Q&A: District 1 candidates have different ideas to make city more business friendly

Compiled by David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Six candidates are running for the District 1 seat on Clovis’ City Commission. The municipal election is March 1. CNJ asked candidates: What can city government do, that it is not doing now, to make Clovis more business friendly? Candidate Rodney Muffley did not respond. Here’s what the other […]

Home costs up in 2015

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer escarbrough@pntonline.com According to a New Mexico Realtor’s Association housing market report, the median price for a home in Roosevelt County increased by more than $13,000 from 2014 to 2015. In the association’s 2015 third quarter report, NMRA reported Portales saw an increase from $126,500 to $140,000 in median home price […]

Opinion: Price of cheap gasoline too high

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist When I was in high school, Dad would give us money to go buy him cigarettes. Of course we needed gas in the green van to buy those cigarettes. And we couldn’t buy cigarettes without cruising “The Drag.” And then, of course, we’d need a soda. This sounds kind of […]

Pages past — Jan. 27

On this date … 2006: Police were warning area business owners to beware of a fraudulent check scheme. Scammers were printing checks with phony account numbers and phony phone numbers for the banks. Suspicious business owners were calling the number listed on the  checks and being told funds were sufficient. 1946: Excessive speed led to […]

Police blotter — Jan. 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 1:24 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 400 block of North Pile Street. • 2:16 a.m.: Possession of methamphetamines, location unknown. • 9:29 a.m.: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, Ninth and Davis streets. […]

What’s happening — Jan. 27

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday High Plains Patriots Meeting — 7 p.m. Master’s Center, conference room, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-749-2955 Melrose City Meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerks Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Curry Country DWI Task Force […]

Q&A: Most District 1 candidates don’t see need for storm purchases

Six candidates are running for the District 1 seat on Clovis’ City Commission. The municipal election is March 1. CNJ asked candidates: With the winter storm Goliath still fresh on everyone’s mind, does the city need to invest in more emergency-management resources? If so, what would you purchase and how would you pay for those […]

Ranchvale future on school board agenda

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com The future of Ranchvale Elementary School will top discussion at tonight’s Clovis school board meeting. No action can be taken tonight, but school Superintendent Jody Balch said a decision could be made as early as next month. Options include closing the 61-year-old facility. Balch said he will talk tonight about […]

Caregiver charged with abuse

Staff report A Clovis caregiver was arrested Sunday night and charged with abusing a client. A police report shows Terence Barela, 18, hit an ENMRSH resident on the neck and lower back with a spoon that had been left in hot water. The resident suffered second-degree burns, according to the report. The victim, whose name […]

Police blotter — Jan. 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 2:13 a.m.: Child abuse, abandonment, location unknown. • 7:19 a.m: Carless driving, Cameo and Purdue streets. • 8:06 a.m.: Runaway, 100 block of Summer Court. • 8:26 a.m.: Carless driving, 2600 block of East […]

What’s happening — Jan. 26

Today Texico City Council — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 Page Turners’ Book Club — 7 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 Clovis Municipal School Board Meeting — 5:30 p.m. Clovis Municipal School District, board room, 1009 Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4300 Wednesday […]

Attorneys told to continue prep for Montoya retrial

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com District Judge Drew Tatum told attorneys Monday to continue preparing for next week’s murder trial despite the fact that he is considering a motion to dismiss all charges. Defense Attorney Chris Christensen made two motions to have charges dropped against his client, DeAngelo Montoya, at a hearing Monday. At […]

Coca-Cola plant closing doors

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The closing of a local plant in the near future could leave 59 people out of jobs. Coca-Cola Refreshments announced Monday that it will be “consolidating” its production by closing the local Portales Coca-Cola plant, sending its services to the Abilene and El Paso, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, […]

Pages past — Jan. 26

On this date … 1976: Jack Williamson, a science fiction writer and English professor at Eastern New Mexico University, was not convinced that recent UFO sightings suggested we had visitors from outer space. “It seems to me that if there were intelligent beings from outside our solar system and they wanted to get in touch […]

Opinion: Congress last hurdle to women in every combat role

By Tom Philpott Military Update On Jan. 8, six days before he closed out a 45-year Marine Corps career, his last job leading U.S. Southern Command, Gen. John F. Kelly sounded an alarm, which he must have hoped would be heard on Capitol Hill. Kelly was asked at his final Pentagon press conference to comment […]

Legislature: Lawmakers focus on incentives, marketing

By Bruce Krasnow The New Mexican The list of tax breaks and economic development incentives handed to businesses over the past several years reads like a chapter book. New Mexico has spent money on job training and recruitment. It has helped businesses with necessary public infrastructure and worked to level the playing field with neighboring […]

Legislature: Transportation chief proposes plan to recover over $50M from truckers who don’t pay fees

By Dan Schwartz The New Mexican The state Department of Transportation is asking lawmakers to change how weigh stations are managed in an effort to capture as much as $56 million a year that analysts estimate the state is losing to truckers who don’t pay fees to haul their loads across New Mexico roads. The […]

Close shaves bring back memories

By David Stevens Editor You can’t go back in time, but it will come back to you on occasion … sort of. A new barber shop opened last week on the ground floor at Hotel Clovis. Jennifer Estes, a barber for more than two decades in California before returning to her hometown, said she’s not […]

Q&A: DA says computer crimes on rise

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Andrea Reeb is the 9th Judicial District attorney. To your knowledge, which crimes have seen an increase from 2015-16? Computer related crimes are what I have seen go up with technology as far as child pornography and sexual exploitation […]

Opinion: The boss has some homework to do

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor This year may have been the most excited I’ve ever been about the annual chamber of commerce banquet simply because of the theme chosen for it. I was thoroughly enthused to have the Star Wars theme music playing in the background and Star Wars decor on the tables. I immediately […]