Surfing your way into Las Vegas is smart and easy

Tom Di Francesca Greetings from the floor of the Las Vegas (Nevada) Convention Center. I and my trusty sidekick “K” (short for Kyocera) — which is actually a combination cellular telephone and Palm Pilot — are here to attend COMDEX. COMDEX is an acronym for “computer dealer exposition” and the event takes place in November […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts at Peanut Festival

By Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from […]

Lifesaver Food Banks feeds famished families

By Eric Butler If the weather changes or the kids are just getting out of school for the summer, Joe Callahan is right on top of it. But Callahan isn’t a businessman looking for angles in the marketplace. He’s the pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Clovis and his interest in these kinds […]

Minor fire fought at restaurant

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Clovis firefighters extinguished a blaze in the bathroom of the Kripple Creek Restaurant, 2400 N. Prince, about 3 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported and damage was minor, officials said. Lt. Mike Inge of the Clovis Fire Department said seven employees and an undetermined number of diners were in the building when a […]

Tax hike for police may not be wise

A petition with 800 signers to raise police salaries was presented to the Clovis City Commission on Thursday. This is a very small number compared to the city population of 33,000 citizens who pay the taxes. A commissioner suggested a property tax increase as the answer. During the presentation, Clovis salaries were compared with Roswell, […]

Food is part of the fun at the Curry County Fair

By Darrell Todd Maurina Some people preferred to eat hamburgers and pizza at the Curry County Fair, but many who came to the food court were looking for something they couldn’t fix at home. For Tommy Filpi of Logan and Elizabeth Richards of Texico, their Tuesday night meal was something they’ve never been able to […]

Politics could do with a shot of religion

By Ned Cantwell New Mexico’s food tax, this column has harped, is not fair. It places more of a burden on the poor than it does on the rich, and that is bad policy. Since the state of New Mexico needs this revenue to exist, it is argued, the food tax cannot be eliminated. Sure […]

Friends and good eats add up to perfect Juneteenth celebration

By Gary Mitchell The catfish, the music and the ribs were hot. The weather and the coming together of friends, family and community made Saturday’s Westside Juneteenth Extravaganza perfect, organizers said. “It’s a real good day,” said food chairman William P. “Pill” Hall. “This year, everybody’s eating good. We had plenty of food, and everybody’s […]

Juneteenth spells “freedom’

By Gary Mitchell William P. “Pill” Hall of Clovis has a certain reputation to maintain this time of year. Hall, 56, is the creator of what some would describe as a legendary barbecue sauce, and he shows it off during the annual Juneteenth celebration. “It’s very good,” said Barbara E. Singleton, event coordinator of this […]

Anti-obesity movement going too far

By Walter Williams Oreo cookies should be banned from sale to children in California. That’s according to Stephen Joseph, who filed a lawsuit against Nabisco last month in California’s Marin County Superior Court. Oreo cookies contain trans fat, an ingredient that makes the cookies crisp and their filling creamy. Joseph says that trans fat is […]

Food bank location a concern

By Gary Mitchell A request by Life Saver Food Bank officials to relocate the non-profit organization to a site just west of the Clovis Police Department’s firing range caught the police chief by surprise. Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey told Clovis city commissioners Thursday that he was “concerned about the location of their building in […]

Eating a way of charity

Joshua Bonney, 2, shows his father Mark Bonney a burrito as they eat with their family during the 13th annual Food Fest Thursday at North Plains Mall. By Helena Rodriguez Jalapeno peanut brittle. Shrimp cocktail. Ribs. Strawberry shortcake. Fried wontons. Burritos. Strawberry smoothies. Pizza. A smorgasbord — from appetizers to entrees to dessert, not necessarily […]

Fund-raising and food

By Eric Butler One family member wants chicken. Another perhaps pizza. How about tacos or a home-style meal? All that — and more — in a two-hour period would ordinarily mean an extremely frantic rush around Clovis. Instead it’s all available during the 13th annual Food Fest to benefit the Curry County United Way. Twenty-one […]

Regional lines tend to blur

By Clyde Davis Back in the 1960s, there was a TV wrestler by the name of Dawn Eagle. This fellow, a large, powerful American Indian with a Mohawk haircut, was one of the “good guys,” as were Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino. These wrestlers, however, were not the same combatants who thrilled fans […]

Community college event unites cultures

By Janet Bresenham A festive mood filled the American Legion Post No. 25 Saturday night, as people of all ages and backgrounds celebrated a Cinco de Mayo festival with music, dancing and food. The evening was organized as a fund-raiser for the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. “It’s supporting the cultural arts,” said CCC […]