Melrose school board will review hair policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a Melrose High School sophomore keeps the promise she made to the school board and sits down with a stylist this weekend, her mother says it shouldn’t feel like a loss because she stood up for something she believed in. “It was a good learning lesson,” Jerri Kline […]

Traffic changes frustrate residents

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer George Baker told the city it’s not worth risking his children to educate Clovis drivers. Baker lives on Yucca Avenue, a few blocks away from the intersection of Plains Avenue and Main Street. The intersection of Plains and Main, traditionally a four-way stop, is currently a two-way stop. The […]

Jan. 23 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon Jan. 12 an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Way for a disruptive student. An administrator told the officer a 13-year-old boy was to the office for being disruptive. While in the office, the man […]

Banks owed no privacy when using tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico Can you imagine lending a relative several thousand dollars and then being told it’s none of your business whether that relative spent the money doing as promised (to pay off debts and get his fiscal house in order) or whether he blew the cash on fancy vacations and jewelry? Well, as The […]

Dec. 16, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At an unspecified time Dec. 3 an officer responded to a business in the 400 block of Pile Street for a fraud report.The officer was told a customer had deposited a check for nearly $4,000 and the check had been returned as […]

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during […]

God’s way is to give selflessly

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist A close friend of mine lives in a larger city. Frequently she has told me of the homeless people who stand on busy corners holding signs that read, “Homeless and hungry. Anything helps.” Sometimes my friend would encounter three or four of these people a day. Sometimes drivers handed money […]

Curry County to host 2009 High School Rodeo

Curry County will host the 2009 New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals, according to a news release from the county. More than 100 cowboys and cowgirls from across the state are expected to attend the June event, the release said. The county learned last week it had been awarded the bid, Administrative Services Coordinator Connie […]

10/21 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 a.m. Oct. 9 an officer responded to an office in the 200 block of Llano Estacado Boulevard for a report of child abandonment. A social services case worker told the officer a woman brought in her 8-year-old daughter and said […]

Encounters all part of God’s plan

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My friend told me her story of the new friend she met on the plane. I thought of this verse: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:18) Recently a colleague of mine was in an international […]

Sept. 21, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 a.m. Sept. 13 an officer responded to a home in the 1800 block of Debra in reference to a criminal damage complaint. A woman said the boyfriend of an acquaintance came to her house looking for his girlfriend. She said […]

Sept. 5, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. Aug. 26 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a battery report. A male juvenile holding a bag of ice in his lap told the officer he was battered during football practice at a school in the 1500 […]

Aug. 31, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. Aug. 21 an officer took a statement regarding disorderly conduct at a school in the 1400 block of Cameo Street. A teacher said on Aug. 15 a student was being disruptive in class. She said she told him to […]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February […]

Convenience store robbed Sunday

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Helping children good place to start

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I read a commentary by Bill Glass, founder of Bill Glass Ministries. He told of an incident at a Seattle Special Olympics event some years ago. Bill Glass holds a distinct interest in issues dealing with the handicapped because he has a grandson with Down’s Syndrome. The games had started […]

Individuals have right to be treated fairly

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist This summer I am teaching school law in one of my teacher education classes. We talk about liberty and property and the freedoms that we have as citizens of this wonderful country. We talk about rights and responsibilities as well. Those are good things to think about on this Independence […]

First Person: Designing dreams

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Paul Reed says he wants to move Clovis’ architecture forward. Paul Reed, 44, was born and raised in Clovis. For seven years, he has been a licensed architect in Clovis, but his life revolves around his two sons. Reed does 40 to 50 projects a year, from one-room […]

Three arrested for robbery

CNJ staff Three Clovis men were arrested Monday for robbing a 17-year-old boy, according to police reports. About 4:30 p.m. Monday, the victim told police he had just walked out of an auto parts store on north Prince Street when he was approached by two men who asked him what time it was, then demanded […]

Portales mayor testifies in favor of water project

By Kevin Wilson Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to prove that. “I […]