Preliminary plans for subdivisions approved

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To the dismay of one resident, the Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission approved preliminary plans of a 25-acre subdivision within the city’s extraterritorial zone. Commissioners also approved preliminary plans for two other subdivisions on about six acres of land in south Clovis. Barry Lewis said the proposed Stonebrooks subdivision, […]

County grass fire extinguished

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A fire Wednesday near St. Vrain burned about 1,000 acres of grassland and this abandoned building. Officials said no one was hurt in the fire. By CNJ Staff A fire started by a resident burning trash torched more than 1,000 acres of grassland between Clovis and Melrose on Wednesday before […]

Region IV Housing Authority

The Region IV Housing Authority has an opening for a resident to serve on its Resident Advisory Board. The opening is for a resident directly assisted by a public housing agency. The resident’s name must appear on a lease, and he or she must be at least 18 years old. Resident Advisory Board members serve […]

Portales resident, pet goat reunited

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Robert Villanueva and Margie, his pet goat, sit Wednesday on the deck of Villanueva’s home. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Portales resident and his pet goat are back together again. Robert Villanueva said his nanny goat was missing for three days last week before she was discovered […]

Video game fitting for all ages

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Video games are synonymous with relaxation for Clovis resident Cameron Fuller. The 32-year-old truck driver said he has been playing video games since the 1980s and “any game that requires killing” is a favorite. “It is an escape for me,” he said. “It is a great stress reliever to […]

County has history of stardom

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of Curry County residents had a small taste of fame when the movie “Believe in Me” was filmed in the area in October 2004. More than 600 locals were used as extras for crowd scenes and about 20 landed small speaking roles, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Resident to appear on paid programming

A CLOVIS RESIDENT will peddle the fertilizing device his grandfather created on television today. Robert Thorn, general manager of Inject-O-Meter Mfg. Co., and his “chemigation” and “fertigation” pumps will be featured on “World Business Review.” The pumps are primarily used to inject fertilizers and other chemicals into agricultural irrigation systems, Thorn said. But the pumps […]

Local Roundup: System will address citizens’ concerns

By CNJ Staff The New Mexico Environment Department has launched a Web-based system to answer residents’ questions, according to a NMED press release. Residents can ask non-emergency questions, make suggestions, or report issues related to programs the department oversees, including hazardous waste, air quality and water and wastewater systems, the release reads. The system can […]

Local resident had chance encounter with Ford

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Jim Garrison, left, talks to his son John on Wednesday about the time he met President Ford over 30 years ago in Grand Junction, Colo. and had a drink with him. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A simple act of kindness, involving a dog and a pocketknife, led to […]

Feelings of obligation, apathy common among voters

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer On Tuesday, Tucumcari resident Larry Marshall will cast his vote in the general election. But behind his vote lies an eroded faith in the American political system. “I don’t trust one politician,” Marshall, 43, said. He votes, he said, “because there is always a lesser of two evils.” […]

Border towns celebrate unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleGabriela Velez, left, 14, and Janie Balch, 15, both of Clovis, ride the train Saturday at the Border Town Days festival in Farwell and Texico. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A hunk of brisket to his left, a white apron masking most of his shirt, James William, a member of […]

5/23 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 8:30 a.m. May 16, an officer called to Clovis High took a report about students making and detonating an explosive device. A teacher told the officer he was away from his class when he heard an explosion and returned to see […]

Clovis resident dies in three-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A Clovis resident died and his wife was seriously injured Thursday in a three-vehicle accident northwest of Austin, Texas. Joe Jones, 69, died at the scene, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. June Despain, 72, and Jesse Lee Despain, 75, both of Marble Falls, Texas, also died at the scene, DPS […]

June B. Ezell

June B. Ezell, 90, died Dec. 22, 2005, at her daughter’s home in Ponce Inlet, Fla. She was born June 1, 1915, in Clovis, and was a longtime Portales resident.

Clovis burglar sentenced to 13 years

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced to 13 years in jail for committing a violent burglary, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Charles Ray Kirven, 38, was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a burglary, larceny, criminal damage and possession of stolen property, the […]

2/19 Birthdays

Page-Mullins Ethel Page-Mullins of Portales will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at Golden Acres community room in Portales. The celebration will be hosted by her family. Page-Mullins was born Feb. 22, 1916 in Topaz, Texas. She is a long-time resident of Roosevelt County, having lived in the Richland […]

Police blotter — Feb. 2

CNJstaff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 7:45 a.m. Friday, police responded to the 700 block of Weatherford Street in reference to a stolen gun. The resident told police a homeless acquaintance was living with him and took the 40-caliber, semi-automatic pistol sometime on Thursday. • • […]

1/13 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a residence in the 900 block of Wallace Street in reference to a burglary. The 24-year-old resident told police someone broke her window and took $140 worth of electronic equipment. Police have no suspects. ••• […]

BRAC by quotes

BRAC talk from Clovis this weekend: “I am proud to be a U.S. citizen — to have the freedom to be able to approach the government and the Pentagon and tell them that they might be wrong. A lot of countries would not be so accepting.” — Cathy Haynes, Clovis city commissioner on how the […]

Candidates named for judicial seat

CNJ staff The names of the four candidates for a new judicial seat in the 9th Judicial were released Friday by officials at the University of New Mexico law school after the application process closed. They are: • Robert S. Orlik — resident of Curry County and is an attorney. • Kent Peterson — resident […]