Individuals have right to be treated fairly

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist This summer I am teaching school law in one of my teacher education classes. We talk about liberty and property and the freedoms that we have as citizens of this wonderful country. We talk about rights and responsibilities as well. Those are good things to think about on this Independence […]

First Person: Designing dreams

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis native Paul Reed says he wants to move Clovis’ architecture forward. Paul Reed, 44, was born and raised in Clovis. For seven years, he has been a licensed architect in Clovis, but his life revolves around his two sons. Reed does 40 to 50 projects a year, from one-room […]

Three arrested for robbery

CNJ staff Three Clovis men were arrested Monday for robbing a 17-year-old boy, according to police reports. About 4:30 p.m. Monday, the victim told police he had just walked out of an auto parts store on north Prince Street when he was approached by two men who asked him what time it was, then demanded […]

Portales mayor testifies in favor of water project

By Kevin Wilson Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to prove that. “I […]

Vision plan voted down

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer New Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said during her campaign community members told her they wanted more input in the direction of the city. Her plan is to hire a consultant to develop a blueprint for how the city progresses in the next 12 years. She pitched the concept to […]

Exaggerations undermine credibility

Freedom New Mexico Some consider it a cynical joke, but it may just be the beginning of wisdom to take as a default position the likelihood that anybody who would even dream of running for president is automatically disqualified for the job. The combination of self-importance, ego, sense of entitlement and outsized perception of one’s […]

Ordinance not for all

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Where people see junk, county resident Alvin Clark sees his livelihood. Clark, 70, a scrap metal dealer, told members of the county’s Land Use Committee on Thursday that a countywide nuisance ordinance now under discussion would be the end of his livelihood. “I have junk on my property. I […]

Child's questions can be challenging

By Anita Doberman Children ask all sorts of embarrassing questions and sometimes put us on the spot. This weekend, I had a lot of explaining to do when we visited New Orleans. I went with my five children and my teenage babysitter — naturally hubby still deployed. We thought that it would be fun to […]

Huckabee drops out of race after ‘journey of a lifetime’

The Associated Press IRVING, Texas — Mike Huckabee bowed to reality Tuesday and out of the Republican presidential race. “We kept the faith,” he told his end-of-the-road rally Tuesday after John McCain clinched the nomination. “I’d rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place.” The genial […]

Police blotter 2/22/08

CNJ Staff report Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: • Police responded to a report of an auto burglary at 12:28 a.m. Feb. 13 in the 900 block of West Street. The victim told police he had been visiting someone, and when he came outside an hour later, […]

Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In video and audio interrogations played during Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors heard the Cannon airman say he repressed memories of the night his wife died, but couldn’t imagine any circumstance in which he’d harm her. In the first […]

Feb. 6, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of an auto burglary and larceny at 7:40 a.m. Jan. 29 in the 3200 block of Ross Street. The caller said someone broke into his vehicle between 5 p.m. the previous day and the time of the […]

Parents of deceased airman give testimony in Saturday’s session

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]

Airman’s reaction analyzed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The view from the witness stand in the Cannon courtroom where Airman Basic Edward Novak is standing trial. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom while court is in session. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter […]

Quick ride leaves lasting impact

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago when I was teaching at Clovis Community College, on one of New Mexico’s unusually rainy days, Buffy and I turned out of the college parking lot and onto the street that borders the college. We saw a woman in the distance walking in the rain. She carried […]

Jan. 25, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15, a Clovis police officer reported losing his radar unit. He told officers that he was moving equipment from his police motorcycle to his police car. After driving to the other side […]

Convicted sex offender arrested on second rape charge

CNJ staff A 42-year-old Clovis man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with kidnapping and rape after holding a Clovis woman against her will and raping her repeatedly, according to an arrest affidavit filed Tuesday in Curry County Magistrate Court. Alex Montoya turned himself into police Monday afternoon and is being held on a $75,000 […]

McCain wins South Carolina; Romney wins Nevada

By Davd Espo: The Associated Press Sen. John McCain won a hard-fought South Carolina primary Saturday night, avenging a bitter personal defeat in a bastion of conservatism and gaining ground in an unpredictable race for the Republican presidential nomination. Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in Nevada caucuses marred by late […]

Dec. 20, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 11 a.m. Dec. 7 an officer responded to a school in the 1600 block of Sutter Place for a report of a weapon. An administrator said a folding knife was found in the pants pocket of a student […]

Dec. 18, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About noon Dec. 5 an officer responded to a store in the 1900 block of Prince Street for a report of shoplifting. A store manager said two young males in their late teens came in and took two bottles […]