Devil stickers distributed nationwide

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 […]

County makes jail smoke free once more

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Curry County Adult Dentition Center will once again be smoke free. The County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that will return the county jail to a non-smoking building within 90 days. The jail facility is the only county building that is not smoke free. Curry County officials cited […]

Plant construction on target

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View of construction at the Southwest Cheese plant on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Above-average rain totals in January have not slowed construction at the Southwest Cheese plant, officials said. The plant, which will become the largest cheese and whey plant in North America when completed, remains on […]

Reader reaction: Readers divided on sticker issue

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about stickers on a Clovis man’s car that portray cartoon images in sexually compromising positions. Police have charged Dean Young with distribution of sexually oriented materials to minors in connection with the case. Some responses: “FIRST, LET ME SAY that I am not going to be a judge […]

Egg-roll sale helps Red Cross meet goal

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After a month of cooking, selling and delivering more than 2,500 egg rolls, Clara Hawkins donated $2,225 to the Red Cross Zia chapter Monday for the tsunami relief fund. With her donation, the Clovis-based Red Cross Zia chapter has raised more than $10,000 as of Monday to aid victims […]

2/15 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Friday to a local school where a student complained someone had scratched her car. The officer inspected the car and saw a couple of scratches 18 inches in length. She said it happened sometime between about 8 a.m. and just […]

2/15 Business Digest

Hairstylist looking for volunteers A Clovis hairstylist is looking for volunteers with chemically damaged hair to conduct initial marketing research. Lisa May, owner of Hair by Lisa May, said her new process dubbed Clovis Mist uses microscope technologies and a conditioning blend to restore damage to hair. She said the marketing research will get under […]

Cannon spouse member of group that assists grieving families

Keith Pannell: CNJ correspondent Honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending the interests of the United States is something many do. Helping their families during one of the toughest times of their lives is something else entirely. One local spouse is helping a non-profit organization do exactly that, and she’s doing it […]

Bed tax sore spot

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Certified Nurses Assistant Kendra Annino visits with resident Toots Garrett Saturday at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A battle between state and federal governments over a bed tax is putting nursing home residents in the middle. At stake is a nearly $9 a day […]

Clovis man struck, killed while walking

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A hat sits in the road as Clovis Police officers investigate the scene at the corner of Thornton and 10th Streets in Clovis where a pedestrian was killed Friday evening. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A Clovis man was killed by a vehicle Friday evening at the intersection of 10th and Thornton streets. […]

Cops & courts: Former detective requesting aid

A former Clovis detective now training Iraqi citizens to become police officers is searching for donations to buy them team uniforms and equipment. Keith Bessette, a detective who was shot while serving a search warrant in Clovis in December of 2002, said in a recent telephone interview from Iraq that his group of about 40 […]

2/13 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday evening west of Texico where a white El Camino was spotted near the train tracks atop of a 15-foot embankment. The car was apparently driven at high speed to the top of the embankment. The driver was taken […]

Wet 2004 makes big splash in savings

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A combine harvests wheat to the south and east of State Highway 209 and Curry Road 17 June 2004 as storm clouds build in the distance. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Mother Nature’s dousing of eastern New Mexico this year was a economic boon to the region, allowing farmers to cut […]

Clovis youths plan trip to see Legislature

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Natasha Beachum is interested in seeing how laws are made first hand. The Yucca Junior High eighth-grader will be one of about 90 Clovis students scheduled to leave at 4:30 a.m. today for a trip to the state capitol fourth African-American Day. “You can learn about it in books […]

Roosevelt County having deputy shortage

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett said because of a depleted staff there have been nights recently in which there have not been any deputies on patrol. Gossett blames low salaries for the deputy shortage and the inability to hire replacements. He said he has five deputies currently on staff now […]

Battle brewing over devilish stickers

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Stickers on a Clovis man’s car portray cartoon images of bare-breasted female devils in sexually compromising positions. And the images have caught the attention of Clovis police. Officials have charged 31-year-old Dean Young, the owner of a yellow Ford Focus displaying the images, with distribution of sexually oriented materials […]

School officials suggest modified testing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor School officials believe modified testing of special education students will better measure student knowledge and increase a school’s chances of meeting state education standards. Most special education students have average intelligence, and are smart enough to pass standardized tests for their grade levels, just as long as the tests […]

Officials: flu season normal

CNJ staff State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in Curry County to see if each illness was spawned by influenza. “It’s not abnormally high (number of cases) … (but) the reason we’re monitoring it is because it’s related to the lung and there may be a viral connection and possibly related to […]

Cub Scouts celebrate 75th anniversary

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers More than 500 boys and girls in Curry and Roosevelt County celebrated a birthday on Tuesday, and the celebration is set to continue the rest of the month. Tuesday marked the 75th anniversary of Cub Scouts, one of three scouting organizations of the El Llano Grande district, which incorporates the […]

Alcohol sales ban proposed for DWI offenders

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers New Mexicans convicted of drunken driving could not buy beer, wine, whiskey or other liquor for five years under a proposal by a Republican lawmaker. The measure would require bars, restaurants and other retailers to ask for identification from anyone buying alcohol — regardless of the person’s age. New Mexicans […]