Brumfield signs first documents as mayor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Gayla Brumfield signed her first documents as Clovis mayor during Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, including a statement of qualification and her oath of office.

Detention officer arrested for drug smuggling

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

Tucumcari man suspect in wife’s stabbing death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari woman is dead and her husband is in jail. Eppie Vigil, 55, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center, accused of stabbing his wife, Lucy Vigil, 46, to death, according to court documents. Eppie Vigil was charged with an open count of murder and with tampering […]

Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

Rusty memories: Time capsule unearthed

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford, left, and Fire Chief Ray Westerman examine a time capsule Friday that was buried in 1957 at the Clovis Fire Department. The unearthing was the first event of Clovis’ centennial celebration. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The star of the show was a rusty metal […]

Drowning victim’s family receives $448,500

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The city of Clovis settled lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars in recent months, according to documents released Tuesday by city officials. The city’s insurer paid $448,500 to the family of a 3-year-old child who drowned in July 2005 at the city’s Potter Park pool, according to documents. […]

Man arrested on federal warrant

CNJ Staff Officers responding to a domestic dispute report arrested a Portales man on a federal drug trafficking warrant in the early morning hours Thursday, according to police reports. Victor Sotelo, 24, was arrested and booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on the trafficking warrant and charges of evading police, the documents read. […]

Commissioners set to vote

CNJ STAFF City commissioners are expected to vote at today’s meeting on details concerning the second phase of the Clovis Wellness Center, according to city documents. The second phase includes the construction of offices and a pool, according to documents. The pool and offices are tentatively planned for placement at Play Inc. on Seventh Street, […]

Clovis man dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended […]

ConAgra details methods to lower air pollutants

By CNJ Staff A proposed ConAgra Trade Group, Inc. ethanol plant near Clovis would use several devices to reduce air pollutants released in production of the alternative fuel, according to permit documents received in early October by the New Mexico Environment Department. Two natural gas-fired, regenerative thermal oxidizers installed at the plant would cut the […]