Public Record 5/28

Compiled from court records from May 20 through May 26 Marriage Licenses Stephen Michael Bertrand, 27, of Clovis, and January Gisela Crabb, 23, of Friona, Texas Nathan Garrett Nuttall, 20, and Shayla Raynae Keeling, 21, both of Las Cruces Jesse David Hickland, 20, of Salem, N.Y., and Hillary Gail McMurry, 21, of Clovis Kenneth Tyrone […]

Business group praises Clovis lawmakers

David Arkin’s Political Notebook: CNJ correspondent Two Clovis lawmakers got perfect marks this week from a statewide business group. The Association of Commerce and Industry released their annual report card of state representatives, senators and the governor this week. House and Senate members were scored for their votes on pro-business legislation and constitutional amendments in […]

November date of District 4 primary

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Albin Smith, a Republican, is unopposed in the primary. Challenger Gloria Wicker, a Democrat, also has no opponent in the primary. They will face off in November. Qualifications Smith: I’ve lived in the district for seven and a half years. I’ve lived in the […]

County manager in campaign controversy

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Some county residents and some candidates in county elections claim Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper violated county personnel policies by endorsing District 2 commission candidate Pete Hulder in a newspaper advertisement. The ad, which ran in Wednesday’s Clovis News Journal, lists a number of local residents, commissioners Kathrynn Tate […]

Early, absentee voting nears 1,000 in primary

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent The number of people in Curry County who have early voted or requested an absentee ballot for the June 1 primary is nearing 1,000 people. As of Wednesday afternoon, 718 people had early voted. Officials at the Curry County Clerk’s Office said they had sent out 255 absentee ballots. During […]

Handing over Iraq best step toward freeing country

Freedom Newspapers In Monday’s speech on Iraq at the U.S. Army War College, we saw a get-down-to-business President Bush. Mostly gone was his previous rhetoric about using Iraq to expand freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East. He mapped out a nuts-and-bolts vision of what he wants to do to bring freedom and representative government […]

Clovis police officer feels DA not proactive

Letters to the editor I feel it is my duty as a citizen, a police officer and a father to encourage and inform Clovis’ residents of a few things. Over the last few years, crime in this area has hit highs that I never imagined we would see for a town of our size. I […]

Still many good people left in the world

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Just after noon on Sunday I got the word that my sister Lois had died in Maryland. She was my oldest living sibling and her death was not totally unexpected. Makes no difference. Even the expected carves at your heart. Lois was an accomplished woman, a good woman. And as the […]

Police: Woman swallows cocaine during drug bust

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Members of the Clovis S.W.A.T. team monitor traffic at the corner of Seventh and Walnut streets in Clovis Wednesday after Clovis Police Department issued as search warrant for 701 and 705 Walnut. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A woman who chewed up and swallowed crack cocaine during a […]

CHS opens summer season with sweep

CNJ STAFF With a half-dozen seniors graduating this spring off a Class 5A state runnerup team, coaches Shane Shallenberger and Brian Cronk hope the Clovis High summer baseball program will answer a lot of questions for next year’s squad. Clovis opened its West Texas League schedule Tuesday night at Bell Park with a 14-6, 9-6 […]

ENMRWA members lose patience with late studies

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Studies of the financial capacities of members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to pay for the project remain incomplete, consultants said Wednesday, at the authority’s meeting in Clovis. The incomplete reports drew a sharp expression of impatience from at least one board member. Jason Bass, an […]

Swimming coach has lofty goals

By Dave Wagner Vincent DeMaio hopes to take the Clovis High girls swimming program to the next level. A Clovis native and longtime area resident, DeMaio has been chosen to coach the program in its third season next winter. A farmer and rancher, he was hired as a contract coach. DeMaio said Clovis has the […]

CCS grad has bright future, teacher says

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Ivan Goodwin, 18, of Clovis, seen here working at the Java Loft, is a recent graduate of Clovis Christian School and will attend Texas Tech University in the fall; studying electrical engineering. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Memories of friendships, sports and tomfoolery still linger in the wake of […]

Clark, Herman C.

Herman Clark Services: Have been held. Herman C. Clark, 88, of Portales, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 5, 1915, in Dickens, Texas, to Cora Mae and Man Clark. He grew up in the Rogers area and graduated from Rogers High School. He attended […]

Four people injured in rollover

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Two people were transported to a Lubbock hospital for advanced medical treatment following a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday night near the corner of Brady and Wheaton streets, according to emergency officials. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis residents were transported to a Lubbock hospital after a four-passenger vehicle […]

DA candidates spar on air

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John Randal acted as one of the moderators during the Candidates forum on KTQM/KWKA. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Candidates for county, state and district attorney positions fielded listeners’ questions on KTQM/KWKA’s radio political forum Tuesday night, but the sharpest exchanges occurred between Brett Carter and Matthew Chandler, Republican […]

District 5 candidates unopposed in primary

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer District 5 County Commissioner Tim Ashley, a Republican, has no opponent in the June 1 primary. Democrat Paul D. Barnes, who is challenging Ashley this fall, also is unopposed in the primary. Both candidates recently talked with the Clovis News Journal on issues surrounding county government. If elected in […]

Board members gain more say about agenda

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer With little discussion and a unanimous vote, the Clovis Municipal School Board voted Tuesday night to end a long-standing policy requiring board members to gain the approval of the superintendent before adding items to the agenda. The new procedure states that “any board member shall have an item […]

School board elects new member

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer The newest member of the Clovis Municipal School Board has never held public office before, but that didn’t deter Lola Bryant from applying for a vacant position. Bryant told the school board Tuesday night that she learned about the vacancy caused by George Banister’s April 30 resignation and […]

Sisters unite in carpentry

Reporter’s Notebook The relationship of three Clovis sisters is built with love as strong as cement and lumber. Their father was a carpenter who taught them an appreciation for remodeling and building. They replace windows, do electrical work and repair water lines, among a hodgepodge of other tasks. Their latest project — pouring a cement […]