Chief: Police can’t do it alone

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Police Department is trying to revive a fundamental element of law enforcement through community policing, according to Police Chief Dan Blair. The campaign push for togetherness with the community has been named “One with Clovis,” Blair said. Officers want to strengthen their bond with residents by getting […]

Parental fine pushes officials’ control too far

By Freedom Newspapers It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their […]

Letters to the Editor: Rehabilitation key in preventing crime

Regarding the Jan. 25 letter from Jennifer McKinney: I agree drug use is often involved with homicides. My professional experience in social services tells me that substance abuse, addiction and crime are not simplistic. Many years ago I had a person seeking treatment for drug use. We looked at options and tried to find a […]

Letters to the Editor: Children’s future should be top priority

Regarding plans for Clovis Municipal Schools realignment: We need to listen to our school officials and know that they have our children’s best interest in mind. There are always different opinions on how a school system should operate but we all have the same objective — our children’s future education. Things need to be addressed […]

Local Roundup: Officers conduction DWI Super Blitz

By CNJ STAFF State law enforcement officers will be increasing efforts against drunken driving over the holidays, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Through Dec. 3, officers in five counties will conduct a Super Blitz with a focus on getting drunken drivers off the road with increase patrols, sobriety […]

Former patrolman acheives goal as chief

Dan Blair started his tenure as chief of the Clovis Police Department Saturday, taking the reins over from the retiring Bill Carey. Blair has never worked for another law enforcement agency, spending all 21 years with the CPD. He spent most of his years working with the department’s Special Response Team, and has since risen […]

Candidate profiles: Magistrate judge, Division 1

CNJ staff Profiles of candidates running for Curry County Division 1 magistrate judge in the June 6 primary. Early voting n Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday May 9 to June 3. Duane Castleberry Party: Republican Current position: Business owner What is your background? I grew up […]

4/16 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At about 1 p.m. April 7, an officer called to the area of 8th and Mitchell streets to investigate a report of a child in the road found a young girl who knew only her mother’s name and that she lived in […]

Music influence throughout life

By Teddy Guevara: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music has influenced my whole life through decisions I make and what friends I have. I was born and raised in Clovis. When I attended Barry Elementary School, I was always […]

12/16 Local Roundup

Police lieutenant returns to duty A Clovis police lieutenant involved in a pedestrian fatality Monday night returned to work Wednesday after passing a mandatory drug test. Lt. Roger Grah was taken off duty following Monday’s accident pending the results of the drug test, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. It is city policy for […]

Hubers start turkey business

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Beauty can be found one hour away, take a bicycle

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I fully intended to take some art work down to Roswell, to the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. There was to be a sale and exhibit, with a modest entry fee, and it seemed very worthwhile. This wasn’t going to intrude, either, into the items I planned to enter in our […]

Man involved in one-car crash dies

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Danny Ruther, 21, was driving east on U.S. 60/84 when his car hit the median and slammed into a tree on the south side of the road. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A Portales man involved in a one-car crash Tuesday night between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base died Wednesday morning at a […]

Officer involved in wreck

CNJ staff A Clovis patrol car driven by officer Bart Phillips was involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Seventh Street. Phillips was traveling westbound on Seventh Street shortly before 5 p.m. when his vehicle was struck in the front passenger side by a woman driving a 1994 GMC pickup, according to Clovis Sgt. […]

Child placed in protective custody

CNJ staff A young child was removed from Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday and placed into protective custody, sheriff’s officials said. Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said the deputy who responded to the call indicated the child was in danger. Hatcher wouldn’t elaborate on the condition or the circumstances involving the child. Cannon officials […]

Officials say lengthy investigation not necessarily sign of foul play

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer More than four months after she was found dead at Cannon Air Force Base, Kimberly Susan Novak’s death remains a mystery. State and Air Force officials said the length of time the investigation is taking doesn’t necessarily indicate foul play is involved. Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs officials […]

Officers due back after shooting

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Three Clovis police officers involved in shooting a murder suspect this week will probably be back at work this weekend or by Monday at the latest, Chief Bill Carey said. Officials said Officers Roger Dial and Mike Harmer and Agent Robbie Telles all discharged their weapons when Jerry Fuller […]

For love and community

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George Lees and Millie Goslin’s relationship has flourished since meeting through AARP. The couple received the state’s AARP Andrus Award as a pair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It all started with a prescription drug forum in Portales. As liaison to the state office for the non-profit organization AARP, George […]

Scouting for the Lord

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John Schonberger can often be found volunteering with his young charges in the Boy Scouts. Some of the boys created this poster for him, showing a mock tax form in which people list their filing status. (staff photo by Darrell Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina John Schonberger says he has a simple reason for being […]

Police seek assistance in Tucumcari slaying

By TV Hagenah The Tucumcari grandmother killed in a local gift shop on Jan. 20 was “shot execution style,” New Mexico State Police Maj. Daniel Lopez said late last week. “I can’t elaborate any more than that,” Lopez said. Joanie Vance, 62, was a mother of three and grandmother of three who had been working […]