I’m a security threat to myself

Kevin Wilson I’m a security risk. To myself. That’s what everybody says when I tell them I’ve had the same e-mail password for about 10 years. It’s also my password for various most of the Internet. I’m going to make it even less secure by giving you some hints. There are seven characters. The first […]

Attorney general candidates spar on corruption, border security

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State attorney general candidates Matt Chandler, left, and Gary King debated in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building on Tuesday night. Topics included immigration reform, fighting corruption and the federal health care rules. Argen Duncan New Mexico’s attorney general candidates debated illegal immigration policy, health care reform and fighting corruption Tuesday night at […]

Security efforts must not erode our freedoms

As we remember Sept. 11, 2001, a new report suggests our country’s officials pay too little attention to the threats of terrorist attacks from within. The report deserves attention, but it should not be used to justify the further curtailment of individual rights. Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group, comprising former heads of the […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 a.m. July 26 officers responded to a business in the 1200 block of Main Street for a burglary. The caller told dispatchers he noticed the rear door to the business was open. Officers found evidence the door had been pried […]

Homeland Security conducting training

CNJ staff New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is conducting a national incident management system training 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Clovis Community College. The training is open to members of the emergency management system, which includes law enforcement, fire service, hazardous material, public health, public works, emergency management, […]

For Christians, name means security, eternity

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist On the day I am writing this column I also heard that a tropical depression is forming in the Gulf of Mexico. If its winds get to a certain point, this will turn to a hurricane and the hurricane’s name will be Alex. Alex is the first of the season. As […]

Judicial complex: Worth $33 million?

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Courtesy graphic An architectural drawing by Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture shows the layout of a judicial complex color coded to show four developmental phases. Sharna Johnson Curry County officials say they need a new judicial complex that would address court security issues, growing county government and a faulty jail. It’s going to cost $33 […]

Border security complicated by legal process

Freedom New Mexico Many see border security as a simple issue: just stop people from coming across, and let those who try to come illegally suffer the consequences. The fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, however, shows the deceptive complexities underlying the issue. Sergio Adrian Hernandez, described as 15 […]

Judge files courthouse security complaint

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Judge Teddy Hartley has filed a complaint with the New Mexico Attorney General about security at the Curry County Courthouse, County Manager Lance Pyle said Tuesday. Pyle told county commissioners he learned of the complaint in a letter from the attorney general “basically telling us that we need […]

Climate change, national security presentation to be held

CNJ staff Clovis is the fourth stop for New Mexico’s Operation Free, as it plans a Saturday film and discussion focused on climate change and national security. The presentation is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Clovis’ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3015. State Director Chuck Tyler said Operation Free’s message is that climate […]

Analysis of courthouse to be recommended to commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Space and security issues abound in the more than 70-year-old county courthouse — a concern that has prompted an analysis to determine how to fix the problem. County Manager Lance Pyle said a proposal to study whether there is need for a judicial complex is expected to be recommended […]

Social security cuts worry local seniors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Douglas Smithers, president of the Clovis AARP chapter, said he thinks a one time $250 payment to seniors will help ease the pain of no cost of living adjustment next year. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Thursday’s announcement by the Social Security Administration that there will be no cost […]

Judge Hartley pulls support from courthouse security plan

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District Judge Ted Hartley By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A battle over courthouse security hit an impasse Tuesday when District Judge Teddy Hartley withdrew his offer to contribute to the cost of additional security officers. Hartley’s change of heart came after the commission voted to move ahead with its security plan, having spent nearly […]

Additional courthouse security officers sought

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At today’s Curry County Commission meeting, County Manager Lance Pyle is expected to ask commissioners to hire two new security officers for the courthouse. If granted, the added officers would cost almost $95,000 and bring the number of courthouse security personnel up to three. The meeting is scheduled for […]

School officials report theft of model jet

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School security cameras recently caught two people in the act of stealing a 1/8-scale model of an F-16 mounted in front of the school. But the culprits haven’t been caught and the plane is still missing. Principal Wayne Marshall discovered the theft while taking a walk around […]

Security concerns prompt changes to courthouse access

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to close the front doors of the courthouse and channel traffic through the south entrance for security reasons. The move was made in the interest of improving security by screening courthouse visitors before they gain access to the upper floors where the courts […]

District judge demands more courthouse security

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Chief District Judge Teddy Hartley is threatening to withhold security equipment from the county unless his demand is met for more deputies on courthouse duty. The judge is taking his case to the Curry County Commission Tuesday. The commission is expected to consider closing all but the south entrance […]

Lt. Gov. Denish to attend Homeland Security task force

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Immigration reform needs to create a balance between immigration and industry, according to Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. Denish, who spoke to the Clovis News Journal Thursday, is attending a task force today with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to address border and immigration issues. Napolitano is […]

Press release: Secretary Napolitano to visit Arizona, New Mexico

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to Tucson, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M., on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, Secretary Napolitano will visit Tucson to announce the 2009 Operation Stonegarden grant awards, which enhance law enforcement preparedness and operational readiness along U.S. borders. She will travel to Albuquerque on Friday to […]

District attorney asks for improved courthouse security

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Attorney Matt Chandler says members of the judicial system, courthouse personnel and the public are in danger without tighter security at the courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An impassioned presentation from the district attorney over safety at the county courthouse was not enough to spur immediate action […]