Sticker artist, wife shocked at controversy

By David Irvin Those sexually-explicit little devils at the heart of controversy in Clovis have been distributed all over the country, with more than 100,000 copies sold, according to the wife of the artist who made them. Ruth Waytz said her husband, Chris “Coop” Cooper, has sold or licensed more than 2 million nude devil […]

Judge declines request to reopen public records case

Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — A state district court judge on Tuesday denied a Clovis News Journal request to reconsider a public records case against Curry County ruled on last year. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Joe Parker ruled he had no jurisdiction in the case because the CNJ’s motion to reconsider was not heard within […]

Novak relatives want answers

By David Irvin For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is all right. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. 28 in […]

Lawsuit against Curry County thrown out

By Mike Linn A district judge threw out a public records lawsuit filed against Curry County on Monday because of what he said was a procedural error. District Judge Joe Parker said Freedom Communications, parent company of the Clovis News Journal, incorrectly sued Curry County when it sought the salaries of county employees. Parker said […]

All types of discrimation are harmful

By Kevin Wilson I fear I may be a victim of discrimination. But before every lawyer within the area tries to reach me, let me explain that it’s a tough case to win. There’s no concrete evidence, and this isn’t based on race, religion, nationality or skin color. No, it’s quite simply name discrimination. I’ve […]

Man pleads not guilty to shooting Realtor

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — A 27-year-old Albuquerque man has pleaded not guilty to shooting a well-respected real estate agent in the back of the head and leaving his body in a closet inside a home he was trying to sell. Mario Lucas Chavez entered his plea Friday, the same day family members buried […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence

By Kevin Wilson A long wait for DNA evidence is a common point in Portales’ two homicide investigations. Seven weeks after the June 14 stabbing death of Jorge Prado of Clovis, no murder charges have been filed and police are still waiting on results of DNA tests conducted on knives and blood found in a […]

State takeover unrelated to volunteer’s actions

By Darrell Todd Maurina Decisions by state regulators to take over and then shut down Buena Vista Nursing Home had nothing to do with the actions of a state-appointed volunteer who propositioned Buena Vista employees for sex, an attorney for the state said Saturday. District Judge Stephen Quinn didn’t make a final ruling Saturday but […]

Cookie handout turns into legal battle

By Darrell Todd Maurina 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 hand out cinnamon snickerdoodle cookies to poll workers in 24 of […]

Prosecutors say Chandler stretching the truth

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Four prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office claim former colleague Matt Chandler is misrepresenting his record in hopes of being elected on June 1. Chandler said information he’s supplied in fliers and in media advertisements is accurate. He called the prosecutors’ comments “disappointing.” “For this to come out […]