Public fright powerful tool of control

Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist John Stossel, ABC’s “20/20” anchorman, has a recently released book about the various untruths we accept, many from the media and academic elite. The book is appropriately titled “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.” Being a longtime media insider, Stossel is well positioned to talk about the media’s gross lack of understanding […]

Peacock population under control

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Peacocks roam free Friday outside the giraffe cage at the Hillcrest Zoo. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo has dwindled to 40 following a successful sale that drew interest across the state. Zoo Director Herschel Arnold reported in February that the large, colorful fowls’ numbers […]

Ag Sense: Spider mites threat to more than corn

By Mark Marsalis If the dry fall and winter are any indication of what to expect this summer, corn producers should be aware of the potential for damage from spider mite infestations. Mite outbreaks are most common in hot, dry, windy years and in drought-stressed corn, even in irrigated fields. In areas where spider mites […]

4/19 Local roundup

Division asks other groups be contacted The Clovis Vector Control Division does not normally respond to bee complaints, and recommends residents contact private pest-control companies, according to a press release from the division. Only in an emergency should the Vector Control Division be contacted regarding bees, the release said. The division specializes in vectors, or […]

Landfill trash lands in nearby back yards

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Brent Myers of Clovis unloads trash from his truck Friday at the Clovis Landfill. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An odd assortment of items ended up on the lawn of Clovis resident Tana Williams: A list of airmen from Cannon Air Force Base and their assignments, graded school papers, an […]

Birds dropping like … birds

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A dead grackle lies on Pile Street as traffic rolls by Wednesday afternoon near the corner of 10th Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A significant number of birds in Clovis have been reported dead, according to Clovis animal control officers. However, officials said the sudden reports of dead grackles, […]

Roe vs. Wade invited male response

by Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist This is one of those moments when you want to grab liberals by the lapels and demand, “Well, what did you expect?” A group called the National Center for Men has filed a lawsuit they are calling “Roe v. Wade for Men.” Here are the facts: A 25-year-old computer programmer […]

Traffic control

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New law adds crime victim protection

Steve Chapman When Florida passed a law in 1987 making it easier for citizens to get licenses to carry concealed firearms, opponents predicted that blood would run in the streets. “When you have 10 times as many people carrying guns as you do now, and they get into an argument and tempers flash, you’re going […]

Anti-competitive restrictions must be ended

CNJ Editorial Most state commissions are created to protect the public from incompetent or unscrupulous practitioners in a variety of fields that require a high level of training and skill. However, occasionally, a commission’s rule book seems more about protecting existing businesses from competition. That is the case with a requirement by Arizona’s Structural Pest […]

Both sides endorse too much government

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist In the beginning of the American republic there was a debate between the Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians. Neither side was advancing a fully consistent, coherent vision of politics for America, but, in the main, Hamiltonians defended the idea of a strong federal government, while Jefferson’s supporters argued for limited and mainly […]

Hounds gear for WT after Angelo win

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ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo talks about an Angelo State touchdown with Greyhounds safety J.J. Ortiz in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo knew he had to do something to get […]

Wet weather keeping pest control officer busy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The nets Francis Warner uses to trap mosquitos are equipped with a few of the pest’s favorites things: light and carbon dioxide. Light bulbs and dry ice produce the elements, which mosquitos just can’t seem to resist. When the Clovis vector control officer captures the bugs, he sends them […]

Project: Reader Reaction: Readers not worried about tornadoes

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked, “Do you worry about tornadoes?” Some responses: I DON’T WORRY ABOUT tornadoes. If one were to worry about acts of God, he or she would live a life in fear. There are many things in life that will kill you. I don’t have time in my life to […]

Mosquito season returns

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer When they bite, it itches. But mosquitoes can be more than just annoying. They can also spread disease. City of Clovis officials are asking for the community’s help in controlling mosquitoes this spring. While mosquitoes are not an immediate threat in the city, Vector Control Officer Francis Warner wants […]

Harold Joe Smith

Harold Joe Smith, 69, of Clovis, died Friday, April 1, 2005 at his home in Clovis. Smith was born June 16, 1935 to Harold M. and Lenore Davis Smith in Franklin County, Kan. He married Kay Adams on Sept. 14, 1958 at Forrest Heights Baptist Church in Clovis. He was a steel worker, an inventory […]

Complacency a dangerous precedent

By Tibor Machan I recently went to San Francisco for a conference, parked in a “public parking” place on a busy corner, and my car was broken into and a bunch of stuff stolen. And I am partly to blame. Yes, I wasn’t thinking clearly. Living as I do in a neighborhood where homes and […]

New laws can’t prevent school killings

By Steve Chapman Rain in Seattle is not news; the news is when rain fails to fall, as it has been doing lately. Likewise, what is conspicuous about the aftermath of the school shootings in Red Lake, Minn., last week was what didn’t occur — a torrent of calls for new gun-control legislation. The attack […]

Letters to the Editor: Smoking ban about power, control

Clovis’ mayor thinks he has found a way to distance himself from the wrath of the smoking public by pawning his dirty work off on state lawmakers. And jumping right on the bandwagon: those ever-nauseating, anti-smoking propagandists known as Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco. Have you ever wondered why those people just want to ban […]

Official report slays some myths of gun control

Freedom Newspapers One of the timeless debates in this country is over gun-control laws and their efficacy. Gun-control advocates often cite the ease with which a person can purchase a firearm from retail outlets and worry that such outlets are arming criminals in huge numbers. Lawsuits have been filed against many wholesalers and retailers alleging […]