County officers rev up new engines

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Curry County Sheriff’s department debuted one of its four new police-edition Dodge Chargers Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Sheriff’s department placed the first of four new police-edition Dodge Chargers into action on county roads Wednesday, sporting the department’s new color scheme and low-profile light […]

Tornado leaves body of work

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Auto body repairman Adam Gleaton of Bender Auto Repair works on a truck damaged by hail during the tornado in Clovis two weeks ago. Gleaton said the shop has been staying busy since the storm. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Auto body shops have been busy repairing vehicles battered […]

Air Force done with decals

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In 2005, the Air Force spent $727,000 printing vehicle decals. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Vehicle decals will no longer be required to enter Air Force bases in the United States, according to Air Force officials. A February memo issued by Air Combat Command (ACC), which oversees Cannon Air […]

Vandals strike homes, vehicles

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Dozens of vehicles and several homes in Clovis were riddled with BBs or pellets last weekend, according to the Clovis Police Department. The Department had received 45 reports of criminal damage to vehicles as of Monday, according to Clovis Police spokesperson Lt. Patrick Whitney. The vandalism spree occurred mainly […]

Cops and Courts: Court closed for conference

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Magistrate Court will be closed Tuesday through Friday for an annual conference for judges and court clerks in Albuquerque, according to court officials. Anyone scheduled to appear during this time should contact the court when it reopens at 8 a.m. Dec. 11. Members of the Clovis […]

In world of unsure events, Jesus assures us

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist It was on the highway that runs some miles outside Show Low, Ariz. It is the Salt River Canyon highway, and the sharp curves and high, steep hills of this canyon are intimidating. I have heard of many mishaps on that highway. My husband remembers traveling through the canyon […]

Clovis teen shot, killed

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Clovis police detective Antonio Bosque sets up crime scene tape at Eighth and Sheldon streets Monday afternoon following a fatal shooting in front of a residence. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old city man who was shot in the head Monday afternoon […]

Gadgets make cars more comfortable for owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Satellite radio, global positioning satellite mapping and DVD screens are hot items on today’s vehicles, according to car accessory dealers. And the more gadgets a vehicle has, the faster it sells, according to Greg Bass, Hamilton Big Country Truck Center manager. Vehicles equipped with satellite radio, global positioning satellite […]

Traveling down life’s road Is an adventure

By Curtis K. Shelburne My wife and I rolled into our driveway late last night. Some sleepy cargo rested in the seats behind us—two sons fresh off the last plane that had flown them home from Uganda, jet-lagged and weary, out cold. If you’re tired enough, you can sleep almost anywhere. But Stephan and Josh […]

Boeing will share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We […]

Energy regulations will only continue vicious cycle

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration last month caved in to years of pressure, and moved to make good on the president’s pledge to free the nation from its “addiction” to foreign oil, by making the most dramatic change in 30 years to Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. Certain categories of trucks and SUVs will have […]

Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry

Freedom Newspapers Some pointless ideas die hard, which is an accurate description of the fuel economy standards the federal government imposes on automakers. The Bush administration, although allegedly in favor of freer markets, announced new standards this week that will require higher gas mileage ratings for the light trucks that dominate U.S. roads. The standards […]

Adding two miles per gallon is not a solution

Kevin Wilson: Local Columnist When I took a look at the CNN Web site on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but give a slight amount of approval to the Bush administration, or at least the first sentence of the story I uploaded. “The Bush administration announced new fuel economy rules Tuesday that require improved mileage […]

Some top administrators have vehicles provided

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Taxpayer-bought automobiles, free memberships to Gym X and tuition waivers are the main incentives — besides paychecks and benefits — for public employees working in Curry County. Most of Curry County’s high-ranking public employees drive in cars paid for by the public agency they serve. City and county officials serving […]

Apartment residents find windows bashed

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This blue Chevrolet is one of at least 10 vehicles parked at the Clovis Apartments that were vandalized early Saturday morning. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of Clovis Apartments awoke early Saturday morning to find that windows in at least 10 vehicles had been shattered. Resident Jackie Brown, a retired […]

Off-road vehicles should be shut out

By John Pallaschke: Guest Columnist In response to the issue of closing Ned Houk Park to recreational vehicles: I say, shut them down and shut them out. Robert Vilandry, who was qouted in support of riders in a July 8 Clovis News Journal article, may be one of the few who operates his vehicles safely […]

Unnecessary weapons push safety aside

Freedom Editorial This nation’s families long have sent sons and daughters into the military. They need to know that — given the inherent dangers of many military occupations, especially during wartime — the armed forces are taking adequate safety precautions, starting with day-to-day activities. A five-month Detroit News investigation, detailed in a series this past […]

Off-road vehicles just create problems

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should ban recreational vehicles from Ned Houk Park. Some responses: “RATHER THAN BANISHING recreational vehicles from the park, I favor appropriate regulations with enforcement. Disregard of the rules should result in the vehicle operator being banished from the park.” — Harold Burris, Clovis “I BELIEVE RECREATIONAL […]

Court ruling good news for commerce

The June 7 Supreme Court ruling paving the way for Mexican trucks to operate inside the United States was a long time in coming. In a unanimous decision, the justices declared that President Bush has the authority to open the U.S. border to Mexican trucks without waiting for a court-ordered environmental study (although the study […]

Many factors contribute to rise in gasoline prices

No one likes to pay more for a product they are accustomed to purchasing cheaply. But as gas prices in Clovis hit their highest ever this week — $1.94 for an average gallon of regular unleaded — customers need to be aware that a number of factors have boosted the cost. First, of course, lies […]