Group discusses Hull Street overpass repair

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City officials discussed Wednesday funding the repair of the Hull Street overpass at the Public Works Committee meeting. Public Works director Harry Wang said BNSF Railway officials complained of chunks of concrete from the structure falling onto the railroad. “Structurally it’s fine,” Wang said. “The surface will cause them […]

Newmans’ daughter spreads message of forgiveness

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Though it will continue in the state department of corrections, life goes on for Stanley Bedford. As it will for everybody affected by the conviction of Bedford, 43, for his role in the deaths of Doris and Odis Newman of Portales. Most parties hope some type of lesson […]

Education Digest: ENMU to receive $1 million

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a request by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., for Eastern New Mexico University to receive $1 million to help purchase state-of-the-art technology equipment, according to an ENMU news release. Domenici serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which last week approved the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, […]

Local Roundup: Woman arrested for slashing ex

CNJ staff A 27-year-old Clovis woman was arrested Wednesday morning for slashing her former boyfriend’s face with a knife last week at a local bar, according to police. Jesusita Chairez was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Chairez is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention […]

Bedford dodges death penalty

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford, right, smiles while talking to defense attorney Gary Mitchell in District Court in Albuquerque following the penalty phase. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Stanley Bedford will not be New Mexico’s third death row inmate. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase of […]

‘Bong Hits’ ruling reminds us free speech is fleeting

By Freedom Newspapers In the case of Morse v. Frederick, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, handed down Monday, the Supreme Court extended its proclivity to make a “drug war exception” to the Bill of Rights whenever possible. In the past, with its tolerant attitude to “no-knock” searches and searches on schools, the court has […]

Clovis’ Reid qualifies for U.S. Public Links tourney

CNJ staff EULESS, Texas — Clovis’ Travis Reid birdied the 18th hole for the second straight day and finished tied for first Tuesday in a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier tournament at Texas Star Golf Course. Reid, a junior on the New Mexico State golf team, finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament at 2-under-par 140 and […]

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 […]