Clovis Wendy’s may be closed

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks More than a week ago signs were posted at the business on North Prince and Manana streets was closed for repairs. CNJ staff The fate of Clovis’ Wendy’s restaurant is unclear. More than a week ago signs were posted that the business on North Prince and Manana streets was closed […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Science fiction and affordable housing in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to Freedom new Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Joking around: Thousands of cats and dogs Did you know? The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at Eastern New Mexico University has one of the top science fiction collections in the world. It contains more than 30,000 volumes, including: • science […]

Albuquerque man arrested for child solicitation

CNJ staff Police said a 35-year-old Albuquerque man was arrested Saturday when he showed up at what he believed to be the home of an 11-year-old girl he had arranged to meet. Kevin Dwyer is being held at the Curry County jail on two felony counts of child solicitation by electronic communication device, according to […]

Clovis man killed in crash near Farwell

A 65-year-old Clovis man is dead after a single vehicle crash Monday morning near Farwell. Liberato G. Barela was westbound on U.S. 70/84 just before 3 a.m. (CDT) in Parmer County when his 2000 Chevrolet SUV veered off the road into the center median and struck a tree, according to Trooper Gabriel Medrano with the […]

Wike named new drug force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Monday morning briefing: Money to blow and an American icon

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Money to blow The Clovis/Curry County Chamber is raising the money for the annual Fourth of July Smoke on the Water display solely from private donations again this year. Ditto the Roosevelt County Chamber and its annual Smokin’ Fourth. But time is running out and […]

Letters to the editor: School site should be questioned

School site should be questioned Regarding recent controversy on location of a new Clovis middle school: Hmm, let’s see here. The school district already owns land within city limits on which to build a new middle school. Utilities, roads and such are in place. A developer generously donates 40 acres of land outside the city […]

Time to rethink military role in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama was within reason to fire Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal for disrespectful remarks by McChrystal and members of his staff quoted in Rolling Stone magazine. The general was commander of American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Frankly, this flap is only the latest in a series of clashes among military […]

ENMU weighing options on Lone Star Conference

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble raised concerns Saturday about the future of the athletic conference ENMU competes in with Texas and Oklahoma schools. During ENMU’s Board of Regents meeting in Portales, Gamble said the Lone Star Conference is “unraveling before our eyes,” and said the university may soon have to […]

Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Police blotter — June 27

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 10 a.m. June 16 an officer responded to the emergency room at Plains Regional Medical Center for a report of domestic battery. A woman said her children’s father battered her because he was angry he was going to have to keep […]

Gabriel’s Garden partnering with Matt 25

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Volunteer Lori Brunsen picks peas Thursday at Gabriel’s Garden near Cannon Air Force Base. Brunsen and project organizer Lori Yanez said they need more volunteers to keep the community garden going. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gabriel’s Garden is growing partners in the community on its way toward offering […]

Weekly update —

Political group pushing middle school petition A local political group is pushing the latest school debate up a grade or two. The High Plains Patriots are circulating a petition asking the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education to rethink the site chosen for the new middle school. The site chosen is more than a mile […]

Officials at odds on necessity of expanding sewer line

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo All of the sewer lines in Clovis flow to the Waste Water Treatment Plant southeast of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis has its own version of the chicken or the egg dilemma. Is Clovis’ west side not expanding because of limited sewer capacity or is there limited […]

Heat, publicity boost pool attendance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Lifeguard Kelsey Britt, right, watches over the pool at the Clovis Aquatic Center during Saturday afternoon’s open swim. Britt is one of 12 lifeguards employed by the city. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. during weekdays for various activities, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. […]

Better Business Bureau warning of phone scam

CNJ staff The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican […]

Custom Classic upgrades, but legacy remains

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CNJ Photo: Kevin Wilson Sabrina Gutierrez of S.O.S. Softball offers a pitch during Friday’s women’s recreation game at the Plateau Wireless Custom Classic. The tournament includes 125 teams and is in its 27th run. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Roger Jackson remembers when he and staff would do Custom Classic brackets by hand, cutting […]

On the shelves — June 27

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library • “So Stressed: The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women” by Stephanie McClellan explains how to identify the emotional triggers unique to your personality, how to heal the destructive effects of stress on your body, and how to prevent disease, build resilience, and regain your peace of […]

Eastwoods braved empty New Mexico territory

Don McAlavy Nick and Maggie Eastwood were Pug Eastwood’s parents. Nick was Johnny Eastwood’s grandfather. Nick was a nickname. His real name was Emerson Ethridge Eastwood and he married Margaret Lorane (Maggie) Witherspoon on Feb. 28, 1887. They had eloped and were married on the Gulf Santa Fe train between Midlothian and Fort Worth, Texas. […]

Birthday — June 27

Lorenz [image #1, align= right, size= medium] Elizabeth Lorenz of Clovis will celebrate her 95th birthday at 2 p.m. on July 27 at 321 W. Christopher in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by her family. Elizabeth Lorenz was born June 28, 1915, in Fayette County, Texas. She has eight children, 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren […]