Children first point in drug, gang prevention

By Doug Bowman: Guest columnist I am a lifelong, third-generation resident of Clovis and Curry County. I have been married to Peggy Kelley for eight years. Peggy is also a lifelong resident of Curry County. We have a little boy, Logan, who is 3 years old. We are proud members of the First Baptist Church […]

Proactive law enforcement key for office

By Matt Murray: Guest columnist Thanks to all of you for the kindness that you’ve shown me and others involved in the “Matt Murray for sheriff” campaign. In 1976, as a 19-year-old, I was sworn in as a police officer by one of my heroes; his name was Clovis Police Chief Nelson Worley. It was […]

Readers weigh in on sheriff’s race

Bowman full of energy, dedicated to citizens I would like to say a few words about Doug Bowman, a candidate for Curry County sheriff. I have known Doug all of his life. Doug and his family are members of the First Baptist Church. Doug comes from a family of long-term commitment to the Clovis community […]

Letters to the editor: Sheriff candidate says he cherishes career

Chet Spear questions why I left the Curry County Sheriff’s Department for a short time after witnessing three children killed by a drunken driver in 1992. I want to offer my explanation: On that horrific night, I helped collect the bodies of three innocent children, two of whom were the age of my children. What […]

Candidate profiles: Curry County sheriff

Doug Bowman Jr. Party: Republican Current position: Undersheriff What is your background? I am a lifelong, third-generation resident of Curry County and a graduate of Clovis High School. I have been married to Peggy Kelley for eight years and have a 2 1/2-year-old son named Logan. I have more than nine years of continuous law […]

Candidate profiles: Roger Hatcher, Richard Hollis

The following are profiles of Republican candidates for Curry County magistrate judge Division 2. Early voting begins May 9 from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election. The primary is June 6. Roger Hatcher Republican candidate for magistrate judge, Division […]

District Attorney Chandler honored as Prosecutor of the Year

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler was named New Mexico Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year by the New Mexico Bar Association. The award is given annually to a New Mexico prosecutor “who has gone above and beyond his or her duties as a prosecutor by providing leadership, support and assistance to law […]

Roosevelt officials conducting roundup

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Courts and local law enforcement officials are issuing a warning before they begin arresting Roosevelt County residents who have not taken care of their citations and warrants. The Roosevelt County Magistrate Court officials, with the help of local law enforcement officers, will be conducting a warrant roundup in the near […]

Immigration issue has no easy answers

Freedom Newspapers Massive pro-immigrant demonstrations over the weekend and continuing Monday — police estimated 500,000 in Los Angeles, perhaps 300,000 in Chicago and smaller gatherings in Dallas, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio — suggest there are two sides in the debate over immigration that can bring out numbers. That is unlikely to make it easier […]

2/26 Letters to the editor

Citizen safety on sheriff’s priority list Regarding Glenda Bly’s letter criticizing our sheriff (“Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities”) in Wednesday’s CNJ: Let me see if I understand the point. Laws regarding seat belts, baby car seats, drunk drivers, and methamphetamine should not be enforced, although violations of each of those laws maim and kill […]

Officer laid to rest

Friona High School students line Highway 60 Monday to pay tribute to Texas Department of Public Safety officer Matt Myrick, who died in a traffic accident Friday near Hereford while on duty. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Hardwick) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Law-enforcement officers throughout the region on Monday mourned the loss of one of […]

Sheriff talks about training at FBI academy

Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., for 10 weeks. Now back at his desk, Hatcher talks about what he learned and how it may affect his office. Q. What classes did you take? A. I took six classes: Physical training, public speaking, effective writing, educational leadership, ethics and […]

New Orleans planning not by ordinary citizens

CNJ Editorial The floodwaters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to feast […]

Portales law enforcement looking at creative methods in meth fight

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Methamphetamine is described by law enforcement as the biggest social crisis today in America. Thursday at the Portales Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon, attendees learned more about the problem and a few easy ways to deter it in the community. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department […]

Meth ordinance up for vote

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An attempt to crack down on methamphetamine production has begun with the passing of an ordinance limiting the sale of pseudophedrine-based cold and sinus products in Portales and Roosevelt County. Commissioners in Curry County and Clovis will vote on the ordinance proposed by 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler […]

Task force clarifies meth ordinance

Former Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, right, voices concerns over a proposed ordinance involving the sale of pseudeophedrine-based drugs in the Clovis area during a meeting held Friday at City Hall to discuss the ordinance. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A task force charged with reviewing a proposed city methamphetamine ordinance on Friday hammered more […]

Causey residents unnerved by shooting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of Causey may have felt a little safer with the increased presence of law enforcement in their community, but simultaneously less safe due to the reason law enforcement is there — the shooting death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. Chunn, 71, was discovered July 8 shot in his home in […]

Additional funds needed to resolve border issues

Freedom Newspapers The 16 Texas counties that border Mexico face challenges that the rest of the state — the rest of the nation — might have a hard time understanding. From the intricacies of a border economy in which customers walk to another country for afternoon shopping trips to the irrigation needs of farmers in […]

Commission votes to regulate sale of some cold medicines

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camera documented the woman’s struggle with methamphetamine addiction. She was 31, youthful and bright-eyed when she was first photographed by police. By the age of 41, she had aged unrecognizably: Her skin creased with wrinkles, her hair thin, her mouth sunken in, her eyes devoid of light. Ninth […]

Tax hike going into effect Friday

CNJ staff Today is the last day to purchase goods and services in the county before a gross receipts tax hike goes into effect Friday. The tax increase — passed by the County Commission on Jan. 4 — was challenged by local residents in March when they petitioned to put the tax issue to a […]