April 17, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 p.m. April 10 an officer responded to a business in the 2500 block of Mabry Drive for a vehicle theft. A manager said a man rented a car in December and had not returned it. He said several unsuccessful attempts […]

April 11, 2008 Religion Calendar

Today Lighthouse Disciples Benefit Car Wash — 1 p.m. every Friday (weather permitting). All donations go toward the Lighthouse Mission Discipleship Program. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L. Casillas Blvd. Information: 762-1933. Saturday Distribution — 9-11 a.m. sign-in. Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton St. Food and clothing distribution. Information: 763-4400.Free Health Screenings and Clothes Giveaway […]

Melrose man dies in car accident

CNJ Staff A 63-year-old Melrose man was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident about five miles east of Melrose on U.S. 60/84, according to Patrolman Lance Bateman of the New Mexico State Police. Bill Bovell was driving west in a 1992 Mercury passenger car on a two-lane portion of the highway when his vehicle […]

Life full of sometimes dangerous twists, turns

By Judy Brandon Have you ever taken some common event in your life for granted? I have and a particular road trip showed me that sometimes we do not reach our destination and life changes drastically in the process. This eye-opening experience came for me when some years ago when Annie, Buffy, Mother and I […]

Positive attitude has its rewards

By Anita Doberman I know that everything that happens in my life is easier if I have a positive attitude. On occasions, my oldest daughter, age 7, seems emotional and overwhelmed by some of her problems at school or on her sport team. This is of course completely normal, but I thought that trying to […]

Jonquil Park homeowner seeks residential vehicle restrictions

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer One man’s vehicles are another man’s nuisance — at least according to Don Maggio, who is asking the city to pass an ordinance restricting the number, age and condition of vehicles parked in residential areas. Maggio, who lives in the Jonquil Park area of Clovis, presented his concerns Wednesday […]

Positive events deserve focus

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I know that everything that happens in my life is easier if I have a positive attitude. On occasions, my oldest daughter, age seven, seems emotional and overwhelmed by some of her problems at school or on her sport team. (This is of course completely normal, but I thought that […]

Feb. 6, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of an auto burglary and larceny at 7:40 a.m. Jan. 29 in the 3200 block of Ross Street. The caller said someone broke into his vehicle between 5 p.m. the previous day and the time of the […]

Autobiography: 1964 Chevy II

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1964 Chevy II By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A look at area residents and their vehicles. Name: Mike and Joe Muraco Car: 1964 Chevy II Tell us your auto story: “I bought the engine that is in the car in 1983 and it’s been in three cars before this one. I’m making this car […]

Christian actions speak louder than words

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes these days we are hard pressed for some good news. I want to write some good news about an incident that happened many years ago when I was teaching at Yucca Junior High School in Clovis. It centered around a delightful scene that took place every morning. One of […]

21st-century car complicates drive

By Grant McGee: Local columnist When it comes to vehicles, The Lady of the House and I are solidly in the 20th century. Her car is from 1989 and while I prefer to ride a bicycle, I do have a 1978 Volkswagen in the driveway we call “The Flying Potato.” So when we planned our […]

Couple named ‘Good Samericans’

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition […]

Clovis couple wins inaugural Samerican award

By Gabriel Monte Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition Thursday from Clovis […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Winner donating convertible

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer One lucky man will use his good fortune to help others. Brent Armstrong of Broadview won a 1989 Mustang convertible in a raffle sponsored by the Desert Cruzers Car Club at their 11th annual Run to Hillcrest Rod Run. He donated the car back to the club, said Carl […]

Dec. 21, 1962

Four New Mexico State University students from Clovis were reported to be in good condition after they were injured in a car accident 30 miles west of Roswell. Their car skidded on wet pavement. … Opening bids for a new police car were among the items on the agenda for the City Commission meeting scheduled […]

’89 Ford just part of lifelong journey

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mom called to tell me recently that Dad found an old set of my car keys. Judging by her description, they didn’t sound familiar. She handed them to me a few days later, though, and memories reawakened. “Here!” Mom handed me a set of rusty keys held on to a […]

One stuffed solution

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson James Laljer covered his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals so his wife could find it in parking lots. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Everywhere he goes, people gawk and take pictures of his car. But James “Woodstock” Laljer didn’t cover his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals to […]

Nov. 30, 1931

Dr. A.M. Curl, noted psychologist and astrologist, was speaking at the Lyceum in the first of a weeklong set of speaking engagements. … M.B. Kuntz, member of the area Boy Scout Council, was in charge of automobile toy pick-ups for the Clovis Scouts’ annual old-toy drive. … R.L. Jameson of Clovis reported to police that […]

Moving new experience for military wife

Jennifer Laurent I am going on an adventure. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that my husband is PCSing and I, along with our two cats and five house plants, will be making the 1,400-mile journey to Beale Air Force Base with him. Recently he came home from work and told me that […]

Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation. A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report. Garrison has not been charged in connection with […]