$2 bills spend same as any other note

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Two-dollar bills always seem to get a bad reputation. Many folks don’t want them in their wallets and some cashiers even scrunch up their faces when you pay for stuff with them. I ran across an article the other day about $2 bills used regularly as change at some exotic […]

Exotic animals finding homes in southwest

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Let’s suppose you are driving, it’s after sunset, you’re on that road heading north out of Clovis, and something dashes from the side of the road and you hit it. You get out and your road-kill turns out to be a kangaroo. A kangaroo in Curry County. This isn’t such […]

Former exotic dancer graduates from law enforcement academy

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Vivian Martinez, the former exotic dancer who won an $80,000 lawsuit settlement against the Tucumcari Police Department in August, has graduated from the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Hobbs. Martinez, now a sheriff’s deputy with the Lea County Sheriff’s Department, was denied employment by the Tucumcari […]

Readers: Camel is not city’s real hump

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should address issues related to exotic animals in the city. Some responses: “Only if they are going to roam free and eat my flowers. Why not address real problems like why don’t we have enough police officers. Let’s worry about real problems and not make them […]

Exotic animal ordinance pastured

By Jack King City Planning and Zoning Commissioners indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance governing the keeping of exotic animals Wednesday after hearing from several Clovis residents who opposed the ordinance. However, they said the ordinance is not dead and can be resurrected later. The commissioners said they will recommend camels and llamas be added to […]

City targets camel lot

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Sam Snell’s camel Clyde relaxes in the yard Tuesday on Remuda Street in Clovis. Snell would like to see camels removed from the list of animals the city commission will not allow people to own. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King For much of the time he has owned him, Sam Snell has […]

Lions and tigers and bears … in Clovis?

By Jack King The city of Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed ordinance that would regulate the keeping of exotic animals in Clovis’ city limits. Commission members tabled consideration of the ordinance Wednesday, saying they need more input from the public on the proposal. Under the ordinance, “wild or […]