Program organizers hope to prevent gangs through art

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A local non-profit group has plans to help prevent gangs in Clovis and Portales through art. Artists of America of New Mexico is working to launch a new afterschool and weekend program called Windows on the World, which will target middle school and high school age youth who are […]

Gang, drug control starts with youth

By Roger Hatcher: Guest Columnist Clovis has an estimated 600 active gang members in approximately 23 different gangs. This has led to criminal activity of an epidemic proportion, including a record-setting 10 homicides in 2004. The driving factor behind gangs is drugs, or should I say the sale of drugs. Three years ago, I started […]

City comes to grips on gangs

By Darrell Todd Maurina Many members of the Clovis Public Safety Committee knew the city had a gang problem. Few, however, knew that Clovis now has documented 438 gang members — nearly a fivefold increase over the 88 documented gang members in December 2001. According to Sgt. Chris Kinley of the Clovis Police Department’s gang […]