Halloween decorations stolen

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CNJ staff photo: Robin Fornoff Neighbor Rosi Bentley helps Katie Greene set up one of the many items decorating her lawn. Greene says every year something is stolen or vandalized. Robin Fornoff Every fall about this time for as long as she can remember, Katie Greene and her husband Jeff Shumway dig out scary signs, […]

Letters to the editor: Tax revenues could be better spent

Tax revenues could be better spent What a contrast in the two big items on the front page of Thursday’s CNJ: The Hotel Clovis project is under way because there was money found to fund it, but the dairy festival is called off because of the tough economy. Do you think anyone noticed that funding […]

Home security system hard to beat

I unlocked the door, and the second I opened it the blast began. It sounded like ten banshees fighting off a dozen gorillas. Holding my ears, I ran to the contraption on the wall by the front door and pushed the numbers (which, thankfully, I remembered) and was immediately greeted by a wonderful silence. This […]

Education column: Elementary schools getting facelifts

Continuing with news from the Clovis Schools’ Operations Department and their summer activities: The front of Barry Elementary got a facelift recently. The multi-colored rocks and plants replaced the long row of juniper trees along the front of the building. The new look is cleaner, crisper and there’s no more chance of junipers blowing over […]

Grant McGee: College protest lacked passion

Some folks were protesting in front of one of our High Plains courthouses some days ago. I like seeing folks protest. It means that something has moved them so much they have gotten off their duffs from in front of the TV, made some signs and taken their complaint out where everyone can see. I […]

Storytelling: Cultural preservation

The children, probably from 4 or 5 years old to 12, sat (or lay) on the floor in front, close to the speaker — the storyteller. The grownups sat on the floor or in chairs. The audience had a speaking part in the story, which the storyteller explained. The younger kids, especially, listened carefully for […]

Letter to the editor: Chamber program appreciated

I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.” I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget. I was thinking about this while in line at a local grocery store… in front […]

Frozen Turkey day expected in some parts of state

Staff and wire reports Northern parts of the state saw a few inches of snow Monday, but the real cold will blow in with the Thanksgiving turkey. Temperatures will dive well below normal later in the week, said Ken Wedelski, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, with some areas in New Mexico […]

Muleshoe teacher’s dedication honored

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Courtesy photo This was Mary DeShazo’s class about 1946-47. David Stevens Mary Brantley worked in the front office at Muleshoe’s Mary DeShazo Elementary School from 1969 to 2002. She was sometimes mistaken for the school’s namesake. “People would ask me ‘Are you Mary DeShazo?’ because I’d been there so long,” Brantley said. “A lot of […]

Officials dish about Fourth of July menu

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo James Burns, owner of Burns Do It Center, explains the benefits of using pellets instead of charcoal while grilling. Burns said Friday the rain won’t stop him from grilling for the Fourth of July. The Independence Day weekend is here which means the patio table is set, the American Flag […]

Dandelion wine and changing times

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The front yard is full of dandelions, a riot of deep green. The dandelions make the front yard look so lush and they’re getting bigger. I reckon I’m going to have to break out the lawn mower, and it isn’t even April. They made me remember something I read long […]

Median placed near Texas Street

CNJ staff A concrete median has been placed in front of Texas Street along North Prince Street through Tuesday. Barricades will remain in place through Saturday. The entrance on Texas Street will become a right-in/right-out to minimize traffic buildup. Northbound traffic is asked to use Arizona Street or the signal located at the intersection Colonial […]

Expect strange weather mix

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Weather officials are calling for a strange mix of weather Tuesday with a frosty morning, pockets of sunshine and snow. Expect a real mix of weather Tuesday. Most of eastern New Mexico awoke to frost, then sunshine and then snow. The National Weather Service says through late morning a cold […]

Car crashes into house

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Freedom Photo: Argen Duncan Freedom New Mexico Glenn Fuller, front, and Jesse Estrada, both of American Auto Salvage, investigate the best way to remove a mini-van from the front of a house on south Main Street just south of Brady Avenue on Monday night. Clovis Police Sgt. Roger Dial said the driver of the van […]

Constitution resolution in front of county commissioners

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler Curry County Commissioners will be asked to vote on a resolution to support the United States Constitution during a meeting on Tuesday. The 9:00 a.m. meeting will be held at the North Annex of the Clovis Carver Public Library. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A local group’s crusade to […]

School officials report theft of model jet

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School security cameras recently caught two people in the act of stealing a 1/8-scale model of an F-16 mounted in front of the school. But the culprits haven’t been caught and the plane is still missing. Principal Wayne Marshall discovered the theft while taking a walk around […]

Several recent daytime home burglaries in Clovis

Over the last several weeks there have been several reported home burglaries during daylight hours while people are gone to work or out of town. The burglary suspects are going to the front door and knocking or ringing the doorbell to see if anyone is home and if they get no reply, they are going […]

Commander envisions growth

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen A. Clark sits at his desk. The stuffed ducks are gifts from his daughters. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Sitting in front of his desk, which holds neat stacks of papers, a sculpture of a monkey contemplating a human skull and a […]

Fencing ordinance proposal fails

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said no matter how the commission felt about it, they needed to take a vote on a potential ordinance to allow higher front yard fences for residences in the city. He was alone in his sentiments, and his motion died at Thursday’s commission meeting. Jim […]

Motorist showed no respect for life

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This column is perversely dedicated to the hero who, in a jacked-up white pickup truck 4X4, tried to run over a Chihuahua on Manana last week. Somewhere between Main St. and Martin Luther King, you displayed your lack of humanity in front of, not only my wife, but presumably other […]