Cells often sole phone

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Most cell phones give people the ability to take pictures and video, listen to music, access the Internet and annoy theater audiences. They also do one other thing: Eliminate a monthly utility bill. Herman Smith, 38, a retired airman, said he got rid of his land-line phone because he […]

May 25, 1924

Barry Hardware was sponsoring a jackrabbit-killing contest. Prizes included Winchester rifles and cartridges. The competition began May 15 and continued through June 15. … Two Clovis grain elevators were robbed, but police said thieves received only $10 for their efforts. The only clue left behind was half of a cuff link. … Western Land and […]

Train town: Railroad drives growth

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BNSF Railway is Curry County’s eighth largest employer with a workforce of about 500 men and women. About 90 to 100 trains roll through Clovis each day, according to railway officials. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The railroad saved Tom Carter. He may have starved. He may have turned […]

Land officials overstep bounds in property battle

By Freedom Newspapers Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they […]

Pesky pigs pose problem

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MCT photo: Rodger Mallsion By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Jimmy Tivis uses his gun to deal with feral pigs. The alfalfa and wheat farmer, who owns 800 acres in Floyd, spots the animals roaming across his land in groups of eight to 10. “I kill them every time I see them,” Tivis said, not […]

City plans year-long centennial celebration

CNJ staff Clovis has hosted big parties before. Schools were dismissed and train whistles filled the prairie when World War I ended in 1918. About 400 guests attended the formal grand opening of Hotel Clovis in 1931. And just six months ago, thousands turned out to celebrate a new mission secured for Cannon Air Force […]

Railway’s ‘brashness’ put Clovis on the map for good

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Don McAlavy Santa Fe Railway mechanical department workers numbering about 120 mass together on a steam locomotive in the Clovis railroad yards on April 8, 1926. Photo courtesy of the High Plains Historical Foundation. The brashness of the railroad in choosing a site on the bald prairie for a new town and division point sent […]

Christmas means taking the opportunity to give

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 Tis the season for gift-giving, an ancient tradition that originated in a foreign land. But as might be expected, sometimes the meaning and origins are lost over […]

Americans have good reason to give thanks

By Freedom Newspapers Every year in America we are given the opportunity to contemplate all our blessings. For many, this day of thanksgiving turns into a gathering of family and feasting on rich and exotic fare. Let us not forget, however, our most basic of all blessings — that we live in a free country […]

Regulation, not population, should be feared

By Freedom Newspapers America hit a milestone this week: 300 million residents. So many of the discussions about this growth make the assumption that a rapidly growing population is necessarily a bad thing. Regional discussions of growth tend to focus on increasing congestion, crowding and other problems. There is another side of this debate. Granted, […]

Exemptions should be given to all, not some

By Freedom Newspapers A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any […]

Small idea grows into big business

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The genesis of a big idea can often be something relatively simple. For Stephen Powell, who just steered his multi-activity Patriot Outdoors facility through its first weekend of business, the germ of this venture was one basic thought. “I had the concept of people needing a safe place to shoot […]

Throwing money at agriculture not the solution

Paying farmers not to farm isn’t a new or shocking concept inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture: in fact, today it’s a widely accepted practice, used to keep the price of commodities pumped up, protect “wetlands” and advance other conservation goals, some of which have a dubious public benefit. But how about paying farmers in […]

Air Force officials encourage feedback

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Proposed special ops aircraft and operations for Cannon Air Force Base were outlined at the Clovis Community College on Monday in the first of three meetings scheduled to gather public input for an Environmental Impact Study of the base’s new mission. By law, the study must be completed before […]

Land battle brewing over eminent domain

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The city intends to construct a 30-foot open drainage channel across 1.3 acres of Daniel and Pauline Griego’s 15-acre farm at Rodeo and Humphrey roads. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A three-year-old land dispute between a Clovis property owner and the city grew more tangled last month when the owner […]

Letters to the editor 7/23

Prairie dogs ruin land, have no valueIn response to Susan Hubby’s letter about prairie dogs (July 16 CNJ), I wonder if she has been on ranches being ruined by these prairie dogs. I suggest she drive down CR17 on the south side of Ned Houk Park and see the damage to the Good Sams park […]

Small animals cause big problems for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleA population explosion for prairie dogs has intensified what is a constant struggle for Curry County farmers and ranchers. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in […]

5/24 Letters to the editor

Repentance true way to join fellowship Regarding Friday’s story in the newspaper headlined ‘“Progressive’ Christians spread message in Clovis”: I love having fellowship with fellow Christians and I have diligently promoted churches working together in their common effort to build the kingdom of God here in Clovis. Realizing we live in evil times and that […]

Air Force: Range fire caused by air training munitions

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

Mother’s Day options abound in Land of Enchantment

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year to thank one of the most important people in the world — mommy dearest. After all, if not for her, we wouldn’t be here in the first place. This fact, sadly, is frequently twisted and used against her by the angry teen who screams about […]