Clovis Area Transit System sees increase in riders

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edie Valdez of Clovis gets off the CATS bus in front of her home Thursday on Axtell Street. Valdez said she takes the bus once a week to the hospital for volunteer work. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Area Transit System Director Mary Lou Kemp said bus ridership […]

Study suggests fixed bus routes

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A feasibility report recommends the city’s public transportation provider switch to a fixed bus route system because it would reduce operating expenses, expand service and accommodate growth. The report by a Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based mass transit consulting firm recommends the Clovis Area Transit System implement three bus routes snaking through […]

Martin Luther King Jr. poster, essay contest first place winners

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Jailen J. Gallegos-Pollard, First place, Highland Elementary High School First place Aarti Attreya Clovis High School 11th grade The Display of Value Throughout history, many great souls have worked for the progression of humankind. Among them was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through his relentless, yet peaceful, efforts, he helped to achieve equality amongst all […]

Bus brings residents relief from prescription costs

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Frances Apodaca of Clovis attended Wednesday’s “Help is Here Express” national bus tour at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program helps low-income residents pay for prescription drugs. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Having suffered a heart attack, Frances Apodaca depends on three prescription drugs to remain healthy. The 49-year-old […]

Medical bus on way

CNJ Staff Twenty-one percent of New Mexicans are without health insurance, according to the Web site www.statehealthfacts.org. But, help is on the way. The “Help is Here Express,” a national bus tour sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies that helps low-income people find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, will be […]

Central Christian preacher settling in

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Bill and Karen Banks moved from Oregon so Bill could become pastor of the Central Christian Church. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Bill Banks is a mail-order preacher. Or at least that’s the tongue-in-cheek story he tells about how he came to be the new pastor of Central Christian Church. […]

Hero welcomed home

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Navy Seaman Apprentice John Martinez, right, was welcomed home Friday by family and friends to spend the holidays. (Freedom Newspapers: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols […]

Schools observe bus safety week

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Wheels on buses will go round and round, all the way through National School Bus Safety Week. But employees of a local transportation company hope this week will be much more than a reminder of that old tune. Adair Inc. — which has provided bus service to Clovis Schools […]

Officials say dogs, schools bad mixture

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Concerns that a child could be bitten, injured or exposed is the reason behind a zero tolerance policy for wandering dogs at bus stops and school grounds, according to city officials. With the onset of the school year, animal control officers plan to routinely patrol school grounds for loose […]

Wildcat Relays field loaded

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Clovis sophomore Manuel Robles stretches before practice on Wednesday. Robles is the favorite in the triple jump today in the Wildcat Relays (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer When thinking about home-field advantage, one might think of basketball, then football, then maybe baseball. Track and field usually isn’t in the […]