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 […]

Traffic concerns, character lead P&Z to deny zone change

By Jack King Twenty-eight residents of an east-Clovis neighborhood appeared at the city’s planning and zoning commission meeting on Wednesday to oppose a request to build four duplexes in the 2400 block of Fred Daugherty Drive. Commissioners present at the meeting — Chairman Jim Wilkerson, Bill Bollinger, Juan Garza, Tom Martin, Richard Vela — voted […]

Opposite sides of the tracks

By Jack King Sitting in a car at the raw, recently graded intersection of Wheaton Street and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway, Victor Chavez pointed north. “From here you go a mile to the hospital,” he said. “That’s what we moved here for and why should we have to give it up? I’m thinking […]