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Fort Sumner group wants sheriff recalled

De Baca County residents could vote on whether to recall their sheriff if a group of county residents convinces a court to let it circulate a recall petition. Sheriff Gary Graves said he believes he will not only serve out his... Full story

 

County administrator loves job

Twila Rutter-Wooley, the Curry County grant writer and grant administrator, talks with Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper during a meeting Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Twila Rutter-Wooley is...

 

Clovis youth group reaches out

For members of the youth group at Kingswood United Methodist Church, running a vacation Bible school program this summer on a Navajo reservation was like nothing they’d seen. In July, nine members of the church’s youth group...

 

Tents purposed as solution to jail overcrowding

Curry County could cut its jail overcrowding problem by housing nonviolent offenders in military surplus tents with air conditioning and portable toilets, according to County Commissioner Tim Ashley. That’s assuming the state...

 

Farmers' water usage a concern

The Ute Water project wasn’t the only local water issue to come before last week’s meeting of a legislative interim committee. On Thursday morning, two state representatives spoke to the Water and Natural Resources Committee...

 

Food, friends big part of Border Days

James Williams, right, of the Texico-Farwell Rotary Club, slices one of the 25 briskets the club cooked for its annual barbecue Saturday during Border Town Days in Farwell. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth FARWELL — From 30-pound hunks... Full story

 

Fire damages downtown business

Clovis firefighters battled a blaze Saturday at 120 Connelly for about two hours after semi trailers and packing crates caught fire in the yard next to Moberly Moving and Storage. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. A fire fueled by wooden pa...

 

Unregulated water usage a concern to citizens

The Ute Water project wasn’t the only local water issue to come before last week’s meeting of a legislative interim committee. On Thursday morning, two state representatives spoke to the Water and Natural Resources Committee...

 

Methodist reverend's focus: youth ministry

The Rev. Wayne Salguero of Trinity United Methodist Church hopes that his church will be a place of healing, love and hope. . CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. When the Rev. Wayne Salguero came to Clovis in mid-June, Trinity United... Full story

 

A rough childhood turned Baptist preacher to Christ

Sandia Baptist Church’s new pastor Jason Schwope wants to reach out to Clovis residents who may not have a church home. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Some Southern Baptists expect their ministers to be lifelong Baptists whose fathers...

 

Pastor exchanges for business suit for clergy cloth

Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Bonita Knox hopes to help church members reach out in service to the community. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Although she’s a lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Bonita Knox never planned to enter the ministry...

 

Further delays could drive up pipeline price

Local officials told an interim committee of the State Legislature on Wednesday morning that any further delays in building the Ute Water pipeline will hike costs by about $3 million per year. Total capital and enhancement costs...

 

Task force tackling water shortage issues

Responding to drought conditions that have reached emergency levels in some parts of New Mexico, an interim committee of the State Legislature is holding two days of meetings in Clovis to discuss water supply concerns. Tuesday’s... Full story

 

Officials discuss water supplies

Responding to drought conditions that have reached emergency levels in some parts of New Mexico, an interim committee of the State Legislature is holding two days of meetings in Clovis to discuss water supply concerns. Tuesday’s...

 

City’s annual budget to include major capital projects

Clovis city commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve a $53.9 million budget for the 2004-05 fiscal year. Tuesday’s meeting took less than 10 minutes since most of the discussion took place in a July 20 daytime budget hearing,...

 

Stabbing city's sixth homicide of 2004

A 19-year-old Clovis man was stabbed to death at 201 Pinon Street about 12:45 p.m. Monday, Clovis police said. Victor Estrada, father of a 5-week-old daughter, died after being transported by private vehicle to Plains Regional...

 

Rain can't stop rally's poker run

Despite heavy rains, Badlands Motorcycle Rally organizers figured out a way Saturday morning to keep a motorcycle rally tradition alive — a “Poker Run” in which motorcyclists pick up poker cards at various stopovers on a... Full story

 

Bad Bikers

Organizers of the Badlands Motorcycle Rally say their rally, in its fourth year this weekend, draws bikers from all over New Mexico and West Texas. However, few visitors came from as far away as Deonne Wright, who rode her vintage... Full story

 

Clovis host to Hispanic Baptists

One of the smaller Southern Baptist churches in Clovis hosted a state Baptist convention this week. It wasn’t the main New Mexico Baptist Convention, which counts hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of members, but rather...

 

Officials say China Star blaze was accident

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...

 

De Baca sheriff may face recall

Two De Baca County residents are seeking to recall Sheriff Gary Graves. “Since Gary Graves took office, the community has been split wide open by the actions of this man,” wrote Dennis Cleaver in a press release issued by a... Full story

 

County: Blame jail for budget woes

Curry County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $20.5 million budget that will cut the county’s cash on hand from $10.1 million to $3.2 million by June 2005. County Manager Geneva Cooper said the fund drain has been caused...

 

Sex scandal debated

Dr. Ali Ghaffari, owner of Buena Vista, testifies Saturday during a hearing at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Decisions by state regulators to take over and then shut down Buena Vista Nursing Home had...

 

Clovis native in cookie lawsuit

A Clovis native who now serves on a California city council is embroiled in a lawsuit that has already cost her city more than $538,000 in lawyer’s fees. According to Julie Ruiz Raber, the case revolves around her decision to...

 

Cookie handout turns into legal battle

A Clovis native who now serves on a California city council is embroiled in a lawsuit that has already cost her city more than $538,000 in lawyer’s fees. According to Julie Ruiz Raber, the case revolves around her decision to... Full story

 

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