Agency finds evidence of discrimination in Melrose police chief firing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s Human Rights Bureau has found probable cause for sexual discrimination or retaliation in the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling last year by then-mayor Lance Pyle. A hearing has been set for Sept. 15-16, according to a June 3 letter from the bureau provided to […]

Isler benched as Clovis coach – for now

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CNJ file photo The NMAA said Wednesday Clovis’ boys basketball coach J.D. Isler is still suspended after a Tuesday federal court ruled a temporary restraining order had expired. CNJ staff Clovis High School basketball coach J.D. Isler has been benched again. Isler, suspended on Dec. 16 and subsequently fired as coach, had continued to coach […]

12-31 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 p.m. Dec. 20 an officer responded to a residence in the 900 block of Jones for a report of a vicious dog. The resident said he shot his dog because it attacked him. The 61-year-old said he got up from […]

Clovis man proposing $1.2 million firing range

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A local entrepreneur plans to build a $1.2 million shooting range outside of Clovis and has offered to allow local law enforcement agencies to use his facility at a discounted rate. Stephen D. Powell presented his plans for Patriot Arms Training Center at Thursday’s city commission meeting, just two […]

Gun range tops city’s wish list

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer City commissioners have prioritized what they feel are Clovis’ most pressing needs for the upcoming state legislative session. Those priorities include a regional gun range and outdoor recreational facilities. The commission is one of several entities that submits needs to state legislators for consideration. Other area entities, including the […]

Food bank location a concern

By Gary Mitchell A request by Life Saver Food Bank officials to relocate the non-profit organization to a site just west of the Clovis Police Department’s firing range caught the police chief by surprise. Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey told Clovis city commissioners Thursday that he was “concerned about the location of their building in […]