Legislators say furloughs, reserve funds possible options for state budget deficit

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

CNJ staff The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning Monday […]

Open meeting set to discuss Gidding Street post office closure

Freedom New Mexico The postal service is holding an open house meeting to seek public feedback and discuss the possible consolidation of Clovis’ Gidding Street post office. The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 16 at 417 Gidding Street. In April, postal officials said the Gidding office was being considered for […]

DNA process should become routine in court

Freedom New Mexico It is possible to see both sides in the difficult case of District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, in which a divided U.S. Supreme Court recently decided this particular defendant did not have a post-conviction constitutional right to get access to evidence in the state’s possession so he could conduct his own DNA […]

Tucumcari woman shot four times with BB gun

Freedom New Mexico A 49-year-old Tucumcari woman was shot with a BB gun in the arm, wrist and back about 1 p.m. Friday, Police Chief Roger Hatcher said. She was transported to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital where X-rays showed four BBs lodged beneath her skin, Hatcher said. Hatcher said the victim told officers four […]

State police: Clovis girl killed in vehicle rollover north of Melrose

CNJ staff An 11-year-old Clovis girl was killed when her mother’s minivan rolled north of Melrose Friday night. Sonya Trujillo died at Plains Regional Medical Center, where she was taken following the crash, according to a press release from state police.

In Tribute: County farmer loved to fly

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the possible exception of a game of golf around the world, Allen Rogers didn’t take a break from working, or writing about the work he had to do. “He never retired,” daughter Marty Lamb said. “Even before he died, he was on the lawn mower … and he […]

Jan. 13 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 a.m. Jan. 2 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Prince Street for a harassment report. A teen female said she was receiving threatening phone calls from an unknown male. The girl said the male told […]

County Manager Pyle discusses jail assessment

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Sheriff’s department investigating possible arson

An arson investigator from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a house fire Saturday in Melrose, officials said. Firefighters were called to 516 Second St. about 8 p.m. when a neighbor noticed a fire, according to village Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. The residents were not home when the fire started, she said. “The fire […]

Training helps airmen become physician assistants

By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th SOW Public Affairs Is it possible to receive medical training to become a physician assistant and become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force at the same time? For one airman at Cannon Air Force Base, not only is it possible, it’s now a reality. Airman 1st Class […]

State police investigating toddler death

State police said a 20-month-old boy was killed Wednesday evening in the 2300 block of South Prince Street after being hit by a vehicle. State police spokesman Lt. Rick Anglada said a vehicle was backing out of the driveway when it ran over the child. Anglada said the child died at Plains Regional Medical Center. […]

Power outages possible this summer

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer There is a “distinct possibility” eastern New Mexico and West Texas will have controlled power outages this summer if above-average temperatures continue, Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said. Reeves said if Xcel is unable to meet demands this summer, the company could shut down power to randomly selected 50 […]

Proposal would stop cars from left turns off Commerce

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Vehicles turn left from Commerce Street onto Prince Street Wednesday afternoon. A proposal would extend a median to stop cross traffic from Commerce. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A discussion about repairing the traffic lights at 21st and Prince streets turned into a debate on possible solutions to traffic […]

Cannon possible site for nuclear reactor

Preliminary reports have surfaced indicating the Secretary of the Air Force is considering Cannon Air Force Base as the possible location for a nuclear reactor, according to a story published this morning in InsideDefense, an Internet news service covering defense and the aerospace industry. InsideDefense reported the Secretary of the Air Force plans to sign […]

Pet of the day: Cody

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Name: Cody About: When I first moved to Clovis a year ago I rescued Cody from being run over by a truck. He weighed 6 oz. at that time. I bottled fed him until he weighed 2 lbs. Now he weighs 9 lbs. and is the essence of the curious cat getting into everything possible. […]

Possible bomb threat at bank

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a possible bomb threat this morning at Bank of America on North Prince Street. A bomb threat was reported at the bank on the police scanner at 11:02 A.M. Customers were evacuted from the bank and police have blocked off the parking lot. The bank has received three bomb […]

For most part, Nobel winners right on target

By Freedom New Mexico Although some of this year’s Nobel Prizes seemed more like politically correct stretches than rewards for genuine achievement, several brought to public attention the achievements of scientists who have contributed significantly to developments we almost take for granted. Perhaps most noteworthy in this respect was the prize in physics, awarded to […]

Base readies for kid’s day of fitness and fun

Janet Taylor-Birkey Children and their families are invited to take part in Cannon’s Sports and Fitness Day beginning at noon on Saturday. The day will feature attractions such as carnival games, a bouncy castle, sports events and prizes. All events will be at the Youth Center, unless otherwise noted. Schedule: Armed Forces Kids Run The […]