Report: Robberies rise 30 percent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Violent felony crimes in Clovis dropped by about 10 percent in 2006, according to the Clovis Police Department’s annual report. However, robberies increased almost 30 percent and property crimes by about 17 percent in 2006, the statistics showed. Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes […]

Tornado notebook

CNJ staff —The Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds operates 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. American Red Cross and Salvation Army are on hand to help. Furniture, appliances, food and baby care items are available. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items. […]

Cops and Courts: Clovis agent named investigator of year

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Agent David Loera of the District Attorney’s office was named investigator of the year Wednesday by the New Mexico District Attorney’s Association, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. Loera, an 18-year law enforcement veteran, served with the Clovis Police Department before joining the district attorney’s […]

Student profile: Jimenez

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Brittni Jimenez is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Johnny Jimenez Jr. and Kim Garcia. What is so great about your favorite sport? Soccer is very physical and competitive. It gives me such an adrenaline rush. I just love it. If I could do […]

Revamped federal government will attract fresh faces

By Freedom Newspapers Move over, Air Force Academy. Make way, Annapolis. Watch out, West Point. If some in Congress get their way, there soon might be a National Public Service Academy, styled loosely (probably very loosely) on these older institutions, that will take America’s best and brightest and mold them into the federal uber-bureaucrats of […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cats post sweep of Roswell High

CNJ staff ROSWELL — All it seemed to take, Clovis High coach Shane Shallenberger said, was breaking out of a losing streak. Jonathan Ware saw the Wildcats’ 4-0 lead pared to a run in the sixth, then gave up two hits in the seventh before nailing down the 4-3 win over Roswell High in the […]

Events Center plans take shape

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners approved the final plans and construction bids Tuesday for the Special Events Center during a regular meeting. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the multi-purpose facility will cost $80 per square foot, or $7 million total including kitchen equipment. The construction bids were originally let in […]

Report: Pilot died trying to protect ground forces

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Gilbert — Husband of Clovis native CNJ Staff An Air Force pilot with Clovis ties crashed his F-16 fighter and died last year in Iraq while attempting to protect ground forces, according to an Air Force report released Monday. Maj. Troy Gilbert — who was flying an F-16 assigned to Cannon Air Force Base — […]

Clovis softball legend key in local development

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Guy Leeder, who for decades was synonymous with Clovis softball, died Monday night at 64. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium. Leeder, a state softball hall of fame inductee, was called the cornerstone of the state’s Amateur Softball Association by its director, […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Mother takes to track for cure

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer SEVEN DAILY BREATHING treatments keep Juan Zamora relatively healthy. The 3-year-old Clovis resident suffers from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system. The toddler also requires oral enzymes every time he eats so his tiny body can digest and absorb nutrients. ACCORDING TO HIS […]

Military Feature: Cannon secures Air Force safety awards

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards. Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs. […]

Recovery program created

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford will unveil “Operation Disaster Recovery” at tonight’s Town Hall meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Administered through United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the aim of the charity program is to fill in the gaps not met by state and federal programs for area residents […]

EPA ruling won’t help warming, citizens’ wallets

By Freedom Newspapers The standard argument deploring judicial activism is that all too often interested parties who have failed to achieve their political objectives through the legislative process or by petitioning administrative or regulatory agencies turn to the courts to try to get what they have failed to get through the political process. This argument […]

Earning badges not just boy’s sport

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It took a scrolling headline this morning to let me know I’d accomplished nothing in my life. The headline was about James Calderwood, an 18-year-old resident of Chevy Chase, Md. Other than living in a town whose name peaked 15 years ago, Calderwood is famous for completing merit badge […]

CHS TENNIS: Lady Cats finish second in tourney

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Freshmen Heather Trujillo and Shay Brady took individual singles championships and helped Clovis High’s girls to a second-place finish in the Artesia Bulldog Invitational tennis tournament on Friday and Saturday. Clovis, which finished third or better in eight of nine divisions in the eight team tournament, scored 52 points to trail […]

Angelo takes twin bill from Hounds

CNJ sports SAN ANGELO, Texas — If nothing else, Angelo State’s offense was efficient on Sunday. The Rams scored 25 runs on 21 hits and stranded just six baserunners in posting a 14-9, 11-9 Lone Star Conference South Division baseball sweep of Eastern New Mexico University. By contrast, the Greyhounds left 18 runners on base […]

STATE GOLDEN GLOVES: Local boxer earns berth in regionals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As he noted after winning in the Golden Gloves tournament on Sunday, Edgar Zubia has been facing a noticeably larger type of fighter in the last year. Clovis’ Zubia was one of nine boxers who won state titles and earned a trip Denver, where the New Mexico champs will take […]

Police arrest 91-year-old storm victim

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McDaniel— Oxygen tank ran low after tornado By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 91-year-old Clovis man has been arrested for hitting a police officer with a vehicle at a checkpoint for a tornado-damaged neighborhood, according to police and court records. Clinton McDaniel was returning to his home the morning after a March 23 tornado […]

Swift disaster declaration offers relief

Staff and wire reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]

Tornado updates

—Mass shelter closing Disaster Relief Mass Shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church will close at 9 a.m. today. For tornado victims needing help with temporary and permanent housing, register at the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. People who are already registered should return to the fairgrounds […]