Cops get to chopping on guns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department makes a second cut through a rifle Friday afternoon at the police department. The guns are destroyed to keep them off the streets, Whitney said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A sawed-off shotgun, a pearl-handled pistol, a rifle complete with leather […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]

Public deserves document disclosure

By Christine Tatum: Guest columnist This week promises to be a big one in the never-ending fight to improve access to federal government records. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007, which stand to be the most comprehensive reform of the Freedom of […]

Vaccine mandate oversteps bounds of government

By Freedom Newspapers You have to give Texas Gov. Rick Perry credit for showing the gumption to step outside his conservative political reputation by initiating a policy that some circles might view as “progressive.” But his execution of this new direction — mandating anti-cancer vaccines for all girls entering sixth grade — was clumsy and […]

Immigration can’t be cast in black, white

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The immigration protests held across the country on Monday serve as a perfect Rorschach test: What reaction did you have to the sight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants marching down American streets, calling on Congress to accommodate them? Dismay? Ambivalence? Admiration? A lot of political debates turn on facts […]

Sprinkle, Denny

Denny Eugene Sprinkle, 77, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at MD Anderson Center in Houston. Born Aug. 23, 1928, in Port Arthur to Carl Emerson and Dola Matthews Sprinkle, he married Betty Jean Fields on Jan. 1, 1952. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He was a civil servant […]

Library decision hopeful move against secrecy

Freedom Newspapers We were skeptical about a revision incorporated into the Patriot Act when it was reauthorized earlier this year. But a decision to allow a library group in Connecticut to let others know that it had been served what is called a national security letter (NSL) demanding information that might be useful in a […]

Military update: Campaign targets mail-order drug usage

By Tom Phllpott: Last year, only 6 percent of 6.6 million military beneficiaries with prescriptions to fill used the low-cost TRICARE Mail Order Program. By contrast, 51 percent had at least one prescription filled through TRICARE’s more costly retail network. The rising popularity of the retail drug benefit versus near “flat line” usage of mail […]

New dairy rules unfair, producer claims

By Andrew Martin: Chicago Tribune Hein Hettinga bottles milk from his Arizona farms and trucks it to stores in Arizona and Southern California. By controlling all stages of production, Hettinga says he can produce milk so efficiently that he and his customers can make a hefty profit at dirt-cheap prices. Such vertical integration, as it […]

3/5 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2 p.m. Monday a 40-year-old Clovis woman told police she received harassing phone calls from an unidentified person Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at her work and home on the 800 block of Yucca Avenue. The woman told police she knows […]

3/5 Organizations

BPO Does No. 108 Clovis BPO Does No. 108 held a regular meeting Feb. 23 with President Gaylynn presiding. After roll call of officers, the meeting was called to order. The first order of business was to honor charter members Marge McCullough and Lena Klebold, who recently died, and remaining charter members of the Drove, […]

2/19 Organizations

Chaparral club The Chaparral Extension Club met Jan. 12 in the home of Jeanetta Mesner, with Sheryl Abdill co-hosting. President Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order with Dorothy Bean giving the council report. Hostesses for the next few meetings were set up. The Domino Tournament was discussed. The group will make support bears during […]

Marge McCullough

Marge McCullough, 93, of Clovis, died Dec. 2, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare. She was born Jan. 10, 1912, in Olathe, Kan., to Dr. Lloyd and Mamie LaRock Hamill. She came to Clovis as a bride in 1934 from Kansas City, Mo., where she married Jack W. McCullough of Clovis. She was a laboratory and […]

12/25 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a public works office on the 800 block of Norris Street in reference to a missing voltage meter. Police have no suspects. ••• At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a residence on […]

Farmer, Reva

Reva Farmer Services:Have been held. Mrs. Reva G. Farmer, 92, of Bovina, died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Prairie Acres Nursing Home in Friona. She was born on July 8, 1913, in Hedley, Texas, to W.F. and Martha Youngblood. She married Earl G. Farmer on June 19, 1933, in Fort Smith, Ark. They moved to […]

Reporter’s notebook: Policeman honored for actions

When Robbie Telles went undercover and posed as a hitman in November, he knew this would be the case of his career. By the end, he had thwarted the efforts of a female suspect to kill her ex-husband and his father. “It’s one of those cases that you hear about but you never actually get […]

Reporter’s notebook: Resident takes active role in honoring police

Clovis resident Ray Jackson knows the value of emergency services. On four occasions the 68-year-old has been transported to Lubbock for heart problems. That’s why he has taken an active role as vice president of the area Fraternal Order of Eagles in recognizing firefighters and police officers. “I know exactly what they are good for,” […]

Walley, Bob Sr.

Bob Walley Sr. Services: Have been held. Bob Walley Sr., 67, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Jan. 14, 1938, to Clarence and Nettie McKinney Walley in Marked Tree, Ark. He married Delores Clubb on Nov. 19, 1955, in St. Anns, Mo. He was […]

TV portrayal of legal system dangerous

By Tibor Machen No, this time I am only indirectly speaking about the terrible legal system that the USA is now sliding toward. Instead, it is the TV show, Law & Order, that comes up for discussion. When the show began, there was a healthy idealism about it. The initial story lines stressed principles not […]

Letter can simplify Christmas tradition

By Helena Rodriguez Hola, dear family, friends and readers of this column. Whether you’re a devoted reader or you stumbled onto this page while hunting for the sports section, season’s greetings to all. It’s time for my annual Christmas letter. Wait. I’ve never written a Christmas letter. What the heck, there’s a first time for […]