Portales residents accused of stealing scrap metal

Three Portales residents have been arrested and accused of stealing scrap metal and irrigation pumps while a child slept in their vehicle, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. According to a news release, deputies were sent to the 2200 block of South Roosevelt Road 4 after someone called to report possible illegal dumping. While […]

McGee: The American Farmer

Riding my bicycle along a county road I spied a piece of bent metal. I paused and looked at it in the dust. Was it worth saving? Was it an art treasure waiting to be developed? Bent rebar as art? Such thoughts only came to me after a trip years ago to Santa Fe and […]

Real progress takes getting off rocking horse

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When our children were small, we gave them a rocking horse to share as one of their Christmas presents. It was a hefty rocking horse that we kept in our family for years. Even though other toys were forgotten about as more Christmases passed, the rocking horse became a mainstay in […]

Metal businesses joining forces

CNJ staff A pair of longtime metal businesses are combining forces. Clovis Metal Buildings and Wilhite Construction are combining to form Consolidated Metal Builders. The business will work with clients to offer design assistance, engineering and consulting services through the execution of construction projects, according to press release. Jarod Wilhite, chief operating officer of CMB, […]

Local businesses offer recycling services

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Clarence Plank: Portales News-Tribune Kevin Loveday of Portales shreds tree branches on Friday at the Portales Convenience Centerr. The mulch he is making is free to the public . By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Where do you go if you want to recycle metal, cardboard or that old personal computer? Not too far if […]

Sheriff’s office: Man caught stealing scrap metal for second time in two weeks

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Clovis man Thursday after they say they caught him stealing scrap metal for the second time in two weeks. The man, out on bond at the time of the second incident, is being held on two misdemeanor charges of receipt of stolen property. He is being held […]

Price increased for Sunday paper

CNJ staff The price for Sunday editions of the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune is going up by 25 cents. Freedom New Mexico, which publishes both papers, is increasing the price from $1 to $1.25 effective Sunday to offset production costs, according to Publisher Ray Sullivan. Sullivan said the rising cost of utilities, labor […]

Scrap metal prices falling

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Clovis Recycling Manager Jesus Chavarria fills a crushing machine with aluminum cans. He said the recycling operation is producing less as residents are waiting for scrap metal prices to rise. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Following the financial slowdown, scrap metal prices have fallen and local recyclers are feeling the pressure. Maria Chavarria, who […]

Monster truck tour coming to Clovis

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Courtesy photo The American Monster Truck Association is bringing its Steel Thunder Tour to Clovis this weekend. Freedom New Mexico The American Monster Truck Association is bringing its Steel Thunder Tour to Clovis this weekend. Five monster trucks and their metal victims will swarm Mounted Patrol Arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday […]

Erecting the wall

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School football player Sergio Hernandez checks to be sure a panel of the Vietnam Wall Memorial replica is level before it is anchored Friday morning. CNJ staff writer Sharna Johnson The steady clanging of mallets hitting metal stakes and voices shouting “level” and “hold it, hold it!” mingled […]

Ordinance not for all

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Where people see junk, county resident Alvin Clark sees his livelihood. Clark, 70, a scrap metal dealer, told members of the county’s Land Use Committee on Thursday that a countywide nuisance ordinance now under discussion would be the end of his livelihood. “I have junk on my property. I […]

Three arrested for metal theft

Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis residents were arrested this week in unrelated incidents of copper and scrap metal theft, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the arrests have helped his office gain ground in the battle against scrap metal thefts in the county. “This is helping […]

Beating suspect turns himself over to police

CNJ Staff A Clovis man accused of beating his wife with a metal rod turned himself in to police Monday, according to police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Romeo Sierra, 60, is being held on a $10,000 bond, according to Curry County Adult Detention Center officials. Sierra is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false […]

Military Feature: Airman repairs wings of war

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Senior Airman Chris Redman, a metals technician with the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron , cuts a piece of diamond-plated steel with a plasma cutter. Air Force photo: SrA Kerry Solan-Johnson By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Cannon airman said good-bye to his new wife in September and departed for Iraq to repair wings of […]

Hurricanes’ destruction indescribable

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Vacation time was coming to a close. It was time to leave Florida and trek back to Clovis. I need to tell you about what we saw on our way back along the Gulf Coast. The media can’t properly convey the widespread destruction rendered by last year’s hurricanes. Seen up […]

City adopts new standards for metal buildings

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The idea is to improve the appearance of Clovis. The means is upsetting to at least one city official. In a Nov. 3 meeting, city commissioners approved the adoption of an ordinance that will mandate the minimum design standards and guidelines for metal buildings. The vote was 7-1. City […]

Bailiff helps keep courthouse in order

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Looking into a wooden cabinet with a TV displaying 12 split screens, Bill Askew monitors everyone coming, going and moving around the Curry County Courthouse. For the last five years, Askew, 41, has been a handcuff- and mace-bearing bailiff in charge of security. He sits at a desk beyond […]

Baca, Arturo

Arturo Baca Services: Have been held. Mr. Arturo Baca, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on June 8, 1924, in Eaton, Colo., to Petrita and Joe Baca. He grew up in Encino. In June 1943 he entered the Army and served in northern France […]

Welding society honors local college instructor

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Clovis Community College welding instructor Bill Adams welds a piece of metal Wednesday at the college. Adams was recently honored as a recipient of the Educator Award from the American Welding Society. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Behind red and yellow plastic curtains, away from the carpeted halls of the […]

Andrews on stage: Rock ’n’ romance

By Clyde Davis It’s not your daddy’s country music, that is for sure. If your concept of country music is Haggard and Jones, Wynette and Lynn, the stuff your mom and dad used to listen to, the Jessica Andrews concert presented for free at ENMU this past week would have thrown you for a loop. […]