History should be learned by all

Eastern New Mexico is about to gain one more American citizen. That’s the report I got a few weeks ago, when then-Clovis City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen suggested we do a story about Legislative and Community Development Director Claire Burroughes applying for U.S. citizenship. Burroughes, who has been married to a U.S. citizen for more […]

Non-citizen recruits last longer

Tom Philpot

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Local woman turning 100

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hazel Miller, left, draws her cards during a game of Skip-Bo with her daughter-in-law, Carol Miller. Hazel Miller turns 100 on Monday. Kevin Wilson Hazel Miller likes to play cards with her friends at the Senior Citizen Resident Center and read books. “You’ve got to have some romance” to make […]

Social Security delays only scare tactic

Freedom New Mexico Anxious senior-citizen readers may be worrying that their Social Security checks might be held up by the wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. It’s worth clearing up that misconception and some others. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to line up enough GOP votes to pass a budget […]

Citizen’s Police Academy set for August

CNJ staff The 16th session of the Citizen’s Police Academy is set to begin in August. Hosted through the joint efforts of the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police, the academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the “rigors a police officer must endure,” according to […]

Press release: Complaints against police ruled public records

Citizen complaints filed against police officers are public records and must be released upon demand. That’s the upshot of a New Mexico Supreme Court order issued Monday, which ends a five-year battle by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to withhold records from Charles Cox, a former State Police captain. Cox’s attorney Cindi Pearlman […]

Police chief says he’s pleased with citizen involvement in preventing crime

Sharna Johnson Clovis citizens get an “atta boy” from Police Chief Steve Sanders, who said a reduction in violent crimes for the second year in a row shows proactive citizen involvement is helping keep Clovis safe. In 2010 violent felony crimes —murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — dropped by 9 percent in Clovis and […]

Tax ordinance to go to vote

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the city verified enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase. The election would be May 3, pending city commission approval. Kevin Wilson An ordinance approved by the Clovis City Commission to raise gross receipts taxes will now […]

Thursday morning briefing: Civic call, Souper Saturday and the day the music died

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Call to duty Clovis is looking to fill the District 2 and District 3 citizen positions on the Public Works Committee. The committee meets every fourth Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. If interested call 769-7828 no later than Monday. Question of the day How cold […]

Courthouse citizen committee meeting Thursday

CNJ staff Curry County’s Citizen Courthouse Committee is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the commission room at the courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.

County forms citizen committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday formed two citizen committees to evaluate and make recommendations on issues with the jail and courthouse security. Commissioners ultimately decided to allow all who volunteered to serve on the committees of their choice, resulting in 13 citizens on the courthouse committee and 11 on the jail committee. By unanimous […]

Government’s many secrets surfacing

Freedom New Mexico A good deal of overwrought commentary on all sides has accompanied the latest release by the WikiLeaks website of classified State Department cables, from those who lament the possible harm to national security to those who praise the release as contributing to the knowledge of what government does in our names that […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]

Police to host Citizen’s Police Academy

CNJ staff Beginning Feb. 16, the Clovis Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies will be hosting a 12-week Citizen’s Police Academy. It is open to the public and designed to acquaint citizens with police duties and offer an inside look into the profession. Classes will include criminal law, investigations, traffic law and crash […]

Press release: Citizen’s police academy new class

The Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, and New Mexico State Police, is conducting the 12th Session of the Citizens Police Academy.

Victim remembered as caring, giving

By Jenna Dewitt: CNJ staff writer Friends and co-workers remember Elizabeth McAdams as a dedicated caregiver and a giving person. McAdams was the health service supervisor at the Senior Citizen Resident Center since May 2006. McAdams died in her home Saturday at age 54. Police are investigating her death as a homicide. “She provided care […]

Medical fund set up for infant

CNJ staff A medical relief fund has been established at Citizen’s Bank of Clovis for the family of Jayden Richter. Born Aug. 14, Jayden was born with a heart defect and is scheduled for a heart transplant. The family is incurring extraordinary expenses in connection with Jayden’s critical illness. Information: V.K. Bussen at vk.bussen@clovis.edu or […]

Thanks for the help

Clovis’ Pat Clark wants to pass along a good-citizen report:

In search of answers

Videographer Tony Bullocks has started a new feature in which he seeks answers to citizen concerns.