Zias sign nine JC transfers

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Zia softball team signed nine junior college players to National Letters of Intent Tuesday, led by Seward County Community College sophomore infielder Jena Rue. Rue made National Fastpitch Coach’s Association First Team All-American as a freshman. Rue hit .430, with 66 RBIs and six home runs. She also led […]

Clovis sweeps Plainview

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — Brandon Gilliard and Josh Burrell pitched Clovis to a pair of wins Tuesday in a summer league doubleheader at Plainview. The left-hander Gilliard allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked one as Clovis beat error-prone Plainview 13-3 in the opener in a game shortened by the 10-run rule. Jordan […]

Roswell Goddard beats Clovis

CNJ staff Roswell Goddard beat Clovis 13-9 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second game was called due to bad weather. Teisha Lujan and Stefanae Ricketson each had two hits for Clovis. Kayle Merritt added a two-run double and Nicole Anaya drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.

Forum planned to discuss school attendance zone

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Municipal Schools will hold a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss moving a portion of the elementary attendance zone from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista to Barry. The Limited Elementary Attendance Re-zoning Public Forum will be held in the board room of the Clovis Municipal […]

Filmmakers borrow Texico name

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Kevin Costner plays apathetic, everyday guy Bud Johnson from Texico in his new movie, “Swing Vote,” according to movie officials. According to a synopsis of the movie, Johnson’s daughter, Molly, sets off a chain reaction that makes her father the swing vote in the presidential election. “Basically, Kevin Costner […]

School meal prices rising

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told the school board at Tuesday’s meeting there would be an increase of 25 or 35 cents per meal depending on the amount of the district’s food bid in July. She said the last increase of 10 cents was in 2001. Citing higher transportation and food […]

Residents relieved after arrests in Chunn case

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With arrests made in a two-year-old murder investigation, Causey residents are expressing relief. At the same time they’re sobered by the fact that those accused lived in their tiny community. District Attorney Matt Chandler announced Monday that federal indictments had been handed down against two men from the Causey area. […]

Jurors deciding on death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford addresses jurors during the penalty phase of his trial at District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Jurors heard the final arguments about how they can and should punish Stanley Bedford for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple. The jury that convicted Bedford, […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Dogs earn keep by helping store owner

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Customers at Sandia Wholesale are usually greeted into the store with welcoming barks from its four-legged employees. Jim Graham, who owns the candy and paper product distributing store on North Main Street, has taken his dogs to work with him for the last 10 […]

Newman family members testify

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Family members say the way Doris and Odis Newman were brutally killed left emotional scars that will never heal. Six family members testified Tuesday — one via videotape — during the prosecution’s victim-impact portion in the penalty phase against Stanley Bedford. They all told similar stories about how […]

Movie buffs in need of new challenge

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Whenever a game night arrives, I look through the closet and wonder what I should bring. Monopoly? Simpsons trivia? Then I see the game that time forgot: The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. It’s based on the six degrees of separation theory. If you know 100 people, and they know […]

Trade embargo won’t promote change in Cuba

By Freedom Newspapers Frederic Bastiat is credited with saying, “If goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” He knew the best way to keep nations on speaking terms with one another was trade. It’s difficult for a nation to foment distrust of and anger with another nation when the people of both rely on one another […]

Clovis golfer leads Public Links qualifer

CNJ staff EULESS, Texas —Travis Reid of Clovis birdied three of the last four holes Monday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier tournament. The New Mexico State junior finished at 3-under-par 68 on the Texas Star Golf Course. Two players are tied at 69. The […]

Arrests made in 2005 killing

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Rogers man has been charged with the 2005 death of a Causey rancher, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. A federal grand jury indicted Donald Taylor, 27, Monday on racketeering and murder charges in connection with the July 2005 death of 71-year-old Jimmy “Bo” […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Business Feature: Bigger bang can be bought

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Paul Bennett, owner of Wholesale Fireworks Stand on U.S. Highway 60/84, examines some of the new fireworks Wednesday that are for sale. Bennett said patrons must be at least 16 years old to buy fireworks. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Dee Wieland, owner of Road Runner Fireworks north of […]

Summer not expected to sizzle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javier Naranjo, 10, of Clovis enjoys a snow cone Monday. His grandmother, Sylvia Cordova, bought the snow cone to cool him off. The temperature reached 88 degrees Monday. CNJ staff This spring’s wet and cool weather is expected to continue into the summer, according to a weather expert. As of […]

Mental capacity focus of testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defense team for Stanley Bedford finished its mitigation argument Monday, as jurors heard a long day of testimony from family members and a psychiatrist on Bedford’s past and still undecided future. The jury convicted Bedford, 43, nearly two weeks ago of murder, kidnapping and other charges in […]

Tractor Supply store opening in Clovis

CNJ staff Tractor Supply Co. has plans to build a store on North Prince Street just north of Clovis city limits, according to Clovis Building Safety Director Pete Wilt. A spokeswoman for the company was uncertain when construction will begin or when the retail farm and ranch store will open. “We are still in the […]

Open meetings act workshop planned

CNJ staff A workshop on the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act will be held July 11 in Clovis, according to a news release from the Attorney General of New Mexico’s office. The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s Civil […]