Military feature: Fallen Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she […]

Emergency calls on the rise

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Donna Gonzalez of Clovis takes a call at the Clovis Police Department dispatch center. Gonzalez has 17 years of dispatch experience. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The fire department is responding to a significant increase in calls for help lately. The majority are ambulance calls and there doesn’t appear […]

United Way project nears completion

The GAP Project, sponsored by the United Way’s Day of Caring Committee, will be completed Aug. 15, with the installation of playground equipment at the Grand Avenue Apartments in Clovis. Work will begin at 8 a.m. Other improvements will be made including laying of pea gravel and painting the railing around the grounds. Twenty Lowe’s […]

Mrs. New Mexico takes away experience with pageant

Mrs. New Mexico Noel Hunt of Clovis placed 14th in last week’s Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. Mrs. South Carolina Tammy Johns-Brown took the crown as Mrs. United States 2009. Hunt said she was two votes away from winning Mrs. Congeniality, but chalked up the experience as a good one. “God has […]

Leadership group to meet Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A networking group focused on bridging economic concerns faced in eastern New Mexico and west Texas is making its first Clovis visit tonight. The Southeast New Mexico and West Texas Leadership Group, which encompasses representatives from area communities, expects to have about 100. They meet at 5 p.m. in […]

Tucumcari police chief back at work

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher has been cleared of any wrongdoing and reinstated, according to a press release issued late this morning. Hatcher was placed on administrative leave July 6 after shooting a 14-year-old girl with a Taser stun gun four days earlier. City Manager Bobbye Rose said in the press release […]

City official hopes grassroots effort saves post office

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner […]

Homeowners dispute work done on homes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Norman Woodard displays a sign labeling KL General Contractor as a lemon in the front yard of his home on Springfield Street in north Clovis. Woodard said problems in the house range from major issues to cosmetic ones. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents Woodie and Kathy Woodard […]

Colorado board right to nix pot proposals

Congratulations to the Colorado Board of Health, which did the right thing by rejecting proposed regulations that would have put medical marijuana dealers out of business and deprived thousands of Coloradans the drug they need. One major component of the regulations would have limited medical marijuana dispensaries to five clients. The proposals alone have held […]

Business feature: Pizza chain adds Portales location

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PNT Photo: Argen Duncan Lance Coiner of Cox Refrigeration and Electric Inc. works in the space earmarked for a Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza store on Avenue C. The owners of the store in Clovis expect to expand to Portales and open in coming weeks. By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The story is getting a […]

ENMU hires seventh softball coach

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University turned to the Midwest for the seventh softball coach in the program’s history. Lauren Sigwing will leave Fort Scott Community College in Kansas to take over the Division II Zias, according to a Monday release from the university. She replaces Amber Daniel, who went 78-78 in two full […]

Tucumcari man sought for domestic violence offense

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Moses Earl Ingram, 31, led police on a chase through the city and fled on foot after crashing a stolen vehicle, police said. Freedom New Mexico Quay County police are seeking a Tucumcari man they say fled police investigating a domestic violence call Friday night. According to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department, […]

Scriptures, like poetry, requires reading into symbolism

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Down here in Texas we tell Aggie jokes. Up around Minnesota, the Norwegians tell “Olie & Lena” jokes instead. In a recent “News from Lake Wobegon” segment, storyteller Garrison Keillor managed to incorporate a few of those. One caught the attention of the grandfather under my hat. As the […]

7-26 Bankruptcies

The following bankruptcies were filed this week in Roswell: • Jerry Lynn Guss and Jerri Ann Guss, Chapter 7, filed date: 7/10/2009, Roosevelt County• Robert J. Denney and Libby K. Denney, Chapter 7, filed date: 7/17/2009, Curry County• Nancy Karen Krisher, Chapter 13, filed date: 7/17/2009, Curry County• Lea Ann Allen and James Edward Allen, […]

American 9-10s stay alive at state

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis American All-Stars stayed alive in state 9-10 Little League competition Saturday, using two big innings to turn back Taos 12-7 in a losers bracket game. American, which lost to Carlsbad Shorthorn 6-4 on Friday, erased a 4-2 deficit with a five-run third, then pulled away with four […]

Timeliness fell by the wayside

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I honestly can’t remember it ever happening to me in my adult life until this past week. I confess, I overslept on a workday. After some 35 years of getting to work on time — if not a little bit early — I blew it by a little better than […]

Health revamp begins with office cleanup

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has appointed a worthy, even inspirational woman to be the country’s next surgeon general. Dr. Regina Benjamin founded the Bayou La Batre rural health clinic to serve an Alabama fishing village of 2,500. She has a refreshingly old-fashioned approach to her work, treating any and all patients regardless of […]

7-26 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 a.m. July 12 an officer responded to the emergency room at Plains Regional Medical Center for a report of an intoxicated teen.A girl told the officer she had been at a party and called a friend to pick her up […]

Talks under way to build nature trail at Goodwin Lake

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Goodwin Lake was named for longtime planning and zoning committee member Betty Jane Goodwin. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Justin Howalt was asked why Goodwin Lake was an ideal spot for a nature trail, he let a laugh slip out.And then Clovis’ city engineer said, “You haven’t been there, have you?”Clovis city officials, […]

Feelings mixed on hospital records switch

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local health care providers are eyeing a federal mandate to have all U.S. hospitals and medical practices using a unified system of electronic medical records by 2017.And some are happier about it than others.The electronic medical records are part of the Obama administration’s health care reform and the first […]