Arrest made in copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico A Roswell man was taken into custody Monday in connection with a commercial burglary reported Friday at a wind farm near Elida, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. Michael Robertson, 50, of Roswell was arrested by Chaves County Sheriff’s Department officers after a Portales Police Department officer reported the […]

Police standoff ends after three hours

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police officers try to talk an armed man into surrendering in a field at Hondo and Seventh streets . The pursuit, which started with a traffic stop, lasted almost three hours and ended peacefully behind Bella Vista Elementary School, police said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An armed Clovis […]

Police seek city unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair speaks to community members Tuesday about getting involved in crime prevention at a seminar in the Lyceum Theatre. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair knows from personal experience about frustration with crime. In a crime seminar Tuesday at the Lyceum Theatre, […]

Become more involved in healthcare

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The 27h Medical Group observed National Patient Safety Awareness Week Monday though today. Healthcare organizations across the country are participating in events to promote patient safety. According to the National Patient Safety Foundation Web site at www.npsf.org the theme for National Patient Safety Awareness Week is “Patient Safety – […]

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 […]

New youth fitness director has BIG plans for Youth Center

Janet Taylor-Birkey “Mr. Lionel! Over here, Mr. Lionel!” These are the screams heard entering the gym at the Cannon Youth Center — especially when children are trying to persuade Mr. Lionel Alston, new Youth Fitness Director at the Youth Center, to play dodgeball with them. Having always been involved in sports, Mr. Alston brings his […]

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 […]

Motorcycle safety instructor shares tips

Master Sgt. Glen Pugh “There are two kinds of motorcycle riders; those that have been involved in an accident and those that will.” Have you ever heard anyone say that? I know I have. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor for the past four years, I personally believe that statement is not totally accurate. That’s […]

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 […]

Services lists five steps to quality child care

27th Services Squadron Quality child care can make a big difference in the future of your child. Choosing quality care, gives children a head start on a strong mind, body, and spirit and a better chance to become a more productive adult. Here are some general points about choosing quality care. 1. Look — Does […]

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 […]