Hereford restaurant employee diagnosed with hepatitis A

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than 2,600 shots to prevent hepatitis A have been administered this week in Hereford, Texas, following the diagnosis of a Hereford Sonic Drive-In employee with the virus, according to officials. The Texas Department of State Health Services began administering free shots Monday afternoon to anyone who patronized the […]

Man shot outside Clovis eatery

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor An adult male sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his leg midafternoon Friday outside a Clovis eatery, according to police. A witness told police the shooting followed a verbal confrontation, according to a Clovis Police incident report. Eddie Torres sustained four wounds to his left leg and was treated at […]

Area residents recall April Fools’ pranks from the past

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Had a good prank played on you lately? Today being April Fools’ Day, one might want to stay on guard. Some area residents recently recalled April Fools’ pranks played on them in the past. Some pranks were minor, and some were doozies. Portales city employee Cathy Kennedy said her […]

Cook, Chris

Chris Cook, 51, of Amarillo, formerly of Clovis, died Saturday, March 11, 2006. Born Sept. 11, 1954, in Roswell, he had lived in Amarillo for more than a year. He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and former employee of the Veteran’s Administration. He enjoyed working on cars, and was a loving, […]

12/1 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 3 p.m. Sunday, police went to a shop on the 500 block of Sycamore Street regarding a break-in and graffiti. The store owner told police an intruder ran out the back door when the owner entered the store. He said he […]

Firearms matter of personal responsibility

Freedom Newspapers It seems hardly a week goes by that one group or another tries to pit one of our rights against another. It’s usually the result of someone claiming an absolute right or misreading the Constitution. The latest example is one we’ve seen before. It wasn’t long ago that legislators in Oklahoma passed a […]

Railroad employee struck, killed by train

CNJ staff A Burlington Northern Santa Fe employee from Clovis was struck and killed by a train Friday just east of Hereford, Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Robert Chavez, 47, was “taking measurements” at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2943 and the BNSF track when the incident occurred, DPS […]

80-year-old has been Roden-Smith employee for 60 years

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Cleo Mullis of Clovis has worked at Roden-Smith Village for over 60 years, at both the original store on Fourth and Main streets in Clovis and the second location at Hilltop Plaza. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A complete living room set, with patterned pillows placed across a coordinating couch, […]

Cops and courts: District Attorney’s office employee honored

An employee at the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office was named “New Mexico District Attorney’s Employee of the Year” earlier this month at the state prosecutors’ conference in Albuquerque. Dennis Usery is the computer information systems manger for the district attorney’s office. The award is given annually to one employee in New Mexico for his […]

Michigan firm not justified in firing smokers

Freedom Newspapers Nineteenth-century migrants to the West often advertised for schoolteachers with the requirement that they be of “good moral character.” Teachers were expected to attend church and avoid smoking and drinking. Today private conduct usually is a workplace consideration if somehow that conduct brings some quantifiable disrepute to one’s employer. But it is a […]

Extras for public employees include health insurance, retirement plans

Editor’s note: A summary of benefits offered employees of Curry County’s public entities: City of Clovis The city offers its employees three health-insurance plans, life insurance and two retirement plans. The city pays between 61 percent and 84 percent of health insurance depending on the plan chosen. Dental and vision coverage cost extra. The city […]

Educators top pay scale

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor From the first day of classes to the last day of finals — and the hot summers in between — top-level educators in Curry County are charged with running our schools. They sit atop education’s vast pyramid, and are the highest-paid public servants in Curry County, earning more than […]

Man dies at Clovis rail yard

CNJ STAFF A 26-year-old employee of Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway died Thursday at the rail yard in Clovis. The victim was identified as Glen York of Clovis. Clovis Police Lt. Ron Hutchison said the employee was killed by a train that derailed in the train yard. Hutchison said the train rolled off the […]

Mondragon receives contract renewal

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford feared if every city commissioner commented on how valuable city manager Ray Mondragon is to Clovis, Thursday’s commission meeting would last all night. Blanketed by a flurry of praise on commission row, Mondragon on Thursday accepted a contract renewal as the Clovis city manager. The […]

Sex scandal hits Buena Vista nursing home

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer A state-appointed volunteer, charged with reporting on the condition of Clovis’ Buena Vista nursing home, solicited sexual favors from nursing home employees, the nursing home’s owner has alleged. A state official said this week she did not know about the allegations, but said the volunteer’s reports played only […]

County’s change of heart is encouraging

David Stevens Welcome to the new Curry County, where government officials say they have nothing to hide. We’ve heard the words before. Now those words have been backed up with some action in the past 10 days. Last month, the Clovis News Journal requested salary records from Clovis’ public schools, Clovis Community College, the city […]

Some want to see pay, others see no point

Project: Reader Reaction Curry County officials recently declined the Clovis News Journal’s request for employee salary information. County Attorney Steve Doerr said the records requested do not exist. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the newspaper should sue the county to force release of the information. Some responses: “I can’t understand why the […]

Police Blotter 1/14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9:40 a.m. on Jan. 7, Clovis police responded to a flower shop where an employee indicated that a window had been broken. Officers found three small holes and a crack the length of the window, but could not find any projectiles […]

Police Blotter 11/30

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: While conducting a drunk driving checkpoint on the 600 block of South Prince Street shortly after midnight on Nov. 22, police noticed that the driver of a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup had bloodshot, watery eyes and an odor of alcohol, and pulled […]