Local racer edged out at national derby

7-31-Hailey-Renfro

By Kevin Baird CNJ STAFF WRITER kbaird@cnjonline.com They say baseball is a game of inches. So apparently is Soap Box Derby racing. “We lost by this much,” Chris Crawford said as he held his thumb and index finger half an inch apart to describe how close his stepdaughter, Hailey Renfro, came to advancing out of […]

End of draft has molded premier fighting force

July marks the 40th anniversary of the end of compulsory military service for young American men. The Defense Department ended the draft in 1973, creating an all-volunteer Army along with the rest of the armed forces. How has that worked? Well, the United States has strengthened its position as the world’s pre-eminent military power. Let’s […]

Bank’s loafing detriment to the public

Kevin-Wilson350duo

“Hey, we said we were sorry, OK?” A month later, it still doesn’t make much sense to Ohio resident Katie Barnett. Barnett took a vacation in June, and came back to find an empty house. She found out who emptied it, and the guilty party has confessed. But no arrests have been made, and no […]

Documents: Loaded pistol found in suspect’s room

Gun Found

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Police found a loaded gun in the hotel room of a man involved in a six-hour standoff Friday at the Westward Ho Hotel, according to court documents. Patrick Lopez, 31, of Clovis surrendered peacefully early Saturday morning but not before hiding in a crawl space above several rooms […]

Supreme Court can end obscure state marriage statues

— The Santa Fe New Mexican The New Mexico Supreme Court has a thorny case before it as the great national debate about marriage equality comes to New Mexico. The court is being asked to require county clerks across New Mexico to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples. Many argue that because New Mexico’s statutes […]

Letters to the Editor: Additional jail will just multiply problems

LetterToTheEditor

I would like to address two issues concerning Clovis and Curry County. First, Curry County voters are once again tasked with another jail bond election. County officials are trying to persuade voters to approve this issue without any definitive plan. Sure there are problems with our current jail, but building an additional jail will multiply […]

AG files to overturn rape dismissal

file

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The state attorney general’s office on Friday filed a brief to overturn the dismissal of a rape case involving a former Dora middle school coach. The attorney general’s office filed its motion in support of the district attorney’s appeal of the case in which police said girls basketball […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Monday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Commissioner Dan Stoddard was not in attendance. Items mentioned below passed on 7-0 votes. • The commission approved a land transfer of 15 acres of land along Brady Street, adjacent to the city landfill, to Curry County for building a […]

City officials asked for priorities

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis City Commission held a study session Monday, where Mayor David Lansford implored commissioners to take a few weeks and prioritize what they think the city’s biggest needs are for the next five years. The first one seems to have been filled out for them. Support for […]

Police blotter — July 30

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Caller reported: Friday • 1:48 a.m. Burglary in progress, 13th and Merriwether streets. • 7:42 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 2100 block of West Grand Avenue. • 10:09 a.m.: Intoxicated driver, 2800 block of North Prince Street. • 10:47 a.m.: Theft report, 400 block of […]

What’s happening — July 30

Today Free Summer Movie — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Movie showing is “Smurfs,” Allen Theatres. Information: 763-7713. Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition — The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery, Clovis Community College, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Information: 769-4320. Town Hall meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Discussion of jail bond. […]

Business digest — July 30

Habitat opening second ReStore The Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt & Curry Counties will open a second ReStore on 220 Seventh St. in Clovis, according to Executive Director Joyce Davis. Davis said ReStores sell donated new and used furniture, appliances, and building materials to raise funds for constructing affordable housing. There is also a ReStore […]

Q & A with Garrey Carruthers

New Presidents Picture

Garrey Carruthers is getting set for his first fall as president at New Mexico State University. Carruthers, 73, is a former state governor and New Mexico Republican Party Chairman. He was in Clovis Friday to visit a local dairy, talk to local alumni and visit the NMSU-Clovis Agricultural Science Center north of the city.   […]

Manhunt ends in standoff, arrest

Arrest Crime Story Graphic

CNJ staff The hunt for a man police said jumped bail escalated into a six-hour standoff Friday at a Clovis motel. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the Clovis Police SWAT team used chemical agents to flush George Lopez out of the attic of the Westward Ho Hotel. Sanders said at about 7:30 p.m. a local […]

Early voting ballots cast for jail bond surpass last year’s election

voteCheckMark

CNJ STAFF With one week left in early voting, ballots cast for a Curry County jail bond election far surpass those for a similar election last year. The county election on a $9.88 million bond issue is Aug. 6. As of 5 p.m. Friday, some 515 early votes had been cast at the Curry County […]

Road construction — July 28

Area road construction and closure information for this week: City of Clovis Due to recent rain the schedule for opening Norris Street from Wilhite Road to Mollie Circle has been delayed. The roadway originally scheduled to open prior to the start of the school year is now been rescheduled to open in late August pending […]

Police blotter — July 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Thursday Caller reported: • 2:12 a.m.: Assault report, 2900 block of East Mabry Drive. • 2:25 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 1500 block of Comer Drive. • 3:15 a.m.: Trespass report, 1200 block of West Seventh Street. • 4:41 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1200 […]

Lack of inmates on release program perplexing

perplexing

By Robin Fornoff CMI CONTENT MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners are going to revisit an inmate release program that has managed to put just one person back on the streets in the seven months since it was approved. Their decision at a special meeting Friday followed pleas from Municipal Court Judge Jan Garrett to […]

City Commission meeting has expanded

CNJ STAFF What started as a special Clovis City Commission meeting to approve next year’s budget has morphed into a substantially larger affair. The 5:15 p.m. Monday meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library still includes discussion on the budget, but the agenda now includes four items: • The budget, due to […]

Meetings watch: Town hall meeting

Curry County town hall meeting Curry County is hosting a town hall meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library to discuss the Aug. 6 jail bond election: • The $9.88 million bond would used to build a new county jail (for medium and maximum security inmates) outside of downtown Clovis. […]