State workers plan rally for Friday

By Gary Mitchell PORTALES — A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system […]

County pays $120,000 to settle jail death suit

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s insurance carrier paid $120,000 to settle a lawsuit with the family of a woman who died in the county jail last year, insurance officials said on Wednesday. The attorney for the estate of Joyce Acy said settlements have also been reached with other parties in the lawsuit, but he […]

Police Blotter 7/31

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis police arrested a Clovis man about 10 p.m. Sunday evening for shooting at a home on the 200 block of Torreon. After a neighbor called with a report of shots fired, police detained an intoxicated man who had been trying to […]

The past lives at New Mexico Museum of Natural History

By Angela Peacock Painting a picture of New Mexico’s history from the beginning of time is what officials said people will experience when they visit Albuquerque’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. One of the museum’s biggest attractions is the Bisti Beast dinosaur display. Experts discovered the fossils of the Bisti, which was […]

Fourth annual Pond and Garden Tour set for Saturday

By Helena Rodriguez Picture this: A scenic array of stacked stones, the gurgling sound of rushing water, comfortable benches under shaded trees, birds and turtles dropping in, lush plants and fish. Now picture this in your backyard. According to Mike Hamilton, president of the Clovis Pond & Garden Club, home ponds began to get popular […]

‘Bad Boys II’ a good action comedy

By Stacy Allen If you liked “Bad Boys,” then you will love “Bad Boys II. “ The characters are back in another Miami drug case in a fast-paced movie involving action scenes intermixed with hilarious dialogue. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith work great as a team and play off each other with an air that […]

Copeland, Maxine

Maxine Copeland Services: Have been held. Mrs. Maxine Copeland, 86, of Lubbock, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Garrison Geriatric Care Center in Lubbock. She was born on April 27, 1917, in Thalia, Texas, to Mattie and Isaac Gray. Her mother died when she was 2 years old. She was cared for by her father, […]

Gray water rule makes a little sense

By Ned Cantwell I’m sorry, Taos. Look, I know you are a unique little city, a center of the arts, bastion of intellectual freedom. You are one of New Mexico’s gems. Your architecture is intriguing, your artistic colony outstanding. Your newspaper is a perennial award winner. Even your name has a mellow ring to it. […]

American gains finals

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Clovis American first baseman Lucas Walthers throws a Roswell Noon Optimist runner out from his knees in Tuesday’s losers bracket final of the state 9-10 Llittle League tournament at Beachum Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis American managed only three hits, all in the final inning, but took advantage of 12 walks […]

Test: Alcohol factor in deadly crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina The driver in a fatal July 4 crash faces more charges now that state test results are back showing his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Joe Martinez Jr., 32, will be charged either today or Thursday with homicide by […]

No hot dogs here

By Darrell Todd Maurina The heat-related death of a Muleshoe police dog earlier this month brought home the fears of a group of area animal lovers. Thanks to a community funding drive spearheaded by the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club that raised $2,100, special warning units have been installed in all three of Clovis’ police K-9 units […]

Simmonds, Glendell

Glendell Simmonds Services: Have been held. Mrs. Glendell Alice Simmonds, 79, of Clovis, a receptionist/secretary, died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at her home. She was born on Aug. 18, 1923, in Wellington, Texas, to Loren and Glendora Gillespie Trout. She married Frank Simmonds on Feb. 7, 1941, in Mountainair, where they were members of the […]

State status on bovine TB downgraded

By Jack King Negotiations between a Roosevelt County dairyman and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the destruction of a herd of cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis have reached an impasse. Destroying, or “depopulating,” the herd — and a second infected herd in Roosevelt County — could help New Mexico regain its TB-free status in […]

Budget shows increase in gross receipts revenue

By Jack King The 2004 Clovis city budget adopted Tuesday by the City Commission shows little change in expenditures from last year and is supported by an increase in gross receipts tax revenue, city officials said. “We haven’t been in this good a shape in years,” said City Manager Raymond Mondragon. Mondragon said gross receipts […]

Reader thanks Bob Hope for memories

The year was 1967. I was stationed at a small air base called Phu Cat located in the north-central highlands of South Vietnam. That particular day the scuttlebutt around the base was that Bob Hope was going to put on a show that afternoon. We were backlogged at work so I decided I would hold […]

Funds needed to toot old locomotive

By Don McAlavy Early in 1954, Clovis City Commissioner Roy Walker wrote a letter to Earnest S. Marsh, vice-president of the Santa Fe Railroad in Chicago. In so many words, the city of Clovis was asking the railroad for a locomotive that would be displayed in Hillcrest Park. Walker and the other commissioners knew Clovis […]

Same name, different state a coincidence

By Jack King Jeff and Phyllis Putney said it was just a “coincidence” they ended up in Clovis, N.M., after spending most of their lives in Clovis, Calif., a city in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Jeff worked for the Post Office in nearby Fresno and Phyllis worked in a local doctor’s office. But when Jeff […]

Meeting Hope: Readers share memories of Bob Hope

By Jack King By Jack King CNJ STAFF WRITER jack_king@link.freedom.com Like millions of other members of the Armed Forces, several Clovis residents remember seeing Bob Hope at different times in his almost 60-year career of entertaining troops. Longtime Clovis resident Len Santi said the comedian, who died on Sunday at age 100, came through the […]

Readers applaud photos made public

By David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the U.S. government should have released the graphic photos of Saddam Hussein’s slain sons and whether U.S. media should have published them. Some responses: “In an attempt to persuade skeptical Iraqis of the demise of Saddam’s sons, the U.S. government correctly chose to release […]

Partnership seeks to give ENMU students discounts

By Mike Linn More Portales business owners may soon begin offering college student discounts, besides just cheap rent and weekly deals on pizza. Officials of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) are seeking to partner with local businesses in a project that would offer college students established discounts of 5, 10 and […]