Police combing through surveillance video, social media in search of clues in slaying

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Law enforcement officials investigate the Goodwin Lake Walking Trails Sunday morning. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed the MCU was investigating a homicide.

Staff report A child found Sunday morning near the walking trail where his mother was slain told police he did not know her killer, police said Sunday night. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney declined to say whether the 6-year-old boy witnessed his mother’s slaying, but a police press release said, “the death of the woman […]

Local veteran remembers days in service

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From left, Herschal Wall, Felipe Martinez and Richard Baldridge, represent the U.S. Navy at Thursday’s Veterans Day breakfast at Baxter-Curren Senior Center. Martinez also served in the Army and Air Force.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico is home to many generations of veterans who served in conflicts around the world. Here is the story of one man who led a life of dedication and sacrifice for three branches of the military. Felipe Martinez was born in Cuervo in 1936 and his family […]

Potential employees turn out for job fair

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Plains Regional Medical Center’s Connie Vinson speaks with Donald Jones of Clovis Wednesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Fall Job Fair at the Greyhound Arena. The job fair featured 38 businesses looking for potential employees.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For recent Idaho transplant Senovia Garcia, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico fall job fair at was just what she was looking for. The fair, which is organized by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, and the Curry County Chamber of Commerce, had options for […]

Judge hospitalized after auto accident

Stephen Quinn

Staff report Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Quinn was hospitalized in  Lubbock on Saturday after an automobile accident in Clovis. A house supervisor at Covenant Medical Center said Saturday night that Quinn was in the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit in serious condition. But a family member said Quinn could be released as early […]

Police investigating Portales death

Law officers are outside the scene of an early-morning death on North Avenue J in Portales

Staff report PORTALES — A Portales man is dead and police are investigating the case as a “possible homicide,” officials said Saturday night. The victim has been identified as Fabian Madrid, 26, of Portales. No charges have been filed in the case, but District Attorney Andrea Reeb said a suspect in the shooting is being […]

Community ball, turkey dinner being served up in November

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Community ball, turkey dinner being served up in November

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com November is quickly shaping up to be a month full of entertainment and food for Portales and Clovis area residents. First United Methodist Church in Portales will kick off the month Thursday with its 61st annual turkey dinner. Traditional turkey dinners will be served for lunch from 11 a.m. until 1:30 […]

Portales Bible study group helps rescue man pinned under truck

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John Reilly was working on his Ford pickup Wednesday evening when the vehicle popped into gear and pinned him underneath it.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com What started as an average Wednesday evening Bible study at Church of the Nazarene in Portales turned into a heroic act. Church members rushed to the aid of a man trapped under a pickup, lifted the vehicle off of him, and pulled him to safety. John Reilly, 47, of […]

Magistrate judge candidate addresses being public servant


Incumbent Republican Duane Castleberry, 61, faces Democrat Terry Martin in the race for Clovis magistrate judge, Division 1. We asked both a series of questions via e-mail. Martin, a building inspector for the city of Clovis, president of the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education, and a member of the Clovis Community College Board of […]

Commission divided on Gidding construction

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Curry County Commissioners are split on how the building at Fourth and Gidding streets should be renovated. Construction begins May 1 and is projected to be completed in March 2016.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The first substantial split in what has been a largely unified Curry County Commission is growing wider with differences over the projected $4 million renovation and expansion of the Gidding Street building. “I think the public is entitled to know what we’re doing … the details,” Commissioner Robert Sandoval […]

Food bank hires new executive director

Dianna Hernandez

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has brought a former employee back to the fold, this time as executive director. Dianna Hernandez began Monday at the food bank, where she previously worked for 17 months as a marketing specialist and grant writer. She takes over for Allen Isbell, […]

Softball tourney pulls in crowds

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Brian Mendez of Rumors, based out of Odessa, Texas, fires a pitch in Rumors’ game against Throwbacks (Amarillo) Saturday in the Halloween Howwl softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. The tournament runs through Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com About a decade into the Custom Classic softball tournament, organizers asked themselves a few questions. Why couldn’t we have another one of these a few months down the road? And who doesn’t love another excuse to make a Halloween costume? “We just wanted to have fun, add something else,” […]

Family suspects foul play in daughter’s death

Laura Tafoya

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a Clovis woman found unconscious in her Sandzen home has left grieving loved ones with lots of questions and few answers. Laura Tafoya’s cause of death March 25 from massive brain injuries is officially ruled as “undetermined.” That the ruling by Lubbock’s chief […]

Holiday can be healthy

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Israel Cortez, left, and his son Noah Cortez, 1, search for pumpkins on Prince Street Friday afternoon to decorate for Halloween. Curry and Roosevelt County Extension service officials say it is best for young trick or treaters to add healthier low sugar alternatives to their bag this year.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Halloween is around the corner and local youth will be showing up at doorsteps in search of treats all over the region. Treats don’t always have to be candy though, and the less sugar the better, according to officials at the Roosevelt and Curry County extension offices. Roosevelt County Extension Nutrition […]

In tribute: Disc jockey never stopped trying to make people laugh


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Before he became known as “Alloverthecity,” Rick Sanchez lived a life that was all over the map. But whether he was an ad salesman, radio personality, disc jockey, podcaster, friend or sibling, friends said he never stopped trying to make people laugh. “He would always find a way to […]

Sign of a creative life

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Charlie Hager counts the Billy the Kid sign among his favorites.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The signs of Charlie Hager are everywhere — outside Citizen’s Bank of Clovis, Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Plains Regional Medical Center, the Clovis News Journal and the First Baptist Church in Clovis, for example. He created signs all over town, promoting some of our more prominent businesses and gathering places. […]

Public Works Committee prioritizes road projects

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The intersection of Seventh and Maple streets is along a 1.5-mile stretch of road between Main and Norris streets that the Clovis Public Works Committee identified as its top road improvement priority.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Public Works Committee, after light discussion about individual projects, sent the City Commission its recommended ranking on 13 road improvements they see as most necessary for the city. The city doesn’t have the money to do all 13 projects, which carry projected costs of $53 million, so […]

Workshop studies job creation issues in state

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Tucumcari MainStreet director Gail Houser, from left, Raymond Mondragon of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG), and state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, join EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey in conversation at a workshop for the Legislative Jobs Council in Tucumcari.  The workshop was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMCARI — Job creation in eastern and northern New Mexico is hampered by lack of access to capital, workforce skills, lack of community leadership and business building inventories. Those were consensus conclusions in a day-and-a-half workshop in Tucumcari held Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting gathered government and business leaders from […]

Candidates discuss issues, trade barbs at radio forum

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KTQM Station Manager and moderator Bob Coker goes over rules during the station’s political forum Tuesday night at the station.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Despite a turnout and a broadcast length nearly half the size of its primary season predecessor, there were still a few barbs traded during the KTQM political forum Tuesday night at the Zia Broadcasting studio south of Clovis. The 65-minute forum featured just five candidates in the Nov. 4 […]

Organizers say softball tourney economic boon

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The Addiction team from Clovis dressed up as the Rockford Peaches from the movie “A League of Their Own,” at last year’s Halloween HOWWWL. All the teams on Friday get to dress up and compete for the best costume.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Softball may be fun to play and watch, but Advantage Sports Products Halloween HOWWWL organizers say it’s also an economic boon for Clovis, especially this weekend. Hotel rooms are expected to fill up and restaurants and convenience stores will be busier than usual when the 21st annual HOWWWL begins […]

Regular attendees say Peanut Valley Festival only getting better

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Victoria Jaramillo, center, and her husband Claude Jaramillo, right, browse through items for sale at the Karl’s Coins, Currency, and More booth Saturday afternoon. Jaramillo said she and her husband have attended the Peanut Valley Festival since it began 41 years ago.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For Peanut Valley Festival veterans Claude and Victoria Jaramillo, the event only gets better with age. Victoria Jaramillo, of Portales, said she and her husband have been attending the peanut festival since it began 41 years ago. “We love it,” said Jaramillo. “I like coming here to look at […]