Police: Malnourished girl locked in room, denied access to bathroom

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Mern Shepherd By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A 10-year-old Portales girl was forced to eat meals quickly, by herself, then locked in her room at night “to prevent her from getting up and eating food,” according to a police incident report. The girl was also forced to wear pull-up diapers, denied bathroom access and […]

No. 16 West Texas A&M blanks Hounds

Freedom New Mexico Canyon, Texas — Freshman goal keeper Alistair Caldwell made three saves for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team Wednesday but the Greyhounds fell, 3-0, to West Texas A&M on Wednesday in a Lone Star Conference match. The No. 16 ranked Buffaloes (8-1-1, 1-0-1 LSC) took an early lead 50 seconds […]

Five honored by ENMU Alumni Association

By Argen Duncan Two Portales residents, two teachers and a state senator stand to receive awards from the Eastern New Mexico Alumni Association at the ENMU Foundation 34th Annual Breakfast during homecoming Saturday. Sunland Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer and late communicative disorders instructor Shirley Gail Ferguson will be given Distinguished Service Awards. Outstanding Alumni Awards […]

Up to speed

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp has led the Greyhounds to the top offense in NCAA, with 595.6 yards per game. Harp is averaging 518.8 yards of offense himself, also tops in college football. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — J.J. Harp fell in love with the […]

10-1 Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

At Thursday’s City commission meeting commissioners are expected to: • Review requests for approval to demolish dangerous buildings at 420 Connelly Street, 1114 Eighth Street, and 1120 Eighth Street. • Consider an ordinance amending the uniform traffic ordinance. • Hear a request from City Attorney Dave Richards for permission to intervene in a rate request […]

Clovis woman charged with embezzlement arrested second time

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis woman charged in December with embezzling money from bank accounts of handicapped people was arrested a second time, accused of taking more than $76,000 from bank accounts and local businesses. Dawn Lebow, 44, was charged Tuesday with 66 counts of forgery and 66 counts of embezzlement. She […]

Dukes of Hazzard actor bringing jazz show to Clovis

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Courtesy photo Tom Wopat will perform his new jazz show Love Swings at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico Tom Wopat is bringing his new jazz show Love Swings to Clovis Oct. 10. He will play at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Marshall Auditorium. Wopat is known for his television roles […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate assault

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the beating of an inmate Tuesday night at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Around 8:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the jail for a report of a 33-year-old male inmate who had been beaten by other inmates, police records show. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the […]

Commander focuses on housing issues at meeting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Housing continues to be a big concern for Cannon Air Force Base as personnel relocate to the region and staffing numbers rise. With more than 1,000 personnel still headed to Cannon, base housing is at 82 percent occupancy and local housing options are slim, commander Col. Stephen Clark told […]

Clovis police: Crash victim airlifted

On 09/30/2009 at approximately 8:42 am this morning, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the 2400 block of Mabry Drive in Clovis in reference to a loaded Semi-Tractor/Trailer truck versus a motor vehicle car crash with injuries. Upon arrival of Officers they found that a female driver had been […]

Clovis classes visit the world

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Renie Smith’s senior English class learned to dance like peasants in the middle ages during a virtual field trip to the Sheffield Museum of Rural Life in Canada. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis students can now tour the world from their classrooms. Clovis Municipal Schools are using a […]

Marijuana farm discovered near Tucumcari

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Courtesy photo Marijuana plants ready for harvest were seized by DEA agents Friday north of Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Federal drug officials, along with 25 soldiers from the New Mexico National Guard, raided a San Miguel County ranch on Friday and found 1,500 pounds of marijuana. The pot was valued at $2 […]

Police chief wants euthanasia policy for pets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city is facing a dilemma since making the state-mandated switch to a new kind of animal disposal — to kill or not to kill pets at the request of their owners. Police Chief Steve Sanders said almost as soon as the city animal shelter began lethal injection instead […]

CCC, ENMU partner to improve nursing programs

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are joining hands to deliver more and better trained nurses. Officials at both institutions and Plains Regional Medical Center say that’s important because Clovis and Portales — like much of the country — are always in need of nurses. All of […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and […]

Two Clovis businessmen will participate in leadership program

CNJ staff Two Clovis businessmen will participate in the Leadership New Mexico Core Leadership Program. Jim Sours, market president of First Community Bank and Clayton Stallings, owner of Heritage Southwest, are among a group of 42 leaders selected from across the state. Participants in the 10-month program are exposed to topics such as health and […]

Government only here to serve justice

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Most of the time, those of us who write columns address fairly specific issues and have only a little space to call upon general principles. But it is such general principles that guide the thinking behind the comments on special topics. Even the most pragmatic among us, who […]

Federal Web watch poor proposition

Freedom New Mexico The phrase “net neutrality” has an ingratiating appeal. Net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission would “prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information” over their networks, the Associated Press reports. Proposed rules also would “bar Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications Inc. … from […]

Official: Women should be on subs

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Women should be allowed to serve aboard America’s fleet of nuclear submarines, the nation’s top military officer, Adm. Michael Mullen, quietly has told the Senate Armed Services Committee. If the Navy agrees to it, this would be a huge policy change and potentially a significant expansion of career opportunities for […]

Farm Service Agency clarifies livestock eligibility program requirements

Farm Service Agency Clarifies Livestock Eligibility Program Requirements – Emphasis on Insurance Requirements ALBUQUERQUE — Sept. 28, 2009 – Salomon Ramirez, Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in New Mexico, announced earlier this month that New Mexico FSA offices statewide are now accepting applications for benefits under the provisions of the Emergency Assistance […]