Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make […]

Commissioner: Events center usage far off

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CNJ file photo County officials are hopeful for $850,000 in capital outlay money from the state Legislature to help with construction of the Curry County Events Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Even when construction is finished on Curry County’s Special Events Center, it could be several months before it’s available for use, a […]

(Live)stock market

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Livestock Sale exhibitor Brian Blackburn shows off his grand champion steer “Uncle Ethan” to bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. The steer sold for about $7,300. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 […]

Murray wins sheriff race; Sandoval, Blackburn gain commission seats.

CNJ Staff Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, Murray garnered 48 percent […]

Sandoval, Blackburn take county commission seats

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Veteran politicians Robert Sandoval and Frank Blackburn were victors in the Curry County commissioner races on Tuesday. Sandoval defeated Fidel Madrid and Edwin Perales II during the Democratic primary election to fill the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr. Sandoval received 132 votes. Madrid finished […]

Denison, Vera Lee

Vera Lee Denison, 84, of Conestee, S.C., formerly of Clovis, Hassell and Encino, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Conestee. She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Texas to Oscar and Evvie Turner Ranells. Her family moved to Hassell, where she married Carl Leslie Blackburn in Clovis. They moved to Subiaco, Ark., where he later […]

Grady’s lone senior comes back from knee injury

By Jesse Wolfersberger Heather Blackburn, Grady’s lone senior, has words of wisdom for her younger teammates on life and basketball. “I tell them not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Because tomorrow it could be gone.” Blackburn, a 5-foot-6 guard, learned that lesson the hard way. Two minutes into last season’s season-opener, she went […]

Grady, Logan split district doubleheader

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Grady’s #10 Colt Grau, right, and Logan’s #51 Austin Whetton, left, battle for the ball during the first half of Thursday’s District 4-1A boys contest at Grady.  The Grady Bronchos lost to Logan 71-55. CNJ correspondent: Martha Hardwick By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent GRADY — Thoughts of tying up the District 4-1A boys basketball race […]

Cagle, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Cagle Services: Have been held. Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Graham Cagle, 96, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at her home. She was born on June 3, 1909, in Stevenson, Ala., to James R. and Lena Huddleston Graham. She came to Clovis at 10 months of age in 1910 with her family. She married […]

Late-game run propels Grady

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Grady’s Brittany Bailey drives to the basket past Cliff’s Kaya Mayberry during the first half of a Class 1A quarterfinal game Tuesday in Bernalillo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BERNALILLO — The Grady Lady Bronchos are back in the state Class 1A semifinals — and facing a familiar foe. Senior Jennifer […]