Burning down the house…

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Clovis firefighters Jeff Allen, Eric Blair and Steve Logan keep an eye on a fire Friday, Oct 17, as they demonstrate a kitchen fire as part of an arson exercise for the Chapter of International Association of Arson Investigators conference. By Jack King The room — in the Girl Scout Little House at Seventh and […]

Cops & Courts 10/26

The Clovis Police Department is looking for volunteers to ride around the city and report suspicious activities. Those participating in “Code Blue,” a volunteer citizens patrol, will meet at the Clovis Police Department on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Members will receive training and patrol in two-person teams on Friday and […]

Minor fire fought at restaurant

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Clovis firefighters extinguished a blaze in the bathroom of the Kripple Creek Restaurant, 2400 N. Prince, about 3 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported and damage was minor, officials said. Lt. Mike Inge of the Clovis Fire Department said seven employees and an undetermined number of diners were in the building when a […]

Overpass in works for state road

By Jack King New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department Secretary Rhonda Faught did not agree to put the proposed State Road 467 overpass on a list of state highway projects at a meeting with Curry County and state economic development officials on Wednesday. But she did agree to study its costs, said Chase Gentry, executive […]

Some area businesses close

CNJ STAFF All city and county offices will be open for the Columbus Day holiday, but state and federal offices will be closed Monday. Specifically, the following city offices will be open Monday: Clovis City Hall, Public Works, the Clovis Area Transit System, the Friendship Center, Baxter-Curren Senior Center and Clovis-Carver Public Library. City sanitation […]

CIA revelation could be revenge or just accidental

Freedom Newspapers At this point, even after several days of speculation and a certain amount of digging, there is probably more that we don’t know than we do — and it might just turn out to be much ado about not much at all. But the possibility that somebody or somebodies in the administration leaked […]

Guantanamo spies should have been avoided

Mona Charen This ought to shut up our European detractors who’ve been screaming that we are torturing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Not only do we provide the inmates there with medical care, surgery, dentistry, reading matter, familiar and religiously permitted foods, copies of the Koran and religious services — we’ve also provided spies. Two, at […]

Gray, Michael

Michael Gray Services: Have been held. Michael R. Gray, 50, of Hobbs, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, in Hobbs. He was born June 25, 1953, in Hobbs, to Kelly and Mary Ruth Gray. He married Sandra Kirby on May 3, 1986, in Hobbs. He retired from the Hobbs Fire Department as chief after serving 12 […]

Two Portales volunteers make a difference

By Mike Linn A couple of Portales residents have volunteered to install more than 100 smoke detectors in the residences of senior citizens, dedicating time and energy to a recent campaign spearheaded by officials at the Portales Fire Department. Carl Wilson, a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has installed about 84 detectors, […]

Study says underage drinking can be reduced by adults

Patricia L. Garcia ALBUQUERQUE — From beer banner advertisements at county fairs and rodeos to flavored malt beverage ads in magazines, state health officials say New Mexico’s youth is being bombarded with the message that underage drinking is acceptable. ‘‘Alcohol companies do need to turn down the volume,’’ said Ann Powers, spokeswoman for the state […]

No leads yet in homicide, deputies say

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis law officers said Monday they have made no arrests in recent shootings that left one man dead and another in a Lubbock hospital. Richard Ochoa, 30, of Clovis was the latest shooting victim. He was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after being shot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near the […]

Petition highlights crime in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis city commissioners will receive a petition tonight declaring the city “one of the most dangerous places in the state to live,” and demanding action from city leaders on police pay and staffing levels. According to the petition, whose organizers include police officers, Clovis citizens “live in peril of an exploding crime […]

Cannon service member hurt in car crash

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Clovis traffic officer Mike Harmer surveys the damage to a Honda Civic after it was hit by a tractor-trailer Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 60/70/84. CNJ staff photo: Rick White Darrell Todd Maurina A Cannon Air Force Base airman was flown to a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday afternoon following a crash that shut down traffic […]

Portales firefighters promote plan for emergency access

By Kevin Wilson FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and […]

City to revisit carports

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a second special meeting to discuss prefabricated carports at 6:30 p.m. today in the assembly room of City Hall at 321 Connelly. At the meeting, commission members and city staff will describe proposed changes to city regulations on the carports and will take public […]

Muleshoe hit with West Nile outbreak

By Darrell Todd Maurina Muleshoe Area Medical Center says it now has three confirmed cases of West Nile virus and a dozen cases under investigation. In response, Muleshoe doctors urge residents to seek medical evaluation for persistent headaches and other flu-like symptoms. Dr. Joe Garrett, an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of Public Health, said […]

Doing their fair share

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Police Explorer LaToya Wright reports to Clovis police officer Lizzie Larsen on the safe return of a lost young girl to her parents during the Curry County Fair on Monday night. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Gary Mitchell The call came Monday night to the Police Explorers/Clovis Police Department Tag-A-Tot booth at the Curry […]

Clovis falling behind in battle to keep cops

By Pam Sury Law enforcement is having a difficult time recruiting, hiring and training certified officers. The reasons for this range from monetary to an overall change in society. Recruiting police officers has become extremely competitive. Times have changed and a crisis has started. Right now, the Clovis Police Department is understaffed by an estimated […]

City alters budget to fund pay raises

By Jack King The City Commission approved a $500,000 budget change Thursday night that will fund raises for city employees ranging from 2 to 6 percent. In the same vote, commissioners approved incentive pay increases for police and fire department personnel. In the fire department, incentive pay for paramedics will increase by 10 cents per […]

City votes to delay decision on carports

By Jack King The city Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to delay a decision on whether to allow prefabricated carports in city limits, saying a survey by the city planning department was not yet complete. On a motion by Commissioner Bill Bollinger, the commission voted to hold a public meeting on the subject within […]