Melrose man sentenced to two years

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 70-year-old farmer from Melrose on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in state prison for vehicular homicide, despite warnings from his attorney that prison time could be a death sentence. District Judge Stephen Quinn decided to go beyond the Department of Corrections’ pre-sentencing recommendation that Harry Downey receive five years […]

Clovis kids go straight to jail (just visiting)

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Parkview Elementary fourth-grader Jessica Leyva, 10, left, looks around a cell at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center as Curry County detention officer Paul Cash explains life in jail Tuesday during a tour. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Surrounded by white concrete walls and security cameras, Parkview Elementary students sat eyes gazing […]

Republicans outnumber Democrats

By David Arkin Republicans are No. 1 in Curry County. For the first time in the county’s 95-year history, there are more registered Republicans than Democrats, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Web site. As of Wednesday afternoon, 8,547 people or 45 percent of voters in the county, were registered Republican while 8,277 […]

Discrimination lawsuit against CCC settled

By Mike Linn A Clovis woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination against Clovis Community College has received an out-of-court settlement. The settlement provides $24,000 to Angelina Baca-Rodriguez, said CCC attorney Steve Bell. But CCC officials remain firm in their position that discrimination never occurred. Bell said CCC officials did not want to settle […]

Area lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Unknown teens find woman’s cat after long search

Reporter’s Notebook With the recent rash of crime, Jackie Zimmerman said she was scared early Wednesday morning when she hit the dark streets near her home on West 17th Street in search of her injured cat. The elderly woman, who needs a cane to walk, didn’t feel any safer when she saw three teenagers walking […]

Cross, Dennis

Dennis Cross Services: Have been held. Dennis Lee Cross, 55, of Dallas, formerly of Clovis, died March 29, 2004, in Wise County, Texas. He was born on Oct. 17, 1948, in Clovis. He was a graduate and an avid fan of Texas Tech University. Survivors include a son, Brian Cross of Avondale, Ariz.; his mother, […]

Award-winning teacher says newspapers are great instructional tool

By Ryan Lengerich Cameo Elementary third-grade teacher Mary Finifrock de Parez remembers when as a little girl her dad taught her to read the newspaper. “I wanted my students to have the same joy,” she said. “I’ve had a grandmother tell me she wanted to thank me for letting her granddaughter read the newspaper.” Finifrock […]

Education calendar

Today • Ryan Sanders, 12, will discuss bow and arrow safety at a Zia Elementary assembly at 2 p.m. • First and second grade musical at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Elementary gymnasium. Friday • Enchilada dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bella Vista Elementary. • Character counts assembly at 8 […]

Education briefs

CCC announces new food service training program Clovis Community College’s Department of Business and Industry in association with the New Mexico Restaurant Association, is offering a new Food Service Training Program. The program will allow restaurant and food service owners and operators to improve the quality of their workforce through nationally recognized food service certifications, […]