Press release: 63-year-old Clovis man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Fitzpatrick, age 63, pled guilty this morning to the charge of Second Degree Murder for the shooting death of Sandra Bousquet, age 36. The charges stem from February 3, 2010, when Clovis Police officers responded to a shooting in the 900 block […]

Female fighters headline MMA event

CNJ staff Evolution Combat Sports is featuring an all-female pro card 7 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. The main event features a bout in the 125 pound weight class between Heather “Hurricane” Clark of Albuquerque and Jennifer “Superstar” Scott of Houston, Texas. An amateur card featuring fighters from Clovis, Hobbs and Portales is […]

First female commander comes to Cannon

CNJ staff The 16th Special Operations Squadron has its first female commander in Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, according to an announcement on Cannon Air Force Base website. Onufer is only the second woman to command an operational flying squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command. She was promoted to the Cannon position in February. Onufer […]

Martinez elected first female governor

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won the election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive. Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, […]

Press release: Abused 1-month-old improving

The medical condition of a 1 month old female Clovis child abuse victim transported to a Lubbock children’s hospital last week for emergency treatment has improved.

‘No female’ rule on ranch unfair

Glenda Price My dad was a ranch manager for absentee owners, so he was the on-the-ground boss. When we were quite young my brother and I began working alongside him. He called us his “top hands,” which made us feel proud – and work even harder. I remember one day after we had about 300 […]

Police blotter — June 6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. May 16 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a report of a trespasser. A woman said she was staying at the house with a juvenile female and the girl’s former boyfriend kept knocking on windows trying to […]

Former Tucumcari officer accused of trying to smuggle illegal immigrant

Freedom New Mexico A former Tucumcari police chief was arrested Friday and accused of trying to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the U.S. Ronald Lewis Haley was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port near San Diego, according to a border patrol press release. Haley, 41, was hired as […]

Portales residents elect first female mayor

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Mayor candidate Sharon King and city council candidate Oscar Robinson watch as vote tallies are written for display Tuesday night. Both candidates won their races. By David Stevens: FNM Editor Portales has its first female mayor. Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce but a political […]

1-24 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Jan. 8, an officer was dispatched to Mesa Elementary School on north Norris Street for a report of a child having trouble breathing. An emergency responder told the officer the female student was being transported to the hospital and […]