Year in review: Major crimes down

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CNJ file photo An investigator holds up homicide victim Clifford Webber’s New Mexico driver’s identification card found in his wallet by collecting evidence at a house on west 14th Street. The case was one of three homicides in Clovis and Curry County during 2009. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement focused on […]

First person: Dispatcher works ’round the clock

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carolyn Aragon of Clovis said she likes working as a dispatcher because every day is different. Carolyn Aragon of Clovis has a degree in computer science but the thought of working with computers bores her. She’s chosen to work as a dispatcher for the past 15 years. After working as […]

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Firefighters Jon Fails, left, and Nate Joy are two staff members at the Clovis Fire Department who worked on Christmas. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take […]

Education feature: Receptionist watched school change over 31 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bestella Gardner retired from Clovis schools after 31 years. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Bestella Gardner retired from the Clovis Schools after 31 years of working at the building that is now Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. That doesn’t mean she’s done. Gardner said Lincoln-Jackson is important to her and she […]

Hiring freeze part of proposed CMS budget cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Working to cut $600,000 out of a $54 million dollar budget, Clovis Municipal Schools administration focused on keeping all 1,100 employees and keeping the cuts away from students. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said budget cuts were no surprise and the district has been planning for them. “We’ve been trying to […]

Officials working to secure funds to close county road

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County officials say they are working diligently to get enough money to re-situate a road causing problems for Cannon Air Force Base. Manager Lance Pyle said his office is pursuing grant money to cover the expense of closing Curry Road R and paving a neighboring road to serve as […]

County officials working to secure sole courthouse entrance

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In about a month, Curry County officials are hoping to have all but one entrance to the courthouse closed in the interest of improving security. County Manager Lance Pyle said the target date for the change is Sept. 21. August 18 the county commission voted to reduce courthouse traffic […]

Softball league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder about having […]

Press release: Shooting suspect surrenders at border

COLUMBUS, NEW MEXICO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Columbus port of entry Monday took custody of a man being sought on homicide charges in New Mexico. CBP officers arrested 36-year-old Fernando Lopez Villegas of Portales at approximately 12:05 p.m. after he entered the U.S. from Mexico to surrender to […]

Tucumcari police chief placed on administrative leave

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Kailee Martinez, 14, was tased in the head July 2 by Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher when she ran from him following a domestic dispute with her mother. By Thomas Garcia and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending […]