5/2 Business digest

Marriott Fairfield Inn to open this month The 69-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at 4305 North Prince Street is scheduled to open this month, according to a news release from Marriott International. The hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise owned and managed by the Sunridge Hotel Group of Mesa, Ariz. The hotel […]

Naturalization complicated for many immigrants

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Carolina Lopez helps out a customer at the Carneceria Chihuahua restaurant in Portales. Lopez’ parents came to the United States illegally but are now permanent U.S. residents. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared […]

Home show makes comeback

Keith Moore, left, of Clovis participates in a speed drill contest at the 2006 Home and Garden Show on Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a three-year layoff, the Home and Garden show returned to Clovis. The 2006 show was in a new facility […]

Ground broken for events center

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Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, takes part in a calf-roping contest during the groundbreaking for the Special Events Center Saturday at Curry County Fairgrounds. Harden did rope the mechanical calf for a score. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Elected officials from the state and county gathered Saturday at the Curry County […]

Area residents observing national immigration boycott

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If all goes as planned, it may not be business as usual in the United States on Monday, which is “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant” Day. Nationwide, immigrant supporters hope to disrupt the day to illustrate, like in the 2004 movie, “A Day Without […]

Candidate profile: Vickie Perea

Vickie S. Perea of Albuquerque is running unopposed in the June primary for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. She was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board […]

2006 Home and Garden Show

CNJ staff What: Home and Garden Show Where: Clovis Civic Center When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Five things to do at the 2006 Home and Garden Show: • Have your blood tested for diabetes by local health professionals • Talk with builders about constructing your dream […]

4/29 Local roundup

Two injured in three-car accident A 79-year-old Clovis man and 41-year-old woman were injured in a three-car accident on Thornton Street near Clovis High School around noon Friday, according to Clovis police. Robert Middleton was transported to Covenant Memorial Hospital in Lubbock, police said. The woman was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center with possible […]

City officials laud benefits of microplex

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city leaders have been lauding the benefits of designating the two cities as a microplex, benefits that would encourage economic and population growth for the area. Officials for both cities signed a renewal agreement on Thursday to continue the microplex designation for four more years. A look […]

Drawing right calf can make all the difference in roping

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Joshua Garrett of Gugdell Farms of Logan said 222 calves will be used in this weekend’s event. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Although it’s random, calf ropers know drawing the right calf can be the difference between a average run and a big payday. At Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping this […]

Resident maintains oasis for victims

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Hank Baskett of Clovis explains the purpose of the Oasis Children’s Advocate Center, recognized by the 9th District Attorney’s Office for its work. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Hank Baskett, Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center director, believes God directed him down a path he could never have envisioned. He conducts forensic […]

Motion to dismiss death penalty denied

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Thursday denied defense motions to dismiss the death penalty as a possible sentence and separate the charges of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Jerry Fuller, 33, is accused of killing his uncle and aunt, Odis and Doris Newman, […]

Clovis/Portales microplex renewed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city officials hope the re-designation of the two cities as a microplex will continue to bring in businesses and housing developments, and help spur population growth to the area. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford shook hands Thursday and signed an agreement defining the […]

Civic Center hosting Home and Garden Show

CNJ staff A Home and Garden Show will be held this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. According to Chairman Todd Farrell, 70 vendors will display products in a show-and-tell setting. Attendees can register to win door prizes or sit and relax […]

Oregon county sparks tale of two Currys

By Peter Rice: Pilot Staff Writer A time zone, two mountain ranges and several degrees of latitude appear to have isolated a linguistic oddity here in Curry County — Oregon, that is. A brief telephone survey this week revealed that the stalwart saying, “There’s no hurry in Curry,” hasn’t made it to conversation mills in […]

4/28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, an officer was called to Marshall Junior High School, and a student was arrested and booked for possession of marijuana on school grounds after marijuana was found. The student was released after booking. • • • Officers responded to a […]

Judge questions system monitoring homicide suspect

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An employee of Hanks Bail Bonds shows an ankle bracelet that monitors the movement of suspects on bail to ensure they are following court-ordered restrictions. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis judge held a hearing Monday to determine why an ankle bracelet used to track homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley […]

Change of venue granted in double-homicide trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Wednesday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the trial of a Portales man accused of killing his uncle and aunt in March 2004. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jones of Santa Fe argued that people in Clovis and Portales have […]

Proposed Clovis budget cuts include adminsitration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three full-time and two part-time administrative positions will likely remain vacant at the start of the next school year, in addition to 29 teaching and teaching assistant positions being eyed by Clovis Municipal Schools to compensate for a $1.4 million budget deficit created by an unfunded state salary increase […]

Rowley-backers feel snubbed

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Becky Rowley, interim president of Clovis Community College, listens Wednesday as the College Board of Trustees announced the new president. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The decision that ushers in an Arizona man as the president of Clovis Community College incited ire among a dense band of Clovis residents who […]