Charges filed against Curry County deputy

CNJ staff Assault and disorderly conduct charges were filed Thursday afternoon against a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records. A woman and her husband said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted them on Oct. 7, cursing and shouting at them over a car he was attempting to purchase, according […]

Military must adjust to battle modern enemies

By Freedom New Mexico Several developments during recent days add to the impression, voiced by former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, among others, that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the U.S. military to the breaking point. Fixing it will require a period of surcease from active combat — time to absorb […]

On workaholism and workaholics

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist  The number of “workaholics” in the USA is on the rise, according to a USA Today article that provides most of the info for this column.   “New technology, globalization, and today’s intensified business pressures” all exacerbate the problem, as does the fact that workaholics tend to be praised […]

March 22, 1950

Flowerland, 1007 Main, was preparing to give away gladiola bulbs to those attending Milton Berle’s “Always Leave Them Laughing,” at the State theater. … Gideons across New Mexico were preparing for a weekend gathering at First Presbyterian Church in Clovis. … A small, furnished apartment close to Clovis’ business section was going for $36 per […]

‘Twas the night of a soldier’

By Destini Arguijo Editor’s note: Destini Arguijo is a sixth-grader at Lockwood Elementary. She wrote “Twas the Night of the Soldier” in response to a school assignment in which students were asked to write a poem. “I have a cousin in the Navy,” Arguijo, 12, said. “I wanted to write something for him.” Twas the […]

Grackles cause grief for Roosevelt courthouse

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryGreat-tailed grackles have invaded the trees around the Roosevelt County Courthouse recently. Wildlife specialist Tony Gennaro is set to try noise measures to get the birds to move on. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as […]

Zoo gets out word on bird(s)

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Zoo clerk Laura Shepler saysd she will hand-feed an orphaned bird cat food for at least two months before weaning it onto bird seed. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. […]

Special agent placed on leave for investigation

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor A special agent with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety has been placed on administrative leave with pay while authorities conduct a criminal investigation against her, the agent’s attorney said on Tuesday. Delores Ledezma-Pinon, who works with the Special Investigations Division in Clovis, was placed on leave last week, […]

12/4 Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Bernardo Baca refers to a newspaper story promotion that referenced zoo animals and jail inmates being watched and fed on Thanksgiving. Paper’s zoo animal reference insensitive A recent inference that inmates are equal to the animals at the zoo is an outrage! I am very offended and cannot believe that you could be […]

Ideas flowing for new Cannon mission

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for […]

Restaurant owner vows she’s staying

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Connie Rios, an employee at Da’s Tailor Shop & Dry Cleaning, folds a pair of U.S. Air Force pants Wednesday at the shop across U.S. Highway 60/84. Rios said on a busy day she will press over 200 uniforms. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the customers at her Thai-food […]

Some public offices plan skeleton crew

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Essential public services will be available during the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing on Friday, but many public offices will operate on skeleton crews and others will be shut so employees can participate in the rally and events. “We have so many people who are just essential people, […]

5/10 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Friday to the 500 block of West Street in reference to a criminal damage report. One of the complainants owned the property, and showed officers that the front door had been damaged. The complainants offered a possible suspect, but […]

Family relief: Bill would provide job assistance for military families

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Bethany Hiller pulls weeds in the front yard of her home Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. Doing yard work, checking the oil and jump starting cars are some of the things Hiller has had to do since her husband was deployed. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It was a […]

County manager leaving early

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Geneva Cooper has decided to make Monday her last day as Curry County manager, which will leave the county without a manager for just over a month. Dick Smith won’t start in the county manager’s position until Jan. 3. Ironically, it’s because Smith is not available to begin in December […]

Polls: Stevens should mind his tone

David Stevens, Editor Recent polls on our newspaper’s Web site have annoyed some readers, delighted others and sparked a lot of community discussion on the issues. The first poll that attracted multiple telephone calls to my desk ran from Sept. 5 to Sept. 12 and asked: “How do you feel about the pay provided top-level […]

County manager resigning

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire and pursue some other […]

Police Blotter 5/2

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 25-year-old airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base but deployed to Iraq called the Clovis Police Department about 11 p.m. on April 24 to report that his 18-year-old wife had been writing checks on his account. The husband advised that he has revoked the legal documents allowing her to manage […]

Ill father changes family’s Christmas plans

Eric Butler Life may seem to be going on fine, when an emergency can change everything. That’s the case with Frances (not her real name) and her four children. A lifelong resident of the area, , Frances is trying to get her family’s life back together after tending to her ailing father. “My father became […]

America should put fewer troops far form borders

Freedom Newspapers The news Friday that Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, is ready to talk about pulling U.S. and eventually NATO troops out of Bosnia, is welcome indeed. It would be more welcome if it presaged a strategic reconsideration of the U.S. policy of stationing troops around the world, but we’ll take an […]