Residents cautioned to take steps against holiday burglary

CNJ staff Clovis police are cautioning residents to take extra care during the holidays to avoid becoming a victim of burglary and theft. Criminals target unlocked vehicles and homes in search of unsecured valuables, according to a press release. Gifts, firearms, wallets and purses are often stolen, particularly when they are left in vehicles parked […]

Consumers keeping drug costs in check

Freedom New Mexico It’s becoming rare to sit through an entire television program without seeing at least one commercial advertisement that’s trying to convince you to get a prescription for some new medicine. The Associated Press reports that drug companies last year spent more than $4 billion on such advertising. The Centers for Disease Control […]

Hiring freeze part of proposed CMS budget cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Working to cut $600,000 out of a $54 million dollar budget, Clovis Municipal Schools administration focused on keeping all 1,100 employees and keeping the cuts away from students. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said budget cuts were no surprise and the district has been planning for them. “We’ve been trying to […]

Musician likes keeping old tunes alive

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist He began playing music for cowboy dances at age 12. Oh, I forgot, I’m talking about Wayne Crume, who was born in 1924 in Kenna. Wayne’s mother, Helen Crume, was an accomplished piano player, and she tried to teach Wayne to play piano, but she finally gave up and let […]

Police stress importance of neighborhood watch in keeping communities safe

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Dawn Smith’s home was burglarized Wednesday. The suspect rummaged through the house, throwing the computer to the ground, stepping on the monitor and took about 50 DVDs, among other things. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer “There she is,” Dawn Smith remembers hearing as her neighbor’s young daughter […]

Local officials advise basic precautions for swine flu

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local health officials are keeping an eye out for swine flu, but aren’t advising any precautions other than basic health tips. After a recent outbreak in Mexico, swine flu has also been confirmed in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Spain, but not in New Mexico. The disease is […]

No bull about keeping superstitions

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist They say superstition takes over when you’re facing situations you’ve got no control over — like a horse you KNOW is gonna break in two, you just don’t know when. So what you do in a case like that is give yourself an edge. When you get on that particular […]

First person: Keeping things balanced

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Stacey Burdett is a real estate agent, an elementary school teacher and mother of two who likes to ride motorcycles. Editor’s Note: National Teacher’s Day was Tuesday. Stacey Burdett is in her first year at Barry Elementary, where she teaches fifth grade. Burdett, 40, a former stay-at-home mom, is also […]

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Business Feature: Maintenance key to staying cool

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Whether you’re at home or in your vehicle, local experts say preventative maintenance is the key to keeping air conditioners running properly. “Now that it is getting warmer outside, we are getting a lot of phone calls for air conditioners which have already quit working,” said John Kuchta, a […]