Burglaries in Clovis up 18 percent

Benna Sayyed Burglaries in Clovis increased 18 percent from 2010 to 2011 but the Clovis Police Department is working hard to curb these crimes, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Clovis police had a 12 percent clearance rate on burglaries in 2011. “That’s an awesome rate of clearance for burglaries. It takes people willing [...]

Local vendors see decline in farmers market

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Freedom New Mexico: Robin Coffey Urvano Ordonez, second from left, talks with customers at the Portales farmers market Thursday. He sells watermelons, chilies, squash and jalapenos. Alisa Boswell According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report, farmers markets have been on the rise in popularity in the U.S. this year with markets having increased [...]

Four area school districts audited

Liliana Castillo Four area school districts were audited by the New Mexico Public Education Department over the last 10 days. Initial findings were released Thursday. Based on a review of 10,000 files from 34 districts across the state, Portales Municipal Schools was cleared of all issues along with seven other districts. Clovis Municipal Schools and [...]

Officials: Child abuse severity spikes

Sharna Johnson Critical injuries stemming from the abuse of two Clovis infants are in line with a statewide trend of increased severity in abuse cases. “What we’re experiencing now is an increase in cases that the abuse is more severe,” said Romaine Serna, spokeswoman for New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families. “Recently we’ve seen some [...]

Without H1N1 pandemic this year, concern rises over vaccine rate, potential for increased flu cases

ALBUQUERQUE — Experts estimate that the H1N1 pandemic encouraged 23 percent more people nationwide, on average, to get flu shots last fall. Now that the pandemic threat is generally over, insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) are concerned that members may be less motivated to vaccinate this year, which could [...]

Official: Fair revenues up nearly $60,000

Sharna Johnson Revenues from the Curry County Fair increased nearly $60,000 from last year and concerts during the fair brought in record attendance, according to Kevin Jolley, events center manager. With a profit of $85,678 — from $255,976 revenue — Jolley said the fair was a success and commended his staff. Last year the profit [...]

Data: Minorities in supervisory roles increased under Seidenwurm

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church Pastor Alan McAlister spoke to the school board in support of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm Tuesday during a special session. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Data kept by Clovis schools shows the number of minorities in administrative and supervisory roles has increased since 2005. The data was [...]

Cannon to conduct exercises

CNJ staff Starting Saturday, Cannon Air Force Base will conduct an operational readiness. Residents on or near the base many notice increased activity and use of the public address system. Sirens and/or simulated explosions may also be heard. Cannon’s public affairs office said these types of exercises are vital to honing the skills of its [...]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win [...]

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, [...]