Smoking ban poses patron problems

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A statewide smoking ban, which will take effect June 15, will be enforced by local fire, police and sheriff’s departments. Fines for violating the ban will range from $100 to $500. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state-mandated smoking ban looming around the corner has some Clovis businesses looking […]

America stands for freedom, opportunity

Editorial One of the most important rights people have is the right to have one’s day in court. It is the basis of our judicial system. And our judicial system is one of the mechanisms that guarantees the government treats us fairly. That bedrock principle suffered a setback last week when President Bush signed into […]

CCC board seeking to fill vacant position

CNJ staff Clovis Community College Board of Trustees member Charlton Guthals has resigned from the board after moving into a home outside the city limits. Guthals was appointed in January 2002 and served until Oct. 13. Guthals was secretary and represented District 2. His term was due to expire in 2007. Guthals said he is […]

Debate needed to include more foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers Neither stumbled badly, but neither hit one out of the park. Since Sen. John Kerry had the more formidable task confronting him — to change public perception in areas where polls currently show President Bush has the advantage, like leadership — he probably didn’t win Thursday night’s encounter, whatever pundits or debating experts […]

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 […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]

Juvenile crimes on rise in Curry County

By Jack King Record numbers of prisoners has been a problem for Curry County’s adult detention center for some time. County commissioners learned Tuesday that numbers are also up in the county’s juvenile detention center. The juvenile detention center’s capacity is 16, but Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said the facility held 20 juveniles […]