Drug task force intercepts $14,000 worth of drugs

The Region V Drug Task Force has intercepted what investigators call a significant amount of cocaine being transported to Clovis Monday. Jorge Sanchez, 31, and Felipe De Jesus Gandara, 31, are being held without bond on an immigration hold, charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. […]

Blackwater Draw museum closing for winter break

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s Blackwater Draw Museum will close for winter break from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Jan. 4. The museum is on U.S. 70 approximately 7 miles north of Portales near Greyhound Stadium. Information: Matt Hillsman at 562-2202.

Two women join ranks of Clovis police

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders shakes the hand of new officer Ruth Martinez Monday while fellow recruit Patty Terry looks on. The two women were sworn in Tuesday in an afternoon ceremony at the police department. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tuesday, two women joined the ranks at Clovis […]

School board schedules special session

The Clovis Municipal School board of education has scheduled a special executive session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building board room. CMS spokesperson Penny Bailey said the board calls executive sessions about three times a year to discuss business. She said the meeting is closed to the public and a statement will not […]

Empty stocking fund still short of goal

The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the mail is delivered […]

Oasis closing for furloughs

CNJ staff Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from Oasis. […]

Southwest Cheese human resources director running for commission

CNJ staff Brenda Randolph Miller announced Monday she is running for Clovis City Commissioner, District 1. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Juan Garza, who is a candidate for re-election. Miller is director of human resources for Southwest Cheese. Prior to Southwest Cheese, Miller was the human resources manager for Cargill-Sweeteners Division. “This community […]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. S

Today’s focus: Ms. S Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband is the only provider for the family and will not be able to afford any presents for the kids. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 14, 12, 6 and 4T. Boys […]

Infectious waste from hospital found at landfill for fourth time in three years

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the fourth time in three years, infectious waste from Plains Regional Medical Center has been discovered at the Clovis landfill, officials confirmed Tuesday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said city employees found the infectious waste Saturday during routine procedures at the landfill. Howalt said the area containing the waste […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

Cards not just for Christmastime

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist If you’re good at waiting, the doctor’s office is your heaven. First off, there’s a room just for waiting. Then you go to the patient room, where you wait some more (you’re called the patient because that’s exactly what you have to be). And you take your pants off, then […]

Local shoppers boost business at the mall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Connie Marquez of Lovington works on finishing her Christmas shopping Tuesday at North Plains Mall. Marquez said she was happy for the chance to travel to Clovis so she could get to the mall before the holiday. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer If shopping at North Plains Mall is […]

A little child shall lead them

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The Lord Jesus and Charles Dickens were both right: the way to be saved is to become a child. That’s not easy. We spend most of our lives trying to be all grown up. Sadly, we generally succeed. All too often, our imaginations start to shrivel about the time […]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. G

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 7 Children: 6 Special circumstances: “Ms. G” is struggling financially. She is a single mother with six kids. “Ms. G” is unemployed and can’t get a job due to health problems. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes large. Boys […]

Zias win on late 3-pointer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The basketball gods don’t give many breaks to a 5-foot-4 player. So Vanessa O’Neal’s got to make her own. The Zias senior did just that Monday, making small plays throughout and the biggest play at the end — an assist to Cat […]

Area residents remain charitable despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Free Internet access customer drawing card

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Electra Charles, 19, of Clovis, surfs the Web on Monday at Java Loft. Charles said she comes to Java Loft two to three times a week. By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common […]

Teen seriously injured leaving scene of party, police say

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are investigating separate crashes involving a police officer and a Clovis teen police say stem from a large party early Sunday morning. The 18-year-old male driver was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, where police say he was in stable condition Monday. Officer Jason Blankenship received minor injuries, state police […]

Salvation Army receives more gold, silver coins

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Maj. Tammy Ray of the Clovis Salvation Army proudly displays the gold and silvers coins that someone deposited Friday in one of its kettles. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone […]

Immigration reform needs streamlining

Freedom Communications Congress’ latest effort to reform our nation’s immigration laws has begun. Unfortunately, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 offers little in the way of real reform. The proposal, given the unwieldy name to create the ASAP acronym, is touted and condemned as a new means to enable […]