Celebrating a clean slate

By Jack King About 30 area residents, dignitaries, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, state and federal officials gathered at Santa Fe Lake on Thursday. Their purpose was to celebrate the transformation of the lake — a playa about one mile south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad yard in Clovis — from one of […]

Lowe’s store almost a done deal

By Jack King A spokeswoman for Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse said Thursday the company has closed a deal to buy a site in Clovis. Julie Valeant, the company spokeswoman, said partners in the deal are still completing final paperwork and she could not provide more details about the deal until the paperwork is finished. Developer […]

Bagging up for a clean city

Linda Norman of Clovis carries trash bags Saturday down South Main Street to a Dumpster in her neighborhood. By Jack King City and country residents collected more than 20 tons of trash Saturday in an annual spring clean up sponsored by the city of Clovis, said city Parks and Recreations Department Director Rob Carter. In […]

One dies in plunge to Pecos

By Jack King The body of a 77-year-old Fort Sumner-area man was recovered from 30 feet of water Wednesday morning after his pickup plunged into the Pecos River below Lake Sumner Dam on Tuesday night. Uley Dowell, who lived in a cabin on Lake Sumner, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Medical Investigator […]

Math teacher uses art in instruction

Deborah Watters, a math teacher at Yucca Junior High School, shows examples of how she integrates math and art to teach her students mathematics. By Gary Mitchell A Yucca Junior High School teacher has found a way to liven up mathematics with art — and her students say they enjoy it. Deborah Watters, who received […]

School Board honors volunteer

CNJ Staff After 17 years of making drill team uniforms, attending dance competitions in far-off places and accomplishing sundry other non-paid tasks, Sharon Dorman was recognized for her volunteer efforts. But Dorman, awarded the Volunteer of the Year at a Tuesday Clovis School Board, said this acknowledgement merely put a cap on what she naturally […]

Area placed under tornado watch

By Jack King The National Weather Service called the first tornado watch of the season for Curry and Roosevelt counties at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, based on observations of wind speed, temperatures and instability in low levels of the atmosphere, said Jess Michalski, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Albuquerque office. But, Michalski said, no tornadoes […]

Lake dropped from Superfund list

By Jack King The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway Co. will hold an open house Thursday at Santa Fe Lake to celebrate the removal of the lake from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List. The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the lake site on South Main Street across […]

Military presence in Iraq shifts

An unidentified U.S. Army soldier tells people to stay back as soldiers went looking for an individual who fired near a secure perimeter near the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on Tuesday. WASHINGTON — Combat in Iraq is all but over, yet US Army troops continue to stream into the country in an illustration of one […]

Shooting injures two

Janet Bresenham A sunny Easter Sunday turned violent when two men were shot in a car on Grand Avenue near Potter Park just after 5:30 p.m. The car continued across town before crashing into a column outside the entrance to Retirement Ranch near the hospital. Clovis Police Detective Sgt. Roger Grah said Lashawn Bethea and […]

Amaro trial enters second day

Cutline goes here cutline goes here cutline goes here Eric Butler Prosecutors called eight witnesses to the stand in the first-degree murder trial of Pedro Amaro on Wednesday. Amaro is being tried in connection with the April 2001 death of Kenneth Smith of Clovis. He could face life in prison if convicted. Amaro’s girlfriend at […]

CCC trustees election drawing more interest than in past years

Gary Mitchell Seven candidates and three contested races have made this year’s Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election a bit more interesting than in past years, say election officials. “We’ve already had more activity in this election than any other election of its kind in the past,” said Coni Jo Lyman, deputy chief county […]

Deadly Day in Clovis Area

CNJ Staff The bodies of two men found early Friday morning in the middle of a county road west of Clovis have been identified. The victims are Wesley Griest, 39, of Clovis, and Alex Rodriguez, 29, also of Clovis, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “The information we have at this time is very […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]