Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Clovis Media Inc. Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of […]

Jail administrator selection made

CNJ staff Curry County has reached a tentative agreement to bring Gerry Billy of Ohio as its next adult detention center administrator. A request to approve an employment contract for Billy is on Tuesday’s county commission meeting agenda. Former administrator Keith Norwood resigned in September, and Tori Sandoval has been acting as interim administrator since. […]

Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tony Salinas cleans up after working with cows Saturday at Sloping Hills Dairy just inside Texas. Dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. of Portales has said amendments to state dairy environmental regulations, while not perfect, have opened New Mexico back up to dairy business. Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, […]

Feels good to purge closet

It had to be done. Critical mass had been reached. Something had to go or my side of the closet would burst at the seams. I had long ago ruled out expanding into my wife’s side. When we moved in, she pointed out the three rods she would be taking and the one that was […]

Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief. Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms. Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed […]

Settlement reached in election lawsuit

CNJ staff A settlement has been reached in a case levied against Curry County by two residents upset over the placement of a video at the courthouse prior to the Nov. 2 general election. Terms of the settlement have not been filed in district court and the judge could not be reached for comment. On […]

Settlement reached in former Melrose police chief case

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Dreiling Sharna Johnson A confidential settlement has been reached in a discrimination case launched by a former Melrose police chief against the Village of Melrose and former Mayor Lance Pyle. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed Monday it was notified Friday the parties had reached an agreement, according to spokeswoman Joy Forehand. She […]

Albertson’s offers benefits proposal to unions

A tentative agreement has been reached between Albertson’s and a negotiating committee representing employees in nine of the supermarket’s New Mexico locations. A release from the United Food and Commercial Workers union said after five months of negotiations, Albertson’s sent an offer that provides increases in wages, health care benefits and pension protection. Employees will […]

Local veterans aid airmen overseas

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Courtesy photo: Senior Master Sgt. Patrick Hudson, USAF, U.S. Forces Korea Airmen at Yongsan Army Garrison in Seoul, South Korea had two dryers for 40 people until Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 in Clovis donated $500 for the airmen to purchase two new dryers. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections When airmen around him in […]

Portales couple reaches out to international students

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Courtesy photo: Charlie and Martha Crane From left, Martha Crane of Portales, Ghana native Hannah Odame, Martha’s husband Charlie and Nigeria native Lola pause during a pre-graduation reception for Eastern New Mexico University international students this past spring. The Cranes have provided driving lessons, trips, Thanksgiving dinner and more for the students. Lola’s last name […]

Clovis man pleads in molestation case

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Larry Hatcher pleaded no contest Friday to seven counts of child molestation. A Clovis man originally charged with 143 counts of child molestation reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to seven counts Friday. Larry Hatcher, 49, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Hatcher’s four-day trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday. It […]

Zias earn split at UT-Permian Basin

CNJ Staff ODESSA, Texas — Senior centerfielder Laura Thompson and freshman shortstop Melissa Williams went a combined 6-for-7, and the Eastern New Mexico University softball team rallied from a 2-0 first-inning deficit to claim a 3-2 win Wednesday in the second game of a doubleheader with University of Texas-Permian Basin. The Falcons (11-32) had won […]

Agreement reached to keep witnesses in homicide case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement have reached an agreement with federal authorities to keep witnesses to a November homicide in Texico involving a Honduran national in the U.S., District Attorney Matt Chandler said. In addition to the victim, seven witnesses in the deadly shooting six weeks ago were Honduran nationals working […]

Settlement reached in lawsuit over death of Allsup’s clerk

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A lawsuit filed over the abduction and slaying of a Hobbs convenience store clerk was settled minutes before a jury was to award her three children $51 million in damages. Allegra Carpenter, an attorney representing Elizabeth Garcia’s children — Xavier Mendoza, 13; Jerome Mendoza, 11; and Cene Mendoza, 10 […]

Deployment teaches independence

I treated myself to a trip to Lubbock this weekend. I consider it a treat only because it’s something I rarely attempt when my husband is deployed. Packing up a 20-month-old and all her “stuff” and driving for an hour and a half is much easier when my husband is along on the trip. Actually, […]

Scorching summer expected to persist

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Crusita Ponce, 27, of Clovis stands in line Thursday at the Bahama Babes snow cone stand to buy treats for herself and her children. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Don’t expect a break anytime soon from the mid-90s temperatures baking the High Plains. The high temperature in Clovis has […]

It’s Their Business

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Staff photo: Tony Bullocks CNJ staff Name: Clovis Cutz Location: 1010 West 21st St. What they do: Barber haircuts, some women’s chemical services such as permanents, color and highlighting. They plan to start pedicures and manicures late this year. Who’s in charge: Christina Vasko is the owner. Employees: Three. How long in business: Since November […]

Feb. 27, 2007 It’s Their Business

Name: When You Have Everything What they do: They sell apparel, handbags, footwear, home decor and gifts; and do manicures, pedicures and ion cleanses. Who’s in charge: Owners are Taryn Dedeaux and Vicki Tipton, daughter and mother. How long in business: November 2005. How many employees: Three. Location: 1500 Pile St. Hours of business: 10 […]

Feb. 13, 2007 It’s Their Business

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Bishop’s Men & Boy’s is located on Mitchell St. in downtown Clovis. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) Name: Bishop’s Men’s & Boy’s Formal, Casual & Urban Wear What they do: Sell clothing for toddlers, boys and men including suits, formal and everyday wear, conservative and high fashion, and shoes. Who’s in charge: K. Bernard Shaw […]

Drowning settlement reached

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The family of a 3-year-old boy who drowned at Potter Pool in 2005 has received an undisclosed lawsuit settlement amount, according to city officials. F. Michael Hart, an Albuquerque attorney representing the child’s mother, Angela Davis, said his client feels city officials have been sincere in their efforts to […]