Family unsure what triggered dog attack

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Budda, a male pit bull, awaits his fate Tuesday at the Clovis Animal Shelter. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An ordinary family afternoon turned to panic when Miguel Ibarra heard little Arianna’s screams and turned to see her being viciously attacked by a dog. While his other children watched […]

Education column: School staff leading by example for literacy

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Growing up, I heard a lot of ‘old sayings’. Some I totally understood and others…not so much.

Baskett considers military his heroes

Indianapolis Star photo: Matt Detrich From left, Indianapolis Colts defenders Ed Johnson, Melvin Bullitt, Antonio Johnson and Hank Baskett try and block a field goal in the an October game against the Tennessee Titans. Baskett is the first Clovis native to play in a Super Bowl. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Hank Baskett heard the […]

Baskett: Onside kick swung momentum

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Baskett By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett heard the words, “Blue ball.” And with that, he thought he had recovered his muff for his blue-clad Indianapolis Colts on the onside kick that started Super Bowl XLIV’s second half Sunday in Miami. That’s when he relaxed in the pile, he said, and a New […]

Ethics advocates hoping to be heard at Legislative session

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican With most of lawmakers’ attention focused on the state budget this session, ethics reform and good government advocates are hoping legislators have time to dedicate to reform. Already, several lawmakers have prefiled ethics bills online while other public officials have outlined what measures they are willing to […]

Heavy rainfall soaks city; causes power outages

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Storms dropped about an inch of rain around Roosevelt and Curry counties and caused lightning-related power outages in the region Tuesday night. Chuck Jones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said 1 inch of rain at Cannon Air Force Base and 1.05 inches at Dora were reported […]

Commercial jingles stifle originality

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist We complain about commercial jingles and other clever advertising, but we must admit sometimes those witty sayings find their way into our everyday dialogue. I heard a university English professor say if Shakespeare were alive today he would be writing commercials instead of plays and poetry because “that’s where the […]

Family describes victim as loner

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Courtesy photo Clifford Webber pictured in a Prince Street Baptist Church publication in the late 1980’s as a teen. He is described by friends and family as a troubled loner. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when […]

Clovis school board approves preliminary budget

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board heard a long-range suggestion to start its Tuesday meeting, and ended it with approval of a more immediate need — an $82.5 million budget for the 2009-10 year. The budget, down from this year’s adjusted budget of $85.1 million but up from the 2008-09 […]

5/12 police blotter

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 a.m. April 18 an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Janeway for a criminal damage report. A man said his mailbox had been blown up. The officer noted the back of the mailbox had […]

Life: Our vessel for doing Lord’s work

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist The following story is one I heard first hand from one who knows. A multi-million dollar organization for seriously ill children was the inspiration of a young Jewish boy living in a concentration camp in Europe. His parents had both been killed by the Nazis, and only the young boy […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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CNJ file photo The Hull Street Overpass, which was pulled down in November, will require $8.5 million to replace, according to Clovis city officials. It’s one of many projects that may not get many funds with a projected budget shortfall of $384 million. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, […]

Music brings families together

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist How many times have you heard someone sigh and say, “I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I hated them. Now, I wish I knew how to play.” Dutiful parents sign their kids up for band or orchestra at school, rent instruments and take seriously their jobs as […]

Feed for the soul

How many times have you heard someone sigh and say, “I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I hated them. Now, I wish I knew how to play.” Dutiful parents sign their kids up for band or orchestra at school, rent instruments and take seriously their jobs as “reminders.” You know the drill […]

Aug. 8,, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight July 30 an officer responded to a home in the 300 block of 10th Street for a burglary report. A woman said she was in her bedroom and heard several males talking outside her window, then heard banging noises and […]

Stories of sacrifice should inspire way of living

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I heard this story first-hand this past week. The following incident happened this summer.

A Country Rodeo

by Glenda Price Professional rodeos are fun, but my favorites are the small-town amateur “punkin rollins” and the ones at neighbor ranches. If we have an announcer at all he mostly yells through whatever kind of speaker system he can rig up. Often the local funnyman finds some baggy pants, borrows his wife’s makeup (which […]

City approves zoning change

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Google maps Clovis City Commissioners approved a zoning change for Raintree Estates near Llano Estacado Blvd. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners approved a zoning change for Raintree Estates, but not before they heard “marching orders” to widen Norris Street to four lanes. The measure passed 7-1, with Commissioner Robert Sandoval voting […]

The week Lefty Frizzell came to Clovis

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist I was up in Cartersville, Ga., recently, eating with my wife and some of our relatives at an old restaurant in historic section of that town. We were the only ones in that cafe eating. As we started eating I heard the song, “Always Late (With Your Kisses)” and that […]

May 30, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 11:30 p.m. Friday an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Way for a student with a weapon. A staff member said she had confiscated a knife from a student, who said he had brought it to […]