Census officers on disturbing, invasive drive

CNJ Editorial What would you do if government agents showed up at your door and demanded highly personal information about you and your housemates, then threatened you with up to $5,000 in fines if you didn’t answer or provided incorrect information? It’s an interesting dilemma, and one that American citizens should not have to face […]

Fire Department gets new fire safety house

Bruce Ford, 27th Fighter Wing Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention, opens the door to the new fire house recently acquired by the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department. Melanie Salazar The door and doorknob are hot. Smoke pours into the room between the door and the threshold, and the fire alarm chirps stubbornly in the […]

Being ‘preacher’s kid’ reason to be thankful

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have many things this September day for which to be thankful. In an era where sometimes cynicism surrounds preachers and evangelists, I must say that I am most thankful for my upbringing and thankful for my role as a “preacher’s kid.” The experiences Susie and I had as preacher’s […]

More Africanized bees found in Roosevelt County

Kevin Wilson Late in June, Jene Evans was doing yardwork at her home south of Kenna when a hum changed everything. “I kept hearing this humming noise, the way electricity lines will hum. “It just got louder and more intense,” Evans said. “The air was just black with bees where my patio angles off.” A […]

Small conveniences not always convenient

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Once in awhile, OK more like often, I get on a soap box and take note of things that really annoy me. Then I see a pattern emerging and presto … I A) Realize I have better things to do and move on or B) Ignore my conscience and write […]

‘Mind trick’ not taught in journalism class

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist We once were a frivolous bunch, the five guys who get together for our annual stag trip. As frisky pups we would pass the evening discussing life’s important topics: golf, gambling, Melanie Griffith. Years pass, men mature, interests change: gambling, golf, Sandra Bullock. The seasoned, wiser gentlemen who gathered for […]

Causey residents unnerved by shooting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of Causey may have felt a little safer with the increased presence of law enforcement in their community, but simultaneously less safe due to the reason law enforcement is there — the shooting death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. Chunn, 71, was discovered July 8 shot in his home in […]

Relay by numbers

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11 — Age of youngest team captain, survivor Kye Ellen Skelton. 13 — Hours organizers said they spent this week viewing the Weather Channel. 14 — Activities scheduled in addition to the running and walking. 40 — Cases of water donated by Clovis Bottlers. 61 — Members on the largest team, Plains Regional Medical Center. […]

4/26 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Saturday to a retail store in the 3700 block of North Prince Street for a bomb scare. Upon arrival, the officers observed several individuals standing outside the store in the parking lot. A man told police he had received […]

Amos 4/22

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. gimme that mountain boss when pastor leroy beetle preached on overcoming your mountains and obstacles for god i was ready to go i tell ya boss i was ready i was geared […]

Mom’s wisdom stands test of time

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to this day. […]

Clovis funeral home full of life

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(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Kevin Ducan, left, and Russell Muffley talk as another round of coffee is poured last week at Muffley’s back door during morning coffee. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer The front door to Muffley Funeral Home brings people face to face with death. Just a few feet away, through the rear […]

Police blotter 1-19

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Friday to the 1400 block of St. Andrews Drive in reference to a fraud report. The officer spoke with a woman who said she had been ripped off by a door-to-door magazine salesman. She said a man came to […]

Apartment life is more than location

By Grant McGee I moved out of my groovy disc jockey pad last week. The pad was a one-bedroom apartment smack dab in downtown Clovis. Some of my compadres wondered at my choice of living quarters because of its location. “Look,” I said, “there’s new carpet, a new hot water heater, new refrigerator, it’s been […]

Family brings back Christmas memories

By Grant McGee I was on the phone with No. 2 daughter last Sunday. She was down. She’s a single mom with two little ones. It was a cold, cloudy day back east. This was getting her down and that was getting her down. “And I’m lonesome, Dad,” she said. I told her I understood. […]

New Mexico needs a visit from Santa

By Ned Cantwell What New Mexico needs under her Christmas tree: • Elimination of the food tax. Done. Starting Jan. 1, we will no longer pay the sales tax on food, a “temporary tax” enacted in 1933. This is a gift for the poor families of our state. They should send thank-you cards to the […]

Scholarship honors preacher

Hoyte Welch speaks about his experiences over the last fifty years as a pastor, including being the pastor of Sandia Baptist Church from its birth in 1963. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Long-time Clovis residents might remember a preacher who went door to door recruiting people for his church. Hoyt Welch is 90 now, […]

Police Blotter: 9-12-04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Sept. 3 to the 400 block of Manana in reference to a burglary in progress. The resident said she heard two loud bangs from the direction of her back yard. She saw that her the storm door to her […]

Police Blotter: August 20,2004

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a heist of lollipops on Aug. 12 at a store on the 700 block of 21st Street. A store clerk told police an unidentified female lifted several lollipops and left the premises in a car going east. Apparently the […]

8/15/04 Club Notes

Altrusa International Inc. of Clovis Altrusa International Inc. of Clovis met for its regular program on Monday at Muffley’s Back Door. Hostesses were Margie Reisiger, Beverly Fitz, and Sylvia Bean. They served dinner to the club at 6 p.m. The program was presented by Ricky Burns, a junior at Texico High School. He shared his […]