Commissioner proposes manditory energy-effecient water heaters ordinance

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Randall Crowder posed a question to attendees at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting: Do you turn your shower on and wait minutes for hot water? Crowder said his research shows this common practice wastes approximately 25 gallons of water a day per household. “I would like to […]

Journalist in dogged pursuit of happiness

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Those positive-thinking people who say you can envision what you want and get it are usually on the mark. However, I have been breaking my brain to achieve my latest desire. Alas, to no avail. I am still not my dog. There are several reasons someone would want to be […]

Valentine’s Day calls for unique gift ideas

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It is time, friends and neighbors, to prepare our hearts and minds — especially our hearts — for the celebration of romance and other forms of love, which we know as Valentine’s Day. A list of unique ideas occur to me. • Get some ideas from the Internet. I did […]

Part 1: John Childers, killer who came to Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the first real shootouts in Clovis happened on Aug. 15, 1909. That’s one of the first stories I heard when I started writing about Clovis history. Old Tom Pendergrass, the first historian of Clovis, told me the story. He was a lad of 9, who was in the […]

Billboard slogans return

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I opened a box of Pandoras a couple years ago when I wrote about those good old days of Burma Shave signs — you know, the little red billboards on every highway that kept us awake, clean shaved, and the children from being bored. (It didn’t take much to entertain […]

1/22 School menus

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Oatmeal and toast, cold juice and milk. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot homemade roll, chilled peaches and cold milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza, cold juice and milk . Lunch — Tacos with salsa, seasoned pinto beans, crisp lettuce, fresh apple and cold milk. Wednesday: School […]

1/22 Honors

Elizabeth Greig, of Clovis, was named to the Kansas State University chapter of Phi Kappa honor society. Several Clovis Schools participated in a canned Food Challenge. They collected 7.933 total pounds of food. The following is a list of the winning classes: • Barry Elementary,Terri Dixon, second grade • Bella Vista,Amanda Ratledge, fourth grade • […]

1/22 Senior happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — Health insurance benefits assistance. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – Fun walk.12:00 – Luncheon-provided by Center Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks; 2 p.m. — Refreshments. […]

Born to run: Dog agility competitions catching on

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Maggie, a 2 1/2-year-old border collie, posted the fastest time in three events in her first competition. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, […]

Governor supports mandatory treatment for mentally ill

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Flanked by police officers’ widows and an officer who survived a shooting, Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday threw his support behind court-ordered outpatient treatment for some mentally ill people. It was a turnaround for the administration, which just a couple of months ago had opposed the […]

Lawmakers plan ’junior’ budget allowing members to earmark money

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — With the state enjoying a revenue windfall, lawmakers are planning a possible $40 million “junior” budget bill that would allow each member to earmark several hundred thousand dollars for programs or projects of their choosing. The Senate is taking the lead in drafting the spending measure, […]

Residents seek alternatives to ‘pits or holes’ in developed areas

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Clovis city commissioners view ideas for storm-water management during a presentation Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioner Cathy Haynes says storm-water retention ponds in the city are unhealthy, unsightly and dangerous. Several area residents shared her views on […]

Family planning benefit concert

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Friends and family of Clovis’ latest homicide victim have planned a concert next weekend and it has two missions: Help offset hospital bills and funeral costs for Wilfred Salas’ mother and, according to one of its organizers, “to stop the violence.” “We’re trying to make something positive from what happened […]

Teen dinner theater helps raise money for ultrasound machine

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Lincoln Nelson, left, is held up by Ryan Beaman, right, and David Brosseau during a rehearsal of a scene from Jim R. Potter’s “The Lions of Trodheim.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Hope, for a group of Clovis teenagers, is an ultrasound machine. The pro-life teens believe the device can persuade women not to […]

Roswell High fends off Cats

CNJ STAFF ROSWELL — Through three quarters, the Clovis Wildcats hung with Roswell High. In the final period, though, the Coyotes pulled away and earned a 84-69 win on Thursday. “They had about a two-minute stretch were they got running,” Clovis boys coach J.D. Isler said. “Then they spread us out and worked the clock.” […]

Symposium, seminar learning experiences for farmers, ranchers

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More than 150 people from New Mexico and Texas packed the Tucumcari Convention Center Wednesday and Thursday for the two-day Southwest Beef Symposium. (Freedom Newspapers: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not […]

1/20 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Jan. 11 through Wednesday: • Vincent Antonio, 23, to Lee Stella Hutchins, 25, both of Clovis • Jeremy Roger Shonkwiler, 28, to Jennifer Lynn Vigil, 24, both of Clovis • Victor Pules Rojas , 23, to Selena Marie Saiz, 26, both of Clovis • Jesus […]

State involvement could improve protection act

Freedom Newspapers Another year, another stab at re-writing the Endangered Species Act. Last year, the House of Representatives actually managed to pass a bill containing some promising provisions, including one requiring that compensation be paid to people whose property values are diminished by a federal listing. Now the action moves to the U.S. Senate — […]

Family photos part of historical record

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I didn’t realize how unorganized I was when it comes to documenting my family history until I began doing a scrapbook of my trip last summer to Mexico and started organizing my photo albums. Now granted I’m not a big genealogy buff, although there’s nothing wrong with that, I just […]

Tiny flu virus could take out behemoths

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It wasn’t a comet smashing into Earth that killed the dinosaurs. It was the flu. Well, I don’t know that for a fact but when you have the flu it sure seems like it could bring down all of those ancient behemoths. I thought for sure I wasn’t going to […]