Search engines: The race for the big money

Tom DiFrancesca Lots of breaking news concerning search engines this past week. Although Google.com has remained one of the more popular and profitable (through advertising sales) search engine services on the Web — for some time now, that may all be changing soon. For a while there, I watched as some of the major Internet […]

Finding friends or pictures of celebrities

By Tom DiFrancesca Any autograph collectors out there? I recently stumbled across a Web site that offers autographed pictures of celebrities. The prices range from $25 to $100; and there seems to be a pretty good selection of famous folks to pick from. Just jump over to www.autographedtoyou.com and check it out. You can, in […]

Business looking up for farmer who sells parachutes

By Gary Mitchell Clovis farmer Scott Pipkin checks the air sock just outside his house to make sure the wind isn’t too strong for takeoff. He enlists his brothers, Stan and Spencer, to help him spread out the parachute. Then he climbs into what looks like a sophisticated go-cart contraption, fires up the two-stroke, 65-horsepower […]

Police blotter 6/29

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police took a 44-year-old Clovis man into protective custody Wednesday morning after they found him attempting to damage property at the 1000 block of Reid. The man’s sister reported he has a history of mental problems but has not been taking […]

Sundance Ranch dedicated to caring for unwanted, neglected pets

Jack King When Sundance, the favorite cat of Clovis residents Doug and Lorraine Johnson, was killed by a hit-and-run driver, the two decided they’d seen enough cats abused, abandoned and injured with no one to care for them, Doug said. In 2002, they formed the Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary, a private non-profit corporation dedicated to […]