Wholey Cow Deli closes

CNJ staff The Wholey Cow Deli has closed. The sandwich shop at Sixth and Pile streets has “For Rent” and “For Sale” signs on the window, and a note on the door indicating it closed Saturday. The shop opened in 2004 and was a popular downtown lunch location. The restaurant’s ownership transferred from Barbara George, […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded $3.43 million to aid victims of crime

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission a total of $3.43 million to assist victims of crime. The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission will use $2.66 million to provide grants to organizations throughout the state to enhance, expand, […]

Melrose youth sets national pole vault record

CNJ staff Caley Barnard, 12, of Melrose, set a new girls national junior pole vault record Wednesday at the Amateur Athletics Union national championship meet at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Barnard cleared 9-6.25 feet in the finals, more than a foot higher than second-place finisher Heather Shaffer (8-6) of Leander, Texas. The previous […]

Clovis PD seeking state accreditation

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The Clovis Police Department is one of nine state departments working toward accreditation. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department is taking a giant step to become more transparent. This month, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council — the accrediting authority for the state — is evaluating the department’s application. […]

Additional road closure planned for Sunland expansion

One additional road closure has been scheduled for the Sunland Expansion on Thursday, August 6, 2009. This will be at the same location as was before between Spruce Street and the traffic light at Kilgore Avenue and Hwy 70. Crews need to close this portion of the road for at least half the day to […]

LSC polls released

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — If Eastern New Mexico University’s football and volleyball teams have strong seasons in 2009, it will come as a surprise to most of those voting in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason polls. ENMU, which hasn’t won a division game since 2006, was picked for seventh in the seven-team LSC South […]

DWI sobriety check point scheduled for Friday

On Friday, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI Sobriety Check Point somewhere within the City of Clovis. Officers will be specifically targeting drunk drivers. The ODWI Grant makes this possible from Safer New Mexico Now. The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you […]

N.M. Senators: Senate-approved agriculture spending bill supports New Mexico

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a key spending bill that passed the Senate today (80-17) contains funding for key New Mexico agricultural-related projects. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill contains $350,000 the senators secured for the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium. The funding is for New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science […]

Base population increase boosting rental market

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Raymond Gobberg of Cannon’s Public Affairs department said about two-thirds of Cannon personnel live off-base, and that proportion is expected to remain constant as the base expands. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s never been too difficult for Clovis’ Bill Johnson to rent out a house. But he’s […]

Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

Wedding gift worth extra laughs

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I have nothing worth 500 words this week, but a few things worth about 150. Here are the thoughts I had while watching the Texas Rangers’ bullpen blow a lead Monday night: • I was killing time at a store a few days ago. I don’t want to name it […]

VA not ready to back disabled pay

By Tom Philpott: Military update Monthly compensation the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to veterans with service-connected disabilities is intended to replace average earnings loss due to injuries or ailments. But should VA also pay disabled veterans something extra for diminished quality of life? Two prominent commissions in 2007 said it should. Last week, however, […]

Obama showing signs of mediocrity

Every new president gets a “honeymoon” period when most Americans, even those who didn’t support him, wish him well and hope for the best, almost always followed by a certain disillusionment as it becomes apparent the problems facing the government — usually created by previous government actions — are beyond the capacity of one person […]

Bingaman featured speaker at ag day

CNJ staff U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., will be the featured keynote speaker Aug. 18 at a field day at the New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science Center at Clovis. “A large portion of the Clovis center’s research and Extension efforts are directed toward renewable energy and natural resource conservation,” said Rex Kirksey, the center’s […]

8-5 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: • Around 1 a.m. July 20 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of a domestic battery. The officer heard a male and female screaming at each other when he arrived, but no one would open the door. A […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rebecca Lawson of Portales sifts through racks of clothing at The Shoe String in Clovis. Lawson said her family of seven, five of those children, will be out this weekend to take advantage of the tax-free holiday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer San Skinner and his family have gotten […]

“Multi-tasking” can be a serious challenge

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Like most men, I find “multi-tasking” challenging, and I am not very proficient at it. Come to think of it, I may not be all that good at “uni-tasking” either. So I was a bit surprised when this evening I found myself watching clips from President Obama’s news conference […]

Business incubator helps local startup

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Joe Smith, owner of JD Technologies, installs a computer hard drive Monday. Smith is the first occupant at the Clovis Business Incubator. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There’s a hatchling in the Clovis Business Incubator. Joe Smith, owner of JD Technologies, recently moved his computer repair business from his […]

Cannon medics welcomed home

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico In the Air Force for 16 years, Tech Sgt. Carlos Ramos Sanchez had been overseas a few times. For his first deployment, something lasting longer than a few days or a couple of weeks, Sanchez was on the seas. Sanchez and four other medics stationed at Cannon Air Force […]

Clovis women get year for aiding escapee

CNJ staff Two Clovis women will serve a year in jail for helping hide a jail escapee from police.Robin Kirvin, 40, and Samantha Wallace, 21, were convicted of harboring or assisting a felon, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.Police received a tip in October that jail escapee Michael England was hiding […]