Candidates must heed religious principles

Letters to the Editor City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said the church should leave it up to him to make an informed choice in voting for political candidates. (“Catholics split on whether Kerry must follow church teachings,” June 25 CNJ) Sandoval said God gave him a conscience to tell him right from wrong. If he would […]

Fireworks vendors report an explosive sales period

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks vendors began packing up and closing shop on Monday, many declaring the season a financial success. “We just got it this year, so this was our first time,” said Maria Hernandez, who operated a stand between Clovis and Texico over the past few weeks, “but business was pretty good.” […]

Beautiful explosions cover Clovis skies

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By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A brief rainstorm threatened the annual Fourth of July celebration at Greene Acres Park on Sunday. But the sky cleared in time, the winds calmed and the Big Dipper was visible in the northern sky when the Smoke on the Water fireworks show blasted off about 9:15 p.m. A local […]

Festivities about to fire up

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Ooh and aah sounds will echo throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas this weekend as the region prepares to sparkle in a big way. From Clovis to Muleshoe, a variety of fireworks displays and all-day festivities are set in honor of the Fourth of July. The biggest show in […]

Fireworks bring fond memories

By Grant McGee That big fireworks display, “Smoke on the Water” is at Greene Acres Park this Sunday. Clovis’ Tom Martin sparkplugs the event every year. Tom and I have something in common: Our fathers were both hotel managers. Hotels. Fireworks. Fourth of July. These things whirl around in my mind and I remember my […]

Fireworks fun, but menace to police

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The Jackpot can reach upwards of 40 feet in the air. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the world of fireworks, the Jackpot is just that for both pyrotechnic aficionados and sellers of the products this year. Priced around $35, the multiple-shot rocket has a cannon-sized body and is what […]

Festivities set for 4th

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Gearing up for four days of fun, fireworks and food, the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce is setting final plans for this year’s Fourth of July festivities, dubbed “2004 Cannon and Clovis Salute to Freedom.” “We’re calling the celebration the ‘Salute to Freedom’ because we’re welcoming home about 200 of […]

Smoke on the Water still in need of funding

STAFF REPORTS Less than three weeks from the annual Smoke on the Water fireworks show, coordinator Tom Martin said about 60 percent of the needed funds have been donated. Martin said about $12,000 in donations have come in for the show, which costs about $20,000. “Being at that $20,000 level … allows us to have […]

Brush up on your vocabulary online

By Tom DiFrancesca Civility. Does anyone really understand what that word means anymore? Does anyone really care? If you visit: www.dictionary.com you will be presented with a good definition of the term. Rudeness just seems to abound these days. Inappropriate behavior and the callous disregard for others, that once — used to be viewed as […]

Country star tops show

By Eric Butler By Eric Butler CNJ Correspondent Country performer Holly Dunn will provide the music and an Oklahoma company the fireworks when the “Smoke on the Water” Fourth of July Celebration takes place tonight in Clovis. The event will be held at Greene Acres Park in the center of town and roads will begin […]

As we celebrate freedom, recall sacrifice as well

Today we celebrate the 227th birthday of the United States of America. In Clovis, the annual Smoke on the Water event kicks off at 4 p.m. at Greene Acres Park with games and food vendors. Country singer Holly Dunn performs at 8 p.m., then fireworks start at dark. Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive began […]

Police blotter 7/3

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police arrested a driver about 4:30 p.m. Monday on outstanding warrants following a crash at the 500 block of South Hull, and would like to find an injured male passenger who fled the scene. The driver, a 27-year-old man from Albuquerque, […]

Pet safety urged this holiday season

Fireworks help families celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, but those same fireworks can create problems for family pets, a local animal lover says. Bonnie Cook, in a note to the Clovis News Journal, suggested families may want to take extra precautions about their pets when the booms and the flashes start up. […]

Sensible celebration suggested

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Clayton Ortiz of Mr. W Fireworks said that Black Cats are popular choice this summer among customers for the Fourth of July. By Darrell Todd Maurina Above-normal rainfall exempted Curry County and other eastern New Mexico counties from a special dry weather ban on fireworks and most open burning issued last week by Gov. Bill […]

Fired up for the Fourth

By Gary Mitchell Three-time Grammy Award nominee Holly Dunn will perform in concert during this year’s Smoke on the Water Fourth of July Celebration in Greene Acres Park. “Holly Dunn will be singing at 8 p.m., followed by the fireworks display,” said Liz Eisenbraun, events coordinator for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. “If people […]

Fireworks fund needs more spark

By Janet Bresenham For nine years, Tom Martin and his wife Gail have been working to maintain a long-standing tradition in Clovis — the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. But Martin is quick to point out that his original year organizing the event he calls “Smoke on the Water” quickly put into proper perspective […]