Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

Robbers fracture man’s skull

CNJ staff story A 71-year-old Plainview, Texas, man is in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital after his skull was fractured during a robbery early Sunday morning in Clovis. Police were called to a residence in the 1000 block of Wallace Street just before 4 a.m., where the victim had been attacked while house-sitting for […]

Smokers steaming over tax hike

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Beattriz Garcia retrieves cigarettes for a customer at Lowe’s in Farwell on Tuesday. According to assistant manager Barbara Rennie, “There has been no drop-off in sales, but we’ve had a lot of complaints.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Steve Burns is one of many eastern New Mexico residents who drove […]

Giving up smoking ain’t easy

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lesson is: How to Stop Smoking and Go on Living. My wife, Marilyn, badgered me for years to stop smoking. She also said I should eat at least five vegetables before the sun sets each day. I wondered at the time why she was so eager to keep me […]

Teenager crusades to ban smoking

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If Tynasha Jones has her way, New Mexico will one day be a smoke-free state. Statistics about the ills of tobacco roll effortlessly from this Clovis High School senior’s tongue. “People who are exposed to smoke in their work environments inhale somewhere from 8-10 cigarettes a day. It would […]

3/17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police initiated a traffic stop Friday in the area of Rio and Jefferson streets. Upon approaching the car, the officer smelled marijuana. The subject stated that he had not been smoking, but another subject had been riding in his car earlier and […]

Area residents find ways around cigarette tax

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Eric Butler Teenagers were the target when New Mexico lawmakers decided to add a 70-cent-a-pack tax on cigarettes. The extra cost, they reasoned, would help prevent cash-poor kids from taking up the habit. When the tax went into effect on July 1, adult smokers in eastern New Mexico also felt the price pinch. But many […]