Bikers use bells to ward off evil spirits

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(CNJ Illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents. To ward off “evil road spirits,” bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The “freedom” or “spirit” bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. […]

Motorcyclist collides with street sweeper

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Clovis Police Detective James Lara takes a look at the motorcycle at the scene of a crash between a motorcycle and a city street sweeper Thursday near the intersection of Remuda and Wrangler Way. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A motorcyclist was in serious condition late Thursday night after the […]

Incarnations of my lifetime travel with me

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist My family is now five weeks away from our Austin trip and the Ride for the Roses. Much of the time, Janice and I ride together. Since I am planning a longer ride than she is, there are times when I train by myself. However, this does not mean that I […]

Neighbors spearheading gas protest

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Katherine Null, left, and Irene Tucker, are trying to organize a gas boycott in Clovis on Saturday to fight back against the oil industry. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A stack of hand-written fliers and the Internet their arsenal, neighbors Irene Tucker and Katherine Null are fighting rising gas prices. […]

Group looks at future of Clovis, Portales downtown areas

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Department of Transportation members viewed futuristic appearances of Clovis and Portales downtown areas on Thursday. Portales and Clovis MainStreet members discussed and displayed conceptual designs to members of the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian Advisory Committee of the New Mexico Department of Transportation in the Memorial Building in Portales. The BPE advisory […]

Living in a slow state of mind

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ columnist When I was in some class that no one was paying attention to some 200 years ago, I recall the instructor, in an attempt to tame his unruly bunch, stand in the middle of the room and scream “Slow Down!” That’s sort of like New Mexico. Even though many speed […]

6/28 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Friday to a local trucking company where a driver allegedly threatened another man with a long piece of pipe. The complainant said the subject came into his office and asked to see the load sheet. When the request was denied, […]

Bad …to the bone

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Kay Stanton is not your typical biker chick. She’s 52 and has been a school teacher in Farwell for 25 years. She’s been riding for almost 10 years after getting into the sport with her husband, Joe. With he on his Harley and she on her bright yellow Honda trike, […]

Woman injured in motorcycle crash

CNJ staff Clovis police did not release the name of a female motorcyclist injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday near 21st and Ross streets by press time. According to a CPD press release, the motorcycle rider was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center and later to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. The motorcycle was traveling west […]

2/23 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were notified Sunday that a yellow 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was stolen from the front yard of a residence in the 1300 block of South Prince Street. A press release from the police department showed that the bike has a black seat […]