Clovis boy killed in accident: mom charged

CNJ staff Clovis boy is dead and his mother faces a charge of homicide by vehicle following a one-car rollover early Wednesday morning 20 miles east of Roswell. Jose Alejandro Perez was killed when he was ejected from a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by his mother, according to officials with the New Mexico State […]

In Tribute

by David Irvin Former teacher became mayor She was a longtime school teacher, faithful volunteer in the Methodist church, and for 4 1/2 years in the late 1960s, mayor of a small town in the Texas Panhandle. Isabelle “Izzie” Perkins died Sept. 21 at Bridges Retirement Manor in Clovis. She was 102. “She was like […]

New CCC program offers alternative path to classroom

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Nancy Jobe, left, and Victor Lopez, listen to instructor Rhonda Roberts during a Clovis Community College class designed to help students earn their teacher certification. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Nancy Jobe has a bachelor’s degree and a love for children, but the traditional path to the classroom doesn’t make […]

Portales mayor presses for unity in water project

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega on Wednesday urged members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to work together — not independently — in efforts to negotiate with the Interstate Streams Commission for the region’s future water suppy. Ortega criticized Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose for sending a […]

District attorney swaps sides

CNJ staff District Attorney Brett Carter has spent 18 years in Roosevelt and Curry County courtrooms working to ensure felons face justice. In about a month he’ll be an adversary to prosecutors. Carter will take over as head of the 9th Judicial District public defender’s office next month, replacing long-time district defender Calvin Neumann, who […]

Weather changes shooting plans

By Cotty Chubb: Believe in Me Producer Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. We’re glad your drought’s broken, but wow! At […]

Flooding closes roads

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Richard Rees, 14, of Clovis walks on 14th Street past the lake at Chavez Park Tuesday afternoon. The level of the lake had risen within a couple feet of the road by late afternoon. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Sammy Cordova said he pushed at least 20 cars out of […]

Grant aids Portales P.E. program

By Lauire Stone: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales schools have been awarded a $398,044 three-year federal grant through the U. S. Department of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program. According to a pair of press releases, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Rep. Tom Udall announced that three New Mexico schools and two organizations […]

Hair today — gone tomorrow

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Priscilla Salazar is one of hundreds of extras getting ’60s-style hair for the movie “Believe in Me.” Salazar was getting her hair styled Monday by Instincts Salon owner and stylist Elizabeth Ware. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor With locks stretching like cotton candy over their beady heads, a group of […]

Air Force suicides alarming

By Pam Zubeck: The Colordao Springs Gazzette COLORADO SPRINGS — A recent spike in Air Force suicides — 10 in September — has leaders scrambling to find the cause after launching prevention programs this year because of a gradual rise. “This rash has scared the hell out of us,” Air Force Secretary James Roche said […]

Voter interest high in county

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County is following a nationwide trend fueled by Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan groups pouring resources into registering voters, a push spurred by the near deadlock of the 2000 presidential race and polls that predict another tight election this year. According to the county clerk’s office, registration numbers are […]

Astronaut proud of his heritage

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John Herrington was the first Native American to walk in space. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — John Herrington has been in space. On Monday, he completed another important trip, he said, answering questions from area students at Eastern New Mexico University’s Theatre Center. “It’s a great chance to come […]

Clovis police officer pulls double duty

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Clovis police Officer Dave Wetmore brought back an American flag that was flown over Fallujah, Ramadi and Baghdad during his tour in Iraq. Wetmore was in Iraq from the end of July to the beginning of September. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When Patrolman David Wetmore returned to the Clovis […]

Arts festival keeps growing

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Sandia Elementary third-grader Gabby Saiz waves to the crowd as she marches in the Children’s and Ethnic Fair Parade of Flags and People during the Clovis Cultural Arts Fest. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Five years ago Lonzo Lassiter signed up for a pottery class at Clovis Community College to […]

Portales teens having ‘reel’ fun

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s […]

Farwell native still missing

By Tony Parra and David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Nine days ago, a neighbor saw Vicky Lynn leave her Alamogordo home for a routine walk. Family and friends haven’t seen the Farwell native since, despite an intensive search effort by law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to […]

Student’s letter key in year-old sex abuse case

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Clovis police believe this house at 700 E. 10th St. in Clovis was the site of numerous sexual assaults against children. (File photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor It was an innocent note to a classmate, a few lines of sympathy from a third-grader devastated his friend was being sexually abused. “I’m so sorry […]

Former Eastern New Mexico University president dies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Warren Armstrong, Eastern New Mexico University’s sixth president, died Friday morning at his home in Oklahoma. Armstrong was the president at ENMU from 1975 through 1983, at which point he accepted the same position at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. “We’ve had seven and a half very, very good […]

F-16s may be targeted for retirement

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The U.S. Air Force has roughly 1,200 F-16s in service. (Courtesy photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff […]

Governor touts tougher DWI initiative

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Gov. Bill Richardson announces his public safety plan Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson was in town Thursday to speak with local citizens and officials about his 2005 public safety plan and legislative proposals. He arrived at the Clovis-Carver Library about 2 […]