Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

War on rodent not without carnage

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist They mostly came out at night. I think it was usually recreational but it might have had something to do with food. The first time I noticed them was a short time after the plumbers had initially turned the drywall in our home into Swiss cheese in order to temporarily […]

June 26, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon June 19 officers responded to a domestic dispute at an undisclosed address. A woman said her former girlfriend came to her home because she wanted to get back together and they began arguing. She said when the woman refused to […]

Guy Leeder Softball Complex vandalized

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Graffiti was painted at Guy Leeder Softball Complex over the past weekend. CNJ staff Clovis Softball Association board member Roger Jackson is hoping that with the help of the more than 1,300 league players, that the persons responsible for a graffiti spree at Guy Leeder Softball Complex will be caught. […]

April 8, 2008 It’s Their Business

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Name: Totally Tan Location: 220 Commerce Way What they do: They provide tanning bed and spray tan services. They also carry tanning and body lotions. Who’s in charge: Ruby Hester Employees: 10 How long in business: 10 years Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 […]

Wet spring creates bug concerns

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers An unusually wet spring has caused an early arrival of summer pests in the Clovis area. Local pest experts said they’ve seen an increased insect activity for this time of year. “We have found larvas of mosquitoes and disposed of them already in Clovis,” said Marcus Brice, chief code compliance […]

Wet weather means mosquitoes abound

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Francis Warner, a Vector Control Officer for the City of Clovis, looks at a test tube filled with creek water. Warner takes samples of water with mosquito larvae to test for West Nile virus. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the pre-dawn hours, while most residents are sleeping, Francis […]

Graffiti artists should find their own canvases

Grant McGee Local Columnist There’s a water tank on the outskirts of Clovis with a name spray painted in black across it. I always wondered whose name that was. Just the other day someone mentioned him in passing. Now I know he’s a Latin rap star from Houston. I guess one of his fans, in […]

Day trips: Cadillac Ranch West Texas landmark

Compiled by Kevin Wilson It’s been an unmistakeable feature of West Texas, and Cadillacs, for more than three decades. It’s been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper stories, documentaries and even a theatrical film. It can be a day of fun for a family with a few cans of spray paint. The Cadillac ranch, […]

Pastor: Love best response to destruction

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The Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church on Fourth Street has been vandalized twice in the last two weeks, according to church officials and police. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Boarded up windows and remnants of spray paint mar the facade of the Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church. Located on Fourth […]

Beetles taking over West Texas

By Eric Butler The small black beetles showing up in homes and businesses in West Texas adhere to the classic definition of pests. The beetles, approximately one-quarter of an inch in size, haven’t caused any major damage but certainly are annoying, officials say. “They’re a nuisance pest is what they are,” said Monti Vandiver, an […]