Open house showcases new helicopter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bruce Mitchell, a registered nurse and intermediate EMT, talks to community members about the new helicopter that will be stationed in Clovis. Mitchell said the helicopter is “kinda our sports model.” The smaller aircraft travels about 30 mph By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Showing onlookers a compartment barely the […]

Purpose is to serve God, not ourselves

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Years ago I had an experience at church camp that left a lasting imprint on my life. At our cabin meeting, our counselor explained that there would be tryouts for camp pianist that afternoon. I had been taking lessons since the third grade and I thought that I was qualified.

Sheriff tests out stun gun

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Deputy Sandy Loomis, right, shows commissioners two Taser probes taped to the back of Sheriff Matt Murray. Deputies opted to tape the probes for the demonstration because when shot from the hand-held unit they can tear or burn clothing. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Supported by a deputy on […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Boy teaches others art of origami

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Courtesy photo By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor IF IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD, it takes a school to build a Senbazuru, and then some. That’s what fifth-grader Jacob Jones learned this past school year. For his independent project in the Gifted and Talented Program at Zia Elementary School, the 11-year-old chose […]

Values can be taught at early age

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Children are precocious in this day and age. Information is just as readily available to them as it is to us, and kids grow up faster than we would like. A few days ago, my oldest daughter, Luisa — who is almost 6 years old — came home from school […]

Bed bandit strikes

CNJ Staff A disabled customer walked out of a Clovis medical supply store with a mattress without paying for it, a police report said. Tuesday afternoon, Cinda Barringer of Clovis Brace called police to report a disabled customer suffering from “morbid obesity and other ailments” had stolen a mattress from the store, according to the […]

Safety grows at camp

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksTech Sgt. Charles Derflinger of the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department guides Candice Vineyard of Melrose through fire and fire safety practices Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The program was By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched […]

Big cats steal show

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Natasha jumps between platforms over handler Robert Mullen of Amazing Rainforest Experience on Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Natasha is the oldest of three tigers that perform in the show. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her 350-pound frame pounces from perch to perch with ease. As she settles, […]

Strange encounters of the fox-hunting kind

By Ned Cantwell The conversation was in a faraway place with a refined, obviously well-to-do London couple and the setting was such that chit chat is called for even if you have nothing to chit chat about. It’s fun talking to Brits because most of their statements end up as questions even if they are […]