Man says his yard is going to the dogs

By David Stevens

Ray Ellis is not Clovis’ happiest resident these days.
He sent an e-mail, detailing his woes and asking the newspaper to publish a story about responsible pet ownership.
Ellis’ complaint is that people are walking dogs in his neighborhood and allowing the dogs to relieve themselves in his yard.
“I have one person who just keeps bringing his dogs by and letting them do their stuff,” he wrote.
Ellis said he called Clovis police and asked if he could follow this most common offender home “to give his gift back.”
Police recommended that Ellis call animal control, which told him to get the offender’s address.
“How can I do that when the PD told me not to follow him?” Ellis wrote.
Ellis was clearly frustrated when he wrote the note.
“It seems like I have no rights to keep my property clean but others have the right to mess it up,” he wrote.
I don’t think a newspaper story on responsible pet ownership will solve Ellis’ problem. Maybe a well-timed activation of a lawn sprinkler is a better idea?
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Friday’s newspaper will include a special treat for fans of Cannon Air Force Base personnel. A 52-page tabloid section will be inserted into the paper, chronicling the lives of the troops and their families during the latest war with Iraq.
The section is called “Homecoming — Celebrating Cannon’s contribution to freedom.”
Stories range from a profile on fighter pilot Christina Hopper to ways families dealt with the separation caused by the war.
The section includes more than a dozen photos, courtesy of Cannon, that show the troops taking care of business in the desert.
The section is aimed at area residents who want to know what life was like for the freedom fighters at home and in the Gulf region. It also includes seven pages that spotlight events that took place in Clovis, Portales and across the nation while many troops were deployed.
We hope you’ll like it.
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Jodelia Foster of Stonewall, Okla., wrote a letter recently on a yellow legal pad, asking for help in locating several people.
I can’t read her writing very well, but I think she’s asking to hear from these folks with Clovis ties:
Mary Jane Orender, William Starr, Myrtle Holderman, George Nichels and several others whose names I can’t make out.
“I am kin,” Foster reports.
She sends along her mailing address — P.O. Box 484, Stonewall, Okla., 74871 — if anyone wants to contact her.

From the Editor’s Desk is a weekly memo to CNJ readers. David Stevens can be reached at 763-6991, extension 310, or by e-mail:
david_stevens@link.freedom.com