Military update: Caregiver program’s limitations raise concerns

For older generations of spouses, mothers and other family caregivers of severely disabled veterans, the startling feature of the Family Caregiver Program that Congress enacted in 2010 was its exclusivity. The unprecedented package of caregiver benefits includes training to help ensure patient safety, cash stipends to partially compensate for caregiver time and effort, caregiver health […]

Pages past — Sept. 30

On this date … 1973: The body of a Muleshoe man was found in Bull Lake, not far from where the amphibious plane he was riding in crashed five days earlier. Larry Dale Bynum, 26, and Morgan Locker, 57, were practicing takeoffs and landings in a high wind. Locker, who was piloting the plane, swam […]

Police blotter — Sept. 30

Clovis police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 4:37 a.m.: Public affray, 1900 block of Howard Street. • 6:18 a.m.: Motor vehicle theft, 1600 block of Claremont Terrace. • 7:44 a.m.: Leaving the scene of crash with property damage, 2100 block of West Manana Boulevard. • 8:58 a.m.: Criminal damage up to […]

What’s happening — Sept. 30

Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 a.m., Clovis Community College, Room 512. Information: 575-769-4001. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. 575-769-7828. County Commission meeting […]

Clovis city manager announces retirement (updated)

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By Robin Fornoff Projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com City Manager Joe Thomas’ surprise announcement of his impending retirement Monday will apparently have Mayor David Lansford and the city commissioners huddling behind closed doors later this week to figure out how to find a replacement. Thomas said a closed executive session is scheduled for Thursday’s City Commission meeting […]

New Mexico Better Newspapers contest winners

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — The 2013-14 NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest awards were handed out during the 106th annual NMPA convention at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa on Saturday. Judging was completed by the Texas Press Association. The contest is sponsored jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the New […]

Attorney makes second excessive force accusation

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com A Clovis attorney has levied additional accusations, complete with video evidence, against a Clovis police officer facing internal and criminal investigations for excessive force. Attorney Dan Lindsey said a Clovis woman came forward last week after hearing reports about the internal investigation of Officer Brent Aguilar, who is accused […]

ENMU board approves list of funding requests

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents approved a list of funding requests to the state Department of Higher Education for the fiscal year 2016 at its Friday meeting. Scott Smart, vice president of ENMU’s business affairs, said seven of the eight  funding requests through what is know as […]

Comedian Carlos Mencia talks about his return to Clovis

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Carlos Mencia has been in standup more than a quarter century, with a career that’s spanned movies, HBO and Comedy Central specials, his own television series (”Mind of Mencia”) and a share of controversies. Mencia, who performed in Clovis in late 2011, spoke with us this week about the show and his last three years […]

Farmers market offers local variety

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Green chiles are lined up to be roasted Saturday at the Clovis Farmers Market. Rick Ledbetter of Portales said roasting of the $25 bags of green chile is a free service and he estimates 99 percent of customers get their chile roasted.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com From big farmers with advertising flags to families operating out of a truck bed, from a sweet cantaloupe to the sweet heat of roasted chiles, there was plenty of variety for the customers Saturday at the Clovis Farmers Market. With cash in hand for produce without the middle man, […]

Pages past — Sept. 28

On this date … 1976: Marion Fullerton, chairman of the Portales Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, was preparing to chair a regional meeting for handicapped persons in Curry, De Baca, Guadalupe, Quay, Roosevelt and Union counties. Information from the meeting, scheduled Oct. 1, would be presented at the 1977 White House Conference on Handicapped […]

Police blotter — Sept. 28

Clovis police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 1:53 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 400 block of West 8th Street. • 2:28 a.m.: Fire/regular response, 4700 block of East Mabry Drive. • 3:00 a.m.: Heart attack, 1100 block of East Grand Avenue. • 3:45 a.m.: Situation check, 400 block of West Eighth Street. […]

What’s happening — Sept. 28

Monday Zambia Delegation Sister Cities — 11:30 a.m., Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-769-7828. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 a.m., Clovis Community College, Room 512. Information: 575-769-4001. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. City Commission […]

Letter to the editor — Sept. 28

Non-monetary returns something to consider I’m having a difficult time understanding the point of Robert Arrowsmith’s column about return on investment in Wednesday’s CNJ. It makes sense if he were referring to private industry. Every retail company spends a great deal of time studying potential locations for stores that will provide the best return on […]

Pages Past — Sept. 27

On this date …   1962: The Clovis City Commission instructed its city attorney to draw up a curfew law aimed at juvenile delinquents. About 30 businessmen led the drive for the curfew. One said he’d sustained a $6,000 financial loss due to late-night burglaries. Juveniles were accused of pulling a man from his car […]

Driver in fatal crash indicted

Staff report A Curry County grand jury indicted a 20-year-old airman Friday of vehicular homicide, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Tylan Bolden of Clovis is accused of causing the death of Andrew Padilla, 22. Both men were enlisted at Cannon Air Force Base. According to the release: • […]

October busy month in area

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National Peanut Board mascot Buddy McNutty will be at the 2014 Peanut Valley Festival to hug, high-five, and take photos with children and their parents. The festival will include games and entertainment for all ages.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com October is shaping up to be a month chock full of events in the eastern New Mexico area, starting with busy weekends in Portales and Clovis. Comedian Carlos Mencia returns to the area Friday when he performs 8 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Tickets are $37.50, according to the Clovis/Curry […]

ENMU regents hear tailgating proposal

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting on Friday had many issues that were discussed, including tailgating and dropping the requirement of bachelor degrees to 120 hours. Student regent Chase Sturdevant discussed a student proposal for tailgating before football games. The Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University made […]

Not everybody believes in mirages

By Grant McGee Local columnist Have you ever seen a mirage? It’s been a long time since I’ve seen one. A mirage is a reflection of something over the horizon that you usually can’t see. I don’t know what it takes to make a mirage, whether it’s low humidity, cold air or just plain cow […]

Winter prep already started

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Maybe it’s hard to imagine snow when it feels like spring outside, but don’t be fooled, wild critters large and small are on the move this time of year and winter preparations are in full swing, despite the illusion that balmy is here to stay. Responding to an internal clock, […]