Fire chief recounts events at site of attacks

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryPortales Fire Chief Raul Muniz addresses the crowd during Monday’s 9/11 ceremony at Portales National Bank. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers As a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department, Raul Muniz escaped death by mere minutes at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Portales fire chief shared […]

Meeting set for junior high fate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members will vote today on whether to continue or end research on the reorganization of Clovis junior high schools, according to a school board agenda. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 1009 Main St. School administrators seek permission from the board to further explore […]

Music festival draws 1,000-plus

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Music Festival was a weekend filled with rock ‘n’ roll and reminiscing. The event honored musicians from the 1950s who had ties to the Norman Petty Studios. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Liz Eisenbraun said the festival drew more than 1,000 fans from around the […]

Sex offender guilty of failng to register

CNJ Staff A sex offender was found guilty of failing to register by a Clovis jury Monday afternoon. Immediately following the verdict, 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker gave Elmer Ray Burke the maximum sentence of 18 months imprisonment with the Department of Corrections, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Because of […]

August business licenses

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in August: • Discount Party Plaza Type: Party Supplies Owner: Michael and Becky Dlouhy Location: 2614 N. Prince St. • Hawaiian Extreme Shaved Ice Type: Snow Cone Owner: Kenny Payne Location: 110 W. Manana, Apt. B • Eastern New Mexico Maintenance Type: Lawn Care […]

Controlling supply a business key

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: CNJ Columnist Have you heard the story about the young man who walked into the grocery store and was astonished to see pile after pile of salt bags? The young man exclaimed to the owner, “Boy! You must sell a lot of salt.” “No, I hardly ever sell any salt,” the store […]

Sept. 12, 2006 Business Digest

Atlas Van Lines sees 300 percent boost Cissell Transfer & Storage, a Clovis Atlas Van Lines agent, saw sales increase 290 percent the last fiscal year compared with 2005, according to an Atlas Van Lines news release. The local moving company was one of four agents to receive Atlas Van Lines’ Sales Progress Award for […]

Making music memories

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDerek Stone, 11, of Portales, front right, and James LeFebvre, center, get autographs from the LA Party Dolls Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center during the Clovis Music Festival’s “meet the rockers” fanfare. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some of those attending the Clovis Music Festival may have been chasing down […]

Teaching 9/11 a challenge

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The school librarian has a tradition. Each September, Charlotte Weyant pulls several books from the shelves of the James Bickley Elementary School library. One details the tragedy of Sept.11, 2001; others celebrate the city of New York. The librarian places them on display for her students. Weyant does not […]

Carey’s unexpected career coming to close

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Raised in the small Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas, Bill Carey said he spent much of his youth helping with cutting, balling and delivering hay for his father’s hay business. His father was also a school district mechanic. Around age 20, Carey enlisted in the Air Force, knowing he […]

Debate fuels controversy

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksThe ethanol plant proposed at this site along U.S. Highway 60/84 as a joint venture of ConAgra and the Carlyle/Riverstone Renewable Energy Infrastructure Fund has residents concerned by its proximity to the city. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some days, a fine dust settles on her porch furniture and an […]

Professor: 9/11 changed U.S. sense of vulnerability

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Five years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the event Americans call 9/11 is still affecting people’s lives. According to local historians, the event is probably still in search of its place and perspective in history. “It really made us aware that we are […]

Sept. 10, 2006 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Randall Quinn, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI (third offense). He was ordered to serve one year less one-day imprisonment, followed by nine months and four days supervised probation, and pay all fines and fees. All but 90 days of his […]

Sept. 10, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: On Sept. 1 an officer took a report about a vehicle accident involving a city trash truck. The trash truck driver said the accident occurred about noon at the intersection of Sycamore and Brady streets. He told police he swerved to avoid […]

Defense motions denied

CNJ Staff Motions by the defense team for a Cannon airman charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife were denied during a hearing held this week at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Defense counsel on Thursday requested a Cannon judge hold a new Article 32 investigation, or […]

‘Check’ yourself to be safe

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksLinda Davis, vice president and cashier at Portales National Bank, displays some of the counterfeit checks she has received this year. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Tearing up a check made out in your name for thousands of dollars would be a hard thing for most people to do. Tearing it […]

College funds may be stable despite enrollment drops

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Colleges and universities in New Mexico that experienced drops in enrollment may not be penalized, according to New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Beverlee McClure. The Department is considering a provision that would shelter college and university budgets for one year, according to higher education officials who met Friday […]

Petty cured: Seventh-Street studio top attraction for music lovers

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Paul Diffin of San Diego, Calif., looks at the instrument panel Thursday during a tour of Norman Petty’s recording studio on Seventh Street.Tours of the studio are part of the three-day Clovis Music Festival. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) BY Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer England native Paul Diffin called the Seventh-Street studio where Norman Petty […]

Clovis lands $16 million biodiesel plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor Clovis city commissioners gave the green light Thursday for a $16 million biodiesel plant to be constructed at the city’s industrial park. Commissioners approved their intent to issue industrial revenue bonds up to $15.3 million in connection with the proposed plant to be developed by ARES Corp. of Burlingame, […]

Meetings watch: New Mexico Higher Education Department

What: New Mexico Higher Education Department officials will meet with representatives of eastern New Mexico colleges and universities Where: Clovis Community College When: 8 a.m. today Why: Representatives of eastern New Mexico colleges and universities will present their capital outlay requests. Officials from Clovis Community, which has no request, will give a short presentation at […]