Police and media must be partners, not opponents

By CNJ staff Clovis experienced another homicide last week, but much of the city did not learn of this killing until 36 hours after it happened. That’s because Police Chief Bill Carey waited until most of Clovis was asleep before releasing any information. Our police chief and his department need to do better than that. […]

Good holiday deed gone bad in Denver

By Bob Huber An independent survey this week showed that hidden in the dusty catacombs of my files are dozens of juicy Christmas stories I experienced as a young, insolvent reporter. But only one stands out as a reminder of how innocent I was in those days. (Some biased reports claim I was stupid.) That […]

New Melrose police chief hopes to continue work of mentor

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With the Melrose police chief leaving his post at the end of the month, only one man remains in the community’s police department: Patrolman Mike Trammell. The four-year veteran of the department will take over from his mentor, Clarence Pyle, at the first of the year. “Just like any […]

Melrose police chief retiring at end of month

By David Irvin A long-time area law enforcement official has announced his retirement as Melrose’s police chief, effective Dec. 31. Clarence “Gomer” Pyle, 61, who has been with the Melrose department for five years, dedicated 28 years of community service to the area. During his career, he worked with Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey and […]

City manager leaving office

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Ray Mondragon has served as the city manager since 2001 and worked for the city for 30 years. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer As a young boy, Ray Mondragon picked onion and cotton fields as a migrant worker’s son. At 16, he took a job as dispatcher with the Clovis Police Department. He worked […]

Tucumcari police chief resigns

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Dennis Townsend has resigned as Tucumcari’s police chief, effective Nov. 29, Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose said. Townsend is on vacation and could not be reached for comment. The veteran law officer had faced heavy criticism in the past 10 months with residents claiming officers were harassing law-abiding […]

New chief veteran firefighter

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman will be appointed Clovis’ new fire chief on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Westerman, who will take over for Ron Edwards, who after 31 years in the department will retire on Friday. Westerman, who has been with the Clovis Fire Department […]

Firefighters are like family says retiring chief

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lovis Fire Chief Ron Edwards will be retiring at the end of the month after 31 years with the Clovis Fire Department. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Much has happened in the 31 years Fire Chief Ron Edwards has been employed with the Clovis Fire Department: He was among several […]

Tucumcari man wants chief out

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Tucumcari man is circulating a petition calling for the dismissal of Police Chief Dennis Townsend. George Aragon’s petition states: “We, the undersigned Citizens of Tucumcari are petitioning the City Commissioners to request the dismissal of Police Chief Dennis Townsend because of his unprofessional and aggressive tactics toward […]

Time to reform, improve U.S. intelligence

Freedom Editorial The resignation of CIA director George Tenet, combined with the recent critical report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence and the still-evolving work of the 9/11 commission, may have created what some observers view as a “perfect storm.” It could lead to a serious overhaul of this country’s intelligence agencies. […]