Three dead in separate accidents near Tucumcari

CNJ STAFF Three people died and six were airlifted to an Amarillo hospital Monday in two separate accidents just west of Tucumcari on I-40, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Laura Bell Taylor, 74, and Joy Harjo, 13, both of Oklahoma, died after Talesse Lynette Sigilai, 51, driver of the […]

County turns to legal jargon for defense

Clovis’ public schools, the city of Clovis and Clovis Community College have all taken action in recent weeks that shows they’re beginning to understand the importance of open government. We wish we could say the same for Curry County where County Manager Geneva Cooper, attorney Steve Doerr and county commissioners are still fighting hard to […]

Grady graduate Curry’s new prosecutor

Cops and courts The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has hired a former Texico municipal judge to become the office’s newest prosecutor. Rick Queener, a 1984 graduate of Grady High School who has also served on the Texico City Council, is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, where he earned his law […]

Cannon jet drops fuel tanks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release […]

Holding back information can lead to rumors

School officials in Odessa, Texas, learned a lesson recently — the absence of factual information tends to lead to misinformation. We hope it’s a lesson from which school officials in eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle might also benefit. The incident occurred at Ector Junior High School. During a quarrel, one student apparently told […]

Business Briefs 4/27

FirstBank changes name to AccessBank, FirstBank, a mainstay in Clovis since 1934, is about to go away — to be replaced by AccessBank, effective Saturday. It is only a name change, according to Don Padgett, president and CEO of FirstBank soon-to-be AccessBank. Advertising, logos, signs, and stationery all will be switched from the old name […]

More than $1.4 million awarded for health care

CNJ Staff U.S. Senator Pete Domenici on Monday announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $1.4 million to La Casa de Buena Salud, Inc. to support health care services for uninsured New Mexicans in four southeast counties, according to a press release from the senator’s office. La Casa de […]

Business Digest 4/13

Wells Fargo adds to commercial staff Wells Fargo has added Paul Mondragon as new relationship manager, to deliver financial services to businesses with annual sales of more than $15 million. “Paul has experience working with a broad range of businesses, from the smallest to the largest. We’ll tap his knowledge to help New Mexico companies […]

Portales man convicted of 15 felony sex crimes

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A Roosevelt County jury convicted Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, on Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of […]

Screening day to help drinkers learn what is too much

By CNJ STAFF Knowing how much is too much, when it comes to alcohol, is valuable knowledge that will be given away for free as part of National Alcohol Screening Day Thursday. Counselor Charlotte M. Farkas, Ph.D., will provide free screening at her office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 116 W. 11th […]

Saturday is National Trading Card Day

By CNJ STAFF Free sample cards will be given away across the nation. Visitors to The Sports Angle on Saturday will get some collector’s edition trading cards for free as part of National Trading Card Day, according to Steve DeLeon, owner. The store is located at 522 N. Main Street in Clovis, and is one […]

County’s change of heart is encouraging

David Stevens Welcome to the new Curry County, where government officials say they have nothing to hide. We’ve heard the words before. Now those words have been backed up with some action in the past 10 days. Last month, the Clovis News Journal requested salary records from Clovis’ public schools, Clovis Community College, the city […]

Straight answers about CNJ’s lawsuit against Curry County

Freedom Newspapers Some Curry County public servants are twisting the law to prevent daylight from shining on public records. The Clovis News Journal sued Curry County last week over the refusal of its attorney to release pay information on county workers. We had asked the county for names of employees, their positions, their annual salaries […]

Curry County continues history of secrecy

David Stevens Welcome to Curry County, where Big Brother rules. It isn’t a motto the chamber of commerce would want to adopt, but the moniker is accurate for a community whose government bodies seem serious about closed-door meetings, hiding public documents and limiting or impeding the flow of information. Two weeks ago, I complained about […]

Portales mayor not running for state office

By Mike Linn PORTALES — The only office Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega plans to hold in the next two years will be in his hometown. The Democrat recently said he was considering a run at the New Mexico House seat in District 66. But on Tuesday, Ortega announced he would not seek that position until his […]

Business Digest 3/2

Legislative review planned this month Area residents will have an opportunity to hear the results of the 2004 Legislative session up close when the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2004 Roundhouse Review on March 12. The chamber’s monthly membership breakfast will be co-hosted by The Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico. […]

Reporters Notebook: Powerball e-mails may be from con artists

Think you’ve won the Powerball lottery since you’ve received an e-mail to that effect? Not so, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball lotto game. These e-mails are sent by con artists who are trying to get personal information from you. Quite often they include the Powerball name, logo and links to […]

Education Briefs 2/26

CCC selects four for teaching awards The Clovis Community College faculty selected four people for the 2004 National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Teaching Excellence Awards. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development emphasizes the importance of teaching excellence in an open-door setting. The 2004 awards recipients, according to a college news release, […]

Business Briefs 2/24

Portales parlor company expands PBI Parlor Systems of Portales purchased Ross-Holm inc. of Petaluma, Calif., on Feb. 4, according to a news release. PBI Parlor Systems designs and builds parallel, herringbone and drop-rail stalls, along with crowd gates, the release said. It has been in business since 1989. For 60 years, Ross-Holm has designed and […]

City commissioner gets heart surgery

CNJ STAFF City Commissioner Robert Sandoval was admitted to the Heart Hospital in Lubbock Monday for an operation on his heart, but is expected to be released today. According to a city of Clovis press release, Sandoval had a 99 percent blockage in his left main heart artery and a stint was inserted to correct […]