Police release identity of 73-year-old fire victim

CNJ staff A 73-year-old who died when his trailer home caught fire Monday was wheelchair-bound and deaf, according witness statements included in a police incident report. Porfirio Tenorio’s name was released Tuesday by police. Police have said they believe Tenorio succumbed to smoke inhalation as he tried to get out of his burning home. Firefighters […]

Autopsy indicates Clovis girl did not suffocate

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy findings show a 2-year-old Clovis girl did not suffocate as police initially thought. Aspen Reiller died Sunday after her parents reported they woke around 10 a.m. and found her unconscious and not breathing. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her […]

Man shot in Dora dies

Jared Tucker A man shot on Aug. 11 in Dora has died at a Lubbock hospital. Authorities said Kenneth Glasscock, 44, died about 5 p.m. Tuesday from a single gunshot wound to the head. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Deputy Malin Parker said officials do not know where Glasscock is from. A news release from the sheriff’s […]

Former teacher left gardening legacy

Don McAlavy A wonderful lady named Jean Scheihing, age 94, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Dec. 6, 2002, of natural causes at her home. She was one of the best ladies I have every known when she lived in Portales. She was born Dec. 4, 1908, in Bonham, Texas, to Jane Read Page and Harry […]

Those without frozen cats shouldn’t judge

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” I announced […]

Gaining respect could be deadly

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Kevin Wilson, 31, of Clovis, N.M., died Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the streets of Portales. He was born May 15, 1978, in Townsend, Mont. He was a writer, photographer, columnist and expert in mediocrity. There … so in case my fears come true on Saturday, my coworkers at least […]

Portales woman dies in rollover

Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman died after her vehicle rolled over Tuesday on N.M. 267. She was identified as Leona Johnson, 34. State Police Capt. Jimmy Glasscock said she was westbound about 8:15 p.m. when the 1989 Toyota she was driving veered off the north side of the road and up an embankment. Glasscock […]

Police identify stabbing suspect

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police said they were dispatched to a fight Saturday at the Clovis Apartments parking lot near Charlotte Street. CNJ staff A 19-year-old from Clovis was arrested and booked on an open count of murder Saturday, accused of stabbing 21-year-old Andrew Gama to death during an early morning fight at the […]

Musical talent landed boy in USO show

By Don McAlavy: County historian Before Chick Taylor Jr. died he sent me an email. It read: “Dear Don, yes I remember Tommy Thompson and very much enjoyed your column about him and his kids. Thank you Don for all the great work you have done in your columns and all the other historical documentation. […]

In tribute: Homemaker remembered for spirit, determination

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Courtesy photo Arnetta Foster died Oct. 4, 2009 at age 85. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her soft, welcoming voice, kind generous spirit, determination and attention to detail are but some of the things her family remembers about Arnetta Foster. Foster, 85, died Oct. 4, 2009, in Clovis. She was the matriarch of the […]

State officials said it took a week to confirm local swine flu death

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Health waited a week to disclose a Roosevelt County baby died of the H1N1 virus because it took that long to confirm through testing, a department spokesman said Friday. Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the agency, said the baby girl died Sept. 24 from the […]

Services set for Elida chief

Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday while hunting Elk around Ruidoso. According to a news release, a firefighter’s funeral is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elida High School Gymnasium. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was farmer and worked with the youth ministry for a […]

Admiration for Kennedy immeasurable

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at 77 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, was one of the remarkable political characters of American political history. As the youngest child of a remarkable political dynasty, he overcame tragedy, an early reputation as a political lightweight, his own personal demons and sometime […]

Grady victim identified

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office has identified a woman they initially thought was the victim of a fatal crash, who apparently died of natural causes Tuesday after pulling her car off the road near Grady. Police were dispatched to Cemetery Road near Grady for a crash just before 5 p.m. Upon arriving on […]

Heat-related athlete deaths serious matter

Freedom New Mexico A sure sign of the approach of football season is the sweltering heat we are now experiencing. No matter how mild the weather is in late July, once players put on the pads in August, the temperatures seem to rise. Such weather needs to bring about heightened concerns of players suffering from […]

Fencing ordinance proposal fails

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said no matter how the commission felt about it, they needed to take a vote on a potential ordinance to allow higher front yard fences for residences in the city. He was alone in his sentiments, and his motion died at Thursday’s commission meeting. Jim […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher were killed in an auto accident on April 23. Freedom New Mexico A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, […]

Coffin photo issue matter of respect

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist If my husband died in combat,

Ultamitts set to go into ‘Hall’

By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent When longtime team member Pam Bernier died from breast cancer last summer, her Ultamitts teammates were forced to find a replacement. But not right away. In their first game after her death, the Ultamitts softball team decided to play without a second baseman — placing a rose instead at Bernier’s […]

Tucumcari man protests over son’s death

Freedom New Mexico The father of a 2-year-old boy who died last fall from blunt force trauma was one of six protesters outside the Quay County Courthouse Monday seeking answers to his son’s death. “There are too many unsolved murders in this town and we don’t want this to be another one,” said Bobby Prieto, […]