On the job: Clovis Fire Department


Firefighter Dustin Oliver demonstrates the correct way to use the pole. The fire station on Mitchell Sreet. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The average Clovis firefighter is 31 years old, male, works 24-hour shifts, makes $25,500 a year and has been on the job between two and 16 years. “Ladder […]

ENMU linebackers expect solid year


Junior Tony Johnson, left and senior Jeremy Mullins listen to assistant coach Todd Wallis Thursday on the first day of Eastern New Mexico University football practice. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Jeremy Mullins and Tony Johnson were part of an Eastern New Mexico University defense which struggled […]

Aug. 2, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a summary of Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. • Curry County Assessor Randy Williams reported his office has been receiving a high volume of calls with queries related to Curry County tax rates and overall property value. Williams said many calls are from military families associated with the 16th Special Operations Wing. […]

Fire departments concerned about liability

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Residents living in Roosevelt County wishing to perform a controlled burn must have fire departments on standby as part of the ban that was kept intact by Roosevelt County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. Local area fire departments are concerned with the issue of standbys primarily because of liability. “It’s […]

Cannon mission kept below public radar

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer The Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing emerged as a good fit for Cannon Air Force Base quickly after Cannon was placed in enclave status last August, its three F-16 squadrons assigned elsewhere. The base would have closed if a mission had not been found by 2010, under […]

New system can pinpoint location of 911 callers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A new system implemented by Clovis 911 dispatch will allow emergency responders to pinpoint the location of cell-phone callers. Using global positioning satellite technology, emergency officials will be able to narrow the callers’ location to within 7 to 80 feet. The previous system enabled dispatchers to zero in on […]

Local officials say dispatchers being flooded with nonemergency calls


Clovis Police dispatcher Adam Martinez monitors calls to 911 Wednesday afternoon. Martinez answered 90 calls on Tuesday during his shift, according to Carolyn Aragon, dispatch shift supervisor. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff The dispatch center for 911 is being treated more like an information line than an emergency call center, according […]

Jail officials, defense attorneys at odds over monitoring phone calls

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis criminal defense lawyer Randall Harris communicates with his clients face to face. When he learned phone calls at detention centers were monitored by police departments and district attorneys several months ago, he shied away from having telephone conversations with his clients housed in detention centers. “I do not […]

Taking time to look up reminds us that . . .

By Curtis K. Shelburne My youngest son, our fourth, was recently able (because of the blessing of a generous gift) to join two of his brothers in Uganda. He plans to stay for at least several months. Having helped get an AIDS orphan relief program there rolling, No. 1 son will be coming home soon […]

3/5 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2 p.m. Monday a 40-year-old Clovis woman told police she received harassing phone calls from an unidentified person Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 at her work and home on the 800 block of Yucca Avenue. The woman told police she knows […]