Violence vivid even after abuser gone

CNJ Readers I would like to commend Debbie Vinson for her bravery to publicly talk about her experiences as a victim of domestic violence. (“Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward,” Friday’s CNJ) Her statement about the pop and smell of fireworks reminding her of a specific incident paints a vivid picture of what […]

Things airline workers shouldn’t say

Bob Huber Hidden in the dark minds of commercial flight crews are wisecracks they’d like to shout over the planes’ speakers but don’t, because these heroes of the skies prefer to play the game of “Things I’d love to say, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life driving a Greyhound bus.” […]

The not-so-plane truth

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist Hidden in the dark minds of commercial flight crews are wisecracks they’d like to shout over the planes’ speakers but don’t, because these heroes of the skies prefer to play the game of “Things I’d love to say, but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life driving […]

Portales man saves wife from house fire

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales man saved his wife from a fire which destroyed the interior of their house in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Bill Machen, 62, and Faye Machen, 58, of Portales, escaped the fire which destroyed the interior of their house at 317 E. Kaywood. According to […]

Teenager crusades to ban smoking

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If Tynasha Jones has her way, New Mexico will one day be a smoke-free state. Statistics about the ills of tobacco roll effortlessly from this Clovis High School senior’s tongue. “People who are exposed to smoke in their work environments inhale somewhere from 8-10 cigarettes a day. It would […]

Report indicates mattress fire set intentionally

CNJ staff A Clovis Fire Department report indicates a mattress fire Friday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was set intentionally. Jail officials reported one inmate in the booking area cell at the time of the fire. The inmates in area were moved to another compartment of the building, said jail administrator Don Burdine. […]

Fire guts trailer; no one injured

CNJ staff A fire Thursday morning gutted the living room and kitchen of a single-wide trailer in the 500 block of South Sandoval Street, fire officials said. Most of the items in the house were either destroyed or damaged by smoke and heat, officials said. No one was home at the time of incident. Officials […]

Cancer survivor speaks to students about his experiences with tobacco

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Anti-tobacco speaker Gruen Von Behrens told his story on his use of tobacco and battle with oral cancer to students Monday at Marshall Junior High in Clovis and Texico schools. (CNJ staff photo: Leslie Radford) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer If it took scaring the pants off them, that was what Gruen Von Behrens […]

County makes jail smoke free once more

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Curry County Adult Dentition Center will once again be smoke free. The County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that will return the county jail to a non-smoking building within 90 days. The jail facility is the only county building that is not smoke free. Curry County officials cited […]

Smoking bans move into realm of annoyance

Freedom Newspapers Folks who make so-called slippery-slope arguments are often dismissed with a simple, “these are reasonable measures and what opponents worry about would never happen.” But history has a bothersome way of showing that slippery-slopers often are right, generally at the expense of some of our liberties. That seems to be the case with […]

Letters to the editor: Non-smokers have right not to smoke

I am responding to the letter from the Farwell lady. (Wednesday’s CNJ: Smoking ban about power, control) I would no more have the right to take that cigarette from her, than she has the right to take the clean air from me. If we could figure out a way to keep that non-filtered smoke out […]

Letters to the Editor: Smoking ban about power, control

Clovis’ mayor thinks he has found a way to distance himself from the wrath of the smoking public by pawning his dirty work off on state lawmakers. And jumping right on the bandwagon: those ever-nauseating, anti-smoking propagandists known as Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco. Have you ever wondered why those people just want to ban […]

Letters to the editor: Park should remain open to vehicles

The city of Clovis would be making a big mistake if it closed Ned Houk Park to all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles. As an ATV and motorcycle rider, there really is no other place around here to ride trails. Riders would have to travel out of the area, causing some discouragement among them because of […]

Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

New Year chance to try new activites

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist There’s a fellow here in town, a transplant from a large west-coast city, who admittedly doesn’t want to be here and spends lots of time finding fault with our area. One of his big impressions is that there’s no culture and never anything to do. Since he doesn’t read the […]

Readers debate smoking ban

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Lisa Morrow of Clovis smokes as she studies for her real estate exam Thursday night at Dave’s Coffee Shop. Morrow, who does not smoke in her house, was at Dave’s so she could study and smoke. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s […]

Smoking ban idea lighting fire in Clovis

Letters to the editor I read with disbelief and anger about Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s proposal to ban smoking in public buildings, including restaurants in Clovis. Shame on him! I then read the editorial in Thursday’s paper and say, “Bravo. Bravo News Journal!” It’s about time someone stood up and said enough is enough! If […]

Sometimes the river flows smoothly

Grant McGee: Local Columnist I make no apologies for feeling the need to get out of Clovis every now and then on a road trip. I wanted some mountains, I wanted a break from the heat. Flagstaff, Ariz., is known for being cool. It’s directly west of us once you get up on I-40. So […]

Smoke on the Water still in need of funding

STAFF REPORTS Less than three weeks from the annual Smoke on the Water fireworks show, coordinator Tom Martin said about 60 percent of the needed funds have been donated. Martin said about $12,000 in donations have come in for the show, which costs about $20,000. “Being at that $20,000 level … allows us to have […]

Clovis sunsets are smokin’

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A haze of smoke purportedly from a fire in the Capitan Mountains hovered over Clovis on Monday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer People looking to the southwest on Monday afternoon may have noticed a dark sky and smelled smoke. The smoke wasn’t coming from anywhere nearby, however […]