Political flier focuses on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

A political flier distributed last week to Clovis residents cited the Clovis News Journal as a source for its information. The flier’s subject was municipal candidates’ positions on driver’s licenses for illigal immigrants. Here’s the story we published following a political forum hosted by the High Plains Patriots; decide for yourself where the candidates stand: […]

Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

Robin Fornoff The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the […]

Republican Angie Spears running for state senate

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Spears CMI staff Republican Angie Spears will run for state senate in District 7, which includes Curry, Quay and Union counties. She pledged to revoke legislation that grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and that opposes tax increases to promote private sector job growth. Spears said she will prioritize education reform and ending social promotion […]

Torres’ father says he urged him to give himself up

Robin Fornoff Noe Torres is a son who found God in Mexico but refused advice to face his problems, his father Lucio Torres said Tuesday. The elder Torres, a truck driver living in Dimmitt, Texas, said he and his son kept in touch via text messages almost from the time Noe Torres fled Clovis six […]

Portales may be subject to driver’s license fraud

Barry Massey SANTA FE — Dozens of the same business and residential addresses were used repeatedly by people to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico in a pattern that suggests fraud by immigrants trying to game the system, an Associated Press investigation has found. Data suggests that Portales is one of the cities in New […]

Friday morning briefing: Holiday safety, bluegrass music and about that ball

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fair warning Be careful celebrating the New Year. Clovis police will be conducting DWI saturation patrols targeting drunk and impaired drivers somewhere in the city on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Most area establishments are participating in the Curry County Sheriff’s Designated Driver Program […]

Boy, 12, dies in crash

CNJ staff A 12-year-old is dead and two other Clovis teens injured after the 2002 Corvette they were riding in left the highway and struck a pole about 3 p.m. Friday near 720 Curry Road 12, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Saturday. Waller said Jacob S. Thomson of Clovis died at Plains Regional Medical Center shortly […]

Incentives offered to designated drivers

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, along with numerous sponsors, is conducting the Designated Driver Program for the seasonal holidays. This program is designed to curb drinking and driving by rewarding designated drivers with gift bags containing items provided by the sponsors. Participating licensed liquor establishments will identify volunteer designated drivers and provide them […]

Family of child hit by car planning vigil

CNJ staff The family of a 4-year-old struck and killed by a car last year in Clovis is planning a candlelight vigil 8 p.m. Monday near the accident site. Xzavier Salcido died Sept. 19, 2010, after he was struck on Cameo between Ninth and 10th streets. Police said he said he followed other children onto […]

Only fair to do verifications locally

Enough is enough! And I am not talking about the nearly catastrophic Tea Party Takedown of America. No, reference here is to the abuse I must take from certain readers of this fair and balanced column. Check this email response to a fair, balanced column that said, in effect, that Governor Susana Martinez is crazy […]

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez came by the Clovis News Journal office Wednesday for an interview with staff after visiting Cannon Air Force Base. Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And […]

City commissioners table vote on driver’s license resolution for illegal immigrants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, shows his driver’s license at the Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday. He was speaking in favor of a resolution supporting a state Legislature effort to end the practice of giving licenses to undocumented residents. The resolution was tabled, with the intent to be addressed again […]

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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File photo The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball coach Brandi Thomas said she didn’t think her assistance was a “big deal,” just an automatic response to an emergency situation. Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped […]

Designated drivers to be rewarded

Designated drivers will be rewarded through a holiday program being launched by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Participating businesses where liquor is sold are offering free gift bags containing sodas, snacks and clothing apparel to individuals who volunteer to be designated drivers, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. The incentive items are […]

Two hospitalized after six-vehicle crash

CNJ staff report Traffic was snarled in south Clovis Friday afternoon for more than an hour after a pickup truck crashed into six other vehicles. Police said the truck initially hit a curb at Prince and McDonald streets south of the overpass, then crashed into a vehicle on the overpass, another in the intersection at […]

Police blotter — Aug. 29

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. Aug. 18 an officer on traffic patrol in the area of 14th and Hickory streets stopped a vehicle after dispatch informed him it had rammed another vehicle. The driver told the officer he was following his wife to make […]

Police blotter — July 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 2 a.m. July 10 officers responded to a business in the area of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince Street for a report of a drunk driver. Witnesses said someone who appeared intoxicated had purchased beer and then drove from the store, […]

State police say officer not at fault in crash

By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico State police say a Portales police officer who rolled his car responding to a call Saturday was not at fault in the crash. State police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Tuesday the state agency would recommend to magistrate court that Officer Lee Ferguson be cited for not wearing a seat […]

Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Commentary: Captain’s dreams ended by drunken driver

By Senior Airman Emerald Ralston: 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Capt. Alan Yee had just finished pilot training and was out with friends celebrating. He and his friends realized they had one too many drinks to drive, and called a cab. As they were travelling down a 50 […]