Group declares war on mental illness

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Katrina Olguin with Warrior Moms & Dads of Clovis speaks Saturday during the first Warrior Moms & Dads Mental Health Awareness Event at Greene Acres Park. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King One day recently, Katrina Olguin said, she woke up to find her 4-year-old daughter, Kira, sneaking into her bedroom, not to surprise […]

Water usage drops

By Jack King City residents appear to be listening. Following a request by city officials to conserve, water use in Clovis dropped significantly between Thursday and Saturday morning, said New Mexico-American Water Co. operations manager Jim Bonner. “If it keeps up at this rate, we’ll have our tanks filled in four or five days,” Bonner […]

Police urge safe driving habits

The New Mexico State Police has issued a statement urging motorists to drive safely and soberly during the summer months. To catch those who don’t, the state police will be conducting saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout the state, with an emphasis aggressive and impaired driving habits. According to the state police, 226 people died during […]

Schools plan to battle truancy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis school administrators from the elementary to high school level met Friday with the district attorney to plan ways to help schools cut truancy and keep kids out of the justice system. Friday’s meeting was part of a two-day series of administrative meetings to prepare for the upcoming school year. Clovis […]

Police Blotter 8/3

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A Clovis woman reported late Tuesday that several items were missing from her home at the 300 block of Axtell. The woman said all of her doors were locked but a window to her bathroom was open. A DVD player, assorted DVD […]

Two arrested in fraud sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state employees face charges of stealing at least $2,900 from accounts meant to assist low-income Portales residents, according to 9th District Attorney Brett Carter. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis, and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud over $250 and conspiracy to commit fraud over […]

Court Dispositions 8/3

Here are recent dispositions dated July 2 recorded in 9th District Court: –Roy Lee Daniels, 22, pleaded guilty to battery on a household member and criminal damage to property under $1,000. Sentenced to two consecutive terms totaling 544 days in Curry County jail with credit for one day served. All but 60 days suspended and […]

International lottery scam crops up on the Web

By Tom DiFrancesca Well, it looks like I won’t be writing this column much longer. It appears that I have just won a little less than a million dollars, can you believe it? I mean, with all that money, I’ll just be too busy livin’ it up with the rich and the famous to write […]

Young drivers revving it up

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Bo Mitchell, 12, of Farwell, races in a heat at Ned Houk Motor Speedway on July 25 during a race with the Clovis Kart Association. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez The go-kart track at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex north of Clovis may be a far cry from NASCAR, but for some diehard […]

Adventure comes in scary packages

By Clyde Davis The pine barrens begin in the central part of New Jersey and stretch to the ocean in an easterly direction, to Cape May in the south, and touch the Delaware River in the East. It’s a vast area of rural terrain and downright wilderness, and is heavily grown over with cedar stands, […]

Water needs to be conserved drop by drop

Don’t water your lawn every day. Don’t wash your car every weekend. Don’t use your dishwasher until it’s full. Save water whenever you can. Those are common-sense ideas to follow any day in the arid West, but they take on more urgency today. If we don’t follow them, we may have serious water shortages in […]

Project Reader Reaction — Actors

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants which actor might best portray them in a movie. Some responses: “Tom Hanks. According to Phyllis […]

Letters to the Editor 8/3

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters should be less than 300 words and must be signed. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses […]

Black, Juanita

Juanita Black Services: Have been held. Mrs. Juanita Faye Black, 76, of Melrose, a U.S. Postal Service clerk, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 21, 1927, in Melrose, to Walter and Edna O’Donald Swopes. She was a lifetime resident of Melrose. She was preceded in […]