Buffs host Longhorns in playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The formations look the same, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, even if the personnel — and the team name — have changed. The defending six-man state champion and top-seeded Buffaloes begin their title defense at 7 p.m. today contest against Roy-Wagon Mound at Melrose. Roybal noted the last time […]

Residents raise stink about cattle carcasses

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Area residents say carcasses of animals headed for a Dallas rendering plant often lie exposed at the Hull Street branch of Champion Pet Foods, Inc. for days, sometimes weeks. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Skinned cattle carcasses were visible Monday night from the bed of a cargo trailer. Flies buzzed around the […]

Cats cruise to win over Goddard

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Goddard’s Jesus Baca is tackled by Clovis defenders Mel Grassel (71), Chase Denton (56) and Cade Wheeler (26) during Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Sweet to Matthews is becoming music to Clovis’ ears. Wildcats senior quarterback Devin Sweet and junior wide receiver Rishard […]

Senior adapts to role for Cats

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Clovis senior Jonathan Sweet (left) listens to a post-practice talk from coach Eric Roanhaus on Thursday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Jonathan Sweet’s football career at Clovis is coming full circle. With multiple injuries at the linebacker spot next to him, the 6-foot,185-pound senior has […]

Goddard hands Rams 42-0 whipping

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Portales running back Cruz Ontiveros takes a pitch for a 21-yard gain in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Goddard at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Portales, 1-1 in Class 3A play so far, got a rude welcome to its first foray […]

De Baca County holding special recall election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner — De Baca County voters will decide the fate of Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 9. in a special recall election. The De Baca County Commission on Tuesday voted 2-0 to approve a resolution setting the special election. De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew scheduled the special election after validating 385 […]

8/27 Local Roundup

Judge rules to proceed with sheriff recall effort FORT SUMNER — A district judge has ruled there is probable cause to proceed with the recall effort of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Citizens calling themselves the De Baca County Concerned Citizens, filed a recall petition to remove Graves from office in September 2004, alleging […]

Judge grants motion to withdraw as counsel

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn granted a public defender’s motion to withdraw as counsel for a 19-year-old Portales man charged in the slaying of a teenage woman in April 2004. Raton attorney Ray Floersheim stepped down as Richard Baca’s lawyer on Friday during a hearing at the […]

Local airports consider future

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Marti Roberts, a foreman with K Barnett & Sons of Clovis, performs sub grade work on a taxiway Tuesday at the Clovis Municipal Airport. Construction crews were working to expand the taxiway next to the hangers at the airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Tom Baca, director of Aviation […]

Firefigther’s death stuns department

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Colleagues described 23-year-old Clovis firefighter Aaron Gonzales as a respected co-worker with a great sense of humor. A three-year member of the department, Gonzales was killed early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident just north of Clovis. “Aaron was always happy, always had a smile on his face, and […]

Baca, Christine

Christine Baca Services: Have been held. Christine Loyola Baca, 60, of Clovis died Monday, July 11, 2005, at her home. She was born on June 3, 1945, in Santa Rosa, to Sotero and Louisa Valencia Chavez. She married Leonard Baca on Dec. 16, 1977, in Clovis. She was a homemaker, and family members said she […]

Baca, Arturo

Arturo Baca Services: Have been held. Mr. Arturo Baca, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on June 8, 1924, in Eaton, Colo., to Petrita and Joe Baca. He grew up in Encino. In June 1943 he entered the Army and served in northern France […]

Dominguez, Guillermo

Guillermo Dominguez Services: Have been held. Guillermo “Roberto” Dominguez, 69, of Las Vegas, N.M., and formerly of Clovis, died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at the Albuquerque Regional Medical Center. He was born on Dec. 20, 1935, in Ribera, to Ignacio Dominquez and Lucilia Baca. He married Odilia Mondragon in September 1967 in Farwell. He worked […]

Slaying suspect may make deal

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Prosecutors say a plea agreement may be reached before a Portales teen goes on trial Monday for murder. Richard Baca, 19, of Portales, is accused of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. His trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. before Ninth Judicial Court Judge Steven Quinn, but Ninth District […]

Cops & courts: Officials capture final sex offender fugitive

The Sheriff’s department captured the final fugitive from an April investigation by area law enforcement to determine if the 67 registered sex offenders in Curry County were in compliance of the law. Fredrick Baca, 23, was hiding under an abandoned house in the 400 block of Johnson St., according to a press release from the […]

AARP: Private accounts not viable solution

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant Social Security needs to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed revenues. Their message to Portales residents during a seminar Tuesday was that private investment accounts […]

Raposa, Helen

Helen Raposa Services: Have been held. Helen Raposa, 45, of Clovis, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 23, 1959, in Vaughn, to Noah M. and Alice Montoya Rael. She was raised in Vaughn and Clovis. She attended school in Clovis. She married Ronald Raposa […]

Taking life into your own hands

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s Advance Directive for Health Care states in plain lettering: “You have the right to give instructions about your own health care.” The standard 8-by-11 inch document, popularly referred to as a living will, can be obtained from most law firms and hospitals. But as the Terri […]

Task force discusses traffic concerns for MLK overpass

CNJ staff A task force met Thursday evening to discuss strategies for a proposed railroad overpass at Martin Luther King Boulevard. Central in Thursday’s discussion was whether the overpass should be restricted to residential and emergency traffic and whether the bridge should be two or four lanes. “The issue of maintaining the road is very […]

One killed in Fort Sumner fire

CNJ staff An early-morning fire Tuesday just east of Fort Sumner took the life of one man and left a house in ruins. According to De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves, a fire broke out at 3 a.m. at the Larry Petty residence. The 56-year-old Fort Sumner man died at the scene, Graves said. Two […]