One dead, one injured in one-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A Muleshoe man was killed and a Clovis man injured Tuesday afternoon in one-vehicle accident on U.S. 82 east of Dickens, Texas. A Department of Public Safety communications spokeswoman said the DPS received the call about 12:30 p.m. (CST). A 2003 Chevrolet two-ton utility truck driven by Tanner Bertram, 23, of Muleshoe struck […]

Education column: School construction making progress

If anyone has driven by some of our school sites under construction, you will have noticed a great deal of progress has taken place. For those who have not had an opportunity to view the progress firsthand, we’d like to provide an overview of our construction and remodeling status. To begin with, if you were […]

Donation box stolen from McDonald’s

CNJ staff A donation box valued at $75 was taken from a McDonald’s on Mabry Drive on Friday during a break-in, according to a Clovis Police Department incident report. The break-in was reported by an employee when she reported to work at 3:55 a.m. Friday. The report indicated an officer believed a rock was used […]

Obama forgets lessons from housing crisis

Nearly everyone recognized the obvious steps that had to be taken after 2008’s housing disaster — no more loans to unqualified buyers, no more creative financing, no more packaging for resale of securitized mortgages not worth their face value. Apparently, President Barack Obama already has forgotten. He proposes a housing fix with more problematic government […]

Elections, selective breeding same

Humans always have taken to heart God’s behest to “have dominion” over all the animals. They practiced artificial selection in their breeding programs in order to produce what they thought would be better animals. They kept rabbits that had long ears and cows that happened to have no horns. Sure enough, sometimes those choices showed […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met in executive session Friday afternoon to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken when the council convened in open session. — Compiled by Alisa Boswell

Ear bitten off in jail fight

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center on Friday after part of his ear was bitten off during a fight over an MP3 player. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the jail around 7 p.m. Friday for a report of an inmate bitten during a fight, records show. The fight […]

Hyenas may get new enclosure at zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Getti, a 3-year-old hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo, had to be separated from Sere his intended mate because when the pair began fighting, keepers feared they might hurt or kill each other. Sharna Johnson Stephanie Nutter is on a mission to bring a pair of hyenas back to earth. In-between […]

More laws only create more chaos

Robert LeFevre was one of the bright stars of the freedom movement before his death, but whose legacy remains. He once said when most people feel threatened that their freedom may be taken away, they try to take away the freedom of those they fear. In other words, in their fear they become the thing […]

Pot legalization needs to be taken seriously

Freedom New Mexico Proposition 19, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, was soundly defeated in the November election after California’s political establishment, Democratic and Republican, came out strongly against it. We had concerns with a provision related to the ability of employers to combat marijuana use at the workplace, but we are […]

Grant McGee: College protest lacked passion

Some folks were protesting in front of one of our High Plains courthouses some days ago. I like seeing folks protest. It means that something has moved them so much they have gotten off their duffs from in front of the TV, made some signs and taken their complaint out where everyone can see. I […]

Candidate profiles: Attorney general

Sharna Johnson In the race between Gary King and Matt Chandler for state attorney general, corruption and border security have dominated discussions. Democrat incumbent King has stood behind his record and taken the position that his opponent lacks the diversity of legal experience required of the office. Chandler, Republican 9th Judicial District Attorney and Clovis […]

Police: 1-month-old to be released to foster care

CNJ staff A 1-month-old girl hospitalized with injuries from abuse has improved and will soon be released to foster care. The girl was taken to a Lubbock children’s hospital Sept. 28 and underwent brain surgery after extensive injuries were discovered by staff at Plains Regional Medical Center. Police said Tuesday in a press release that […]

Advisory panels: Military benefits unsustainable

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A consensus is building among current and former military leaders and defense industry executives that rising military personnel costs threaten the viability of the all-volunteer force. In July, two separate advisory groups reached the same general conclusions regarding what needs to be done to sustain the force. In the nearer […]

Club notes — June 20

Claud Rainy Day Extension Club The Claud Rainy Day Extension Club met May 26 at the Gallery 15 Bistro for lunch and annual birthday meeting with eight members. A collection was taken to aid an extension member in need rather than exchange gifts. Annette Taylor provided a list of “Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Foods” which […]

Ordnance taken to Melrose range

Freedom New Mexico A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialists identified the contents of a World War II-era ordnance located June 11 near a Hobbs museum. Tests confirmed Monday the nearly 100-pound ordnance was an incendiary device, typically composed of a gasoline and rubber mixture or oil […]

Jail administrator says challenges part of why he took job

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Keith Norwood said he sees taking over the Curry County Adult Detention Center as a challenge, but that was always the case with other jobs he took in corrections. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A one-time fullback who came to New Mexico from Georgia on a football scholarship, Keith […]

Teen faces careless driving charges

CNJ staff Two teen girls injured after crashing into a house Tuesday night had taken the driver’s mom’s vehicle out without permission. The 14-year-old driver is facing charges of careless driving and driving without a license, according to a press release from Clovis police. Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, police and emergency responders were dispatched […]

Clovis police officer injured in training accident

CNJ staff A Clovis police officer was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for injuries Saturday morning after losing control of his motorcycle during a training exercise, Chief Steve Sanders said. The officer was later airlifted to a Lubbock hospital for treatment of injuries Sanders classified as orthopedic. Sanders declined to release the officer’s name […]

Baskett fans switching team allegiance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Joaquin, left, and Mauricio Madril of Clovis show Mauricio’s Hank Baskett collection. Mauricio has followed Baskett since his days at Clovis High School and became an Indianapolis Colts fan on his birthday Thursday, the same day the Colts signed Baskett. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A week after the […]