Gabriel’s Garden partnering with Matt 25

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Volunteer Lori Brunsen picks peas Thursday at Gabriel’s Garden near Cannon Air Force Base. Brunsen and project organizer Lori Yanez said they need more volunteers to keep the community garden going. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gabriel’s Garden is growing partners in the community on its way toward offering […]

Matt 25, United Way seeking fan donations

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Matt 25 Hope Center Administrative Assistant Terry Osborne carries a fan Thursday donated for a needy family to keep cool this summer. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico and Matt 25 Hope Center are teaming up to help Curry and Roosevelt county residents in […]

Matt Rush wins Republican land commissioner nomination

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Jail administration source of debate

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Talk of whether or not to add 10 new detention officer positions for the jail Tuesday turned to discussion of how the county should manage the facility. Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he believes the county should cease looking for an administrator and Sheriff Matt Murray should stay in command […]

Candidates log thousands of miles on road to state office

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Since Roosevelt County rancher Matt Rush filed for the state land office race, he’s logged 30,000 miles on his truck, with only one trip to Lubbock and the rest across New Mexico. “My one piece of advice to anyone who’s considering running for a statewide office,” Rush said, while […]

Official says plans in place to ‘beef up signage’ at intersections

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Sheriff Matt Murray and district state police commander Capt. Jimmy Glascock told Curry County commissioners Tuesday they are working to resolve safety concerns about intersections on east 21st Street, or N.M. 523. Murray said he and Glascock are working with the state to try and get permanent solutions at […]

Judge declares mistrial in murder case

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anthony Ray Casillas, 23, listens Tuesday as prosecutor Andrea Reeb presents opening arguments to a jury. Casillas is accused of shooting and killing two people in 2008. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A district judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder trial of Anthony Ray Casillas after a […]

Dusk set for CCC performance

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Courtesy photo Matt Dusk brings his jazz style to the Clovis Civic Center Jan. 31. Freedom New Mexico Canadian crooner Matt Dusk will brings his “Rat Pack” jazz style to a concert Jan. 31 at the Clovis Civic Center. The concert kicks off the spring season of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series sponsored by […]

Police capture escapee Louis Chavez

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said a […]

Matt Rush to speak at McCain event

Freedom New Mexico Matt Rush of Portales will participate in the pre-program rally for Sen. John McCain’s campaign event Saturday in Albuquerque, according to Marta Kramer, state director for the McCain campaign in New Mexico. “They called this afternoon and asked if I would be one of the speakers,” Rush said Thursday. Rush is the […]

Investigators following leads on whereabouts of escapees

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Rewards are being offered for information leading to the arrests of four escaped inmates. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said investigators are following up on “credible tips” in the last few days that have placed two of the four remaining jail escapees in Amarillo and Plainview, Texas, and Clovis. Investigators […]

DA: Escape investigation ‘progressing’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said there are still some unanswered questions about last month’s escape at the Curry County jail after reviewing a state police investigative report. Members of the region’s Major Crimes Unit are reinterviewing inmates and detention officers, he said. Chandler said approximately 10 interviews were conducted […]

District attorney reviewing state police escape report

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he received a criminal investigation report late Thursday afternoon from state police in connection with the eight inmate escapes from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Aug. 24. Chandler said he will not be able to comment on the report until he has […]

Escape leads to changes at jail

Eight inmates escaped the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Sunday night. As of Tuesday evening five of those inmates remained at large. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Multiple law enforcement agencies continued Tuesday evening to pursue leads on the whereabouts of five escaped Curry County inmates, according to Sheriff Matt Murray. Law enforcement […]

Reward for information on escapees increased

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Crime Stoppers has increased rewards it is offering for information leading to the arrests of five escaped inmates. District Attorney Matt Chandler said callers can remain anonymous. Here are the rewards: • Edward Salas, up to $3,000 • Larry McClendon Jr., up to $2,500 • Michael England, […]

Boat race takes creative spirit

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Fourth of July celebrations in Clovis will include the second annual Dairy Boat Race at Greene Acres Lake. Participants were given a simple row boat and allowed to modify it within the rules, according to event organizer Steve Reshetar of the Matt 25 Hope Center, an office center […]

Newman Project equips homes with safety measures

CNJ Staff The Newman Project, which promotes safety for local seniors, helped to equip 20 homes in Curry and Roosevelt County this week. The Newman Project was formed by District Attorney Matt Chandler to ensure the safety of the seniors in the community. The project was named in honor of Odis and Doris Newman, an […]

May 11, 2008 Club Notes

Curry County Extension Council The Curry County Extension Council met May 5 at the extension office with 15 members attending. President Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order. Secretary Martha Brister took roll call and read the minutes. Thank you letters from Matt 25 and New Mexico State University for donations were read. Helen Causaus […]

2-29-08 Religion digest

Conference set for March 8 The “Free Indeed and Power” Word and Power Conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 in the Master’s Center Conference Room at 21st and Prince streets. Special speaker will be Sherri Wilson. Registration is free but required by Monday so that organizers will know how many […]

Area scoreboard

Scores from Friday night Boys Fort Sumner 74, Clovis Christian 51 Grady 54, Melrose 53 Muleshoe 54, Highland Park 45 Portales 61, Hatch Valley 52 Springlake-Earth 52, Bovina 48 Sudan 60, Farwell 54 Texico 47, Friona 45 Girls Clovis Christian 51, Fort Sumner 49 Melrose 39, Grady 35 Muleshoe 55, Highland Park 51 Springlake-Earth 62, […]