Criminal justice complex among issues on ballot

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com With only one member of Congress on the ballot for eastern New Mexico, there aren’t many federal changes this area can make on the ballot box. But Tuesday marks the first day voters can weigh in on several state issues, including local races, state races with […]

Citizens Bank of Clovis celebrating anniversary

CNJ staff Citizens Bank of Clovis is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America. “Community banks such as the Citizens Bank of Clovis are passionately committed to serving their local customers and communities,” said Camden Fine, ICBA president and chief executive officer, in a press release. Citizens Bank […]

Udall staff member holding office hours

CNJ staff A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., will be holding office hours for the Roosevelt, Curry and Quay County area residents needing help with the federal government Wednesday through Friday. David Williams of Udall’s office will be available: • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall • 1 p.m. Thursday at […]

In Tribute: Caton last surviving member of 1933 Forrest hoops champs

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Submitted by Susan Caton Wright Oran Caton, holding the ball in the front row, was a member of Forrest’s 1933 state basketball championship team. By Ben Moffett: Special to the CNJ Oran Caton, 93, the last living member of the 1933 state champion Forrest High basketball team, died Friday at his home in Albuquerque. Caton […]

Weekly update —

Former DA target of domestic violence case Former District Attorney Randall Harris will soon find himself the target of a prosecution. A domestic violence case against Harris is scheduled for trial Aug. 16. Harris, 49, is charged with assault against a family member, a petty misdemeanor and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. He’s […]

Polling locations

Today is primary election voting day for New Mexico. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters must be a registered member of a political party to participate in the primary election. Information: 763-5591. •

School board selects replacement for retiring member

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Schools board of education appointed a replacement for longtime board member Lora Harlan’s District 3 seat Tuesday. Rodney Muffley, superintendent and chief financial officer of Clovis Cemeteries, was elected to the seat with a 2-1 vote. Harlan couldn’t vote for her seat’s replacement and Vice President Terry […]

Cannon expecting increased growth

Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement […]

Bingaman: Base expecting more growth

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base is expecting more growth according to a press release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to grow in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement unveiled […]

Verbal attack was without merit

By Lola Bryant: Guest columnist I am the only Hispanic board member on the Clovis Municipal Schools Board, and as such members of the community often come to me with their concerns. When the Concerned Citizens of Curry County (CCCC) asked to meet without Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm being present, alongside another board member, I agreed. […]

School board member Lora Harlan resigns

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Harlan By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis Municipal Schools board member Lora Harlan resigned Wednesday after 19 years on the board. Harlan, a former president, said in a letter to the board her resignation is effective May 28. Harlan, the representative for District Three, said she feels the process of choosing a superintendent […]

Watson murder trial handed over to jury

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson’s fate was handed over to a jury late Monday. Watson is accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood gang member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. Attorneys finished final arguments earlier in the day and the jury had not reached a verdict […]

Hank Baskett online: Links to stories about Clovis native eyeing Super Bowl

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CNJ file photo Hank Baskett III Hank Baskett will be the first Clovis native to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday if he steps on the playing field as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Baskett’s played in 11 games for the Colts this season after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles in September. […]

Press Release: Farmers’ Electric Cooperative working through the night

Member Services Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Re: Power Outages Accumulated ice and winds caused outages in and around the Clovis area within Farmers’ Electric Cooperative’s (FEC) service area. Members reported the first outages at approximately 6:00 a.m. Thursday. FEC crews responding to the outages reported several poles down and numerous broken cross-arms and insulators.

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

CNJ staff Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a household […]

Open house showcases new helicopter

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bruce Mitchell, a registered nurse and intermediate EMT, talks to community members about the new helicopter that will be stationed in Clovis. Mitchell said the helicopter is “kinda our sports model.” The smaller aircraft travels about 30 mph By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Showing onlookers a compartment barely the […]

Amber Alert cancelled

The Curry County Sheriff’s Department says an Amber Alert for 9-month-old Jess Jaramillo has been cancelled. The child was turned over Thursday to police in Hobbs by a family member.

Portales Art Guild displaying work at ENMU

PORTALES–The Runnels Gallery in Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University is displaying works from La Escalera, the Portales Art Guild, until August 13. Each member of

School board chooses final labor board member

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board filled out the district’s labor management board, choosing former CMS teacher and administrator Lonnie Leslie. Two members had already been chosen for the board — former interim superintendent G.C. Ross and railroad union member Larry Coker. The board would moderate procedural difference between teachers unions […]

Champ looking for repeat

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Todd Burns of Albuquerque scored 75 points during the bareback bronc riding event of Saturday’s Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Stran Smith has been calf roping since he was 16 years old, and last year he earned the title of […]