332nd ECES firefighters save lives, property

By Staff Sgt. Stacy Fowler: 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — To say the 332nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services Flight here is “busy” might be an understatement. It’s like saying the summer heat at Joint Base Balad is “a little warm.” The Balad Fire Emergency Services Flight […]

Storm leaves widespread damage

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body in Clovis, points out hail damage Monday on a 2009 Honda Civic that occurred during Saturday’s night hail storm. Songer said, “this is one of 165 vehicles assignments that have come in for estimates the past six hours, and this is the most […]

New system for personal property moves launched

By Army Maj. James F. Lowe: U.S. Transportation Command SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — After extensive testing and evaluation, transportation officials have launched an improved system to better compensate servicemembers who personally move their household goods on military orders. All services began using the new system April 15. Moves initiated prior to that date […]

Foreclosure process long, frustrating

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For dozens of Clovis property owners, April 1 didn’t feel like much of a joke. That’s the day the city filed a foreclosure suit on their properties with the city poised to take over titles for liens ranging from $180 to nearly $50,000. There were 128 properties on the […]

Blight battle: Proposed ordinances met strong resistance

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson County Commissioner Frank Blackburn said a proposed county ordinance will focus on health and safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Dindinger was embarrassed by property infested with weeds, junk cars and falling-down buildings. So in February 2008, the Clovis native gathered 70 signatures on a petition asking Curry […]

Fixes proposed for contentious property tax law

By Phaedra Haywood: Santa Fe New Mexican What to do about “tax lightning” will be debated during the state Legislature’s upcoming session. Lawmakers, who convene Tuesday for a 30-day session, will consider various ways to fix a New Mexico property tax law that can cause a dramatic increase in a home’s taxable value when it […]

Man dies after attempting to extinguish grass fire

CNJ staff A 79-year-old Curry County man died Monday after trying to extinguish a grass fire on his property. The fire ignited about 3:30 p.m. Charles Petty was pronounced dead at Plains Regional Medical Center after being transported there by ambulance for possible smoke inhalation, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. “Mr. Petty was attempting to extinguish […]

Right to private property recognized

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist There was a bit of good news recently from New York state, that bastion of modern liberalism and American statism! As The New York Times reported Dec. 4, “In a 3-to-2 decision, a panel of the Appellate Division of (NY) State Supreme Court in Manhattan annulled the state’s […]

Private property belongs to oneself

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist In a wide-ranging review essay of Amartya Sen’s recent ambitious book, “The Idea of Justice,” Moshe Halbertal, a philosopher from the Hebrew University, unleashes arguments against the right to private property that are supposed to be even stronger than those Sen himself offers. Sen regards this right as […]

Sheriff will pitch forfeiture ordinance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray wants a new law enabling his department not only to seize property of drug dealers, but to sell it and keep the proceeds. Seizures are already happening. But Murray said under the current system, his office turns the property over to the state or […]

Open house will address post office consolidation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The real estate market may dictate whether Clovis residents will have one or two post office locations in the future. An open house is scheduled 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday at 417 Gidding Street, the downtown Clovis Post Office property the United States Postal Service is trying to […]

Clovis man accused of receiving stolen property

A Clovis man was arrested Wednesday at Oasis State Park, accused of receiving stolen property. Dustin Nelson, 31, of Clovis was taken into custody by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he admitted to stealing items from the Portales Wal-Mart. Deputies were investigating a report Nelson tried soliciting marijuana from an off-duty Portales Police Officer […]

Commissioners urge caution for property buyers

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission is urging citizens to be more careful when purchasing property in tax sales. The commission heard three requests for waivers of demolition and weed cutting liens on properties purchased in a March state tax sale. That brings the total to half a dozen such requests […]

Annual report: Crime increased in 2008

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Clovis police on Tuesday released its annual report. Collecting information from 2008, the report indicates crime increased in the city compared to last year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Crime increased in Clovis in 2008 with property crimes leading the rise according to the police department’s annual crime report, released Tuesday. Violent crimes — […]

Bill would cap fees for locating property owners

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A bill backed by the state Taxation and Revenue Department would limit how much people who locate the owners of unclaimed property held by the state can charge. The measure (HB 178) caps the fees for those finders at not more than 10 percent of the value of the […]

Business feature: Historic shopping plaza demolished

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Courtesy photo Located on Seventh and Main streets, the Village Plaza was on one of the busiest intersections in town during it’s heyday, according to Duffy Sasser who operated the photo shop that fronted the plaza. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Duffy Sasser, 90, has to remember his first business are photographs and […]

Youth suspected in auto burglaries

CNJ staff Three Clovis teenagers are suspects in what Clovis police call a series of auto burglaries. According to a release from the department, there had been a rash of auto and home burglaries in the northeast area of Clovis before an officer came across a suspect vehicle with expired tags. During field interviews with […]

June 22, 2008 Club Notes

Encanto Garden Club The Encanto Garden Club attended its annual pilgrimage on June 10 by visiting the grounds belonging to Nick and Nancy Fischer. The Fischers moved to Curry County seven years ago from Colorado and have done extensive landscaping on their four-acre property. There are more than hundred trees of various types on the […]

May 29, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. May 20 an officer responded to a call of found property in an alley near the 600 block of Dawn Loop. A city sanitation worker said he found a loaded revolver inside a grocery bag under a pile of […]

Cuba change significant, albeit slow

Freedom New Mexico Of itself, the change was not quite as significant as it seemed to be at first glance. Cuba was not legalizing private property or even moving toward anything that might be deemed an actual market in real estate. All the notice on Friday in the official gazette of the Cuban Justice Ministry […]