Company beginning water main project

CNJ staff New Mexico American Water has started a $250,000 project to replace what it calls undersized water mains at numerous locations across Clovis. Spokesman Evan Jacobs said work began Wednesday and will continue for several weeks. Jacobs also said the work could cause temporary service interruptions and some minor traffic and parking issues. The […]

Official says fire burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres

CNJ staff Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said Saturday’s fire near McAlister, nicknamed the Windy Fire, burned between 30,000 and 32,000 acres. Initial estimates put that number around 25,000 acres. Jacobs said two fires started around the same time Saturday, both beginning near highways. Jacobs said a cause for the fires is unknown. He said […]

Fire season sparks warning

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Fire and weather officials say a big grass fire in Melrose should raise a red flag for everyone across eastern New Mexico. Strong winds Tuesday carried flames from a burning trash pit over dry grass, igniting a grass fire that ate its way across about 300 acres of grassland […]

In Tribute: Father remembered for musical talent

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Former bandmates said Jeff Jacobs was the best singer they’d ever known. Family members said he was even better as a father. The only one who never talked about Jacobs’ talents, it seemed, was Jacobs himself. The Brooklyn native, who stayed put after arriving in Clovis via the Air […]

Teaching safety with fire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Melrose elementary students stood about 100 yards from a burning house Thursday, part of a fire safety demonstration. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Popping and crackling sounds filled the crisp morning air as flames jetted through collapsing windows and dark smoke colored the sky. Firefighters moved to and fro, […]

Cats roll past Levelland

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Levelland’s Garrett Claire races home safely as Clovis catcher Michael Sena tries to corral a high throw during the second game of Tuesday’s West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High baseball team put the long ball together with solid pitching […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cats post sweep of Roswell High

CNJ staff ROSWELL — All it seemed to take, Clovis High coach Shane Shallenberger said, was breaking out of a losing streak. Jonathan Ware saw the Wildcats’ 4-0 lead pared to a run in the sixth, then gave up two hits in the seventh before nailing down the 4-3 win over Roswell High in the […]

Local Roundup: Former president now hall-of-famer

By CNJ staff Clovis Community College retired President Emeritus James Turner has been inducted into the University of New Mexico’s Anderson Hall of Fame, according to a UNM news release. He is one of three alumni of UNM’s Robert O. Anderson School and Graduate School of Management selected as a 2007 inductee. Honorees are chosen […]

Writer should be remembered as freedom advocate

Freedom Newspapers Writing about an urban planning experiment proposed in 1898 in England, author Jane Jacobs, who died last week at age 89, declared: “As in all Utopias, the right to have plans of any significance belonged only to the planners in charge.” That quotation, printed in her acclaimed 1961 book, “The Death and Life […]

4/25 Local roundup

No injuries reported in Tolar grass fire No structures were lost and no injuries were reported Saturday in a grassfire near Tolar that consumed approximately 5,800 acres of grassland, according to Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs. Several small fires grew about four miles south of Tolar, creating a blaze that burned for the better part […]

In tribute: Veteran fought for what was right

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer He rode B-17s into battle over Europe during World War II, was a persistent and determined to succeed at whatever he did, family members said. Francis “Frank” Fonteno, of Clovis, died Nov. 21 of congestive heart failure after a long bout with several cancers. He as 80. He was […]

Melrose City Council searches for member to fill vacant position

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose City Council members will decide at 6 p.m. Thursday whether to fill a vacant position with a local business owner or a man who serves in Curry County administration. Mike Jacobs, 41, owner of a well and electrical business in Melrose, and Lance Pyle, 23, executive assistant […]

Jacobs, Kathleen

Kathleen P. Jacobs, 65, of Clovis/Ranchvale, died Monday, May 3, 2004, at her home. She was born on March 11, 1939, in Clovis, to U.L. and Mary M. Taborek Elliott. She married Alvis P. Jacobs on April 26, 1958, in Clovis. She attended Sacred Heart School from first grade through 12th grade. She was a […]

Judge’s verdict a slap at rape victims

By Rick Durham As most everyone in Clovis knows, John Jacobs went to trial for attempted criminal sexual penetration. Before the trial could go to jury, Jacobs and his attorney decided they would use a dime-store legal ploy known as an Alford plea (maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict) to avoid […]

Unpopular decision correct by Hartley

By Chet Spear I recently offered public praise to Judge Teddy Hartley for making an extremely difficult decision in a very serious matter. I was present during proceedings related to the John Jacobs sexual assault case. Judge Hartley listened to each of the testimonies. He has numerous years of experience as an attorney, and now […]

Reader’s outraged by Hartley’s words

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about comments made by District Judge Teddy Hartley during a recent sentencing in a rape case. Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation after Jacobs entered an Alford plea, which means he maintained innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict. […]

Jacobs’ sentence sends lax law message

Letters to the editor After reading the March 12 article, “Jacobs gets probation,” I was once again outraged by the judicial system in Clovis. Here is yet another instance of a slap-on-the-wrist punishment for a crime. John Jacobs was accused of five rapes. He was acquitted of one charge in Portales, but reached a plea […]

Area citizens outraged at judge’s words

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis, on Thursday entered an Alford plea — maintaining his innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict — to a charge of attempted criminal sexual penetration. Jacobs had been acquitted of a charge he raped Stacey Patterson in Portales, but faced four more rape […]

Jacobs gets probation

Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation Thursday morning in Curry County District Court on a single count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. The charge stems from a July 26, 2002, incident that was originally prosecuted as a case of date rape. Jacobs was initially prosecuted on one count […]

BNSF car emits toxic chemical

By Darrell Todd Maurina A train crew member was taken to Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center on Monday afternoon after inhaling denatured alcohol mist seeping from a train stopped 10 miles west of Melrose. BNSF railway personnel said the man has recovered and the incident posed no risk to the public due to the isolated […]