ENMU plans baseball clinic

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is hosting a free youth baseball clinic on Oct. 22 at Greyhound Field. The clinic, directed by first-year ENMU coach Chris Terry and members of his team, is open to anyone from kindergarten through 12th grde. Participants are asked to bring a glove, hat, baseball […]

South Clovis residents lose power temporarily

CNJ staff About 2,000 Xcel Energy customers in South Clovis lost power for more than three hours after winds knocked down utility poles on Brady Avenue between Prince and South Main streets late Sunday, officials said. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said about 14 customers were still without power as of morning, but their power […]

Prince Street overpass closed due to resurfacing project

CNJ staff With the temporary closure of the Prince Street overpass, drivers accessing south Clovis will have to use alternate routes for an estimated four weeks. A state resurfacing project on U.S. 70 is the reason for the closure, said Clovis City Engineer Justin Howalt. In the meantime, drivers can use either south Norris Street […]

Woman dies in officer-involved crash

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police Chief Steve Sanders said it appears a police officer ran a stop sign at Grand and Sycamore streets striking another vehicle in a fatal crash Wednesday. By Sharna Johnson and Liliana Castillo The squeal of brakes and the sound of two automobiles colliding drew Danny Kendrick out of his […]

Two arrests made in Muleshoe shooting

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Michael Garcia, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in a July 4 Muleshoe shooting. Two Muleshoe men were arrested Monday night and charged with murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Muleshoe man. Law enforcement officials offered few details about the case, citing a possibility of more suspects. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, […]

Blight battle: Some ‘used to’ blight

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Paula and Jesse Baca said a lot has changed since they moved to the 200 block of Cameo Street a half-century ago. “We had a nice neighborhood at one time,” Paula Baca said. “Everything started falling apart when our neighbors left.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer U.S. 60/84 connects […]

Police expect to make auto burglary arrests

Freedom New Mexico Police have two suspects in a Saturday auto burglary spree in north central Clovis. Beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday, police began receiving reports of auto burglaries in the 800 blocks of Prairieview Drive and Yucca Avenue. At least eight residents reported their vehicles broken into and burglarized, records show. Police Capt. Patrick […]

Trailer home fire extinguished

CNJ staff A trailer house near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Hickory Street caught fire Monday night. Firefighters extinguished the blaze. CNJ will have more information as it becomes available today.

Police vehicles involved in crashes

In a little more than one day, two law enforcement officers from different agencies were slightly injured in unrelated crashes. A Clovis police officer was transported to the hospital, treated and released Oct. 1 after he was involved in a lunchtime crash at Grand Avenue and Tennessee Street, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Whitney said Brian […]

Volunteers sought to build playground

CNJ staff The United Way is looking for volunteers to build a playground at the Grand Avenue Apartments Saturday, according to a news release. The project is sponsored by the United Way’s Day of Caring Committee. Installation of the playground will begin at 8 a.m. Volunteers are need to help build, clean, paint and move […]

United Way hosting block party

The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is hosting a block party Saturday to raise money for a new playground at the Grand Avenue Homes community. According to a press release, money will be raised through a “Duck Drop.” Individuals can purchase a square for $20 and when all squares are sold, a duck will […]

Portales man charged in stabbing

Freedom New Mexico A 25-year Portales man was charged Thursday in connection with a stabbing last week in the 800 block of South Avenue B. Jose Zapata is charged with aggravated battery and parole violation, according to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales PD. He is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on […]

Residents voice discomfort with traffic sign removal

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Some residents are hoping the trial period for traffic sign changes on Plains Avenue and Main Street will go no further. Jessie Ellison, who has lived at her house on Plains since 1954, said she doesn’t understand the reasoning for the removal of stop signs at the intersection of […]

Anybody can be wary of water

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico April showers bring May flowers. I remember that saying well from my childhood. And with those April showers came plenty of croaking frogs to keep us awake at night. This cloudy time of year reminds me of my unforgettable childhood days growing up in the barrio of north Portales, […]

Clovis police investigating death

CNJ staff Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious.” Emmett Salisbury, 36, was found about 1 p.m. Monday inside E’s Enterprises at 701 E. Grand Ave. He owned and operated the small thrift store at the corner of Grand Avenue and Ross Street. Clovis Police Lt. Patrick Whitney said Salisbury had a bloody […]

Mattie Gushwa

Mattie Gushwa, 83, of Lubbock died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. She was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Richland Springs, Texas. She met Charles Gushwa while working as a teller at First National Bank of Portales, where she worked for many years. They were married Feb. 20, 1947. Her hobbies included sewing and cooking. They moved […]

1/8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a fire in the alley behind the 3100 block of Virginia Avenue. A witness told police he saw two teenagers light two mattresses on fire in the alley. • • • At 1 p.m. […]

Summer of road projects ahead for city, county

CNJ staff Clovis and Curry County will be busy with road projects this summer, according to city and county officials. The majority of city projects will be on residential streets, said Public Works Director Harry Wang, where they will overlay current roads with a hot mix asphalt. The residential street projects are all funded through […]

Bodies not identified, no arrests made

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Members of the New Mexico State Police investigate a crime scene Thursday morning on Roosevelt Road N 1/2 southeast of Portales where a burned-out car was found. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two bodies found Thursday in a burned car southeast of Portales were still not identified on Friday. But […]