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Altrusa International of Portales The Altrusa International, Inc. Club of Portales met March 12 in the Central Annex. President Gaynelle Thomas called the meeting to order. There were 17 members and three guests present. Nellie Dyer led the opening ceremonies. The minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved. Lori Bohm gave the Altrusa Accent and Beverly […]

Religious groups realizing pitfall of Obamacare

Thomas Jefferson said: “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” The third president wasn’t Catholic and, arguably, probably not Christian. But he understood that for the government to compel people to pay for something they find morally repugnant is “sinful […]

Engagements — Dec. 4

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Meador-Weinheimer John and Elizabeth Meador of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Lizette Elizabeth Meador of Amarillo, to Paul Thomas Weinheimer of Groom, Texas, son of Pat and Maggie Weinheimer of Groom. The couple will exchange vows 7 p.m. Jan. 14, 2012, at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Amarillo. […]

Texas man killed in crash

A 37-year-old Plains, Texas, man was killed Thursday evening in a single-vehicle crash about 20 miles northeast of Elida. Jason Thomas died at the scene around 6:30 p.m. when he was partially ejected from the semi truck he was driving, State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said. Thomas was driving east on South Roosevelt Road 35, […]

City officials announce pay increase

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thanked city employees for their work during a press conference Tuesday at City Hall. City officials announced a 2 percent pay increase for city employees. Liliana Castillo Clovis city officials announced Tuesday in a press conference that they will be bringing a 2 percent pay increase […]

Birthdays — June 5

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Thomas Ray Thomas of Clovis celebrated his 40th birthday. Lordy lordy look who’s forty. Happy Birthday Ray Thomas. Love always Denise, Ray Paul, David and Polly. — Submitted by Denise Thomas

Five arrested in grain theft

CNJ staff The theft of $70,000 in grain has led to the arrest of five men. Investigators believe Thomas Sotelo, 23, a Peavy Grain employee, gave 20 truckloads of grain to four independent truck drivers for sale to outside parties and then split the proceeds with them, according to a press release from the Curry […]

Clovis softball coach saves truck driver

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File photo The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball coach Brandi Thomas said she didn’t think her assistance was a “big deal,” just an automatic response to an emergency situation. Russell Anglin The Clovis High School Lady Wildcats softball team made an unexpected stop on their bus trip to Farmington Thursday. Coach Brandi Thomas stopped […]

Ex-members question committee roles

Sharna Johnson Just a month after they were created, a pair of county committees have been downsized, with members resigning while questioning their roles. Six committee members walked out of a Thursday meeting, and another sent a letter of resignation Friday. An eighth, Wayland Thomas, a retired journalist on the citizen’s jail committee, said Saturday […]

Start of the year good time to reflect on past, future

Curtis Shelburne Well, here we find ourselves again in January, and maybe some reflection is in order. On the one hand, author Thomas Mann is right: “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when […]

Weekly update — Dec. 5

Dirt work starts this week on runway A few years down the road, a visit to the Clovis Municipal Airport could bring a body scan or patdown. City Manager Joe Thomas said the city is looking for airlines that could possibly serve Clovis to either Denver International Airport or Dallas/Forth Worth. “If we do that,” […]

English couple cycling through Clovis, Portales to promote charity

CNJ staff Two English Rotarians cycling 10,000 miles to raise awareness about disaster relief charity Shelter Box are expected in Clovis and Portales, according to a press release. Huw and Carolyn Thomas of Cornwall, UK, riding in tandem with a green Shelter Box in tow, are traveling across Canada, the U.S. to Florida then to […]

Potter Park pool reopens

Potter Pool reopened Tuesday after vandalism Friday prompted the city to close it for cleaning. Sometime Friday night, vandals got through a door mistakenly left unlocked, according to a police report released Tuesday. The suspects took a fire extinguisher from the office wall and sprayed it into the pool, the report said. The damage was […]

CHS to host semipro football exhibition

By Dave Wagner Anybody needing a summer football fix can get it tonight at Leon Williams Stadium. Clovis High is hosting an exhibition semipro game between the Rio Rancho-based New Mexico Crush and the Lubbock-based West Texas Outlaws, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start. Admission is free to elementary school children, senior citizens and military […]

Unique flag gifted to local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo AmVets Post 14 trustee Jack Thomas explains that an American flag is folded with four stars out, standing for “In God We Trust.” By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections AmVets Post 14 in Clovis received a special gift from a Marine two weeks ago. AmVets Trustee Jack Thomas says he received […]

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders at a press conference Wednesday about an accident at Hotel Clovis injuring Building Inspector Pete Wilt and John Smith of Portales. Both men fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft Tuesday morning and remain hospitalized. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Police revealed few details […]

Mayor on political e-mail: ‘I won’t do that again’

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gayla Brumfield said it never occurred to her that asking city officials to forward an e-mail invitation to a political candidate’s fundraising dinner was inappropriate. “I didn’t know that I couldn’t do that. I guess it’s in the personnel policy,” Clovis’ mayor said Tuesday afternoon. “I sent it out. […]

Supreme Court correct to limit car searches

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling last week in Arizona v. Gant, limited the circumstances under which police may search a car after arresting the driver. The decision, by an unusual majority consisting of Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Souter, Scalia and Thomas, is a welcome reversal of a recent trend in court decisions that […]

Tight donations stalls civic center statue

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A proposed life-sized bronze statue of a horse for the Clovis Civic Center is on hold because money has been tight. City Manager Joe Thomas said Monday that Tatum artist Curtis Fort wanted to donate the statue for the city’s civic center. Thomas said the statue would cost between […]

Assessment suggests replacement of Hull Street overpass

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City Manager Joe Thomas said Wednesday a preliminary assessment recommends replacing the Hull Street overpass over rebuilding it. Thomas updated members of the Public Works Committee on the Hull Street overpass during its regular Wednesday meeting. Thomas said early cost estimates for replacing the structure range between $7 million […]