Monkey mom keeps close contact

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Cindy Arnold feeds the spider monkeys Tuesday afternoon at the Hillcrest Zoo. Arnold raised one of the zoo’s spider monkeys after his mother abandoned him at birth. (CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rules of the zoo are smashed by Cindy Arnold. She presses her face against the metal […]

To avoid time in jail, heed mom’s advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Recently I met Leslie Johnson, warden of the Curry County Detention Center. In chatting with her, thoughts about jail and prison came to mind; some inspired by movies, some by my own experiences. I’ve often pondered hard time in the hoosegow. It started when I was a kid watching Burt […]

Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker, 55, of Temecula, Calif., died Sept. 8, 2005. He was born and raised in Clovis. He spent the latter years of his life in California where he was a western-wear salesman and store owner. He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Tucker. He is survived by a son, Jason Tucker (and […]

Battle against poverty needs your help

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is an insidious movement under way in New Mexico, one that clear-thinking state citizens need to reverse. Now. It’s time to take to the streets and demand our traditional values be maintained, that our fixture atop the lists of one of the poorest states in the nation be cemented. […]

Extended United Way campaign still short

CNJ staff There is a 20 percent gap between the goal of the Eastern New Mexico United Way 2005-2006 Fundraising Campaign and the funds raised to date, according to a Eastern New Mexico United Way press release. The campaign goal is set at $482,005 and about $374,256 has been raised thus far in Curry and […]

United Way campaign on track

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I […]

Joe Burford

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Joe Burford Date of birth: Feb. 8, 1920 Dates of service: May 1942 to Dec. 1945 Hometown: Friona Theater and location of […]

Relay for Life revving up with more than 75 teams

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A luminary dedicated to retired UPS package driver John Ortiz was decorated by Mary Rose Paterson. Ortiz, who worked for UPS for 30 years, died of liver cancer in 2004. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer What began in 1985 as one man’s 24-hour walk around a Tacoma, Wash., track has […]

Former gang member shoots straight

(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Anthony “Tre” Ravenel speaks to students Tuesday at Clovis High School about his life growing up in Compton, Ca., in gangs and drugs. Ravenel, who turns forty in a couple days, spent half his life in prison. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anthony “Tre” Ravenel, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, black […]

Reporter’s notebook: Bella Vista aids tsunami victims

CNJ staff The students at Bella Vista Elementary school were discussing New Year’s resolutions three weeks ago, and one of them brought up the tsunami victims in Asia. After doing some Internet research on what happened the students decided they needed to help. “Right away they asked, ‘What can we do to help? We need […]