Cannon funding bill passes Senate

Cannon Connections staff A spending bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday contains millions in funding for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force base and other installations around New Mexico, according to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. The bill invests $215 million in construction at bases around the state, each project being […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: My kids don’t know how fierce I am

Marla Jo Fisher There seems to be some sort of fundamental misunderstanding around my house, in which my children perceive me as being hideously old-fashioned and, in fact, just plain old. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very groovy, hip and with-it chick. I love to sit around and have a […]

Woman jailed on charges of evading officers

CNJ staff A female is in the Parmer County jail on charges of evading officers in her vehicle Tuesday after she led Bovina police on a pursuit into Curry County. Around 2 p.m. CDT, Curry County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of State Road 523 and 108 on the east side of Curry […]

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 […]

Military mama: Still time to figure out ‘what I want to be’

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Every once in a while I look around my house and just wonder how in the world I got here. How these three angelic little devils came into my life and how I’ve been married for almost seven years. I swear it’s impossible since I’m only 21, in my mind. I often feel like I’m […]

Military mama: Counting my blessings

Again, my column will center around gratitude. I am so thankful for the friends and family that I have been blessed with. I am grateful to have a roof overhead and shoes on my feet. Within my extended social circle I have come across a great many families experiencing tremendous difficulties lately, each time I […]

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 […]