‘Check’ yourself to be safe

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksLinda Davis, vice president and cashier at Portales National Bank, displays some of the counterfeit checks she has received this year. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Tearing up a check made out in your name for thousands of dollars would be a hard thing for most people to do. Tearing it […]

No getting rich quick in real world

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Know anyone who has an opening? The job fantasy here that had me making big bucks teaching University of New Mexico journalism alongside former Bill Richardson press guy Billy Sparks fizzled. Gone, too, is my gig as czar in charge of reminding people Big Bill is not running for president. […]

3/12 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:36 p.m. on Tuesday, police went to a business in the 900 block of Prince Street in reference to possible criminal damage to the business’s front glass window. Police found the window broken, but couldn’t determine how it became that way, […]

Rebate checks coming for some

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The check is in the mail, or at least for most New Mexico taxpayers. The first round of tax rebate checks were mailed Oct. 30, according to the State of New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. “Anyone who filed a 2004 tax return should automatically receive a check,” Tax […]

Police Blotter 5/26

Police responded about 6:44 p.m. May 16 to a motorcycle crash near Ned Houk Park that sent a 23-year-old man to Lubbock for emergency treatment. Medical staff in Lubbock said the man had been transported by air ambulance while in a coma. After waking from the coma at the hospital he was found to be […]

Police Blotter 3/7

A Clovis business owner called police about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of South Pile regarding larceny of a shop-vac, car jack and tool box worth about $210 that were taken from his warehouse. The owner said the warehouse is supposed to be kept locked when not in use but a construction crew […]

Clovis EMS familiar with those on brink of death

Reporter’s Notebook The Dec. 31 call to Muffley Funeral Home was unusual in that a man declared dead apparently came back to life, but Battalion Chief Jerry Swenson of the Clovis Fire Department said his emergency medical services staff respond to possible deaths many times every week. Swenson said he couldn’t go into specifics because […]

Portales woman claims $50,000 lottery prize

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico PORTALES — A Portales woman won a $50,000 prize on Saturday after she scratched a winning lottery ticket. Rachel Martinez said she claimed a check totaling $35,500 after taxes on Monday in Albuquerque. She said she has already spent most of the money, buying a new truck, paying off some […]

Police Blotter 12/16

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 1 p.m. Dec. 6 to a mother reporting she found photographs of her 11-year-old daughter on her husband’s computer. The photographs depicted the girl partially clothed and included scenes of a person having sexual contact with her daughter. The […]

Search engines: The race for the big money

Tom DiFrancesca Lots of breaking news concerning search engines this past week. Although Google.com has remained one of the more popular and profitable (through advertising sales) search engine services on the Web — for some time now, that may all be changing soon. For a while there, I watched as some of the major Internet […]

Finding friends or pictures of celebrities

By Tom DiFrancesca Any autograph collectors out there? I recently stumbled across a Web site that offers autographed pictures of celebrities. The prices range from $25 to $100; and there seems to be a pretty good selection of famous folks to pick from. Just jump over to www.autographedtoyou.com and check it out. You can, in […]

Business looking up for farmer who sells parachutes

By Gary Mitchell Clovis farmer Scott Pipkin checks the air sock just outside his house to make sure the wind isn’t too strong for takeoff. He enlists his brothers, Stan and Spencer, to help him spread out the parachute. Then he climbs into what looks like a sophisticated go-cart contraption, fires up the two-stroke, 65-horsepower […]

Police blotter 6/29

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police took a 44-year-old Clovis man into protective custody Wednesday morning after they found him attempting to damage property at the 1000 block of Reid. The man’s sister reported he has a history of mental problems but has not been taking […]

Sundance Ranch dedicated to caring for unwanted, neglected pets

Jack King When Sundance, the favorite cat of Clovis residents Doug and Lorraine Johnson, was killed by a hit-and-run driver, the two decided they’d seen enough cats abused, abandoned and injured with no one to care for them, Doug said. In 2002, they formed the Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary, a private non-profit corporation dedicated to […]