Students learn about dangers of tobacco

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Linda Teakell, coordinator for Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco, briefed sixth-grade classes Tuesday at Zia Elementary about the dangers of smoking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A group of Zia sixth-graders learned words such toluene, butane, acetone and arsenic, all of which are contained in tobacco products, during a […]

Firefighters make house calls to promote safety

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighters Steve Garcia, center, and Garrett Nash, right, discuss fire safety door hangers with Joe Gomez Wednesday in front of his home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Joe Gomez said he has never used smoke detectors in his home, but after talking with Clovis firefighters Wednesday he welcomed their […]

Muleshoe child dies in fire

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 4-year-old Muleshoe boy was killed Wednesday afternoon in a fire at his residence, according to Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda. Sixi Alfredo Barrera Ortega was trapped by an intense fire that erupted in a small building behind the family’s residence on Sixth Street, Frieda said. Ortega’s mother, Maria […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Letters to the Editor: Bible isn’t substitute for common sense

Regarding Scott Blazek’s opinion column — “Tattoos go against Bible’s teachings — in Sunday’s paper: First, I am in no way a Christian, a satanist or involved in any other form of religion. What I do consider myself to be is human. As a human, I am fully aware of what is right and what […]

Fireworks donation goal halfway met

CNJ staff Donations for the Smoke on the Water Fourth of July fireworks display at Greene Acres Park are more than halfway to the goal, according to the organizers. Nearly $17,000 has been raised toward the $30,000 goal, according to Tom and Gail Martin, Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon, the event’s organizers. The annual event […]

Ready or not, smoking ban in effect

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Ashtrays were no longer on tables at Webb’s Watering Hole Thursday in preparation for a law that goes into effect today. State legislators voted in February to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, stores and workplaces. “We’ve put sand buckets outside, if people do want to smoke,” said Webb’s Watering […]

Letters to the Editor: Turning on 21st Street ongoing problem

This is concerning Keith Forbes’ letter published May 31. I agree with him and say “amen” to his opinion on the traffic problems on 21st and Ross streets. I’ve lived on Ross and 21st for several years and have seen the accidents and the problems created by drivers turning into Walgreen’s from the turning lane […]

Utility rates aren’t answer to poverty

The state Legislature is considering three Senate bills that allow or require a utility to provide lower gas and electric utility rates for certain classes of rate payers. Some state the Public Regulation Commission “shall establish a program of assistance by public utilities to low-income electric and gas customers. … Energy expenditures may be reduced […]

Letters to the Editor: Studies show smoke harmful to profits

The Feb. 21 front-page article, “Smoker’s fuming” was heavy on smoke-filled opinion and void of facts. Randi Kingston, a waitress at Webb’s Watering Hole, was quoted saying she was concerned it would greatly affect business. Sixteen states have now banned smoking in public places along with many cities including New York City. According to the […]