Mouse takes down house

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Luciano Mares uses a garden hose to help the Fort Sumner Fire Department extinguish a fire Saturday at his house at 1137 Grove Street. Mares said he inadvertently started the fire when he tried to burn a mouse. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Dry conditions throughout the region have resulted […]

More than 100 anglers turn out for fishing derby

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Dennis Smith helps his 4-year-old son Isaac reel in a catfish during the Kids All-American Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. A record 323 fish were caught this year, according to organizers. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Never mind baseball, Zack Austin said, fishing is his all-American sport. In […]

Fishing more than bait, hooks, says derby director

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Fishing can be much more than hooking up a squirmy worm and whaling it in the lake — especially for those who plan to take part in Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby, according to derby director Jeff Baum. This 18th annual event, held at the back lake of Ned […]

Behind the scenes

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Hollywood’s version of ‘friendly fire’ Our past journal entries have hopefully communicated the fact that filmmaking is neither a predictable process, nor a clean, bloodless post-industrial one. There is a lot of calculations that go into to the making of movies, born of the confluence between nature […]

Fishing Derby brings families together at Ned Houk Park

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Everett McSchooler, 4, of Clovis, looks at the catfish he caught as his dad Scott shows it to him during The Optimist Club of Clovis’ 17th annual Fishing Derby Saturday at Ned Houk Park. McSchooler caught five fish on the day. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Timothy Estrada, 5, yawned and […]

Fire fails to slow Lowe’s

By Darrell Todd Maurina As Lowe’s grocery store manager Lee Patterson stood on a ladder Tuesday afternoon replacing smoke-damaged air filters in his store, he marveled that the damage from a Monday evening fire hadn’t been much worse. “About 11:30 a.m. we opened up for business,” Patterson said. “We got all cleaned up in the […]

Area snowstorms were a very real danger

Don McAlavy I write this column as the snow is falling. The last few snows in this area can’t compare to the snows we had in the 1950s and especially in the winter of 1923. Old-timer Haney Tate was telling me about three kids being frozen to death just west of Grady in 1923. We […]

Hooked on fishing

By Janet Bresenham On the Saturday before Father’s Day, nothing beats spending a beautiful sunny day beside the lake fishing with your dad, your grandpa — or even your mom. “This is a good Father’s Day gift,” said Kenneth Bobo, who was watching his son Weston fish the waters of the big lake at Ned […]

Fishing, family, fun

By Helena Rodriguez Reels for real kids: Fishing Derby all about family, fun and fishing By Helena Rodriguez CNJ STAFF WRITER Helena _Rodriguez@link.freedom.com The 16th annual Optimist Club of Clovis Fishing Derby, scheduled Saturday at Ned Houk Park, is a way to get children away from the television and into the reeling outdoors, according to […]