Organizations enlisting parents to prevent underage drinking

CNJ staff County and state organizations are hoping they can increase the power of parents when it comes to preventing underage drinking. The Power of Parents seminar, scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, will cover the influence parents have on their children’s choices. It […]

Man accused of drinking, driving lawn tractor maintains innocence

The man accused of drinking and driving a lawn tractor in Melrose says he’s ready to serve 11 days in jail, beginning today. George Rierson, 36, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with driving on a revoked license and carrying an open container of alcohol. Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rierson maintains his […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded grant to combat underage drinking

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth, and Families has been awarded $360,000 to help enforce underage drinking laws. The funds will be used for innovative programs, evidence-based prevention and education strategies; statewide enforcement activities as well as media campaigns, public information initiatives and merchant education. “This federal […]

March 1, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3 a.m. Feb. 14 an officer responded to a residence in the 800 block of Stanton for a report of a fight. While standing at the front door, the officer noted blood smeared on the walls and all over the floor. […]

Tucumcari examining underage drinking laws

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Police blotter — Dec. 9

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 a.m. Nov. 28 an officer responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 1000 block of Colonial Park. When the officer arrived, he saw a male being chased by another male. The officer ordered the […]

Letters to the Editor: Alcoholics no reason to restrict sales

Regarding the issue of Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis (“Citizens split over sales, Jan. 6 CNJ”): People against Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants should put up a better argument than stated in this article. Linda Teakell’s argument simply doesn’t float. I am a lifetime member of VFW Post 3280, but am not an advocate of […]

County says no to liquor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday in a special meeting against applying for a government liquor license for the fairgrounds and the special event Center. The vote was 3-2. County manager Dick Smith said the liquor license, which is similar to the one the city has for its civic center, […]

Nothing never tasted quite so sweet

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When your governor seeks the presidency, it’s reassuring to know your lieutenant governor can replace him in New Mexico’s most important times. And the other times too. My e-mail inbox was flooded Monday night with a variety of press releases. The one that got my attention features Lt. Gov. […]

Base aims to thwart drunken driving

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to […]

Mastering coffee drinking takes practice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a scalded […]

Melrose awarded wastewater funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The village of Melrose was recently awarded $400,000 to ensure safe drinking water for its residents. According to Mayor Lance Pyle, Melrose received the funds through a Community Development Block Grant to improve the village’s wastewater treatment facility. Communities applying for a CDBG must meet one of three criteria: […]

Program helps steer DWI defenders straight

1147331887-Steve-Hawkins-DWI-5_10.jpg

Curry County DWI Probation Officer Steve Hawkins looks over the files of his active caseload that includes 237 DWI offenders. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer His message is carried on a sheet of loose-leaf paper, ripped from a notebook, its edges torn. “Thank you,” it reads, in small, cursive letters, […]

Environmental report debated

1145164879-RAW-LAGOON_DIARY-1.jpg

Highland Dairy Farm employee Alfredo Ordonez of Clovis looks over the ponds used to collect dairy waste, called lagoons. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer About half of New Mexico’s 160 dairies have groundwater beneath them that’s been polluted with nitrate, according to a New Mexico Environment Department internal review completed […]

Program seeks to educate preteens about drinking

1144394326-bowmanclass.jpg

Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman speaks to James Bickley fifth-graders Thursday morning in their classroom about alcohol use and its effects. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The words scrawled in red across the board at the front of the classroom asked a sobering question: Why do kids drink? “Because parents […]

Officials paint disturbing picture of underage drinking trends in America

1143617749-web-drinking2-3_29_06.jpg

Alcohol companies target youth through magazine, television, radio and other advertising as seen in a statistic during the Curry County Underage Drinking Prevention meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlenaa Hartz: CNJ staff writer The red-haired child, with big, brown eyes, addressed her audience. “My name is Lisa, […]

Meetings to shed light on teen drinking

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shined on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]

Web site tracks water quality

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than half of the public drinking water systems in Curry County have been cited by the New Mexico Environment Department for drinking water violations, according to a new online drinking water database. Fifteen public water providers were cited by the state since 1993 for higher than established contaminant […]

8/16 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Aug. 8 to a department store in the 3700 block of North Prince Street response to a report that someone had broken into the coin box of a ride in the game room. An investigation of the equipment indicated […]

Attorney General to speak at ENMU about drinking

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers State Attorney General Patricia Madrid is traveling around the state in an effort to combat binge and underage drinking. Madrid will speak to Eastern New Mexico University students, faculty and community members from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Faculty Lounge in the Campus Union Building on the […]