Ear bitten off in jail fight

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center on Friday after part of his ear was bitten off during a fight over an MP3 player. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the jail around 7 p.m. Friday for a report of an inmate bitten during a fight, records show. The fight […]

Mother, daughter debate ear piercing

Topic: What is the appropriate age for girls to have their ears pierced? Mom The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends postponing ear piercing until a child is old enough to care for the pierced site herself. The reasons given are risk factors including infection, choking hazard, allergic reactions and embedded earrings. While these risks are […]

Dog lends ears to reading program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chris Beach, left, and Kona, middle, listen as Jake Jackson reads a Spiderman book Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Beach and Kona listen and help children read for two hours every Wednesday. Liliana Castillo Kona, a large Burnese mountain dog, sits patiently listening as the children he towers over […]

The farmer takes a tractor …

Maria Cheverez of Clovis reports she’s experienced life in 41 countries, but her most memorable cold-weather story took place in Curry County. “After retiring from the U.S. Army I took on a job as a rural mail carrier,” she wrote in an e-mail. “… Pushing my way through the snow with my red Jeep, I […]

Magic in moments comes from yourself

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were getting in our car last Saturday morning when a blaring car horn caught our attention. It was getting closer and closer. Soon the vehicle making all the noise rounded a corner and came into view. A young couple grinning from ear to […]

Slaying victim may have known killer

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Laura McNaughton was probably not a random homicide victim, Curry County’s undersheriff said on Tuesday. Doug Bowman said investigators are talking to “less than 10” people who may have knowledge about the 30-year-old Clovis woman’s slaying. Bowman said he believes McNaughton may have known her killer. Officials declined again […]

Hair today, regrets tomorrow

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers What’s round and bald and looks like an egg shell? My boyfriend’s head. Yes, he decided on the Telly Savalas look last week. Just don’t call him Kojak or he gets really mad for he thinks the man a pompous dandy and said he himself would never chew on a […]

Guns have place, but not at my place

By Grant McGee I was kicking back in Elida with my good friend Kent, bard of the Pecos. We were having iced tea, talking about his return to this small outpost of Roosevelt County. During a lull in the conversation, my mind wandered to the rifle by the door. There weren’t any firearms in my […]

Satan is a snake of the subtlest sort

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist Back in Genesis 3, just before the account of mankind’s fall to sin in the Garden of Eden, the biblical writer explains, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” I suppose that was true at that time of the […]

Would you like to see my surgical scars?

Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, all […]