Clovis man recounts year of recovery

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Freedom New Mexico: Christina Calloway Robert Bell demonstrates how he fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft about one year ago. Bell considers his survival a miracle and is very grateful that he is still alive. Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of […]

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the […]

Clovis man drowns in Missouri lake

CNJ staff A 45-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday afternoon at a lake in Missouri. John W. Matelski slid off a water slide on a dock and fell into the water at the Lake of the Ozarks, according to a report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Matelski went under the water, briefly resurfaced and then […]

Hotel Clovis: Saving a local landmark

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File photo Hotel Clovis was foreclosed on in 2004 and became city property. Sharna Johnson When Hotel Clovis fell into disrepair in the 1980s and its owners failed to address it, the city stepped in. Now, almost 11 years later, around $100,000 of local money has been invested — a figure that could grow to […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

Clean Air Act battling point for Senate Dems

Freedom New Mexico Senate Republicans fell short last week, 47-53, of overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but exposed a significant split among Democrats that may bode ill for passage this year of comprehensive energy and climate-change legislation. As the Washington Post reported, the contentious vote “suggested the Senate is far […]

Clovis man dies after fall from cherry picker

CNJ staff A 54-year-old Clovis man was killed late last month when he fell from a cherry picker. William Armijo died after being transported from the 200 block of Reid Street to the emergency room at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m. Jan 26, according to a police report. Armijo’s father Zenovio Armijo told […]

Great American Smokeout kicks off

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It was just time. Steve Chancy said he had tried to quit many times before with no success. But when his daughter was born 29 years ago, Chancy said things fell into place and realizing he wanted to be around for her and watch her grow, he gave up […]

Contractor seeking damages after falling down Hotel Clovis elevator shaft

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A contractor who fell 16 feet down an elevator shaft in Hotel Clovis is seeking unspecified damages from the city and a biohazard abatement company. In a lawsuit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, John Smith said he fell down the shaft because the city and GranCor Enterprises […]

Timeliness fell by the wayside

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I honestly can’t remember it ever happening to me in my adult life until this past week. I confess, I overslept on a workday. After some 35 years of getting to work on time — if not a little bit early — I blew it by a little better than […]

`High hopes’ for takeover

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hundreds of College of Santa Fe supporters packed the Capitol Rotunda for a rally Tuesday afternoon hoping their voices would sway legislators to approve a state takeover of the school. Various attempts to stabilize finances and increase enrollment at the school have failed, and partnership talks with two other […]

Sept. 10, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3 p.m. Aug. 30 an officer responded to the area of 14th and Sycamore streets for a domestic dispute. Witnesses reported seeing a man stop his vehicle in the street and try to pull someone out of the vehicle. The suspect […]

Billboard accident

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A billboard on Mabry Drive in Clovis fell on a truck about 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. There were no major injuries.

Sunday alcohol sales already started in Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer The first Sunday of alcohol sales fell on Easter for Applebee’s. “It went really well,” said manager Dustin Barnes. He said the success of the sales was hard to gauge on a holiday that traditionally focuses on family gatherings. “People who didn’t have family to go to definitely enjoyed […]

Sept. 15, 1930

Dr. A.L. Dillon was re-elected county chairman and Otto Smith was re-elected secretary at the GOP County meeting. … Only one dairy fell below a grade A test in a report made to city officials by Dr. Thos. W. Jones, city milk inspector. … Vicks VapoRub claimed it could be used for headaches, in an […]

May 2, 1941

Clovis had received more than 4 inches of rain in the past 10 days. The Pecos River bridge near Roswell had washed out and traffic between Clovis and Roswell had to be rerouted. … A 7-year-old Clovis boy was back home after a short hospital stay. He “fell from a fast-moving car,” the Clovis News-Journal […]

Winter weather makes spring appearance

CNJ staff report Cool temperatures, wind and snow swept across the area Friday. Strong winds whipped through the eastern Plains during the afternoon, gusting to 38 mph in Clovis in the early evening. Temperatures hovering in the upper 30s and low 40s dropped to freezing in the late afternoon, when snow flurries fell. The last […]

Ellison Green remembers growing up in Hillcrest Park

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the nicest guys in Clovis is Ellison Green, who after all these years wrote about his growing up in a home in Hillcrest Park. Here is his story he told to me. I wish you could have known the people and the times when I was young. My […]

Cops and courts: $1,000 snatched from tobacco store

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Police are reviewing video footage of a hooded man who may have stolen more than $1,000 from the safe of a Clovis tobacco store around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police reports. A clerk at KC Express on West Seventh Street called police to report the robbery. She said she […]

More than family mourn death of Woods’ father

Freedom Newspapers According to John Strege’s 1997 biography, “Tiger,” Tiger Woods fell in love with golf at the ripe old age of 6 months. Tiger’s father, Earl, retired from the Army, had taken up golf at the age of 42 and was working hard to improve his game. He built a makeshift driving range in […]