Former jail administrator suing county manager, commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean filed a lawsuit against Curry County commissioners and County Manager Lance Pyle on Thursday, alleging she was misled, treated unfairly and discriminated against because she is a black woman. In a 17-page suit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Bean said in […]

On the shelves — April 25

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program by Harold Urschel focuses on the biological basis of addiction and explores the best treatments along with the latest scientific research, tools, and strategies designed to overcome them. Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop […]

Former Clovis school administrator named parks and rec director

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Bizzell CNJ staff The city of Clovis announced Thursday it has hired Bill Bizzell to serve as parks and recreation director. Bizzell is superintendent of Bovina schools and previously served as assistant principal of Clovis High School from 1989 to 1997, according to a press release. He holds a master’s degree in physical education. “We […]

Melrose council fills vacant slot

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Former EPCOG worker gets 10 years for embezzling

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lori Howard looks toward her crying daughters as she is handcuffed Wednesday morning in district court. Howard was sentence to 10 years in prison for embezzling money intended for tornado victims. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Calling Lori Howard a “crook,” District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced the 40-year-old former […]

Religion feature: Former archbishop speaking in lecture series

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Courtesy photo Lord George Care of Clifton will be a guest speaker for the St. James Bishop Terence Kelshaw Lecture Series. Carey served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002. CNJ staff Lord Carey of Clifton of the Church of England will be giving guest presentations during the St. James Church’s annual lecture series. […]

State investment case costs rise to $517,000

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state has spent $177,211.56 on legal fees since July 2009 in an alleged pay-to-play case involving the State Investment Office and the Educational Retirement Board, according to records obtained by The New Mexican. The total spent so far is $517,014. The biggest chunk of the legal […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

CNJ staff Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a household […]

In tribute: Administrator remembered as cornerstone of Clovis education

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Those who knew him, coined him an icon, a cornerstone and, in some ways, the heart of Clovis education circles for the last 40 years. Jim McDaniel, former assistant superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, died Sunday in Charleston, S.C., from a heart attack, friends said. In his early 60s, […]

Fundraiser earns children chat with former NFL player

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Lindsey Middle School students had an interview via Internet with former NFL player George Martin on Friday. They raised $1,400 for A Journey for 9/11, Martin’s charity that contributes money for the medical care of first responders injured while responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. By Argen Duncan: […]

Friday Roosevelt County jail interim administrator’s last day

Freedom New Mexico Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job.County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

Former governor Bruce King remembered for compassion, fairness

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Courtesy photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico State legislators from Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari remember former Gov. Bruce King as a man who connected with people and served his state well. King died Friday morning at his ranch in Stanley. He was 85. The Democrat served three terms as governor, 1971-74, 1979-82 and 1991-94. […]

Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King dies at age 85

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Civil suit filed against former Tucumcari parole, probation supervisor

Freedom New Mexico A civil lawsuit filed by a Tucumcari woman against a former state parole and probation supervisor accuses him of sexual harassment and discrimination. Diana Cassidy, a state employee, alleges Benjamin Rex Allison, also of Tucumcari, used racial slurs against herself and clients and made inappropriate sexual remarks. Cassidy said Allison would mispronounce […]

Press Release: ENMU adopting rescued greyhounds

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is adopting two rescued former racing Greyhound dogs, from the New Mexico Greyhound Connection, as its official animal mascots.

Former DA arrested for domestic assault

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Courtesy Former District Attorney Randall Harris, 48, was arrested Wednesday night for domestic assault. He was released on a $1,500 bond the same day. Freedom New Mexico Former District Attorney Randall Harris was arrested Wednesday night for domestic assault after his wife told police he threatened her and pushed her into a door. Harris, 48, […]

Education feature: Los Ninos, literacy program joining forces

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Los Ninos Early Intervention Center teacher Jessica Maulding helps Jasmine Brophy, 3, add glue to her drawing of a bear. The pair shook coffee grounds over the glue to make a brown bear. Los Ninos Early Intervention Center and the Title I Family Literacy programs have joined to bring more […]

Commission to consider resolution supporting Constitution

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford thinks supporting the Constitution is worth a little redundancy. That’s why he’s asked Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder to carry forth a resolution at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Resolution No. 2513-2009, Supporting the Constitution of the United States, has drawn interest on an otherwise […]

Former mayor plans public address

Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford will address the community 10 a.m. Satuday at the south entrance of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Lansford said he plans to discuss local, state and federal policy, and ask for support from local citizens on matters related to Constitutional rights and desired actions by elected officials. He said he is […]

Former mayor remembered for warm heart

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Charles “Chick” Taylor Jr., one of Clovis’ longest serving mayors, is remembered as a friend to all and a man who warmed hearts. Taylor died at Saturday at Lubbock Heart Center. He was 76 years old. “He was a woodworker,” Cindy Banister said, describing her uncle. “The mayor of […]