Adulthood requires restraint

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Opposites attract. This is true in many areas of my life and especially in my marriage, where my husband and I have different personalities. I am the more exuberant type, and he is the more coherent one. I am more fun — he may say impulsive — and he is more […]

Best friends honored

The remains of Ben, Aron, Macco and Roy, military working dogs who died earlier this year, rest on a table in remembrance of their duty during a memorial ceremony on April 17. Airman Elliott Sprehe They are the oft-forgotten heroes of the military, serving the same mission, at times, in the same capacity as their […]

Story about seeing a man about a dog

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Columnist  Did you hear about the fellow who was walking down the street one day when he saw a hand-lettered sign in a yard that said: “Talking Dog: Five Dollars”?  Quite curious, the man walked up to the front door of the house and knocked. When an ordinary-looking fellow answered, the […]

Animals also feel devastation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Devastation wrought by Friday’s tornado didn’t just affect human residents. Dozens of pets found themselves on their own when fences blew down and homes were ripped apart. Animal control officers have been in the hardest hit areas trying to remove animals that are injured or are showing signs of […]

All animals deserve love, care

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist She was lovable, but not trainable, the factor that proved to be her downfall in the end. Of the five or six canine friends I’ve had, she was the only one who would not respond to any of the tricks that shape obedience. This, then, is her eulogy, because last […]

McDonald’s owners hoping to find Wendy

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Wendy, a brindle boxer who belongs to John and Robyn Snowberger, escaped from her owners’ back yard on March 11. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The search for Wendy has reached a scale unseen for many dogs: A description of her flashes across electronic message boards at two Clovis restaurants; her photo […]

Dog’s life journey of trials, tribulations

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Long ago I read a book by sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein filled with little rules of life, observations and proverbs. Things like, “Small change can often be found under seat cushions” and “Always store beer in a dark place.” The one saying from those pages that was branded in my […]

Jan. 11, 1927

The January dress sale at Mandell’s included bolero and two-piece styles in Copenhagen blue and five other colors for $16.85 each. … Clovis’ DeMolay chapter officers included Chick Taylor, Roy Walker and Gordon Fitzhugh. … The Kiwanis Club program was “thrown into an uproar of laughter when Kid Porter, Harry Love and Bob Anthony appeared […]

Local resident had chance encounter with Ford

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Jim Garrison, left, talks to his son John on Wednesday about the time he met President Ford over 30 years ago in Grand Junction, Colo. and had a drink with him. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A simple act of kindness, involving a dog and a pocketknife, led to […]

Police blotter — Dec. 10

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. Monday an officer was called to a home in the 2900 block of Ross Street for a report of larceny. A woman told the officer she had forgotten her purse in a shopping cart at a store […]

Dogs attack elderly Clovis woman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Grace Gault, 78, has walked the same route almost daily since her doctor advised her three years ago walking would aid in her recovery from cancer, she said. Monday, she had gone to the grocery store to get syrup to make peanut brittle for Christmas. She had just walked […]

The famous weigh in on doggone debate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I recently entered into deep debate with my dog, Cody — short for Co-dependent — concerning the relative differences between man and canine. It was Cody’s contention that dogs were intellectually superior to men. I know it’s ridiculous, but Cody is, after all, just a dog. His proof was that […]

For Clovis’ cutest couple, it was love at first sight

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Bob Vivian, back in 1978, gave me a 1924 Clovis High School “All-Band” photo. What appeals to those who see it in the Curry County History book, page 77, at the Clovis library, is Selecta Cumpton, the band’s mascot, whom everyone called Midget. As a child she was so small […]

Dogs’ hunger knows no bounds

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist My dog found a new habit. A very expensive habit. A very expensive, life-threatening, rush-to-the-vet-so-he-doesn’t-die habit. To make it sound fancy schmancy — as all expensive habits should — one could call it sedentary mouth squashing. Or igneous ingestion. Or metamorphic mastication. In other words, he ate rocks. The rocks themselves […]

Pets require patience

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist Even though pets are difficult, we still love them to death. My husband and I have three pets: two dogs and a cat. We have had our two pugs, Monty, a male, and Tiny, a female, since they were puppies. While they love us unconditionally, Tiny is a normal dog […]

Letters to the Editor: Police chief’s decision sound in dog case

I have been reading about the dog Melrose Police Chief Mike Trammell shot. The incident is under investigation by New Mexico State Police. Living outside of Melrose at the 10-mile marker, I see stray animals all the time. My wife and I are animal lovers as well as owners. Three of our dogs were once […]

Dog shooting investigation to wrap up

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation by New Mexico State Police into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting a dog will be forwarded to the district attorney for a determination on whether or not charges will be filed, according to the state police. New Mexico State Police Capt. Daniel Lopez said […]

Young entrepreneurs cleaning up

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A.J. Moreno, left, and Thomas Fite, are partners in Poop Butler, a service that clean yards for dog owners. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer • Business owners find niche market in picking up dog poop. There is at least one unpleasant aspect to owning dogs — cleaning up the poop. And depending on the […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Saturday an officer responded to an assault report at Plains Regional Medical Center. The assault victim said he was at his residence in the 100 block of 13th Street when some unknown men got out of a vehicle and assaulted […]

Dog-shooting investigation handed over to state police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An investigation into whether Melrose’s police chief was justified in shooting and killing a dog has been turned over to state police, according to the mayor of the village. Mayor Lance Pyle said he involved state police in the interest of having an unrelated third party conduct the investigation. […]