De Baca sheriff announced Monday

Staff reports The name of a new sheriff for De Baca County will be announced at Monday’s County Commission meeting, De Baca County Commissioner Joe Steele said Friday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10, after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. Graves was accused […]

Grad numbers up this fall at ENMU

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Numbers at Eastern New Mexico University continue to be rosy. Friday the university’s board of regents learned that the total number of students graduating this fall is up 69 students over last fall. There are 261 students eligible to receive their diploma at the ENMU graduation today. ENMU president Steven Gamble […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. T

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Courtesy photo The Ruidoso Festival of Lights runs through the rest of 2005 along the streets Today’s focus: “Ms. T” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. T’s” husband’s work has been slow during the colder months and she is trying to go to school to further her education. Her holiday hopes: To find […]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and perhaps […]

Making the grade

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Mike Ware, of Bovina, strips cotton in a field owned by Gade D. Anderson Jr. Friday one mile west of Lariat. The field Ware was stripping was damaged by hail. Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could […]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout […]

Police briefing from Dec. 12

On Saturday, December 10, 2005, at about 2:24 pm hunters reported locating the body of Laura McNaughton, age 30, from Clovis, in the bar ditch on the west side of County Road C, approximately two miles south of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Officials remain mum on slaying

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Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler, left, talks Thurday to media, local authorities and family members about the death of the 30-year-old Laura McNaughton. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Officials investigating Laura McNaughton’s homicide held their first press conference on Thursday, but released little additional information. McNaughton’s body was found […]

12/16 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Dec. 7, through Wednesday: • Terry Carlson Jones, 32, Schertz, Texas, to Emily Elaine Cooper, 24, of Clovis • Sean Cook, 20, to Elvia Islea Buenrostro, 17, both of Clovis • Rusty Lynn Anderson, 46, to Sandra Jeanne Pender, 40, both of Clovis • Wesley […]

12/16 Local Roundup

Police lieutenant returns to duty A Clovis police lieutenant involved in a pedestrian fatality Monday night returned to work Wednesday after passing a mandatory drug test. Lt. Roger Grah was taken off duty following Monday’s accident pending the results of the drug test, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. It is city policy for […]

Lowe’s program making homes safer

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Christina Vargas watches as Lowe’s employees Curtis Benton, front left, Tracy Shelton, front right, and Elmo Garcia, back install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen of Vargas’ home Thursday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Christina Vargas lives in a bright turquoise trailer home trimmed in white, with a […]

City pursuing overpass funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners chose a railroad overpass project over three other less extensive projects to submit for a Community Development Block Grant at Thursday night’s regular commission meeting. According to commissioners, they opted for the overpass construction project because it benefits the most people in the community and has […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 16

Today’s Focus: “Ms. R” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. R” said her family just moved to Portales from Colorado and does not have its belongings. The family depends on the income of her husband and times are tough right now. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have things to play with […]

Investigators busy chasing leads

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Local authorities investigate a scene oeast of Clovis where a man reportedly stabbed himself. By David Stevens: CNJ editor Rumors about the region’s most recent homicide are frustrating law-enforcement officers as they attempt to verify or dispel them, Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said on Wednesday. “We’re just getting lots of phone calls … we’re […]

Fair prmotes healthy aging

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Karen Kennedy, a nutrition educator with the Curry County Extension Service, explains the food pyramid Wednesday during the New Mexico Senior Olympics Trek to Healthy Fitness at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A group of silver-haired senior citizens filled a classroom at Clovis Community College, while another […]

TOUCHED BY LITTLE ANGELS: Mesa students give to needy

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Kindergarten students in Robyn Ericson’s class raised $75.31 for two angels. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence of a committed 6-year-old: Grace Teter researched the prices of a dozen or so toys on the Internet and recorded her findings on a sheet of paper, her handwriting like most in kindergarten […]

Area students find home at ENMU

By Tonya Parra: Freedom Newspapers Landri Rush of Melrose High School graduate will be among the 38 area students receiving a degree during Eastern New Mexico University’s fall graduation ceremony Saturday in the Greyhound Arena. Rush, who attended New Mexico State University for a year before transferring to Eastern, will receive a bachelor’s degree in […]

Student profile: Micah Lansford

Micah Lansford is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of David and Debbie Lansford. What is your favorite TV show past and present? “Hang Time” and “Rocky and Bullwinkle” were my favorite shows about 10 years ago, but presently “Smallville” is most definitely the best. What do you envision your life […]

United Way extends deadline

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico Board of Directors has announced it will extend the 2005-2006 United Way Fund-raising Campaign until Jan. 13. Dianna Thompson, UWENM 2005 campaign chair, said the charitable organization needs more time to make sure all donations are counted. “Our fund-raising efforts were put behind schedule by the […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 15

Today’s focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. S” is not employed and is struggling this year. Her holiday hopes: For her son to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 34/32, boys shirt size large, boys shoe size 10. Toys list: X-Box game The Empty Stocking Fund is […]