City of Clovis settles in officer-involved fatal crash

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis has agreed to settle a more than $1 million lawsuit involving a fatal vehicle accident involving one of its police officers. Mary Castillo was killed in the Nov. 10, 2010, accident involving former Clovis police officer Stephen Gallegos. Castillo was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Edith […]

Shooting victim’s daughter hoped to reconnect with him

Benna Sayyed Marisol Castillo was planning to meet her estranged father in person for the first time this month. After a deadly shooting Tuesday night, she is left with only memories of pleasant moments shared on the phone and online with dad, Joe Valero. Valero and his girlfriend, Lupita Casteneda, were gunned down at a […]

Cannon Youth Center presents: Moolah Mystery Dinner

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Brandy Clay, from the Youth Center, gives flowers to the cast after the performance. Liliana Castillo The Cannon Youth Center’s Drama Club served up a mystery for their first performance in front of an audience May 20. The Moolah Mystery Dinner Theater included dinner and, three-fourths the way through, a break […]

Fatal crash report to be reviewed

CNJ staff Clovis police are meeting with the district attorney this morning to review their investigation of an officer involved fatal crash and expect to publicly release the crash report by afternoon. Police Chief Steve Sanders said District Attorney Matt Chandler is expected to review the findings and evidence gathered by investigators and determine if […]

Family: Mother of three who died ‘good person’

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Mary Castillo, 56, died Thursday afternoon from injuries she sustained in a crash Wednesday night. Sharna Johnson Mary Castillo was a mother of three and a “good person” who had a lot of friends in the community. Angel Martinez said his family is still in shock at his sister’s traumatic death Thursday. Castillo, 56, lived […]

Press release: Officer on patrol involved in fatal accident

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, at approximately 9:40 PM, members of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of Grand Avenue and Sycamore Street on a report of an injury accident. One of the vehicles involved in the collision was a Clovis Police Department Patrol Vehicle. Officer Stephen Gallegos was on routine patrol […]

Birthdays — Nov. 7

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Chavez [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Happy first birthday to Karlie Renae Chavez from your mommy, daddy and brothers. We love you, Baby Girl. Karlie was born Nov. 6, 2009, and is the daughter of Elias Chavez and Nicole Castillo. She has three brothers, Joshua, Christopher and Andrew.

Birthdays — Oct. 17

Castillo John Castillo of Clovis celebrated his 40th birthday 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at home. He was born Oct. 12, 1970, in Muleshoe. The celebration was hosted by his sister, April Macias aka “Fraggle.” He has four children. Your sister loves you so much and wishes you the best birthday ever. May the good Lord […]

One killed, one injured in crash near Carlsbad

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Carlsbad Sunday afternoon, which also critically injured his 11-year-old passenger. Juan Castillo was driving his 2000 Isuzu Rodeo east on US 62/180, east of Carlsbad, when his vehicle traveled into the median, according to a press release from state police. Castillo overcorrected […]

Honor Guard Drill Team visits Cannon

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo The drill team’s routine is constructed in such a way that the airmen depend fully on each other’s accuracy. Liliana Castillo The thrill of watching 28 airmen spin, flip and toss 11-pound M-1 rifles with fixed bayonets in unison brought cheers from the audience several times through the group’s short […]

Tucumcari school board discusses allegations of administrative misconduct

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education board member Carlos Romero announced the board discussed “allegations of administrative misconduct” and no action was taken Monday after a 25-minute closed door session. The executive session was placed on the agenda two days after Tucumcari High School Principal David Castillo was placed […]

Tucumcari High principal placed on leave

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School principal David Castillo has been put on paid administrative leave as of 3 p.m. Wednesday according to Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch. Roch said steps have been taken to ensure the administrative services continue at the high school. “It is still business as usual at Tucumcari High School,” Roch said. […]

Festival features Holly’s buddies

Courtesy photo Dave Somerville By Liliana Castillo Cannon Connections While the Clovis Music Festival has boasted its ability to bring fans from across the world, this year’s festival gained the attention of the Rock ‘and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Museum Exhibitions Coordinator Shelby Morrison is heading to Clovis for the show — that […]

St. James celebrates century

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rev. Benjamin Wright looks through scrapbooks made by Cindy Lakin to commemorate the church’s first 100 years. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer By Liliana Castillo CNJ STAFF WRITER lcastillo@cnjonline.com When Cindy Lakin finished the daunting task of making scrapbooks to commemorate St. James’ Episcopal Church’s first 100 years, she […]

May 1 Religion digest

Free Indeed and Power Ministry is hosting a Word and Power Conference for men and women ages 13 and up from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 9. Speaker Sherri Wilson said the conference will cover the end of times and how to deal with the death of a loved one. Registration is free and […]

Now for a taste of Broadway

Broadway has come to Clovis. Check out Liliana Castillo’s report under “Local video and promotions” on the Clovis News Journal Web site: http://www.cnjonline.com • • • Country living columnist Glenda Price tells us: “Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, amateur punkin’ rollins and, of course, […]

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Liliana Castillo has come upon a “great Clovis moment.”

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Lili Castillo has gone fishing.

Three arrested for metal theft

Freedom New Mexico Three Clovis residents were arrested this week in unrelated incidents of copper and scrap metal theft, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the arrests have helped his office gain ground in the battle against scrap metal thefts in the county. “This is helping […]

Community thinkers make world go round

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Professor Castillo bore a resemblance, perhaps intentionally fostered, to those old pictures one sees of Pancho Villa. Since the complexities and nuances of the Pancho Villa story, and indeed the entire Mexican Revolution, are largely telescoped in western Pennsylvania to a few broad brushstrokes, this tended to put people in a […]