Tragedy prompts prayers

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Criminal control, not gun control, will ease violence

Few details were known about Monday’s senseless killings on the Virginia Tech campus before many analysts jumped to the same conclusion they always reach: The way to stop gun violence is to impose further controls on the legal ownership of guns. In an editorial Tuesday, for instance, The New York Times opined: “What is needed, […]

April 3, 1948

Dr. Gil Knutson and Gorilla Poggi were preparing to square off against Ace Freeman and Olan Boynton in an Australian tag-team wrestling match at the Clovis Armory. Ringside seats were $1.75, and available at Duckworth Drug and Busy Bee Café. … Wanda Wilson was student of the week at Clovis High School. … The “Legal […]

Limiting student press bad precedent

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Quick. How free is the American press? With our First Amendment protections, we should be setting the standard for freedom in the press, right? Wrong. The Reporters Without Borders fifth annual World Press Freedom Index places the United States 53rd out of 168 countries (we tied with Botswana, Croatia and […]

Jail employees need supervisors’ support

Letters to the Editor Regarding the Feb. 20 CNJ article headlined “Jail guards arrested in assault:” How is it that a jail inmate can complain he was not handled more delicately by Curry County Adult Detention Center officers and disrupt so many lives? And when these allegations were made by inmate Walter Dixon on Feb. […]

County man killed in vehicle rollover

CNJ staff A 31-year-old Curry County man died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle rollover near Texico, according to state officials. Raul Trevino was driving east on Curry Road 10 about 7:30 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to New Mexico State Police officer Kenneth Olson. The vehicle flipped several times and Trevino […]

Dogs attack elderly Clovis woman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Grace Gault, 78, has walked the same route almost daily since her doctor advised her three years ago walking would aid in her recovery from cancer, she said. Monday, she had gone to the grocery store to get syrup to make peanut brittle for Christmas. She had just walked […]

Domestic Violence must be stopped

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist October is a month devoted to the playful celebration of horror. Witches and goblins, ghosts and vampires populate our imaginations. Travel Channel takes us to the most haunted sites via video. Refreshments for parties are given joyfully gory titles. AMC shows its favorite horror flicks, and the children put time […]

Bees make havoc for businesses

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known […]

Controlling supply a business key

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: CNJ Columnist Have you heard the story about the young man who walked into the grocery store and was astonished to see pile after pile of salt bags? The young man exclaimed to the owner, “Boy! You must sell a lot of salt.” “No, I hardly ever sell any salt,” the store […]

Wet weather means mosquitoes abound

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Francis Warner, a Vector Control Officer for the City of Clovis, looks at a test tube filled with creek water. Warner takes samples of water with mosquito larvae to test for West Nile virus. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the pre-dawn hours, while most residents are sleeping, Francis […]

Officials say dogs, schools bad mixture

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Concerns that a child could be bitten, injured or exposed is the reason behind a zero tolerance policy for wandering dogs at bus stops and school grounds, according to city officials. With the onset of the school year, animal control officers plan to routinely patrol school grounds for loose […]

Relaxation cannot and should not be controlled

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist We’re such control freaks these days. We like to control our time. Control our space. Control how long our meetings last. Control agendas. Control how much input and output we will take from others and so on. I’m an admitted control freak. I control the air conditioner in my car. I […]

Public fright powerful tool of control

Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist John Stossel, ABC’s “20/20” anchorman, has a recently released book about the various untruths we accept, many from the media and academic elite. The book is appropriately titled “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.” Being a longtime media insider, Stossel is well positioned to talk about the media’s gross lack of understanding […]

Peacock population under control

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Peacocks roam free Friday outside the giraffe cage at the Hillcrest Zoo. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo has dwindled to 40 following a successful sale that drew interest across the state. Zoo Director Herschel Arnold reported in February that the large, colorful fowls’ numbers […]

Ag Sense: Spider mites threat to more than corn

By Mark Marsalis If the dry fall and winter are any indication of what to expect this summer, corn producers should be aware of the potential for damage from spider mite infestations. Mite outbreaks are most common in hot, dry, windy years and in drought-stressed corn, even in irrigated fields. In areas where spider mites […]

4/19 Local roundup

Division asks other groups be contacted The Clovis Vector Control Division does not normally respond to bee complaints, and recommends residents contact private pest-control companies, according to a press release from the division. Only in an emergency should the Vector Control Division be contacted regarding bees, the release said. The division specializes in vectors, or […]

Landfill trash lands in nearby back yards

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Brent Myers of Clovis unloads trash from his truck Friday at the Clovis Landfill. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An odd assortment of items ended up on the lawn of Clovis resident Tana Williams: A list of airmen from Cannon Air Force Base and their assignments, graded school papers, an […]

Birds dropping like … birds

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A dead grackle lies on Pile Street as traffic rolls by Wednesday afternoon near the corner of 10th Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A significant number of birds in Clovis have been reported dead, according to Clovis animal control officers. However, officials said the sudden reports of dead grackles, […]

Roe vs. Wade invited male response

by Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist This is one of those moments when you want to grab liberals by the lapels and demand, “Well, what did you expect?” A group called the National Center for Men has filed a lawsuit they are calling “Roe v. Wade for Men.” Here are the facts: A 25-year-old computer programmer […]