Feb. 1, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of domestic violence at 1:37 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of East Fifth Street. When officers tried to apprehend a male suspect, he ran. Police caught him and arrested him […]

Religion Digest: Groundhog lunch, dinner planned

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Kingswood Methodist Church, 2600 N. Main St., will host a Groundhog dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. today. The meal includes sausage, glazed apples, biscuits, spicy sausage gravy, green beans, “ramen” coleslaw and lemon bars. Those attending have the option of dining in or curb-side takeout. Tickets […]

Local Democrats can vote in early caucus

CNJ staff Holding a caucus on Super Tuesday allows local voters to take a more active roll in deciding the party’s presidential nomination, according to Mark Sweetman, chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County. The Democratic caucus is being held statewide from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. “One advantage of the early caucus, with […]

Witnesses say Novaks were happy couple

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Witnesses described Kimberly Novak as outgoing, Edward Novak as friendly albeit absent-minded, and the Novaks as nothing but a happy couple. Eight witnesses, ranging from first responders to work friends, testified Thursday, the first day for the prosecution to present its case against Edward […]

License to be filed for Tucumcari casino, racetrack

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Rio Rancho businessman Don Chalmers is partnering with the Quay County Gaming Authority in a bid to build a $40 million horse racing track and casino on Interstate 40 in Tucumcari. Chalmers announced Wednesday in Tucumcari that the investors, under the banner of newly formed Coronado Partnership LLC, will […]

Amber Alert cancelled, El Paso child found

CNJ staff Law enforcement officials canceled an Amber Alert issued throughout eastern New Mexico and Texas for a 3-year-old El Paso girl they said was abducted from her home Wednesday. The child was found Thursday afternoon and listed as “OK,” according to an update on www.beyondmissing.com, where the alert flyer was originally posted. Jaylin Marie […]

Quick ride leaves lasting impact

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago when I was teaching at Clovis Community College, on one of New Mexico’s unusually rainy days, Buffy and I turned out of the college parking lot and onto the street that borders the college. We saw a woman in the distance walking in the rain. She carried […]

a view from under the pew: amos encounters greg the groundhog

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: As Groundhog Day nears, Amos recalled the first time he met a strange creature named Greg the Groundhog, who had issues with his more-famous counterpart. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he […]

God’s grace worth preaching, sharing, living

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist If I had but one final opportunity to stand before Christ’s people and speak his word, I pray that my sermon would be centered on the good news of God’s grace. The grace of God as expressed through Christ Jesus and his death on the cross. Grace that is […]

Beware of knife-wielding bosses

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were passing through Canyon, Texas, the other day on our way to Amarillo. While we were looking for a good Amarillo radio station we stumbled on the West Texas A&M student-run station. “Oh I remember, that’s the station where a couple of DJs […]