Ohio's 20 electoral votes. This will delay congress from certifying the 2004 presidential election results.

No one expects the election results to change, not even Boxer herself. Boxer says "objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light".

President Bush has clearly won, nothing is going to change. Liberals just want to stir the pot. The report cites machine shortages and extremely long lines in minority and Democratic precincts. It alleges intimidation of voters, a purging of registration lists and other irregularities.

What is really going on is the liberals now want any vote not cast to be for their candidate. They want open interpretation of all ballots. Remember pregnant chads? The Democrats, since they lost Florida, have wanted to change the system, from counting real actual votes by legal voters using simple arithmetic to a system where wise guardians decide what the voters really wanted to do on election day.

This mostly has to do with African-American votes, and specifically with the falling number going to Democratic candidates.

In order to win a statewide election, a Democrat needs 90+% of the black vote.

This is no longer happening in a reliable way, partly because some of "their" voters don't vote.
The Democrats would like the system to "count every (non)vote" as a vote for them, since if "their" voters had registered, or were legal voters, or had showed up at the polls, they would have won.

What is happening today is meaningless.

What will follow, an attempt to change the rules for what counts as a vote, is not meaningless