Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today at 8 a.m. The pool at the center has been closed since December after failing to meet state standards. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Aquatics Center passed a state inspection Monday afternoon and will reopen today after being closed for nine […]

Woman sentenced for spitting in face of paramedic

CNJ staff A 27-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday for battery upon a health-care worker. Crystal Sandoval was found guilty last week of the fourth-degree felony and sentenced to 90 days in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The charge stems from a January […]

Sept. 9, 1969

Jackie Linton, a 174-pound junior, was named Clovis High’s winner of the first “Bad Cat” award, which was presented weekly to an outstanding football player. … Woody’s Taco Bell meat burritos were 40 cents each. … An adult education class in speed reading was scheduled to begin at Clovis High School with Mrs. Chaney Merritt […]

Teen sentenced as adult for infant’s death

CNJ Staff An 18-year-old Clovis man was sentenced as an adult late Friday to 25 years in prison in connection with the death of his infant son. Benito Valdez pleaded guilty in April to the intentional child abuse that resulted in the death of his 4-month-old son, Christopher. Valdez was 16 at the time. The […]

March 25, 1978

Nick Gallegos was named legionnaire of the week by American Legion Post No. 25. … Clovis News-Journal Sports Editor Gary Mitchell was writing a column called The Armchair Athlete. … Steve Johnston, Grayson Wicker and Brad Phillips were among winners at the Pinewood Derby competition at Sandia Elementary. … The Wonderful World of Toys, 1503 […]

Being polite can be more important than winning

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Somewhere along the line, I learned this. It may have been when Mr. Johnston, Richie’s dad, who coached our Little League team the Ravens, made us shake hands with the Eagles after they beat us 12 to nothing. It may have been when Coach Kasimankas grabbed Jeff Tracy by the […]

County will track low-risk inmates with GPS satellites

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County will track low-risk inmates with GPS satellites (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center is implementing an inmate ankle-bracelet program monitoring that officials expect to begin Monday. Why: In an effort to reduce jail overcrowding and cut the cost of housing inmates. How it works: […]

County approves budget, balks on jail costs

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Curry County Commission approved the $8,890,000 final operating budget for 2006-2007 at Tuesday’s meeting. According to Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford, two-thirds of the budget is allocated for the Sheriff’s Department and Curry County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. Lansford said the money is used for employee […]

Jail adding library program

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County jail administrator Leslie Johnson said adding a library to the detention center is the first of several programs planned to re-educate and prepare inmates for productive lives on the outside. Borrowing books will be considered a privilege, she said. Inmates who display good behavior will be able […]

Literacy council sponsoring adult spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Little tikes are usually behind the mikes at spelling bees. Not so at this bee. The Curry County Literacy Council is sponsoring its first spelling bee for adults. Teams of four will tackle commonly misspelled words from an array of categories, including mythical creatures, rock bands and countries of […]

Business licenses

CNJ staff The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in February: • K2 Powerwash Type: Janitorial service Owner: Keith Kiser Location: 216 Diamondhead • VL Flags.com Type: General Merchandise Owner: Vernon Thorn Location: 6505 E. Central No. 243, Wichita, Kan. • Signart of New Mexico Type: Signs Owner: Daniel Jones Location: […]

Juan Astorga

Juan Astorga, 74, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital. He was born Oct. 30, 1931, in Ramos, Mexico, to Otilia and Manuel Astorga. He grew up in Durango, Mexico. At 14, he moved to the Unites States to work in farming in various places. For the past 12 years he […]

Prosecutors want Clovis teen tried as adult

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in […]

1/10 Local Roundup

Clovis man indicted in baby death A Clovis man was indicted by a grand jury on Monday for the child abuse and death of a 10-month-old Clovis baby, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo, 42, was charged in connection with the October 2004 shaken baby death of […]

12/25 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a public works office on the 800 block of Norris Street in reference to a missing voltage meter. Police have no suspects. ••• At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a residence on […]

Thieves demean our neighborhoods

CNJ Readers Being a mother to a toddler and trying to keep the domestic front in order is like having two jobs. I am a bit overwhelmed at times. I don’t have the time to do extracurricular activities except for special occasions. On Sunday, my child and I finally had a chance To put up […]

Salas to be tried as adult

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler told Orlando Salas, 15, Friday he would be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s killing of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. Chandler told Salas during his first appearance in district court that if the Clovis teen is convicted of murder, he will […]

Light crowd shows up as Potter Pool reopens under stricter guidelines

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Veteran lifeguard L.P. Francis said he supports the state’s new guidelines for the city pool. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sun beat down Monday on about a dozen of the first swimmers to enter Potter Park pool since the July 13 drowning of 3-year-old Jequon Haynes. Although the […]

State archers take aim

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Bill Royce, of Aztec, N.M., aims during the American Round of the New Mexico Bowhunter’s State Tournament on Saturday at the Marshall Junior High football field. The tournament finished Sunday. (staff photo:Eric Kluth) By David Irvin No, you don’t shoot apples off of your opponent’s head. The object of the game is to hit the […]

Clovis enjoys a quiet new year

CNJ staff report More than a dozen people were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on New Year’s eve and early Thursday morning, in a night that one police spokesman said kept officers running from one part of town to another. Police Lt. Patrick Whitney said Thursday that officers were so busy answering […]