Cops and courts: $1,000 snatched from tobacco store

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Police are reviewing video footage of a hooded man who may have stolen more than $1,000 from the safe of a Clovis tobacco store around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police reports. A clerk at KC Express on West Seventh Street called police to report the robbery. She said she […]

All I want for Christmas

Janet Taylor-Birkey An informal survey of Cannon’s middle tier asked the question, “When you were deployed, what would you have enjoyed receiving in a package?” Here are some of the responses we received, ranging from humorous to sentimental, practical to just-for-fun. No federal endorsement implied. Socks (white) Cheap insoles for our boots Plain notepaper/envelopes Batteries […]

Hospice holds Senior Fair

By CNJ Staff Senior Fair, hosted by VistaCare Hospice Who: Open to the public, free of charge. Seniors and anyone involved with seniors are encouraged to attend. What: An informational fair providing community resources for seniors. Where: Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday Information: 762-7067 Jackie Lara, public relations director […]

Cannon team gives a hand up

Greg Allen Habitat for Humanity project provides affordable housing Paulette Aguilar is all smiles these days. She is eagerly waiting for October when she plans to move into her new home in Portales. And much of her happiness can be directly attributed to the efforts of Cannon Airmen, retired and active duty, and family members […]

Admiring the sky is easier in New Mexico

Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist Just as my friend in New Mexico would tell me to look at the moon from my California yard some 2,000 miles away because we’d be seeing the very same moon, I have to remind myself it’s also the same sky. But it’s really not. First off, the sky in New […]

Battle of the sexes lopsided

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist Here at the Institute for Intellectual Stuff (our motto is, “We Research Thorny Problems Such as Poverty and Baldness”), we’ve recently spent time delving into another timeless issue: Are men and women really different? Of course they are, dummy. Anyone can see that. Proof can be found in arguments between […]

Pioneer Days event introduces youngsters to cowboy ways

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Rodeo clown Leon Coffee helps 4-year-old Aleigha Gemma-Miller of Ranchvale lasso a goat during a rodeo encounter Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, […]

In tribute: Dora woman remembered for school volunteering

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Hers was a well-known face in the town of Dora. Those who knew her describe a driven, dedicated woman who put the welfare of others before her own. Ella “Charlie” Carmichael, mother of four, made Dora her life. A Roosevelt County resident for about 65 years, she relocated from […]

Melrose mayor has always shown passion for politics

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Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, right, holds his 2-month-old niece Renise Hollaway as she wears a I love the mayor T-shirt as they have their pictures taken by Pyle’s sister Saphronia Hollaway, left, after the swearing in ceremony. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Across from a small, square post office, Lance […]

Lavonia Hand

Lavonia Hand, 92, of Clovis, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. She was born Aug. 13, 1913, in Jim Wells County, Texas, to Proctor David and Emma Ethel Arrant Taylor. She married D.G. “Bub” Hand on Dec. 28, 1931, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and helped her husband on their ranch. […]

Part 1: John Childers, killer who came to Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the first real shootouts in Clovis happened on Aug. 15, 1909. That’s one of the first stories I heard when I started writing about Clovis history. Old Tom Pendergrass, the first historian of Clovis, told me the story. He was a lad of 9, who was in the […]

Life lesson: Don’t run out of bubble bath

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Volcanoes don’t spew fire, tsunamis don’t drown nations and earthquakes don’t wreck tall buildings in San Francisco due to some logical, scientific explanation that usually involves tectonic plates. The Earth does these things because it’s frustrated. Years of misuse, abuse and potholes on East Rankin lead our dear planet into harboring […]

Controlled burn gets out of hand

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A resident intended to burn some wheat stubble on his land, when the fire got out of control and threatened area homes. (staff photo: John Eisel) CNJ staff A controlled burn got out of hand Friday evening, sending towers of gray smoke into the Clovis sky. The Clovis Fire Department responded to a call by […]

N.M. gambling doesn’t need franchising

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Not counting illegal wagers at Sunday-afternoon cockfights, there are about four major outlets for New Mexico gambling, an industry that claims to be a sure bet for just about everyone. You can try your luck at the racetracks. This, however, is a painfully slow way to lose your money. It […]

Soap Box Derby zooms to finish

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Logan Garner, 12, of Clovis, heads down the race track during Saturday’s Soap Box Derby on Sycamore Street in Clovis. Garner finished the derby in fifth place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Eric Collings said he was not at all surprised when he zoomed away as champion of Clovis’ Soap […]

Pioneer Days offers hands-on look at roping, riding

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Wild Bill Cathey, of Dora, left, demonstrates to Dalton Wren, 9, of Texico how to spin a rope Thursday during the Curry County Mounted Patrol’s rodeo encounter at the county fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff writer It wasn’t Holly Tyler’s first time on a horse — she rode one in […]

Art is more than form of expression

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The first thing I notice — the power of which only sinks in later — is the juxtaposition of the two still-life portraits. A young woman, freshly beautiful, sits on the step of an urban house. Oblivious to the observer, she is contemplating — what? The light informs us it […]

Free will, responsibility go hand in hand

By Tibor Machan This is something I never thought I’d write — words of appreciation for the last words of a vicious murderer. Yet I believe they are due, even though the man who spoke these words is now dead, executed in Texas for murdering a nurse in the 1980s after being paid $1,500. It […]

Spring fever reminds of youthful romance

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist It happens every spring — hornets buzz, dirt blows, and I recall my youthful romance with Tangerine Crotchmire. It didn’t last — it just wasn’t meant to be — but it was a shining moment in my misspent youth, and it comes back every year to haunt me. Tangerine was the […]

Police blotter: Jan. 9, 2005

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Thursday to the 1200 block of N. Prince Street in reference to a shots-fired call. There was a report that someone had shot himself in the hand and was on the way to the hospital. Officers drove to the […]