Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firemen from the Clovis Fire Department take time Wednesday to rest and regroup before continuing their battle with the fire at the Clovis Apartments. Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. […]

Apartment destroyed in fire

CNJ Staff One Clovis apartment was destroyed, but no injuries were reported in a chimney fire Sunday night in the 300 block of Innsdale Terrace. Battalion Fire Chief Mike Nolen said six residents were evacuated from four apartments in the complex, but only apartment B sustained major damage. The fire was reported at 9:16 p.m. […]

Rating system needs improvement

After a three-year effort by the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to improve the process, ill and injured military members still endure a long, complex and often contentious evaluation system when seeking disability ratings and compensation for service-related health conditions. The process has been made more convenient and even shortened by an average six […]

Architects to discuss proposed judicial complex at meeting

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File photo Architects will discuss plans for a judicial complex in downtown Clovis during a public meeting today at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. Sharna Johnson Architects are hoping to foster a productive exchange with the community during a meeting to discuss a proposed judicial complex today. Coordinated by Curry […]

County hosting meeting to hear architects’ presentation

CNJ staff Curry County is hosting a public meeting Feb. 22 so residents can join citizen committee members in hearing a presentation from architects hired to create solutions for issues at the courthouse and jail. Representatives from Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture of Albuquerque will make a presentation at 1:15 p.m. in the North Annex […]

Retroactive pay: Timely, complex

Tom Philpott Many Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia expected VA compensation for their illnesses to begin soon after a 60-day congressional review period ended Oct. 30. Though the first batch of payments did go out mid-week, the relatively small number — about 1,300 claims worth $8 million — reinforced […]

Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make […]

Petition seeks removal of judicial complex video from courthouse lobby

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CNJ file photo Two Clovis men filed a petition Monday asking the court to force Curry County to remove an informational video that plays continuously in the the courthouse lobby. The petition claims the video violates state law regarding campaign materials near polling places. Two Clovis men filed a petition in district court Monday seeking […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Vote no on jail, courthouse

On Nov. 2, thoughtful voters have plenty of reasons to vote against the $33 million judicial complex that Curry County officials want. We believe they should vote no on the two tax issues that will be on the ballot, for these reasons, among others: • The jail’s poor construction is not why prisoners keep leaving […]