Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan Veterinarian Jack Murphy soothes Buttercup after giving her a rabies vaccination at his office on Prince Street. Tonjia Rolan A rabies outbreak in Eddy County has state and local health officials across eastern New Mexico urging caution. While there are no confirmed cases in Curry or Roosevelt counties so far […]

Audio transcript

Below is a transcript of the phone conversation between Stephenson and Garrison in which they discuss the gun theft: Stephenson: Yeah, this is Zach Stephenson. And I was bonded out of jail by some detectives who had promised me leniency for either finding some drugs on the street for them or trying to recover stolen […]

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 […]

Tucumcari city manager applies for Lincoln County position

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose on Friday confirmed she has applied for the Lincoln County Manager position. “This is in no way a resignation on my part,” Rose said. “I am merely keeping my options open.” Rose is one of 19 applicants for the position, said Billie-Jo Guevara with Lincoln County Human […]

City officials: Country club negotiations ongoing

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales resident Eldon Merrick said he feels there are enough golfers in the area for the city to have two golf courses, both Clovis Municipal Golf Course, shown here, and the Chaparral Country Club course. Kevin Wilson Clovis city officials confirmed Saturday they are in negotiations to purchase the Chaparral […]

Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief. Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms. Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed […]

West Nile virus case confirmed in Curry County

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed a case of West Nile Virus in Curry County. The department said in a press release Tuesday the Curry County case was one of 13 confirmed in New Mexico. Ten of the patients had the more serious West Nile neurological disease, including meningitis and […]

Temporary traffic light in Portales confirmed

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Transportation Friday confirmed plans for a temporary traffic light to be installed at Main and Second in Portales. NMDOT Engineering Support Manager Bob Kurtz said his department is waiting on a special control cabinet, which is due to arrive in Santa Fe on Monday or Tuesday. After […]

Freedom emerges from bankruptcy

CNJ staff By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, announced Friday it has emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. The emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy relieves Freedom of $450 million in debt, but it brings an end to […]

Investigation: Human error of Cannon crew blamed in 2009 crash

CNJ staff Human error was ruled in a November crash involving a Cannon Air Force Base crew and aircraft in Mali. According to information from the Air Force Association, and confirmed by the public affairs office of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., an aircrew from Cannon’s 524th Special Operations Squadron failed […]

Raymond Mondragon’s appointment to Economic Development Commission confirmed

CNJ staff A state Senate committee has confirmed the appointment of Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon to the state’s Economic Development Commission. Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Mondragon to serve on the nine-member committee, according to a press release. The Commission advises the Economic Development Department on policy matters and helps create the state’s five-year economic development plan, […]

ENMU officials: Ill students had flu in same category as H1N1

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The presumed H1N1 cases at Eastern New Mexico University have not been confirmed as such, though information was distributed announcing confirmed cases. ENMU Vice President of Student Affairs Judith Haislett said two students tested positive for influenza A, a type of flu virus that includes H1N1, also known as […]

Swine flu confirmed at ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Two cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU President Steven Gamble said the confirmation came Friday, and the parents of the students — both of whom were from out of town — had taken them home. “If they can go home and recover there, we think […]

Body found near police headquarters

CNJ staff Clovis police have confirmed a man’s body was discovered about 10 a.m. Thursday inside a vehicle parked in a lot across from headquarters. “It appears to be a suicide,” Capt. Patrick Whitney said. “There was no sign of foul play, there was a note, it definitely appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot.” The […]

Curry County has swine flu case

The New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday it has confirmed a case of H1N1 virus in a 4-year-old Curry County girl. Todd Sandman, public relations director for Plains Regional Medical Center’s parent company, said the child was seen on May 4 at the Clovis hospital’s walk-in clinic. The clinic staff treated the symptoms and […]

Two more swine flu cases confirmed in N.M.

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico health officials confirmed two more cases of swine flu on Monday, bringing the total to three, as more than a dozen schools in a handful of communities closed this week due to concerns over the illness. Sixteen schools — Carlsbad High School, Deming Intermediate School, all public schools […]

Swine flu confirmed in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health Department announced today that New Mexico has its first confirmed H1N1 influenza case. The Department of Health received confirmation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this afternoon on New Mexico’s first probable case in an 18-year-old male from Valencia County. CDC also reported that the 1-year-old […]

First influenza cases confirmed

CNJ staff The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the first six cases of the flu season, one of which was a Curry County toddler, according to a press release. Health Department spokesman Chris Minnick said the cases were non-fatal but marked the onset of flu season in the state and serve as a […]

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 […]

Health officials: Salmonella investigation expanded

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health says an investigation into salmonella cases in Roosevelt County has expanded. NMDOH officials said Tuesday they have confirmed 12 cases in Roosevelt County by DNA testing and say they are all from the same strain. The latest of those cases was confirmed on July 7, according […]