H1N1 vaccines being offered

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health Clovis office is offering free H1N1 flu vaccines, according to a news release. The vaccine will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Clovis Civic Center to four priority groups. The vaccine will be given to children ages six months to […]

Housing permits in Clovis double from previous months

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Manuel Veloz, a landscaper with Fox’s Green Thumb Nursery of Clovis, puts metal edging in place Wednesay at a home under construction in the Raintree subdivision of northeast Clovis. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico New housing permits last month nearly doubled from the previous month in Clovis. Local leaders […]

Police department requests additional motorcycles

CNJ Staff The Clovis Police Department will be asking the city commission Thursday for permission to lease two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library. The motorcycles would be rented at $5,400 for a period of six months with nearly $12,000 needed for additional equipment […]

Business feature: Reinvesting in downtown

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jimmy Vela of Nick Griego & Sons Construction applies comfill to fresh concrete being poured Friday at the Main and Seventh Street construction site, where four new stores and parking lot are being built. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about six months, Charles Wade is hoping the empty […]

Milk prices concern dairy farmers

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File photo Dairymen are getting $10 or a little less per 100-pounds of milk. Producing it costs $15 to $18, according to New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist Robert Hagevoort. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Six months after the drop in milk prices, Roosevelt and Curry county dairy owners are still trying to […]

Central attraction

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Curry County Events Center can seat 3,000 people in the stands and the dirt floor can be covered to be used as standing room. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Though technically a money-loser, the Curry County Special Events Center is serving its intended purpose. And, according to managers […]

First person: Job search leads Clovis man to senior centers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nick Coronado spends his spare time reading and playing video games with his son. Nick Coronado left construction nine months ago in search of a more consistent income. Two months later, he was hired by the City of Clovis Older Adults Department. Now Coronado, 37, works at both the Friendship […]

Gold Star plates new way to honor fallen family members

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bob and Lucy Kassin of Clovis proudly display a picture of their son Robert Kassin and a gold star banner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bob and Lucy Kassin will never forget their son Robert. In a few months, they’ll have a way to share his memory with the […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

27th SOW command post remodeled

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Master Sgt. Bobbi Jo Stumpf, 27th Special Operations Wing Command Post, zip-ties together loose cords in one of the rooms of the recently renovated Command Post. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs As construction continues unabated around base, there is an area in a […]

Cherish your spouse

Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist My husband tried to feed one of our five girls (the last one) Honey Nut Cheerios when she was 4 months old. Nothing happened, but I remember being annoyed that he didn’t remember he couldn’t do that, and worse, that he felt like he should have gotten credit for trying. I […]

Star athletes don’t belong on pedestal

Freedom New Mexico Just a few months after everybody was celebrating swimmer Michael Phelps for his Olympic feats, the world is abuzz over a photo of Phelps apparently inhaling from a water pipe that’s commonly used for marijuana. Among the many debates are how this incident affects his status as a role model, and what […]

Autopsy: Homicide victim shot in head

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Honduran national shot to death in Texico nearly two months ago died of a single gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy performed by the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s office. Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was shot Nov. 25 during a home invasion. There have been no arrests and police have […]

Lowered gas prices keep mischief at bay

Freedom New Mexico If there is anything resembling a silver lining in the current financial crisis, it is that the worldwide price of oil has fallen to around $70 a barrel, about half what it was some three months ago. Gasoline prices, which always lag behind oil prices, have begun to drop as well. This […]

Scrap metal prices falling

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Clovis Recycling Manager Jesus Chavarria fills a crushing machine with aluminum cans. He said the recycling operation is producing less as residents are waiting for scrap metal prices to rise. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Following the financial slowdown, scrap metal prices have fallen and local recyclers are feeling the pressure. Maria Chavarria, who […]

Mother sentenced for truancy charges

CNJ staff A 45-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to six months probation after allowing her daughter to miss 65 days of middle school last year, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. As conditions of her guilty plea, the woman must ensure her daughter attend school, attend a 16-week parenting program, undergo […]

Act makes claim filing too tedious

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors […]

Clovis resident wins pageant

CNJ Staff Clovis resident Kimberly Parmenter was named the winner of the 2008 Miss Plus America contest, held July 1-5 in Dallas. She also won the Optional awards of Runway Model and Spokesmodel. She was awarded the Miss New Mexico title in September 2007 and has been preparing for the Miss Plus America Pageant for […]

Business feature: AeroCare calls Clovis home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Billy Vinson is a paramedic with Covenant Health Systems which operates the AeroCare helicopter. AeroCare was recently reassigned to Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After months of being moved around and prolonged response times, AeroCare has found a home in Clovis. Under a lease agreement with Blue Sky […]

Recent moisture only temporary

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Corey Banister has worked with the post office for 8 and a half years. She said the rain doesn’t affect her job much, she just wears a hoodie. “There’s nothing like being wet,” Banister joked. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis received more precipitation in 24 hours than it […]