Bethanie Baker to represent Clovis in Mrs. New Mexico Pageant

Freedom New Mexico Bethanie Baker is the new Mrs. Clovis-America 2012, according to a release from the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant. Baker will represent the city in the 36th annual Mrs. New Mexico Pageant on Feb. 4 at the Rodey Theater in Albuquerque. The winner of the pageant goes on to compete in the Mrs. […]

Reader-submitted content: ENMU student heading Joplin donation effort

Lawrence Baker, an Eastern New Mexico University senior communications student from Portales and Dumas, Texas, is spearheading an effort to donate goods to the children impacted by the devastating tornado that decimated Joplin, Mo. Baker lived near Joplin, Mo., for a few years. While watching the news he was shocked “to just see everything gone. […]

Clovis man dies in Portales rollover

A Clovis man died and four other people were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash early this morning near Portales. State Police Lt. Cleo Baker said a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 27-year-old Tyrone Phillips of Clovis was east-bound on U.S. 70 when the driver lost control just before 2 a.m. at the intersection of […]

County treasurer hoping to raise property tax awareness

Sharna Johnson The Curry County treasurer is hoping by sending tax bills to residents, home owners will review their property taxes and verify everything is in order. Bernice Baker said her office decided to send property owners a copy of their tax bill this year to help them stay informed about their obligation. Baker said […]

Birthdays — Sept. 12

Baker Ellis E. “Sid” Baker of Portales celebrated his 90th birthday on Sept. 2, 2010. The celebration was hosted by his children and grandchildren. Sid was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Floyd County, Texas. He has one daughter, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

First person: Hometown girl

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Courtesy photo: Bob Morgan Bethanie Baker of Clovis represented Clovis in the Mrs. New Mexico pageant June 19. Bethanie Baker competed in the Mrs. New Mexico pageant as Mrs. Clovis on Albuquerque on June 19. Baker said she didn’t quite make her goal of getting into the top five, making it instead into the top […]

Press release: 80-Year-old graduating from ENMU on Saturday

By Wendel Sloan: ENMU Communication Services PORTALES–Jack K. Baker, 80, will be one of the 366 graduation candidates walking across the stage at Eastern New Mexico University’s 118th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 15, in Greyhound Arena in Portales. He is receiving a bachelor of science in history with a minor in […]

State police seize 400 pounds of marijuana from plane crash

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia A plane that police said was carrying more than 400 pounds of marijuana crashed Monday night in a field 14 miles southwest of Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Police are investigating a Monday night “controlled crash” of a plane filled with more than 400 pounds […]

Commissioners ask for more transparency on investments

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Asking for more transparency and concluding their communication problems lie with Treasurer Bernice Baker, Curry County commissioners seemed satisfied Wednesday with an explanation of investments during a lengthy study session. Investment Advisor Rob Burpo, owner of Albuquerque-based First American Financial Advisor Inc., gave commissioners a 3 1/2 hour presentation, […]

County commission schedules meeting to discuss investment concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County commissioners have questions about a $2.3 million investment made by Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker and have scheduled a special meeting Wednesday to examine the fund’s performance. A report compiled in December shows the investment with fund manager Macquarie Allegiance Capital lost money in its first three months […]

Curry County treasurer earns certification

CNJ staff Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker recently received certification as a public official from the New Mexico Association of Counties.

Traffic changes frustrate residents

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer George Baker told the city it’s not worth risking his children to educate Clovis drivers. Baker lives on Yucca Avenue, a few blocks away from the intersection of Plains Avenue and Main Street. The intersection of Plains and Main, traditionally a four-way stop, is currently a two-way stop. The […]

Lyman, Baker win county clerk, treasurer positions

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Winners of the county clerk and county treasurer races said Tuesday they will update the county Web site to allow residents to perform tasks such as paying taxes or accessing public documents. Republican county clerk candidate Coni Jo Lyman won 8,823 to 5,005 against opponent Cindy McDaniel, who ran […]

Commissioners will not appoint replacement treasurer

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission has decided not to appoint a treasurer following the resignation of Rhonda Bookout, according to a press release. Deputy County Treasurer Bernice Baker, who has been overseeing the treasurer’s office since Bookout’s resignation, will continue to manage the office until a new treasurer is elected and takes over in […]

Hounds pick up first win

Sophomore Cory Baker passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns in his first start to lead Eastern New Mexico University to a 37-24 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday night at Greyhound Stadium. Baker and Southwestern quarterback Steve Day combined for 100 pass attempts in the game. Jesse Poku had 10 catches for 124 yards […]

Two killed near Tucumcari

Quay County Sun Staff Two people were killed Thursday night in a head-on collision when a driver of one of the vehicles was traveling in the wrong lane on Interstate 40, police said. Jolene Baker, 55, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of I-40, when the vehicle driven by Guadalupe Grinols, 21, was struck, […]

County treasurer candidate profile: Bernice Baker

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Courtesty photo Bernice Baker is a candidate for Curry County Treasurer. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked Curry County treasurer candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3. Bernice Baker Party affiliation: Republican Age: 59 Occupation: Chief deputy […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

Tucumcari teen dies in accident

CNJ staff A Tucumcari teen died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident in eastern De Baca County, according to State Police Lt. Cleo Baker. Robert Marquez, 15, was driving a 1986 Jeep Cherokee south on N.M. 252 about 10 miles south of House around 8 a.m. when the vehicle left the road and rolled over […]

Business Feature: Processors pleased with peanuts

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Chaves of Portales is a picker at the Sunland peanut plant in Portales. Her team is the last line of defense in removing stems from the peanuts. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico It’s not always a golden harvest. But this year local peanut growers and processors say the […]