Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]

12th annual Ag Expo begins in Portales

By Tony Parra PORTALES — The 12th Annual Ag Expo is right around the corner and people from around the United States will showcase this country’s agriculture at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Monday through Wednesday. The festivities for the Ag Expo range from quilting and cooking to tractor shows and dairy cattle. “It draws people […]

Music can be enjoyed a lifetime

By David L. Caffey Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools week. What do people around the world have in common regardless of age, size, shape, or color? We crave music. We may like different kinds of music, but most of us seem to need it […]

‘Music Week’ begins

By Ryan Lengerich Janet Bernard studied music therapy in college, but said there weren’t enough jobs in the field. So she went back to school for her education degree. Now in her third year as Lincoln Jackson Elementary School music teacher, Bernard said she doesn’t regret the decision at all. “I love it because it […]

Cops and Courts: Suspect indicted in Jan. 13 shooting death

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter announced Friday that a Curry County grand jury has indicted Steve Robert Duran on murder charges in connection with the death of Ricardo Gallegos, 49, of Clovis. Carter said Duran shot and killed Gallegos on Jan. 13 during the commission of a robbery on Sunrise […]

Police Blotter 2/22

While on patrol about 11 p.m. on Feb. 13 near the corner of 12th and Edwards streets, police noticed a male walking down 12th Street carrying a television set. The man claimed to be carrying the television set home from his girlfriend’s house and was sweating profusely despite the cold weather and appeared to be […]

Dispositions 2/22

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: Brandon Joe Scott Cordova, 21, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (armed after entering) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Sentenced to consecutive terms totaling 4 1/2 years in state prison, all but four suspended with credit for 296 days served, […]

Three candidates vie for mayor: Raymond Atchley, Stephen Muscato and the incumbent, David Lansford

By Glen Seeber Raymond Atchley Age: 49 Employment: Desk clerk, Clovis Inn Contact: 742-1149 (raymond_atchley@yahoo.com Political experience: Sought election to city commission four years ago and two years ago, defeated both times. Stephen Muscato Age: 48 Employment: Executive director, Play Inc. Contact: 760-7338 (playinc@3lefties.com) Political experience: Previously served on city commission; lost re-election bid four […]

Two candidates vie for City Commission District 4: Jack Twite and the incumbent, Lunell Winton

By Ryan Lengerich Jack W. Twite Sr. Age: 53 Employment: Grocery manager at Wal-Mart. Contact: 762-7217 Political experience: None. Lunell Winton Age: 68 Occupation: Retired travel agent and has worked in real estate. Contact: 762-0604 Political experience: City commissioner for last four years. Serves on numerous boards including Plains Regional Medical Center. How do you […]

Three candidates vie for the City Commission District 2 post: Fred Van Soelen, Len Vohs and the incumbent, Gloria Wicker

By Jack King Fred Van Soelen Age: 33 Employment: Assistant District Attorney Contact: 762-7611 Political experience: None. Len Vohs Age: 50 Employment: Senior sales executive, KICA-KKYC radio Contact: 762-0550 Political experience: None. Gloria Wicker Age: 73 Employment: Retired, formerly worked for the Santa Fe railroad and Cannon Air Force Base. Contact: 762-0029 Political experience: City […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 1: Randal Crowder

By Jack King Randal Crowder Age: 53 Employment: Builder, developer, partner in American Self-Storage. Contact: 763-3901 Political experience: Chairman of the city’s Water Policy Advisory Committee. What is your experience and background? Born and raised in Clovis, Vietnam veteran, married with two children, builder, developer and general partner in American Self-Storage. Four-time president of the […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 3: Robert O. Sandoval

By Jack King Robert O. Sandoval Age: 67 Employment: Retired, formerly worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Contact: 763-5823 Political experience: Currently a city commissioner, 30 years of community service. What is your experience and background? I was appointed as commissioner in March 2003 when Commissioner Robert Moreno passed away. In the past year, I’ve […]

Legislature approves $5.8 million for Clovis, Curry County

By David Arkin Clovis officials didn’t get everything that was on their Legislative wish list. But they are still pleased with almost $6 million in capital outlay money that was approved for the city and county by both the House and Senate on Thursday, which was the last day of the session. The bill now […]

Legislative session sparks ire at ending

By David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers […]

Commission votes more than $62,000 for water authority

By Jack King The City Commission voted to contribute $62,476.20 to an operating fund for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority at its regular meeting Thursday night. City Finance Director Don Clifton said the money is part of matching funds water authority members are providing this year under a contract with the U.S. Bureau […]

Two die in Texas crash

CNJ STAFF Two west Texas residents died Thursday afternoon in a crash just west of Post, Texas, according to preliminary reports from the Lubbock office of the Texas Department of Public Safety. A written accident report wasn’t available by press time, but Texas DPS officials confirmed that Tomasia Guzman and Luis Guzman, both 55, died […]

Chest may provide hope for families

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Patsy Delk displays a hope chest that will be auctioned to benefit Casa Esparanza. Courtesy photo. Reporter’s Notebook Hope chests designed by Clovis artists Patsy Delk, Luanne Burgin and Jenna Burgin will be auctioned in April to benefit Casa Esperanza, New Mexico’s House of Hope. Casa Esperanza provides affordable housing for families facing cancer, Delk […]

Police Blotter 2/10

Responding about 8 a.m. Feb. 13 to a burglary at the 500 block of Wallace, police spoke with a 17-year-old girl whose mother had reported her as a runaway. The girl said she had been living with her boyfriend for the last six months because her mother had thrown her out of the house, that […]

Receipts tax issue subject at town hall

CNJ STAFF Clovis city officials will begin a series of town hall meetings tonight to discuss the proposed .25 percent gross receipts tax election scheduled for March 2. If citizens approve the .25 percent gross receipts tax increase, the city would generate — based on current receipts, Mayor David Lansford said recently — $1.2 million […]

Public Record 2/20

Compiled from court records from Feb. 5 through Feb. 18 Marriage Licenses Uel Eugene Fleming, 73, of Albuquerque and Shirley Faye Burrows, 68, of Van Buren, Mo. Casey Lee Ray, 26, of Roswell and Stacey Marie Sutton, 28, of Melrose. Johnnie Lee Gibson Jr., 32, and Marea Lanae Guthrie, 32, both of Clovis. Tyler Allen […]