Curry inmate receives $450,000 in settlement

Robin Fornof Curry County, or at least the board of directors of its insurance provider, agreed in December 2010 to pay a Clovis man $450,000 for his alleged mistreatment while housed at the juvenile detention facility. On Thursday, Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick confirmed the settlement with Orlando Salas, 22, after details were made public in […]

Old laws in need of new analysis

During a period of deep reflection and painstaking research, which basically involved sitting in an easy chair and playing computer poker while grasping for a column idea, I had an epiphany. It is this. I have a lot of things to be thankful for this season, but none more reassuring than the news my epistemic […]

In search of ponies: Rat had chip on her shoulder

While sitting in the dentist chair, my attention was suddenly drawn to an announcer on the softly playing radio. “Doritos inventor Arch West, dead at 97… to be buried in his beloved chips,” the voice said. It was apparently something the family wanted to do and they planned to toss handfuls of their loved one’s […]

City commissioner selected as committee chair

CNJ staff City of Clovis and Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard has been selected to serve as chairman of Leadership New Mexico’s Local Government Leadership Program Committee. Founded in 1995, Leadership New Mexico is a nonprofit that has provided a nonpartisan perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities for improvement, according to a press […]

Equine virus presentation scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on […]

Rocking chair rock-a-thon to benefit Relay for Life

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Saturday’s rock-a-thon benefit is in honor of Kris Weaver, a Clovis veterinarian who died from cancer in 2010. Liliana Castillo Relay for Life team Dream Weavers will be rocking Saturday away to raise money. That’s rocking in a rocking chair. Team member Chris Pettigrew of Clovis said the rock-a-thon is […]

Press release: Clovis’ Van Soelen appointed to state commission

Albuquerque, NM (February 25, 2011) – The NM Commission on the Status of Women is pleased to announce the appointment of the following New Mexico residents to the Board of Commissioners: Agnes Maldonado, Chair (Albuquerque) Justine Fox Young, Vice Chair (Albuquerque) Dolores (Lori) Kitts (Flora Vista) Adolfo Alarid (Santa Fe) Gerald Gallegos (Ojo Caliente) Jennifer […]

Clovis native elected state Republican Party chair

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Former Hobbs Mayor and Clovis native Monty Newman will serve as chairman of the state Republican Party for the next two years. Newman was elected chairman on Saturday by the state central committee. He defeated Nina Martinez, who has served as the GOP’s first vice chairman for the past […]

Our people: Big communicator

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Courtesy photo Dobson married her husband Wayne Head July 1, 2006. Eastern New Mexico University Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication in the Communication Department Patti Dobson moved to Clovis in 1970. She enjoys working with college students.

Officials optimistic festival earnings in black

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Mickey Thomas of Starship belts out “Sara” during Thursday’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival. Organizers said the 70s and 80s group helped bring a different audience to the Curry County Event Center. Kevin Wilson A few days after thousands of Clovis residents heard the sounds of Buddy Holly and […]

EPCOG chair says no vote needed in firing of former director

By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how Arguello […]

Relay for Life chair says she sees impact of fundraiser every day

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File photo This year’s Relay for Life has 87 registered teams so far, up from last year’s total of 63. The fundraising goal is $125,000, up from last year’s haul of $117,000. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Laurin Stamps had her life ahead of her — a scholarship to Howard University, plans to graduate […]

Press Release: Brumfield resigns from PRMC board

Gayla Brumfield resigned as Chair from Plains Regional Medical Center, PRMC, Community Board of Trustees as of April 1, 2010. Brumfield served on the hospital board for 15 years with the last 4 as chair. “The past several years serving as a Board Member and continuing on as the chairman of the Board has been […]

Dairy Farmers of America elects vice chairman

CNJ staff The board of directors of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. elected Clovis dairy farmer Wayne Palla as its first vice chairman. Palla has previously served as vice chair of DFA’s Board. He also is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chair of the Southwest Area Council. Palla is on the National Milk […]

Ethnic committee chair presented with key to city

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer On an otherwise light agenda for Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting, heavy praise was reserved for Selmus Price. The longtime chair of the Clovis Ethnic Affairs Committee was presented with the key to the city, primarily for his work over the last 19 years with the Clovis Ethnic Fair. […]

Police say Tuesday shooting accidental

Freedom New Mexico Police said a Clovis woman suffered a gunshot wound Tuesday in what appears to be an accidental shooting. Capt. Patrick Whitney said the victim’s brother was handling a .357 caliber pistol and it discharged, striking his sister in the left leg. Whitney said the bullet passed through her thigh and struck a […]

5/10 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. April 17 officers responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Echols for a domestic dispute. A disabled woman said she pushed her alert button when her son and his girlfriend left her lying on the floor after […]

Honorary Relay for Life chair counts on family for support

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Annette Garcia was diagnosed with leukemia January 18, 2008. She said she leans on her husband and daughter Destiny, 7, for support. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After three or four dizzy spells that prevented her from working, driving and even walking, Annette Garcia decided it was time to […]

Republicans elect officers

CNJ staff The Curry County Republican Party held elections for offices Monday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Officers elected were: Rube Render, county chairman; Brett Johnson, first vice chair; Ben McDaniel, second vice chair; and Marge Render, secretary/treasurer. Rube Render, Johnson and McDaniel were also elected to the Republican Party’s state central committee. Also […]

Bingaman to chair hearing on insurance coverage

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman will chair a hearing in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on insurance market reform.