Police blotter — July 24

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 5 a.m. July 11 an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of Rosa Boulevard for a report of a vehicle that crashed into a residence. The officer found an unoccupied, locked pick up truck that had collided with […]

Creasy able to ‘cash’ in

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Luke Creasy of Deming gets flat for his bareback run Saturday night at the Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. Creasy scored an 83 on the ride. Kevin Wilson Luke Creasy just got a new bundle of Cash in his life, so a new chunk of cash […]

Education digest —

Clovis high guidance office to have extended hours The Clovis High School guidance office will have extended hours from March 21-24, according to a news release. The office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The extended hours are for parents to be able to go to the guidance office to review pre-registration […]

Grant helped fund toddler hearing test

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Preston was able to move in and out of his mother’s, Stephanie Anderson, arms during the test. Liliana Castillo While having his hearing tested, 15-month-old Jaxson Preston was able to bring his mother almost the entire alphabet in magnetic letters. Preston’s freedom to roam while being tested was granted by […]

State police in midst of summer enforcement program

The New Mexico State Police department is undertaking its annual 100 Days and Nights of Summer, but local officers would like to be able to reduce more than just alcohol-related incidents. “It’s not just about drunk driving,” said Lt. Eric Garcia, public information officer for the state police. “It’s about proper driving for our residents.” […]

Education column: Educators deserve thanks, recognition

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Recently, I was talking to one of our principals and he shared an inspiring story with me about one of his students. It seems this student had become a runaway and a dropout. However, the school kept following up on this student and was able to get him to […]

Iraq elections: Ongoing game of wait and see

Freedom New Mexico Two weeks after the election in Iraq that optimists hoped would be a significant step toward forming a reasonably stable democracy that would at least be able to govern itself fairly peacefully, a final vote tally is still not available. However, two things seem certain. It will probably take months for a […]

Juvenile detention center to expand capacity

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Juvenile Detention Center has increase its capacity by adding Dayroom East, which can hold six additional juveniles. For the first time since capacity was slashed by the state almost two years ago, the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center will be able to house more inmates. County Manager Lance […]

Rabbit show keeps Roosevelt County fair hopping

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Sky Cathey waits on the judge during the Rabbit Show Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fair. Cathey’s rabbit won best variety and best breed in the French Lop category. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A bunch of bunnies gave it their all and kept judges hopping Tuesday at the […]

United Way scales back goal

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Outgoing United Way president Leo Lovett, right, hands awards to United Way staff members during Thursday’s banquet. Lovett has served for president for two years, one year longer than normal, according to United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The United Way of eastern New […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Editorial: Given freedom, Americans will be able to thrive

President Barack Obama offered not only candor about the problems this country faces, but a sense of hope and confidence about America’s ability to come back stronger and more prosperous than ever. Whether the program outlined in Tuesday’s speech before Congress will do it or whether the country will recover more in spite of what […]

Iraq veteran finds coming home tougher than expected

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Courtesy photo Trevor Lyons, 22, was surprised when he was told he had left over psychological issues from serving with the Marine Corps in Iraq in 2006. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He thought his reaction to the things he experienced in war was normal and felt like he was pretty well adjusted with […]

District attorney reviewing state police escape report

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he received a criminal investigation report late Thursday afternoon from state police in connection with the eight inmate escapes from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Aug. 24. Chandler said he will not be able to comment on the report until he has […]

Hiking relaxing getaway

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I remember the old story, or analogy, about not being able to see the forest for the trees. The reality, which underlies so much of life, is that we cannot find that which is right in front of us. The story applies, among other areas, to summer and the beauty […]

Community makes man’s dream possible

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Peter Taylor, left, of Clovis and his case manager Jason Jouett listen Thursday as ENMRSH team members go over issues concerning the home that he will be moving into next month. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Peter Taylor had to overcome more obstacles than most to own a home. […]

Teen crash victim awake

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a crash sent a Clovis teen to a Lubbock hospital, he was able to speak to family members Tuesday morning. Attorney Dan Lindsey, representing Juan Chavarria and his family, said the youth was taken off a ventilator Tuesday. But he still has no feeling in the […]

Clovis Christian seniors graduate

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A jeans-and-boot-clad Keeson Bell sang a song to his graduating classmates Friday during Clovis Christian School’s graduation ceremony. Bell wrote the song, called “Our Class,” and featured each one of his classmates in a line of the son By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A teary-eyed Amanda Riley said sometimes […]

County grass fire extinguished

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A fire Wednesday near St. Vrain burned about 1,000 acres of grassland and this abandoned building. Officials said no one was hurt in the fire. By CNJ Staff A fire started by a resident burning trash torched more than 1,000 acres of grassland between Clovis and Melrose on Wednesday before […]

The mayor was a mower

David Lansford is stepping down as Clovis’ mayor after 12 years. We’ve been asking family and friends to share stories about him. Here’s what his mother, Roberta, had to say: “Our David began his first job by mowing lawns. He and his brother would ride their bikes over to Mrs. Travis’ home and together they […]