Early voting begins Wednesday

CNJ staff Early voting begins Wednesday at Clovis’ city hall. As of Tuesday morning, City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said 93 voters have requested absentee voter ballots. Melancon said she wanted to advise voters that while they will be voting in the same precincts as in the 2010 municipal election, some voters may be in a […]

Wednesday morning brief: In search of blood and Mister Ed

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Blood drive United Blood Services will hold a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Boulevard. Plaza exhibit The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Art will host the University of New Mexico-sponsored exhibit of The Plazas […]

Storm drops snow on area

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Courtesy photo: Gilrobert Rennels Muleshoe received 3 inches of snow Sunday, delaying school buses Monday by two hours. A few minor vehicle accidents asssociated with the snow were report. Tonjia Rolan A winter snow storm swept through the area Sunday, dropping 1/2 inch of snow, sleet and ice on Clovis and Portales, according to the […]

Candidate forum being held

CNJ staff The Clovis Industrial Development Corp., is hosting a municipal election candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. Candidates will be available to answer questions regarding business and economic development issues. Questions for candidates should be submitted at clovisnm@clovisnm.org by Friday.

Anniversary —

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Gonzales Reyes and Clara Gonzales of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 4 at Our Lady of Guadalupe. The celebration was hosted by their children, Agnes Gonzales, Ray and Katrina Vigil, Dave and Sabrina Jablonski, Regina and Karlo Jajlardo and Corrina Gonzales. The couple was married Feb. 3, 1962, at Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

School menus —

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast — Yogurt and cinnamon toast. Lunch — Pepperoni pizza, ranch salad, veggie coins and dip, applesauce. Tuesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Toasted cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, ranch salad, rosey applesauce. Wednesday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Pig in a blanket, glazed carrots, seasoned peas, orange […]

On the shelves —

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Collapse of American Criminal Justice” by William Stuntz examines the roots of a system that has become harsh, ineffective, and discriminatory, resulting in a gigantic prison population while giving short shrift to fairness and equality. “Requiem for a Gypsy” by Michael Genelin centers on Commander […]

Love notes

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Floral Associate Danielle Martinez puts together an arrangement Friday at Hestands Floral. Owner Michelle Ward said her shop had 63 pre-orders for Valentine’s Day, which is double last year. With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their […]

Clovis man killed in crash

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was killed and three others injured in an early morning crash Friday at New Mexico 108 and Curry Road 14 north of Texico. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller identified the victim as Edgar Soto, a passenger in a pickup that collided with a car at the intersection about […]

Weekly update: Torres’ extradition being coordinated

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Noe Torres Robin Fornoff District Attorney Matt Chandler says he met Monday with officials from Chihuahua, Mexico, to finalize the extradition of accused child killer and one-time fugitive Noe Torres of Clovis. Chandler said Friday that Torres, 32, is on schedule to be returned to U.S. soil and Curry County in an estimated 30 to […]

Clovis native selected as San Angelo interim city manager

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Michael Dane was named Tuesday as interim city manager of San Angelo, Texas. Dane became San Angelo’s director of finance in August 1998. Located southeast of Lubbock, San Angelo had a population of 93,200, according to the 2010 Census. According to city press release: • He served the city of […]

‘Par 3′ golf course renovations top parks priority list

Kevin Wilson In line with approving the start of a bid process for fixing the sprinkler system at Colonial Park Golf Course, the Clovis City Commission on Thursday directed Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell to push the “par-3” golf course renovation at Hillcrest Park to the top of his park renovation priority list. The […]

Friday morning briefing: Name a long-necker, Valentine fun and Tyson goes down

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Name the giraffe The deadline for submitting a name for Clovis’ new baby giraffe is fast approaching — 5 p.m. Feb. 29. The winner of the contest gets a one-year free pass to the zoo and their name on a plaque. Submissions must be […]

Letters to the editor: Candidate understands our needs

Candidate understands our needs All the candidates agree and will evidently support ensuring water is available for Clovis in the future. Likewise the candidates all support improving roads in the city. How can Clovis survive and prosper without those obvious issues being settled? There is a city commissioner candidate running in District 1 that will […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for attempted murder, according to a news release from the office 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. According to the press release: • James Gilbert, 32, was convicted of breaking into a woman’s residence in October 2010 and stabbing her repeatedly […]

Ticket feature: Will Banister performing on way to England

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Courtesy photo: Johnny Mulhair Country music singer Will Banister will be performing Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Country singer Will Banister will be performing 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in celebration of his upcoming appearance at the Country Music Festival at Wembley Stadium in England. Tickets are available […]

Revenues up at some entertainment venues

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Courtesy photo: Brock Neely Carlos Mencia’s show at the Clovis Civic Center sold 950 of 1,100 tickets. Tonjia Rolan Clovis Civic Center and Curry County Events Center saw increased revenues over the past two years. This is good news to City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, who said entertainment industries in Clovis and Portales are important cultural […]

Investigators rule fire accidental

CNJ staff A fire that gutted Clovis Apartments and displaced 12 families Feb. 1 was ruled accidental by the Clovis fire marshal. “The fire originated in the attic space above apartments 93 and 95 of Building 8 and was not intentionally set,” Fire Marshal Allan Silvers said in a press release. Silvers said the purpose […]

Clovis Legal Aid office finding footing

Benna Sayyed Matthew Rowland received a layoff notice two weeks after he started working as managing attorney of the New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis. “I was calling saying, ‘Is this some kind of a joke. I just got here,’” Rowland said. That was one year ago. Now things are looking up at the […]

Man sought for illness may have been spotted

CNJ staff A Clovis man sought in a statewide manhunt may have been spotted Monday near West Seventh and Thornton streets. Clovis police and Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed responding to a report of someone spotting Robert J. Gutierrez, 45, who officials say has active pulmonary tuberculosis and is considered infectious. Both departments responded […]