Dennis Chavez fish deaths being investigated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tevaughn Loudermill of Clovis Parks and Recreation Department places a basket of dead fish Thursday from Dennis Chavez Lake into the back of a cart to be taken to the city landfill. Sharna Johnson The city is testing to determine what is killing hundreds of fish at Dennis Chavez Lake. […]

Portales Country Club cited for gambling

Freedom New Mexico State officials have cited the Portales County Club for gambling and a Department of Public Safety spokesman said Wednesday that investigators plan to meet with the district attorney to determine if criminal charges will be filed. State Police Lt. Eric Garcia said a DPS Special Investigations Division agent issued the citation after […]

Editorial: School voters have key questions to consider

Voters will determine in Tuesday’s special election whether to support a $16 million bond issue for Clovis Municipal Schools construction projects. Those include building a third middle school and replacing one elementary school and several other significant remodeling and replacement projects. We urge voters to consider the following questions and applicable facts: • Are the […]

HPJRA: Physical trait often determine horses’ names

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Keylee Crowder, 8, and her horse Keebler compete in the 8-and-under barrels on Friday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo at Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank What’s in a name? For the participants in the 36th annual High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals in Clovis on Friday, they […]

Attorney general unable to determine open meeting violation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Attorney General’s Office says it was unable to determine if three Curry County commissioners held an illegal meeting in November, but admonished commissioners to exercise caution when gathering in a quorum, according to an opinion issued Friday. In February, the Clovis News Journal filed a formal complaint with […]

Life’s choices determine who we become

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I wrote about my mother’s two cousins several years ago. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas and participated in a school club, the Busy Bee Club. There they learned homemaking skills like sewing, cooking and gardening. One year their club entered a competition for rural schools. The competition was […]

Foreclosures’ effect on blighted properties hard to determine

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city’s foreclosure suit against derelict and delinquent property owners is progressing but what if any effect that will have on Clovis’ battle against blight has yet to be determined. Clerk Leighann Melancon said in the two weeks since the city filed its foreclosure against more than 100 property […]

District attorney: Warrant being prepared for shooting victim’s neighbor

CNJ staff Sandra Bousquet, a 36-year-old Clovis woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck, died Tuesday night at a Lubbock hospital from her injuries. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Wednesday morning his office is preparing a warrant to charge her neighbor, James Fitzpatrick, 61, with an open count of murder in the case. […]

Isler case in federal court Wednesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The attorney for J.D. Isler says a federal court hearing Wednesday in Albuquerque could determine his client’s future as coach of the Clovis High School boys basketball team. Isler’s attorney, Warren Frost, said he will argue for the continuation of a restraining order allowing Isler to continue coaching. The […]

Clovis police, Cannon experts called in for suspicious package

CNJ Staff Clovis police and Cannon Air Force Base explosive experts were called in Thursday night after a baseball team spotted a suspicious item at Bell Park. Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department said about 8:30 p.m. Cannon Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians were in the process of X-raying the item to determine if […]

Justice must be served to wrongdoers

By Freedom Newspapers It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed […]

Small business resources available

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Everybody’s Business What constitutes a small business? Is it the local hardware store or the old “five and dime” visited as a child? Perhaps it is the local sandwich shop on Main Street, or the one-man plumbing business. Could it be the manufacturing plant with 465 employees, or the auto dealership that […]

Handwriting can speak volumes about people, says local professional analyst

By Michelle Seeber Handwriting analysis can be an in-depth, life-long study or entertainment. That’s how Carol Durepos, 67, of Clovis views it. She has studied the art since 1983, she said. “Handwriting can convey health, drunkenness, drug abuse, or whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert,” Durepos said Sunday at the Main ARTeri, […]