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 […]