Belly dancers twist, twirl way to credits

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College sophomore Juana Garcia twirls during a belly dancing class. “I love the class. It’s one of those dance styles that lets you be open with your body,” Garcia said. “Plus there are cool women in this class. I’ve made friends.” By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A […]

2005 Clovis murder case to be featured on Court TV

CNJ Staff The 2005 murder of Clovis’ Laura McNaughton will be the subject of a national television show set to air on Aug. 18-19, according to an online Court TV schedule. The airing time for the half-hour documentary could be either 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. (East Coast feed) or 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. […]

Body slamming not work-appropriate

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I had to attend a Gender Sensitivity Training seminar many moons ago. I was working someplace when a female employee alleged a male co-worker had made unwanted advances on her personage and she sued. The business owner wanted to make sure his management team knew about sexual harassment. We were […]

Much of transient’s life mystery

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Few people were aware of Howard J. Payne’s existence in Clovis. Even police information about the 52-year-old transient whose body was discovered Tuesday in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart is sketchy. He was in Clovis a few months, though police aren’t sure exactly how long. A public assistance card […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Body found near Wal-Mart

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Clovis detectives Jay Longley (left), Waylon Rains (center) and Ricky Smith wait for a search warrant outside an abandoned home where a body was discovered this morning. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are attempting to identify a badly decomposed body found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart. There were no immediate […]

Court TV plans to air local homicide case

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File photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The case of a Clovis woman killed by a local dentist will be featured on a nationally televised crime show. In mid-April, family and friends of Laura McNaughton and local law enforcement participated in interviews and investigation reenactments and provided photos for the show “Body of Evidence: […]

Saying of day outlives moment in spotlight

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Soon the Marshall Junior High School and the other junior highs will be different. Ninth-graders from all over town will move to another location. No matter how much it changes, my memories of Marshall will still be vivid in my mind. Back then Johnnie’s store was right on the premises, […]

Tornado leaves body of work

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Auto body repairman Adam Gleaton of Bender Auto Repair works on a truck damaged by hail during the tornado in Clovis two weeks ago. Gleaton said the shop has been staying busy since the storm. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Auto body shops have been busy repairing vehicles battered […]

Business Feature: Storm doesn’t demolish will of local business owners

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Clovis Body Shop on South Prince Street is located in one of the hardest hit sections in town. Family members said they plan to rebuild the 50-year-old shop. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A tornado may have torn apart a few buildings and countless cars, but it wasn’t strong […]

Children’s logic often produces smiles

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Whenever I write about the wonder of school children and their test papers, I get enough fodder for another column from teachers who save them. Some, of course, are a little too shady to appear in a family newspaper, and so I sell them on the black market. Here are […]

Death evokes suspicion

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The body of Emmett Salisbury, 36, is removed at 6 p.m. Monday from a thrift store on East Grand Avenue by investigators and mortuary staff. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a […]

Death penalty motion OK’d

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James Smith,right, is escorted into the court room of Judge Joe Parker at the Curry County Courthouse Monday afternoon by Transport Officer Cliff Chilcoat. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists […]

Impact of McNaughton slaying still lingers

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David and Maria Beardmore placed a cross to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found a year ago. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Case file • The victim: Laura McNaughton, 30, mother of two. Her nude body was found Dec. 10, 2005, by hunters near Pleasant […]

The art of healing

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleDavide Cabassi performs during an Arts in Healing program Friday at Clovis Community College. The Italy native said in times of sickness he turns to his piano and music for comfort. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a metal chair on a chilly stage, ViolaMontoya closed her eyes and heard […]

Slaying victim’s family visits site

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David and Maria Beardmore view a cross they placed Thursday to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found by hunters in December. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a […]

Highlights of PRMC report

The following is a summary of deficiencies cited in the report: • Infection control A tour of the operating room revealed waste from a recent surgery had been placed in the regular trash rather than the bin for infectious waste. Infectious waste in New Mexico — which can include organs, blood, used needles or any […]

Local building custom truck

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Jay Queener shows off a truck on Monday that he is building for a client in Roswell. Queener has worked on this truck for almost a year. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Forget the way the word is used to describe some modern engines, because what’s happening at Jay Queener’s garage […]

Jesus’ death, resurrection just simple facts

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Daddy, Susie and I faithfully used to watch “Dragnet.” Jack Webb was a no-nonsense kind of guy and a skilled investigator. He was focused on getting the facts right. He said many times over in that series, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” Did Jesus really die? Did he […]

Political racing best left to politicians

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tuesday is election day in Clovis. I sure am glad there are folks who will step up to the plate and run for political office. It ain’t my cup o’ tea. I could make up a list of all kinds of reasons why politics doesn’t interest me: the meetings, trying […]