Flurry of activity

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The day crew of the Public Works Department Street Maintenance section prepares Wednesday afternoon for a winter storm that is expected in Clovis today. Assistant Supervisor Joel Garcia said two crews will operate on 12-hour shifts —  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — applying a salt and lava cinder blend to the city streets, which will provide a melting agent and traction.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Emergency crews were gearing up early Wednesday for today’s predicted winter storm. The National Weather Service was predicting 12 to 14 inches of snow to fall across much of eastern New Mexico. That had Clovis and Curry County crews scrambling Wednesday in anticipation of the second wallop of winter […]

Thursday weather delays, cancellations -Updated

Here are Thursday delays and cancellations caused by weather, as reported to CNJ: • Melrose schools have canceled classes. • Cannon AFB – All non-mission critical personnel at Cannon are not to report to duty until further notice. • Clovis Community College canceled Wednesday evening and Thursday classes. All classes and community events scheduled have […]

Governor outlines legislative wish list

By Steve Terrell The New Mexican In her annual State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez outlined her wish list for the 2015 legislative session, including higher pay for new teachers, a large highway spending package, more money to help lure businesses to the state and more funds for job-training programs. As […]

Looking for a new wild goose chase

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist When they push, I’ve pushed back. Well, not literally in either case. I’ll go to a clothing store, and a few of the clerks are instantly on me. They say, “What can I help you find?” when they really mean, “How can you help me hit my sales quota?” “I […]

More snow on its way to area

Staff report Remember that snowfall that was so enjoyable for everybody two weeks prior? Oh, it wasn’t? In either case, get ready for another one. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque is predicting plenty of snowfall for eastern New Mexico beginning Wednesday evening and going into Thursday. While the biggest concentration should be north of […]

Agency official: Access to behavioral health care will be protected

By Aubry Buzek and Thomas Garcia Staff writers Turquoise Health and Wellness “cannot stand on its own” when Lifewell ceases operations with them March 31, according to an email sent to CNJ from Matt Kennicott, the director of external affairs for the New Mexico Human Services Department. Turquoise, a behavioral health agency treating Medicaid patients […]

A look at how Clovis stacks up for young adults

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Do you think Clovis is a good city for young adults to live in? On Jan. 9, the website Money-rates.com ranked all 50 states in an article called “Best and Worst States for Young Adults” based on several criteria: youth employment, youthfulness of the population, affordability of tuition, rental […]

New chain restaurants may be on way

Staff report It appears Clovis is about to get a pair of national chain restaurants — Denny’s and Wingstop. Although numerous attempts to confirm through corporate spokespersons failed, Denny’s franchise holder QK Holdings of Holbrook, Arizona is advertising for a manager of its new store in Clovis. The Denny’s advertisements are here: https://ijobsdb.com/New-Mexico/clovis/fbh/restaurant-manager-clovis-portales-14219583.html and here […]

Gross receipts tax revenue up from 2013

Staff report The city of Clovis collected $26.164 million in 2014 from gross receipts taxes, which provides much of the funding for city operation. The total collected is up .87 percent from last year’s total of $25.939 million. The city collects gross receipts taxes from the state each month. “It’s always two months behind,” City […]

Pages past — Jan. 21

On this date … 1970: Clovis police reported they had solved two alleged armed robberies at the Shell Service Station at 201 W. Seventh St. The station attendant initially told police he’d been robbed of $50 on Nov. 24 and $30 on Dec. 11. He ultimately admitted he made up the stories. Officials said he […]

What’s happening — Jan. 21

Today Finance committee meeting — 2 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Toddler time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Ribbon cutting — 11 a.m.,  for Euvelyn Vinton, 105 E. Grand Ave. information: 575-763-3435. Thursday Relay For Life of Clovis 20th Relay Reunion Kickoff  — 6 p.m., The Java Loft, 810 E. 21st St. […]

Police blotter — Jan. 21

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 2:25 a.m.: Burglary report, 13th and Merriwether streets. • 8:57 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 2600 block of West Seventh Street. • 9:44 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. […]

Martinez’ social promotion measure back on agenda

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican Gov. Susana Martinez, now in her fifth year in office, has a legislative agenda that resembles her first one from 2011. Martinez, a Republican, is again supporting a bill to retain third-graders who are not proficient on standardized reading tests. It will be among the high-profile proposals of the […]

Celebration coordinator shares passion for King

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Robert Graham, one of the coordinators for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday, has a deep passion for the leader of the civil rights movement and the message he tried to teach. Graham, who attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, the same college King attended, said having MLK […]

Children carry banner in MLK march

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Clovis remembered Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, marching from O.G. Potter Park to Legacy Life Family Church.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The sound of children’s voices singing “I’m on my way to the freedom land,” carried down Grand Avenue on Monday. As the large crowd marched from O.G. Potter Park to Legacy Life Family Church, seven children carried a banner as families and local leaders followed behind, remembering the legacy […]

New principal at Ranchvale Elementary

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Staff report Jennifer Longley is the new principal at Ranchvale Elementary School, according to a news release from Clovis Municipal Schools. Longley was instructional coach at Marshall Middle School before accepting the job at Ranchvale, the release said. She has been with the district since 1999 as a teacher at Lincoln-Jackson, James Bickley and Ranchvale […]

Panel verifies Agent Orange exposure

By Tom Philpott Military update Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter almost didn’t travel to Washington D.C. this month where, to his surprise, he heard an independent panel of scientists verify what he had dogged the Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs about for almost four years. The Institute of Medicine said Carter […]

Take care in believing gossip

By Sandy Fields Local columnist For several years now, I’ve been part of a Bible study group with a unique plan. We choose a theme, then we each bring a passage of Scripture to share and discuss. This week our topic is “birds.” So many times, the first passage I come across is the one […]

What’s happening — Jan. 20

Today Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series: Aeolus Quartet — 7 p.m., tickets $15/$10, Clovis Community College Town Hall Information: 575-769-4956 Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — noon, Clovis Community College, room 405. Information: 575-769-7828 Health insurance enrollment event — 4 p.m., Clovis Community College. Information: 575-769-5030 or 575-769-5032 Mystery quilt class — 6 p.m., […]

Turquoise to discontinue behavioral health services

Staff report Turquoise Health and Wellness will discontinue behavioral health services March 31 in Clovis and several other New Mexico cities, according to an Associated Press report. Turquoise, a subsidiary of Lifewell Behavioral Wellness Inc. out of Arizona, was contracted to take over behavioral health services in Clovis in 2013 after TeamBuilders Counseling Services was […]