Mixed martial arts matchmaker seeks quality fights

Gabriel Monte When a couple has good chemistry, sparks fly. Matchmaker Eric Kucevic hopes for explosions. Kucevic is a matchmaker for Clovis-based mixed martial arts promoting outfit Evolution Combat Sports, which has organized five fights last year and drew thousands of people to the Curry County Events Center and the Clovis Civic Center. Evolution Combat […]

Proposal could make mail delivery take day longer

Benna Sayyed The passage of a U.S. Postal Service proposal could cause mail delivery in the area to take a day longer, but local postal jobs will not be affected, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. The proposal includes moving a mail processing center from Clovis to Lubbock. First-class mail service standards […]

Thursday morning briefing: A truck pull, bright lights and free trade

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Muscle time Southwest Cheese is hosting a Moo-ve It truck pull fundraiser 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Teams of 15 members each test their strength by attempting to pull a truck. All proceeds benefit United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

Senior menus — Dec. 4

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance at Friendship Center, 901 W. 13th. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 9 a.m.-10 a.m., In Touch With Your Feelings by Christine;10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 9:30 […]

Report details mistakes leading to escape

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Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors and monitors cameras Tuesday from within the master control room of the Curry County Detention Center. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Inmate Narcizo Soto Jr. convinced a Curry County Adult Detention Center officer that a supervisor had OK’d his maintenance work outside of his cell, and […]

Jail input sought from public

By Lance Pyle: Guest columnist I would like to openly address public concerns about the recent incident at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval and Assistant County Manager Connie Harrison have completed the investigation into the escape that occurred early last Sunday morning. The results of that investigation concern me […]

Honors —

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Bumgarner [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Rita Bumgarner as auxilian of the month for October. She joined the auxiliary in November of 2009 and volunteers in the nursery and also subs for the information desk.

County needs to get out of jail business

CNJ staff Are you kidding? Again? Unbelievable. That sentiment was expressed repeatedly Sunday as area residents learned that yet another violent inmate had escaped custody of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. This continued incompetency — 14 inmates have escaped custody in nine years, by our count — leads us to only one conclusion: It […]

Press release: Inmate escapes from Curry County jail

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Courtesy photo Narcizo Soto Jr. On November 13, 2011 at approximately 1:23 AM, Narcizo Soto Jr. escaped from the Curry County Detention Center while on a work detail at the facility. Soto’s identifiers are as follows: Hispanic male 35 years of age 5’6” tall 175 lbs, brown and grey hair, grey moustache and goatee, brown […]

Eight apply for jail position

CNJ staff Curry County has eight applicants for its open detention center administrator position, vacant since Keith Norwood resigned Sept. 6. Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval is one of the applicants for the position, along with: • Mark Anderson of Newcastle, Maine • Gerry Billy of Newark, Ohio • Michael Sales of Sundown, Texas • Carl […]

Senior happenings — Nov. 6

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Sunday: 1-5 p.m., Dance at Friendship Center in Clovis. Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities. Tuesday: 9 a.m., Board of Directors meeting; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; 10:30 a.m., Indoor exercise; 11 a.m., Seniors Monthly meeting; 1 p.m., Bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Daily activities; […]

Volunteer program hosting banquet

CNJ staff The Curry County Senior Volunteer program is hosting a banquet to honor volunteers 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at The Bistro, 4101 N. Prince St. The banquet honors senior volunteers for participation in such programs as the food basket, foster grandparents and pink ladies at Plains Regional Medical Center. Information: 763-6009.

Police investigating death of Clovis man

CNJ staff Clovis police confirmed Tuesday they are investigating the death of 49-year-old Marc Allen Leinberger of Clovis. Leinberger died Friday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a construction worker and handyman. Police declined any further comment on the Leinberger case, noting it was still under investigation. District Attorney Matt Chandler also confirmed […]

Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Jail help, Gala’s on hold and a No. 1 record

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Jail volunteers Christian Believers is looking for volunteers to help at both the Curry County jail and youth detention center. There’s a training session 6 p.m. Thursday at the Believers headquarters, 209 W. Seventh St. Information: Sistar Yancy at 763-1715 Gala’s on hold Clovis […]

Money major concern in pursuit of horse barn

Robin Fornoff Not a single negative from Curry County commissioners or a crowd of about 30 on hand Tuesday in Melrose to hear a proposal for a new 400-stall horse barn and arena adjacent to the Events Center. There was, however, the matter of a $5 million price tag. “I personally think it’s something that […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Scary stuff, a food distribution and cocaine for cars

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Scary stuff Get prepped for Halloween at the Boy Scouts Fright House 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Matt 25 Hope Center. They’re giving away helmets from the Clovis Fire Department and you can also bring bikes for a free safety inspection. There […]

Commissioners to consider 400-stall horse barn

Robin Fornoff Among items coming up Tuesday at a meeting of the Curry County commissioners: An ambitious plan for a 400-stall horse barn to be built adjacent the Events Center at an estimated cost of $5 million. The commission meets at 9 a.m. at Melrose City Hall. The horse barn is a concept being offered […]

Ticket feature: Mounted Shooting All-Stars returning to Clovis

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Courtesy photo: Ken Amorosano The Mounted Shooting All-Stars will be returning to Clovis, Sat. Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico The Mounted Shooting All-Stars will be returning to Clovis 7 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Twenty of the nation’s best Cowboy Mounted Shooters will […]

Birthdays — Oct. 9

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Chaparro Bella Chaparro of Clovis celbrated her first birthday on Oct. 4. Bella was born Oct. 4, 2010, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.