Clovis man survives rollover

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New Mexico State Police said a Clovis man flipped his car at least three times south of Clovis on County Road 4. He sustained only cuts and bruises. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF REPORTS A 19-year-old Clovis man escaped with only cuts and bruises after falling asleep and rolling his car at […]

Former enlisted chief still speaks for airmen

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Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Sam Parish discusses how to improve the work of NCO’s in a conversation Wednesday with Command Chief Master Sgt. James Randall. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — When Sam Parish enlisted in the Air Force […]

Cannon airman guilty of killing

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Found guilty of unpremeditated murder THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WICHITA FALLS, Texas — An airman from Cannon Air Force Base has been found guilty by a military judge of unpremeditated murder in the death of a Sheppard Air Force Base fuels investigator he apparently dated. Staff Sgt. Jason P. Arindain was found innocent on charges of […]

Condition at area schools during segregation ‘shameful’

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS HOBBS — Today marks the 50th anniversary of the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that declared segregation unconstitutional and ended decades of separate schooling for whites and blacks. The legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education endures in New Mexico. In February, Clovis Community College adopted a resolution recognizing the […]

Carter using experience to win re-election.

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Brett Carter says experience counts. He’s counting on that experience to carry him to a victory on June 1 over challenger Matt Chandler for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s position. Chandler, the 28-year-old Eastern New Mexico University graduate, is running an intense campaign in a race that is the talk […]

Chandler hopes enthusiasm takes him to office.

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Matt Chandler’s opponent says he’s too inexperienced to be the community’s top criminal prosecutor. Chandler says that’s baloney. The 28-year-old Clovis native says he’s ready to be the 9th Judicial District Attorney — now. Chandler is bringing a full-court press at incumbent District Attorney Brett Carter that includes high volumes […]

DA hopefuls share views

Question and Answer Incumbent Brett Carter and challenger Matt Chandler are both Republicans seeking the 9th judicial district attorney position in the June 1 primary. Q: During the last 17 months, almost as many people have died by homicide than in the previous five years combined in Curry County. What do you make of the […]

Cannon wins prestigious aircraft maintenance honor

By Darrell Todd Maurina Personnel at Cannon Air Force Base have won many awards over the years, but until this year the trophy cases at Cannon never included the Daedalian Award for aircraft maintenance. Maintenance isn’t just a routine function for fighter aircraft — even small problems can lead to massive equipment failures at the […]

Early morning fire destroys trailer home, called suspicious

Darrell Todd Maurina An early morning fire drove a mother and four children out of their trailer home about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Fire officials said the cause of the fire was suspicious but declined to specify the reasons for their investigation. “(It was) just the way everything was this morning when we went in […]

Cannon airman convicted of rape, indecent assault

Cops and courts An airman at Cannon Air Force Base will spend 18 years in a military prison after a conviction on sex charges, according to the Cannon Public Affairs Office. Airman 1st Class Joshua D. Loyd, a member of the 27th Security Forces Squadron — equivalent to a civilian police force — was found […]

Police blotter: May 16, 2004

While patrolling near the corner of 21st and Thornton streets about noon on May 8, police noticed a black 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup that appeared to be the same one reported missing earlier in the day. Police stopped the truck and asked the driver, who was an employee of the dealership that had reported […]

Firm will decide if Cannon in danger

By Darrell Todd Maurina PORTALES — State officials learned Friday that their team of hired consultants will tour New Mexico’s military bases this week to determine which ones may be in danger of closure. At Friday afternoon’s meeting of the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission in Portales, representatives of the Whitney, Bradley & Brown […]

Youth agency shuts doors

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor For the first time in more than 30 years, the local Youth Opportunities Unlimited organization will cease to service the youth of Clovis and Portales. The non-profit agency did not receive enough money from the state’s Children Youth and Families Department to sustain a full-time staff in the upcoming […]

Time, patience, earns degree

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Lenna Rolan doesn’t think it’s a real good idea for her to pursue a master’s degree. She’s just not sure when she finish it. You have to understand, it took her 26 semesters to get her undergraduate degree. It’s not that Rolan had trouble in class — in fact she […]

Budget cuts could wreck ride program

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Alta Cole, a van driver for Curry County’s Maternal-Child Health Council program, left, talks with Jessica Hernandez, of Texico, as she takes Hernandez to a doctor’s appointment Wednesday in Clovis. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Nine months pregnant, Clovis resident Myishia Cotton has no car and few relatives in Clovis. […]

Cannon maintainers win top Air Force award

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Air Force Headquarters announced Thursday afternoon that the maintenance group at Cannon Air Force Base has been named the best in the Air Force for the year 2003. The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group includes a number of different units responsible for repairing airplanes and keeping them ready to fly. “I am […]

Teen held in killing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES —A Portales teenager was charged with murder on Wednesday. Richard Baca, who turned 18 on May 2, is accused of killing Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales. Robinson’s body was discovered fully intact Friday afternoon, buried in the back yard of a residence at 717 N. Ave. J, where Baca […]

Voters switching parties for DA race

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A 9th Judicial District Attorney’s race between two Republicans may be responsible for giving Curry County a majority of registered Republican voters for the first time in its history, according to officials with the Curry County Clerk’s office. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said, as of Tuesday, there […]

Cannon jet drops fuel tanks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Cannon Air Force Base pilot dropped two 370-gallon fuel tanks while flying about five miles southwest of the base late Tuesday night. Senior Master Sgt. Stefan Alford, a base spokesman, said no people or livestock were harmed and the plane landed safely. He said the tank release […]

Clovis teachers: Our kids well behaved … mostly

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Some Clovis High School and junior high teachers say school discipline is generally not a problem, a contrast from a national survey showing teachers are concerned a few troublemakers are hurting most students’ learning experiences. Nationally, a majority of teachers say most students suffer at the expense of a […]