Christian group’s parade float irks Clovis resident

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Veterans Day parade is traditionally open to any groups wanting to participate, and the message they convey is up to them. But a float appearing in this year’s parade left one Clovis man with a bad taste in his mouth. Joe Christopherson, the service supervisor of a local […]

Fireworks vendors report an explosive sales period

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks vendors began packing up and closing shop on Monday, many declaring the season a financial success. “We just got it this year, so this was our first time,” said Maria Hernandez, who operated a stand between Clovis and Texico over the past few weeks, “but business was pretty good.” […]

Fireworks fun, but menace to police

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The Jackpot can reach upwards of 40 feet in the air. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the world of fireworks, the Jackpot is just that for both pyrotechnic aficionados and sellers of the products this year. Priced around $35, the multiple-shot rocket has a cannon-sized body and is what […]

Huber tackles tough marriage issues

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s discussion deals with the thorny problem of certain couples fighting to get married, while others are wanting to remain single but together. Is that clear? Well, leave it to the Irish to sum up the situation when they said, “Oh what knotty times are these — all civilized people […]

Teaching kids good vs. evil wherever I can

Editor’s note: Victor Leal, 41, is mayor of Muleshoe and owner/operator of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant. His diary began Monday and will be published through Friday. What glorious weather we had to celebrate a day of rest. Thoughts of leisure swirled through my mind as I finished my first cup of coffee in the coolness of […]

Couple picks interesting wedding

CNJ Staff Daniel Hackett and Jill Chandler of Portales will make themselves part of Clovis’ Pioneer Days in a special way Sunday — they plan to get married during one of the balloon launches scheduled for the celebration. Hackett, a graphic designer at the Portales News-Tribune, said he and his fiancee will exchange vows at […]

Animal rights activists do draw the line

Tibor Machan Two years ago, a shark bit off the arm of a boy in Florida and was shot by a ranger in an effort to recover the boy’s arm. I wrote about how revealing it is that animal rights/liberation folks — those who claim there’s no basic difference between people and other species — […]