Shaky defense costs Zias in opener; Javs sweep

By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team hung in for six innings against Texas A&M-Kingsville in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. Then the Zias’ shaky infield defense caught up with them. The Javelinas, who came into the twin bill tied with ENMU for last place in the Lone Star […]

Clovis police investigating home invasion

Freedom New Mexico Clovis police are investigating a home invasion Thursday in which a 72-year-old woman was robbed. Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of Axtell Street just after 10 p.m. A woman told them males she believed to be teenagers approached her from behind in her home and instructed her […]

In search of ponies: Pet adoptions work both ways

What does a three-legged cattle dog have in common with two purebred divas wearing $100 Coach collars? New homes, that’s what. This week two of my friends did something completely unexpected. They adopted dogs. Now why was this unexpected, you may ask. Well, because both are single ladies with extremely busy lives that have always […]

Clovis woman receives four-year prison term for embezzlement

A Clovis woman was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling about $90,000 from the accounts of disabled customers at the bank where she worked. Dawn Lebow, 45, as part of a plea agreement, paid $60,000 restitution Friday during the hearing and will be required to pay an additional $30,000 […]

Produce prices jump after freeze

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Freddy Canales, a Super Save employee in the produce department, stocks tomatoes and jalepenos Friday afternoon. Produce Manager Veronica Rodriquez said tomatoes recently increased by 10 cents due to the freezes in California and Mexico. Alisa Boswell This winter marked a harsh season for the tropical areas in and around […]

Clovis housing agency receives grant

Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., has been awarded $41,632 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The agency is one of seven state agencies that received a total of $524,949 in grant monies. Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self […]

Press release: Woman sentenced for embezzling accounts of ENMRSH clients

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Dawn Lebow, age 45, was found guilty today of 23-counts of Forgery and sentenced to spend the next four (4) years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Also at today’s sentencing, Lebow provided the court with $60,000 in restitution for the victims of her […]

State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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State police say Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, was last in a 1996 Chevrolet Astro Van with Illinois license plate H188855. Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have […]

McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

Press release: Clovis among communities getting HUD grants

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman reported today that seven New Mexico housing agencies have been awarded a total of $524,949 in grant funding though the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, which helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

Curry County Cats play at home on Sunday

CNJ staff The Curry County Cats will host the Roswell Rhinos in a 2 p.m. kickoff on Sunday at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats improved to 4-0 last weekend with a 34-13 win over the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs, their second consecutive road triumph after winning their first two games at home.

Police: Tucumcari deaths double homicide

The deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room has been classified as a double homicide. Bobby Gonzales, 57, and Gabriel Baca 37, were found dead in a room at the Tucumcari Inn, 1700 E. Route 66 Blvd. State police aren’t prepared to release details of the case, according […]

Press release: Tucumcari deaths ruled homicides

Tucumcari – Gabriel Baca, 37 and Bobby Gonzales, 57 both of Tucumcari, NM were found dead in an Eastern New Mexico motel. State Police were called in yesterday evening to take over a scene that ultimately turned into a homicide investigation.

State police investigating two deaths in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating the deaths of two men at a Tucumcari motel, where officers suspect foul play. “At this time we consider the two deaths to be suspicious,” said State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Glascock said the bodies were found Thursday in a hotel room at the Tucumcari Inn […]

Fort Sumner man killed in crash

CNJ staff A 50-year-old Fort Sumner man was killed Thursday morning when his car crashed into a trailer that blocked U.S. 60/84 after becoming detached from a semi-truck. Felix Chavez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. The crash occurred before sunrise around 5:30 a.m. Chavez was driving a […]

County showcases jail changes

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Inmate Michael Padilla said when he was involved in an alleged escape attempt in February 2010 it was because conditions at the jail had become unbearable, but Thursday he said things had improved greatly at the jail and his behavior has not been an issue. Sharna Johnson Sitting calmly at […]

Embellishing only spices up story

Ever notice how whenever you have a problem, friends and family proceed to tell you about their similar difficulties that are much worse? I’d like someone to explain to me exactly how that is supposed to make me feel better. If so, I’m here to tell you it does not work. When my pickup is […]

Recognize, mind your business

“Mind your own business” used to be the American way. Or at least, the openly-proclaimed preferred way to live. Sure, there have always been gossips and nosey folk; the meddlesome neighbors and busybodies who can’t seem to mind their own business, who therefore feel the need to direct your life “for your own good” (the […]

Earth Hour has minimal benefit for our planet

Freedom New Mexico Forget Earth Hour, this Saturday and into the future. It is a feel-good exercise that does less to save Mother Earth than almost anything we can do. It trivializes the cause it supposedly bolsters: good stewardship of resources. Earth Hour organizers claim the annual stunt inspires 50 million around the globe to […]

Texico schools gather to celebrate success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico kindergartners Angel Salas, left, and Aviana Hall applaud for their fellow students Friday during the schoolwide Assembly of Success in the Educational Complex. Liliana Castillo The entire Texico school population and community members took part in a 12-year school tradition Thursday morning. Once each semester, Texico schools gathers together […]