Cut cable disrupts Internet

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A cut fiber optic cable and muddy conditions left eastern New Mexico citizens with compromised Internet and long distance service for more than nine hours Monday. The buried fiber optic cable, no wider than a strand of hair, was accidentally cut in downtown Roswell around 11 a.m. by workers […]

Former commissioner briefly in hospital

CNJ staff Former city commissioner Gloria Wicker, 74, was back in the hospital Sunday night, less than a week after she was released from Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock where she underwent surgery. Wicker was transported to the hospital as a precaution following an irregular heartbeat, her sister Jane Wootton said. “As serious as her […]

Former commissioner improving

CNJ staff Former city commissioner Gloria Wicker has been upgraded to stable condition, according to officials at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Speaking from her hospital room Saturday, Wicker said she is gradually getting better. “Everyday is a little bit better than the day before,” she said, noting that she still feels pretty weak. Wicker […]

Clovis resident appointed to state Rodeo Council

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Gloria Wicker of Clovis was recently appointed to the New Mexico Rodeo Council, according to Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. A former city commissioner, Wicker currently serves on the board for the High Plains Rodeo Association. She said she applied for the position in April because she wanted to get […]

Preserving history

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By Tova Fruchtman Gloria Wicker is full of stories about some of Clovis’ older, more historic sites, many of which are now falling into ruin. Like the pool at Hillcrest Park where some residents used to spend much of their summers. Or the Lyceum Theatre, once a stage for famous artists and singers. She remembers […]

County commission incumbents prevail

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J. Albin Smith, left, and his wife Sandra watch the election results Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Republican incumbents Albin Smith and Tim Ashley will remain on the Curry County Commission. Ashley held 57 percent of the votes (2,287) in defeating Democrat Paul D. […]

Huge stone monument stolen from Hotel Clovis roof

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An Indian chief statue is one of five monuments sat atop the nine-story high Hotel Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A 350-pound historic monument is missing from atop Hotel Clovis. The 73-year-old stone in the shape of an Indian chief with a war bonnet vanished on Tuesday. City […]

City residents say Iraq top issue in election

By William Thompson, Freedom Newspapers As the Democrats take the political center stage this week in Boston, many Clovis-area residents will be listening closely for information they can use to make their decisions in the presidential election. Iraq is the main issue on many of their minds. “I want some resolution,” said Vikki Solari, a […]

Candidate signs staying put

By Darrell Todd Maurina A county commission candidate wants to get the county’s road policy amended to make it easier for residents to see her campaign signs. Gloria Wicker asked the Curry County Commission on Wednesday to allow candidates to put signs in the right-of-way, which extends 30 feet from the center of county roads […]

Campaign signs missing from area

CNJ STAFF Melrose police say about 20 campaign signs were stolen last week in the city. In Clovis, district attorney campaign signs have also been swiped, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. He said people stealing campaign signs is no trend — it happens every election. Gloria Wicker, challenger to District 4 Commissioner Albin Smith, […]

City Commission lauds local pastor

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A picture of Herbert Bergstrom and a thank you from the city of Clovis is projected on a screen as Mayor David Lansford reads from a proclamation Thursday at the city commission meeting naming today, “Dr. Herbert Bergstrom Day.” CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King The City Commission honored Herbert Bergstrom, a pastor who […]

Incumbent ousted in tight District 2 race

By Jack King Fred Van Soelen summed it up in five words: “It was a nail biter,” he said. Van Soelen, an assistant district attorney, won the city commission District 2 race with 285 votes — 37 more than runner-up Len Vohs and 40 more than incumbent Gloria Wicker. Van Soelen said his efforts on […]

Three candidates vie for the City Commission District 2 post: Fred Van Soelen, Len Vohs and the incumbent, Gloria Wicker

By Jack King Fred Van Soelen Age: 33 Employment: Assistant District Attorney Contact: 762-7611 Political experience: None. Len Vohs Age: 50 Employment: Senior sales executive, KICA-KKYC radio Contact: 762-0550 Political experience: None. Gloria Wicker Age: 73 Employment: Retired, formerly worked for the Santa Fe railroad and Cannon Air Force Base. Contact: 762-0029 Political experience: City […]

Big problem with pay raise is timing

C lovis faces a few financial challenges this year – along with a monkey wrench its commissioners created. Among the city’s priorities are staff raises, particularly police and firefighters seeking wage hikes they say better meet what other cities and agencies pay. Then there’s a proposed pipeline to pump water from Ute Lake near Logan […]

City accepts gift of Levine Building

By Jack King The City Commission voted Thursday to accept the Levine Building on Main Street as a donation from its current owners. The city of Clovis will accept the building on the basis that current federal and county tax liens on the building will be waived, the commission said. According Susan Freed, a Santa […]