Clovis school board approves preliminary budget

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board heard a long-range suggestion to start its Tuesday meeting, and ended it with approval of a more immediate need — an $82.5 million budget for the 2009-10 year. The budget, down from this year’s adjusted budget of $85.1 million but up from the 2008-09 […]

Texas police arrest Missouri man after hour-long chase

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A high-speed chase ended Wednesday after a Texas sheriff’s deputy shot out the front tires on a pickup driven by a man who fled from Quay County Sheriff’s deputies. At 12:52 p.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety official said they had arrested Kyle Martin Bond, 24, of Jefferson […]

Border town founder had ‘zest for life’

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist James D. Hamlin founded the towns of Farwell and Texico. He was born in 1871 in Kentucky and received a classical education. By some accounts, he left home at 28 to seek his fortune in Alaska, but he ended his journey in Amarillo to relieve his chronic asthma. According to […]

Police say pursuits dangerous, necessary

Sharna Johnson One recent police pursuit ended in the death of a 25-year-old Portales man. Another pursuit ended in the shooting of a Clovis man who led Texas police on an hour-long chase through Curry County. Police officials say the decision to pursue suspects is largely based on public safety. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller […]

Cattlemen’s Club poker game ended up in court

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist A poker game in Clovis started out like any other poker game at the Cattlemen’s Club. You have to understand how these poker games can sometimes get tied up into courts of law. Really? You see, a young cattleman from Arizona showed up in Clovis in December 1954 with four […]

Personal data ends up in wrong hands

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Personal data belonging to approximately 30 Clovis city employees inadvertently ended up on the backside of a Zia Elementary student’s homework assignment Thursday. City Manager Joe Thomas said he was alerted late Friday afternoon after a parent turned the document over to officials. Thomas said his office is investigating […]

First person: Living the ag life

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Austin Graham, 18, has shown horses since he was 7 years old. As the president of the New Mexico state 4-H club during the last school year, Austin Graham, 18, said he missed a lot of school, never got enough sleep and was always busy. A month after his term […]

Juneteenth celebration scheduled Saturday

CNJ staff What: Juneteenth Celebration When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Where: Potter Park Background: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, according to juneteenth.com. Observed around June 19, it commemorates the day Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 that the Civil War […]

New Orleans deserves chance to celebrate

Freedom Newspapers In some of the media reports on this year’s Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans there was a distinct and unmistakable tone of scolding. How can you have a frivolous party, how can you celebrate and be happy when so many neighborhoods are still in ruins, when so many New Orleanians are still […]

Herb Hammar, Elwin Wilhoit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Herb “Herby” Hammar Date of birth: Aug. 3, 1925 Dates of service: August, 1943 to November, 1946 Hometown: […]