Domestic partnership passes committee

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Miriam Rand and her partner have been together 20 years. They’ve worked in the community and at home, raising three children and now a grandchild. Through it all, they’ve lugged around a batch of legal documents that give one another the rights they would have if they were married. […]

Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary

The Sundance Ranch Feline Sanctuary welcomes volunteers to help care for cats and to help with other activities, including fundraising. The sanctuary is dedicated to the welfare of domestic cats and kittens. 985-0089 or sundancesanctuary.org

Domestic violence victims sometimes suffer in silence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis native Paula “BB” Sherman said it was years after she started a new life that she realized what she had experienced was abuse. “I thought this kind of treatment was normal. I thought everybody lived like this,” she said, explaining in the 1960s and 1970s people didn’t talk […]

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 […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]

House, Senate can’t rest yet

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says lawmakers did great work in the legislative session that ended Saturday — just not enough of it. The governor said while it was the most productive session in state history, “we still have business to finish.” He said he will call the Legislature back […]

Domestic violence fund-raiser scheduled

By CNJ staff The Hartley House Annual Extravaganza will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. The event serves as the largest fund-raiser of the year for the domestic violence victims shelter, according to Hartley House Executive Director Donna Horton, The annual event will feature music, dinner and a silent auction. […]

Police: Snow falls, violence rises

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Snowball fights, sledding, building snowmen and steaming cups of cocoa are popular icons of snowy, winter days. The reality is domestic disputes can more than triple, according to officials, and police officers say they spend much of their time traversing snow-packed roads to settle conflicts for families kept home […]

Domestic Violence must be stopped

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist October is a month devoted to the playful celebration of horror. Witches and goblins, ghosts and vampires populate our imaginations. Travel Channel takes us to the most haunted sites via video. Refreshments for parties are given joyfully gory titles. AMC shows its favorite horror flicks, and the children put time […]

Seminar addresses domestic violence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s assistant attorney general said getting agencies talking to one another is critical to curbing domestic violence rates in the state. Ann Badway was one of several experts to speak Monday during the first day of a three-day conference at the Clovis Civic Center. “You have to learn […]

Reporter’s notebook: District attorney, Plateau team up against domestic violence

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office and Plateau Wireless have joined together to give victims of domestic violence and abuse access to 911 through a program called “Donate a Lifeline.” Plateau will donate used cell phones and wireless service permitting calls to 911 for victims of abuse and domestic violence, according to a press release […]

Clovis man gets maximum for domestic violence

CNJ staff A 33-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 9 1/2 years in jail for committing domestic violence, the maximum sentence under state law, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Mark Garcia was found guilty in August 2005 of intimidating a witness, false imprisonment and battering a household […]

Police blotter — Feb. 2

CNJstaff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:45 a.m. Friday, police responded to the 700 block of Weatherford Street in reference to a stolen gun. The resident told police a homeless acquaintance was living with him and took the 40-caliber, semi-automatic pistol sometime on Thursday. • • […]

Abusers are weaklings, cowards who should be punished

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist This is the month of imagined horrors. Goblins, vampires, witches and ghosts occupy our yards, our TV screens, our neighborhoods and our school classrooms. Most of it is done in fun, and we like to scare ourselves. Ironically, October is also domestic violence month, which moves us from the realm of […]

Cannon, community join to stop domestic violence

Deputy Sheriff Dean Marney (far right) introduced the members of the forum’s council and read questions sent in to them by citizens concerning domestic violence related issues. Melanie Salazar Striving to put a stop to domestic violence and empower its victims, Cannon and local community members recently joined to create a forum to reach out […]

Domestic violence leaves an ‘empty place at the table’

Melanie Salazar On a purple table cloth in the Landing sits a plate, a centerpiece, a teddy bear, a golf ball and a few other things that make the place setting unique. But behind all these personal items is an empty chair. This exhibit, aptly named the Empty Place at the Table, uses an abandoned […]

Panelists encourage victims of violence to step forward

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Panelists from Clovis and Portales used a forum on Thursday evening to encourage victims of domestic violence to step forward. It took Debbie Vinson, a former victim of domestic violence, more than eight years to do it, but she did it. Professionals who deal with domestic violence victims […]

Cannon observes domestic violence awareness

Melanie Salazar, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Five new visitors are showing up around base this month, and while they don’t make a sound, each one makes a point. Of course, these aren’t your typical Cannon visitors — as the life-size figures, called silent witnesses, are made of plywood and painted bright red, each one […]

Officials: Domestic violence cases increasing

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers No matter where it happens, victims are left behind in the wake of domestic violence. In Portales and Clovis, many reach out to try and help these victims, including law enforcement officers, church members, shelter workers and district court workers. October is the national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a […]

Oil production, refining choked by regulations

CNJ Editorial Environmentalists have been scrambling to spin the spike in gasoline prices as not the fault of their quite successful efforts the past 30 years to slam the brakes on domestic oil production and refining. Yeah, right. It’s time to face reality, and the reality is, America’s domestic oil production and refining capacity has […]