Legislative watchdogs

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Assistant City Clerk Claire Burroughes monitors New Mexico state legislative activity on the Internet on Thursday in her office at City Hall. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active […]

He’s got the gov’s ear

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Andrew Moralez doesn’t mind complaints. It’s part of his job. As the ears and eyes of Gov. Bill Richardson, the Anthony native travels the state listening to the problems and concerns of constituents for the state’s top boss. Moralez, the southern New Mexico representative for the governor, visited Clovis […]

Cops & courts: Photographer files lawsuit against chamber

CNJ staff A Curry County photographer has filed a lawsuit against the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and its executive director claiming the non-profit organization used his photos for advertising without permission. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 3 in 9th Judicial District Court, professional photographer D.A. Black claims Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos used his […]

1/23 Police blotter

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Officers responded Monday to a store in the 1000 block of Mitchell Street in reference to a fraud in progress. A subject was trying to cash in stolen lottery tickets. When questioned, the subject said he had been given the […]

Reporter’s notebook: Bella Vista aids tsunami victims

CNJ staff The students at Bella Vista Elementary school were discussing New Year’s resolutions three weeks ago, and one of them brought up the tsunami victims in Asia. After doing some Internet research on what happened the students decided they needed to help. “Right away they asked, ‘What can we do to help? We need […]

Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

City accepts storm-water deal

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Chad Lydick, with Lydick engineers, explains the four different solution possibilities to the Clovis City Commission Thursday for storm water drainage retention for Copper Manor #2 in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission on Thursday accepted a fee to manage storm-water drainage for an area […]

Poaching suspect arrested

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Sgt. Mike Perry of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department stands behind one whitetail deer (far right) and four mule deer in Pleasant Hill the day they were found Jan. 11. The deer torsos were found Dec. 31. (Courtesy photo: Wes Robertson) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man has confessed to […]

Clovis School Board candidate profiles

Editor’s note: The Clovis Municipal School Board election in District 1 has five candidates. Max Best, Romardo Lopez, Frank Muscato, Bonnie Mendoza and Peter Zamie will vie for the seat in the Feb. 1 election. District 1 covers the city’s northeast portion. Candidates were asked to respond to the following questions in about 75 words […]

1/21 Public Record

Compiled from court records through Jan. 20, 2005 Marriage Licenses Chrstopher Michael Rodriguez, 29, to Elizabeth Gonzalez, 31, both of Amarillo Dagaberto Rodriguez, 20, of Camp Pendleton, Calif. to Crystal Suzanne Sierra, 18, of Clovis Manuel Gurrola Villalobos, 25, to Amie Christine Saiz, 28, both of Clovis Michael Benjamin Mitchell, 39, of Clovis to Kimberlee […]

Death of Cannon dependent remains mystery

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is alright. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. […]

County exploring home-monitoring system for nonviolent inmates

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission on Wednesday approved a proposed policy to monitor nonviolent inmates outside detention center walls. The Community Custody Program would use a 24-hour electronic monitoring system attached to the ankle to track inmates activities in their home and around the community. The Commission unanimously approved the […]

Ute Water Project receives $2 million grant

By CNJ staff TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Finance Authority and the governing body of the Ute Water Project reached an agreement Wednesday for a $2 million grant to help fund the initial stages of the proposed project. Much of the money will go toward engineering services, which include rounds of public meetings at towns […]

Browser beware: Online nursing-home ratings misleading

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Certified Medication Aid Brenda Walker, right, visits Jewel Sasser at the Retirement Ranch. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A government Web site that compares the quality of area nursing homes has been criticized for being too vague, poorly updated and sometimes displaying incorrect information. Officials say information on nursing homes […]

Changing the world: Texico students raise money for tsunami victims

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Texico fourth-grader D.J. Griego donated more than $5 to a penny drive Tuesday at the school started to help tsunami victims. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mega-Hollywood stars grabbed the spotlight Saturday night with a telethon to benefit survivors of the tsunami that ravaged southern Asia. But locally — with […]

Police blotter 1-19

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Friday to the 1400 block of St. Andrews Drive in reference to a fraud report. The officer spoke with a woman who said she had been ripped off by a door-to-door magazine salesman. She said a man came to […]

The dream lives on

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County Manager Dick Smith, left, Commission Chairperson Ed Perales, center, and Selmus Price, who serves on the Clovis Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, lead the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Walk on Monday morning. (Photo: Tova Fruchtman) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer About 100 Clovis residents, young and old, large and small, black and […]

Paralegal profession seeing growth spurt

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Paralegal Shannon Cassidy goes through files at Randall Harris’ law firm Friday in Clovis. Many schools and universities are offering paralegal courses that can certify successful graduates in less than two months. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages […]

Deer heads found, charges pending

CNJ staff Charges are expected to be filed this week in connection with the out-of-season killing and beheading of five deer, a wildlife official said. Five missing deer heads have been found and results of the investigation will be taken to the district attorney’s office this week, said Wes Robertson, a New Mexico Game and […]

1/18 Business Digest

Free tax preparation will be done this year by the AARP Tax Aide program for taxpayers 60 and older with middle and low income. This new program replaces the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that Clovis has had for years. Volunteers will be working from Jan. 24 to April 15 at Baxter Hall, 908 Hickory […]