Students learn about dangers of tobacco

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Linda Teakell, coordinator for Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco, briefed sixth-grade classes Tuesday at Zia Elementary about the dangers of smoking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A group of Zia sixth-graders learned words such toluene, butane, acetone and arsenic, all of which are contained in tobacco products, during a [...]

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 [...]

Surgeon general’s report strengthens no smoking argument

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Howard Loflin of Clovis smokes a cigarette Monday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Loflin has smoked on and off for 25 years and enjoys smoking while eating out. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Carla Casaus dines out with her 5-month-old daughter, smokers — like the man who lit a cigarette [...]

Man scarred by smokeless tobacco to speak in area

By William P. Thompson Area students will think twice about using smokeless tobacco after listening to Gruen Von Behrens talk about his battle with cancer, according to anti-tobacco advocates. Von Behrens, who has undergone more than 35 surgeries on his face since being diagnosed with oral cancer at 17, will speak about his experiences next [...]

Triple digit temperatures call for extra precautions

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Dusty Lovorn, of Clovis, finds shade under a flat bed truck while drilling a water well for a dairy farm Thursday north of Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Mark Friesen has maintained residential lawns in the area for eight years and is thankful this summer has been more forgiving [...]

Domestic Violence Coalition re-established, reorganizing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer The recently re-established Domestic Violence Coalition is hopeful they can correct past problems through a series of workshops designed to facilitate the sharing of information and public education about what to do if they are a victim of abuse. “(The Coalition) was being pulled in so many directions as [...]

Proud to be remembered: Veterans appreciate day of honor

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Evelyn Glasscock, right, tells veteran Dennis Dayhoff thank you for his service in the United States Armed Forces during a appreciation ceremony for veterans Wednesday at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Mike Linn: CNJ news editor For about five minutes, all eyes were on Lester Teakell, an energetic and humorous [...]

Wall Street wisdom meets Christianity in play

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Dalton Bequette, 12, playing a Christian rock star, left, reacts as he notices Michael Proctor, 10, playing a businessman, laying on the ground after being beaten up by a gang in the play “The Secret of my Success, Building on the Rock” on Tuesday. By Darrell Todd Maurina As a well-dressed young woman walked on [...]

Mentoring a child brings reward to all

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through this week. Phil Teakell of Clovis believes mentoring a child is something every adult should try at least once. As a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Teakell is starting [...]