Police: Crash victim ran stop signs

CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson A Portales man died Sunday morning when the car he was driving crashed into a tree while police were trying to pull him over, according to Portales police. Miguel Gutierrez Ornelas, 25, died at the scene, according to a police press release. A passenger in the car, Celio Salazar, 30, […]

Oct. 10, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 4 a.m. Sept. 29 an officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Seventh and Connelly streets. The officer informed the driver he had a cracked taillight and noticed a female passenger was holding her hand up over her face. […]

Residents make Farmers’ Market regular stop

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Martie Hale, 71 of Clovis, said she buys her vegetables from the Farmers’ Market in Clovis because they are fresher than produce at supermarkets. “I need to eat well, to stay as healthy as I can,” she said. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer On doctor’s orders, Martie Hale of […]

Voters’ self-interest matters most

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Do voters actually believe it when candidates promise them health, happiness, vacations, clean air and all those other goodies while also demanding they stop being selfish, stop joining special interest groups and dedicate themselves only to the public good? I doubt it very much. This sort of pitch […]

Teen crash victim awake

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a crash sent a Clovis teen to a Lubbock hospital, he was able to speak to family members Tuesday morning. Attorney Dan Lindsey, representing Juan Chavarria and his family, said the youth was taken off a ventilator Tuesday. But he still has no feeling in the […]

Teen hospitalized after crash

CNJ staff A Clovis teen is in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital after he was hit by a vehicle Tuesday while riding his scooter, family members said. Andrea Armendariz said Thursday her 15-year-old son, Juan Chavarria, has not regained consciousness since the crash and doctors are waiting for swelling in his brain to reduce […]

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 […]

Police confiscate $205,950

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Tucumcari police said they took $205,950 in cash for safekeeping Wednesday following a routine traffic stop near Love’s truck stop at Mountain Road and Interstate 40. A police news release reported the money was found in the trunk of a Minnesota man’s four-door sedan after the man ran a stop […]

Feb. 20, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of breaking and entering and criminal damage at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in the 3600 block of Sheridan Street. They found a broken window, holes kicked in walls and a door and small holes in walls throughout […]

2-14 police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police made a traffic stop at 4:35 p.m. Saturday between Seventh and Sandoval streets for red and blue lights around the license plate. The driver gave a name and date of birth that could not be verified. When police verified his identity, […]

2-8 Police blotter

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2 a.m. Feb. 1, police made a traffic stop for erratic driving on Norris Street near Chaparral Avenue. The 52-year-old female driver failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI, second offense, and cited for driving left of […]

Rules of the road

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales police officials said area drivers have lost their awareness of the rules of the road. “I try to correct (the loss of the rules) when I can,” said Roland Kroeger, master patrol officer with the Clovis Police Department. “When I […]

Jan. 27, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: There’s No Place Like Here By Cecilia Ahern This is the story of Sandy Shortt, who became obsessed with finding missing things and people after the disappearance of her neighbor and nemesis when she was just 10 yearsold. As an adult, Sandy owns her own […]

Couple named ‘Good Samericans’

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition […]

Clovis couple wins inaugural Samerican award

By Gabriel Monte Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition Thursday from Clovis […]

Traveling tunes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall Junior High students, from left, Adriana Chavez, Sierra Lopez, Ashlee Chadbourne, April Muniz and Kourtney Anthony practice Christmas carols and dances as a part of Joni’s Sandia Carolers. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Amid the Santa hat-clad children blustering through “Jingle Bell Rock” stands Joni Anthony, waving her […]

Nov. 18, 1982

Members of the Curry and Quay Landowners Association turned out to hear April Moore, national coordinator for the National Campaign to Stop MX (missiles), as she warned that eastern New Mexico could become a “nuclear sponge” for the rest of the country. … Wildcat football players Doug Hubby and Mike Minnis were named offensive players […]

Nov. 19, 1922

Mayor Denhof announced at the Kiwanis Club that he planned to pass a resolution asking New Mexico’s senators and congressmen to render any assistance in securing free mail delivery for Clovis residents. … J.C. Clinton of Colorado Springs, Colo., representing the firm of J.C. Penney Co., was making plans to open a store in Clovis. […]

Nov. 15, 1913

The Clovis News reported that hundreds of Clovisites turned out for the Santa Fe Educational Train that made a stop in Clovis. … “Harvey and Morris” claimed to be “The Leading Grocers” in an advertisement. … “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was showing at the Lyceum Theatre, with a 10-cent admission fee.

Grass fire jumps U.S. 70

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry A portion of a 20,000 acre wind-driven grass fire east of Portales flares up Wednesday after jumping all four lanes of U.S. 70. Incident commanders reported no occupied structures were burned in the fire and no one was injured. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico High winds fanned a grass […]