County continues push to clean up Clovis entryways

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The campaign by Curry County officials to clean up the entryways to Clovis continued at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. Commissioner Tim Ashley said the county’s Land Use Committee has received complaints from county and city residents about tall weeds and grass growing on median and bar ditches on state […]

Officers should not be immune to property suits

By Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has in effect expanded the range of federal officers who are immune from lawsuits for mishandling, losing or even stealing personal property when it comes under their control in the course of their official duties. Although the court’s interpretation of the law in question was somewhat defensible, […]

Cannon F-16 emergency forces dropped fuel tanks on private property

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.–An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Cannon Air Force Base was forced to jettison its external tanks immediately after takeoff when it experienced a serious system malfunction today at approximately 10:35 a.m. The quick-thinking pilot was able to save the 35-million dollar aircraft by jettisoning the external tanks, maintaining control of the […]

Officials to explore land-use ordinances

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer County officials said they will explore the possibility of creating land-use ordinances aimed at unkempt and unsafe property in residential areas. Chief Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman told fellow Land Use Committee members Thursday that several county residents have called her office with complaints about a neighboring property […]

Arrest made in copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico A Roswell man was taken into custody Monday in connection with a commercial burglary reported Friday at a wind farm near Elida, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. Michael Robertson, 50, of Roswell was arrested by Chaves County Sheriff’s Department officers after a Portales Police Department officer reported the […]

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 safety local concern

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David Cresap, owner of Crosshair Gun Shop in Clovis, said he recommends anyone who purchases a gun attend a safety course. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There were four incidents reported to Clovis police in August involving residents who confronted suspects on their property. Three ended peacefully. In the […]

Flood protection shouldn’t fall on rest of us

By Freedom Newspapers The American dream includes owning one’s own home. For many in New Mexico, those homes are in or near the mountains. In coastal states, it’s often beach-front property — where folks such as Cindy Armour can be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves washing ashore and awaken to the cries […]

Couple falls victim to tornado, burglary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An elderly Clovis couple who lost their house to the March 23 tornado said they were devastated again by burglaries to their property. Delbert and Pearl Tivis had lived in their home on South Prince Street for almost 40 years when the tornado decimated it, leaving it uninhabitable. They […]

Letters to the Editor: Senior shining example of self defense

I was smiling from ear to ear when I read the story in the Aug. 9 CNJ about the senior citizen trapping the alleged burglar. Bravo to Alton Tillman! He is a beacon amidst the dimming light of liberty and freedom in this country. It was a shame, though, that this wonderful story was tainted […]

Business Feature: Burger King making comeback

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Burger King, located on Prince Street, is scheduled to reopen in September. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents will be able to have it their way again in September. Three years after it closed, the Burger King on Prince Street will reopen. Work on the property started last […]

Man escapes from police

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fugitive escaped police custody Saturday morning under the guise of helping them recover property stolen in local burglaries, according to a police report. Michael Gutierrez, 22, of Clovis was arrested around 10 a.m. Saturday on an outstanding warrant, the report said. The warrant was for burglary, larceny, conspiracy […]

Weeds growing problem

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer This year’s abundant rainfall has made weeds abundant too, leading to a growing number of weed control violations. The number of violations in May was about triple that of May 2006: 356 compared with 118. By city ordinance, property owners must keep grass, weeds and similar plants below 12 […]

Business Feature: Local men acquire Hilltop property

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Though it’s not the high-traffic area Prince Street has become, Clovis’ Hilltop Plaza has plenty to offer potential new tenants — most recently, local ownership. Three Clovis residents — Sid Strebeck, Brent Strebeck and David Petty — have acquired the northern part of the plaza under the name Masters […]

Swift disaster declaration offers relief

Staff and wire reports President Bush declared a major disaster in Curry and Quay counties Monday because of tornado damage, making residents in those regions eligible for federal funds. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners […]

Land officials overstep bounds in property battle

By Freedom Newspapers Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they […]

Sheriff insists patrols will continue

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to sign a resolution declaring a state of emergency. The local emergency/disaster declaration, which stated extensive damage was caused to commercial, agriculture and residential buildings in Curry County by Friday’s tornado, is a prerequisite for the county to receive funding […]

Curry County school board election results

By CNJ staff What: Curry County school board and bond elections When: Tuesday Who: The elected serve four-year terms, commencing March 1. Editor’s note: Results are unofficial until canvassed by Curry County. Clovis District 3 —Lora Harlan, 6 District 4 —Mark Lansford, 16 District 5 —Terry Martin, 9 Grady Position 1 —Cooper R. Glover, 60 […]

Freedom needs boost nationally, globally in 2007

Editorial I f there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. […]

Protection needed from eminent domain amendment proposed

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Since last year’s infamous U. S. Supreme Courts decision, Kelo v. City of New London, citizens across the nation have declared in no uncertain terms their support for private property rights and opposition to the use of eminent domain for private gain. Eminent domain is the power of the government […]