Bedford jury selection continues

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection is roughly half finished in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping and other lesser charges. As of Wednesday, 100 potential jurors […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Lions grant given to victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers THE CLOVIS EVENING LIONS CLUB was recently able to help 80 local families affected by the March 23 tornado through a grant from Lions International, according to member Merle Terry. Families in need were identified by several local school principals and each was given a $100 gift card for food […]

List: Memorial Day closings

The following government offices, financial institutions and schools will be closed for Memorial Day: Banks Federal credit unions City Animal Shelter Curry County State Wayland Baptist University Clovis Community College Clovis Municipal Schools Eastern New Mexico University

Free meals

CNJ staff Free breakfast and lunch will be available through Our Lady of Guadalupe Summer Food Service Program to children 18 and younger at 23 area locations. Meals are served weekdays June 4 through Aug. 3. Parents are responsible for their children while at meal sites. The following sites serve free breakfast 8-9 a.m. and […]

Lists: Clovis Municipal Schools retirees

CNJ staff The following Clovis Municipal Schools teachers and staff are retiring at the end of the school year: Bertha Acy, custodian, Clovis High School, 16 years Debby Baker, literacy teacher, Yucca Junior High School, 21 years Janet Barnard, library educational assistant, Bella Vista Arts Academy, 27 years Viola Chavez, educational assistant, La Casita Elementary, […]

Education Digest: Schmidt succeeds Isham at CCC

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Michael Schmidt becomes vice president for information and educational technology at Clovis Community College July 1, according to a college news release. He succeeds Eleonore Isham, who retires June 30 after a 27-year career with the college. Schmidt is director of management information systems/institutional research and has worked for […]

Lawmakers push bulb changes on consumers

By Freedom Newspapers One of the original icons of the modern world could soon be replaced. If environmentalists and climate-change doomsayers have their way, the ubiquitous incandescent light bulb might soon be found only in museums, instead of nearly every building in the United States. That would be a great loss. The soft, warm glow […]

Board awards superintendent 5 percent raise

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Schools Superinten-dent Rhonda Seidenwurm will receive the same 5 percent pay raise other school district employees on average will receive. The school board approved Seidenwurm’s pay increase at Tuesday’s meeting. Her current annual salary was increased $6,425 to $134,925 effective July 1. “It’s a vote of confidence,” Seidenwurm […]

ConAgra procures air permit

CNJ staff SANTA FE — ConAgra officials learned Tuesday they can move forward with plans to build a $175 million ethanol plant west of Clovis. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry’s approval of the plant’s air quality construction permit was the final step before construction can begin at a grain handling facility ConAgra operates […]

Attorney battles crime on military, civilian fronts

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Christina Tatum said the military offered her the opportunity to travel and gain courtroom experience. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Tatum lives a double life as a crime fighter. Most days she serves as a deputy district attorney, handling 100 to 200 cases at any given time. She also […]

Melrose native hired to coach McMurry women’s basketball

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Her dream growing up was to coach basketball, but former Melrose High standout Veronica Snow has been away from it for six years while teaching at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and working on her doctorate in sports management. Recently, though, the 1982 Melrose graduate accepted the women’s head coaching position […]

Many still suffering after tornado

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Much of the damage has been repaired in the two months since a tornado hopscotched through the city March 23. However, secondary concerns are beginning to surface, according to Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico. People who were able to find temporary lodging following the […]

Potential Bedford jurors examined

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death-penalty trial of Stanley Bedford, who is accused in the killing of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence tampering, and one count of possession of stolen […]

May 24, 1963

Swift & Co. beef packers were preparing to give public tours five months after operations began. Officials said the plant was spending more than $1 million per month for livestock, supplies and transportation in efforts to provide beef for its customers. The open house was set for May 25. … Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe […]

May 23, 1949

Police were searching for a 1937 coupe stolen from a Clovis garage where it had been repaired. Officials suspected the car’s owner had taken it, after refusing to pay $125 owed in repair costs. … Donna Kay Crow, Linda Anderson and Dominga Carralez were among area brownie-troop members who went through a “fly up” ceremony […]

Eating off $21 opens politicians’ eyes

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s a guy running for president, and he’s facing all kinds of questions. One question spoke volumes, and it wasn’t about terrorism, taxes or gasoline. Instead, it was about milk, and how much stores charge for a gallon. His answer was $1.50. I won’t name the candidate because I haven’t […]

War czar will likley end up as scape goat

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush has taken one of the most curious steps yet in a war that keeps getting, as Alice used to say in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. He has appointed Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, who is currently chief operations officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as his “war czar” to […]

Some thoughts on skedaddling and worship

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist It’s getting harder and harder when you’re out traveling to find a church to visit that agrees with you on the fine print of the Christian faith. These days, diversity even between churches whose signs are painted with basically the same denominating words is greater, and the proliferation of […]

Taquerias offer more authentic Mexican food

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Francisco Hernandez is the manager of Taqueria Jalisco on Seventh Street. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer A taqueria is a small taco stand popular along the beaches and city streets of Mexico. In the High Plains, however, a taqueria is a brightly-painted restaurant offering authentic Mexican cuisine. Taqueria Jalisco […]

Rainfall just short of record

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis is experiencing one of its wettest years in recorded history — or at least for the first five months. With Sunday night’s deluge, the Clovis area has received 7.31 inches of rain in 2007, which is more than double the historical average through May 20, according to the National […]