Navajos look to invest in grid connection project

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country’s largest American Indian tribes as it looks to enter the energy race. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has met with developers of the Tres Amigas Superstation and sees […]

Magician enjoys connecting with audience

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Robert Smith of Albuquerque performs his “Robert Magic Presents Street Magic Live” Thursday night at the Curry County Fair. Smith has six more shows for the remainder of the fair — at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sharna Johnson Sure, there are tricks and flair […]

Tucumcari man faces murder charge

Thomas Garcia A 20-year-old Tucumcari man was bound over to district court Wednesday and will face a murder charge in connection with the homicide of Shirley Pacheco, 33. Quay County Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett’s order sending Randall Jones to trial followed a five-hour preliminary hearing. No date was set for trial. “We were able […]

20-year-old charged in Pacheco homicide

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Courtesy photo Orlando Martinez, 21, of Tucumcari, charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Four suspects are charged in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari woman, New Mexico State Police said Monday. Sgt. Tim Johnson said Randall Jones, 20, of Tucumcari was charged Friday with murder in connection to the […]

Youth coalition seeking 1,000 volunteers

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection teens and children take a break from renovating and painting a mural in a basement room at the Matt 25 Hope Center in February. Liliana Castillo The Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection is looking for 1,000 volunteers by the end of July. Some might say that’s a lofty […]

Tucumcari homicide suspect also wanted in Ohio

Freedom New Mexico A man charged in two recent Tucumcari homicides is also wanted in connection with two homicides in Ohio, according to state police. Muziwokuthula “Muzie” S. Madonda is charged with two open counts of murder and tampering with evidence connected to the March 24 shooting deaths of Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, […]

Curry inmate charged in attack

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Curry County inmate has been charged in connection with an attack Tuesday that left another inmate with a broken nose. Norman Bonner was arrested for aggravated battery and intimidation of a state’s witness, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Daniel Spurlin told investigators Bonner kicked and punched him in the […]

Man shot by deputy charged in connection to stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 23-year-old Fort Sumner man shot Monday by a De Baca County Deputy has been charged in connection with the stabbing and pursuit that led up to the shooting. Michael Christopher Fitschen, who remains hospitalized after being shot once in the abdomen, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery with […]

Two charged in Muleshoe killing

Freedom New Mexico Two men have been charged in connection with a July 4 killing in Muleshoe but a grand jury has failed to return indictments in another deadly case. Daniel Mendoza, 20, and Michael Garcia, 25, were indicted Monday by a Bailey County Jury in connection to the death of 19-year-old Rolando Sauceda. Both […]

Portales man arrested in connection with kidnapping

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O’Hare Freedom New Mexico A Portales man has been arrested for kidnapping in connection with a beating incident last month. Police said they are searching for two other men who may have also been involved. Randall O’Hare, 24, was arrested Friday, posted a $10,000 bond and was released. Luis “Jax” Pietrzak, 26, of Portales said […]