Noe Torres still in Mexico City jail

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CNJ staff Noe Torres remains in a Mexico City jail awaiting an extradition hearing to face murder charges in Clovis, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler on Wednesday declined to disclose the hearing date. He did say it could be another 30 to 60 days before Torres is on his way back to U.S. […]

Production company, nonprofit team up for concert

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Courtesy photo The Love Come to Life Tour, coming Sunday to Eastern New Mexico University, features well-known Christian music performers Big Daddy Weaver, Kerrie Roberts and Mike’s Chair. Christina Calloway A local production company owner was touched on hearing the story of a nonprofit organization’s message against drinking and driving and invited them to be […]

Tres Amigas bill headed for hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering a set of proposed tax incentives aimed at enticing the developers of the $1.5 billion Tres Amigas SuperStation to locate their headquarters and an associated trading exchange in the state. The Tres Amigas project, first announced in 2009, includes building a hub across 22 square miles […]

County commission to hold special meeting

Curry County commissioners have scheduled a special public hearing for 5:30 p.m. today to consider changing the districts each is elected to represent. The meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex is prompted by results of the 2010 Census. Population changes shown in the Census require districts in the county — in which residents […]

Residents hope for support at water meeting

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Rosemary Metcalf picks up a young alpaca Tuesday to place back under the shade with the rest of the herd. Metcalf chose alpacas because they didn’t require as much water as other animals, but her well is having problems despite conservation efforts. Sharna Johnson Residents of south Clovis are hoping […]

Hearing to discuss water shortages being held

CNJ staff A hearing is being held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the multi-purpose room of Lockwood Elementary School to discuss the possibility of using emergency funds from a Community Development Block Grant to address water shortages in south Curry County. The county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 for activities that benefit low […]

Clovis 20-year-old sentenced in stabbing

CNJ staff A 20-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison in the March 2010 stabbing of a 21-year-old Clovis man. Luciano Guerra was sentenced during a hearing late Tuesday afternoon, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County jury in February, Guerra will be required to serve 30 […]

Montoya jury still deliberating

Freedom New Mexico Both sides rested their cases this afternoon and the fate of 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of Portales was handed over to the jury about 5 p.m. The jury was still deliberating as of 7:30 p.m.We will update with the verdict just as soon as it is rendered. Earlier today, attorney Fred Reese started […]

Military update: Debate heating over TRICARE

Senior Defense officials defended their plan to raise TRICARE Prime fees modestly for working-age retirees last week at a hearing of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel. Next day, representatives of military associations testified. Five of them, including one who spoke on behalf of 13 other groups too, said they could accept what […]

Grant helped fund toddler hearing test

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Preston was able to move in and out of his mother’s, Stephanie Anderson, arms during the test. Liliana Castillo While having his hearing tested, 15-month-old Jaxson Preston was able to bring his mother almost the entire alphabet in magnetic letters. Preston’s freedom to roam while being tested was granted by […]

Officials: Income tax rebate hearing formality

Kevin Wilson A public hearing on establishing a low-income tax rebate scheduled for a Tuesday Curry County Commission meeting is nothing more than a formality, according to county officials. Treasurer Bernice Baker said the only thing the rebate would change is the county would be required to reimburse the state for rebates already available to […]

Military mama: Facebook opens doors for friendships

I love hearing from readers, it makes me happy to know that I’m not just spilling my guts with no one taking any note. Your friend requests on Facebook and stopping me in the store just to say “hi” make my day. I did meet my first “fan.” I say that, only because that’s how […]

Weekly update — Dec. 12

Discrimination hearing delayed A discrimination hearing into the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling has been delayed again. Originally scheduled for Sept. 14-15, the hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 13-14 and has now been pushed to Feb. 15-16, according to Dreiling’s attorney Dan Lindsey. The hearing is expected to be held in Clovis […]

Residents voice emissions regulation opposition

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County resident Hoyt Pattison was one of numerous residents who spoke against state proposed greenhouse gas regulations during a hearing held at the Civic Center Thursday. Sharna Johnson Emissions regulations proposed by the state environmental department brought out strong opposition from area residents and leaders during a Thursday hearing […]

Emissions program hearing set for Thursday

Kevin Wilson Clovis is one of five stops on the state Environmental Improvement Board’s schedule to discuss a greenhouse gas emissions program. The hearing is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center, and is scheduled to last six hours. “This is a formal public hearing on two proposals to address climate change in New […]

Press release: Senator discusses upcoming EPW hearing, DISCLOSE act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about an Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) hearing tomorrow on chemical facility security that will feature testimony from the CEO of an Albuquerque water purification company. He also discussed today’s procedural vote in the Senate on the DISCLOSE Act, and a resolution he […]

Our possessions not really ‘ours’

Curtis Shelburne We humans are so full of ourselves. We incessantly strut and preen, spout and sputter, spew and spray forth all manner of self-important nonsense, and the Father hearing his kids so solemnly hold forth must laugh. One day the curtain will be pulled back, and we’ll see clearly for the first time. I […]

VA ailment dispute getting heated

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will get the Senate hearing he didn’t want. Sen. James Webb, D-Va., says he will use a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing — rescheduled now for Sept. 23 — to have Shinseki explain his decision to compensate Vietnam veterans, and many surviving spouses, for three more ailments including heart disease. Shinseki […]

Compensated diseases disputed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, last month to ask that he cancel a hearing on the secretary’s controversial decision to add three diseases to the list of Vietnam veteran illnesses presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange and […]

Experts: Military pay gap no longer exists

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Every witness before a Senate subcommittee hearing last week on military compensation — all experts on service pay and benefits — called directly or indirectly for Congress to end its 12-year run of voting for annual military pay raises that exceed wage growth in the private sector. No witness suggested […]