Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

Freedom New Mexico When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other […]

Promoting or informing? Elections spotlight fine line

Sharna Johnson In November, Curry County officials continually played a video in the courthouse lobby that critics said promoted passage of a jail bond election. Late last month, someone hung a banner from the city-owned Hotel Clovis that read “SAVE ME VOTE YES,” urging voters approve an affordable housing ordinance. In both cases, government officials […]

Petition seeks removal of judicial complex video from courthouse lobby

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CNJ file photo Two Clovis men filed a petition Monday asking the court to force Curry County to remove an informational video that plays continuously in the the courthouse lobby. The petition claims the video violates state law regarding campaign materials near polling places. Two Clovis men filed a petition in district court Monday seeking […]

Possible drugs found in jail lobby

CNJ staff Jail Administrator Keith Norwood said a detention officer found what appeared to be drugs Thursday in the lobby of the Curry County jail. Records show the discovery was reported just before midnight. Norwood described it as a “medium amount” of an unknown substance. The substance is being tested and the sheriff has taken […]

Lobby group encourages political involvement among local business owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure told area political and business leaders Thursday it’s time they get involved in the political process to protect their interests. Environmental legislation, taxes, health care, regulatory and legal reform and other legislative moves, she said, are continually impacting business. “We are […]

Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. April 22 an officer responded to a medical facility in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard for a theft report. A security man said someone had stolen a 42-inch flat screen television off the wall around […]

Residents turn out for annual Peanut Valley Festival

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Nicole Laurenz, 7, and her sister, Simone Laurenz, 12, enjoy shaved ice Saturday at the Peanut Valley Festival at Eastern New Mexico University. The girls recently moved from Texas to Portales with their family. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Dozens of booths filled with everything from purses and jewelry […]

Clovis man sentenced to 15 years

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday for a 2005 crime spree, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Marcos Cerda, 21, was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member, escape from custody and three counts of battery against a peace officer. […]

Clovis basking in the glow of retail industry’s growth

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Construction workers work on the new Lowe’s Home Center building Friday on North Prince Street in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell The sudden emergence of Clovis as a business destination for national chains is due to a change in perception, according to local officials and developers. The designation of the Clovis-Portales area […]

Clovis theater robbed again

By Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com As patrons came into the North Plains Cinema on Thursday evening to watch Terminator 3, many didn’t know that a real-life action story had played out the previous night. For the second time in nine days, armed robbers hit the theater and stole […]

Hobby Lobby sets sights on Clovis

By Gary Mitchell Another major chain has selected Clovis for the site of a new store. Hobby Lobby Creative Center officials announced Monday plans to open an arts and crafts retail store in Clovis in the former Kmart. Officials said construction will begin soon and the store will be open by this fall. The seventh […]