In search of ponies: Picking up after hen egg-sasperating

Sharna Johnson Oh yeah, I’m sure the neighbors think I’m odd when they see me trudging around. Head down, eyes to the ground, I sweep my foot through the few patches of tall grass that have managed to grow — incidentally sprouted near spots on my multi-patched hose where the mends have given out. Some […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Egg-citing possibilities and the universe off and running

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SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Something to crow about Excuse the pun, but M.K. Thompson of Clovis isn’t kidding around when he says he’s after a Guinness World Record for having found the world’s smallest egg. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Thompson, who raises a variety of […]

Communities prepare Easter events

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sierra Strait, 8, and Joseph Snodgrass stuff Easter eggs at Living Stones Community Church Wednesday for a city egg hunt Saturday. With 20,000 eggs to stuff, Snodgrass, the church’s children’s pastor, said volunteers plan to work most of Thursday. Alisa Boswell Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across […]

Egg replacement featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on Swedish decorating, replacing eggs in baking and the art of perfumery will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Decorators and authors Edie Van Breems and Rhonda Eleish will show how to paint and wax wooden frames, which is the same technique for transforming […]

Perspective born from childhood impatience

Sharna Johnson It all started with a chicken and an egg. And another egg, and another… Make that a chicken and a nest of eggs. Enter a hungry polecat (Appalachian for skunk) and you have a nest full of eggs and no chicken. It was cool outside, early spring. I was 12 and I was […]

Officials at odds on necessity of expanding sewer line

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo All of the sewer lines in Clovis flow to the Waste Water Treatment Plant southeast of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis has its own version of the chicken or the egg dilemma. Is Clovis’ west side not expanding because of limited sewer capacity or is there limited […]

Easter story about ultimate sacrifice

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist This Sunday is very significant for Christians. Some call it the Easter season. Anyone can tell it is Easter by just visiting the Easter aisle at the grocery store. For some, Easter is about new clothes, a visit to church and Easter egg hunts. Yet, the message of the resurrection […]

Federal agents assist egg farm fire investigation

By The Associated Press The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of a fire last week at a Farwell egg farm causing an estimated $20 million in damage and killing nearly a million chickens. According to a press release from the ATF in Lubbock, a national response team along […]

Officials: No new information on egg farm fire

CNJ Staff A parent company has reported no new information regarding Thursday’s fire at an egg plant near Farwell. Tim Dawson, chief financial officer for Cal-Maine, based in Jackson, Miss., said there is no new information beyond what the company released Friday, one day after a fire destroyed four laying buildings and killed approximately 800,000 […]

Nearly a million chickens killed in fire

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Smoke continued curling skyward Friday after a fire at Cal-Maine Foods egg farm burned down four laying houses and killed an estimated 800,000 hens. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nearly a million chickens died in Thursday’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Parmer County, Texas, a company spokesperson said today. […]

Zoo to hold Easter egg hunt Saturday

CNJ Staff Hillcrest Park Zoo will hold an Easter egg hunt 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is for children ages 10 and under. The zoo will charge standard admission prices. Information: 769-7873.

Feb. 22, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 p.m. Feb. 6 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Country Meadows for a report of criminal damage. A man said he was driving north on Norris Street when someone in a southbound vehicle threw an […]

Egg processing plant on way

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

Jan. 24 Oatmeal Snickerdoodles

Many years ago, we would publish a Holiday Cook Book special section around Thanksgiving. We would put an ad in the paper and request recipes and invite people with recipes from different food categories to participate in a cooking “contest”. They would prepare their dishes and we had judges pick winners. Ah, those were the […]

Students get cooking

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Neil Nguyen, left, and Olivia Reeb go over the recipe for a pumpkin dessert Monday during a project at Zia Elementary School while teacher Rose Ellen Dunn pours batter into a pan. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After tapping an egg on the corner of the table, Zack Austin […]

Work begins on Farwell egg plant

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Construction crews are digging the foundation in Farwell for what will be one of the biggest egg-processing plants in the Southwest. Mississippi-based Cal-Maine foods started the initial work on the plant about three weeks ago after receiving building permits last month, said company Vice President and Chief Financial Officer […]

Sept. 2 School Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Closed for Labor Day. Tuesday: Breakfast — Blueberry sausage pancake on a stick, juice and milk. Lunch — Nachos, salad, Spanish rice, diced peaches, graham crackers and milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — French toast, juice and milk. Lunch — Hawaiian chicken, steamed rice, peas, Jell-O cake, roll and milk. Thursday: Breakfast — Egg […]

8-26 School Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — yogurt, toast, juice and milk. Lunch — pig in a blanket, tasty tater tots, carrots with ranch dressing, applesauce and milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — English muffin with egg and cheese, juice and milk. Lunch — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, roll, oatmeal cookie and milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — […]

National Chicken Month is upon us

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist A little bird, quite aptly, told me that September is National Chicken Month. For New Mexico this is an extra-special thing since the land is enchanted with a few distinctive chickens of its own. The foremost to be honored is the glorious High Plains prairie chicken, for which an entire festival […]