City OKs money for CATS building

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis City Commissioners awarded a $1.78 million contract at Thursday’s meeting for construction of a new facility for Clovis Area Transit System. LCI2, Inc., of Clovis was the low bidder. The project includes an administration building and enclosed compound and vehicle storage to be built on a vacant lot […]

57-year-old man pulled from burning house

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The Clovis Fire Department responded to 1013 Maple St. in Clovis on Thursday evening where they pulled a 57-year-old man from the home. He was transported to a Lubbock hospital. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff Firefighters pulled a 57-year-old man from a burning home on Thursday night and he was flown to a Lubbock […]

Miller, Nell

Nell Miller, 80, of Portales, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at her residence in Portales. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Silverton, Texas, to Edna and Bill Miller. She grew up in Silverton where she attended school. She then moved to Pitchfork where she worked as a bus driver. She lived in various places […]

Grass fire closes roads

Staff and wire reports A grass fire that charred 1,500 acres of land along State Highway 467 and temporarily shut down two stretches of road Wednesday was ignited by a lit cigarette or the heat from a vehicle’s catalytic converter, according to a New Mexico State Forestry release. The blaze started in a ditch on […]

Fire destroys home

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A child’s bike is among the carnage of a house fire on Morse Street as a Clovis firefighter carefully picks his way through burned rubble looking for “hot-spots.” (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Jeff Christensen was letting his dog out Tuesday morning when he noticed flames shooting over the roof […]

10/9 Local Briefs

Clovis man extradited from California A Clovis man charged with first-degree murder was extradited Friday from a Los Angeles jail to Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to the district attorney’s office. William Riley, 33, faces a jury trial Dec. 19 to 23 in connection with the death of Roshawn Pitts, 20, according to District […]

Reporter’s notebook: Firefighters honored at banquet

Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department has worked over the years to foster strong working relationships, demonstrate a high level of competency as a firefighter and improve his skills as an Emergency Medical Technician assistant, his fire chief said. In recognition of those traits, Mitchell was presented the fireman of the year award […]

Out-of-town medical transfers forcing overtime for EMS workers

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Tim Peterson left Clovis at 11 p.m. on Friday alongside a man having heart problems. This was the back end of his shift that began 16 hours earlier. The Clovis Fire Department lieutenant was destined for Lubbock on a patient transfer. He monitored the man’s chest pains as a […]

City EMS in line for federal funding

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer About $4.5 million in federal money may soon be on its way to eastern New Mexico. The Omnibus Appropriations Spending bill passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate over the weekend and is expected to become law, a press release from U.S. Sen., Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said. […]

New chief veteran firefighter

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman will be appointed Clovis’ new fire chief on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Westerman, who will take over for Ron Edwards, who after 31 years in the department will retire on Friday. Westerman, who has been with the Clovis Fire Department […]

Fire department workers given incentives

By Ryan Lengerich When the bells go off at Clovis fire station No. 3 and the ambulance sirens are flicked on, Bill Baca doesn’t know who or what he will encounter. The fire department’s driver and paramedic said at least twice each month he will encounter a Spanish-only speaking subject. Baca said he speaks limited […]

Officials say China Star blaze was accident

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators ruled Wednesday morning that a fire at the China Star restaurant was accidental, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman said. Westerman said the fire began Sunday morning near a deep fryer where a cook, Zhang Tingfa, had been changing the oil and left the room to make a […]

Officials have China Star fire set for investigation

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Clovis firefighters work to put out a fire Sunday at the China Star restaurant on Main Street. Fire officials said the building was a total loss. (Courtesy photo: John Bourne) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan […]