Police blotter – May 29

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday Caller reported: 2:27 a.m.: Theft, 4700 block of East Mabry Drive. 3:00 a.m.: Dispute, 1000 block of Connelly Street. 6:46 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2000 block of Glenarm Drive. 7:06 a.m.: Burglary, 2000 block of East Seventh Street. 8:16 a.m.: Burglary, 1200 block of […]

Press release: Law enforcement conducting warrant roundup

District Attorney Matthew Chandler is teaming up with local law enforcement to conduct a 3-day warrant sweep beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2013. These warrants were active as of May 22, 2013 and at the time of printing were verified by NCIC and County Court Records. Warrants will aslo be verified prior to arrest. Multiple Law […]

Public funds require utmost accountability

Some local governments are just learning the fiscally troubling news that they will not be getting back as much in gross receipts tax revenue from the state as they thought they would. Businesses collect the gross-receipts tax from consumers and turn it over to the state, which distributes the tax revenue to cities, counties and […]

Business digest – May 28

Hospital receives pair of awards Plains Regional Medical Center received two awards for vaccination successes in 2012, according to a release. The first award was given for the childhood immunization rate exceeding the state benchmark of 90 percent. PRMC's childhood immunization rate was 96 percent in 2012. The second was given for the excellent rate […]

Honoring the fallen

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird After kissing her hand, Lillian McDonough places it on the grave of her husband, Walter, at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Walter McDonough served in the Korean and Vietnam wars as an airman. He passed away in February 2009. David Ash joined the Marines at 18 and fought in the Pacific […]

Local spelling champ competing in national bee

Legato: in a manner that is smooth and connected — used especially as a direction in music. Courtesy photo Ariel Kokoricha, 10, won the title of New Mexico Spelling Bee champion in March. "I'd be a poor pianist if I didn't know that word," said 10-year-old Ariel Kokoricha of the piece of vernacular that won […]

What’s happening – May 28

Today Summer Volunteer Training — 10 a.m., 701 N. Main St., Clovis-Carver Library. Teens and adults welcome to volunteer in the "Summer Reading Program" that begins June 3. Contact Krissy Carter at 769-7840. Thursday Archaeological Program — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Chuck Hannaford, Archaeologist with the Office of Archaeological Studies in Santa Fe will […]

Obama should demand serious action from IRS

Overshadowed by the trio of Obama Administration scandals that have dominated Washington's attention in recent weeks is the renewed attention to sexual assaults and harassment in the military. Behavior that ranges from inappropriately boorish to criminal has long been a major problem. The issue resurfaced this month after an Army sergeant who was assigned to […]

Morally wrong to impose your religion on others

I last saw Janet Leslie Reynolds in 1978 when I was "friends" (pre-Facebook) with her older cousin Helen in the graduate counseling program at East Texas State University — and Janet helped in the family restaurant. Since then, Janet has married, divorced, and now lives with Beth — a nanny. My Florida Facebook friend does […]

Wait for uptick or head for the hills

That wild and crazy Richard Branson says New Mexico's space future will roar into reality on Christmas Day when he will blast into orbit — wheee! — himself and others who coughed up a couple of hundred thousand bucks. Rich promises a soft landing. This deadline will pass as others have, of course. However, there […]

In living color

Dario Hita crossed the finish line of his first 5K race (3.1 miles) Saturday splattered in pastels. He wore flat soled sneakers, which are not usually worn by runners. He didn't train for the race, and he said he never runs. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dario Hita of Clovis braces for impact from a […]

Veterans honor fallen comrades

Honoring fallen comrades has become a yearly endeavor for John Montano and Clay LeMaire. File photo Veterans organizations across the region will be placing flags on the graves of deceased veterans for Memorial Day. "They paved the way for our freedom and the rights we enjoy today as Americans," Montano explained of the military veterans. […]

Commissioner participates in conference

County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick participated in the National Association of Counties' Western Interstate Region Conference May 22-24 in Flagstaff, Ariz., according to a release. Bostwick said the conference was intensive and focused on issues of the western states such as the sage grouse/lesser prairie chicken, wildfire, and rural CDBG funding challenges. "It was well worth […]

County staff getting worker’s comp reduction

Curry County staff will see a 2.5 percent reduction in worker's compensation premiums for fiscal year 2013-2014, according to a release. County Manager Lance Pyle said, "This 2.5 percent reduction is a result of the elected officials, department heads, and the county employees hard work in controlling county losses in the performance of their duties." […]

Police blotter – May 26

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday Caller reported: 12:11 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 1100 block of South Prince Street. 12:12 a.m.: Door knockers, 2700 block of East Mabry Drive. 12:58 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 300 block of Pine Street. 3:07 a.m.: Remove violent subject, 2100 block of South Street. 4:23 […]

Holiday closings

The following businesses, schools and government agencies will be closed on May 27 on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Banks American Heritage Bank of America Bank of Clovis Cannon Air Force Bank Citizens Bank James Polk Stone Community Bank New Mexico & Trust U.S. Bank Western Bank of Clovis Wells Fargo City City of […]

Road work this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week: State and Federal in Portales, Constructors Inc. will be working from east on Second Street, east of Avenue C,. Traffic will be restricted to one lane. Also, westbound First Street, starting at north Boston Avenue, will be restricted to one lane. First and Second streets and […]

Bird's Nest Causes Power Outage

A total of 3,256 customers, basically the entire city of Tucumcari, lost power from 7:06 a.m. to about 8:30 Saturday morning. Xcel Energy spokesperson Wes Reeves said the outage occurred because pieces of a bird's nest made contact with circuit protection equipment at the Tucumcari substation on Campbell Avenue.

Glad to be a grad

Marcus Sanchez said he saw a group of students whose futures may entail college, the U.S. armed forces and motherhood as he looked onto the crowd of his fellow Portales High graduates, but most importantly, he saw his friends. Sanchez was one of the seniors to salute his class before they made the grand walk […]

ENMU’s Jones 16th in 800 preliminaries

PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Alesha Jones finished 16th out of 22 runners in Friday's preliminaries of the NCAA Division II national outdoor track women's 800 run, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Jones, from Wilcox, Ariz., posted a time of 2 minutes, 14.55 seconds to finish sixth in the first of three heats […]