Jury convicts man of armed robbery

CNJ staff and wire reports A 19-year-old Clovis man faces up to 35 years in prison for armed robbery after a Curry County jury convicted him Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office. Anthony Wallace was convicted of felony armed robbery, felony aggravated burglary, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, intimidation of a […]

Army recruiting standards drop to meet goals

By Freedom New Mexico The United States Army is proud it has met its goals in the first month of its five-year recruiting plan. But the remaining 59-month effort to find 65,000 new soldiers might not be going as well as Army officials would like the public to believe. The Boston Globe reported last week […]

Dec. 6, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 6 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is unable to work because she is going to have open heart surgery. She is unable to pay her basic bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 12 and 8. Girls pants […]

Vet refurbishes medical equipment

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia James Freeman is a veteran who collects medical equipment, repairs it and distributes it to the disabled. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico James Freeman calls it his “Aid to the Disabled Program.” “James originally started the program to collect medical equipment for disabled veterans,” said Keith Barker acting exalted […]

Ground water may be metered

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer TEXICO —All of southeastern New Mexico will soon fall under a critical management area that could impose metering on ground water, according to State Engineer John D’Antonio. D’Antonio spoke Wednesday at the New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting about how the state’s newly created Water Cabinet will change application […]

Dec. 12, 1974

“Children and matches” was the fire department’s tentative ruling as the cause of a fire that occurred in a storage shed in the 1400 block of South Prince Street. … The State Highway Department was preparing to synchronize newly installed traffic lights at the E. Mabry and Norris Street intersections. … An electrophonic 72-inch console, […]

Dec. 11, 1939

Police Magistrate R.E. Rowells fined three men $15 and 10 days in jail each after they pleaded guilty to charges of drunkenness. … Superintendent James M. Bickley encouraged all organizations to use the school gym on any night when it was not in use by school teams. … “Our Leading Citizen” featuring Bob Burns, was […]

Dec. 10, 1956

Ted Waldhauser announced he would be a candidate for re-election to the City Commission. … Clovis dog catcher Aaron Judd caught a goat near Main Street and was looking for its owners to claim it. … Incoming Curry County officers were Chief Deputy Nelson Worley, Jailer L.B. Redwine and Office Deputy Ernest Garcia. … Boys’ […]

Dec. 9, 1919

With the announcement of the settlement of a coal strike, Clovis’ City Council announced restrictions on electricity would soon be lifted. … The Farwell Inn in Farwell was destroyed by fire. … Brothers Joe and A.W. Skarda sold their Skarda Hardware Co. to the Roberts-Dearborne Hardware Co. of Carlsbad. … Scott’s Emulsion, which contained cod-liver […]

Dec. 8, 1970

Clovis Postmaster Charles S. Stanfield urged immediate mailing of all Christmas cards in the event of a national railroad strike. … The Clovis Wildcats played the Canyon Eagles that evening in the opening game of the 1970-71 basketball season. The Wildcats went on to win, 59-58. … Christmas trees could be purchased at Bob’s Fruit […]

Roosevelt man accused in jail stabbing

CNJ staff and wire reports A Roosevelt County farmer incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Jail is accused of stabbing a detention officer Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the attack that prompted a three-hour lockdown at the southern New Mexico jail. The officer, Johnny Barrientos, had opened the door to Donald Taylor’s cell to deliver a […]

Future of juvenile detention center clouded

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County could lose its juvenile detention center if it does not add more detention officers, according to jail officials. Newly hired County Manager Lance Pyle said the county did not meet staffing requirements during an annual evaluation last month by the state Children, Youth and Families Department. He […]

Fire danger up during cold months

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo An apartment building at 1000 S. Oak St. caught on fire around 8 a.m. Sunday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A half-dozen fires have displaced Curry County residents from their homes since Thanksgiving weekend, according to a local Red Cross official. It’s a reminder to think fire safety during […]

Dec. 5, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. S” recently lost her job when the business was shut down. She has been unable to find a new job. She is doing what she can to keep her utilities on. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a nice Christmas. Clothing […]

Dec. 5, 2007 Military Digest

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Mann Air Force Airman Christopher D. Mann has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Rosi Mann of Clovis. Mann is a 2007 graduate of Clovis High School. Bayless Army National Guard Pfc. Jacklyn J. Bayless has graduated […]

Military Feature: Airman’s Center in works

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is proceeding with previously-shelved plans for a larger dining facility and Airman’s Center, according to base officials. The new center will provide 45,000-square-feet of space, according to Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower of Cannon Public Affairs. The center will house a post office, dining center, […]

Dec. 5, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 4 p.m. Nov. 25 an officer responded to a department store in the 3000 block of Prince for a shoplifting report. Store employees said they found a used pregnancy test in the bathroom after a 17-year-old girl was […]

Fans take hit in NFL, cable matchup

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer “Turn to page 38,” Shawn told me. I was holding Shawn’s copy of the NFL Shop catalog, and was considering a new 49ers jacket until he alerted me to the collectible Super Bowl book on page 38. It was quite a book, leatherbound with a case and handling gloves, […]

Venezuelans voice opposition to Chavez’ rule

By Freedom New Mexico It looks as if Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who despite appearing like a bit of a buffoon to many is a shrewd political operator, miscalculated big-time when he submitted a long list of constitutional amendments to a popular referendum. The Venezuelan people turned out to harbor suspicions about a president who […]

Pyle promoted to county manager

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners stayed in-house and hired Lance Pyle as the county manager Tuesday during an executive session. Pyle has served as the interim county manager since Dick Smith resigned in October. Pyle, 27, will earn about $87,500 a year, according to county officials. “We decided rather than go […]