Farmers predict fewer, smaller pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Seasonal employees at the Davis Farms Pumpkin Patch prepare pumpkins to be shipped commercially. The farm has managed to thrive despite the pumpkin shortage that has severely affected West Texas farmers and decreased business for New Mexico farmers. Benna Sayyed Pumpkins will be fewer and smaller in size this Halloween, […]

Motorcycles lead Veterans Day parade

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Glenn Eagle trailed a long line of motorcycles on his four-wheeler displaying a full size American flag during the Veterans Day parade Saturday. Liliana Castillo The rumble of nearly 200 motorcycles kicked off the Veterans Day parade Saturday on Main Street. Parade organizer John Montano said the parade included 26 […]

God’s warnings require our attention

Curtis K. Shelburne It had to be a government production, the sign I saw. Only a glassy-eyed bean-counting bureaucrat with common sense completely and laboriously expunged by years of mind-numbing training could have produced it. (Your tax dollars at work.) Posted above a busy tramway, the sign proclaimed in large letters: TOUCHING WIRES CAUSES INSTANT […]

Education feature: Group advocates limiting class sizes

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Santa Fe-based think tank says building smaller schools would help lower New Mexico’s dropout rate and raise academic achievement. Think New Mexico plans to push legislation during the 2009 session to limit enrollment in all New Mexico high schools to no more than 900 students. Schools that have […]

Aisle getting steeper

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Lisa Pellegrino, left, event manager for the Clovis Civic Center, goes over wedding plans Thursday with Sasha Guhrke and Jason Zaikowski of Clovis. The couple are planning for a July wedding at the Civic Center. By Keely McDowell: CNJ Staff Writer With the economy putting a strain on spending money, […]

Size doesn’t solve society’s issues

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so […]

Drivers Downsizing

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Ford Escape Hybrid gets 34 miles per gallon in city driving. When the vehicle travels under 25 mph, the gas engine turns off and the car is powered by the electric motor. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Fed up with rising gas prices, consumers are purchasing hybrid cars, downsizing […]

Post-Enron law could impose unnecessary costs

Freedom Newspapers An advisory panel to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally recommended that thousands of smaller publicly traded companies be exempted from the strict accounting and reporting requirements imposed by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley law, passed in the wake of the collapse of Enron. “The benefits that are derived by investors are really […]

Club building holds memories

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There are little remnants of the civic organization inside the crumbling, peach colored building. The walls are covered with graffiti. The wooden floors are littered with glass shards from smashed windows. The east side was scorched by a fire. Clovis Director of Public Safety Pete Wilt condemned the abandoned […]

Community support sought for Farwell garden

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Jeanette Carey wears her “grandma hat” as she weeds the community garden by Mill and Elevator Supply on Avenue A in Farwell. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — There’s only one thing wrong with the community garden his parents started, according to Stephen Carey. It’s lacking the community part […]

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 […]

Proposed civic center takes shape

By Jack King The details of a proposed city of Clovis civic center are taking shape during work sessions between members of the city’s civic center committee and architects from the Albuquerque firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. Committee members and architects met for a second planning session Thursday in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. In […]

Muleshoe man arrested on multiple murder charges

By Darrell Todd Maurina Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested a Muleshoe man Saturday night on capital murder charges in connection with a triple slaying, according to Bailey County Sheriff Richard Wills. According to Wills, Larry Brent Kitchens, 51, shot three people around 11:45 p.m. Friday at the home of Vince Simnacher […]

Wanted: Couple to care for blind Alaskan dog

Darrell Todd Maurina Specially trained seeing eye dogs have helped blind people for years. Several Clovis animal lovers are looking for a different kind of human-canine partnership: a special couple willing to care for a blind Alaskan Malamute dog. “Quincy,” a 6-year-old male, is now staying with Doug and Carol Doty, who have taken him […]