Energy conservation: Operations enabler

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In an address to attendees at the Air Force Energy Forum III in Washington, D.C., May 28, Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz said, “We cannot overstate the criticality of every airman embracing energy as a consideration in all we do. This is a long-term imperative that carries […]

Clovis police to begin scrambling radio transmissions

Sharna Johnson After about six years in the works, Clovis police expect to begin scrambling radio transmissions in the near future. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the system has been tested and a few remaining things need to be worked out with dispatch. While he doesn’t have a specific timeline when the change will take […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Licensing rule reveals multiple pet ordinance violators

Sharna Johnson Police Chief Steve Sanders said an unexpected result of a city pet licensing ordinance passed in July is the discovery numerous residents are violating a multiple pet ordinance. But Sanders said animal control doesn’t have the resources to proactively enforce. “We have found that since we started the licensing program that several citizens […]

New rationer in chief named by Obama

We’re calling him Dr. Ration. Others are calling him the Rationing Czar or the Rationer in Chief. He is Don Berwick, MD, whom President Obama just appointed as the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the huge Medicare and Medicaid government health programs. This was a recess appointment, meaning […]

Police chief: 148 pet licenses issued so far

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Billy Arnold, left, waits his turn to obtain a pet license Monday afternoon while Animal Shelter Supervisor Louisa Maestas fills out a license application for Shannon Rhodes, right, and Michael Lindsey, center. Sharna Johnson Clovis’ new pet licensing program is off to a quick start. Police Chief Steve Sanders said […]

Wike named new drug force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Board members decline to release drug task force coordinator’s identity

CNJ staff Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made […]

Cannon starts operations for CV-22 Osprey

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Officials applaud as 5-year-old Quran Mighty, left, 4-year-old Kiara Morgan, middle, and 4-year-old Zoe Jones, right, officially break ground for the new Child Development Center Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Agency finds evidence of discrimination in Melrose police chief firing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s Human Rights Bureau has found probable cause for sexual discrimination or retaliation in the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling last year by then-mayor Lance Pyle. A hearing has been set for Sept. 15-16, according to a June 3 letter from the bureau provided to […]

Curry County hires new jail administrator

Keith Norwood of Belen is the new administrator of the Curry County jail. Norwood’s appointment was announced late Wednesday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Norwood has 25 years experience with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. He retired in December as the deputy bureau chief of internal audits, standards and compliance, according to his resume. […]

Chief: Cigarette ignited dairy fire

Freedom New Mexico A stray cigarette in a pile of feed caused Thursday’s fire at Western Star Dairy, Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen and Assistant Fire Chief Delbert Rector said. Rector believed the cigarette was thrown down out of carelessness. A damage estimate was yet available. Rector said Floyd firefighters remained on scene until 3 […]

Freedom chairman talks about future of company

By Mary Ann Milbourne: Freedom Communications James D. Dunning Jr. is the new chairman of Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. He brings broad media experience ranging from being former president and chief financial officer of Rolling Stone to chief executive of Ziff Davis […]

Tucumcari hires new police chief

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Jason Braziel, a Tucumcari police officer for 11 years, was hired as the department’s chief on Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico Interim Operations Commander Jason Braziel is Tucumcari’s new top cop. Braziel accepted the position of Chief of Police Wednesday. Braziel is an 11-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department. Tucumcari has been without a police […]

Former Tucumcari officer accused of trying to smuggle illegal immigrant

Freedom New Mexico A former Tucumcari police chief was arrested Friday and accused of trying to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the U.S. Ronald Lewis Haley was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port near San Diego, according to a border patrol press release. Haley, 41, was hired as […]

No injuries in house fire

Freedom New Mexico No one was injured in a fire Friday that destroyed a home in the 500 block of South Roosevelt Road V, according to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill. Hill said the call came in about 8 a.m. He said the house was a total loss and investigators are still trying […]

Awards recognize Cannon’s finest

USAF photo: Airman First Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Retired Maj. Gen. Richard Comer speaks at the 2009 Annual Awards ceremony held at The Landing Zone Feb. 20. Comer shared his experiences in the Air Force and gaves a few words of advice to all airmen. By Airman 1s Class Maynelinne De La Cruz: 27th […]

Diamond Sharp airmen recognized

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez Col. Stephen Clark, far left, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Bill Turner, far right, 27th Special Operations Wing command chief, stand with Diamond Sharp winners following the Diamond Sharp Breakfast on Jan. 19. Second from left are: Senior Airman Mitchell Schacher, 27th Special Operations Aircraft […]

Judge rules Isler can coach rest of season

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Hobbs News-Sun: Kimberly Ryan J.D. Isler returned to the sidelines in Hobbs after a federal judge reinstated him for the remainder of the season. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Calling allegations against Clovis High School’s boys’ basketball coach J.D. Isler “unsubstantiated assumptions,” a federal judge has reinstated him as coach for the remainder of […]