In search of ponies: Bees, flowers have different kind of romance

Exploring a patch of thistles, bloom after bloom, the picture was the same. A big, round bee behind protruded from within each purple head, looking as if the rotund creatures had flown so fast at the flowers, they had crashed and become permanently imbedded face-first. But of course they weren't stuck, and, as soon as […]

McGee: Lady of the House knows best

Did you hear about the huge storm that ravaged some states back east last Friday? My West Virginia daughter was caught in it. It began with a phone call. "DAD! THE SKY IS BLACK AND A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 5 MILES AWAY AND THE BABY'S AT MOM'S!" daughter is yelling. "You're driving in a bad […]

Shelburne: Not much real in ‘reality TV’

Very, very little about 'reality TV' is real. Put a little lipstick on a pit bull and you'll have something a lot more "real" and a good deal nicer than, for example, supposedly "real housewives" who are mostly collagen, silicone, high maintenance attitude, and genuinely devoid of anything genuine. But such mind-numbing voyeuristic freak show […]

AG’s office: Noe Torres to be back in U.S next week

Noe Torres Clovis murder suspect Noe Torres will be extradited from Mexico to the United States next week, Attorney General spokesman Phil Sisneros said this morning. Torres, a fugitive since 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot to death while sleeping in his bed on Sept. 15, 2005, is scheduled to be back in the U.S. on […]

Walk This Way (July 6)

Often on the Atlantic City Expressway outside of Philadelphia there sat a police car. For a good year or so, I always suspected it was there to slow speeders down. One day I had a flat tire near where the car was supposedly watching for speeders. I say supposedly because at that point I found […]

Clovis man arrested on burglary charges

Police arrested a Clovis man Thursday morning who they believe may be responsible for close to a dozen vehicle burglaries in the last two weeks. It was the second time this week Fabian Martinez, 18, has been arrested for breaking into a vehicle. Clovis police detective Sgt. Lyndell Stansell said Martinez was arrested Thursday in […]

Farmer: Rain still nothing to write home about

Clovis received close to an inch of rain Wednesday night with Portales receiving half that during a rain and lightning storm that postponed July 4th fireworks displays in both towns. The firework shows have been rescheduled for the weekend. Local farmers said the downpour will definitely benefit crops but not enough to make a real […]

Official: Jail conducting ‘administrative investigation’ into assault

Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Thursday that the criminal investigation into last week's assault at the jail ended with felony charges filed against inmate Louis Guerra. Waller said any other issues at the jail are considered administrative and will be up to county officials to resolve. County officials have declined to answer multiple questions […]

Police investigate armed robbery

Clovis police are investigating an armed robbery that took place early Thursday morning at an Allsup's convenience store at 2600 Seventh St. No one was injured in the incident, which was called in at 12:17 a.m. Thursday, according to Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Police interviewed two employees at the scene. According to a police […]

Clovis fireworks rescheduled for Friday

Officials have rescheduled the community's annual fireworks show for tonight. Rain — 1.23 inches, according to the KVII-TV weather station — and high winds forced postponement on Wednesday. Radio personality Duffy Moon said today's show at Greene Acres Park will begin at dark, around 8:45 p.m. or 9 p.m. According to National Weather Service meteorologist […]

Residents in auto industry share first cars

Work and save, that's usually how it goes when you set out to buy your first car. It may not be much, but it was yours. You may not want to admit that it was an ugly green Pinto, but truth be told that's what it was. We ask several residents involved in the auto […]

amos the churchmouse: the saga of joe cricket

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor's note: Amos, our little churchmouse poet, has been reflecting on Independence Day and its relation to spiritual life. He ran across two Scriptures – Joshua 24:15, which states: "… choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve …. But as for me and my […]

Religion column: No point in patriotism without emotion

What is patriotism? Patriotism consists of dedicated love and support, and protection of one's country. Think about this question: If we eliminate the emotional part of patriotism, what do we have? I am one of those sensitive people that gets teary eyed when some band plays The Star Spangled Banner. I even became visibly moved […]

Religion calendar – July 6

Sunday Worship service and Sunday school — 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday worship with communion Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA, 1705 W. 21st St. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Information: 763-4816. Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist Church, 2501 North Norris. Information: 762-4727. Fellowship and doughnuts — 9 a.m., Central Christian Church. […]

Police blotter – July 6

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 2:15 a.m.: Caller reported an accident between a semi and a cow, one mile west of Melrose. 8:30 a.m.: Caller advised there was a female walking in traffic, causing vehicles to swerve to avoid her, 700 block of North Thornton Street. 12:02 p.m.: […]

Their view: Love for my country makes me emotional

Clovis resident Judy Brandon writes a weekly religion column for our sister newspaper, the Clovis News Journal. Here's a snippet from her latest effort. What is patriotism? Patriotism consists of dedicated love and support, and protection of one's country. Think about this question: If we eliminate the emotional part of patriotism, what do we have? […]

Government threat to life, liberty

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have all heard those words, and most of us probably recognize them from the Declaration of Independence, but have you ever stopped to think about what they mean? Those three things may seem random and unconnected, but they are as interconnected as links in a chain. Each […]

Editorial: Atom bomb’s history should be preserved

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House and in the U.S. Senate to create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Approval would establish a park with sites in Tennessee, New Mexico and Washington state to preserve, interpret and make accessible the buildings, locations and artifacts related to the building of the atomic bomb. […]

Clovis fireworks rescheduled for Friday

File photo Clovis' annual fireworks display will begin 8:45 p.m. at Greene Acres Park. Officials have rescheduled the community's annual fireworks show for Friday night. Rain — 1.23 inches, according to the KVII-TV weather station — and high winds forced postponement on Wednesday. Radio personality Duffy Moon said Friday's show at Greene Acres Park will […]

Clovis fireworks rescheduled for Friday

File photo Clovis' annual fireworks display will begin 8:45 p.m. at Greene Acres Park. Officials have rescheduled the community's annual fireworks show for Friday night. Rain — 1.23 inches, according to the KVII-TV weather station — and high winds forced postponement on Wednesday. Radio personality Duffy Moon said Friday's show at Greene Acres Park will […]