Fire destroys sorghum, hay on ranch east of Portales

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune A fire, which broke out on a ranch east of Portales, claimed more than $1 million in sorghum and hay Thursday afternoon. Wes Fraze, son-in-law of the ranch owner said some corn may have also been threatened. Fire destroyed an estimated $800,000 worth of ground hay and sorghum this afternoon on […]

Chief justice claims ‘false allegations’

Mike Gallagher Chief Justice Charles Daniels said Wednesday he won’t remove himself from any matters arising from criminal charges against a Las Cruces judge — and said the request that he do so contained “false allegations” and “factual misrepresentations.” In a strongly worded order, Daniels took aim at allegations raised by special prosecutor Matt Chandler […]

Clovis man claims $105,000 lottery jackpot

Freedom New Mexico Hector Martinez of Clovis claimed a $105,000 jackpot Friday for matching five numbers in Monday’s Roadrunner Cash drawing. Odds for Martinez matching five numbers in Roadrunner Cash were 1 in 435,897. The Lowe’s grocery store where Martinez purchased his ticket is eligible for a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Fort Sumner woman claims lottery prize

CNJ staff A Fort Sumner woman claimed a $50,000 prize Monday from the New Mexico Lottery. Blanche Boyd, 79, purchased a ticket for the Feb. 19 Powerball drawing at an Allsup’s convenience store in Portales. Boyd’s ticket matched the white ball numbers of 3, 12, 34 and 42 and the red Powerball of 36. The […]

Weekly update — Feb. 13

Curry awarded safety grant Curry County has been awarded $20,000 as an incentive for improving workplace safety, according to a press release. The award, from the New Mexico Association of Counties, was given to six counties in recognition of reduced workers compensation claims in fiscal year 2009/2010. Curry County experienced a 46 percent reduction in […]

Hail damage claims through roof

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Juan Flores, left, and Manuel Morales of R.G. Construction apply shingles to a new home Monday on Springwood Drive. As 2010 gets ready to bid its farewell, hail damage from a pair of June storms is hanging around some houses like the Griswolds’ cousin Eddie. The storm caused millions of […]

New Agent Orange claims deadline near

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will begin in October to pay thousands of disability claims to Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemia — illnesses newly associated with exposure to defoliants, including Agent Orange, used in that war. A 60-day countdown to the day that […]

Freshman pair claims college title

A new horse. The notion that freshmen don’t win national championships. Just details to Chance Kiehne and Michael Trujillo. They had a calf to rope. The pair finished their goal Saturday night, taking second in the short round and earning enough points to claim first place in team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo […]

Agencies flooded with hail damage repairs, claims

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zane Brothers pulls dents on a car hood caused by a June 12 hail storm. Brothers said he has been busy all week with repair jobs from the storm. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a storm dumped more than an inch of rain and pelted Clovis […]

Agent Orange aid hits roadblock

By Tom Philpott Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), chief architect of the pricey post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era, could become a new champion, for taxpayers, against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims. Webb, a former […]

AGW claims can’t be made forcibly

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist A powerful and vital aspect of the fully free society would be that only those burdens may be imposed on citizens that they have been convincingly shown, via due process of law, to deserve. This is roughly how the criminal law works. This is why the prosecution carries the onus […]

Feds settle Clovis nursing home lawsuit

The Associated Press The owners of a now-defunct Clovis nursing home have agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle a false claims lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced the settlement with Dr. Ali Ghaffari Sr., the medical director of the Buena Vista Retirement Center, and Linda Rose Ghaffari, the nursing home’s […]

Clovis man claims lottery prize

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — A Clovis man won the top prize in the New Mexico Lottery’s “$250,000 Money Maker” game. Travis Odell purchased the winning ticket Saturday at Llano Estacado Chevron at 660 E. Llano Estacado. Travis, a 48-year-old plant manager, and his wife Kymburly claimed the $250,000 prize Wednesaday at lottery headquarters in Albuquerque. […]

Quicker compensation on its way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is […]

County seeks better premium

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Fifteen minutes a week could save the county on insurance, officials say. Curry County Commission approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to adopt a risk awareness training program for county employees. Assistant County Manager Lance Pyle said the 15-minute weekly training classes could bring down the premium the county […]

Aug. 7, 1917

Twenty-five Curry County men made claims for exemptions after appearing for examinations for the military draft. Having dependents was the primary reason for exemption claims. … The Clovis Chamber of Commerce planned to attend a meeting in Seymour, Texas, to pledge their support for an interstate highway between Clovis and Fort Worth. … The Elite […]

Drowning victim’s family receives $448,500

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The city of Clovis settled lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars in recent months, according to documents released Tuesday by city officials. The city’s insurer paid $448,500 to the family of a 3-year-old child who drowned in July 2005 at the city’s Potter Park pool, according to documents. […]

Deadline set for full payment of claims

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Service members who have household goods damaged or lost during government-directed moves will be reimbursed under a more robust “full replacement value” standard starting by at least March of 2008. Congress set the deadline in the 2007 defense authorization act signed into law Oct. 17. The National Military Family Association […]

Legal battles difficult for veterans

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

An open letter to Keavin Lawdermilk

By David Stevens; Clovis News Journal Editor Dear Keavin, I read a wonderful story about you in our newspaper on Wednesday. What an exciting life it must be, guarding the Dixie Chicks and associating with all of those other movie and music stars. Wow. A lot of people must be jealous. I know I am. […]