Exotic animal ordinance pastured

By Jack King City Planning and Zoning Commissioners indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance governing the keeping of exotic animals Wednesday after hearing from several Clovis residents who opposed the ordinance. However, they said the ordinance is not dead and can be resurrected later. The commissioners said they will recommend camels and llamas be added to […]

City targets camel lot

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Sam Snell’s camel Clyde relaxes in the yard Tuesday on Remuda Street in Clovis. Snell would like to see camels removed from the list of animals the city commission will not allow people to own. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King For much of the time he has owned him, Sam Snell has […]

Lions and tigers and bears … in Clovis?

By Jack King The city of Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed ordinance that would regulate the keeping of exotic animals in Clovis’ city limits. Commission members tabled consideration of the ordinance Wednesday, saying they need more input from the public on the proposal. Under the ordinance, “wild or […]

Legacy of girl scout icon should endure

Letters to the editor/Thank you letters In 1947, I came to Clovis as the first executive secretary of a new area in Girl Scouting. It consisted of Clovis, Fort Sumner, Tucumcari and Muleshoe. My office was in the Girl Scouts Little House and I have many pleasant memories of activities there — Girl Scout meetings, […]

Civic center money should go for city pay raises

Letters to the editor The answer to giving our city employees raises and bringing them up with other communities on a better pay scale is simple. It’s right before our eyes, only the city commission does not want the citizens to see it or talk about it. Take the $1.2 million designated for a civic […]

Interest in fair sparked by many things

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants what they liked about the fair. Some responses: “My favorite part of the fair is checking […]

Friends say volunteer leaves a legacy of service

By Gary Mitchell Karen Shayotovich left a lasting impression on everyone she met, according to family and friends. Karen Sue Shayotovich, 59, died June 21 at her home in Clovis after a valiant struggle against cancer. A two-time cancer survivor, the last battle took its toll. “She had a long, hard fight, but none of […]

Pet safety urged this holiday season

Fireworks help families celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, but those same fireworks can create problems for family pets, a local animal lover says. Bonnie Cook, in a note to the Clovis News Journal, suggested families may want to take extra precautions about their pets when the booms and the flashes start up. […]

Day trips — White Sands

By Angela Peacock One of the world’s greatest natural wonders can be found in New Mexico at White Sands National Monument. “White Sands is so unique because there is no other place like it on the planet and it is home to some of the most outstanding scenery you’ll ever see,” said John Mangimeli, chief […]

Cattle disease detected

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to […]