Antiques offer link to past – Store owners tout charater of older items.


Prisicilla Gonzalez and her mother, Lidia, look at an antique vase displayed by a vendor on Main State. CNJ staff photo: By Marlena Hartz: CNJ STAFF WRITER It is easy to miss the table entirely. An assortment of cups and saucers litter its top. Shelves full of dusty books and colorful knickknacks tower over it. […]

ATV safety an issue for parents, riders alike


Alex Sallade, 10, wears a helmet and protective gear as he rides his dirt bike Thursday afternoon in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Kendall McDaniel said he has been a motorcycle enthusiast since he was old enough to ride — which for him was 4. Over the years, […]

Rodeo finals begin this week


This young buckaroo tries to hang on during a timed event at last year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. The HPJR begins Tuesday at Mounted Patrol Arena with more than 300 contestants under the age of 19 competing in various rodeo events. By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It’s boots and chaps, it’s cowboy hats, it’s […]

Detractors question effectiveness of meth strategy


A new ordinance, voted for by the majority of Clovis’ City Commissioners, is designed to make it more difficult for local methamphetamine manufacturers to get a key ingredient for the drug. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Phyllis Roberts is worried she might be pegged as a meth producer. Some of […]

Cannon closure decision defended

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said […]

Police say arrest not related to homicide

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County officials investigating the death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn have arrested — on an unrelated charge — a man they believe was in the vicinity of Chunn’s home about the time he died, court records show. Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was arrested for a probation violation on July 8, the same […]

Causey residents unnerved by shooting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of Causey may have felt a little safer with the increased presence of law enforcement in their community, but simultaneously less safe due to the reason law enforcement is there — the shooting death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. Chunn, 71, was discovered July 8 shot in his home in […]

Cops and courts: Man faces up to 33 1/2 years for multiple crimes

A Clovis man faces up to 33 1/2 years in prison after a jury convicted him of multiple crimes earlier this month. A jury found Charles Ray Kirven, 38, guilty of aggravated battery, burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal damage and possession of stolen property. According to a press release from the […]

7/17 Agriculture Digest

Food safety workshop in Clovis Fruit growers and farmer’s market vegetable growers can improve their knowledge of food safety and sanitation July 26 during a good agricultural practices workshop in Clovis. The day-long training at New Mexico State University’s Curry County Extension office, 818 Main St., will cover use of compost and manure, animal issues, […]

7/17 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • George Chaparro, 26, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, battery upon a peace officer and is ordered to serve three years supervised probation, complete parenting classes, complete anger management, pay $5 for the domestic violence offender treatment fee, submit a DNA sample […]

DoD: Keeping Cannon scenario not considered

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, in a letter to the commission reviewing Pentagon’s list of recommended base closings, defended its decision to close Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said in his letter Thursday that Cannon, near Clovis, was too limited in space and […]

Drowning victim called ‘good-natured’

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The 3-year-old boy who drowned Wednesday afternoon at Potter Park pool was described by his grandmother as a good-natured child who loved to play outdoors. Jequon Haynes of Dallas died Wednesday in the shallow end of the city-owned Potter Park pool, according to police reports. “He was always in […]

Board debates open forum, other issues

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of the Clovis Municipal School Board debated the nature of the open forum at Thursday’s school board work session. Although not always a part of school board meetings, and not required by law, the open forum was included as a “courtesy” to the public, board member Lora Harlan […]

Country life marred by bad roads

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The charms of country life are instantly evident. The German Shepard pads around the yard regally. There is no leash to restrict his movements, so he follows closely behind three tow-headed children. A little girl sits on the cement steps, under a big, blue sky, and her brothers run […]

Clovis man shot in face

CNJ staff A 25-year-old Clovis man was listed in serious condition Thursday night at a Lubbock hospital after being shot in the face earlier in the afternoon. Officers discovered Richard Dattilio on the front porch of 516 East Fifth St. with single gun-shot wound. Dattilio was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment, and […]

No arrests in connection with Causey death

Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials said Thursday night no arrests have been made in connection with last week’s death of Bo Chunn, a 71-year-old rancher whose body was found at his home in the village of Causey. Initial investigation revealed Chunn died of a single gunshot wound that came through his window, officials said. However, […]

More flexible rating system on way for special education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing […]

Former teacher takes new position

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a single moment, with an icepack on her elbow and a reformed student at her side, Patricia Miller’s belief — that you can change the world one child at a time — was reinforced. “One of my students had picked up an incredibly large rock and was prepared […]

Police handing out DNA kits

CNJ staff The New Mexico State Police will be handing out free DNA sample kits on Friday during a blood drive at the Triangle Ace parking lot. According to police, the DNA sample kits can be used by parents if their children disappear. “It is a way to identify their children if they come up […]

Santa Fe man dies in one-car rollover

CNJ staff A Santa Fe man died Tuesday morning in a one car rollover accident on US 60/84 between Clovis and Fort Sumner, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Grant W. Kress, 57, was traveling east just after 6 a.m. near mile marker post 346 when he failed to properly […]