Trees that keep giving

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By Eric Butler Some Clovis residents don’t just buy their Christmas trees for the holiday season. Their purchase is for the duration. A tree farm outside the city, operated by Joe and Jill Whitehead, supplied about 70 Clovis families their Christmas trees this year. When the festivities are done and the lights come down, these […]

Underacheiver tree saved by wife’s a-peel

Bob Huber On the north side of our house, a scant five feet from our living room, stands a scraggly apple tree planted about the same time as the battle at Appomattox by a fun-loving previous owner. Each spring I prune it, because it likes to creep under the roof and change TV channels, and […]

Christmas overcomes Scroogey feelings

Helena Rodriguez I was feeling a little Scroogey just before Thanksgiving and had an if-I-can-only-get-through-the-holidays attitude. But the day after Thanksgiving, I got a burst of energy and decided to put up the Christmas tree. Once we started, my dad, who was also determined to be a Scrooge, was inspired, too. He took to the […]

Most readers prefer real fir on Christmas

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants if they prefer real or artificial Christmas trees. Some responses: “I love the smell of a real tree, but I would rather have an artificial tree because it is easier to decorate and there is no mess of pine needles all over the carpet. […]

Police Blotter 11/26

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police received a 911 call from the 1100 block of Maple shortly before midnight Friday, but the caller was so intoxicated that he could not or would not explain to police why he had called. A routine check showed an outstanding contempt […]

College removing problematic mulberry

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University officials are fed up with the light red, dime-sized berries that fall every summer from a mulberry tree near the Golden Library. University officials said students using a nearby sidewalk track the fruit’s pinkish juices onto carpets in the library, causing irremovable stains. Each August, the […]

Dollar Tree store headed to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell The nation’s largest $1 discount variety store chain will make its debut in the Clovis area by the end of the summer, local officials say. Dollar Tree Stores Inc. is renovating the former Heilig-Meyers building on North Prince Street, said Clovis developer Bill Giese. “They’re remodeling that building right now,” he said. […]

Old CHS tradition wouldn’t fly today

By Don McAlavy An event popular in the late 1930s through the mid-’40s would never have happened in more recent times. Once a year, in the late spring, Clovis High School Principal R. E. Marshall would let school out for tree fights in front of the high school building at Seventh and Main. It was […]

Cannon celebrates Earth Day

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Cannon officials plant a tree in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day Monday at the intersection of DL Ingram and Casablanca streets with the help from children with the Cannon Child Development Center in honor of Cannon being a Tree City USA. By Gary Mitchell With the wind chill factor in the upper 30s, […]

Warning: Cactus sap can be hazardous

Tibor Machan Back in the early 1970s a friend of mine in the Louisiana state house told me a lesson he learned. Trying to indicate to his colleagues the absurdity of government micromanagement of the state’s economy. He introduced a bill that would have government regulate water diviners. By his lights, these folks were not […]