In Tribute: Former teacher ran a saloon, loved to ski

by David Irvin He taught a middle-school social studies class, later ran a saloon and loved to take his family water and snow skiing. His daughter said she was the first person in Clovis to ride a skateboard — thanks to her father, handyman James Cicero Avery. A North Carolina native, Avery was hired by […]

Decision on sales of alcohol should rest with owners

Freedom Newspapers The recent rise in the number of Clovis restaurants selling beer and wine with meals alarms some people who see alcohol consumption of any amount as wrong. Not us. We see the change as market driven — owners who are responding to customer requests for a glass of beer or wine, and to […]

Time marked on highway of life

Grant McGee It’s time for bifocals. At least that’s what the eye doctor told me last week. My distance vision is still pretty good with my glasses on but my close vision is shot. People have been giving me a hard time about it anyway. “Why are you wearing your glasses like an old man?” […]

Diet approach: One city at a time

by Helena Rodriguez Move over Atkins and Jennie Craig! My new City-By-City diet (copyright pending) is sure to take America (or at least eastern New Mexico and West Texas) by storm and make me millions of dollars (or make me fatter). Life has taken me in a full circle, actually, more like a weird-shaped little […]

Laura Bush’s Clovis speech

Source: White House press office MRS. BUSH: Thank you all. Thank you, Carolyn. Thank you very much. Thank you, Carolyn, and thank you for serving your community as the President of the Library Board. I want to thank Senator Clint Harden who is here with us today, your state senator. Thank you very much, Senator, […]

First lady feels at home

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First lady Laura Bush addresses the crowd at the ’04 Victory Rally Wednesday at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)e By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Against the backdrop of a hay-filled truck with a “Viva Bush” sign in the window, first lady Laura Bush told scores of eastern New Mexicans […]

Shooting treated as homicide

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Clovis Police officer Dave Wetmore investigates the scene of a shooting Wednesday in the 1700 block of Gidding Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was found shot to death on Wednesday morning at his residence at 1725 Gidding St., police said. Police said they are investigating the […]

Water-rate compromise discussed

By David Stevens: CNJ editor New Mexico-American Water Company officials are still looking for a rate increase. But they’re discussing a proposal that would be less than the 18 percent requested for the average customer, officials said Wednesday. New Mexico-American and Public Regulation Commission officials confirmed they’re negotiating a compromise to the water company’s original […]

Grady seeing net gains

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Grady junior Heather Blackburn goes up for the kill during practice Tuesday. The Lady Bronchos have opened the season 8-1. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By John Eisel GRADY — Volleyball is no longer fall training for girls basketball at Grady. Under the direction of first-year coach Missy Glover, the Lady Bronchos stand at 8-1 to […]

Candidates need to debate foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers He is hardly the ideal spokesman for caution and candor in international relations. He may be doing this out of sheer desperation or cold-blooded political calculation. His plan doesn’t differ all that much from what the Bush administration has tried to do and looks more like a hope than a solution. Even given […]