Detention officer under investigation

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer who took two inmates outside the jail to have lunch earlier this week is under administrative investigation, Administrator Keith Norwood said Thursday. Norwood said he stumbled onto the trio Tuesday as they sat on the east side of the detention center, eating their jail-prepared meals. One of the […]

Colonial Heritage health care facility may be closing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Caretakers are concerned at news Colonial Heritage Personal Home Health Care may be closing. Sharna Johnson The future of Colonial Heritage Personal Home Healthcare in Clovis has at least one caregiver wondering what to do now. Dejon Ruiz said she went to the facility Tuesday to pick up time sheets […]

Finding camping bag more complicated than it seems

Kevin Wilson The truth can change with the passage of time. But in this case, the truth has simply become stronger. Last week, I wrote about looking forward to my first time camping since sixth grade. It turns out I should have waited another week until I went shopping for camping equipment. The time has […]

Storm knocks out power for about 3,500 residents

CNJ staff About 3,500 Clovis customers went without power for roughly two hours after a storm-related outage. Wes Reeves, a spokesman for Xcel Energy, said a transmission line failed at approximately 6:08 p.m. The failure knocked out power for 3,587 customers, and was fixed at 7:55 p.m. “It’s a pretty large outage,” Reeves said. Another […]

4-11 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. March 27 an officer responded to a report of a motorcycle crash in the 900 block of Manana Boulevard. A woman told the officer she was on her way to take a motorcycle safety course to obtain a license […]

Muleshoe students sent home after snow, power outage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe school did the normal checks for inclement weather, and reasoned Thursday morning would be just rain, and not enough to cancel school. That was before the wind and snow picked up, and the power went out. Kids dropped off at the district’s four campuses soon had to be […]

Education column: Students visit ocean without leaving town

When was the last time you went on an underwater expedition…and did not leave Clovis? Impossible, you say? Well, you would be wrong, because that is exactly what the third grade class of Lockwood Elementary School did recently. Without leaving Clovis, they experienced an underwater expedition via technology. The Clovis school system was visionary enough […]

1-21 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Jan. 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of Calhoun Street for a report of criminal damage. The resident said when he woke that morning he discovered his home had been shot. The man said […]

Pressman turned from owner to ‘phantom’

Don McAlavy: County historian Back in the old days when Joe Fahnert left the CNJ he went to the “Clovis Printing, Inc.” and dropped the word “Lithography” which no one understood. Never use names in your business title that confuse the public. Joe slowly got rid of all the extra help and built a new […]

Residents share weight loss successes

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maurine Thomas, co-leader of the Clovis chapter of Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, eyes her weight during the group’s weekly weigh in. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Kimmie Davis has done it all. She got married, raised a family, went back to school to finish her degree. She did boy […]

10/11 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 p.m. Sept. 27 an officer responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Gidding Street for a report of indecent exposure. Two women told the officer a naked man came out of a nearby apartment and masturbated in front […]

Trek for Trash event draws record volunteers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rebecca Kimball, from left to right, Hector Baez, Steve Kimball and Anna Kate Kimball pick up trash along Martin Luther King Boulevard during the annual Trek for Trash event on Saturday. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Trek for Trash went off without a hitch Saturday as a record 505 […]

Camp revives childhood memories

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Remember when you went to camp? You learned neat stuff about animal tracks, bugs and pine trees. Maybe you went hiking after dark and somebody jumped out of the woods screaming like a wild animal, scaring everyone spitless. Around the campfire they told ghost stories that caused shivers — and […]

Editor’s love of western life shows in novels

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist A light went out in Clovis Wednesday morning, May 23, 1984 for William W. Southard, whom we called “Bill Southard.” He was a friend to many and a special inspiration to me, he died succumbing after a long and heroic struggle against that insidious and dreaded killer we call cancer. […]

Life too short to wait

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When I was in high school, I went with a girlfriend many times to see her grandmother, who lived in a rest home. The first time I went with her, we arrived at about 11:30 in the morning. What caught our attention was a little lady, sitting in the “parlor” […]

Nov. 2, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Oct. 24 an officer on duty at a school in the 1500 block of Sycamore Street got a report of a theft. A student said he set his backpack down before school and when he went back for it, […]

Ranch hand chooses work over welfare

by Glenda Price The rancher, Big Jim Jordan, went to the cafe in town where day-workers hung out each morning. Four or five fellows visited over coffee, one whittled on a stick, another looked at the day’s newspaper and the others just hung out.

God in charge of our destiny

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist We always get a variety of catalogs in the mail. Last week was no different so I stacked them and then went through the bundle on Saturday. The catalogs were the ones we receive periodically — clothing, hunting, items for the holidays. But one stood out. It was a catalog […]

Title paths differ

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CNJ staff photo:Tony Bullocks Clovis American’s John Myers makes a catch for the third out in the first inning against the Quay County All-Stars Thursday’s night at Dickerson Field, while Mason Grau comes in to back up the play. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico One team punched its ticket to the state Little League […]

Cowboy event offers peek into past

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte During Saturday’s Running Water Draw Cowboy Symposium, Sam Bass, an Amarillo optometrist and apprentice blacksmith, said blacksmithing uses basic elements of fire and strength to create art. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sparks flew as Sam Bass hammered the glowing steel rod. Wiping his brow, the optometrist from Amarillo […]