Robbery victim still in recovery

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Courtesy photo Larry Porter is still hospitalized, recovering from a broken leg he received during a Nov. 30 robbery that took place in his driveway. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A month after he was robbed and beaten in his own driveway, 72-year-old Larry Porter of Clovis remains hospitalized and is struggling to recover […]

Year in review: Schools accommodate growth, deal with budget cuts

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File photo Clovis Community College President John Neibling spoke at the dedication ceremony opening Phase I of the Allied Health Center. For educational institutions in Clovis, 2009 was a year of change, expansion and more change. Student populations at Clovis Municipal Schools continue to see growth from expansion at Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon personnel […]

Texas Tech letter provided to Leach

The Associated Press The text of a letter, dated Dec. 23, from Texas Tech officials provided to Mike Leach that was included in a court filing. Leach, who was fired Wednesday, did not sign the letter nor agree to abide by the guidelines set forth in it. ——— Dear Coach Leach, As you know, we […]

Singing the right tune for the new year

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Although I certainly wish for you and yours a happy and blessed New Year, I confess that I’m rarely terribly excited about New Year’s fanfare. (I like almost any reason for some days off and time with friends and good food, so I’m not a total New Year’s grinch […]

Texas Tech officials: Leach committed defiant act of insubordination

The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player. “I’m very sad to say there’s only one person to blame for this and it’s Mike Leach,” Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

CNJ staff Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a household […]

Meetings Watch: City approves two items, celebrates commissioner’s 80th birthday

The Clovis City Commission met in special session Wednesday at City Hall. Both items on the agenda were approved unanimously. Seven commissioners were present. Commissioner Juan Garza did not attend the 10 a.m. meeting.Items approved: • A change order for construction at the Wellness Center. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said a water line had […]

Businesses offer drink specials, live music to ring in new year

New Years eve revelers will have an assortment of places to ring in 2010. Area business are opening their doors with drink specials, live bands and food. And, a non-alcoholic party features dancing at the Portales Senior Center. Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder said the senior dance is an annual tradition. “They’re asking people […]

Bridges, buildings focus of city’s year

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For Clovis, it was a year of bridges and buildings, and how to restore them. At other times, there were questions of responsibility, animal cruelty, patriotism, partisan politics and religion — along with many issues that spilled over from 2008.

Lyons to run for new office

CNJ staff Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend 2010’s […]

Police boosting patrols on New Year’s Eve

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Local law enforcement will be out in extra force combing the streets New Years Eve for drunk drivers. Thursday night, state, county and city police officers will be conducting saturation patrols aimed at stopping drunk drivers. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said patrol numbers will be at their highest […]

Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Loss of leaders leaves void to be filled

Freedom New Mexico This decade brought the loss of four iconic friends of liberty whose ideas helped change the course of history. We will certainly miss President Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr. and Milton and Rose Friedman. Few American presidents have demonstrated the principled discipline of Ronald Reagan. His political career started in California […]

Snow making driving hazardous

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Stephanie Taylor, of Clovis, puts her groceries away Tuesday in the Albertsons parking lot. Taylor said she just got back from Lubbock and despite the snowfall had to buy groceries because she still has to eat. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The third snowfall of the season dumped as […]

Prohibition will only fuel war in Mexico

Freedom New Mexico One of Ramon Ayala’s biggest hits refers to being on the wrong side of the gate. The music star now finds himself on the wrong side of a door, presumably under watch by Mexican officials. Ayala, the “Rey del Acordi

Police identify suspects in holiday crime spree

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ollie Hall of Clovis points out plastic he applied to his Chevrolet Suburban as a temporary replacement for his rear window. Hall said it will cost about $375 to replace the window, one of at least 60 shot out during a holiday weekend crime spree. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff […]

Police: Mesalands president failed three sobriety tests

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Albuquerque police say Mesalands Community College President Phillip O. Barry failed three sobriety tests when he was arrested last October for driving under the influence. Barry faces pre-trial hearings Jan. 4 on charges of driving while intoxicated. According to a police report obtained by the Quay County Sun: Barry […]

Special city meeting to cover year-end business

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission is doing a little end-of-the-year business with a special meeting Wednesday. The agenda for the 10 a.m. meeting at City Hall only has two items. One is a change to work on the Clovis Wellness Center to relocate a water line. The other item is for a Community Development […]

Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change […]