July 9, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. July 1 an officer responded to a home in the 1200 block of Maple for a theft report. A man said $400 was stolen off his bedroom dresser. The victim said the only other person who had been in […]

Health insurance programs available for small business owners

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Many small businesses in Roosevelt and Curry counties are unable to provide employee health insurance because of the prohibitive cost and layers of administrative red tape, according to New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance officials. The NMHIA is an alliance of independent health insurers commissioned by the state to serve […]

Gov. Richardson delivers State of State speech

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson appealed to legislators on Tuesday to approve a proposal for universal health care, saying the “most expensive choice is to do nothing” and stick with the current system that leaves many New Mexicans without medical insurance. Richardson outlined his agenda for the Legislature […]

It’s Their Business: Clovis Brace Shop

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Clovis Brace Shop By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Clovis Brace Shop Location: 128 W. 21st St. What they do: Orthopedic and sport bracing. They also sell various home medical equipment, including ramps, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, bathroom bars, shower chairs and diabetic shoes. Who’s in charge: Cinda Barringer Employees: One How long in business: […]

Broken home, unbroken spirit

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim and Iris Blevins live in a fifth-wheel behind their home on South Prince Street as a result of the March 23 tornado that ripped through their home. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer On the 2100 block of South Prince Street lay a tan house surrounded by a tunnel […]

Dec. 23, 1971

Curry County inmates decorated the main cell block for Christmas, using aluminum “poptops” from canned beverages, icicles and pine branches. … Burns Agency, 420 Mitchell, claimed to offer “good insurance from good insurance companies.” … CHS seniors Cathy Flory and Donald Young were named Clovis High School band queen and king.

City switching insurance provider

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After 19 years, the city is changing its provider for property, casualty and liability insurance. Following more than two hours of discussion, the Clovis City Commission awarded coverage to Aon Consulting, beginning in 2008. Stacy Martin of Clovis Insurance Center, which had handled the insurance for 19 years, had […]

Business Digest: Chamber, tourist officials to visit from Lubbock

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce will host 22 Lubbock city, chamber and tourism officials Wednesday. According to Chamber spokesperson Liz Eisenbraun, the visitors are comprised of representatives from the city of Lubbock, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and the Conventions and Visitors Bureau. Eisenbraun said the purpose of the visit is to share tourism […]

Business Licenses: August, September 2007

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in August: Southwest Siding, Windows and Doors Type: Siding Owner: Steve Cox Location: 600 N. Grimes Pattye Austin Insurance Agency Type: Insurance agent Owner: Pattye Austin Location: 3217 N. Prince Matlock Insurance Agency Type: Insurance agent Owner: Matt Matlock Location: 3217 N. Prince Soothing […]

Oct. 5, 1976

Members of the Clovis Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team arrested two would-be burglars inside the Surplus City Discount Center building at 1609 Mabry. … The New Mexico Farmers Union was meeting with state and national legislators in Clovis to talk about farm costs, farm markets and other matters dealing with agriculture at the […]

Government-run health plan step in wrong direction

By Freedom New Mexico President Bush correctly has promised to veto an irresponsible, insidious bill that would provide government-subsidized health care to children of middle-class families earning as much as $83,000 a year under a program originally intended to benefit only the poor. The president Thursday rightly identified the Democrat-controlled Congress’ motive in attempting to […]

Sen. Clinton’s health-care plan no miracle cure

By Freedom Newspapers HillaryCare is back with a promise to make health care more affordable, more available and with more choices for everyone. But if Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health care program financed with $110 billion a year in new taxes becomes law, health care will be substantially more expensive, health insurance will be much less […]

Auntie will reap rewards in heaven

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist A former student of mine who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base told me this personal story. I tell it again because many readers have found it to be a story of inspiration. Auntie Mille, a single mother with two children, struggled to make her meager income meet her […]

County seeks better premium

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Fifteen minutes a week could save the county on insurance, officials say. Curry County Commission approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to adopt a risk awareness training program for county employees. Assistant County Manager Lance Pyle said the 15-minute weekly training classes could bring down the premium the county […]

County toughening policy enforcement at fairgrounds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Organizations participating in the Curry County Fair in August will have to present proof of liability insurance before they can set up booths. Curry County Manager Dick Smith told county commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting the policy has been selectively enforced over the years, but the new fairgrounds manager, Justus […]

Fire chief: $400,000 in funds expected

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city should receive about $400,000 in state fire funds in the coming fiscal year that will help pay for equipment and station improvements, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The money is enabling the fire department to continue to work to improve its fire protection classification, Westerman […]

Rodeo comes close to being cancelled

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The annual Pioneer Days Rodeo will get started Thursday as scheduled. But there were a few anxious moments at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. County officials said the event was in danger of being cancelled because the event organizer — Curry County Mounted Patrol — had not signed a contract […]

Officials: Choose building contractors carefully

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor With many area residents beginning home improvement projects at this time or fixing damage from the March 23 tornado, city officials advise: Hire licensed contractors. Clovis city building safety director Pete Wilt said New Mexico requires contractors to be licensed and homeowners should ask to see their license when […]

Everybody’s Business: Disaster planning necessary evil

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist Two words that should become part of every business owner’s regular vocabulary are, What if? The “what if” factor is the beginning stage of preplanning to prevent or minimize the damage of a catastrophe. According to David Russell, author of “Insuring the Bottom Line,” a business owner’s obligation is to […]

CFD rates among best in state

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Lt. Ricky Mitchell, center, watches as driver-operator Shane Warner, left, and probationary firefighter Shane Woodard practice ladder drills behind the main fire station earlier this month. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A topnotch fire department translates into more state funding and lower insurance rates for city homeowners and businesses. Clovis […]