Applebee’s latest to choose Clovis

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City officials say construction on a new Applebee’s will likely begin by the end of February. The restaurant will be located about a block west of North Prince Street on Llano Estacado Boulevard. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Another national chain restaurant is scheduled to open in Clovis in […]

Police blotter 1-19

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Friday to the 1400 block of St. Andrews Drive in reference to a fraud report. The officer spoke with a woman who said she had been ripped off by a door-to-door magazine salesman. She said a man came to […]

All calm this New Year’s eve

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Year’s eve was relatively calm and quiet compared to previous years, according to local law enforcement officials. There were no major accidents or crimes reported in the area. Strong police presence in Clovis and check points along area roads may have helped reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic […]

Behind the scenes: Plan changes costly

By Cotty Chubb: Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. The sun is shining brightly down here in Portales, while we’re shooting […]

Man admits to manufacturing child porn: Cops and Courts

A Clovis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of manufacturing child pornography. He’s been ordered to undergo a diagnostic evaluation at the New Mexico Department of Corrections by the court, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Rockey Fleming was arrested in April after 6,000 images and at least 70 video tapes depicting lewd sexual acts […]

Emergency calls made easy with cell phones

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Clovis dispatchers say almost 90 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones. (CNJ illustration by Darren Estrada) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The increase in cell phone use over the past decade has done wonders for local emergency personnel, allowing them to arrive at wreck and crime scenes quicker. But the portable […]

This offer Is too good to pass up!

“THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE!” proclaims the optic yellow sticker stuck on the catalog. “If you haven’t just ordered, this is your last chance!” I’ve seen these stickers before. The catalog company keeps promising to go away, but it’s not a promise they’ve kept yet. I expected a sticker that would say, “No kidding! This […]

Investigator calls barn fire suspicious

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Clovis fire officials ruled out accidental causes for a Sunday barn fire. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. Ryan Lengerich A fire investigator said Sunday’s blaze that destroyed a barn and burned one firefighter in northwest Clovis is “suspicious.” “Basically, we ruled out any probability of accidental cause,” said Lt. Mike Leatherwood of the Clovis Fire […]

Clovis enjoys a quiet new year

CNJ staff report More than a dozen people were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on New Year’s eve and early Thursday morning, in a night that one police spokesman said kept officers running from one part of town to another. Police Lt. Patrick Whitney said Thursday that officers were so busy answering […]

Birthdays 11/19

The following people are celebrating their birthday today: >Jeff Brooks > Christie K. Lopez > Miranda Lucero > Sylvester Roybal > Susan Weingates Birthday information must be submitted to KTQM by noon the day preceding the birthday, and on noon Thursday for birthdays on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Fax 769-0197, e-mail: ktqmbirthdays@3lefties.com or mail […]

Private solutions more effective than do not call list

Freedom Newspapers The lead sentence from a news story on Friday should have turned a few heads: “Congress moved at lightning speed Thursday to keep telemarketers at bay.” Lightning speed? Congress may be a lot of things, but lightning fast it is not. Yet when it comes to “protecting” residents from intrusions of telemarketers peddling […]

Rep’s legacy a right-slanted newsletter

You won’t catch George Buffett and me sitting around a campfire singing “whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.” We’re never going to be close. George is John Wayne right. I’m a middle-of-the-roader, although critics might suggest I am pinko left. When I called him last week, I was prepared to dislike George. He […]

Judge on duty 24-7

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By Mike Linn PORTALES — Magistrate Judge Jane Martin relaxed at her desk after work last week and noted that her job is not just a black-robed affair filled with weekday gavel pounding and sentencing of lawbreakers. In fact, Martin said she is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — in […]