Press release: Tucumcari man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Melrose bank robbery

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Patrick Quintana, age 26, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to […]

One dead, one injured in one-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A Muleshoe man was killed and a Clovis man injured Tuesday afternoon in one-vehicle accident on U.S. 82 east of Dickens, Texas. A Department of Public Safety communications spokeswoman said the DPS received the call about 12:30 p.m. (CST). A 2003 Chevrolet two-ton utility truck driven by Tanner Bertram, 23, of Muleshoe struck […]

DA: Torres captured after six days of surveillance

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Noe Torres was arrested last Wednesday in Mexico, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Torres has been on the run since 2005, following the shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Robin Fornoff Noe Torres, one of Clovis’ and the nation’s most wanted fugitives since a 2005 shooting killed a sleeping 10-year-old boy, is in […]

Preparations in place for Floyd Jamboree

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File photo Floyd Lions Club Vice President Fred Patterson said the Floyd Jamboree will have plenty of many familiar faces again this year. Secretary Paul Benoit said they hope to have local celebrity Will Banister attending again. The Floyd Jamboree will go on this year despite no one showing for Sunday’s auditions, according to Floyd […]

Letters to the editor: Oak Ridge Boys put on good show

Oak Ridge Boys put on good show I would like to commend the Curry County Events Center staff for arranging for the Oak Ridge Boys to perform in Clovis. It was one of the best concerts I have been to. Will Banister opened the show. He is a young man with a lot of talent, […]

Zias fall short in OT

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Tony Bullocks: Freedom New Mexico ENMU junior guard Hannah Altheide brings the ball up against Midwestern State freshman Shatoia Gober during the second half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference women’s basketball game at Greyhound Arena. Dave Wagner One of these days, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team is going to quit knocking on […]

Weekly update — Jan. 15

Grievance filed against commissioner Fresh off one expensive dispute, it looks like there’s another squabble between a county employee and a Curry County commissioner. Finance Director Mark Lansford has filed a grievance against Commissioner Robert Sandoval, according to an email obtained by the CNJ through a state open records request. The disclosure is on the […]

Elida teen dies in one-vehicle rollover

Freedom New Mexico An Elida teenager died Friday afternoon from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover in southern Roosevelt County earlier in the day, according to state police. Brittn’y Mowell, 17, was driving a 2003 Pontiac minivan east on South Roosevelt Road 24 about 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, according to […]

New pastor serving Word of God Lutheran Church

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed The Word of God congregation meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in The Chapel at 1500 Thornton Street. Pastor Rollinson will strive to help the congregation get its own building. Benna Sayyed The Word of God Lutheran Church in Clovis now has a new pastor. John T. Rollinson, 73, has […]

Bethlehem will always trump Times Square

Curtis Shelburne We all know what time does, right? Tempus fugit! I learned that phrase long ago in one of the most practically valuable classes I’ve ever taken, the Latin class at Amarillo’s Sam Houston Junior High. Mister Craddock would be proud. Tempus (time) fugit (flies)! As I write, we’re slipping into the wee hours […]

Taking on 2012 one step at a time

It’s not even a week past Christmas day and I’m already experiencing a post-Christmas letdown. Am I the only one that experiences this? Please, tell me no. There are things I love about all seasons of the year, but October through December are my favorite three months of the year, no doubt. There are so […]

Only need one resolution

I think I’ll just forego the whole New Year’s resolution thing this year. What’s the point? With the Mayan calendar running out in December I’ll never get the chance to enjoy the benefits and might spend all year trying to accomplish them only to be swept away in cataclysm. Granted, losing about 120 pounds and […]

Full steam ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed A wire company worker raises telecommunication cables to allow the locomotive a clear passage on West Grand Avenue. Benna Sayyed A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 was moved Thursday to its new home, one day ahead of a funding-based deadline. The 144,000-pound steam-engine relic had to be […]

Citizens panel should set Congress’ pay

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very […]

Czech president remembered as hero of liberty

Autumn 1989 was one of the most exciting times in decades. The Berlin Wall, symbol of communist tyranny, was pulled down, bringing freedom to East Germany. Other Eastern European “satellite” states of the Soviet Union — Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary among them — also achieved their freedom. People who had been enslaved under communism for 40 […]

Jesus our hope in uncertain times

In this Christmas season 2011 the fact that Jesus is our hope means so much more to me. As I write this column four days before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy went […]

Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

Residents voice concerns over postal plan

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Residents watch a video produced by the U.S. Postal Service regarding potential changes to mail sorting facilities during a public input meeting Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. Robin Fornoff U.S. Postal Service spokesmen ran into a small but contentious crowd Thursday during a public meeting in Clovis. The meeting […]

I will stand up for your liberties

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” — H.L. Mencken Rarely have I read a quote that contained […]

Birthdays — Dec. 4

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Bowen Grace Helen Bowen of Clovis will celebrate her 100th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Senior Citizen Resident Center, 2210 Mabry Dr in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by her family. This will be a come and go celebration, no gifts please. Grace was born Dec. 8, 1911, […]