Five arrested in grain theft

CNJ staff The theft of $70,000 in grain has led to the arrest of five men. Investigators believe Thomas Sotelo, 23, a Peavy Grain employee, gave 20 truckloads of grain to four independent truck drivers for sale to outside parties and then split the proceeds with them, according to a press release from the Curry […]

Thursday morning briefing: A cancer fighter, strike up the band and a giant killer

Good morning. Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. For a cause Sid Savage of Portales is ranked among the top five fundraisers in the state in the fight against cancer. He’s in a statewide contest through today, trying to raise even more money for […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

ENMU signs five for cross country

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University has signed five runners for its cross country teams for next season. Joining the men’s squad are Isaiah Samoei, a Kenyan who is transferring from Iowa Western Community College, and Tyler Saiz, who will be an incoming freshman from Del Norte H.S. In Albuquerque. Signees for the women […]

Zias’ skid extends to five with 66-37 loss at Angelo State

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University Zias shot themselves out of the game early. Misfiring on 13 of their first 16 shots from the field, the Zias fell behind from the start in a 66-37 loss to Angelo State in a Lone Star Conference South women’s basketball game. Cat […]

Convicted killer Casillas given consecutive life sentences

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Anthony Casillas addresses members of Gary Payne’s family during his sentencing hearing Friday afternoon at the Curry County Courthouse. Casillas was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the 2008 shooting deaths of Payne and Melissa Ward. Kevin Wilson A Curry County judge sentenced Anthony Casillas to a pair of […]

Clovis teens face felony charges in burglary

Argen Duncan Five Clovis teenage boys face felony charges, accused of aggravated burglary for an incident that occurred Monday in Roosevelt County, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. A release from the sheriff said one of the ways aggravated burglary happens is when a person breaks into a dwelling, then arms himself. It is […]

Five workers to be laid off after EPCOG contract loss

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

Clerk: Strange dates the norm for marriage licenses

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Maria Moreno Orozco and Israel Moreno wait Tuesday afternoon while Curry County Marriage License Clerk Connie Backoff files their license, making their marriage official. Sharna Johnson In five years on the job, Connie Backoff has discovered issuing marriage licenses is nothing short of interesting. From age gaps to unusual date […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]