Fire restrictions lifted

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico State Forestry Division has lifted bans on smoking, fireworks, campfires and open fires for all counties, according to a press release distributed by the agency Friday. The statewide bans were imposed in April and June. “Now that rainfall has returned and the fire danger has diminished, we feel the […]

Herding Squirrels: Pretty table? Yes I can

Traci Arbios When it comes to hosting a family event in my world, let it be known: the bar has been set. I believe it all began 60 years ago, when my incredibly charming grandmother, Mimi, would have our extended family over for any type of get together. Imagine: children crawling on the carpet and […]

Counties placed on fire restriction

Freedom New Mexico Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties are among 29 in New Mexico placed on restriction Friday limiting fireworks, smoking, campfire and open fires due to dangerous fire conditions. The restrictions will go into effect 8 a.m. today and remain in effect until further notice. Smoking is only allowed only in enclosed buildings, developed […]

Editorial: Keep lookout for more ‘sin’ tax on smoking

There’s enough medical evidence about the harmful effects of smoking to give anyone pause before lighting up, but deciding what’s good for you and what’s bad for you is your job, not that of the government. A group of North Carolina Democrats introduced last week a bill that would increase the state’s tax on a […]

Lap quilts, salmon featured on show

Information on using a Design-a-Doll kit, making lap quilts and smoking salmon will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Mary Mertens is with Ticche & Bea in Chicago, Ill., and she will show how to learn to sew with the Design-a-Doll kit. It provides a quick project […]

Texico graduate takes stand against smoking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico graduate Jennifer Campos worked in tobacco prevention during the last three years by giving bilingual presentations about the harms of smoking cigarettes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Texico 2010 graduate Jennifer Campos looks back on her freshman year of high school and feels regret. “I’ve always like the […]

Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, […]

Letters to the Editor: Pollution worse than cigarette smoke

The “legislative bull” Curry County Commissioner Albin Smith referenced regarding smoking at the fair was right on target. (“Commission considers smoking code,” Sept. 6 CNJ) Commissioners propose to ban smoking within 25 feet of the gate. Why? To protect people from secondhand smoke. If every man, woman and animal at the fair lit a cigarette […]

Letters to the Editor: Local funds could be better spent

Congratulations Clovis on the new “mobile command center” (“Vehicle gives CPD on-scene capabilities,” Wednesday’s CNJ). We should park it alongside the new snorkel truck for the fire department at the Civic Center and soon at that other white elephant — the “Special Events Center” at the fairgrounds — and we can have our own “Cadillac […]

Commission considers smoking code

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is considering limiting outdoor smoking at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The proposal would limit outdoor smoking to 25 feet or more outside the fairgrounds gates. The ordinance will also designate a distance of 25 feet for smoking areas at all county building entrances and ban […]

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 […]

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 […]

Movie ratings get creative revamping

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes […]

Smoking ban poses patron problems

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A statewide smoking ban, which will take effect June 15, will be enforced by local fire, police and sheriff’s departments. Fines for violating the ban will range from $100 to $500. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state-mandated smoking ban looming around the corner has some Clovis businesses looking […]

Letters to the Editor: Smokers can find or create private clubs

Regarding the statewide smoking ban in New Mexico: So much to say, so little space. The liberal nanny-staters who support smoking bans, or any other bans, look like blithering idiots — incapable of making a decision as simple as choosing not to go to a restaurant or bar that allows smoking. Duh. The biggest amazement, […]

Governor snuffs smoking

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Smoking will be banned across New Mexico in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Danny Tipton, manager at Kripple Creek Restaurant in Clovis, said the customer and staff reaction has been negative so far. “We really don’t like it,” Tipton […]

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 […]

Adult smokers should be held accountable

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco giant Philip Morris to the widow of a longtime smoker. Mayola Williams, whose husband died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, still will receive $821,000 in compensatory damages, but […]

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 […]