Crime expert: Prints match Baca’s boots

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Shirley Garcia of the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab holds up a shoe print impression card for the jury Tuesday during testimony in the Richard Baca trial. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in […]

Commissioners endorse jail plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A corrective action plan put in place in the aftermath of an inmate escape last month earned the stamp of approval of the Curry County Commission. Warden Leslie Johnson detailed policy and procedural changes during Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which include mandatory visual head counts and better documentation. […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

Sewer line creates ‘inconvenience’ for school

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The collapse of a sewer line at a Clovis junior high school has stirred up inconvenience, but little else, according to school officials. Officials discovered a main sewer line at Gattis Junior High School had collapsed about a week ago when cafeteria sinks at the school clogged, according to […]

Gurgling Sinks and a Lesson Learned from Plumbing

By Curtis K. Shelburne For at least the 20-plus years of my pastorate here and — I now know — even longer, a minor phenomenon has been occurring in the kitchen of our church fellowship hall. No big deal, but when you run water down the sinks in the “island” in that kitchen, a few […]

Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

Gift-giving requires sensitivity, planning

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It began as we were watching — rather, I was watching, and Janice was tolerating — a CMT documentary on The Highwaymen. You remember The Highwaymen, don’t you? Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, when they all sang together. I got a brilliant idea, which I blurted out […]

Lighthouse Mission expanding operations with new building

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Tonya Lasky of Clovis, right, listens to Apostolic Bible Center Pastor Allen Urioste pray before lunch Thursday at the current Lighthouse Mission kitchen. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Robert Mendez walks a mile and a half a couple of days a week to the Lighthouse Mission’s kitchen. He looks forward […]

Snakes more pressing issue than retirement

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Is Social Security safe? We’re told that unless meaningful reform is implemented, the system will be bankrupt by the year 2050, which will plunge us into chaos, despair, and extreme whining. I don’t care, because I plan to be dead by then. So let’s forget about THAT problem. Instead, on […]

Mom’s role has changed over the years

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Fifty years ago, she was found predominantly in the kitchen. Today, she can be found in the kitchen, the office, the playground, the bank, fixing the car, managing the finances, or even driving a semi. She is the modern mom — a woman with a whole new range of […]

Speaking of pathetic: A wrong-dog story

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When we lived in the boondocks outside Santa Fe, I woke one morning to the sound of a whining dog. That wasn’t unusual, because we had half a dozen semi-literate canines at the time, stray animals that showed up each day for breakfast. But I peered out the window anyway […]

Commissioners concerned civic center is too small

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A multi-million dollar civic center will not be large enough to host high school graduations and large events like the Home and Garden Show. That’s according to the project’s conceptual design, which the Clovis City Commission approved by a 6-2 vote Thursday night. Commissioner Isidro Garcia and Fred Van […]

Teen’s good behavior surprises mom

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Conference brings women around the state together

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Edna Pollard of Clovis plays the tambourine as she and Charlene Perkins of Clovis sing a praise and worship song during Tuesday night’s service. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Shouts of “Hallelujah!” and “We praise God tonight!” rang out Tuesday evening from a church in west Clovis. Enthusiastic praise and intensive teaching […]

Woman treated after house fire

By CNJ STAFF A late afternoon fire at 1416 Avondale filled the home with smoke and sent a woman to Plains Regional Medical Center. Firefighters at the scene said the blaze didn’t spread beyond the room where it started. According to Battalion Chief Jerry Swanson of the Clovis Fire Department, the fire began in the […]

Kitchen could cause Lighthouse Mission to close

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Susan Armijo, kitchen manager at the Lighthouse Mission, prepares a meal for mission administrator Richard Gomez. (staff photo by Darrell Todd Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis ministry that feeds up to 80 people a day could close next year unless it replaces its kitchen equipment to comply with state regulations. The expected cost […]

State law causes Lighthouse dilemma

By Darrell Todd Maurina Jon Goldstein, communications director for the New Mexico Environment Department, said the Lighthouse Mission’s current quandary happened because of a change in state law. Until 2000, Lighthouse Mission was legally allowed to use “homestyle” kitchen facilities for its cooking. That’s no longer allowed for new food service operations, but those that […]

Homicide suspect found

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police announced late Wednesday that a man accused of a Jan. 13 slaying has been taken into custody. Steve Duran, 34, who had been wanted on a Curry County warrant for the death of Ricky Gallegos, was picked up at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday following a tip to Albuquerque police, […]

New Parmer County jail scheduled to open soon

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Joaquin Alarez, an employee with ISI Detention Contracting Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, installs a door stop Tuesday in the corridor near Vestibule M3 while working in the Parmer County Law Enforcement Center in Farwell. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber FARWELL — The new Parmer County Law Enforcement Center, nearing completion at […]

chased by oranges

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss i was minding my own business the other day strolling through the church kitchen when marcellus the ugly ungodly cat scampered across the counter in pursuit of hapless homer hummingbird homer made […]