Smokers fuming over ban

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A cigarette sits in an ashtray next to silverware at Kelley’s Bar and Grill. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A smoker of more than 50 years, James Williams is angry about proposed legislation that would eliminate smoking in indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants throughout the state. He said […]

Firefighters dispense safety tips to seniors

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three young Clovis firefighters were on a mission Wednesday morning. Their goal was to visit homebound senior citizens and install new smoke detectors. According to Vee Lucas, director for the Older Adults Division of the city of Clovis, the Clovis Fire Department and OAD are collaborating in an effort […]

Employer encourages staff to quit smoking

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Rebecca Holt of Clovis, co-chairman of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, was challenged by Ronald Dickson, owner of R&D Truck Service Center, to quit smoking 17 years ago during the Great American Smokeout. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Ronald Dickson will issue checks today to his employees at […]

Local brief

By CNJ Staff Smoke causes school evacuation Odor and smoke from a fluorescent light fixture prompted the evacuation of Yucca Junior High School Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials. Firefighters responded to a call of smoke and odor in the office area of the school toward the end of the school day, according to Battalion […]

Letters to the editor 7/9

Celebration success to those who heard it The “Kept Cannon” celebration held July 1 was a complete success. Here are some brief comments: Clovis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos’ extensive decorating and preparations of the Civic Center was highly commendable. Mayor David Lansford’s leadership and persistence to build a Clovis Civic Center provided […]

Surgeon general’s report strengthens no smoking argument

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Howard Loflin of Clovis smokes a cigarette Monday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Loflin has smoked on and off for 25 years and enjoys smoking while eating out. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Carla Casaus dines out with her 5-month-old daughter, smokers — like the man who lit a cigarette […]

Fireworks fund $2,000 short of goal

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, the anxiety level over contributions for the annual Smoke On the Water fireworks display is also rapidly diminishing. On Wednesday event coordinators said they were within $2,000 of meeting their goal. According to Clovis businessman Tom Martin, the city’s businesses and organizations have […]

Fireworks show shy on funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Smoke on the Water fireworks show is $10,000 shy of the $25,000 needed to fund the event, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials. With less than a month before the show blasts off, officials are hoping to raise the money from donations made by businesses and […]

Where there’s smoke, there’s moisture?

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Retired Parmer County farmer Joseph Weldon Crim says he uses an Indian spring ritual to predict weather. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising […]

Fire destroys home

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A child’s bike is among the carnage of a house fire on Morse Street as a Clovis firefighter carefully picks his way through burned rubble looking for “hot-spots.” (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Jeff Christensen was letting his dog out Tuesday morning when he noticed flames shooting over the roof […]