Chandler, King only state AG candidates

CNJ staff Incumbent Gary King and Clovis native Matt Chandler were the only candidates to file Tuesday for the New Mexico attorney general’s office. Nominating petitions were filed for the primary election, making official the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state positions. Chandler, 34, is a Republican and two-term 9th District […]

Chandler pledges to prosecute state corruption cases

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler and his mother Donna Chandler visit with supporters Thursday following a local announcement of Matt Chandler’s bid for the office of attorney general. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney […]

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. […]

Lyons to run for new office

CNJ staff Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend 2010’s […]

Taylor pleads guilty to 2005 slaying

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File photo Donald Scott Taylor By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque […]

Portales native killed in collision

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Courtesy photo Ashleah Richards died in a car crash early Sunday morning, three miles south of Hale Center in the Plainview, Texas. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Ashleah Richards liked to do things that stereotypically interest many girls — fix up hair, put on makeup and the like. But Richards was tough as nails, […]

Baskett fans switching team allegiance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Joaquin, left, and Mauricio Madril of Clovis show Mauricio’s Hank Baskett collection. Mauricio has followed Baskett since his days at Clovis High School and became an Indianapolis Colts fan on his birthday Thursday, the same day the Colts signed Baskett. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A week after the […]

First person: Teaching natural path for Clovis native

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis and was named the teacher of the year in 2008 by the New Mexico Public Education Department. CNJ staff Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis with two teachers as parents. When she went to college, she decided to follow in her parents footsteps and […]

First person: Native American culture inspires artist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jayne Williams, the Pintores Art League’s artist of the month for June, said a pack welcome from a wolf inspired her favorite painting “Part of the Pack.” Jayne Simmons Williams began drawing and writing as soon as she could put words together in elementary school. Her art is inspired by […]

Sheriff’s deputy involved in shooting is Clovis native

Staff and wire reports CARNUEL — A Texas sheriff’s deputy visiting his grandmother in New Mexico fatally shot a homeless man armed with a hatchet in what authorities have termed a self defense shooting. Raymond Romero Jr., 48, of Lubbock, discovered the man allegedly squatting on his grandmother’s property in Carnuel on Saturday. The shooting […]