Clovis residents pushing tax envelope

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Steven Hall files his tax returns late Thursday night at the Clovis downtown Post Office. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer It was nearly 10 p.m. on April 15 — tax day — when Howard Loflin walked into the downtown post office in Clovis to mail his tax [...]

Academy’s artistic teaching recognized

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Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy second graders practice their 1551 medieval dance Wednesday on the playground at the school. The second graders, who will perform the dance Friday morning, are studying Shakespeare. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The school walls are busier than those of a college dorm room. Glitter, [...]

CIA cancels lectures on terror

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Three lectures by a Central Intelligence Agency officer were canceled on Wednesday after a local newspaper editor refused to withhold the agent’s name in a planned story. A CIA public affairs officer said printing the CIA officer’s name in the newspaper could put his life in danger. Freedom Newspapers [...]

Board’s spending capacity studied

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to let the Albuquerque securities firm Dain Rauscher do a study of the authority members’ financing capacity, while awaiting the completion of a second, related, study. Kevin Powers, a vice president of Dain Rauscher’s municipal fixed income division, said [...]

Chairman and president of American Heritage Bank resigns

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Joel Burdell has resigned as both chairman and president of American Heritage Bank, the bank’s board of directors said Wednesday. Gordon Morris, interim president and acting chairman of the bank, said Burdell and the board came to a mutual agreement about his resignation April 8. “For months, they’ve been [...]

Hero dog nominated for award

Reporter’s Notebook Jenny, a mixed-breed dog adopted from the Clovis Animal Shelter who died saving her master from a rattlesnake, has been nominated for the Elizabeth Lewyt Award for Heroic and Compassionate Animals, said Merrit Clifton, editor of Animal People, a Clinton, Wash.-based animal newspaper. The purpose of the award, presented to 50 animals since [...]

Education Briefs 4/15

CCC holding Cinco de Mayo party Clovis Community College is holding its second annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at 6 p.m. on April 24. The event will be held at American Legion Post 25 at 2400 W. Seventh. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, and are on sale at [...]

Sellers: Ephedra ban won’t hurt business

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Many supplements, like Thermal Cut, had ephedra in them but are now back on the shelves in ephedra-free form. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mike Dlouhy said he stands behind every product he sells. Until Monday that meant ephedra-based products. The owner of Nutri-mart Health Foods on Prince Street [...]

Lodger’s tax used to promote tourism

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Lodger’s Tax is an income source that, in effect, hopes to pull itself up by its bootstraps. Lodgers are taxed when they stay at the local hotels and motels. The money is then used to promote Clovis as a place to visit, which presumably helps increase the number [...]

Park to be beautified for Melrose centennial

By Michelle Seeber: Freedom newspapers Melrose will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, and to prepare for that, the Melrose Park Committee is conducting a work day, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, for the city’s Baxter Memorial Park. Members of the committee have been working since last June to beautify the park, and have planned [...]