Weekly update — Jan. 15

Grievance filed against commissioner Fresh off one expensive dispute, it looks like there’s another squabble between a county employee and a Curry County commissioner. Finance Director Mark Lansford has filed a grievance against Commissioner Robert Sandoval, according to an email obtained by the CNJ through a state open records request. The disclosure is on the […]

City, airport contractor dispute runway deadline

Robin Fornoff The meter is running — to the tune of $1,500 a day — as far as Clovis city officials are concerned. But the contractor building a $5.5 million runway extension at Clovis Municipal Airport doesn’t figure it that way. At issue is the completion date of the project. The city contends it was […]

Honesty really at center of dispute

There’s quite a battle going on in Wisconsin. Just like Tea Party members have protested legislation they don’t like, employees are protesting legislation they don’t like. Newly elected Gov. Scott Walker, bolstered by Republican majorities in the Legislature, is asking public employees to make financial concessions, and give up collective bargaining rights, to help the […]

Scientific race to dispute God futile

Freedom New Mexico The embarrassing race to disprove God continues with a new book titled “The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life,” by acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking and lesser-known physicist Leonard Mlodinow. Humanity cannot survive and thrive without honest and objective science. Without pure science, it’s easy to surmise that humans […]

Rangel’s actions not without consequences

It is always a little sad to see prominent and powerful people brought low, especially when the fall is due to their own weaknesses and a certain sense of invulnerability that powerful people sometimes acquire. It is also the case that the line can be difficult to draw between business-as-usual in Congress and outright criminal […]

Six-hour standoff ends with Tucumcari man’s death

Thomas Garcia A six-hour standoff with police ended with the death of a Tucumcari man Monday night. Officers initially responded to a domestic dispute report that ended when Daniel Gonzales, 56, prompted the use of deadly force, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police Lt. Eric Garcia. No other injuries were reported. […]

VA ailment dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

Shooting victim’s family says long journey ahead

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sandra Bousquet had spent the last five years working to turn her life around and rebuild family relationships. Now the 36-year-old Clovis woman lies paralyzed in a Lubbock hospital bed, shot in the neck Feb. 3. Police said her neighbor, 61-year-old James Fitzpatrick, shot her during a dispute over […]

Police investigating domestic dispute that resulted in shooting

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a domestic dispute that resulted in a woman being shot Wednesday night. Just before 6 p.m., police were called to an apartment in the 900 block of Jones Street for a report a woman had been shot. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the woman was transported to Plains Regional […]

1-29 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 4 a.m. Jan. 14 an officer responded to a residence in the 3400 block of Gidding Street for a report of a domestic dispute in progress. A caller told dispatch screaming and banging could be heard coming from the neighbor’s residence. […]

Police blotter — Sept. 3

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: Noon Aug. 18 an officer responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Holmberg for a domestic dispute. A man said he and his wife were arguing and she threw Gatorade at him, then hit him in the mouth with the bottle. The officer […]

Homeowners dispute work done on homes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Norman Woodard displays a sign labeling KL General Contractor as a lemon in the front yard of his home on Springfield Street in north Clovis. Woodard said problems in the house range from major issues to cosmetic ones. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents Woodie and Kathy Woodard […]

Shooting result of gas money dispute

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Clovis man was shot last week in a dispute over gas money, according to a police report released Tuesday. Anthony Gallegos was shot in the abdomen and leg, records show. Dwain West, 23, and Lavodrick Hogues, 22, were arrested in connection with the shooting. According to the report, Gallegos’ friend said […]

City officials get tutored on legal issues at retreat

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To dispute the application of state statutes in the city, commissioners will have to determine if the statute is a general law and if it denies the city’s Home Rule power, according to City Attorney David Richards. Home Rule allows municipalities to govern independently from state statues. The city […]

Oct. 17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 a.m. Oct. 5 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of State Street for a domestic dispute. A woman said she and her boyfriend were drinking and got into an argument. She said when he threw a […]

July 17, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 p.m. July 7 an officer responded to a home in the 1900 block of 21st Street for a domestic dispute. A woman said her former boyfriend had been drinking, came to her home and asked her for money to buy […]

Police seek shooting suspect

CNJ staff A warrant was issued Thursday for a Clovis man charged with shooting at his neighbor during a dispute, court records show. Tranell Pleasant, 19, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit a crime. Police responded to the 800 block of Sheldon Street around noon Wednesday for report of […]

Police probing domestic dispute

CNJ staff Police were called around 7 p.m. Saturday to a residence in the 1600 block of East Second Street for a domestic dispute involving a gun. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said a witness told officers a a man pulled a gun during an argument with a woman, shot it in the air, and […]

Aug. 19, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 p.m. Aug. 10 officers responded to the area of Cesar Chavez Drive and Traver Street for a vehicle crash involving a child. The driver of a car told the officers he struck a child […]

Revoking speech not appropriate in civil dispute

By Freedom Newspapers As H.L. Mencken once wrote, “The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” That might be […]