Substance abuse program focuses on morals, job skills

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Jose Carrillo said the turning point for him in his battle against drugs was when he sought shelter with friends but was turned away. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Freshly showered and neatly groomed, polar opposites Jose Carrillo and Gerald Williams sat in the dining hall at the Lighthouse Mission […]

Locals join cyber support movement

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Normally she’s all about cancer prevention and fund-raising, but a local woman has decided to join in a national show of support for American troops. Dorothy Nelson, American Cancer Society representative for eastern New Mexico, said beginning today she will don a red shirt on Fridays. “I think the […]

Racers getting ready for Soap Box Derby

CNJ staff Young racers are revving up for the fifth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street. According to Director Larry Erwin, 15 participants ages 10 to 18 will vie for the right to […]

Zoo offering free compost

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Culled from animal pens and mixed with hay and dirt, the compost makes for excellent fertilizer, according to zoo officials. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is a sort of secret garden. Through the winding paths of the Hillcrest Zoo lie four heaping piles of animal excrement. Culled from animal […]

6/9 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from June 1 through Wednesday: • Daniel Lynn Graham Jr., 24, to Felica Dawn Henderlite, 25, both of Clovis. • Kevin Ray Coble, 27, to Roberta Jane Sanchez, 26, both of Clovis. • Matthew John Graf, 24, to Stacey Marie Ontiveros, 27, both of Clovis. • […]

American Bullfighter

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Andy DeLisle One might not think to find bullfighters at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, NM. The image of a red cape and sword come to mind when mentioned. No capes or swords were present but american bullfighters were there keeping the riders safe. Corey Wall has been an american bullfighter for 17 years.

Iraq prime minister: Militant al-Zarqawi killed in air raid

The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq – Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida-linked militant who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings, kidnappings and hostage beheadings in Iraq, has been killed in a U.S. air raid north of Baghdad, Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said al-Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday […]

Driver in weekend accident sought by sheriff’s department

CNJ Staff The driver in a fatal vehicle accident Saturday north of Clovis was charged with vehicular homicide in a warrant issued Tuesday, according to a Curry County Sheriff’s Department press release. Sheriff’s deputies have been unable to locate Miguel Angel Carrasquedo Hernandez since the accident. Hernandez, 21, is being charged with homicide by vehicle, […]

Summer fun located all over area

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleMiranda Andazola, 8, of Clovis, skates at Hillcrest Park Wednesday. Miranda was at the park with her father, Willie, and sisters, Caitlyn and A’lani. She is spending her summer skating, swimming and reading. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A promenade of three tumbled from the minivan and into the shade […]

Fishing clinic offered Saturday

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Children of all ages looking to wet a hook or land a big catch can participate in Saturday’s Kids All-American Fishing Derby. The 18th annual event, sponsored locally by the Optimist Club of Clovis, will be held at the back lake of Ned Houk Park. Participants will be divided […]

Voting turnout about average: Primary draws about 20 percent of registered voters.

By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER In Curry County and surrounding areas, voter turnout in the Tuesday primary was lackluster, once again. About 20 percent of registered voters in Curry County cast ballots in the race, according to unofficial poll results available on the New Mexico Secretary of State Web site, www.sos.state.nm.us. By turning the […]

Board approves CCC prez contract: Neibling’s deal similar to predecessor’s in terms of salary and allowances.

Neibling Starts CCC tenure June 26 By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER A contract for the new Clovis Community College president was unanimously approved Wednesday during a regularly scheduled CCC Board of Trustees meeting. John Neibling of Arizona will be paid $135,000 annually to pilot the community college. The Kansas native, who has served as […]

Murray wins sheriff race; Sandoval, Blackburn gain commission seats.

CNJ Staff Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, Murray garnered 48 percent […]

Critics still chirping at Dixie Chicks: At least one local radio station still boycotting group

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performs live on NBC’s “Today Show” in New York on November 2003. (KRT photo: Nicolas Khayat) By Paula Cronic Freedom Newspapers It was three years ago that Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines insulted President Bush and many country music fans with her now famous comment heard around the […]

Murray wins spirited sheriff’s primary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, […]

Incumbent Hollis takes magistrate judge position

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The will of 580 people entrusted the Division 2 magistrate judge position to incumbent Richard Hollis during the Tuesday primary election. Hollis, a Republican, will run unopposed in November. The Clovis News Journal was unable to contact the judge early Wednesday morning after Curry County officials released the results. […]

Sandoval, Blackburn take county commission seats

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Veteran politicians Robert Sandoval and Frank Blackburn were victors in the Curry County commissioner races on Tuesday. Sandoval defeated Fidel Madrid and Edwin Perales II during the Democratic primary election to fill the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr. Sandoval received 132 votes. Madrid finished […]

Duncan wins probate judge seat

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When county officials declared Kevin Duncan the winner of the probate judge primary election, one thing was foremost on his mind — sleep. Duncan garnered 1,469 votes, according to county tallies, which trickled in Wednesday morning, slowed by a hitch in counting absentee ballots. His opponent, Michael Wells, garnered […]

Bataan veterans remembered

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for a memorial to the U.S. soldiers involved in the Bataan Death March during World War II. In April 1942, 75,000 U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced by Japanese troops to march 65 miles to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle of […]

Boys’ State offers hands-on lessons in government

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Instead of learning about local and federal government by reading textbooks and sitting through lectures, students who attend Boys’ State this week at Eastern New Mexico University will have the chance to experience democracy first-hand by creating a mock city, county and state. “It gives (the students) the […]