Clovis man recounts year of recovery

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Freedom New Mexico: Christina Calloway Robert Bell demonstrates how he fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft about one year ago. Bell considers his survival a miracle and is very grateful that he is still alive. Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of […]

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the […]

Clovis man drowns in Missouri lake

CNJ staff A 45-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday afternoon at a lake in Missouri. John W. Matelski slid off a water slide on a dock and fell into the water at the Lake of the Ozarks, according to a report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Matelski went under the water, briefly resurfaced and then […]

Hotel Clovis: Saving a local landmark

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File photo Hotel Clovis was foreclosed on in 2004 and became city property. Sharna Johnson When Hotel Clovis fell into disrepair in the 1980s and its owners failed to address it, the city stepped in. Now, almost 11 years later, around $100,000 of local money has been invested — a figure that could grow to […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

Clean Air Act battling point for Senate Dems

Freedom New Mexico Senate Republicans fell short last week, 47-53, of overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, but exposed a significant split among Democrats that may bode ill for passage this year of comprehensive energy and climate-change legislation. As the Washington Post reported, the contentious vote “suggested the Senate is far […]

Clovis man dies after fall from cherry picker

CNJ staff A 54-year-old Clovis man was killed late last month when he fell from a cherry picker. William Armijo died after being transported from the 200 block of Reid Street to the emergency room at Plains Regional Medical Center around 2 p.m. Jan 26, according to a police report. Armijo’s father Zenovio Armijo told […]

Great American Smokeout kicks off

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It was just time. Steve Chancy said he had tried to quit many times before with no success. But when his daughter was born 29 years ago, Chancy said things fell into place and realizing he wanted to be around for her and watch her grow, he gave up […]

Contractor seeking damages after falling down Hotel Clovis elevator shaft

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A contractor who fell 16 feet down an elevator shaft in Hotel Clovis is seeking unspecified damages from the city and a biohazard abatement company. In a lawsuit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, John Smith said he fell down the shaft because the city and GranCor Enterprises […]

Timeliness fell by the wayside

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I honestly can’t remember it ever happening to me in my adult life until this past week. I confess, I overslept on a workday. After some 35 years of getting to work on time — if not a little bit early — I blew it by a little better than […]