Official: Needle exchange program working

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The health department dispenses syringes, cotton filters, one-hit kits, sharps containers, alcohol pads and sterile water as part of its Harm Reduction program. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sandra Fentell hands out about 1,000 syringes to Clovis drug users each Thursday. A disease prevention specialist with the health department, […]

Great Lakes granted subsidy

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday its selection of Great Lakes Aviation to continue providing essential air service at Clovis with the expectation of increasing passenger volume, according to documents. Great Lakes will receive a federal subsidy of $2.36 million annually for air service at Clovis and Silver […]

Defense paints Bedford as victim

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell addresses jurors during opening arguments Thursday in Albuquerque. Mitchell’s client, Stanley Bedford, is accused of killing a Portales couple. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — The state called Stanley Bedford a plotting killer who even scares people who know him. His defense attorney calls […]

Fuller testifies against Bedford

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller said he felt remorse seconds after setting a car on fire with his aunt and uncle locked inside, and characterized an accused accomplice as a drug pusher who’d “try to cheat you constantly.” Fuller, serving a 127-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to murder in […]

KENW’s auction begins Saturday

CNJ staff KENW-TV’s 31st annual auction begins Saturday and runs through June 16. This year’s auction will be conducted online at auction.kenw.org, according to a press release from KENW-TV. The auction features more than 2,000 items, from family vacations to restaurant certificates, donated by businesses in support of public television. Supporters can register to bid […]

Portales man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police located […]

Flannel boards taught many lessons

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Learning Bible stories with flannel boards was a significant aspect of my childhood spiritual heritage. Flannel boards went right along with Bible school, Sunday school and Mrs. Kitten Skarda, who taught children using flannel boards. Flannel board teaching was simple. It was a cardboard covered with flannel material. The characters […]

Church has big history

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Pastor Bill Banks, left, stands with long-time Central Christian Church members, from left, Jack Pierce, Janet Pierce, Gene Brian, Beth Brian and Wanda Horton in the church’s sanctuary. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Central Christian Church was once the largest Christian church in New Mexico, according to church records. […]

Size doesn’t solve society’s issues

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so […]

Tattoos’ meanings not always obvious

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was surreal, but in a good way — and kind of spooky. It came as an attachment to an e-mail the other day — my mother’s face, a portrait of her as a young woman. Thing is, it was a tattoo, a very good one, on the arm of […]

Iraqi reports overshadowed

By Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the […]

On workaholism and workaholics

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  The number of “workaholics” in the USA is on the rise, according to a USA Today article that provides most of the info for this column.   “New technology, globalization, and today’s intensified business pressures” all exacerbate the problem, as does the fact that workaholics tend to be praised […]

June 6, 1934

Frederick Pratt, for more than two years rector of the Clovis Episcopal Church, was the new grand chaplain of the New Mexico Masonic order. … Area farmers reported hail stones larger than hen eggs beat holes in roofs and brought blood to the backs of animals. … Camel cigarette makers reported “science” had discovered smoking […]

June 5, 1957

The Clovis News-Journal published a special edition in celebration of Clovis’ 50th anniversary. Santa Fe Railway was among local businesses saluting the city. … “I’ve Got a Secret,” was among the day’s most popular television shows. … Four Clovis Redlegs baseball players were injured when the car in which they were traveling overturned near Midland, […]

June 4, 1940

Clovis opened a four-day “celebration” with a circus and Pioneer Days Rodeo the center of attention. Temperatures were near 100 degrees for the second day in a row. … The Clovis Pioneers, 19-24, were in fifth place in the Texas-New Mexico League standings, nine games back of league-leading Amarillo. … Pepsi-Cola promoters said the soft […]

June 3, 1975

City officials hung a banner across Main Street welcoming visitors to the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, which kicked off later in the week. … Local merchants asked residents to shop Clovis “for great values.” … Bob’s Mr. Shop at 502 Main was suggesting the “Zipper-Tie” as a Father’s Day gift. The neckties cost $5.50 each.

June 2, 1919

Clovis City Council approved a contract for paving 10 city blocks, including four blocks of Main Street. … Curry County officials were trying to organize a county fair for the fall. … W.H. Duckworth of Clovis was appointed by Gov. Octaviano Larrazolo to a second term on the state’s board of pharmacy examiners. … R.E. […]

June 1, 1965

Lawrence Rhodes was Clovis’ police chief. He was warning motorists to take extra precaution now that children were out of school for the summer. … Police reported that burglars had made off with change from a juke box and soft-drink machine in a building at 100 Merriwether. Also, a Clovis man reported 200 pounds of […]

Speller looks to next year

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Courtesy photo Christina Benitscheck made it through the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee but was eliminated from the third round of competition. The finals air on ABC-TV tonight from 6-8 p.m. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling […]

Case against officer dropped

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A misdemeanor embezzlement case against a former Clovis police detective was dismissed Tuesday on grounds it lacked prosecutorial merit, according to records filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. Keith Farkas, a 17-year Clovis Police Department veteran, said he is relieved. “It took 363 days to finally get the right […]