Students learn about dangers of tobacco

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Linda Teakell, coordinator for Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco, briefed sixth-grade classes Tuesday at Zia Elementary about the dangers of smoking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A group of Zia sixth-graders learned words such toluene, butane, acetone and arsenic, all of which are contained in tobacco products, during a […]

Firefighters make house calls to promote safety

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighters Steve Garcia, center, and Garrett Nash, right, discuss fire safety door hangers with Joe Gomez Wednesday in front of his home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Joe Gomez said he has never used smoke detectors in his home, but after talking with Clovis firefighters Wednesday he welcomed their […]

Muleshoe child dies in fire

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 4-year-old Muleshoe boy was killed Wednesday afternoon in a fire at his residence, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. Sixi Alfredo Barrera Ortega was trapped by an intense fire that erupted in a small building behind the family’s residence on Sixth Street, Frieda said. Ortega’s mother, Maria […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Letters to the Editor: Bible isn’t substitute for common sense

Regarding Scott Blazek’s opinion column — “Tattoos go against Bible’s teachings — in Sunday’s paper: First, I am in no way a Christian, a satanist or involved in any other form of religion. What I do consider myself to be is human. As a human, I am fully aware of what is right and what […]

Fireworks donation goal halfway met

CNJ staff Donations for the Smoke on the Water Fourth of July fireworks display at Greene Acres Park are more than halfway to the goal, according to the organizers. Nearly $17,000 has been raised toward the $30,000 goal, according to Tom and Gail Martin, Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon, the event’s organizers. The annual event […]

Ready or not, smoking ban in effect

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Ashtrays were no longer on tables at Webb’s Watering Hole Thursday in preparation for a law that goes into effect today. State legislators voted in February to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and workplaces. “We’ve put sand buckets outside, if people do want to smoke,” said Webb’s Watering […]

Letters to the Editor: Turning on 21st Street ongoing problem

This is concerning Keith Forbes’ letter published May 31. I agree with him and say “amen” to his opinion on the traffic problems on 21st and Ross streets. I’ve lived on Ross and 21st for several years and have seen the accidents and the problems created by drivers turning into Walgreen’s from the turning lane […]

Utility rates aren’t answer to poverty

The state Legislature is considering three Senate bills that allow or require a utility to provide lower gas and electric utility rates for certain classes of rate payers. Some state the Public Regulation Commission “shall establish a program of assistance by public utilities to low-income electric and gas customers. … Energy expenditures may be reduced […]

Letters to the Editor: Studies show smoke harmful to profits

The Feb. 21 front-page article, “Smoker’s fuming” was heavy on smoke-filled opinion and void of facts. Randi Kingston, a waitress at Webb’s Watering Hole, was quoted saying she was concerned it would greatly affect business. Sixteen states have now banned smoking in public places along with many cities including New York City. According to the […]

Smokers fuming over ban

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A cigarette sits in an ashtray next to silverware at Kelley’s Bar and Grill. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A smoker of more than 50 years, James Williams is angry about proposed legislation that would eliminate smoking in indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants throughout the state. He said […]

Firefighters dispense safety tips to seniors

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three young Clovis firefighters were on a mission Wednesday morning. Their goal was to visit homebound senior citizens and install new smoke detectors. According to Vee Lucas, director for the Older Adults Division of the city of Clovis, the Clovis Fire Department and OAD are collaborating in an effort […]

Employer encourages staff to quit smoking

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Rebecca Holt of Clovis, co-chairman of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, was challenged by Ronald Dickson, owner of R&D Truck Service Center, to quit smoking 17 years ago during the Great American Smokeout. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Ronald Dickson will issue checks today to his employees at […]

Local brief

By CNJ Staff Smoke causes school evacuation Odor and smoke from a fluorescent light fixture prompted the evacuation of Yucca Junior High School Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials. Firefighters responded to a call of smoke and odor in the office area of the school toward the end of the school day, according to Battalion […]

Letters to the editor 7/9

Celebration success to those who heard it The “Kept Cannon” celebration held July 1 was a complete success. Here are some brief comments: Clovis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos’ extensive decorating and preparations of the Civic Center was highly commendable. Mayor David Lansford’s leadership and persistence to build a Clovis Civic Center provided […]

Surgeon general’s report strengthens no smoking argument

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Howard Loflin of Clovis smokes a cigarette Monday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Loflin has smoked on and off for 25 years and enjoys smoking while eating out. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Carla Casaus dines out with her 5-month-old daughter, smokers — like the man who lit a cigarette […]

Fireworks fund $2,000 short of goal

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, the anxiety level over contributions for the annual Smoke On the Water fireworks display is also rapidly diminishing. On Wednesday event coordinators said they were within $2,000 of meeting their goal. According to Clovis businessman Tom Martin, the city’s businesses and organizations have […]

Fireworks show shy on funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Smoke on the Water fireworks show is $10,000 shy of the $25,000 needed to fund the event, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials. With less than a month before the show blasts off, officials are hoping to raise the money from donations made by businesses and […]

Where there’s smoke, there’s moisture?

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Retired Parmer County farmer Joseph Weldon Crim says he uses an Indian spring ritual to predict weather. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising […]

Fire destroys home

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A child’s bike is among the carnage of a house fire on Morse Street as a Clovis firefighter carefully picks his way through burned rubble looking for “hot-spots.” (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Jeff Christensen was letting his dog out Tuesday morning when he noticed flames shooting over the roof […]