1/22 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 8 a.m. Tuesday police responded to an accident involving two vehicles on Mitchell Street near Sutter Place. One driver said the sun was in her eyes so she swerved over the center line, and crashed into the side of the second […]

Clovis officials seek redevelopment tax

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local officials want the state to authorize a special redevelopment tax, but city commissioners would have to approve it before it could be enacted, according to a local economic development official. The potential tax is part of a five-pronged package the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial […]

Portales officials pursuing housing development

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed […]

Commissioner proposes manditory energy-effecient water heaters ordinance

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Randall Crowder posed a question to attendees at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting: Do you turn your shower on and wait minutes for hot water? Crowder said his research shows this common practice wastes approximately 25 gallons of water a day per household. “I would like to […]

Born to run: Dog agility competitions catching on

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Maggie, a 2 1/2-year-old border collie, posted the fastest time in three events in her first competition. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, […]

Governor supports mandatory treatment for mentally ill

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Flanked by police officers’ widows and an officer who survived a shooting, Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday threw his support behind court-ordered outpatient treatment for some mentally ill people. It was a turnaround for the administration, which just a couple of months ago had opposed the […]

Lawmakers plan ’junior’ budget allowing members to earmark money

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — With the state enjoying a revenue windfall, lawmakers are planning a possible $40 million “junior” budget bill that would allow each member to earmark several hundred thousand dollars for programs or projects of their choosing. The Senate is taking the lead in drafting the spending measure, […]

Residents seek alternatives to ‘pits or holes’ in developed areas

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Clovis city commissioners view ideas for storm-water management during a presentation Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioner Cathy Haynes says storm-water retention ponds in the city are unhealthy, unsightly and dangerous. Several area residents shared her views on […]

Family planning benefit concert

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Friends and family of Clovis’ latest homicide victim have planned a concert next weekend and it has two missions: Help offset hospital bills and funeral costs for Wilfred Salas’ mother and, according to one of its organizers, “to stop the violence.” “We’re trying to make something positive from what happened […]

Teen dinner theater helps raise money for ultrasound machine

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Lincoln Nelson, left, is held up by Ryan Beaman, right, and David Brosseau during a rehearsal of a scene from Jim R. Potter’s “The Lions of Trodheim.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Hope, for a group of Clovis teenagers, is an ultrasound machine. The pro-life teens believe the device can persuade women not to […]

Symposium, seminar learning experiences for farmers, ranchers

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More than 150 people from New Mexico and Texas packed the Tucumcari Convention Center Wednesday and Thursday for the two-day Southwest Beef Symposium. (Freedom Newspapers: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not […]

1/20 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Jan. 11 through Wednesday: • Vincent Antonio, 23, to Lee Stella Hutchins, 25, both of Clovis • Jeremy Roger Shonkwiler, 28, to Jennifer Lynn Vigil, 24, both of Clovis • Victor Pules Rojas , 23, to Selena Marie Saiz, 26, both of Clovis • Jesus […]

Effort under way to open conference committees

The Associated Press SANTA FE — An effort is under way to open up what goes on behind closed doors in legislative conference committees. “Other public bodies have done this, and they’re still able to get things done,” said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a measure to make conference committees meetings public. Conference committees, […]

Slain woman’s mother endorses DNA bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The mother of a murdered New Mexico State University student urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation requiring DNA samples from everyone who is arrested for a felony. “We can’t bring our Katie back … but through this law we can save so many other lives,” Jayann Sepich of Carlsbad […]

Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental

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A picture of 4-month-old Christopher Valdez hangs on the door of his grandmother’s apartment Wednesday on Axtell Street as his uncle, Jesus Mirelez, speaks about the death of his nephew. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the […]

Program drives home importance of education

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Nikole Trujillo of Clovis holds her 3-year-old daughter Olivia as she listens to Saturday’s Family Leadership Institute conference at Parkview Elementary. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As Pablo Lara mapped the salaries of high school dropouts and degree holders, his own reality was underscored. In a sense, it was he, […]

Clovis mayor feels development might compromise pipeline project

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Bruce Hamon of Hamon Contractors Inc. gives a presentation detailing Ute Lake Ranch development project Wednesday during a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Officials representing Clovis and Portales voiced their concerns regarding the Ute Lake Ranch project Wednesday during […]

GOP pushing for bed tax refund

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers are proposing to refund to elderly New Mexicans the money they paid because of a state tax imposed on nursing homes. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, also is urging Gov. Bill Richardson to support rebating the tax to New […]

Some lawmakers skeptical spaceport plans

By Deboarh Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed […]

Area rural schools being recognized by governor

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others across […]