Hotel Clovis holds story of one tragic life

Don McAlavy The only documented death from jumping off the top of Hotel Clovis occurred in 1986. Old timers claim one or two others attempted it but were talked out of it. Apparently no one was with 27-year-old, Anthony “Tony” Johnson, when he jumped off the top of the hotel on a Wednesday afternoon. The […]

Web site provides lifeline or suicidal students

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Ulifeline.org offers help for people who feel they are in need of reaching out to talk to someone about problems in their life. CNJ staff illustration: Eric Kluth STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Faced with a growing number of student suicides, some universities are trying to combat the trend by offering depressed students the anonymity of […]

Working seniors give ‘retirement’ new definition

Freedom Newspapers T he face of retirement in America is changing dramatically, as many seniors put to rest the idea that the “golden years” mean saying goodbye to work and becoming a permanent fixture in a comfortable recliner. AARP recently announced the findings of its 2003 Working in Retirement Survey, which showed that many seniors […]

Veterans focus on benefits

By Darrell Todd Maurina The New Mexico Secretary of Veterans Affairs has agreed to work with the Clovis United Veterans Council to draft a letter to Gov. Bill Richardson asking that he endorse “concurrent receipt” of military retiree pensions and disability benefits. Veterans Affairs Secretary John Garcia met with veterans in Clovis Saturday afternoon. Obtaining […]

Benefits last for retirees

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Doy Mick, beneficiary services representative at Cannon Air Force Base for Triwest Healthcare, explains health care benefits for military retirees. Darrell Todd Maurina With an estimated 2,600 military retirees within a 100-mile radius, many Cannon Air Force Base facilities serve not only the base’s active-duty population but also those who retired from the service. Those […]

Answer to obesity is feet, not more wasted money

Freedom Newspapers A news report out of Washington last week caused us to shake our heads in wonderment. It seems Tommy Thompson’s Department of Health and Human Services started handing out grants to cities and states to help those governments educate specific communities about the dangers of obesity and what folks can do to change […]

Teacher asks for ‘yes’ vote on amendments

Wendy Hubby By now, most citizens of Curry County are aware of the special election coming up on Tuesday. As a teacher of 17 years in Clovis, and as a parent of one child in the schools, I am asking the voting citizens to please pass the two constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 […]

Editorial: Venezuelan recall effort doubtful

It could be that California will not be the only place that recalls its chief executive this year. Opponents of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez have presented some 2.7 million signatures — 2.4 million were required — to call a national referendum on Chavez. But the president has questioned the legitimacy of the signatures and vowed […]

Firefighters fill the boot

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A driver stops to give a donation to Clovis firefighter Clay Wilhoit for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot” campaign Sunday afternoon at the intersection of First and Prince streets. Photo by Janet Bresenham. By Janet Bresenham Every year near Labor Day, firefighters in Clovis and across the nation take to the streets […]

Mayor’s need for speed to help charity

Clovis Mayor David Lansford knows he can’t single-handedly win the race to find the cure for diabetes — but he’s willing to help. Driving a “limited modified” stock car, Lansford will participate in “The Mayors’ Shootout Against Diabetes” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tech Motor Speedway in Lubbock. He’ll race against mayors from Lubbock […]