Locals heedful of stolen vet info

Staff and Wire Reports More than 6,000 local veterans have received word they may be among the millions of veterans nationwide whose personal information was stolen in May from the home of a Veterans Affairs employee. Shelly Winn of Clovis said she and her Vietnam veteran husband received the notification letter a couple of weeks […]

4/16 Local roundup

Pedestrian struck by car pronounced stable A pedestrian was struck by a car at North Prince Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard late Friday night, according to Clovis Police Sgt. Robert Denney. The pedestrian is in stable condition at a local hospital, Denney said. However, he would not release the names of the victim or driver […]

12/11 Local roundup

Fire destroys home east of Portales Fire destroyed a home east of Portales on Saturday morning. No one was injured in the blaze. At 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Portales Fire Department units responded to a report of a structure fire in a single-wide mobile home at 176 Mesilla Park, which is located just west of the […]

Residents arrested on meth charges

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Seven area residents were arrested early Thursday morning on federal charges of methamphetamine trafficking in a series of raids throughout Clovis. Dubbed “Generation Ice Takedown,” the raids resulted from long-term federal, state and local police investigations, a Clovis police press release said. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the arrests […]

What’s in a name?

By Ryn Gargulinski By Ryn Gargulinski CNJ STAFF WRITER ryn_gargulinski@link.freedom.com If the little girl back in 1909 had been studying Spanish history rather than French, “Clovis” could have ended up “Ferdinand” or “Rodriguez.” The little girl was a railroad official’s daughter, who chose the name “Clovis” after the first Christian king of the Frankish empire […]

Private contractors worrisome for open government

Freedom Newspapers It could well have been just what a Department of Homeland Security press spokesman said, a response “to a hypothetical question with a hypothetical answer.” But if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is even toying with such an idea he should think better of it. According to National Journal reporter Siobhan Gorman, at […]

Author of life will have last word

By Curtis Shelburne Recently my younger brother Jim and I walked among the headstones dotting the small country cemetery nestled near the Edith Community a little over eight miles outside of Robert Lee, Texas. Well-kept but absolutely blending in with their surroundings, the headstones had grown up where once only mesquite trees and prickly pears […]

What’s in name: Destiny? Security?

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist What’s in a name? First think about the name Fran. Each hurricane this season will be named a name. The National Weather Service will give the new hurricane a name, track its path and predict the direction it is going. Back in September 1996, hurricane Fran hit the East Coast and […]

New roadblock encountered over records

By David Stevens, editor Our newspaper’s efforts to find out how much public officials get paid around here has hit another road block, this time from the Internal Revenue Service. Several weeks ago, our reporters contacted officials at all the public entities in Curry County and asked for records documenting employees’ pay. It seemed like […]

Valentine’s Day marks sacrifice for love

Helena Rodriguez If you think Valentine’s Day is just for lovers, you’re wrong. There’s no reason anyone should be excluded because love is giving a part of oneself to others in many ways, not just in an affectionate way. On Valentine’s Day, it is better to give than to receive, just like during Christmas time. […]

Memorial pillars on track

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Veterans Jim Cowman and Leon Morris discuss where to place a set of pillars honoring those from Curry County who died in the nation’s wars outside the Clovis-Carver Library on Thursday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina The money has been pledged, the plans have been set, and Clovis is on track […]

So what’s in a name?

SO WHAT’S IN A NAME? My parents named me Curtis Kline. (No jibes, now. It wears just as well as Milton Scott or William Jehoshaphat or Delton Eli or Richard Milhouse or Clive Staples or John Luke or …) Presumably, Mom and Dad liked the sound of it, but more than that, they liked the […]

We don’t want to hinder police work

From the Editor’s Desk Last week’s story about counterfeit bills in Clovis did not include the names of all those arrested in connection with the case. That’s because Clovis police asked us to withhold some of those names. We don’t always do what police tell us to do — Chief Bill Carey will be happy […]

Area veterans meet need for new memorial

Freedom Newspapers T he Clovis Joint Veterans Council announced last week it plans to build a monument to Curry County veterans who have been killed in war. This is great news. Curry County has a prominent war memorial: six stone tablets outside Clovis/Carver Public Library “Dedicated to Curry County veterans who served their country.” But […]

Memorial in works to honor area vets

By Darrell Todd Maurina Area veterans organizations learned last week they have raised enough money in cash and pledges to begin work on a veteran’s monument outside the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The memorial will honor 125 veterans from Curry County who died in war. Jim Cowman, representative of the retired Marine Corps organization on the […]

Name omissions were not arbitrary

From the editor’s desk The Clovis News Journal did not print names of suspects recently in two high-profile criminal cases. In both cases, we knew the suspect’s name and other news organizations published or broadcast that name. The first incident occurred early on Oct. 19 when a Portales woman said she found a baby in […]

Crime reporting like walking highwire

By David Stevens One of the more difficult decisions media outlets have to make on a regular basis is whether or not to publish the names of sex-crime victims. The issue has been in the national spotlight this month because of allegations that pro basketball star Kobe Bryant raped a woman in Colorado. Most mainstream […]

Brack’s seat may remain open for some time

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Judge Robert Brack leaves July 25 to assume his new federal judgeship duties in Las Cruces, the 9th Judicial District will lose one of its three judges. According to District Attorney Brett Carter, that vacancy is expected to continue for some time. “By the time they advertise it and get […]

Curry County needs memorial to honor fallen

Ruben Rubio was killed in Vietnam on July 6, 1971. He was 21 years old. His sister, Jane Garcia, still lives in Clovis. She called the newspaper a few weeks ago to make sure Ruben’s name would appear among Curry County’s Memorial Day list of war heroes. That list is on Page 1 of today’s […]