City picks Blair as new police chief

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor City Manager Joe Thomas stayed within the system in hiring a new police chief. Thomas announced at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting he has selected Deputy Police Chief Dan Blair to succeed Bill Carey, who retires Sept. 29. Blair, a 21-year Clovis Police Department veteran, was promoted to deputy […]

Safety grows at camp

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksTech Sgt. Charles Derflinger of the Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department guides Candice Vineyard of Melrose through fire and fire safety practices Thursday afternoon at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The program was By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As the flames leapt through the metal grate, the spooked 8-year-old flinched […]

Council tackles teen pregnancy at forum

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksSallie Foster, chairman of the Maternal and Child Health Council of Curry County, gives the opening presentation during Thursday’s Teen Pregnancy Summit at the Clovis Civic Center. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence poured from the women in the room: A social service agent whose youngest client is a pregnant […]

Detention center doctor deal done

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The county has hired a two-person medical staff in an effort to increase the overall health of the jail population and reduce ambulance transports to the hospital, county officials said. Dr. Les Donaldson, a Clovis internal medicine physician, entered into a contract with the county to provide health care […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a report on Thursday’s City Commission meeting: • Commissioners recognized Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey for his service, and Mayor David Lansford presented him with a key to the city and a plaque. Lansford described Carey’s contributions during his 29 years on the force as “enormous,” adding, “you cannot measure the contributions […]

Education foundation gets city consideration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The seeds for an education foundation were planted Thursday during a presentation given at the Clovis High School Lecture Hall by Foundation Development Consultant Pete Karabatsos. An education foundation, Karabatsos said, could support a range of activities in area schools. With money donated from community members, teachers could bring […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 14 through Wednesday: • Bryan Dono Forbush, 34, to Chrisgina Dawn Beezley, 34, both of Clovis. • Ruben Silva Castillo, 64, to Sharon Ilene Fulgham, 40, both of Farwell. • Darrin Dean Surls, 36, to Irma Galindo, 28, both of Hereford, Texas. • Michael […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Saturday an officer responded to an assault report at Plains Regional Medical Center. The assault victim said he was at his residence in the 100 block of 13th Street when some unknown men got out of a vehicle and assaulted […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats can’t stop Goddard

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Clovis freshman Antiesha Brown hits around the block of Roswell Goddard’s Laura Fry (10) and Jamie Edgett during Thursday’s match at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Nobody celebrates a kill shot quite like Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow. But even her fist-pumping was noticeably muted after she hit one […]

ENMU frosh relative newcomer to rodeo

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Dakota Rasberry of West Texas College gets his hand stuck after being thrown from his bull at the College Daze Rodeo on Thursday at ENMU’s Lewis Cooper Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University freshman Cole Jackson stands tall next to his horse “Shaq” […]

Tarleton State defeats Zias

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State got 12 kills from sophomore outside hitter Missy Davis-Castro and 10 from senior middle blocker Julie Hamilton on Thursday night in handing Eastern New Mexico University a 30-25, 26-30, 30-16, 30-14 Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball loss. The match was the South opener for the Zias (4-12 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Running backs could be in for duel tonight

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Junior running back Manuel Robles (32) has rushed for more than 100 yards in two of Clovis’ four games. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Manuel Robles and Marcus Williams are better known as track athletes — Robles is a two-time Class 5A state champion triple-jumper while Williams is the […]

Religion digest: Church holds annual open house

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Church holds annual open house Trinity United Methodist Church, 1320 W. 21st St., will hold its second annual open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Members and guests are invited to visit for food, fun and fellowship, according to church officials. San Jon Church celebrates 100 years The San Jon […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

Mastering coffee drinking takes practice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a scalded […]

Allergies leave nothing to sneeze about

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The stuffy head, the clogged breathing, the sore throat … I have all these as I sit here writing. The allergy has arrived. Or is it allergies? I don’t know. All I do know is I feel funky and I have finally joined the ranks of lots of other sneezing, […]

Support of Kurds would provide mutual benefits

By Freedom Newspapers In all the reporting on the Iraq war it is too seldom noted that one region of the country can tentatively be called a success story. The northern portion of the country dominated by Kurds, Muslims who are neither Persian nor Arabic but a separate ethnicity with a long history, is generally […]

Board members lament lack of control

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As more and more mandates are handed down from the state and federal government, eastern New Mexico school board members feel more and more inert. “We used to make decisions. Now we just rubber-stamp,” said a frustrated Rex Rush, vice president of the Melrose school board. “We don’t have […]

Spill snarls traffic

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A tanker truck overturned Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 60 and State Street in Texico, spilling gas and diesel fuel. The driver was treated and released from the Plains Regional Medical Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and […]

Hunger hits home

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Leon Sweat, left, and Joe Taylor load a truck with donations for a Clovis resident at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food […]