County officers rev up new engines

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Curry County Sheriff’s department debuted one of its four new police-edition Dodge Chargers Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Sheriff’s department placed the first of four new police-edition Dodge Chargers into action on county roads Wednesday, sporting the department’s new color scheme and low-profile light […]

County commissioners ask state for $24 million

CNJ Staff Curry County Commissioners will ask the state for about $24 million for infrastructure and capital improvement projects. County commissioners approved in a special meeting Wednesday the capital improvement plan for 2009 to 2013 fiscal years. Commissioners met in a work session Monday to prioritize items on the plan, according to county finance director […]

Education Digest: Team attending teaching forum

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A team from Fort Sumner High School was one of 22 teams selected to participate in the Microsoft Innovative Teaching Forum Sept. 27-28 in Redmond, Wash., according to a Fort Sumner news release. Fort Sumner’s El Zorro Ink desktop publishing project was selected as one of the top collaborative […]

Roswell outlasts Lady Cats

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Chantele Riddle had nine kills and was credited with 16 blocks Tuesday night as defending Class 4A state volleyball champion Roswell High defeated Clovis High 25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18. The Lady Coyotes (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening loss to Ruidoso against the Lady Wildcats, who were playing their opening match […]

Attorney general replacements offer little hope

By Freedom Newspapers The surprise resignation — what took him so long? — of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suggests a curious pattern in the Bush administration. A Cabinet official is seriously criticized, for reasons good and bad, and defends himself poorly. Calls proliferate for resignation or impeachment or prosecution/torture/execution, but the president stands by his […]

Cowgirls post win over Zias

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — New Mexico Highlands rallied from a seven-point deficit to win a decisive third game Tuesday night and the Cowgirls went on to a 30-26, 20-30, 34-32, 30-15 over Eastern New Mexico University. Junior outside hitter Ashley Murray had 20 kills and senior outside hitter Jasmine Morris added 19 for […]

Cats turn back NMMI

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White New Mexico Military Institute’s Robin Ritz skies for a header. Clovis scored six goals in a second half of 7-2 win at Yucca Soccer Complex. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Scoring opportunities were there early on for the Clovis High boys soccer team. In the second half, the Wildcats […]

Prince Lounge closing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Bartender Linda Kelm serves drinks at the Prince Lounge. Owner Kit Pettigrew opened the bar in 1965. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With money he said he earned gambling, Kit Pettigrew bought one of 12 liquor licenses available in Clovis and opened a bar. More than four decades later, […]

Military Feature: Clovis officer changing uniforms

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Officer David Wetmore is preparing to deploy to Iraq with the Air National Guard. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police officer David Wetmore will trade the halls of Yucca Junior High for the deserts of Iraq this fall. An Air National Guard technical sergeant and a […]

School shopping can be juggling act

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before […]

Retired journalist championed open government

By Freedom Newspapers Sunshine lost a good friend last week. Bob Johnson, who spent the last two decades fighting for the public’s right to know what its government is doing, died in Albuquerque on Saturday after suffering a stroke. He was 84. Johnson helped start the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government in 1989. Media […]

Regis gets past Hounds

CNJ staff DENVER — Freshman forward Nathan Kafer assisted on the first goal, then punched in the game-winner early in the second half on Sunday to give Regis a 2-1 men’s soccer victory over Eastern New Mexico University. The Rangers (1-1) scored nearly 13 minutes into the contest with Kafer picking up a rebound and […]

Lady Cats make progress

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School junior Meagan Baglien gets set to serve against Portales during a scrimmage on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Don’t get Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray wrong: His team is still pretty young. But these Lady Wildcats aren’t nearly as raw anymore. […]

CCC bookstore bustling

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Joella Gerzon, left, of Clovis shops for school supplies Monday at the Clovis Community College bookstore with her daughter. The store sold out of flash drives, according to bookstore officials. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sarah Kraft and Michael Pino sat on a couch in the main lobby Monday […]

Business Feature: Biodiesel plant taking shape

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Job site superintendent Doug Noguez, left, of Agate Construction and Kevin Rubright, construction manager for ARES Corp., oversee work on the Clovis Biodiesel plant. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor In what was once a winter wheat field sits clusters of stainless and carbon steel tanks. The 14 tanks are […]

It’s Their Business: Hacienda Home Center

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Hacienda Home Center Location: 200 E. Brady Ave. What they do: Sell hardware, building materials, paint, lawn and garden supplies, farm and ranch items, and home decor. Who’s in charge: Danny Lucero is the manager. Employees: 20 How long in business: about 30 years Hours of business: 8 […]

Business Digest: Auto glass store owner honored

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Gene Porter, owner of the Glass Doctor of Clovis, received the 2006 Top Gun designation from the franchise during its annual conference, according to a company news release. The Top Gun designation is given to the top 10 percent of Glass Doctor franchisees who achieve certain sales, operations and […]

Aug. 28 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 p.m. Aug. 21 an officer was called to a home in the 800 block of Corrales for a battery report. A woman told police she had an argument with her baby-sitter. While getting her […]

AFSOC: Cannon changes hinge on construction

CNJ Staff Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs issued the following press release regarding frequently asked questions regarding Cannon Air Force Base’s transition from a fighter wing to a special operations wing. AFSOC is scheduled to take control of the base Oct. 1. Q: What units will move, and when? A: The first unit […]

Spying program abuses power of government

By Freedom Newspapers What do you do when critics call the legality of your secret spying program into question? If you’re the Bush administration, you defend it: both by becoming ever more secretive and by claiming to be above the law. The legal basis for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was launched soon after 9/11 […]