Soft drink suit windfall for lawyers

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“You guys in the elite media are nothing but sluts and prostitutes for your crybaby opposition to common sense tart reform!” Whoa. My friend Barney from New Jersey was off to such a bombastic and erratic start I glanced at my watch, only to remember Jimmy Buffet’s admonition, “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” No doubt the […]

Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Jimmy Craven has played the part of Santa Claus for 12 years and, yes, the beard is real. Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the […]

Grocery store lawsuit settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit against a grocery store operated by former State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, was settled out of court, Moore said. The suit was filed by the state’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of an applicant for employment at Ranch Market in Clayton. The $30,000 settlement, paid to the applicant, contains […]

Bill would stop payments on 23-year-old suit

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Sen. Rod Adair is sponsoring legislation that would cease payments to lawyers in a 23-year-old lawsuit against the state and earmark that money to help those with developmental disabilities. Adair, R- Roswell, says the Jackson vs. Ft. Stanton lawsuit has served its purpose in improving care […]

First person: Santa’s coming to town

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes for 11 years. Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Pharmacy and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas […]

Civil suit filed against former Tucumcari parole, probation supervisor

Freedom New Mexico A civil lawsuit filed by a Tucumcari woman against a former state parole and probation supervisor accuses him of sexual harassment and discrimination. Diana Cassidy, a state employee, alleges Benjamin Rex Allison, also of Tucumcari, used racial slurs against herself and clients and made inappropriate sexual remarks. Cassidy said Allison would mispronounce […]

Clovis man to run for District 2 judgeship

CNJ staff A Clovis man who sued the state Legislature to create a second magistrate judge district said he intends to run for one of the districts created following the suit’s success. Johnny Chavez, 67, of Clovis, said Thursday he will run next November for the District 2 judgeship. A case manager for Eastern Plains […]

Judge to decide on termination suit

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico District Judge Drew Tatum said Wednesday he would rule within two weeks on a summary judgement sought by the Village of Melrose against former police chief Michael Trammell. The judgement, if granted, would throw out a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Trammell in July, 2008. Trammell resigned in October, […]

Supreme Court sends suit against city of Portales to trial

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has sent a breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Portales back to District Court for a jury trial. The lawsuit alleges that without approval, Portales City Manager Debi Lee canceled retiree health benefits stipulated by a personnel ordinance. City representatives said the […]

The Red Hat in a Grey Suit World

By Curtis K. Shelburne

Pursuit to land “Suit” complete

Courtesy photo Joseph A. Wasson Jr., center, stars as Gomez in a National Hispanic Cultural Center performance of “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.” The show will be presented free Friday night at Marshall Auditorium. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” six men see something they want and […]

CCC anounces coming performance

What do five men, all down on their luck and searching for a purpose, have in common? On February 22 in Marshall Auditorium, it will be a very special white suit as the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) brings Ray Bradbury’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit to Clovis. This 7 p.m. performance is part of […]

Separation doesn’t justify silencing religious

Freedom Newspapers T he last thing we want to see is an overloaded federal court system burdened with another lawsuit. But we can’t say we’re disappointed that Erica Corder and her parents are suing a Colorado school district, claiming violations of the young woman’s First and 14th Amendment rights. Her case raises constitutional questions of […]

Feb. 17, 1938

A Pleasant Hill farmer announced he had electrified a fence in efforts to corral his livestock. The shock was “somewhat less than you get from the spark plug of a car,” I. L. Cone said. … Clovis Livestock Sales offered horses and mules every Wednesday, beginning at 11 a.m. … Mandell’s was having a suit […]

Reporters are the best pranksters

By Bob Huber: local columnist News reporters in olden times enjoyed pulling pranks. They all did. You probably think they acquired that fun-filled pastime in journalism school, except the reporters I knew never went to college. That’s why they were reporters. The most applauded jokes were those that involved large groups of people. Politicians and […]

Dewey Langston, Nathaniel “Nat” Walker

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Dewey Langston Date of birth: July 17, 1920 Dates of service: 1942 to 1982 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and location of service: […]

Attorney plans to file suit against city

CNJ staff A Clovis attorney representing the family of a 3-year-old drowning victim said he plans to file a lawsuit against the city sometime in the next two weeks. Michael T. Garrett of Clovis said he is working with an Albuquerque law firm and will file suit in federal court in Albuquerque, seeking “the maximum […]

Santa Fe judge dismisses sticker lawsuit

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Santa Fe judge ruled Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed against District Attorney Matthew Chandler, saying the suit was filed in an improper venue. An official with the American Civil Liberties Union, who filed the suit in February on behalf of Clovis’ Dean Young, said they plan to […]

Attorney General contesting ACLU suit

CNJ staff A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe on the behalf of a Clovis man charged with distribution of sexually explicit material to minors is being contested by the Attorney General’s office. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit early last month, listing 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler as the defendant. The ACLU is […]

Pledge case very confusing in family law

It is not unusual for the U.S. Supreme Court to refrain from ruling on a core constitutional question in cases that it hears. In the Pledge of Allegiance case, however, the court may have bought more trouble for family courts around the country than the evasion was worth. The case began when Michael Newdow, an […]