Sept. 14, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 a.m. Sept. 5 an officer responded to a home in the 500 block of West Street for an extortion complaint. A woman said she allowed her estranged husband to spend the night because she was afraid and couldn’t get him […]

Beef market getting stung by corn hike

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CNJ file photo Gail Morris, general manager of Bovina Feeders, said the cost of feed has risen by $30 to $40 a ton, with corn nearly doubling. By CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson With the rising cost of corn and other grains, local cattle growers are struggling to stay afloat. U.S. beef producers now spend […]

Nov. 16, 1927

Denhof Jewelry Company, Fourth and Main, offered a selection of ladies watches ranging in price from $28.50 to $75. … Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. McClelland made plans to leave for Amarillo, where they planned to spend the winter. … A six-room home with a garage and a coal shed located at 208 Hinkle St., […]

Five-day work week not just for rest of us

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not that anyone missed me or even knew, but I have been out of New Mexico for the past few days. I left the office Thursday night and flew back to see my family in Montana, then flew back on Monday morning so I’d be ready for work on […]

Holiday haulin’: Truckers, others work for holiday

By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Not everyone has the luxury of having Thanksgiving off. Finishing a busy 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. waitress shift at Cook’s truck stop, Patsy Downing was sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal at the 24-hour restaurant on U.S. 60/84 that caters to truck drivers and locals. “Today was a nice […]

Fleeting life composed of defining moments

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Here it is, nearly the middle of October, and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. It seems that this year, as the saying goes, “has just flown by.” I think about what the Psalmist wrote when he was thinking about time and how his little short life […]

Tax system bears resemblance to slavery

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Let’s push back the frontiers of ignorance about the federal deficit. To simplify things, I’ll use round numbers that are fairly close to the actual numbers. The nation’s 2005 gross domestic product (GDP), what the American people produced, totaled $13 trillion. The federal government consumed $2.4 trillion, but it only […]

Taking time to look up reminds us that . . .

By Curtis K. Shelburne My youngest son, our fourth, was recently able (because of the blessing of a generous gift) to join two of his brothers in Uganda. He plans to stay for at least several months. Having helped get an AIDS orphan relief program there rolling, No. 1 son will be coming home soon […]

Money should support towns, schools

By Brian Moore: Guest Columnist We’re about to start a new legislative session this week, and it should be an interesting one. We’re starting a 30-day session, which is supposed to be only for the budget, plus a few items the governor thinks important enough to deal with in this short period of time. You’ve […]

Portales fire chief retiring after 20 years on force

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After more than 20 years of service for the Portales Fire Department, Jesse Mowrer is hanging up his fire hat and putting away his boots to spend more time with his family. Mowrer has worked for the fire department for almost 21 years in different capacities ranging from firefighter, emergency management […]

Hounds adjust to rain

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Eastern New Mexico University junior offensive linemen Marcus Smith sprints between cones during an agility drill Thursday inside Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with […]

Mating rituals same across species

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Grackles are everywhere around Clovis and the High Plains. They’ve been doing their “rites of spring” thing. No doubt you’ve seen these big black birds too. The males fluff themselves up, arch their wings and vibrate their feathers. I wonder what goes through the females’ minds while watching the males […]

Clovis student sees future in forensics

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It began as bonding time — a chance for a single mother to spend time with her teenage daughter. But now it has blossomed into a potential career. In July, Gattis Junior High School graduate Amanda Leslie will spend 10 days at Boston’s Bentley College, studying forensics, an interest […]

Managing budget major balancing act

By Brian Moore Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there … pretty soon you’re talking real money. Even though our budget […]

Families can spend New Year’s Eve together

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Freedom Newspapers photo: Patrick Wyrick of Garden Grove, Calif., has a collection of 300 to 400 games. Studies have shown games are growing more popular as a family activity. Though most people have far fewer games than Wyrick, they may be a way to By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ Staff Writer As many fight that end-of-the-year […]

Teachers purchase additional supplies

by Mike Linn Zia Elementary second-grade teacher Terri Damron has two budgets for school supplies — one from the school and one from her husband. When she runs out of budgeted money for her classroom, or when certain items can’t be bought with a purchase order, she reaches into her own pocket to buy arts, […]

Payday loan organizations prey on poor

by Ned Cantwell Before you know it, the New Mexico legislative season will be upon us. Our lawmakers, as usual, will spend 14 hours a day pondering weighty matters and making momentous decisions, like, should the Official State Pest be the wood-boring beetle or John Dendahl? That’s not fair. It’s not fair to John Dendahl, […]

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 […]

County: Blame jail for budget woes

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $20.5 million budget that will cut the county’s cash on hand from $10.1 million to $3.2 million by June 2005. County Manager Geneva Cooper said the fund drain has been caused mostly by increasing jail costs spread over a number of […]

CNJ readers snow how to handle the weather

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Josh Martinez of Clovis sails through the air toward a patch of snow Saturday, after being unexpectedly separated from his skateboard. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Project: Reader Reaction Project: Reader Reaction participants were recently asked for snow stories. Some responses: “I spent most of my elementary school years in North Dakota, so snow days […]