Police: Tucumcari deaths double homicide

The deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room has been classified as a double homicide. Bobby Gonzales, 57, and Gabriel Baca 37, were found dead in a room at the Tucumcari Inn, 1700 E. Route 66 Blvd. State police aren’t prepared to release details of the case, according […]

Food at the speed of life: Chicken dish easy, tasty

I recently discovered an Italian-style chicken dish that’s both a little different and a little familiar. Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers provided the recipe in the book from her Christmas program this year. She gave me permission to reprint it. The dish is easy to make and tasty, with some ingredients being familiar […]

2-21 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 a.m. Feb. 2 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Country Meadows Drive for a theft report. A woman said she discovered her hydrocodone pills had been taken from their bottle. She said her family had […]

1-21 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 a.m. Jan. 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of Calhoun Street for a report of criminal damage. The resident said when he woke that morning he discovered his home had been shot. The man said […]

1-10 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. Dec. 25 officers responded to the 2000 block of Gladstone for a report of a burglary in progress. Officers discovered a window on the house was broken and found a woman inside. The woman said it was her boyfriend’s […]

Infectious waste from hospital found at landfill for fourth time in three years

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For the fourth time in three years, infectious waste from Plains Regional Medical Center has been discovered at the Clovis landfill, officials confirmed Tuesday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said city employees found the infectious waste Saturday during routine procedures at the landfill. Howalt said the area containing the waste […]

I’ve discovered a gem in TV land

By Thomas Garcia: Guest columnist With everything on TV these days — from reality TV to game shows, special interests, food programs and sports and news — it’s hard not to find something to watch. While I enjoy episodes of “NCIS” and “24” and “Man vs. Food” along with “Adult Swim” programs, I often find […]

Marijuana farm discovered near Tucumcari

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Courtesy photo Marijuana plants ready for harvest were seized by DEA agents Friday north of Tucumcari. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Federal drug officials, along with 25 soldiers from the New Mexico National Guard, raided a San Miguel County ranch on Friday and found 1,500 pounds of marijuana. The pot was valued at $2 […]

March 20 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight March 4 an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of Raven Drive for a report of theft of a narcotic. A woman said her daughter had a friend spend the night and a few days later they […]

Woman’s body found in pickup camper

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police discovered a body believed to be that of a missing Roswell woman in a a pickup truck camper Wednesday at Trans-Matic on First Street. By Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writers Police say they suspect a body found in Clovis is that of a missing Roswell woman. […]

a view from under the pew: the shadowy intruder

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. the shadowy intruder boss i ve discovered that it s not wise to watch scary spooky horror […]

Remains of lost airman discovered

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Julia Carvutto, a 90-year-old retired school teacher in Norwalk, Conn., received a phone call from a friend 16 months ago asking if a soldier mentioned in the local newspaper that morning was Julia’s brother, Mart. “What are you talking about,” Carvutto recalled asking her. “She said, ‘They found his remains.’ […]

Oct. 31, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 a.m. Oct. 23 an officer responded to a business in the 3000 block of Mabry Drive for a larceny report. A manager said when he arrived at work he discovered a customer’s vehicle sitting on the ground with its tires […]

Heifer broke convention at county livestock show

By Glenda Price During the latter part of the 19th century American cattlemen discovered England’s Hereford cattle, and began importing them. The idea was to improve the native descendants of the Longhorns that had evolved from the cattle brought in by the Spaniards. It worked. These red-and-white cattle were easier to handle and produced succulent, […]

Dead body identified

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson An ambulance carries the body of 20-year-old Isaac Zarate from the field where he was found Monday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A body found in a Curry County field is that of a 20-year-old Clovis man reported missing since Thursday, according to the sheriff’s department. A utility employee […]

May 1, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around noon Thursday an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of Mabry Drive for a motor vehicle theft report. The owner said while taking inventory it was discovered a vehicle and its keys were missing. He said it was […]

Music brings one closer to faith

By Joe Champouillon: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. When I was young and in school, I probably was what everyone thought of as the typical male athlete, only interested in what […]

Meth lab discovered in empty Melrose house

CNJ staff Area law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the late stages of construction Thursday while serving a search warrant at a Melrose house, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said the house, located at 623 Third Street, was not occupied at the time the warrant was served. Arrest warrants are anticipated […]

Sept. 30 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19 an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Kingston Avenue in reference to a criminal damage report. A man told the officer someone had slashed the tires on […]

Transient’s family accepted way of life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of a transient whose body was discovered in an abandoned house last month said her family is at peace with his death and is thankful for the thoughtfulness Clovis residents showed before and after his death. Marie Autrand of Yuma, Ariz., described her son, Howard J. Payne, […]