Teen held in killing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES —A Portales teenager was charged with murder on Wednesday. Richard Baca, who turned 18 on May 2, is accused of killing Amber Robinson, 19, of Portales. Robinson’s body was discovered fully intact Friday afternoon, buried in the back yard of a residence at 717 N. Ave. J, where Baca […]

Support strong for Kid to remain at rest

Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is some big stuff going on, and I am not just talking about who is going to be our next American Idol. Don’t laugh. The word derives from “idolatry,” the “worship of a physical object as a god.” That is why, once chosen, we always remember and respect these emerging […]

Critics seek De Baca County sheriff’s ouster

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Gary Graves says he won’t go despite petition. Rex Pope once supported Sheriff Gary Graves and his election campaign. Now, the man who’s lived in De Baca County for 17 years said he has collected more than 300 signatures of people he says want Graves out of the […]

Police: Shoplifter ran into police car

Cops & Courts A man attempting to steal beer Wednesday night from a Clovis gas station picked the wrong time to run out the door, according to Clovis police who said he fled right into an officer filling up his gas tank. “I was pumping gas at First and Ross; while I was sitting there, […]

De Baca County squabble leaves sheriff concerned

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves spent Monday night sleeping in his office to protect records. And he plans on sleeping there until a district judge rules on whether he is allowed to keep personnel from other county agencies out of his office. Tenth Judicial District Court Judge […]

Discrimination lawsuit against CCC settled

By Mike Linn A Clovis woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination against Clovis Community College has received an out-of-court settlement. The settlement provides $24,000 to Angelina Baca-Rodriguez, said CCC attorney Steve Bell. But CCC officials remain firm in their position that discrimination never occurred. Bell said CCC officials did not want to settle […]

Jacobs gets probation

Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation Thursday morning in Curry County District Court on a single count of attempted criminal sexual penetration. The charge stems from a July 26, 2002, incident that was originally prosecuted as a case of date rape. Jacobs was initially prosecuted on one count […]

Marquez, Maria Candeleria

Maria Candeleria Marquez Services: Have been held. Maria Candeleria Marquez, 69, Clovis, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born April 16, 1934, in Ramadero to Luciano and Francisquita Marquez Garcia. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Florinda Hernandez of Portales, Joan Martinez (and husband Jimmy) of […]

Posadas annual tradition revisited

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — Sylvia Baca’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Baca, participated in Las Posadas, a Mexican reenactment of the birth of Christ, as a young man and told her of the long Posadas processions in Encino. Last week, Baca not only attended her first Posadas, she and her sisters also played host to one at […]

Cancer aid activist honored

By Jack King Margaret “Bobbie” West has received the American Cancer Society’s national St. George Award for her 52-year-long involvement in the work of the cancer society in De Baca County. West, a resident of the Laurel Ridge nursing home in Clovis, is a longtime resident of Fort Sumner. The award was presented to her […]