In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

Sharna Johnson At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against […]

Motion Industries’ Clovis branch third in New Mexico

Motion Industries is in its third week of operation at 2300 E. Seventh St., Suite E. The business is a distributor of industrial MRO (maintenance, repair and operation replacement) parts. It is the third MI location in New Mexico, along with Albuquerque and Farmington. Manager Bill Zarges said Motion Industries’ primary customers are manufacturing plants, […]

Being sick a favor to husband

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Some people suffer from motion sickness. I’m one of them. Horseback is about the only movement my body can tolerate without nausea. I’ve thrown up in airplanes, cars, trucks, buses, boats — even in water when the only flotation device was my body. I’ve read that about half our nation’s […]

Commission will look at paving lot at events center at later date

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File photo A motion to pave an overflow parking area at the Special Events Center got no support from commissioners, who said it is costly and premature. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A motion to pave an overflow parking area at the Special Events Center got no support from commissioners, who said it is […]

Prosecutors want trial moved

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Prosecutors want the trial of a Clovis man charged with more than 100 counts of child molestation moved to Portales because of publicity, according to court records. A motion filed in the 9th Judicial District Court on Thursday cites prejudicial news coverage and statements made by the defendant’s brother […]

County plans to enact nuisance policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When Clovis native Margaret Dindinger decided to write a letter to the county about unsightly trash, weeds and dilapidated buildings at the entrances to Clovis, she had no idea she would get so much support. Dindinger’s letter-turned-petition was presented Thursday to the Curry County Land Use Committee, along with […]

Retailers’ lottery lawsuit dismissed

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by eastern New Mexico retailers against the New Mexico Lottery, and now the lottery is seeking attorneys’ fees for the cost of defending itself against the complaint. State District Judge Nan G. Nash dismissed the lawsuit on Nov. 29 with prejudice, meaning it cannot […]

Learning by doing

Courtesy Photo Marine Osprey pilots learn to fly the aircraft using a simulator. The CV-22 Osprey is a modified version of the MV-22. By Jennifer Hlad: Freedom News Service JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — For the first few years Mark Thoman served as a MV-22 instructor, whenever a student messed up, he would yell “I’ve got it” […]

Class covers alluring subject

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The Rev. Clyde Davis, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales, finishes painting one of his handmade wooden fishing lures. Davis will teach an Eastern New Mexico University class on how to carve lures. (Freedom Newspapers: Mickey Winfield) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man has perfected a craft that will help land largemouth […]

Relative says accused kidnapper miscarried

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department officers David Kube, left, and Waldo Casarez escort Rayshaun Parson into Magistrate Court on Monday morning in Clovis. Parson waived extradition and was transported to Lubbock. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) The Associated Press LUBBOCK— A Clovis woman accused of abducting a newborn from the mother’s hospital room last week recently […]

Judge: State can pursue death penalty on Bedford

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A district court judge ruled Monday the state could pursue the death penalty — at least for now — in the case of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple almost two years ago. Prior to Monday’s probable cause hearing, attorneys worked out an agreement that […]

Defense attorney wants new trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The defense attorney for a 31-year-old Clovis man convicted of first-degree murder contends his client’s rights were violated when police recorded his phone conversations from jail without his knowledge, according to court records. James Klipstine Jr. filed a six-page motion Thursday in the 9th Judicial District Court asking for […]

Motion hearing concludes in Novak case

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs An Article 39A motion hearing concluded Sept. 8 in the Cannon courtroom in the case of the United States vs. Airman Basic Edward M. Novak. The defense counsel for the accused previously filed three separate motions: request for a new Article 32 investigation, a request to sever the charges against […]

Change of venue granted in double-homicide trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Wednesday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the trial of a Portales man accused of killing his uncle and aunt in March 2004. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jones of Santa Fe argued that people in Clovis and Portales have […]

Attorney steps down in Clovis dentist case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for former Clovis dentist and homicide suspect James Smith filed a motion Wednesday to withdraw from the case, according to court documents. Stephen Doerr cited two reasons for withdrawal in his motion to the court. Doerr stated he was not retained to represent Smith in a death […]

Car dealership owner wins back legal fees

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of a car dealership owner in court action related to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The ruling allows the car dealer to recoup some or possibly all of his $185,000 in legal expenses. Alva Carter, owner […]

Affidavit details alleged drug ring

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer * Feds say California man supplied Clovis group with large quantities of meth. Methamphetamine stuffed in the body of a baby doll and mailed from Los Angeles to Clovis is just one piece of evidence officials gathered in the state’s case against 15 suspected drug traffickers from Clovis, Lubbock and […]

It’s not polite to give away movie endings

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist A movie titled “Flightplan” has been playing in Clovis. The action revolves around a mother and daughter flying on a jumbo jet. During the flight something happens to the daughter and the action begins. I could tell you the whole story but I have only recently learned it is crude, […]

She-devil stickers heading to court

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Lawyers for a Clovis man charged with distribution of sexually explicit material to minors for placing two nude she-devil stickers on his car have filed a civil motion in state court asking for declarations on the issue. Specifically, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking the court to declare […]

County officials nix raise proposal

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission on Tuesday shunned a motion to increase salaries by 13 percent for newly elected officials, saying a restrictive budget would make pay hikes fiscally irresponsible. County Sheriff Roger Hatcher introduced the motion, saying he believes elected officials deserve more money. “We have some of the […]