Zoo animals ‘far from safe’

Somebody fed chili peppers to monkeys at the Clovis zoo over the weekend, causing the animals to suffer irritation when they rubbed their eyes. Lisa Wathne of Norfolk, Va., who identified herself as a “captive exotic animals specialist” and representative of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, responded with this e-mail: “By their very […]

Zoo animals fed chili peppers

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CNJ file photo: Andy DeLisle Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili peppers by visitors over the weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili […]

Capturing the essence of a city

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A grandmother’s eyes is one of Armenta’s works in progress. By Liliana Castillo, CNJ staff writer Ruben Armenta, 49, has seen the essence of Clovis. It is in the intriguing, mysterious and hardworking eyes of the individuals of Clovis as a part of his painting project “Eyes of Clovis.” • […]

Nov. 4, 1929

Warren Davis, circulation manager of the Evening News-Journal, was appointed by Bishop F.B. Howden of Albuquerque as lay reader of the Episcopal Church of the district of New Mexico. … Eyebrow arch services were 35 cents at the Studio Beauty Shop. … Smiling Irish Eyes, featuring Colleen Moore, was showing at the Lyceum Theatre.

Film fest set for weekend

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers Clovis will host a world premiere Friday when “His Eyes, My Eyes” is shown during the Fiery Film Fest. Starring Clovis native Ashley Southard and Caleb Brandon, and shot in Clovis, the movie is approximately 30 minutes long. It is directed by Cedrick Rael, founder and director of the Fiery […]

Research: Paris would make great VP

By kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

Letters to the Editor: Rehabilitation key in preventing crime

Regarding the Jan. 25 letter from Jennifer McKinney: I agree drug use is often involved with homicides. My professional experience in social services tells me that substance abuse, addiction and crime are not simplistic. Many years ago I had a person seeking treatment for drug use. We looked at options and tried to find a […]

Virgin de Guadalupe still mystery

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We’re not supposed to argue about religion, or so we’re told. But the Virgin Mary has become a very arguable figure in Biblical history, with many alleged apparitions and unexplained events surrounding her. The Virgin Mary — or Our Lady of Guadalupe, as we Latinos call her — holds a […]

Seeing God requires faith, spiritual vision

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist When I was a little girl, I often played a game of making objects out of the huge clouds that would cross the sky. I would play guessing games with Susie, telling her to look at the clouds to guess what animal or tree or person or whatever my imagination […]

Artist captures chimps in ink

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer With millions of tiny ink dots, some smaller than a speck of sand, Valerie Romano pays homage to mankind’s closest living relative — chimpanzees. The former Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University instructor stumbled upon her greatest artistic inspiration late in life. She was 45 years old […]

High school dancing rite of manhood

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, […]

Clovis resident celebrates 104 years of life

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Bill Chapman, left, visits with longtime friend Nina Luckett on Saturday at The Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Luckett turns 104 years old today. Chapman said he has been friends with Luckett since meeting her in the 1970s. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She wears her years like a cloak. Her eyes are rimmed with […]

2/3 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. alphabetic amos boss i shoulda known better my momma told me to never play around kitchen stoves i shoulda known better but i did it anyway marcellus the big fat cat was at it […]

Evil more frightening when ordinary

By Leonard Pitts “Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within.” — from a song by the Undisputed Truth Did you search for murder in Dennis Rader’s eyes? I certainly did. He looked disheveled and disgruntled, as anyone might in his or her mug shot. But did you see anything else? An […]

Speaking of pathetic: A wrong-dog story

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When we lived in the boondocks outside Santa Fe, I woke one morning to the sound of a whining dog. That wasn’t unusual, because we had half a dozen semi-literate canines at the time, stray animals that showed up each day for breakfast. But I peered out the window anyway […]

How Much Does God Love His Children?

By Curtis K. Shelburne God loves his children so completely that he could not possibly love us more and he will never choose to love us less. We are absolutely secure in that love. Why is that so hard for us to believe? It’s as if we were an orphan in 18th century England who […]

A serious love story for serious times

Bob Huber I opened a letter last week that read, “Get serious, Huber! I mean, in these troubled times, when we’re threatened with terrorism, global warming, drought, and mad cows, all you write about are skunks, Smooth Heine, and one-liners. Get with the program. Gloomy Gustav.” I answered this way: Dear Gus: Before more rumors […]

Little boy’s dreams of a cowboy Christmas

By Don McAlavy It was cold that December of 1936. The drought the preceding summer had ruined the wheat crop on the small farm. There wasn’t a lot of money to be spent on Christmas. The father worked part time for a neighbor, herding sheep for a dollar a day, but this had to go […]

Study sheds no light on ‘Jackie Chan’ sleepers

Leonard Pitts Jr. Neither of our female companions would agree to sleep with Eric. So I said I would. He laid down on his side of the bed, I laid down on mine and turned off the lights. After a few moments, my breathing slowed and I started to drift, floating in that weightless place […]

Surprise welcome amazing to some

By Clyde Davis We were entering the Dump. Opening the toolbox clasp, I checked the contents once again: saw; hammer; combination square; disassembled hand drill and some bits; three or four screwdrivers, both Phillips head and slots; chalk line; plumb line; chisel. This included all the necessary hand tools, there not being much use there […]