Dennis Chavez fish deaths being investigated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tevaughn Loudermill of Clovis Parks and Recreation Department places a basket of dead fish Thursday from Dennis Chavez Lake into the back of a cart to be taken to the city landfill. Sharna Johnson The city is testing to determine what is killing hundreds of fish at Dennis Chavez Lake. […]

Roch appointed to task force

CNJ staff Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been appointed to the New Mexico Effective Teaching Task Force, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez. Roch, the assistant superintendent at Texico Schools, serves on the House Education Committee. The 12-member task force was created through an executive order by Martinez to develop and propose policies […]

Farmer says dairy regulations bad for industry

Argen Duncan New dairy regulations recently put on hold by Gov. Susana Martinez were bad for the industry, according to local dairy owner Alva Carter Jr. In the 2009, state lawmakers adopted a bill requiring strict regulations on groundwater pollution prevention for New Mexico dairies. After a lengthy process, the state Water Quality Control Commission […]

County seeks names for DWI memorial

CNJ staff Curry County is looking to memorialize those who have lost their lives or were injured due to a DWI crash. As part of an effort to refurbish a DWI memorial on the west lawn of the courthouse, the DWI Task Force is asking to hear from friends and family members who want a […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Wike named new drug force coordinator

Former police officer Heather Wike is the new Region V Drug Task Force Coordinator. Wike will receive a salary of $40,000 under a contract subject to a performance review in six months, according to a press release received Monday from the Clovis Police Department. Retired Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey held the position since Oct. […]

Board members decline to release drug task force coordinator’s identity

CNJ staff Board members have selected a lone finalist as the Region V Drug Task Force coordinator, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Thursday a choice has been made but the position will not be offered until contract details are finalized. He declined to name the finalist. An announcement should be made […]

Interviews set for Region V Drug Task Force coordinator

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Three candidates are being interviewed Monday for the position of Region V Drug Task Force coordinator. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the candidates for the position are retired Deputy Police Chief Roger Bartosiewicz, retired Clovis Police Chief Ray Mondragon and former Clovis Police Officer Heather Wike. Sanders, who […]

Press release: Man gets 18 years for trafficking cocaine

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Sneed Jr., age 43, of Clovis was sentenced to eighteen (18) years in the Department of Corrections for Trafficking Cocaine, a second degree felony. The charges stem from March 29, 2009, when the Region 5 Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at James Sneed’s […]

Business column: Taxes can be complicated for self-employed

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Who is an independent contractor? According to the Internal Revenue Service, they are people who have an independent trade, business or profession in which their services are offered to the public and they perform a job in which they determine how the task is accomplished is an independent contractor. Money […]