Suspect arrested in infant death

CNJ staff A phone tip to police led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the October 2004 death of an infant left in his care at a Clovis motel, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo surrendered to police at an undisclosed […]

Pageant performance led to spiritual understanding

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist One Christmas as a child, I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It was really a simple program with the farm children in the area whose families attended that church. We were to tell the Christmas story. On that day, my sister Susie had strep throat so […]

Fathers do learn from children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Police searching for child-abuse suspect

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police are searching for a 42-year-old Clovis man in connection with the death of an infant 13 months ago. An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 9 for Leroy Jaramillo for child abuse leading to the death of a 10-month-old Clovis baby in his care at a Clovis motel, according […]

Pregnancy invites unsolicited input

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff My grandmother taught me many simple rules, which have served me well in life: * Keep your hands and feet to yourself; * If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all; * Treat others the way you want to be treated. What is it about a pregnant […]

Passion of 1960s giving way to old age

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnit It began with the Magnificent Montague. He was a disc jockey on KGFJ, 1230 on your AM dial, back in the days of Supremes and Miracles, Sam Cooke singing “You Send Me” and James Brown testifying about papa’s brand-new bag. KGFJ was the very heartbeat of black Los Angeles, and […]

Commandment decision invites future debate

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court’s two decisions on displaying the Ten Commandments on government property could be seen as biblical. Remember the story of King Solomon, confronted by two women claiming to be the mother of the same baby? King Solomon said he would cut the baby in half, and when one woman objected, […]

More than 400 seniors graduate at CHS

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Clovis High School senior Nathan Cordova, center, hugs fellow seniors Abril Rosas, left, and Amber Thompson after Saturday’s Clovis High School Commencement ceremony at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Graduation was old mortarboard for Kathy Adams, who watched her third of four children graduate Saturday during Clovis […]

Father takes on role of stay-at-home parent in military family

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Mark Marius cares for his three young children while his wife, Kjersti, not pictured, works on base as a physician. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The president of the Officers’ Spouses’ Club at Cannon Air Force Base is in the minority. Not only is Mark Marius one of three male […]

Woman faces child-abuse charges

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales woman faces child-abuse charges after her child tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana, according to police reports. Catherine Houston-Sprayberry, 23, of Portales, faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of paraphenalia and possession of marijuana. The abuse charge is resulting from the 2-month-old child’s […]

Christmas performance makes religion personal

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist All of the children’s Christmas programs scheduled for December remind me of the time I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It really wasn’t a play, but a simple program with several of the farm children who lived in the area. On this particular pre-Christmas Sunday, Susie had […]

Goulish politics: Company says mask sales can predict presidential winner

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Halloween is usually a time for ghosts, ghouls, and other disturbing, gooey things. But this year it’s not just Democrats who think President Bush is scary. According to www.anniescostumes.com, which claims to be the “web’s most complete source for costumes for all holidays and occasions,” Bush masks have outsold […]

Police investigating infant’s death

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis police are investigating the Friday death of a Clovis infant as child abuse, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Detective Tony Bosque said a suspect has agreed to speak with police today about the incident. The 41-year-old suspect — who maintains his innocence — […]

Clovis baby’s reaction to food not related to California poisoning

CNJ Staff An 8-month-old Clovis child who stopped breathing on Tuesday night and was later resuscitated by two Army National Guardsmen had an allergic reaction to baby food, according to information the child’s father provided to officials at Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs. It doesn’t look like the child’s baby food was poisoned, said […]

In the end, our lives are memorials to God

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Luci Tapahonso, the Navajo author, recorded a poignant account of a Navajo family of long ago. When Luci was just a child, she with her little brothers and sisters were riding in the back of their parents’ pickup on the way to Shiprock. As they rode along, an older relative […]

Dora’s Stokes had zest for life

By Mike Linn DORA — Almost two dozen Dora High School students squeezed into the principal’s office Monday to remember Clayton Stokes, an energetic and mischievous junior who died late Saturday night in an automobile accident. Clayton was the starting point guard on Dora High’s basketball team and earned the nickname “spark plug,” for his […]

It’s a new year baby

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Maria Rodriguez holds her new baby boy Francisco Saturday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Francisco was first born in 2004 at 8:16 a.m. Friday, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Maria Rodriguez of Muleshoe, Texas, said she wants to thank the many Clovis businesses and individuals who donated […]

Organization puts right ‘SPIN’ on parenthood

Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Single Parents In Need have no need to put a SPIN on anything. Simply put, young people who are at high school age or just beyond need more […]

Name omissions were not arbitrary

From the editor’s desk The Clovis News Journal did not print names of suspects recently in two high-profile criminal cases. In both cases, we knew the suspect’s name and other news organizations published or broadcast that name. The first incident occurred early on Oct. 19 when a Portales woman said she found a baby in […]

Mother charged with filing false report

By Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police have arrested a woman who said Sunday that she found an abandoned baby in a park. Police said Tuesday they now believe the newborn belonged to the woman who said she found the baby while jogging in Rotary Park near her dorm room at Eastern New Mexico University. The […]