Police plan road blocks

By CNJ staff Local law enforcement will increase drunken driving patrols through new year’s celebration, law officials said. Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey said his force will have increased patrols and DWI checkpoints in the city beginning about 10 p.m. He expects one checkpoint to be on South Prince Street. At checkpoints, police will funnel […]

Governor touts tougher DWI initiative

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Gov. Bill Richardson announces his public safety plan Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson was in town Thursday to speak with local citizens and officials about his 2005 public safety plan and legislative proposals. He arrived at the Clovis-Carver Library about 2 […]

County administrator loves job

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Twila Rutter-Wooley, the Curry County grant writer and grant administrator, talks with Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper during a meeting Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Twila Rutter-Wooley is a Clovis native who once left the community to become a stockbroker. She spent three […]

Letter-writing campaign aimed at re-opening IRS, state taxation offices

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Curry County commissioners are sending letters to state and federal legislative representatives protesting the closing of federal Internal Revenue Service and state Taxation and Revenue offices in Clovis. Letters will go to U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Pete Domenici, R-N.M., U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-Santa Fe, as well […]

Lawmakers considering stiffer DWI legislation

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license would […]

Police aim to keep roads safe

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local law enforcement agencies plan extra patrols on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and the district attorney is getting ready for what could be up to three times as many driving while intoxicated cases as he sees in a normal week. “It’s more likely than not that they’ll make […]

Alternative punishment for drugs?

By Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested a third time for driving under the influence, he began to re-evaluate his […]