In search of ponies: Hummingbirds need some sugar

Every now and then a neighbor needs to borrow a little sugar — and sometimes it could be a matter of life and death. No, not because of that batch of cookies they started only to realize they didn’t have enough in their canister. It turns out that perhaps because of the extreme weather we’ve […]

Times piece insulting to Muslims

Tibor Machan Do I search for hypocrisies among my adversaries? Only when it is too obvious to miss. And what if anything is wrong with hypocrisy? So what if you are a liar but make a big deal about condemning lying in your neighbor? Why is that a problem? In this era when major political […]

Gotta love thy neighbors

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Kicking back in the yard the other day I noticed there was some sort of busy-ness going on in a neighbor’s backyard. It caught my eye because the neighbor is kind of old yet was running around his backyard like a kid. I watched for a while and came to […]

1-31 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around midnight Jan. 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Axtell for a report of a vehicle on fire. A woman said her neighbor woke her and told her that her vehicle was on fire. The neighbor […]

Police seek shooting suspect

CNJ staff A warrant was issued Thursday for a Clovis man charged with shooting at his neighbor during a dispute, court records show. Tranell Pleasant, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a crime. Police responded to the 800 block of Sheldon Street around noon Wednesday for report of […]

Man in hospital after house fire

CNJ staff A Clovis man was taken to the Plains Regional Medical Center on Friday night for smoke inhalation after a fire burned through his mobile home. Michael De Mmon, a resident in the Hicks Trailer Estates trailer park on 314 West 14 St., said he smelled smoke around 8 p.m. and ran out to […]

Man says teen struck him with SUV

CNJ Staff Police are investigating a case involving a teen who allegedly struck a Clovis man with her car when he tried to break up a fight Sunday, according to police reports. The case is being investigated as felony aggravated battery. Around 4:30 p.m. officers responded to a home in the 2500 block of Axtell […]

Letters to the Editor: Tackling Saddam, Iraq was right move

Kirby Rowan’s letter (“Modern war bigger problem than enemies”) in the June 26 CNJ is completely misguided, and the analogy of a man dumping garbage in your front yard is asinine and simple minded. If all Saddam Hussein (presumed bad neighbor in the letter) was doing was dumping garbage in his neighbor’s yard that would […]

Full coverage clothing important when outside

Tonya Fennell I live in a quiet neighborhood in Clovis. My husband, who is based at Cannon Air Force Base, and I chose to purchase a home off-base because of the length of time we will be stationed at Cannon. I really have no complaints about our neighborhood — children ride their bikes, elderly couples […]

Letters to the Editor: Pumpkin smashing disrespectful act

On Wednesday morning as I was driving to work, I noticed several smashed pumpkins in front of my neighbor’s house and in his driveway. The last few years have been difficult for him; he suffers, as many of us do, from the pain and loneliness that is caused by depression. My neighbor loves Halloween, and […]

Neighbor’s advice gets mowed down

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist You’d think America’s scientists would have better things to do than conduct fruitless research into global warming and the expanding universe. Instead they should tackle problems vital to the nation’s welfare, such as when to stop mowing our lawns. A few years ago my attention became focused on cutting grass […]

Bottles leave bitter memories

By Bob Huber: Local columnist You can’t buy bitters anymore. They were all the rage during the Civil War, but their popularity petered out. You see, armies of the North were to a large extent financed by a special wartime tax on booze, and so bitters were born. Bitters were an alleged medicine containing alcohol, […]

Friend says accident victim dedicated wife

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer She was a good neighbor, devoted to her husband. That’s how friends described Delores Jacks, 71, who was killed while crossing the street on Monday night. Officials said a Clovis police officer was driving the car that killed Jacks at 12th and Mitchell streets. An investigation into the accident […]

Two cows explain politics

Bob Huber You haven’t reached life’s high-water mark until your grandkids ask, “What’s the difference between Republicans and Democrats?” The upshot is, if you’re smart, you’ll devise a basic list of replies designed to be understood by children. Take my personal favorite, the “Two Cows Response.” Here’s a sampler. It begins with, “If you are […]

Holiday haunts boonies

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month. And that’s just the tip of the frightberg. Ghostly sounds can be heard, such as owls hooting, bones rattling, trees swaying and slurping water like vampires. To make matters worse, whenever Halloween rears it monstrous head, up […]

Woman finally got used to New Mexico

Don McAlavy Lula Mae (Ikard) Pack was born at Ninnekay, Okla. She said Ninnekay was a route, not a town, close to Chickasha, which was 15 miles away. The family sometimes left home at 5 a.m. in a wagon wrapped in quilts. “We would spend the day and shop and get all of our groceries […]

Valentine’s Day marks sacrifice for love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

Police linked seemingly unrelated cases

Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey said three seemingly unrelated cases of child sex abuse came to police attention about the same time in mid-September. Police soon linked them to a home at 700 E. 10th Street and found other alleged victims. Carey said an internal check of police records on Wednesday also showed […]