Motorcycles lead Veterans Day parade

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Glenn Eagle trailed a long line of motorcycles on his four-wheeler displaying a full size American flag during the Veterans Day parade Saturday. Liliana Castillo The rumble of nearly 200 motorcycles kicked off the Veterans Day parade Saturday on Main Street. Parade organizer John Montano said the parade included 26 […]

Police department requests additional motorcycles

CNJ Staff The Clovis Police Department will be asking the city commission Thursday for permission to lease two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. The motorcycles would be rented at $5,400 for a period of six months with nearly $12,000 needed for additional equipment […]

Rumble of respect

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis resident and Vietnam Veteran Larry Franklin participates in the Ride of Honor Sunday at the Traveling Wall Memorial at Clovis High School. Riders guided their motorcycles along the Vietnam Wall Memorial replica to pay their respects. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A procession of more than 100 motorcycles […]

Pet of the day: C.C.

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Name: C.C. About: C.C. is a 5-year-old beagle, basset hound mix. She was given to us by a relative. C.C. likes to sleep on my Dallas Cowboy’s blanket. She’ll steal it every chance she gets. She likes the 50 yard line. She stands on her hind legs to beg for “cookies” (milk bones). C.C. and […]

Rainy days, motorcycles, and wisdom’s kids

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As I write this morning, it’s raining outside — a beautiful, soaking, life-giving rain — the kind you wake up to and wish you could nap to all day.   I love it, but it does have my wings clipped a bit. You see, rain is not particularly conducive […]

Cops get new rides

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Clovis Police Lt. Richard Johnson sits atop the first of two Harley-Davidson motorcycles to be placed in service with the Clovis Police Department. Thursday was the first day the bike was used, Johnson said. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer They’re taking to the streets of Clovis on two wheels […]

Safety should be our choice, no one else’s

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate Ben Roethlisberger’s motorcycle accident Monday is sure to get safety advocates fired up about mandatory helmet laws. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback wasn’t wearing a helmet when he broke his jaw and nose in the well-publicized accident. Had Roethlisberger, 24, been wearing a helmet, his injuries likely would have been much less severe. […]

Rally attracts area bikers

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Kay Stanton of Farwell rides her Honda Goldwing with granddaughter Brinn Reeves of Clovis on back Saturday afternoon at the Badlands Motorcycle Rally at High Plains Harley-Davidson. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Biker Don Lenau was visiting Clovis from his home in Muleshoe when the pack of motorcycles outside High […]

Mini bikes ruling roads

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Billy Hernandez, 12, right, and his brother Jesse, 9, ride their mini-chopper bikes in the parking lot Monday at Farwell High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer They’re the trendiest wheels on the road. But yes, you do need a license to operate a pocket bike on Clovis’ streets. And […]

Pocket bikes could be a dangerous fad

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the newest fad in transportation: mini-motorcycles known as pocket bikes. Some responses: “WHEN SCHOOL LETS OUT in the afternoons I can always count on at least six to eight mini-motorcycles racing up and down my street with all the kids beeping their horns at […]

Someone stop the out-of-control bikes

Letters to the editor Help! My once quiet and peaceful neighborhood has been overrun with motorcycles. A group is riding racing bikes down the street. Those drivers have to see how fast they can go the three blocks in front of my house. They literally scream down the street. Then I have a few Harley […]

Rider doesn’t let handicap slow him down

When people say they can’t ride a motorcycle, Don Smith points to himself as an example of someone who refuses to say “can’t.” “I’ve done it one-handed for 40 years,” said Smith, who at 50 has spent most of his life with a single arm. “People say you shouldn’t (ride), you’ll get hurt, and that’s […]