Residents react to news of jail escapees

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When news of eight inmates escaping the Curry County Adult Detention Center reached Valentina Gonzalez, she said she had a swarm of thoughts, all involving the safety of the people around her. Gonzalez, a Friona mother and Clovis Community College student, said she believes the escapees will turn to […]

Five escapees still at large

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Courtesy photo Five Curry County Detention Center inmates are still at large after escaping through the roof at 9:45 p.m. Sunday. By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two of the eight inmates who escaped Sunday night from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were captured Monday night in Texas, according to officials. Raynaldo Enriquez, 19, was […]

Police chief candidates narrowed to eight

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The field of applicants vying for the position of Clovis Police Chief has narrowed from 29 to eight, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. Interviews are being scheduled, he said. Six of the candidates hail from communities across the country while two are New Mexico residents, including Clovis interim […]

Rodeo champ stays busy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo World all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, competes in steep roping on Thursday at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Part of the week-long Pioneer Days celebration, the event featured some of the world’s top steer ropers. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The 38th annual PRCA Pioneer Days Rodeo began […]

Portales man receives prison sentence

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man pleaded guilty Thursday in a Portales courtroom to kidnapping and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. George Vela, 28, also pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, the release said. Other charges, including criminal sexual penetration, […]

Hounds smash eight homers in sweep

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University brought out the big bats on Friday. Senior third baseman Derrick Kennedy carried the biggest one of all. Kennedy drove in a school-record nine runs as the Greyhounds blasted West Texas A&M 23-5 in the opener of a Lone Star Conference doubleheader. The nine RBIs bested […]

High Plains Praire Chicken Festival attracts variety of people

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Nancy Phillips, of Albuquerque, watches lesser prairie chickens perform their mating ritual Saturday from a van near Milnesand. The 7th annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival concludes today. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed […]

McCain reaches magic number to clinch GOP nomination

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — John McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, an extraordinary comeback for a candidate whose White House hopes were dashed eight years ago and whose second bid was left for dead eight months ago. “The most important race begins,” he said in an Associated Press interview. According to the AP […]

Southeastern Okla. outslugs Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — A pitching duel was breaking out on Sunday at Greyhound Field, and all of a sudden it turned into a slugfest. Leading 2-1, Southeastern Oklahoma erupted for three homers and eight runs in the top of the fifth and managed to hang on for a 22-12 win over Eastern New Mexico […]

No. 17 Lady Buffs post win over Zias

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Junior guard Emily Brister scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday night as West Texas A&M rolled to a 78-57 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. The Lady Buffs (19-4, 9-1 South), winning for the 13th time in 14 games, […]