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 — […]