Officials close Ute Lake marina

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — The Ute Lake Marina, in service since 1980, was recently closed down by New Mexico State Parks officials due to safety concerns and contractual violations on the part of the marina’s owners, according to a parks department press release. Sid and Beverly Smith were the owners of the […]

Business forum bringing state agency reps to Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In an effort to promote small business development in eastern New Mexico, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and other state officials are inviting business owners to bring their questions and concerns to a forum Wednesday at Clovis Community College. The forum will include discussion on a variety of topics important […]

Decision on sales of alcohol should rest with owners

Freedom Newspapers The recent rise in the number of Clovis restaurants selling beer and wine with meals alarms some people who see alcohol consumption of any amount as wrong. Not us. We see the change as market driven — owners who are responding to customer requests for a glass of beer or wine, and to […]

No justice in ‘eminent domain’ abuse

Steven Greenhut, Guest Columnist Mention the term “eminent domain” to the average American, and you’ll be greeted by one of two responses. The first, and most common, is for the person’s eyes to glaze in utter boredom. This does not initially sound like a sexy topic, and most people would prefer to be anywhere else […]

Lot being considered for new IHOP

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer If all the plans come together, Clovis residents won’t have to make a run to Lubbock or Amarillo for a “Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity” breakfast. They’ll be able to dine on the trademarked breakfast of two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork sausage links and two buttermilk pancakes […]

Business center’s help keeps Casel-Land fun

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Anthony Durate takes advantage of the nice weather Monday with a go cart ride at Casel-Land Fun Center Inc. in Clovis. Casel-Land attributes their success to God, and a small business help center. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Glen Seeber Kara and Kelly Caselman, owners of Casel-Land Fun Center Inc., give God the credit […]

Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats…

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A cat trapped Saturday morning by Clovis Animal Control Officer Martin Martinez waits to be transferred to a cage at the Clovis Animal Shelter. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Ben Kessler Like the man going to St. Ives in the nursery rhyme — whose cats each had “seven kits” — Clovis may soon be overrun […]

Portales firefighters promote plan for emergency access

By Kevin Wilson FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and […]