Students send Christmas cheer to troops deployed overseas

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Forty-two kindergarten students are sending Christmas wishes to troops in Iraq. Barry Elementary School’s littlest students have collected games and non-perishable goodies to send to Cannon Air Force Base security forces deployed in Iraq. This Friday, the items — along with cards and letters from the students — […]

ENMU grad wins national contest sponsored by Red Bull

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Using a computer as his canvas, a mouse as a paintbrush and software as his drawing tool, Dusty Deen created prize-winning animation. A 2004 Eastern New Mexico University graduate who studied animation and graphic design, Deen was one of 43 artists selected to showcase their original artwork in the […]

Dealing in diving

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksJeremy Kitzhaber, owner of Clovis SCUBA, assembles a scuba unit Monday in his shop, located in the back of his home. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When you sell a product that has no particular use within a 100-mile radius, it helps when your customers are your friends. That’s the […]

Chopper crashes north of Melrose

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Wind gusts caused a helicopter to crash midday Monday in a field about 11 miles north of Melrose, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig. Officials said the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Herwig said both of the copter’s passengers were injured but had no additional information. One […]

Free money for businesses? Whatever

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Many people have viewed the infamous commercials with the “Question-Mark Man,” Matthew Lesko, that usually air late at night or early morning advertising “free” money from the U.S. government. Is there “free” money, or grant money, to expand or start a business? My colleagues around the nation and I cringe […]

Nov. 14, 2006 Business Digest

Paint store making move to Prince St. Sherwin-Williams is moving its retail paint store from downtown Clovis to North Prince Street, according to store manager Rusty Baker. Baker said the new store will have 5,000 square feet of space, 25 percent more than the 1201 North Main St. location. Assistant Manager Jeff Huddleston said the […]

Clovis broker tabbed by governor

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Clovis real estate broker Gayla Brumfield has been hand-picked to assist Gov. Bill Richardson transition to his second term. Brumfield, a small business owner and former Clovis city commissioner, will serve as co-chairman on Richardson’s transition committee alongside Ambassador Edward Romero, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Brumfield said she […]

Pumpkin damage reported by sergeant

CNJ Staff A Clovis police car was damaged Friday night by a tossed pumpkin, according to police reports. Around 6 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Douglas Ford called police to report a tail light on his cruiser had been broken when someone threw a pumpkin at it the night before, the report said. Ford told officers the […]

Cat damages police cruiser, flees scene

CNJ Staff A cat used up one of its nine lives and caused damage to city property following a run-in with a police cruiser last week, according to Clovis police. Lt. Patrick Whitney said around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday officer Rafael Aguilar was in pursuit of a vehicle when his police car struck a cat. In […]

Day of remembrance

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksBen Donaldson of Boy Scout Pack 225 from Clovis takes part in Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade on Main Street. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The meaning of this day buzzes around — simply and poignantly — in the mind of 6-year-old Hailey Renfro. Veterans, the little girl said, “Go really […]

Q&A: Ethanol manager confident of plant safety

Kirk Johnson is the manager of the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant. The son of a dairy farmer, Johnson has worked for ConAgra for 24 years and grew up in a small community in southern Minnesota. Q: At what stage is Clovis Ethanol in the air permit process? A: (Clovis Ethanol was originally supposed to have […]

Clovis detective hired by DA’s office

CNJ Staff The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has hired Clovis police detective Dan Aguilar as a senior investigator. Aguilar has been with the Clovis Police Department for approximately 17 years. He leaves the position of sergeant of detectives from the Clovis Police Department to join the District Attorney’s Office. Aguilar will start his new […]

Grackles cause grief for Roosevelt courthouse

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryGreat-tailed grackles have invaded the trees around the Roosevelt County Courthouse recently. Wildlife specialist Tony Gennaro is set to try noise measures to get the birds to move on. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as […]

Sci-fi legend Williamson dies

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Freedom file photoJack Williamson, left, is shown in 2004 with friend Rick Hauptmann and his book, “Seventy-Five,” commemorating 75 years as an author. Williamson died Friday at 98. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The man considered by many the “Dean of Science Fiction” — Jack Williamson — died Friday at his home in Portales. He […]

Service a family affair

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U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson spends time with his father, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Don Wilson, in the family yard in Clovis. Freedom Newspapers: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael […]

Clovis police detective charged with embezzlement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis Police Department detective was arrested Wednesday on charges of embezzlement. He’s accused of using a department computer for personal use. Keith Farkas, 38, of Clovis was arrested by state police and charged with one felony count of embezzlement and one count of tampering with evidence. The arrest […]

Funding frustrations

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A range of frustrations — stirred by overcrowded classrooms, staff recruiting troubles, funding constraints — emerged Thursday in a meeting on state education. And a generic and unrealistic funding formula was described. “We have a tendency in funding to paint with a large brush,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. […]

County Commission opposes ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners passed a resolution at their meeting Thursday stating their official opposition to a proposed ethanol plant west of Clovis. Presented by Commissioner Ed Perales, the resolution passed in a 3-2 vote, with Chairman Tim Ashley and Commissioner Pete Hulder against it. Ashley and Hulder felt passing […]

Ethanol representatives address location question

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About 150 Clovis residents attend a presentation on the benefits of an ethanol plant being located in Curry County. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Ethanol Officials told an audience at the Clovis Civic Center Thursday night their proposed ethanol plant would create 50 new jobs, indirect jobs for truckers […]

School funding makeover possible

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local goals for education will be recorded today at a town hall meeting in Clovis. About 15 such meetings are being held across the state to gather information for a state analysis of school funding, according to education officials. A New Mexico Legislature task force commissioned the American Institutes […]