FBI’s reporting requirements need beefing up

Freedom Newspapers The FBI has committed at least 13 violations of the guidelines governing its conduct under the Patriot Act serious enough to be referred to the Intelligence Oversight Board. That’s an arm of the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is charged with examining violations of laws and directives. These facts came to light […]

Officers suing Taser outfit

Staff and wire reports PHOENIX — Police officers in New Mexico and four other states have filed lawsuits against Arizona-based Taser International Inc., claiming they were seriously injured after being shocked with the electronic stun gun during training classes. According to Curry County and Clovis City police officials, both departments use the Tasers but the […]

Justice Department: Pentagon doesn’t need governors’ OK

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is siding with the Pentagon in a dispute with some states, concluding that governors’ consent isn’t needed for the military to move Air National Guard units. The Pentagon’s proposal to close or reduce about 30 Air Guard units has emerged as the most contentious issue facing the […]

Santa Fe judge dismisses sticker lawsuit

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Santa Fe judge ruled Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed against District Attorney Matthew Chandler, saying the suit was filed in an improper venue. An official with the American Civil Liberties Union, who filed the suit in February on behalf of Clovis’ Dean Young, said they plan to […]

Clovis officer alleges harrasment

CNJ staff State police officer James Brown has filed two Equal Opportunity Commission complaints against his employer for what he describes as a hostile work environment. The 42-year-old state police patrolman stationed in Clovis since August 2003 says he was unable to resolve the problem internally. Brown’s latest complaint, filed with the New Mexico Human […]

County tax referendum fails

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A gross receipts tax increase adopted by the county in January will go into effect this summer as planned after a petition filed to put the tax to a public vote was ruled invalid. County clerk Mario Trujillo told the County Commission on Tuesday nearly 400 of the 1,300 […]

Jail overcrowding growing burden on county

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Curry County Adult Detention Center Director Don Burdine stands before the commission at each meeting and reads a list full of numbers chronicling how many inmates are incarcerated in and outside of the county. In 2002, he said those numbers averaged about 170 inmates. Last week he reported 340 […]

CCC wins lawsuit

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Roosevelt County jury has acquitted Clovis Community College of allegations of discrimination filed against the college by a former administrator. Laura Jane Flores, a former Portales resident and former dean of instruction at CCC, filed a lawsuit against the college and CCC President Beverlee McClure claiming she was […]

Judge tosses out CNJ lawsuit against county

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A district judge threw out a public records lawsuit filed against Curry County on Monday because of what he said was a procedural error. District Judge Joe Parker said Freedom Communications, parent company of the Clovis News Journal, incorrectly sued Curry County when it sought the salaries of county […]

Texas candidates seek city offices

By Michelle Seeber The deadline to file for candidacy in Texas city elections was 5 p.m. Monday. Elections for city positions will be held in May. Muleshoe, Friona and Farwell all have three city offices each for which candidates are seeking election. In Muleshoe, Daniel Guzman, Richard Orozco and Freddy Santos have all filed for […]

County and residents at odds over railroad

By Jack King District Court Judge William McBee dismissed two complaints against Curry County Wednesday that had been filed by residents of the Wheaton Street neighborhood south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks. They had claimed the Curry County commissioners harmed them when they voted to close the Wheaton Street crossing. McBee dismissed […]

Judge dismisses charges against officers

By Mike Linn PORTALES — A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed […]