Clovis man sentenced for kidnapping charges

CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 59 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a woman more than two years ago. Last week, a jury convicted Anthony Morgan, 36, of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery and six counts of assault against a household […]

Clovis man convicted on kidnapping charges

CNJ Staff A 36-year-old Clovis man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a woman on a two-day crime spree was convicted by jury trial Wednesday, according to District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Chandler said Anthony Morgan was found guilty on one count of first-degree kidnapping, one count of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated assault, […]

Feb. 1, 2009 Engagements

Chisum-Morgan Rex and Kim Chisum of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Whitney Chisum, to Joseph Morgan, both of Albuquerque. He is the son of Jody Morgan and the late Ray Morgan of Lovington. The couple will exchange vows on July 18, 2009. The bride-elect is a graduate of the University […]

Students making trip for inauguration

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Had she been eligible to vote last November, Clovis High School senior Morgan Duval says she would have voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Still, she is excited about her trip this week to the nation’s capital to be among the millions to witness Barack Obama’s historic inauguration […]

Residents replace missing charity funds, and then some

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Chris Morgan’s voice was light and chipper, a stark contrast to her strained tone of last week when she was lamenting the loss of funds she raised for regional Special Olympic programs. The community stepped up and donated almost $5,500 after Morgan told her story to the CNJ. The […]

Special Olympics money lost

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Chris Morgan said she is having a hard time forgiving herself. She’s already making more blankets to sell and maybe she’ll organize a yard sale. She’s determined her daughter and other area Special Olympics athletes won’t have to skip a beat. Saturday morning, Morgan said she got an oil […]

Zimbabwe’s shift to violence tragic backslide

Freedom New Mexico In announcing he has decided not to participate in the presidential runoff election scheduled for today, opposition Zimbabwean candidate Morgan Tsvangirai lamented that sitting President Robert Mugabe’s supporters had replaced the ballot with the bullet. He was right. Since Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in the first round on March 29 — 48-43 in […]

Greyhounds hold on for overtime win

CNJ Staff LAWTON, Okla. — Junior forward Kendall Clark’s buzzer-beating layup forced overtime, then Eastern New Mexico University scored the first eight points of the extra session and held on for a 76-74 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Cameron on Saturday. Clark went 10-for-16 from the field and finished with 20 points for […]

Zias eliminated from tourney race

CNJ staff DENTON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team saw its bid for a second consecutive berth in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament come to an end with its second shutout loss of the weekend on Sunday, a 1-0 setback to Texas Woman’s. The Zias (9-8, 3-6 LSC) fell into […]

Area flu shot supply limited

CNJ staff The first flu shots have arrived in Clovis and Portales and the State Department of Health is urging people in high-risk groups to get a shot soon. But, area health care officials are saying that supplies are limited. “We’ve only received 300,” Portales Health Office representative Carol Morgan said, “and I usually administer […]

Man sought on three warrants arrested in Texas

CNJ Staff A 34-year-old man wanted by Clovis Police on three outstanding warrants was captured Friday in Weatherford, Texas, following a high-speed chase. Anthony D. Morgan led city, county and state police on a chase before crashing his vehicle, according to a story on the Weatherford Telegram Web site. After the crash, Morgan broke into […]

Cops and Courts: Teens report shots fired

Police are investigating a report by two teens who said they were shot at Wednesday as they drove through downtown Clovis. The 17- and 15-year-old boys called police around 11 p.m. and said they were leaving a fast-food restaurant on 14th Street when a dark-color van pulled up beside them and the driver began honking, […]

AMUs load up for competition

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coronado, 523rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, uses the fine controls of the MJ-1 to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Airman Elliott Sprehe The 27th Maintenance Group held its Proud Falcon and Weapons Load competition at Hangar 133 April 13 to determine which of the three fighter squadrons could best […]

Local Realtors expect increase in housing demands

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers With the announcement of Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Ops mission this past week, one local real estate owner predicts subdivisions will be created on the outskirts of Portales to accommodate an expected influx of people. “I was very happy to hear that Cannon has received a new mission. […]

South 1A-2A all-stars fall in bottom of seventh

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — For his first all-star coaching experience, Dora’s Ty Thatcher definitely had a philosophy that differed radically from his opponent. Using his bench liberally, Thatcher used 20 players for the South in Friday’s Class 1A-2A senior high school all-star game at Sandia Prep. Meanwhile, the North utilized four substitutes […]

State health officials report ‘unconfirmed’ mumps cases

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers A mumps outbreak which has blazed through the Midwest may be knocking on New Mexico’s door. The New Mexico Department of Health has issued a release stating that two “possible” mumps cases have recently been discovered in New Mexico, although the release is quick to add that New Mexico […]

Lady Rams roll into semifinals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer As easy as their first-round game turned out to be, the Portales Lady Rams know the rest of Plateau Holiday Classic will be more challenging. Portales spotted El Paso Ysleta leads of 5-0 and 8-6, then controlled the rest of the contest in cruising to a 56-16 win in […]

Johnny D. Morgan

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Johnny D. Morgan Date of birth: May 2, 1917 Dates of service: March 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and […]

James Morgan, Melvin C. Waltman

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James Morgan Date of birth: Nov. 7, 1926 Dates of service: January 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and location […]

Central Arkansas rolls over Hounds

CNJ staff LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Suffice it to say, Central Arkansas spoiled Mark Ribaudo’s head coaching debut at Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night. Senior quarterback Chris Reil threw for two touchdowns and 227 yards and senior tailback Kentrel Rogers rushed for 107 yards and a score as the Bears rolled to a 51-0 […]