First person: Senior center perfect fit

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Chavez said she worked with the Older Adults Division before so when the job opened up, it was […]

Chavez to serve 13 year sentence for second-degree murder

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lorenzo Chavez, 58, looks back towards his family during a plea hearing in district court Thursday. Chavez pleaded guilty to second degree murder and will serve 13 years for the 1998 shooting of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The last words her son said as […]

Chavez qualifies for U.S. Amateur

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — Clovis’ Guillermo Chavez qualified for the U.S. Amateur after finishing as medalist at Tuesday’s qualifier at New Mexico State University. Chavez, a 2005 Clovis High graduate, shot an 8-under-par 136 in the two-day tournament. The U.S. Amateur is Aug. 24-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Spring wind storm kills Clovis man

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The National Weather Service warned that the strong winds would result in areas of reduced visibility in blowing dust, which were visible most of the day. A strong wind gust is being blamed for the death of a Clovis man at the Southwest Cheese Plant Freedom New Mexico A spring […]

Two charged for aiding jail escapees

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Courtesy photo Velma Valdez A Clovis couple is charged with helping two escapees, including a convicted child-killer, in the August jail escape. Velma Valdez, 44, and Abundio Valdez, 34, are charged with two counts each of harboring a felon. Abundio Valdez is also charged with two additional counts of assisting in an escape. District Attorney […]

Police capture escapee Louis Chavez

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said a […]

Dinner, dance to benefit young cancer patient

CNJ staff A dinner and dance is being held Saturday night at the American Legion Post 25 to benefit a 6-year-old Clovis girl suffering from Hodgkins Lymphoma. Anastacia Bustamante is at a Lubbock hospital and will require chemotherapy and extensive medical treatment, according to her great aunt, Teresa Chavez. Chavez said her niece, Jennifer Chavez, […]

Search for escapees ongoing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The search for four escaped inmates is ongoing a week after eight men cut a hole in the roof of the jail and shimmied up plumbing pipes to freedom. Still at large

June 22, 2008 Weddings

Gonzales Miranda Chavez and Richard Gonzales, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage May 25, 2008, at their home. District Judge Drew Tatum performed the family ceremony. The couples’ three children are Richard Gonzales II, Alycia Gonzales and Victoria Chavez. The bride is the daughter of Joaquin G. and Naty Madril of Clovis. The bridegroom […]

Body of missing Fort Sumner man discovered

CNJ staff State Park officials recovered the body of a missing Fort Sumner man at Sumner Lake about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Fort Sumner Mayor and family friend Juan Chavez. Josh Kenyon’s body surfaced about 600 yards from shore in roughly the same spot in which he disappeared Sunday evening while jet skiing, Chavez […]

Food services program to start Wednesday

CNJ Staff A federal summer food services program that offers free breakfast and lunch to children starts Wednesday. The program is open to children 18 years old and younger, according to Program Manager Johnny Chavez. He said the program is held at 27 locations in Clovis. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. […]

Man injured when SUV crashes into bedroom

On 05/02/2008 at approximately 1:49 AM this morning, the Clovis Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the area of the 3000 block of Cesar Chavez Street in Clovis in reference to a motor vehicle versus a house crash with injuries. Upon arrival Officers found that a white in color late model Ford Explorer SUV […]

Bailey County official favors alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Bailey County Commissioner said he thinks it is time for the county to rethink its status as a dry county. Juan Chavez said he is circulating a petition to allow the sale of packaged liquor, beer and wine in hopes of getting the proposal on the Nov. 4 […]

U.S. intervention will do little against Chavez

Freedom New Mexico Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s threat to go to war with Colombia is almost certainly more bluster and opportunism than a real thirst for battle. Machiavelli formulated long ago what rulers have known since the dawn of time: A leader facing problems and potential opposition at home can often prosper by turning peoples’ […]

3-7-08 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Feb. 28 through Wednesday: • Brian Lee Dunham, 20, to Kristyn Rae Trujillo, 19, both of Clovis • Levi Ledger Hill, 26, to Louisa Maria Griego, 28, both of Clovis • Leonard Walton Wilson, 76, of Canyon, Texas, to Kathryn Franklin Wilson, 69, of Amarillo […]

Cannon moves ahead with housing plans

CNJ STAFF REPORT The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Base personnel and their families are invited to the […]

Portales man dies in wreck

A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. The accident occurred […]

Portales man dies in car crash

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Portales man died in a two-vehicle accident Thursday evening, police said. Travis Freeman, a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his wife, died at the scene, according to State Police Lt. Ron Chavez. Jezika Shumate was listed in critical condition Friday afternoon at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Chavez said. The […]

Feb. 3, 2008 Honor Rolls Part II

La Casita Elementary Third grade A Honor Roll: Jazmine Acosta, José Antonio Alvarado, Ricky Balderas, Thomas Bynum, Andrea Carreño, Alejandro Chacón, Joel Espino, Austin Finney, Alexandria Gutierrez, Santiago Gutierrez, Consuelo Mercadal, Danielle Mezua, Bianca Olivas, Alexander Pereda, Kenya Perez, Juanita Quezada. A/B Honor Roll: Sierra Baca, Brandon Balderas, Abraham Calderon, Lee Carabajal, Merecades Chaves, Alejándro […]

Woman hospitalized after highway 60 accident

CNJ staff An Albuquerque woman remained hospitalized in stable condition Thursday evening in Lubbock after a two-vehicle accident near St. Vrain, according to Senior Patrolman Ron Chavez of the State Police. Officers from the New Mexico State Police and local agencies responded around 2 p.m. to a head-on vehicle collision west of Clovis on U.S. […]