Inmate in critical condition after stabbing

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, stabbed London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, an arrest affidavit said. Word, 20, […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

Day-after dealing

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Tammie Trotter of Clovis stands in line at Wal-Mart to return gifts Tuesday afternoon. Trotter said that the process to return items was quick. Merchants reported a busy day with returns and sales. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A rapidly filling parking lot and moderately long lines awaited shoppers […]

Dec. 27, 2006 Hometown Heroes

Army Pfc. Jose Rivas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., according to a news release from Army & Air Force Hometown News Service. He is the son of Guadalupe Rivas of Clovis, and a 2003 graduate of Clovis High School. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the […]

President Gerald Ford dies at 93

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93. “My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, […]

Inmate escapes from county jail

CNJ Staff A 29-year-old inmate who was an inmate worker assigned to the kitchen escaped over the weekend from the Curry County Detention Center, Warden Leslie Johnson reported. Guadalupe Rodriguez of Clovis was last seen working in the jail’s kitchen Saturday night, Johnson said. His absence was reported to her Monday afternoon after he failed […]

Christmas another day of work for many

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Thomas Klütts prepares meals during a busy spell Monday at Dave’s Coffee Shop. Klütts said many customers ordered traditional Christmas meals of turkey and mashed potatoes. (CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Having to work on Christmas didn’t take away from the holiday spirit of many Clovis residents, who said they […]

Memorial funds established

CNJ Staff Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations for […]

Empty Stocking Fund still accepting donations

The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune. Donations are being accepted until Jan. 1 and help people with their utility bills. Donations can be dropped off at the CNJ or PNT, 521 Pile St. in Clovis or 101 E. First St. in […]

Man gives father gift of life

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Travis Husted, left, and his father, Andy Husted, seated in the Husted family room, talk about the big decision for Travis Husted to donate a kidney to his dad last month. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old […]

Scrambling season

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Vickie McCormick of Clovis does some Saturday shopping at Wal-Mart. McCormick said after Wal-Mart, she was headed to the North Plains Mall. McCormick said she is usually done shopping for Christmas very early. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shopper Jim Zaikowski scoured the shelves of downtown stores Saturday, searching for […]

Christmas closings

CNJ Staff The following places are closed for Christmas: • The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday. • All banks will be closed Monday. • Clovis City Hall will be closed Monday and Tuesday. That applies to all city offices, including the Department of Building Safety and Clovis Animal Shelter. • The Curry County […]

Fund helps area families

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Approximately 520 Christmas gifts have been distributed to area children through a joint Salvation Army and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, according to Salvation Army officials. Toys, food, clothing and other gifts donated by community members were delivered through Saturday morning, Salvation Army Capt. Tammy Ray said. The […]

Dec. 24, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund Profile

Today’s focus: “Ms. L” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. L’s” family is living on Social Security income and food stamps. There is no money for Christmas presents. Holiday hopes: For her children to have Christmas presents. Clothing needs: Girls pants size 6. Girls shirt size 4T. Girls shoe size 13-14. Boys pants […]

Investigator keeps close to cases

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Sandy Loomis came to Clovis by way of the Air Force and took a position with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office in 1993. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff The white crest of his cowboy hat takes his already imposing height to new levels. Paired with his broad physique, he projects an […]

Council receives $150,000 grant

CNJ Staff An organization that serves eastern New Mexico has been awarded a federal grant of $150,000 for economic development, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., announced in a press release Wednesday. The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is among six New Mexico economic development districts to receive the federal award from the U.S. Department of […]

Dec. 24, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3:30 p.m. Monday an officer was called to a home in the 4000 block of Lew Wallace Drive for a report of criminal damage. A woman showed police three cracked windows damaged from what she believed to be a BB gun. […]

Man arrested on federal warrant

CNJ Staff Officers responding to a domestic dispute report arrested a Portales man on a federal drug trafficking warrant in the early morning hours Thursday, according to police reports. Victor Sotelo, 24, was arrested and booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on the trafficking warrant and charges of evading police, the documents read. […]

Funds established

CNJ Staff Memorial funds have been established in Clovis for the Evans and Gilbert families. The family of Maj. Troy Gilbert: Donations may be dropped off at Bank of Clovis, 300 Main St., or the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune offices, 521 Pile St. in Clovis and 101 E. First in Portales. Donations for […]

Ornaments include sentiment

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Delores Eichenberger of Clovis points to a Christmas ornament that decorates the tree her husband, Frank Eichenberger, inherited from his grandparents.(CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) Freedom Newspapers This Christmas season, eastern New Mexico residents shared the history behind their favorite ornaments with Freedom Newspapers. The history of Christmas tree ornaments Modern Christmas trees emerged in […]