Judge declares mistrial in shooting trial

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks District Judge Stephen Quinn declared a mistrial Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw Wiggins in handcuffs and shackles. Sharna Johnson A mistrial was declared Tuesday before a jury could be selected in the first-degree murder case of Lonzell Wiggins after potential jurors saw […]

Curry County Cats absorb first setback

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Titans scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns Sunday and handed the Curry County Cats their first loss of the season, a 17-6 decision in New Mexico Premier League play. The teams battled to a scoreless tie at halftime, but the Titans’ Phillip Williams — a 2004 Clovis High graduate […]

Letters to the editor: County losing valuable resource

While it is commendable that Clovis Community College is willing to support the literacy council (March 23 article in CNJ), the loss of the Curry County Literacy Council’s one-to-one tutoring program will have a negative impact on the low-level readers in Curry County, where the demonstrated need is so great. We trained and certified their […]

Obama similar in lot of ways to younger Bush

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama may go down as the man who gave us at least four more years of George W. Bush. The two men seem alike. Only one major distinction survives honest scrutiny: Bush gave us anti-abortion Supreme Court nominees; Obama gave us a pro-abortion-rights nominee. Health care? Sure, Obama federalized it. […]

ENMU narrows coach search to dozen

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University is narrowing the search for a women’s basketball coach. ENMU athletic director Jeff Geiser said Monday that the school’s search committee planned to conduct phone interviews with 12 candidates over the next three nights, beginning today, and by next week should be ready to invite finalists for campus […]

Zias 7th, Hounds 9th at Odessa rodeo

Freedom New Mexico ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women finished seventh out of 11 teams while the men were ninth out of 14 over the weekend in the Odessa College rodeo. The Zias finished with 90 points while the Greyhounds had 135. Howard College was first in men’s competition followed by Texas Tech, […]

No. 8 St. Cloud beats Hounds

CNJ staff EDMOND, Okla. — St. Cloud State (Minn.), ranked eighth in NCAA Division II but idle for two weeks due to weather conditions, scored four first-inning runs and handed Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team a 6-3 loss Sunday in a game played at the University of Central Oklahoma. The game — and another […]

Officials: Money holding up courthouse security

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File photo Curry County Commissioners are concerned that resolutions have not been followed to restrict access to the Curry County Courthouse. based on security concerns. Sharna Johnson Money is the holdup on a nearly two-year-old resolution to secure courthouse entrances, according to Curry County officials. The issue was discussed openly by Curry County commissioners —for […]

Police arrest suspect in Tucumcari shooting

Russell Anglin The New Mexico State Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting two Tucumcari men, according to a police press release. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, of Chicago, was arrested Monday on two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence in relation to the deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, 57, […]

Texico cheerleaders take top honors

Kevin Wilson An entire year of work comes down to two days for New Mexico high school cheerleading squads. For the second time in three years, Texico had the best two days in Class 2A. The school, which took its first cheerleading trophy in 2009, took top honors again at the state spirit competition in […]