Settlement reached in former Melrose police chief case

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Dreiling Sharna Johnson A confidential settlement has been reached in a discrimination case launched by a former Melrose police chief against the Village of Melrose and former Mayor Lance Pyle. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed Monday it was notified Friday the parties had reached an agreement, according to spokeswoman Joy Forehand. She […]

Give states option to file for bankruptcy

Freedom New Mexico With persistent deficits, soaring pension obligations and mounting bond debts, states like California could well benefit from the ability to restructure their finances through a bankruptcy procedure. Bankruptcy allows the debtor to work through an orderly and equitable settlement of obligations. The idea has been gaining traction, with support from former House […]

Former newspaper carriers share recollections

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Former carrier Wiley Snyder of Clovis takes a step back in time, putting on his CNJ bag from the 1950s and tossing a folded newspaper Friday just like he used to do as a youngster on his paper route along Connelly and Thornton streets. Developer Charles Wade, 77, bills himself […]

Cancer claims former Clovis resident

A 24-year-old former Clovis resident battling cancer died Friday night in Pullman, Wash., according to family members. Virginia Lee, recently recognized for her research in strengthening wheat crops and awarded an honorary Ph.D. from Washington State University, was featured in a Dec. 24 Clovis News Journal story. Lee was a Clovis native and 2004 Clovis […]

Gardner selected as Martinez chief of staff

Freedom New Mexico A state legislator who represents Roosevelt County and a former representative for both Curry and Roosevelt counties are among appointed members to the executive leadership team for Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez. Rep. Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, the Dist. 66 representative, was named chief of staff for the seven-member team. Former Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, […]

Former EPCOG executive director files lawsuit

CNJ staff The former executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against the agency and his successor. Nick Brady of Clovis filed the civil suit Nov. 12 in 9th Judicial District Court. Brady accuses EPCOG and his successor, EPCOG board member Richard Arguello, of forcing him to […]

Former land commissioner returning to office

Freedom New Mexico Former Land Commissioner Ray Powell will be going back to the State Land Office. The seasoned Democrat edged out Republican challenger Matt Rush to take back his old job. Unofficial returns Tuesday night showed Powell with 52 percent of the vote to Rush’s 48 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Rush […]

Former Olympic swimmer to speak at Chamber luncheon

CNJ staff Four-time Olympian Sheila Taormina will be the keynote speaker at Monday’s Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The event will be noon at the Chamber of Commerce. Taormina was a swimmer in the 1996 Atlanta games, a triathlete in 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) and a pentathlete in the 2008 Beijing games. For […]

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

Former Cannon operations commander promoted to Air Force vice chief of staff

CNJ staff report A lieutenant general who served as operations commander of Cannon Air Force Base in the late 1990s is being promoted to vice chief of staff of the Air Force. Lt. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume the position in March, replacing Gen. Howie Chandler, who is slated to retire, according to an […]

Former interim jail administrator ‘let go’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Interim Deputy Administrator Kirk Roberts doesn’t believe he was “let go” for reasons being cited by the new administrator at Curry County jail. Roberts was dismissed Wednesday morning as part of what Administrator Keith Norwood classified as restructuring at the facility. “Dismissed is rather a strong term. He […]

Weekly update —

Former DA target of domestic violence case Former District Attorney Randall Harris will soon find himself the target of a prosecution. A domestic violence case against Harris is scheduled for trial Aug. 16. Harris, 49, is charged with assault against a family member, a petty misdemeanor and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. He’s […]

Former vice-commander asks residents to take pause

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Philip Frazee, former 27th Fighter Wing vice-commander at Cannon Air Force Base, sums up his Monday morning address at the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Cemetery as an MC-130W from Cannon Air Force Base flies overhead to close the event. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Amid a […]

More than 360 graduate at ENMU

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU President Steven Gamble applauds graduates during ENMU’s 118th Commencement Saturday at Greyhound Arena. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how […]

Former Grady teacher wins $200,000 lottery prize

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The numbers added up for a former Grady teacher. Vandean “Bibbi” Isler of Grady on Friday claimed a $200,000 prize from a Powerball ticket she purchased in Clovis. Isler was in town to watch her granddaughter, Jacee Isler, compete in the April 30 District 4-5A track championship at Clovis […]

Former jail administrator suing county manager, commissioners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Detention Center Administrator Lois Bean filed a lawsuit against Curry County commissioners and County Manager Lance Pyle on Thursday, alleging she was misled, treated unfairly and discriminated against because she is a black woman. In a 17-page suit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, Bean said in […]

On the shelves — April 25

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program by Harold Urschel focuses on the biological basis of addiction and explores the best treatments along with the latest scientific research, tools, and strategies designed to overcome them. Mr. Monk and the Dirty Cop […]

Former Clovis school administrator named parks and rec director

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Bizzell CNJ staff The city of Clovis announced Thursday it has hired Bill Bizzell to serve as parks and recreation director. Bizzell is superintendent of Bovina schools and previously served as assistant principal of Clovis High School from 1989 to 1997, according to a press release. He holds a master’s degree in physical education. “We […]

Melrose council fills vacant slot

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the […]

Former EPCOG worker gets 10 years for embezzling

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lori Howard looks toward her crying daughters as she is handcuffed Wednesday morning in district court. Howard was sentence to 10 years in prison for embezzling money intended for tornado victims. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Calling Lori Howard a “crook,” District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced the 40-year-old former […]