Mayor: City Commission supports Thomas

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners took no action Thursday following an executive session called to discuss the status of City Manager Joe Thomas. Mayor David Lansford did issue a written statement, which he said expressed the Commission’s full support for Thomas. “We are confident with (Thomas’) leadership and consider the circumstances […]

Letters to the Editor: Selling alcohol would be bad influence

I’d like to commend Curry County commissioners who voted against the events center applying for a license to sell alcohol, the dollar being the bottom line. If the financial support of the center depended on alcohol ad sponsorship and sales by the sponsors to survive, this issue should have been addressed long before now in […]

County to weigh liquor license for fairgrounds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission will decide in a special meeting today whether to apply for a liquor license for the special events center and the fairgrounds. The license will be a governmental liquor license similar to the one the city has for its civic center and will be specified […]

Police press release: Motorcycle fatality

Release Date:  07/15/2007 Incident Type:  Fatal Motorcycle Crash Claims Man’s Life Early Sunday Morning In Clovis Contact Person:  Sergeant Robert Denney, 505-763-9444    On 07/15/2007 at approximately 12:07 AM this morning a preliminary investigation at the scene of a single vehicle motorcycle crash by members of the Clovis Police Department Crash Team revealed a man, […]

Clovis man dies in cycle crash

CNJ STAFF A 41-year-old Clovis man died early Sunday morning when the motorcycle he was riding hit a utility pole at Second and Norris streets. Bruce Monroe died at the scene, officials said. A police press release said Monroe was not wearing a helmet and “alcohol is suspected of being a factor due to the […]

Man arrested on fourth DWI charge

CNJ Staff A 46-year-old Clovis man remains in jail after his arrest Tuesday on charges of his fourth DWI, according to police reports. Jeffery Jowdry is being held on a $21,000 bond, according to jail officials. Police found Jowdry in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the engine running at a gas station in […]

Booze ban may be Chavez’ downfall

By Freedom Newspapers Nothing else has turned a majority of Venezuelans against dictator-in-making Hugo Chavez; maybe his Easter Week booze ban will do the trick. Chavez recently won re-election, despite a string of policy shifts that are moving the country in the direction of a Cuban-style dictatorship, with Chavez reprising the role of Fidel Castro. […]

Jail employees need supervisors’ support

Letters to the Editor Regarding the Feb. 20 CNJ article headlined “Jail guards arrested in assault:” How is it that a jail inmate can complain he was not handled more delicately by Curry County Adult Detention Center officers and disrupt so many lives? And when these allegations were made by inmate Walter Dixon on Feb. […]

Officials investigate liquor license for fairgrounds

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer County officials are researching obtaining a license to serve liquor at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson is gathering information on how county officials would acquire the license, he said during a Tuesday Curry County Commission meeting. Officials envision serving alcohol in a contained and […]

Alcoholism latest public figure cop out

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Maybe we ought to give Prohibition another try. Granted the attempt to outlaw drinking wasn’t exactly a success back in the 1920s, but maybe it’s time to have another go at it. Don’t we owe that much to the public figures who have become the unwitting victims of fool juice […]

Gibson fiasco calls for stricter penalties

By Steve Chapman: syndicated columnist Mel Gibson drove drunk, got arrested and vilified Jews, thus disgracing himself, and possibly forfeiting millions of dollars in future earnings. Man, was he lucky. By getting behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level 50 percent higher than the legal limit, he could have killed himself or someone else, as […]

Police cite about a dozen for drinking in public

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police sent a message Friday that softball and beer do not go together on city property, according to officials. Approximately a dozen people were cited Friday for drinking in public during a softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. Police said Friday’s arrests were part of an initiative […]

Two charged in relation to Tucumcari drowning

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Two Tucumcari residents have been accused of supplying alcohol to minors in connection with the May 19 drowning death of 12-year-old Augustine “Augie” Montiel. Crystal L. Cochran, 18, and Fred Jaramillo III, 23, both of Tucumcari, were arraigned Tuesday in the Quay County Magistrate Court. Both face a […]

6/2 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8:30 May 19, an officer on patrol discovered a car parked in the middle of the southbound lane on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The driver of the car had gray paint covering the bottom of his face from his nose down […]

5/2 Letters to the editor

Dumping dead pet as litter crosses line My family and I live on the edge of Clovis, just far enough in the country that people think it is acceptable to dump their unwanted trash onto our land. For years, we have picked up branches, boxes and other articles without any complaint. However, while picking up […]

4/23 Letters to the editor

Checkpoints not only solution for DWI Glenda Bly’s outrage (DWI checkpoints waste of time, money in the April 12 CNJ) over being stopped and checked for drunken driving can easily be pacified. If someone wants to drink, let them. If someone wants to sell alcohol to the drinker, let them. But … the seller should […]

Program seeks to educate preteens about drinking

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Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman speaks to James Bickley fifth-graders Thursday morning in their classroom about alcohol use and its effects. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The words scrawled in red across the board at the front of the classroom asked a sobering question: Why do kids drink? “Because parents […]

Officials paint disturbing picture of underage drinking trends in America

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Alcohol companies target youth through magazine, television, radio and other advertising as seen in a statistic during the Curry County Underage Drinking Prevention meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlenaa Hartz: CNJ staff writer The red-haired child, with big, brown eyes, addressed her audience. “My name is Lisa, […]

Meetings to shed light on teen drinking

Freedom Newspapers A harsh light will be shined on underage drinking at two town hall meetings scheduled this week for Portales and Clovis. The meetings will examine the extent of underage drinking in the area and address ways to prevent it, said Terry Teti, a consultant with Community Resources in Portales. According to the 2004 […]

Blood test clears driver in fatality

CNJ staff Alcohol does not appear to have been a contributing factor in the November death of a Clovis toddler killed when he was backed over by a neighbor’s van, Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said on Wednesday. Martin Molina Saldana, 30, was backing out of his driveway and ran over 1-year-old Alan Loya-Moreno on […]