New boss clamps down at jail

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer From his stature to his personality, everything about Teddy Blair is large. Even his entrance to Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting to give his first departmental report as interim administrator of the Curry County Detention Center was grandiose. Blair, 70, made a dramatic entrance to the meeting by tossing […]

Southwest Cheese starting production

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Construction on the $200 million cheese plant started in early 2004. (File photo) Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese received their first delivery of milk Tuesday, although by the end of the year it will only be operating at 30 percent of capacity, according Southwest Cheese Company Chief Executive Director Maurice Keane. The plant […]

Economic growth top priority for local officials

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When business owner Bobby Newman moved to New Mexico 50 years ago, the state, he said, was infamous for three things. “There were three things everybody said about New Mexico: They had the worst roads in the union, we were second only to Louisiana as far as being politically […]

Workers allege malfeasance

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Chris Edstrom talks about the troubles he had with his former employer, Arizona-based Alex Transportation, with his checks bouncing Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The troubles with his former employer started about two months ago when his payroll check bounced. Working for Arizona-based Alex […]

David Ash

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. David Ash Date of birth: April 24, 1925 Dates of service: 1943 to 1975 Home town: Akron, Ohio Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Governor says Cannon getting closer look

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Born Monday in the nation’s capital was a Cannon Air Force Base assessment team. Though in its infancy, the team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days, Gov. Bill Richardson said. A federal commission voted to remove Cannon’s F-16 squadrons […]

Clovis bail bondsman faces grand jury investigation

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis bail bondsman faces a grand jury investigation for his role in a Sept. 20 shooting that injured two people, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said the purpose of the investigatory grand jury is to determine if there is probable cause to file charges. […]

Weathering the storm — hurricanes have early impact on pumpkin market

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Servando Lopez (left) and Carlos Gonzales unload pumpkins from a truck to a conveyor belt to be sorted Monday afternoon at Davis Farms in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson)photo: Sharna Jo By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Every October, Jacqueline Davis searches for the perfect pumpkin. Her mission, however, is a little different than average […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Struggles continue for Texico

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer AFTER GOING UNDEFEATED FOR two straight years, Texico has dropped three out of its five games this season. “It’s hard,” Wolverines coach Mike Prokop said. “It’s been a learning experience for the coaching staff and the kids. We’ve been spoiled for so long.” A non-district schedule that includes three […]

Cats blanked at Roswell

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss on Saturday to Roswell High in the Wildcats’ final tuneup for the start of District 4-5A play. Guerreno Morales scored about 16 minutes into the match for the Coyotes, while Juan Perez added a second-half goal. “We fought hard,” CHS coach […]

Mustangs edge ENMU

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — College of the Southwest men’s soccer coach Rob Irvine said his team been a bit up and down this season. Irvine was happy to see his squad play relatively well on Sunday, though, in a 2-1 victory over Eastern New Mexico University at the ENMU pitch. The […]

Couple on a mission: Rescue man’s best friend

By Tonya Garner A cacophony of barks greet Clovis residents Bob and Carol Baker as they enter the rear room of the Clovis Animal Shelter. A tour of the room with the Bakers reveals a dozen or so dogs separated by metal cages, temporary homes for lost, stray and unwanted canines of various temperaments, breeds […]

Suspects to face grand jury

CNJ Staff District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday the four suspects charged with murder in connection with last month’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy are scheduled to appear before a grand jury on Friday. Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, and Edward Salas, 21, are being held at Curry County detention facilities on […]

Newell, Davis, Visage

Kyle Newell Mr. Kyle L. Newell, 53, of Clovis, died Oct. 2, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born Feb. 22, 1952, in Lubbock to Clyde and Volna Newell. He had been a resident of Clovis since 1957 and graduated from Clovis High School in 1970. He was in the printing business with […]

Zias post second consecutive shutout

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — On the surface, it was just a sleepy non-league win in the middle of Lone Star Conference play. Eastern New Mexico University’s Megan Dozier, though, said Sunday’s 3-0 shutout of Hobbs-based College of the Southwest meant a little more than that to the Zias. “They’re one of […]

Joe Burford

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Joe Burford Date of birth: Feb. 8, 1920 Dates of service: May 1942 to Dec. 1945 Hometown: Friona Theater and location of […]

Veterans’ disability pay questioned

Tom Philpott Both his grandfather and great-uncle served in World War II, said Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., but only his great-uncle entered a Nazi death camp as the war came to a close. “According to the story my grandmother told,” said the senator in a phone interview, “when he got home, he went up to […]

Hounds gear for WT after Angelo win

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ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo talks about an Angelo State touchdown with Greyhounds safety J.J. Ortiz in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo knew he had to do something to get […]

Republican leaders need wake-up call

Mona Charen Perhaps you’ve heard the one about the 700 firefighters from a variety of states who volunteered to do rescue work following Hurricane Katrina? They sat in a hotel room in Atlanta for days getting sexual harassment training from FEMA officials. No joke. Note to Republicans eager to shovel new money at federal agencies: […]

Oil production, refining choked by regulations

CNJ Editorial Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality, and the reality is, America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]