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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

Pretty picture

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

They were biting

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 […]

2/4 La Casita honor roll

Third Grade A Honor Roll: Abraham Castillo, Garcia, Denise Garcia, Cristian Gonzales, Destiny Rael, Isaac Sena, A/B Honor Roll: Miguel Altamirano, Izaiah Aragon, Julio Avina, Savanna Garcia, Charlie Castillo, Veronica Lopez, Ramon Rascon, Cynthia Rivas, Joseline Torres, Gabriel Vicuna Fourth Grade A Honor Roll: Luie Arguijo, Adrian Chavez, Adriana Romero A/B Honor Roll: Marie Gomez, […]

Officials: Vehicle collision sped slated demolition of Texico building

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The port of entry building outside Texico was slated for demolition anyway. A vehicle accident that caused considerable damage to the front of the building on Thursday will simply speed the process, officials said. No injuries were reported after a car struck the building, which is located just off […]

Unlicensed contractors causing concern

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Problems with unlicensed contractors in New Mexico have reached an all-time high, according to state officials. It’s such a problem the state recently released a top 10 list of known unlicensed contractors, a first-time measure Construction Industries Division spokeswoman Charmaine Jackson-John said the agency took to crack down on […]