Business Digest: Portales woman attends conference

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Jacquelyn Madrid of Portales attended the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference in Reno, Nev., according to an AAFCS news release. Madrid served as a senator from New Mexico and represented the New Mexico affiliate, of which she is the president, at the business meeting of […]

Fire chief: $400,000 in funds expected

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city should receive about $400,000 in state fire funds in the coming fiscal year that will help pay for equipment and station improvements, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman. The money is enabling the fire department to continue to work to improve its fire protection classification, Westerman […]

Senator secures funds for sexual assault examiners

CNJ staff Legislative funds will be used to purchase equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Curry County, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a colposcope, a computerized camera for magnifying, photographing and documenting injuries during collection of forensic evidence, the release […]

Governor signs capital outlay bill

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a $622 million capital improvement measure without rejecting any projects with his line-item veto powers. The governor’s treatment of the massive capital outlay bill was in sharp contrast to last year when he angered lawmakers by cutting more than $100 million worth of […]

Military Digest: Underwood

Army Pvt. Doug C. Underwood has graduated from the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va., according to an Army and Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of Douglas F. and Lynne Underwood of Clovis and a 2006 Clovis High School graduate. The course is designed […]

Students’ fund-raiser money missing

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Natalie, left, Tyler, center, and Spencer Rogers refrained from buying snacks at the school, opting to put the money toward buying new playground equipment at James Bickley Elementary. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In this season of giving, Clovis students have had something taken away. Thousands of coins collected […]

Students’ fund-raiser money missing

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer In this season of giving, Clovis students have had something taken away. Thousands of coins collected by James Bickley Elementary School students were reported stolen Dec. 11, according to the Clovis Police Department. Approximately $200 the students had raised for new playground equipment was stolen, James Bickley personnel […]

Dealing in diving

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksJeremy Kitzhaber, owner of Clovis SCUBA, assembles a scuba unit Monday in his shop, located in the back of his home. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When you sell a product that has no particular use within a 100-mile radius, it helps when your customers are your friends. That’s the […]

Grants bolster first responder coffers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis law enforcers and emergency responders agree the post-9/11 climate has made federal funding more attainable for local agencies. Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said federal funding for responders in the area over the last five years has totaled more than $1.5 million. The terrorist […]

Rains fell swiftly to flood some areas

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On Thursday, as the runoff from the fields got stronger and spilled into the swollen Plaza Larga Creek, a small waterfall rushed along Quay Road AF. (Freedom Newspapers: Chellie Delaney) By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Just when you thought there was a drought, it rains six inches and starts flooding. Wednesday night’s steady showers, […]

Police net $1,700 worth of meth

Freedom Newspapers More than a dozen Portales police and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s officers swooped down on a county residence — in a borrowed ambulance — Wednesday night to serve a search warrant. They came away with three arrests and $1,700 worth of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Using information provided by an informant, police obtained the warrant […]

Lawmakers: Wage bill would have hurt businesses

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Several area lawmakers said proposed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage would have hurt local businesses. One of Gov. Bill Richardson’s priorities at the start of the 30-day legislative session that ended Thursday, his plan to raise the state minimum wage to $7.50 an hour, was amended and […]

CCC, ENMU projects supported by Senate

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Senate unanimously approved a measure on Monday to finance nearly $144 million worth of capital improvements for universities, colleges, senior citizen centers and libraries. Projects for Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College are included in the measure. Senate Bill 301 authorizes general obligation bond financing, if […]

Walker, George W.

George W. Walker, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born April 1, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., to Marie and James Walker. He was the son of Scottish immigrants. He grew up in Coronado, Calif., where the family raised polo ponies and operated the stables at […]

Roosevelt County, ENMU request $5 million in capital outlay funds

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico University representatives have each requested more than $5 million in capital outlay funds from the 2006 New Mexico Legislative Session. The session begins on Jan. 17 and one of the focuses of Gov. Bill Richardson, senators and representatives is how the money will be divided […]

Cecil Bunch, Frank Phillips

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. Cecil Bunch Date of birth: Dec. 19, 1923 Dates of Service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Lindsay, Oklahoma Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: […]

High Risers

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the ground, the wind can seem tame. It is almost always deceptive, though, according to recent college grad Eric Denton. He spent a big chunk of the last five years up in the air — his only protection, a harness. Denton discovered the hard […]

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: […]

David Ash

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. David Ash Date of birth: April 24, 1925 Dates of service: 1943 to 1975 Home town: Akron, Ohio Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Zias try to replace softball gear

CNJ staff PORTALES — Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a severely dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the […]