Clovis economic development forum Friday

Freedom Newspapers Clovis business leaders are sponsoring an economic development forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in room 409 at Clovis Community College. Mayor David Lansford will present an overview. Other presentations will be moderated by Mark Lautman, president of Santa Teresa Real Estate Development Group, who also has conducted successful economic development […]

Defense attacks alleged rape victim’s memory

By Mike Linn Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold the name of the alleged victim in this case. The story contains some graphic descriptions that some readers may find objectionable. PORTALES — The alleged victim in the first of five rape cases against a Clovis man said Thursday in Portales district […]

Governor names 100-person education task force

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state senators representing eastern New Mexico and a Portales school teacher are among 100 people on a committee appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to recommend changes in the state’s education system and the agency that runs it. Richardson said he is reaching out to rural residents who rebuffed his school […]

Pay hike for dispatchers, shift supervisors approved

By Jack King Clovis’ City Commission approved a raise Thursday night for police department dispatchers and shift supervisors. The raise will cost the city approximately $500 a month or $6,000 a year, plus benefits, City Manager Raymond Mondragon told the commission. Starting salaries for dispatchers will go from $9.05 to $9.25 an hour. Pay for […]

Video reviews

By Scott Jones The following movies are available at Clovis-area video stores: 2 Fast 2 Furious (PG-13) Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, James Remar Brian O’Conner (Walker) is back in this second installment of high speed and high adrenaline. O’Conner, since losing his badge, has been tarring up […]

Police linked seemingly unrelated cases

Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey said three seemingly unrelated cases of child sex abuse came to police attention about the same time in mid-September. Police soon linked them to a home at 700 E. 10th Street and found other alleged victims. Carey said an internal check of police records on Wednesday also showed […]

Clovis man faces up to 33 years in state prison

Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with children failed on Wednesday in an effort to have his bail reduced. Billy Martin, 49, scratched his head and shuffled paperwork during his Tuesday afternoon video arraignment in Curry County Magistrate Court as he tried to persuade Magistrate Judge Doug Miller to reduce […]

Sex-crime suspect arraigned

Darrell Todd Maurina A woman whose husband is among those accused of multiple sex acts involving children said Wednesday the allegations are false. “It’s hard to believe. We had a good name and it’s ruined,” Jeanette Martin said. “All the stuff that’s gone on has messed up my name, and (my husband) worked hard all […]

State wants compromise on building codes issue

By Jack King o Not all Clovis task force members in agreement. The state Construction Industries Division has proposed a compromise on a statewide building codes controversy. Some members of Clovis’ building codes task force say the compromise is not acceptable. Building codes have been an issue in Clovis at least since July 17, when […]

Commissioners have full agenda tonight

By Jack King Several items that have been subject to public discussion are on the city commission’s consent agenda for its regular meeting tonight. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Curry-Carver Public Library. Items are placed on the consent agenda so the commission may vote to pass them […]