Fiction, nonfiction dangerous mix

By Helena Rodriguez Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other covers in […]

Goodwill ministry cited as public nuisance

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Henry Parmenter digs through boxes in his back yard on the 1300 block of Reid Street. He was cited in Municipal Court for leaving items he collects for the poor scattered in his front, back and adjacent yards. CNJ photo by Mike Linn. By Mike Linn, CNJ news editor A Clovis man who runs what […]

City gives $28,500 to special intrests

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent, Political Notebook Contributors in Clovis have given more than $28,000 to federal campaigns and special interest groups this year. According to opensercrets.org, a Web site that provides in-depth data on who gives money to candidates and groups, those living in the Clovis-area 88101 zip code — which accounts for a huge […]

Denim blues hit Clovis teachers

By Ryan Lengerich A Clovis High School teacher is unhappy about a new policy that prohibits her from wearing blue jeans to class. But Carol Singletary said the issue is not just a dress-code debate with school superintendent Neil Nuttall. “The issue isn’t about jeans, it is about morale and the chain of command being […]

Potential airport security systems intrusive, Orwellian

It should go without saying that in a free country, or even a relatively free one, government officials should not maintain huge databases of individuals for monitoring and security purposes. Yet the U.S. government, for the nominal purpose of improving airport security, is pushing a new big-brother-style system to monitor air travelers. Federal officials, having […]

City commissioners approve new codes

By Jack King Clovis city commissioners voted 6-2 Thursday to introduce an ordinance adopting the International family of building codes for all construction purposes, except for electrical work, where the National Electrical Code will be used. The ordinance will not receive final approval for another 30 days. The commission made the decision despite an appeal […]

Tax reform could stimulate economy

A new report on poor taxpayer service at the IRS sheds the same old light on the same old problem: The tax code is so complicated even the experts can’t seem to figure it out. Remember a few years ago when the heads of the tax collection bureaucracy tried to convince us of a new […]

City to study building code issue

By Jack King The city of Clovis moved closer Thursday to taking a position on a statewide debate over building codes with the City Commission appointing an International Building Codes Task Force to study the implementing one of two rival sets of codes. The commission approved the move 7-0. Mayor David Lansford and Commissioner Kevin […]

New building codes considered

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By Jack King The city of Clovis has been asked to take a position in a statewide debate over building codes. The issue will also require an important decision by the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson by year’s end. Randy Crowder, past president of the Building Contractors Association of Curry County, on Thursday urged Clovis’ […]

Family follows the cowboy code

By Dave Gragg Family members say Clarence Fought was a cowboy at heart. And he took the cowboy code to heart. Out of respect for that code, his family decided they would pay him one final tribute. “He was an old cowboy, and old cowboys buried each other,” said Clarence’s son, Dale Fought of Buckeye, […]