Police blotter — July 3

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around noon June 23 an officer took a report of theft at the police department in the 300 block of Connelly Street. A man said he left for work at 8 a.m. and when he returned around 10 a.m. he discovered someone […]

Muleshoe fire burns more than 3,000 acres

CNJ staff A grass fire that closed U.S. 84 between Sudan and Muleshoe Tuesday night took West Texas fire departments about three hours to extinguish. Muleshoe volunteer firefighter Wayne Wallace said the fire was out by around 11:30 p.m. (CST). Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison said the fire rekindled from earlier in the day, burning […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. June 18 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Ash Street for a report of a battery. When the officer arrived he noted a broken beer bottle in the driveway with blood all over the […]

We should take care before we pray for rain

We drove home from Colorado last Sunday. Colorado was cool and we enjoyed the wonderful sensation of rain. As we came back through New Mexico around Raton, and then Springer, we noticed the dry brown grass that was on usual years green for pasture. When we headed toward the Caprock, we could see the smoke […]

Dennis Chavez fish deaths being investigated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tevaughn Loudermill of Clovis Parks and Recreation Department places a basket of dead fish Thursday from Dennis Chavez Lake into the back of a cart to be taken to the city landfill. Sharna Johnson The city is testing to determine what is killing hundreds of fish at Dennis Chavez Lake. […]

Dairy fire caused minor damage

CNJ staff A fire started by a tractor at a dairy Wednesday morning southeast of Clovis caused minor damage, fire officials said. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the fire began around 8:30 a.m. at the Heritage Dairy on Curry Road F, south of U.S. 60/84 and quickly spread to hay and tire piles. Firefighters […]

Hotel Clovis: Saving a local landmark

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File photo Hotel Clovis was foreclosed on in 2004 and became city property. Sharna Johnson When Hotel Clovis fell into disrepair in the 1980s and its owners failed to address it, the city stepped in. Now, almost 11 years later, around $100,000 of local money has been invested — a figure that could grow to […]

In search of ponies: Joining the rat race

Sharna Johnson I had a rat roaming around in my house. Before you get alarmed or too disgusted, he wasn’t the kind found in New York subways or unsavory restaurants, not that that minor detail entirely mitigates the situation, but it helps a little. To the contrary, he was a nutritionally well-balanced, plump, not-so-little morsel […]

Child Sense: Plan your child’s summer around their sensibilities

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays are looming, and it’s hard to know what to do with our little ones. It’s a hard balance to get right. Enough time to rest, enough time to spend with family and enough activities to keep them busy and interested. By being aware of your child’s dominant sense you will […]

Ticket feature: Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo kicking off

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File photo The 2011 Resistol All-Around Ranch Rodeo Challenge begins today and runs through the weekend. It will include a Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Saturday. Freedom New Mexico The “biggest and richest ranch rodeo in the world” begins today at the Curry County Events Center. Starting with Joe’s Boot Shop double mugging at 1 p.m., the […]

McGee: Landlordin’ not for me

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist All this talk around here about affordable housing got me to thinking about landlordin’. I thought maybe I could pick up some real estate real cheap, slap on a coat of paint, then sit back and watch the big coin roll in every month. But, I don’t know if landlordin’ […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Courtesy photo Longtime Clovis resident and retiree Don Reid said he’s busier now than he ever was. Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going […]

Area residents cast lines at Oasis State Park

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kade Duarte of Clovis gets ready to cut his catch from the line at the fishing derby held Saturday at Oasis State Park. Duarte checked for a tag, then threw the rainbow trout back in the lake. Kevin Wilson The phrase got bandied around plenty at Oasis State Park, in […]

Earth Hour has minimal benefit for our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. Feb. 2 an officer responded to Plains Regional Medical Center for a report of a man with a gunshot wound. The man told the officer he was cleaning his .22 caliber handgun and the safety malfunctioned and the gun […]

Officials: Giraffe died after fall

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Hillcrest Zoo’s giraffe Jael eyes a heated barn in her enclosure Monday afternoon. Zoo keepers say giraffes Jael and Jay frequently went inside to escape the cold during cold weather last week. Jay was euthanized Saturday after he was injured in a fall. Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe […]

Police blotter — Feb. 6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 a.m. Jan. 27 an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of Main Street for a report of burglary. The owner told the officer he got a call a call from his alarm company notifying him the alarm […]

In search of ponies: Big freeze brings pet care lessons

Sharna Johnson Earlier this week, while heading out the door for work, I noticed a frenzy of bird activity on my back porch. The flock was centered around the dogs’ bowls of half-eaten food, abandoned when they gladly traded their 20-below breakfast time for the warmth of their kennels inside. I noticed one of the […]

Man injured after falling into service elevator shaft

CNJ staff A man was injured around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after falling in a service elevator shaft at 318 North Main St. Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Crouch said the man was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center and airlifted to a Lubbock Hospital. Crouch said he could not comment further on the incident. […]