City proactive in battling insects

By Jack king A new approach to mosquito control is giving the city of Clovis a head start in the war on the pesky — and some times dangerous — insects. City of Clovis Vector Control Officer Francis Warner called the new method the “comprehensive approach.” The dictionary says a “vector” is an organism, commonly […]

Detention officer attacked at county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina An altercation at the Curry County Adult Detention facility shortly after midnight Wednesday morning prompted an emergency call for backup to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis police. According to Jail Administrator Don Burdine, the incident began when one of three inmates in a cell attacked a detention officer during […]

County goes with the dome

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Leland Gray of LPDJ Architects of Bountiful, Utah, explains his concrete thin shell proposal to the Curry County Commission on Tuesday during a meeting for a proposed special events center. By Jack King After years of controversy and discussion, Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a design for a Curry County special events center. They tabled […]

Sensible celebration suggested

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Clayton Ortiz of Mr. W Fireworks said that Black Cats are popular choice this summer among customers for the Fourth of July. By Darrell Todd Maurina Above-normal rainfall exempted Curry County and other eastern New Mexico counties from a special dry weather ban on fireworks and most open burning issued last week by Gov. Bill […]

Public meetings

City Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, at Wells Fargo Bank. Tuesday, noon, Distinguished Employee Award Program. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. City Commission Meeting. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Water Policy Advisory Committee, Bert Cabiness City Government Building, assembly room. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Civil Aviation Board. Thursday, 7 a.m., Chamber of […]

Sheriff’s deputy chases motorist, who escapes

CNJ Staff A motorist led a Curry County deputy in hot pursuit on dirt roads southwest of Clovis early Wednesday morning before escaping, according to Undersheriff Doug Bowman. Bowman said the deputy was eastbound on County Road 8 when he noticed a vehicle that failed to dim its bright lights despite the deputy repeatedly flashing […]

County backs off tax plan

By Jack King Curry County probably will not be able to give Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad a property tax abatement in order to fund an overpass over State Road 467, County Assessor Randy Williams told county commissioners Tuesday. Under an agreement signed by the county and the railroad May 20, Burlington Northern will provide […]

State may see bills for prisoners

By Jack King A Curry County commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s […]

Pioneer spirit lives on

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Candra Allison, Miss Rodeo New Mexico 2004, from Las Cruces, visits with Milie Harris Friday at the Laurel Plains Health Care and Rehabilitation (formerly High Plains). The rodeo queens, along with rodeo clowns, were visiting patients at area nursing By Janet Bresenham Ten-year-old Keaton Reed found it difficult to narrow down his choice for what […]

Mounted Patrol’s origins more than ceremonial

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David Downey of Clovis, a member of the Mounted Patrol Unit, drives steers on Wednesday before the start of the 2003 Steer Roping Classic at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Darrell Todd Maurina Today’s Curry County Mounted Patrol is best known for sponsoring the Clovis Pioneer Days Rodeo and participating in various parades […]

Pioneer Days Celebration will feature traditional rodeo

By Gary Mitchell Airabelle the Cow and her friends plan to crash the 33rd annual Pioneer Days party this year — and add a whole new dimension to the event. Airabelle, an 80-foot-tall by 120-foot-wide balloon shaped like a dairy cow, will lead the charge of more than 30 hot-air balloons during the Pioneer Balloon […]

Ed Perales to pressure state on jail

By Jack King A Curry County Commissioner said he wants to further a statewide effort make the state pay county detention centers for housing state inmates. “I would like to encourage counties statewide to pressure the state to pay counties for those incarcerations,” said Commissioner Ed Perales. “I’m concerned about Curry County, but I think […]

Service organization raises money by serving

CNJ Staff Local luminaries earned $1,341 for The Shelter For Victims of Domestic Violence Inc. last week in the second annual “Eat to Defeat Domestic Violence.” From 6 to 8 p.m. May 20, a number of well-known locals waited tables at Poor Boy’s Steak House on North Prince, then donated their tips to The Shelter. […]

Good paying summer jobs hard to find

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]

Curry, Harvey

Harvey Curry Services: No services will be held. Mrs. Harvey Lou Curry, 87, of Clovis, died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born on Oct. 25, 1915, in Henrietta, Texas, to William Harve and Tula Mae Childress Strawn. She married Paul Curry on Oct. 10, 1937, in Clovis. She was […]

Curry County needs memorial to honor fallen

Ruben Rubio was killed in Vietnam on July 6, 1971. He was 21 years old. His sister, Jane Garcia, still lives in Clovis. She called the newspaper a few weeks ago to make sure Ruben’s name would appear among Curry County’s Memorial Day list of war heroes. That list is on Page 1 of today’s […]

Student killed in one-vehicle crash

Jack King A Clovis High School student was killed in a one-car accident Thursday at the intersection of Curry Road 11 and Curry Road N. According to a New Mexico State Police report, William R. “Billy” Mason, 18, was traveling east on Curry Road 11, a dirt road, shortly after noon in a 1985 Honda […]

Quit quibbling; close Wheaton

This Tuesday, Curry County commissioners have a simple vote to cast: Close the Wheaton Road rail crossing on the west edge of Clovis. Doing so means Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s proposed $15 million railyard expansion and 80 high-paying jobs bringing in $6.4 million more in annual payroll will happen and reinvigorate our economy Plus it […]

Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]

Curry County jail inmate dies after swallowing meth

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug […]