Discouraging poor voters shortsighted

We bailed out a bunch of “too big to fail” investment banks, then found a way to blame it on poor people who couldn’t afford a house. We cheered when Florida decided to drug-test welfare applicants, then stopped paying attention when the testing costs outpaced any savings. And now we’re trying to discourage poor people […]

City uncertain when Greene Acres Lake will reopen

CNJ staff Greene Acres Lake continues to be closed to the public and city officials are unsure of when it will reopen. Interim Parks and Recreation Director and Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the lake is being tested regularly for elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria. High levels of the bacteria were discovered and […]

Public Works Committee proposes road work

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Public Works Committee will recommend to the city commission a $100,000 budget increase for a road improvement project on Purdue Avenue. The project stretches between Thornton and Cameo streets, which draws heavy use from the high school, Bunch said. He said the road is cracked and requires […]

Prince Street project ahead of schedule

CNJ Staff The Prince Street rehabilitation project is well ahead of schedule, according to Public Works Director Clint Bunch. Considered a major rehabilitation of the city’s main artery, the $3 million project was estimated to take 120 days and included resurfacing, drainage installation and adding sidewalks compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Work started […]

Prince Street paving mostly done

CNJ Staff Plenty of work remains to be done on Prince Street, but many of the traffic burdens are now out of the way. Public Works Director Clint Bunch said paving is complete on the main roadways for the project, and steps currently ongoing include drainage installation and paving on side streets. “It’s going to […]

In tribute: Friend: Traveler enjoyed life

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Thelma Middleton loved to travel, her friends said, and on one trip she met a fortune teller who told her she’d live to be 50. She decided she wanted to live to be 100, and she did. The Clovis centenarian died June 25. She was born in Gatesville, Texas, […]

City works to patch potholes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Street Superintendent Clint Bunch said his crews have been working into the night and on weekends repairing winter-weather-induced potholes. Already working extra hours to salt, sand and plow roads during recent snowstorms, the overwhelmed crews have faced their latest challenge with the pothole plague, Bunch said. “We’ve been […]

Labeling system could be useful

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Lazy Syntax Library we’re perusing a couple columns we wrote about terms used to describe groups of animals — you know, like a pride of lions and a gaggle of geese. The seed for this research was the behavior of news reporters in Washington, D.C., a few […]

Bumpy road ahead for Clovis streets

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A large crack stretches across the northbound lane of North Prince Street at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Past the housing units, the businesses and the hospital, West 21st Street turns to dirt. Young rancher Fred Davis lives on that dusty road, and he […]

Oregon county sparks tale of two Currys

By Peter Rice: Pilot Staff Writer A time zone, two mountain ranges and several degrees of latitude appear to have isolated a linguistic oddity here in Curry County — Oregon, that is. A brief telephone survey this week revealed that the stalwart saying, “There’s no hurry in Curry,” hasn’t made it to conversation mills in […]

Cecil Bunch, Frank Phillips

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Cecil Bunch Date of birth: Dec. 19, 1923 Dates of Service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Lindsay, Oklahoma Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: […]

Clovis Music Festival revives after five years

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Norman Petty Trio member Georgiana Hagen, right, sings as Mike Mitchell plays the drums. The two were reunited at the Thursday kick-off party for the 2005 Clovis Music Festival at the Norman Petty Studio. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The return of the Clovis Music Festival summoned the spirit of […]

Equine calling

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Nik the Qwik is one of the championship horses bred by Clint and Kyle Bunch, who inherited their love of horses and breeding from their grandfather. (Staff photo: CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis sure has a lot of horsing around going on — and it all means business. […]

Harper, Gerald

Gerald Harper Services: Have been held. Mr. Gerald H. “Jake” Harper, 82, of Grady, died Friday, April 1, 2005, at his home. He was born on Dec. 13, 1922, in Curry County, to John Henry and Maggie Belle Moss Harper. He married Fairene Weeks on July 26, 1947, in Clovis. He attended school and graduated […]