In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Courtesy photo: Karene Cass A fox was spotted sunning on the roof of a north Clovis home Tuesday morning. Residents of the neighborhood say the fox has been sighted off and on for about a year. Sharna Johnson Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he […]

Police department hosting community meeting

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department is hosting a community meeting July 27 to acquaint residents with its Neighborhood Watch and Code Blue programs. Recruiting is taking place for Code Blue, a volunteer program for residents that includes training and a ride-along program with Clovis police. And Neighborhood Watch programs are being developed, according to […]

Neighborhood Watch programs in works

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Tech. Sgt. Ernie Revell, left, and Portales Police Lt. Mark Cage answer questions during a Neighborhood Watch meeting held Feb. 18 in Portales at Cannon Meadows. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Residents of Cannon Air Force Base 801 Housing communities in Clovis and Portales are working to start neighborhood watch programs. […]

Police stress importance of neighborhood watch in keeping communities safe

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Dawn Smith’s home was burglarized Wednesday. The suspect rummaged through the house, throwing the computer to the ground, stepping on the monitor and took about 50 DVDs, among other things. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer “There she is,” Dawn Smith remembers hearing as her neighbor’s young daughter […]

Shooting victim remembered as thoughtful, caring

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Courtesy photo Melissa Ward was shot and killed while traveling in a van last week in Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Despite living a hard life, shooting victim Melissa Ward had a big heart, according to residents in the Lubbock neighborhood where she lived. Ward, who was shot and killed while traveling in […]

Residents oppose re-zoning of nearby property

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Glynna Martin told city commissioners Thursday a commercial neighbor would compromise her privacy and devalue her property. Martin, a single mother of four, and a handful of Clovis residents who live on Lea Street attended the City Commission meeting to protest a proposed rezoning of a residential lot in […]

Home not far from mind during trip

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I have returned from a 4,600-mile odyssey through the American Southland visiting family. We went to Memphis, Tenn., to Asheville, N.C., on to Roanoke, Va., then southward to Charleston, S.C., to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., then upstate to Fort Walton Beach. We passed through […]

Returning home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bob and Dina Sellers stand in their newly built home about eight months after the March tornado hit their house, leaving it in shambles. The couple plans to move into the house on Dec.1. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Even a tornado couldn’t uproot a Clovis couple from their […]

New team tackles crime

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Detective Randy Pitcock, left, and Officer Jimmy Brown investigate after responding to a call in the 1600 block of E. Second Street. The officers responded to a call about a male outside the house discharging a weapon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They may be circling the […]

In Tribute: Family remembers court clerk’s kindness

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Christine Casaus’ desk at the district court clerk’s office still has socks in the drawer and her jacket on the chair two weeks after she died June 15. Casaus, 52, was a deputy court clerk in the 9th Judicial District Court for 15 years. Family and friends remember her […]

Full coverage clothing important when outside

Tonya Fennell I live in a quiet neighborhood in Clovis. My husband, who is based at Cannon Air Force Base, and I chose to purchase a home off-base because of the length of time we will be stationed at Cannon. I really have no complaints about our neighborhood — children ride their bikes, elderly couples […]

Governor declares disaster area

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a […]

Governor frees state money for assistance

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Government entities of three eastern New Mexico communities hit hard by tornadoes Friday were given access to state funds for restoration Sunday, but aid for affected individuals hinges on the federal government, according to authorities. Gov. Bill Richardson declared Clovis a state disaster area Sunday as he toured a […]

CPD has “One” goal in mind

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Patrolman Darren Roach gives a motorist a “One with Clovis” flier Friday afternoon as she waits for children at Parkview Elementary School. Roach and several other officers were in the area to talk to residents. (CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer As students prepared for dismissal at a Clovis elementary […]

Officer’s aim: Improved community relations

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Community relations officer Eric Muller plans to start a public information campaign that will cover topics from crime prevention to educational messages about gun safety and drunken driving. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As the new community relations officer for the Clovis Police Department, Eric Muller hopes to strengthen the […]

Clovis teen shot, killed

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Clovis police detective Antonio Bosque sets up crime scene tape at Eighth and Sheldon streets Monday afternoon following a fatal shooting in front of a residence. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon […]

Friend says accident victim dedicated wife

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer She was a good neighbor, devoted to her husband. That’s how friends described Delores Jacks, 71, who was killed while crossing the street on Monday night. Officials said a Clovis police officer was driving the car that killed Jacks at 12th and Mitchell streets. An investigation into the accident […]

7/17 Letters to the editor

Pool vandals’ origin not determined I was saddened by the article in Wednesday’s CNJ about the vandalism at Potter Pool. I was saddened to learn that someone vandalized the pool, but I was more saddened by comments made by city of Clovis Parks Superinten-dent Neil Lambert. In the article, Lambert is quoted as saying, “We […]

It’s a time to give

CNJ Staff Reports CNJ STAFF REPORTS Organizations in Clovis and Portales will deliver Emergency Food Assistance Program commodities at various locations this week, Nancy Taylor, executive director of Life Saver Food Bank, said in a news release. “Services and declaration requirements will be similar according to the capabilities of each volunteer agency,” she said. “Distribution […]

Residents explore anti-crime options

By Darrell Todd Maurina Following a series of burglaries and vandalism incidents in the Chaparral Country Club residential subdivision, more than 100 people turned out Tuesday night at the Chaparral clubhouse to learn from Clovis police how to organize a neighborhood watch group. Meeting organizer Jerry Cass, himself a burglary victim, told residents that they […]