County jail ‘a mess’ and needs changes

We agree with all who say the most pressing issue of the day is catching those who escaped from the Curry County jail Sunday night. Once that’s done, there is an immediate need to establish an independent investigating body to assess the entire jail operation, starting with how this latest jailbreak by eight highly dangerous […]

Reward for information on escapees increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Crime Stoppers has increased rewards it is offering for information leading to the arrests of five escaped inmates. District Attorney Matt Chandler said callers can remain anonymous. Here are the rewards: • Edward Salas, up to $3,000 • Larry McClendon Jr., up to $2,500 • Michael England, […]

Aug. 27, 2008

HOLLYWOOD — God bless America, and how’s everybody?

‘Purple man’ unmasked?

A letter from a thankful grandmother in Sunday’s Clovis paper referenced a “purple man.” Nora Cross’ 5-year-old grandson credited this stranger with helping him cross a busy 21st Street on his adventurous way to school last week.

Aug. 26, 2008 Business Digest

Field Day slated for Thursday The New Mexico State University Science Center at Clovis is holding its annual field day Thursday. Registration for the field day starts at 8:30 a.m. with the introduction starting at 9:15 a.m. The field tours begin at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Featured speakers after lunch are […]

Proposed act expands VA benefits

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Congress is moving to reopen the VA health care system to many more thousands of Priority Group 8 veterans — those who aren’t poor, at least by government standards, and have no service-related ailments. Disabled American Veterans and some partner organizations support such a move but with two caveats, explained […]

China’s need for liberalization highlighted

Freedom New Mexico The closing ceremonies were not quite as spectacular as the opening ceremonies. But they were spectacular enough, capping an Olympics that both from an athletic and a showmanship standpoint had to be counted as a success, though it cost the Chinese government some $40 billion. This year’s games were also notable for […]

Mother, daughter duo gear up for fall semester

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Teresa Garcia looks for her books for class Monday at Clovis Community College’s bookstore. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Teresa Garcia walked down the aisles lined with books, she admitted she was nervous. Garcia had just attended the first day of class for the fall semester Monday at […]

Clovis man in stable condition following stabbing

A 22-year-old Clovis man is in stable condition at a Lubbock hospital after being stabbed twice in the chest Saturday. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said around 8 p.m. Saturday police responded to the 400 block of Manana Boulevard where they found Isaac Solano suffering two wounds to his chest. Whitney said Solano was airlifted to […]

Aug. 26, 2008

Aug. 26, 2008 HOLLYWOOD — Happy Tuesday, and how’s everybody?

Mom pleads for son to surrender

BY Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of an escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center said Monday she is hoping her son will turn himself in to authorities. Melody Carter of Hale Center, Texas, said she is worried about the safety of her 19-year-old son, Larry McClendon Jr., who escaped along with […]

Raton gets racino nod

Freedom New Mexico Correspondent Though quite a bit of money was at stake in their bid to land a racetrack in eastern New Mexico, Tucumcari representatives were sportsmanlike Monday after getting the bad news. The New Mexico Racing Commission voted down the proposal from Coronado Park Partners, the group led by Albuquerque businessman Don Chalmers […]

Bail bondswoman: Guards may have helped with escape

By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Five escapees still at large

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Courtesy photo Five Curry County Detention Center inmates are still at large after escaping through the roof at 9:45 p.m. Sunday. By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two of the eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were captured Monday night in Texas, according to officials. Raynaldo Enriquez, 19, was […]

Jail escape press release

Here is the press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department regarding Sunday night’s escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center: ESCAPE FROM CUSTODY

ENMU baseball field growing

Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball field is growing.

Aug. 25, 2008

HOLLYWOOD — God bless America, and how’s everybody?

Zias ready to begin new era

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry First-year Zias coach Ray Nause gives junior Samantha Lawrence from Roswell Goddard direction on positioning during practice Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — For the first time since the program’s inception in 2003, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team has […]

New racetrack announcement due Monday

The New Mexico Racing Commission meets on Monday and will announce its choice for the state’s newest racetrack and casino.

July 2008 Obituaries

Editor’s note: The following people with area connections died in July according to obituaries published in the Clovis News Journal. Editor’s note: The following people with area connections died in July according to obituaries published in the Clovis News Journal. •