Early bird voters have two options this year

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Clovis resident Jo Ann Teeter casts her early voting ballot Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King A little more than 1 percent of Curry County’s registered voters have participated so far in early voting for the Sept. 23 special election. Since early and absentee voting started on Aug. […]

No leads yet in homicide, deputies say

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis law officers said Monday they have made no arrests in recent shootings that left one man dead and another in a Lubbock hospital. Richard Ochoa, 30, of Clovis was the latest shooting victim. He was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after being shot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near the […]

Local 9/11 memorials set at ENMU, Clovis, Cannon

Freedom Newspapers Students and faculty at Eastern New Mexico University will gather at noon Thursday for a 20-minute ceremony to honor the heroes and victims of Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial service, a product of the Multicultural Affairs Office, will be held at the ENMU campus fountain. This is the second annual 9/11 memorial ceremony […]

Students help lift fall fog

Cheryl Cunningham Editor’s note: Cheryl Cunningham, 40, is a fifth-grade teacher at Cameo Elementary School in Clovis. Her diary will be published through Friday. Manic Monday always starts out with a few taps (or slams) of the snooze button. As fall approaches, the mornings seem more dark and damp as I feel my way to […]

Area residents find ways around cigarette tax

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Eric Butler Teenagers were the target when New Mexico lawmakers decided to add a 70-cent-a-pack tax on cigarettes. The extra cost, they reasoned, would help prevent cash-poor kids from taking up the habit. When the tax went into effect on July 1, adult smokers in eastern New Mexico also felt the price pinch. But many […]

Local Briefs

Darrell Todd Maurina Early risers for miles around Clovis could see a large dark plume of billowing black smoke from a Monday morning tire fire, according to Clovis Fire Department officials. Acting Battalion Chief Tim Peterson said 12 firefighers with three engines, a basket truck, and an ambulance responded at 5:42 a.m. to a tire […]

El Paso native finds calling in teaching

Cheryl Cunningham Editor’s note: Cheryl Cunningham, 40, is a fifth-grade teacher at Cameo Elementary School in Clovis. She lives in Friona with her husband Joe and their three dogs, Goose, Buddy and Betsy. The El Paso native teaches language arts and social studies. With a degree in business management, I am the untraditional, back-door teacher. […]

Storm dumps 3 to 4 inches of rain on Melrose

Gary Mitchell Roads were flooded around Melrose late Saturday night as a stalled thunderstorm dumped between 3 and 4 inches of moisture on farms and ranches in the area. Grady Bright of Melrose recorded 2.97 inches in town. “It was basically a 3-inch rain,” he said. “Most of it fell in about an hour. It […]

House native loved pool

Eric Butler Lucille Powell proved it’s never too late to take up a new hobby. Powell’s hobby was playing pool and her billiards home was the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Clovis. She took up the game in 1966, when she was 55 years old. Powell, a native of House, died Aug. 13 at age […]

Racers dash for cash in Billy the Kid Shootout

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CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos/Modified Stock cars come out of the fourth turn during a qualifying heat of the Billy the Kid Shootout on Sunday at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. Gary Mitchell Ted Hamm and Mark Harris got a little too close in a qualifying race Sunday that took them out of the main […]

Sheriff says robbery likely motive in slaying

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher checks for evidence at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Auto Storage, the scene of Thursday’s fatal shooting Gary Mitchell The Clovis business owner killed on Thursday night was shot three times and the motive may have been robbery, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said on Saturday. The body of J.C. […]

Police capture armed robbery suspect Friday

Gary Mitchell Clovis police detectives arrested a 21-year-old Clovis man Friday suspected to be involved in the armed robberies Thursday night at two fast-food restaurants. Police said Samuel Guerrero, 21, is also a suspect in a series of armed robberies at Clovis movie theater this summer, though he has not been charged. Guerrero has been […]

Car show in park draws ‘nice’ crowd

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Jason Baglien, 15, of Clovis, right, looks at Archie Warthen’s 1965 Ford Cobra during the 7th annual Desert Cruzers Run to Hillcrest Car Show Saturday at Hillcrest Park. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary MItchell Andy, a 2-year-old white poodle, rested contentedly in the shade Saturday on the lap of his owner, Karlan Boultinghouse of […]

One dead in violent 25 minutes

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher and law enforcement officers look for evidence outside of Tucker Auto Sales where owner J. C. Tucker died Thursday night. Hatcher said he is treating the case as if it were a homicide. FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Mike Linn Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis business owner was found dead and two fast-food […]

Officers say city dangerous due to a police shortage

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Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a meeting for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police officials, contending officers are underpaid and that’s a key reason […]

Petition calls for ‘drastic’ action

Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a briefing for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jack King and Darrell Todd Maurina A petition on behalf of city police officers — […]

CAFB sergeant in stable condition after accident

FREEDOM NEWS SERVICE Cannon Air Force Base Staff Sgt. Stewart W. Hughes of the 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was listed in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital on Thursday following a traffic accident in Clovis on Wednesday. Hughes was flown to Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center after his 2001 Honda Civic collided with a tractor-trailer rig […]

City agrees to intervene in rate hike

Jack King Clovis city commissioners on Thursday gave approval for the city to formally intervene in a hearing before the state Public Regulation Commission on New Mexico-American Water Company’s request for 27 percent rate increase. On behalf of Clovis’ city government, the interveners will attempt to limit the rate increase, said City Attorney Dave Richards. […]

Petition highlights crime in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis city commissioners will receive a petition tonight declaring the city “one of the most dangerous places in the state to live,” and demanding action from city leaders on police pay and staffing levels. According to the petition, whose organizers include police officers, Clovis citizens “live in peril of an exploding crime […]

Cannon service member hurt in car crash

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Clovis traffic officer Mike Harmer surveys the damage to a Honda Civic after it was hit by a tractor-trailer Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 60/70/84. CNJ staff photo: Rick White Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base airman was flown to a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a crash that shut down traffic […]