Cigarette tax hike concerns local merchants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Maggie Cheverez, a clerk at Cigarette Express, rings up a carton of cigarettes Tuesday. Cheverez reminds every incoming customer of the tax increase of 75 cents per pack, which takes effect Thursday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less […]

Press release: City airport receives another $2 million for runway upgrades

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports in Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell will receive $6.41 million for runway rehabilitation, including the installation of new perimeter fencing and runway and taxiway markings. “These airports provide dependable and safe air travel for the people of New Mexico and tourists alike,” said Udall, […]

De Baca, Roosevelt counties receive PILT funds

CNJ staff New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases and […]

Press release: Bingaman announces PILT funding for N.M. counties

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million this year in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) funds. PILT, which is a program administered through the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property such as military bases and national parks, which cannot be taxed […]

New Freedom boss brings ‘wealth of experience’

By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom Communications Inc. has named Mitchell Stern, the former chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations Inc., as CEO of the Irvine, Calif.-based media company. Freedom owns the Portales News-Tribune, Clovis News Journal and Quay County Sun.“We are very pleased that Mitch has agreed to lead Freedom Communications as its […]

Press release: Freedom names CEO

IRVINE, CA, June 29, 2010 — Freedom Communications announced today that Mitchell Stern has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stern, a member of the Freedom Board of Directors, previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DirecTV U.S.

Letter to the editor: Public shouldn’t ignore red lights

Has there been a change in law regarding running red lights? Public shouldn’t ignore red lights I ask because quite frequently I see individuals run the light at Prince and 21st streets. Specifically, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, I saw three vehicles run a red light in front of a Clovis police officer who did nothing. […]

Court recognizes self-defense is basic right

By the narrowest margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to bear arms, fortifying what many have correctly believed since ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. One dissenter in the 5-4 decision, Justice John Paul Stevens, predicted a “tsunami of legal uncertainty” from court challenges […]

Overpass, 21st Street improvements on public works agenda

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Committee merging, updates on the Hull Street Overpass and improvements to 21st Street during Wednesday’s Public Works Committee meeting. Also the agenda for the 8:30 a.m. meeting at City Hall includes a request to present comments on the city’s trial program with polycarts for sanitation instead of dumpsters. The […]

Clovis Wendy’s may be closed

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks More than a week ago signs were posted at the business on North Prince and Manana streets was closed for repairs. CNJ staff The fate of Clovis’ Wendy’s restaurant is unclear. More than a week ago signs were posted that the business on North Prince and Manana streets was closed […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Science fiction and affordable housing in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to Freedom new Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Joking around: Thousands of cats and dogs Did you know? The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at Eastern New Mexico University has one of the top science fiction collections in the world. It contains more than 30,000 volumes, including: • science […]

Albuquerque man arrested for child solicitation

CNJ staff Police said a 35-year-old Albuquerque man was arrested Saturday when he showed up at what he believed to be the home of an 11-year-old girl he had arranged to meet. Kevin Dwyer is being held at the Curry County jail on two felony counts of child solicitation by electronic communication device, according to […]

Clovis man killed in crash near Farwell

A 65-year-old Clovis man is dead after a single vehicle crash Monday morning near Farwell. Liberato G. Barela was westbound on U.S. 70/84 just before 3 a.m. (CDT) in Parmer County when his 2000 Chevrolet SUV veered off the road into the center median and struck a tree, according to Trooper Gabriel Medrano with the […]

Wike named new drug force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Monday morning briefing: Money to blow and an American icon

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Money to blow The Clovis/Curry County Chamber is raising the money for the annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water display solely from private donations again this year. Ditto the Roosevelt County Chamber and its annual Smokin’ Fourth. But time is running out and […]

Letters to the editor: School site should be questioned

School site should be questioned Regarding recent controversy on location of a new Clovis middle school: Hmm, let’s see here. The school district already owns land within city limits on which to build a new middle school. Utilities, roads and such are in place. A developer generously donates 40 acres of land outside the city […]

Time to rethink military role in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama was within reason to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal for disrespectful remarks by McChrystal and members of his staff quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. The general was commander of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Frankly, this flap is only the latest in a series of clashes among military […]

ENMU weighing options on Lone Star Conference

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble raised concerns Saturday about the future of the athletic conference ENMU competes in with Texas and Oklahoma schools. During ENMU’s Board of Regents meeting in Portales, Gamble said the Lone Star Conference is “unraveling before our eyes,” and said the university may soon have to […]

Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Police blotter — June 27

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 a.m. June 16 an officer responded to the emergency room at Plains Regional Medical Center for a report of domestic battery. A woman said her children’s father battered her because he was angry he was going to have to keep […]