Straight answers about CNJ’s lawsuit against Curry County

Freedom Newspapers Some Curry County public servants are twisting the law to prevent daylight from shining on public records. The Clovis News Journal sued Curry County last week over the refusal of its attorney to release pay information on county workers. We had asked the county for names of employees, their positions, their annual salaries […]

‘Christ’ movie ads fuel to anti-Semetic fire

Mona Charen It grieves me to object to Mel Gibson’s movie because I know millions of Christians in this country and around the world will be moved and possibly even transformed by it — and that is a welcome thing. As a Jew, I can unhesitatingly declare the world would be a better place if […]

Signing opinions improves their quality

David Stevens Two readers contacted the Clovis News Journal this week to suggest a new feature. Both men recommended we borrow an idea from the Las Cruces newspaper, which allows readers to offer anonymous commentary on just about any subject. The “Sound Off” feature is not unique to the Las Cruces paper. Several papers in […]

Moore, Paula S.

Paula Sue Moore Services: Have been held. Paula Sue Moore, 53, of Wetumpka, Ala., executive editor of the Montgomery, Ala. Advertiser, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at her home. She was born on June 20, 1950, in El Reno, Okla., to Paul and Mary Trapp of Clovis. She was a 1968 graduate of Clovis High School […]

Religion and gays issue has run its course

David Stevens Few topics stir the human spirit more passionately than religion. Mix religion with homosexuality and you have some great newspaper stories, followed by a never-ending series of letters to the editor. I love it when the mail is sprinkled with letters from folks expressing their views on local issues of importance. But there […]

CNJ looking for comic-conscious readers

David Stevens Does Beetle Bailey bug you? Is Hagar horrible? Should the Wizard of Id turn himself into Zack Hill or some other more contemporary comic strip? Comics can be among the most popular features in a newspaper. They can also grow stale with time. We’re thinking about making changes to our daily comics in […]

Bovina newspaper prints last edition

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The Bovina Blade and The Friona Star have been merged into one newspaper by Ron Carr of Friona who bought both newspapers this past summer. CNJ Illustration: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber BOVINA — Residents of Bovina are mourning the loss of their 48-year-old community newspaper, The Bovina Blade. The Blade has been combined with […]

Muleshoe Journal sold to Dimmitt newspaper publisher

By Michelle Seeber The owner of the Muleshoe Journal has sold the newspaper for an undisclosed amount to Chris Bradford of Dimmitt, Texas. Former owner Scot Stinnett of Fort Sumner said he closed the sale on Monday after “discussing it off and on for the last three or four years.” Stinnett still owns two other […]

We don’t want to hinder police work

From the Editor’s Desk Last week’s story about counterfeit bills in Clovis did not include the names of all those arrested in connection with the case. That’s because Clovis police asked us to withhold some of those names. We don’t always do what police tell us to do — Chief Bill Carey will be happy […]

Customers will decide economic growth

From the Editor’s Desk Not everyone is thrilled with the region’s recent economic growth. Some longtime residents are concerned that newcomers will mean dramatic and unpleasant change. Mom-and-pop businesses, they fear, will be driven out by the likes of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby, Hastings and other chain stores that have opened in Clovis in recent weeks. […]

Credit, not blame, laid for 500th column

Bob Huber Today celebrates an historic event as memorable as the first three-day federal holiday or the research paper by a German professor named Waldseemuller who snubbed the myth of Christopher Columbus and declared Newark, N.J., was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci, thus labeling us “Damned Yankees” forever. What I’m talking about, without running up flags […]

Principal grateful for ‘bad touch’ program

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Clovis’ Parkview Elementary Principal Linda D’Amour woke up Wednesday morning and saw her newspaper, she knew it would not be an ordinary day. D’Amour was the principal in whom a student confided on Sept. 16, saying said she had been sexually abused at 700 E. 10th Street. That report led […]

Answers to complaints sometimes difficult

Two Clovis News Journal readers complained last week about items published in the police blotter. They felt the information provided was too specific. Our blotter is published three to five times per week, depending on the availability of space and staff. Items typically describe incidents that area law enforcement officers consider criminal, but our blotter […]

Some mistakes harder to fix than others

By David Stevens Sometimes we make mistakes. We made at least two in Friday’s paper. We told readers the Clovis Police Department had scheduled a public hearing to discuss grant applications. We told readers the meeting would take place at 9 a.m. in the city hall’s assembly room. But we forgot to tell readers what […]

We want you to maybe get a little wet

We need some volunteers. Wait! Come back. This will be fun. No meetings. No spending your own money. This won’t even keep you from your favorite TV show. You can fulfill the requirements during a commercial break. We need volunteer weather watchers. The hardest part of the job will involve walking outside when it’s raining. […]

Criticism may not be deserved, but relevant

Clovis law enforcement officers have faced some public criticism in the past week for their actions in two unrelated cases that occurred last weekend. We support the rights of those who have questioned authority — indeed we have given them a voice through the pages of this newspaper. But we are hesitant to join in […]

No price tag on getting news in, or out

By David Stevens How much does it cost to “de-advertise” information? Readers have offered to pay me to report information that might not otherwise be reported. And some have threatened to sue me for reporting information they didn’t want to see reported. But until Saturday, no one had ever offered to pay me to not […]

Man says his yard is going to the dogs

By David Stevens Ray Ellis is not Clovis’ happiest resident these days. He sent an e-mail, detailing his woes and asking the newspaper to publish a story about responsible pet ownership. Ellis’ complaint is that people are walking dogs in his neighborhood and allowing the dogs to relieve themselves in his yard. “I have one […]