Get dressed on your own time, officers

Freedom New Mexico Taxpayers, reform advocates and those concerned with responsible government budgeting and reining in the power of public employee unions claimed a small victory this month when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lawsuit against the city of San Diego by its police officers, seeking back pay and […]

Firings, suspensions, demotions and pay cuts at the jail

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

CNJ staff Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. Chancey […]

Official: New companies looking at Clovis

Sharna Johnson With renewable energy putting Clovis on the map, new companies are evaluating the area as a potential home for future operations. Among prospects are a methane gas digester and wood product manufacturer, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The wood product manufacturer, who Gentry declined to identify, would […]

Questions surround Muleshoe killing

Muleshoe police and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old man Sunday morning. Rolando Sauceda was pronounced dead at Muleshoe Area Medical Center just after 4 a.m. (CDT), according to Police Chief Brian Frieda. Frieda said police responded to a residential area in the 500 block of West Avenue B for […]

Tucumcari school board discusses allegations of administrative misconduct

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education board member Carlos Romero announced the board discussed “allegations of administrative misconduct” and no action was taken Monday after a 25-minute closed door session. The executive session was placed on the agenda two days after Tucumcari High School Principal David Castillo was placed […]

Health plan may be harder to fund than thought

Freedom New Mexico After a period in which his administration declined to get too involved in the details of a planned major overhaul of the way health care is delivered — presumably to avoid the mistakes of the first Clinton administration when Congress was presented a detailed plan concocted largely behind closed doors and didn’t […]

Tucumcari man shot in neck

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari man is charged with a shooting another man in the back of the neck in the parking lot of the Redwood Lodge in Tucumcari on Monday. Howard Russell King, the victim, was transported to Tucumcari Memorial Hospital by relatives about 8:45 p.m. on Monday, according to documents […]

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders at a press conference Wednesday about an accident at Hotel Clovis injuring Building Inspector Pete Wilt and John Smith of Portales. Both men fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft Tuesday morning and remain hospitalized. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Police revealed few details […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

School board evaluates superintendent in executive session

The Clovis Board of Education evaluated the district superintendent Tuesday during a special meeting for an executive session. Board President Lola Bryant declined to comment on the annual evaluation. But she said no actions were taken as a result of the session. Executive sessions are not open to the public. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda […]

Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation. A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report. Garrison has not been charged in connection with […]

Thomas to remain city manager

Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas “will continue in his duties as city manager pending disposition of allegations initiated against him in Quay County,” city officials announced in a news release Wednesday. Thomas was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence on Friday in Quay County. City commissioners held an executive session on Wednesday […]

City manager arrested over weekend

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CNJ File Photo Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas was arrested Friday at a DUI checkpoint between San Jon and Logan. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence, state police said. He was also cited for an open container violation. Both charges […]

Drowning settlement reached

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The family of a 3-year-old boy who drowned at Potter Pool in 2005 has received an undisclosed lawsuit settlement amount, according to city officials. F. Michael Hart, an Albuquerque attorney representing the child’s mother, Angela Davis, said his client feels city officials have been sincere in their efforts to […]

Officials: Death not random

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Investigators believe Clovis store owner Emmett Salisbury was shot and killed Sunday night based on statements gathered from friends, acquaintances and witnesses, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Salisbury, 36, was found dead just after 1 p.m. Monday in a second-hand store at 701 E. Grand Ave. He was found by […]

4/18 Local roundup

Two Clovis girls struck by truck A 14-year-old girl was in serious condition and a 13-year-old girl in stable condition Monday following an accident that occurred about 8 p.m. Friday. Clovis police reported the girls were struck by a pickup truck while crossing Prince Street near Llano Estacado Boulevard with a group of juveniles. Both […]

Hospital to undergo more comprehensive survey

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center was out of compliance with Medicare’s conditions of participation during a state inspection conducted in February, a spokesperson from the federal agency that regulates Medicare and Medicaid programs said this week. When the Department of Health visited PRMC last month, it was there to investigate […]

Causey residents concerned about unsolved homicide

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Arthur Boyd looks out on the porch of his home in Causey Saturday evening. Boyd’s home is one of only about 20 in the close-knit community. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Six months have passed, but no one has been charged with the shooting death of an elderly Causey rancher. […]

Family plans to sue city over pedestrian fatality

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A lawyer representing the family of a Clovis woman who died after being struck by a police vehicle last week said he plans to sue the city. Delores Jacks, 71, was struck Dec. 13 by a car driven by Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah while he was on duty. […]