Health officials urge precautions against West Nile virus

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Dr. David Orton, a veterinarian at Aire Alto vet clinic, vaccinates a horse for the West Nile virus on Monday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Mike Linn Given the aridity of the climate in New Mexico, cases of West Nile virus in horses pales in comparison to other southeastern states. Moreover, human cases have […]

Officials to discuss water supply

By Mike Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future […]

Roosevelt County to collect from parents of juvenile offenders

By Mike Linn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

Dollar Tree store headed to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell The nation’s largest $1 discount variety store chain will make its debut in the Clovis area by the end of the summer, local officials say. Dollar Tree Stores Inc. is renovating the former Heilig-Meyers building on North Prince Street, said Clovis developer Bill Giese. “They’re remodeling that building right now,” he said. […]

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 […]

Manager, officials at odds over weather

By David Stevens A Clovis Little League baseball manager said he was forced to choose between forfeiting a game and playing in unsafe weather conditions on Friday night in Portales. Teddy Marez, manager of the 10-12-year-old Zia Astros, said his team was ordered onto the field by tri-county league officials even though lightning was in […]

Nursing home pays water bill before cutoff

By Mike Linn The city of Portales received payment for Heartland Continuing Care Center’s water bill on Thursday, nullifying the city’s threat to cut off the nursing home’s water because of delinquent payment. City clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said the city received payment in full — $10,760 — for the bill that was about five months […]

United Way adds two agencies

By Gary Mitchell A new program will allow the Curry County United Way to stretch its donation dollars further, according to local officials. All donations to the local office of the United Way will go directly to those in need with the help of a program called Corporate Cornerstone in which corporate donations will be […]

Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]

Opposite sides of the tracks

By Jack King Sitting in a car at the raw, recently graded intersection of Wheaton Street and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, Victor Chavez pointed north. “From here you go a mile to the hospital,” he said. “That’s what we moved here for and why should we have to give it up? I’m thinking […]