Three candidates file in De Baca

CNJ staff Three candidates filed to run for three De Baca County offices Tuesday, the state’s filing day. • Incumbent De Baca County Commissioner George Gonzales filed for re-election to his seat in District 3. Gonzales is a Democrat and is completing his first four-year term. • Democrat Rosalie Gonzales-Joiner filed for county clerk. Gonzales-Joiner […]

Three offices open in De Baca County primary

CNJ staff Candidates for De Baca County offices in the June 5 primary have to file from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the De Baca County Clerk’s office. Offices to go before De Baca County voters in 2012 voters in 2012 include: • County clerk. Incumbent republican Laurie Pettigrew is completing her second […]

Weddings —

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Aragon Nellie Baca of Portales and Matthew Mark Aragon of Clovis were joined in marriage Oct. 1, 2011 at Legacy Life Family Church in Clovis. The Rev. David Lomrana performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Tina Chavez of Clovis and Clifford Baca of Portales. She is the granddaughter of the late Cleofas […]

Rural area post offices in danger of closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Due to financial struggles, the U.S. Postal Service has produced a list of about 3,700 post offices it will study for closure nationwide. Argen Duncan Five rural post offices in Roosevelt County, two in De Baca County and one in Parmer County, Texas, are in danger of being closed. Due […]

Cancer fundraiser makes return to Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tanya Baca, who is battling cancer, and her 3-year-old daughter, Emily, look at a display during the Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser at Greyhound Arena Friday night. The event lasted until 10 a.m. Saturday, and event chairwoman Cathy Hess said about 375 people had registered to participate as of […]

Press release: Tucumcari deaths ruled homicides

Tucumcari – Gabriel Baca, 37 and Bobby Gonzales, 57 both of Tucumcari, NM were found dead in an Eastern New Mexico motel. State Police were called in yesterday evening to take over a scene that ultimately turned into a homicide investigation.

Man shot by deputy charged in connection to stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man shot Monday by a De Baca County Deputy has been charged in connection with the stabbing and pursuit that led up to the shooting. Michael Christopher Fitschen, who remains hospitalized after being shot once in the abdomen, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery with […]

Lucero elected District 2 De Baca County Commissioner

CNJ staff Adolfo Lucero was elected De Baca County Commissioner for District 2 Tuesday, finishing with 705 votes to James G. Bell’s 182 votes. Lucero said his first step will be to thoroughly research De Baca County’s water shortage and landfill issues from the perspective of all the county’s citizens before pursuing definite action. “I […]

Candidate profiles: De Baca County

CNJ staff There are three contested De Baca County positions up for grabs in the Nov. 2 general election. The race for magistrate judge in De Baca County is between incumbent Republican Buddy Hall, who has held the office for 16 years, and Democrat Rosalie Joiner. Vying for probate judge are Republican John P. Wooton, […]

De Baca, Roosevelt counties receive PILT funds

CNJ staff New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases and […]

De Baca sheriff retains position

CNJ staff Dennis A. Cleaver retained his position as De Baca County sheriff by beating former Fort Sumner Police Chief Wayne Atchley for the Democratic seat in Tuesday’s primary. Cleaver, who will run unopposed in November, gathered 263 votes to 163 for Atchley as 48 percent of De Baca County’s 1,362 voters participated in the […]

Letter to the editor: Poly-carts have many more disadvantages

Poly-carts have many more disadvantages Richard Baca in his letter to the editor in Sunday’s CNJ makes some good points about the problems with poly-carts, but he missed a number of important disadvantages. The carts when filled may be too heavy for elderly or handicapped residents to wheel to the street. The carts when empty […]

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Curry, De Baca and Quay counties.

Veteran seeks out local vets

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Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Richard Robertson, a 24-year Navy veteran, is working to compile a list of local veterans to highlight their military service. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections A Cannon Air Force Base employee is trying to list every veteran possible for 110 miles. Director of the Cannon Retiree Activities Program Richard Robertson […]

Dec. 9 — Business digest

CNJ staff De Baca family named state Farm and Livestock Bureau Family of the Year De Baca County ranchers Richard, Ellen and Amy Vaughan, have been named the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau’s “Family of the Year” during the organization’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, according to a bureau news release. Marking their 100th year […]

On the lookout

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Branden Marshall of the New Mexico Environment Department inspects everything at the restaurants he inspects including freezers, coolers, store rooms and bathrooms. Marshal marks notes on what he sees on a clipboard that is always in his hand. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Branden Marshall entered La Hacienda […]

Texico police chief quitting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico police chief John Mares has resigned and is running for sheriff in De Baca County. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer John Mares said Wednesday he has resigned as Texico police chief effective March 28. Mares, who has worked in law enforcement in Clovis and Curry County for almost […]

Mayor: Melrose police chief changed mind

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After publicly announcing his intention to run for De Baca County sheriff, Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson was not among the four candidates who filed for the position Tuesday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Wednesday that Ferguson is still the village’s police chief. He said Ferguson approached him during […]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief has decision to make

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, […]

Kitchen fire extinguished

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis firefighter works to ventilate a home where a kitchen fired occurred around noon Thursday. CNJ staff A kitchen fire resulted in heavy smoke and fire damage Thursday at a home at 205 West Plaza, according to fire officials. Firefighter Bill Baca said firefighters arrived at noon and had […]