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 […]

Allergy sufferers dealing with springtime

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Many High Plains residents spend the spring months battling stuffy noses, headaches, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and sore throats. Sherri McCarty, a nurse practitioner at X-press Care, said during peak times, between 50 and 60 percent of patients they see are seeking treatment for seasonal allergy symptoms. McCarty said […]

Local committee has vacancies

CNJ Staff The Clovis/Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee has three vacancies on its executive council. The group meets on the third Wednesday of odd-numbered months at 1 p.m.

Fish farm officials ready to dive in

Gabriel Monte The state has approved the permits needed to operate a proposed fish farm in south Clovis, according to Mike Sloane of the New Mexico Game and Fish Chief of Fisheries. AquaRanch president Garth Watson said Thursday that work to continue the conversion of the former Frozfruit plant off Brady Street into a $4 […]

McCain reaches magic number to clinch GOP nomination

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, an extraordinary comeback for a candidate whose White House hopes were dashed eight years ago and whose second bid was left for dead eight months ago. “The most important race begins,” he said in an Associated Press interview. According to the AP […]

Fire danger up during cold months

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo An apartment building at 1000 S. Oak St. caught on fire around 8 a.m. Sunday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A half-dozen fires have displaced Curry County residents from their homes since Thanksgiving weekend, according to a local Red Cross official. It’s a reminder to think fire safety during […]

Bank receives fourth threat in six months

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police officers leave the Bank of America on Prince Street around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday after it received its fourth bomb threat in six months. CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating the fourth bomb threat in six months at Bank of America on North Prince Street. The bomb threat was […]

Convicted shooter’s family upset by plea agreement

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson John Cameron sits at the defense table with his attorneys Brett Carter, left, and Chandler Blair during a Monday sentencing hearing. Cameron pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and will serve at least 85 percent of an eight and a half year sentence. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Family members […]

Airmen get homecoming

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Krystal Ramos of Clovis greets her husband, Staff Sgt. Joseph Ramos, Saturday afternoon at Cannon Air Force base following his return from a four-month deployment to Guam. Daughter Jazlynn, 10 months, looks on. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]