Internet exclusive caucus analysis

By David Arkin It’s official: New Mexico made history Tuesday night. Now whether or not that history is worth repeating in four years is debatable. New Mexico held its first Democratic caucus on Tuesday, and the newness was clear statewide. Voting problems arose in small and large communities alike. Voting problems aren’t anything new to […]

Kerry takes five states

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Chad Barnes, a registered Democrat of Pleasant Hill, casts his vote in Tuesday’s New Mexico Caucus at the Bruce King building in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry rolled up big victories and a pile of delegates in five states including New Mexico on Tuesday night. His […]

Official votes self off of committee

By Jack King The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to remove Commissioner Tim Ashley from the county special events subcommittee — an action initiated by the Ashley himself, who even seconded the motion. Ashley said Tuesday he had been the subject of controversy last year, when a group of country residents asked District Attorney Brett […]

Clovis chooses Kerry

By Jack King Curry County Democrats voted overwhelmingly for John Kerry Tuesday, giving the Massachusetts senator more than half the total county vote. Kerry received 493 out of 917 votes cast by Democrats in Curry County’s two polling places, the Bruce King Building in Clovis and Melrose’s city hall. John Edwards received 135; Wesley Clark […]

Schools fear caucus flier caused confusion

By Jack King Clovis Schools and county clerk office personnel said a sign sent by the state Democratic Party to Curry County voting sites created a small amount of voter confusion here Tuesday. A state Democratic Party spokeswoman said the sign was sent out to reduce confusion among voters in the statewide primary, but school […]

New Mexico mountie retires

Reporter’s Notebook Wayne “Dick” Higgs, 79, recently retired from the New Mexico Mounted Patrol after 30 years of volunteer service. He began volunteering for the Mounted Patrol in 1975 while employed by the State Highway Department. In the 1940s, the Mounted Patrol rode horses, but by the time Higgs began volunteering, he rode with the […]

BNSF car emits toxic chemical

By Darrell Todd Maurina A train crew member was taken to Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon after inhaling denatured alcohol mist seeping from a train stopped 10 miles west of Melrose. BNSF railway personnel said the man has recovered and the incident posed no risk to the public due to the isolated […]

Clovis’ day of double voting could cause citizens confusion

Ryan Lengerich Motivating many Americans to vote once can be challenging. Today many Clovis residents will be asked to vote twice. The Clovis Public School special bond election will collide with the nationally publicized presidential caucus election today, leaving some local officials concerned over voter confusion. “These are two separate things that are going on,” […]

Deal may jeopardize local dairies

By Mike Linn Local dairy operators are fearful a proposed free trade agreement the president is negotiating with Australia may negatively impact their future business. Terms of the agreement are scheduled to be released this week, and early indications are that Australia is seeking free trade of dairy products into the United States, according to […]

New Building Permits 2/3

ADDRESS, APPLICANT, DESCRIPTION, VALUE, FEE, DATE NEW – RESIDENTIAL > 1012 Jeanie, Larry Moreno, single family residence, $124,995, $402.98, 11/11/03 > 123 Col. Pkwy Estates, R.L Massey Construction, single family residence, $204,373, $607, 11/20/03 > 3917 Springwood Dr., Jesus & Jessica Griego, single family residence, $175,958, $542, 12/1/03 > 125 Springfield, WM. L. Strachan, single […]

Business Briefs 2/3

Clovis woman named realtor leader Gayla Brumfield of Clovis has been elected 2004 President of the REALTORS Association of New Mexico. Brumfield has been an active member of the Clovis Board of REALTORS, RANM and the National Association of REALTORS since 1978. During that time she has served as chairperson of every committee of the […]

Q and A: Career prosecutor makes way back home to Clovis

Matt Chandler, 28, an assistant district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, is one of the newer members of the local legal profession but he’s not new to the area. His great-great-grandfather was one of the community’s earliest settlers in 1908. His father spent 24 years in the Clovis Police Department, retiring as […]

Enlisted man aims for officer’s bars

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Maj. Calvin Speight, left, works with Staff Sgt. Thomas Cook, who has been accepted into officer training school. CNJ photo:Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A staff sergeant at Cannon has received a rare opportunity to turn in his stripes for an officer’s gold bars, and public affairs staff […]

Jury: Melrose man guilty of vehicular homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina Harry Downey, 70, showed no emotion Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer from Melrose, also faces an upcoming […]

Unfarmed fields explode into flames

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A large cloud of smoke rises behind a home north of Clovis as a brush fire burns in the background Friday near State Route 209 and Curry County Road 16. The fire burned 100 acres Friday and 40 Saturday (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina Officials from the Clovis Fire Department have […]

Democrats prepare to name a candidate

By Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in more than 30 years when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt […]

Neighbors pitch in to help fight blaze

By Darrell Todd Maurina As Wayne Palla saw thick smoke rising over his two-story house north of Clovis, he gathered up his tools and went out along with other neighbors to help the firefighters. “Everybody really chipped in,” Palla said. “I think that’s one of the benefits of living in a rural community — everybody […]

Schools await bond funds

By CNJ Staff Clovis Public School district residents will find out this week if millions of dollars will be put forward for structural and technological improvements at schools districtwide. A special school bond election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether the community will put forth $5 million in […]

Police Blotter 2/1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: An investigation into numerous attempts to shoot the locks off doors at a storage facility led to the Jan. 2 arrest of several people on firearms and drug charges, according to a report released Tuesday. The people arrested said that on New […]

Dispositions 2/1

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: Christopher Parker, 19, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. Proceedings suspended and placed on 18 months supervised probation with $20 monthly probation costs and special conditions of full restitution to be determined, 30 hours community service and reporting to probation office within 24 hours. Harold […]