Baseball, softball get started

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Clovis High’s Jarod Kiser throws the ball across the diamond during the Wildcats’ practice on Tuesday at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The snowstorm that passed through the area a couple of weeks ago left Clovis High’s baseball and softball teams wondering just when they would get […]

Drowning victim’s family receives $448,500

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The city of Clovis settled lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars in recent months, according to documents released Tuesday by city officials. The city’s insurer paid $448,500 to the family of a 3-year-old child who drowned in July 2005 at the city’s Potter Park pool, according to documents. […]

Drowning settlement reached

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The family of a 3-year-old boy who drowned at Potter Pool in 2005 has received an undisclosed lawsuit settlement amount, according to city officials. F. Michael Hart, an Albuquerque attorney representing the child’s mother, Angela Davis, said his client feels city officials have been sincere in their efforts to […]

Potholes plentiful in city

By CNJ Staff Nearly a week after close to a foot of snow fell on Clovis and its roads, motorists are still feeling the impact on their daily commutes. Several potholes have been discovered throughout the city, and officials say they have few options while there is still moisture on the roads. “Right now, until […]

Ramifications of icy weather far-reaching

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Icy road conditions from an Arctic cold front that crept into the area Friday kept Clovis ambulances from transporting patients out of town and city employees busy over the weekend. “We (Clovis Fire Department) could not transport anyone to a higher-care facility in Lubbock or Amarillo Friday through Sunday,” […]

Local Roundup: Trees will be picked up after first of year

By CNJ Staff Now that Christmas has come and gone and this holiday season is almost over, it’s time to think about untrimming the tree and boxing up the decorations for another year. The Clovis Public Works Department is asking residents who used live Christmas trees to dispose of them properly. Clovis Public Works Administrator […]

In tribute — November obituaries

CNJ staff The following list of people died in November, according to obituaries submitted to the CNJ. • Aguilar, Stephen Van “Steve,” 46, Clovis, Nov. 1. • Anderberg, Lucille, 91, Riverside, Calif., and formerly of Elida, Nov. 10. • Aragon, Frances “Panchita,” 76, Clovis, Nov. 14. • Aschbacher, Melvina Jane, 94, Floyd, Nov. 19. • […]

Vets memorial suffers damage

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Damage done to the Veterans Memorial at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A circle of monuments stand outside the Clovis-Carver Public Library in honor of local veterans. The area around the memorial is manicured and inviting — a place where residents can reflect on the […]

Vet clubs open doors

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Airmen, soldiers and sailors, both past and present, will be honored Saturday in commemoration of Veterans Day. Clovis veteran John Montano, who served in the Army National Guard from 1967 through 1999, said activities began Monday and will continue through Saturday. “We’re (Clovis veterans organizations) trying to honor the […]

State calls strike on city

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer More than $150,000 in legislative funds is being withheld from the city of Clovis because the state has determined the funds would be misused if they paid for construction at a Clovis baseball field. The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration has determined Clovis cannot be reimbursed […]

City fee hikes suggested

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis wants to raise fees for city services to recoup costs incurred in providing them, according to city officials. The City Commission will vote Thursday on recommending fee increases for animal control, garbage, inspections, library and wastewater services, according to city documents. Recommended increases made […]

City picks Blair as new police chief

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor City Manager Joe Thomas stayed within the system in hiring a new police chief. Thomas announced at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting he has selected Deputy Police Chief Dan Blair to succeed Bill Carey, who retires Sept. 29. Blair, a 21-year Clovis Police Department veteran, was promoted to deputy […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a report on Thursday’s City Commission meeting: • Commissioners recognized Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey for his service, and Mayor David Lansford presented him with a key to the city and a plaque. Lansford described Carey’s contributions during his 29 years on the force as “enormous,” adding, “you cannot measure the contributions […]

City Commission will address process for replacing police chief

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city manager Joe Thomas said he will seek the advisement of the City Commission to determine the process by which the new chief of police will be appointed. He said the matter will be discussed during an executive session prior to Thursday’s scheduled commission meeting. Police Chief Bill […]

Second phase of Prince St. construction starting

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer City officials said despite more than 5 inches of rain in the last month, the newly constructed storm drainage project on Prince Street remains untested. The city-funded project, which stretched from the corner of 21st Street to Ace Triangle Hardware, was needed to alleviate water pooling along the street […]

Police chief retiring

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey is retiring after 29 years of service. Carey announced his decision Thursday in a memo to his employees, according to a CPD press release. His last day will be Sept. 29, the release said. The press release did not cite a reason for Carey’s […]

Painted into a corner

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Clovis Deputy Police Chief Dan Blair identifies graffiti across Clovis Thursday aftertnoon. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Holding parents financially responsible for graffiti painted by their children and getting property owners to remove it quickly are solutions Clovis city officials are considering for the consistent vandalism problem. Deputy Police […]

171 Cannon Airmen selected for staff sergeant

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report The following Cannon Airmen were selected for promotion to the rank of staff sergeant: 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron Quianna Enang Erica Faria Carrie Powell Amy M. Seaton 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Eric Atkins Christopher Barnes Marvin Burton Erving. Camacho Chad Candiff Jonathan Cartwright Robert De La Rosa James […]

Land battle brewing over eminent domain

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The city intends to construct a 30-foot open drainage channel across 1.3 acres of Daniel and Pauline Griego’s 15-acre farm at Rodeo and Humphrey roads. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A three-year-old land dispute between a Clovis property owner and the city grew more tangled last month when the owner […]

Small animals cause big problems for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleA population explosion for prairie dogs has intensified what is a constant struggle for Curry County farmers and ranchers. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in […]