Shelter-rescued dog earns recognition for heroism

By Jack King, CNJ STAFF WRITER Jenny darted between owner and a rattlesnake. Jenny, a mixed-breed dog who died after shielding a Clovis second-grader from a rattlesnake, has received an international animal heroism award. The Elisabeth Lewyt Award for Heroic and Compassionate Animals, presented to 50 dogs and cats since 1999, is a collaboration of […]

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 […]

Animal rights protesters object to circus

(Left to right) Shyane Maestra, Shelly Weir and Christina Dryden protest what they say is animal cruelty going on at the Carson & Barnes 5-Ring Circus on Monday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Visitors to the Carson & Barnes 5-Ring Circus got an […]

Junior livestock shows herd toward area

By Michelle Seeber This week will start a string of junior livestock shows, beginning with Bailey County on Thursday and concluding with Curry and Quay counties in August, county extension agents recently said. In between will be shows for Parmer and Roosevelt counties. The Bailey County Junior Livestock Show will start at 10 a.m. Thursday […]

Pit bull’s last meal today

By Darrell Todd Maurina “Buddy’s” last meal will be today, though Dr. Glen Keim of Curry County Animal Hospital said he doesn’t know precisely what time he will serve the last meal to the pit bull dog accused of aggressive behavior toward people in law enforcement uniforms. “It’s going to be the same thing it […]

Readers: Camel is not city’s real hump

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should address issues related to exotic animals in the city. Some responses: “Only if they are going to roam free and eat my flowers. Why not address real problems like why don’t we have enough police officers. Let’s worry about real problems and not make them […]

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 […]

Texico cracks down on cat house

By Darrell Todd Maurina TEXICO — Texico police spent Monday afternoon working with Clovis animal control officers rounding up dozens of cats at an undisclosed address. “It was deplorable in there,” said Texico Police Chief John Mares. “The smell was unbearable, and they had a family of three living there.” Mares declined to release the […]