Chicken harvesting not for meek

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Not all rural deliveries welcome

Where we lived when I was a kid gave Rural Free Delivery (RFD) a whole new dimension. It was two miles to the mailbox, dirt road of course, and the mailman only drove the 25 miles from town twice a week. My brother and I ordered stuff through the mail. I sent in a boxtop […]

Los Alamos evacuation ordered because of wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — Authorities ordered Los Alamos evacuated Monday as a fast-growing and unpredictable wildfire bore down on the northern New Mexico town and its sprawling nuclear laboratory. The blaze that began Sunday already had destroyed a number of homes south of the town, which is home to some 12,000 residents. It […]

Press release: Evacuations ordered

According to State EOC, the evacuations are for homes along Highway 467 at

Police blotter — May 25

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 7 p.m. May 4 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 200 block of Seventh Street for a report of theft. A clerk told the officers a group of five young children ordered $46 in food. She said when she […]

Roosevelt dairy ordered to form groundwater cleanup plan

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

Police blotter — Dec. 9

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 a.m. Nov. 28 an officer responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 1000 block of Colonial Park. When the officer arrived, he saw a male being chased by another male. The officer ordered the […]

July 23, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. July 13 an officer responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in the 1500 block of Echols. When the officer arrived, a male subject was outside yelling and cursing. As he was ordered to the […]

Clovis man sentenced in jail escape

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Guadalupe Rodriguez, age 31, pled guilty to Escape from a Jail Facility and was ordered to serve time in the New Mexico Department of Corrections until the year 2020. On December 23, 2006, Rodriguez was a jail inmate in the Curry County Detention […]

Remembering the days of radio

Glenda Price In the olden days folks who lived in the boonies didn’t have many formal entertainment choices. We could see a movie in town on shopping day, usually Saturday. The local theater kept the same movie a couple of weeks, so except for the Saturday afternoon serials (that always ended with a cliffhanger to […]

Man convicted in infant’s death

CNJ Staff A Clovis jury deliberated for approximately two hours Friday before returning a guilty verdict against Leroy “Roy” Jaramillo for the 2004 death of a 9-month-old Clovis baby, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. The baby, Cristyan Ibarra, died on Oct. 15, 2004, in a Lubbock hospital from extensive hemorrhaging […]

Slaying suspect remains in institution

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A Portales mother charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son in January has been ordered to remain in the custody of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas, N.M., pending another competency hearing. Teresa K. Gilman, 25, faces first-degree murder or the alternative charge […]

Animal cruelty charges against ex-chief reduced

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A former Melrose police chief will face a single animal cruelty charge after a Magistrate Court judge ordered the prosecutor to dismiss six other charges, according to court records filed Thursday. Records show Magistrate Judge Buddy Hall — who previously ordered the charges be prosecuted individually — based his […]

Nov. 26, 2006 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court: • Roseanne Cordova, 45, pleaded guilty to larceny (valued between $100 and $250), and was ordered to serve six months imprisonment and pay all fines and fees. She was given credit for her sentence of imprisonment in favor of six months supervised […]

Oct. 29, 2006 Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Andrea Patron, 31, pleaded guilty to shoplifting (valued between $250 and $2,500) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and was ordered to serve 18 months imprisonment and pay all fines and fees. She was given credit for her sentence […]

Oct. 8, 2006 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Tommie Padilla, 56, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor or drugs and driving on a suspended or revoked license. He was ordered to serve six months imprisonment, followed by one year supervised probation, and pay all fines and […]

Sept. 10, 2006 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Randall Quinn, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI (third offense). He was ordered to serve one year less one-day imprisonment, followed by nine months and four days supervised probation, and pay all fines and fees. All but 90 days of his […]

July 30, 2006 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the 9th Judicial District Court: • Patrick L. Chavez, 36, was found guilty by a jury of possessing a controlled substance and adjudged to be a habitual offender; and ordered to serve four years and one year, six months imprisonment, and pay all fines and fees. He […]

6/11 Court dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court: • Robert Sena, 41, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and is ordered to serve three years imprisonment and pay all fines and fees. He will receive credit for one year, seven months and 12 days. • […]

Little things make mothers special

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Sometimes it’s the little things about Mom: That annoying tone in her voice when she wants something. That wrong-size birthday gift. That “Someday when I’m no longer here” line, which gets old. But the worse part is I’ve found myself doing and saying all of the above “mom things” to […]