Back to school means trip to mall

By Helena Rodriguez With less than two weeks before area school bells ring, shoppers crowded retail outlets this weekend for back-to-school supplies and clothes. Although New Mexico did not have a statewide tax-free weekend like neighboring Texas, many Clovis retailers held their own tax-free days, offering discounts and specials to keep people at home. School […]

8/8 cops and courts

Police are offering tips on avoiding credit card fraud, which has been on the rise nationwide, according to a recent press release from the Clovis Police Department. Among the tips, according to the release: • Make sure credit card receipts are protected. If a customer does not take the receipt, store employees should make sure […]

8/8 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A woman contacted police Wednesday after she was unable to find her car for four days. The woman who owned the vehicle — which had $2,200 in the front seat — said while intoxicated a few days earlier at a Prince Street […]

Huge stone monument stolen from Hotel Clovis roof

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An Indian chief statue is one of five monuments sat atop the nine-story high Hotel Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A 350-pound historic monument is missing from atop Hotel Clovis. The 73-year-old stone in the shape of an Indian chief with a war bonnet vanished on Tuesday. City […]

Commission votes to contest proposed water rate hike

By Rayn Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to intervene on a proposed rate hike by New Mexico American Water Company. The local water provider filed a rate increase request May 24 with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. If approved, water rates for Clovis residents would raise by an […]

Producers like Clovis for movie site

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A feature movie will be shot in Clovis this year, a film company representative told the Clovis City Commission Thursday. Alan Swain, location manager for “Believe in Me Productions,” said this week’s Clovis tour has him confident at least part of the feature film “Believe In Me,” will be […]

Police Blotter 8/6/04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a Clovis hospital on Wednesday evening in reference to a woman who was drunk, injured and attempting to take care of her 3-year-old granddaughter. Hospital officials called police because they didn’t believe the 71-year-old woman could care for her […]

Public Record 8/6/04

Compiled from court records from July 29 through Aug. 4 Marriage Licenses Porter Shane Been, 27, and Tracy Evelyn Pyle, 39, both of Muleshoe. Jaime Delgado, 33, and Cynthia Marie Castillo, 18, both of Clovis. William George De Quinzio, 29, and Kymber Renae Taylor, 34, both of Clovis. Daniel Lewis Matthies Jr., 20 of Brownstown, […]

Researchers gaining on bindweed

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Mark Renz, a weed specialist with New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, holds flowering field bindweed. New Mexico State Extension Service photo Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Researchers at New Mexico State University are using chemicals and parasites to successfully control field bindweed, a pesky plant that invades crops, pastures and gardens in […]

More students schooled at home

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Home schooling was an easy choice for Stephanie Proctor. About 10 years ago, she and husband Philip lived in Houston and their oldest son Matthew had just finished fourth grade. Stephanie said she didn’t like what she saw at her son’s middle school —no doors on the bathroom stalls […]

Market owner cooperating

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A Clovis man submerged in a year-long battle with the city over complications with his “free market ministry” said Wednesday he will obey court orders to remove unsightly items surrounding his property. In a court order filed Wednesday, Municipal Judge Jan Garrett noted that Henry Parmenter, 74, is attempting […]

Power outages strike Portales

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A series of small power outages inconvenienced several Portales residents Wednesday afternoon, but officials reported no accidents or injuries. The blackouts, ranging from about 30 seconds to three minutes in length, hit the area for a two-hour stretch starting at about 1:30 p.m. Wade Whitehead, a coordinator for […]

Clovis native returning in dairy field

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley is coming back to Clovis, and he’s bringing the milk mustache with him. The Clovis native whose experience on dairies came from milking his grandmother’s cow recently accepted a position as director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America’s Southwest region, […]

Tents purposed as solution to jail overcrowding

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County could cut its jail overcrowding problem by housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents with air conditioning and portable toilets, according to County Commissioner Tim Ashley. That’s assuming the state fire marshal approves. Ashley told commissioners about his experience visiting the jail in Farmington, where he […]

Udall gets update on area dairy industry

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U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, left, and Wayne Palla discuss issues dealing with dairies in eastern New Mexico Tuesday during a visit to Palla’s dairy north of Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Congressman Tom Udall got a crash course on the dairy industry Tuesday, eastern New Mexico style, in a […]

Police Blotter 8/4/03

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a Main Street library on Thursday in reference to an employee stealing cash intended as a donation to a library committee. A library employee told police she saw a worker take $5 from a woman who was there to […]

Back-to-school shoppers get tax relief

BY Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent For the sixth straight year, Texas businesses will be offering clothing items tax-free this weekend in the hopes of luring shoppers just outside the state border. The tax-free weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends late Sunday evening, near midnight. The timing of the event is especially meant to […]

Events center among items on commission’s agenda

CNJ Staff Medical services for the jail and plans for the design of an events center are among a variety of items scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting of the Curry County Commission. The agenda for the 9 a.m. meeting in the county courthouse includes an emergency plan specifying that employees may voluntarily attempt to help extinguish […]

Residents pumping for joy

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Joe Johnson, who said gas in California is still more than $2 a gallon for regular unleaded, fills up Sunday at the Shell station at the corner of Prince and 21st streets. CNJ photo by Loretta Kos. By William Thompson Clovis’ gas prices last week dropped to their lowest levels in three months, with most […]

Police look into possible robbery of bank customer

Staff reports Police on Sunday were investigating a possible robbery at a Clovis bank that resulted in a woman being transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. Mary Romero, 44, of Clovis, told officers she was making a deposit at New Mexico Bank & Trust, 709 Pile, when she was hit in the back of the […]