Sweet Home New Mexico: Your duty station is what you make of it

I grew up in what was once a small town just outside of Montgomery, Ala. It has grown through the years, but was once a town about the size of Clovis. Montgomery is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, so growing up I crossed paths with several Air Force families coming through Maxwell for schooling […]

Fresh coat of paint won’t fool God

I saw an advertisement in a large city newspaper that outlined all the summer activities that a certain city was providing for the school-age children. Times have changed. When children live in metropolitan areas, opportunities for play and activities during the summer are scheduled so busy and working parents can have options for childcare in […]

Clovis man in stable condition after shooting

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man police say was shot in the chest outside a motel was in serious but stable condition Saturday at a Lubbock Hospital. Police said Jerry Abeyta was found in the 1300 block of Axtell Street about half an hour after receiving reports of shooting at 4:49 p.m. involving persons in […]

County manager: One jail employee terminated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval gives a report Tuesday to county commissioners on the status of the detention center regarding on-going training for her staff. By David Stevens and Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff One jail employee has been terminated in connection with Sunday’s jail escape, Curry County Manager […]

Police blotter — May 22

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. May 14 an officer responded to a residence in the 100 block of Davis for a report of criminal damage. A woman said she was in her house and heard a loud noise and when she went outside she […]

Military mama: Don’t stop trying

In my personal opinion every person on this planet needs to have a hobby, a passion outside of anything work related. Something that is not only a recreational diversion, but also mentally-stimulating activity. Facebook does not count. I’ve learned that it’s easy to do what you’re good at, but what about everything else? It is […]

Five arrested in grain theft

CNJ staff The theft of $70,000 in grain has led to the arrest of five men. Investigators believe Thomas Sotelo, 23, a Peavy Grain employee, gave 20 truckloads of grain to four independent truck drivers for sale to outside parties and then split the proceeds with them, according to a press release from the Curry […]

City officials defend tax proposal

Kevin Wilson Outside the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Monday night, winds whipped snowfall to a chilling effect on empty city streets. Inside, there was a chill as well, with many residents cold to the idea of a potential gross receipts tax increase heading to the Clovis City Commission Thursday. Commission members appeared at the library’s […]

Clovis woman dies in accident

CNJ staff A Clovis woman died Friday in an accident outside of Canyon, Texas. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lucy Prieto, 37, was westbound seven miles outside of Canyon on Highway 60 when she was passed by a Honda Prelude and another unknown vehicle. Police said the Honda clipped the side of […]

Detention officer fired last week, county manager says

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer has been fired for taking two inmates outside the jail to eat last week. Tuesday, County Manager Lance Pyle confirmed the detention officer was fired Friday by jail Administrator Keith Norwood. The detention officer has not been identified. Norwood said the two inmates were taken outside the jail […]

Detention officer under investigation

Sharna Johnson A Curry County detention officer who took two inmates outside the jail to have lunch earlier this week is under administrative investigation, Administrator Keith Norwood said Thursday. Norwood said he stumbled onto the trio Tuesday as they sat on the east side of the detention center, eating their jail-prepared meals. One of the […]

Predator crashes outside of Cannon

Freedom New Mexico photo: Sharna Johnson Emergency response vehicles clustered around the scene of an unmanned plane crash through Cannon Air Force Base’s perimeter fence. Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why […]

Texico institutes water conservation measures

CNJ staff The city of Texico has initiated water conservation measures. Watering of lawns and landscape is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and a car may only be washed if a bucket or shut-off hose is used. Residents with odd-numbered addresses may water outside on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Residents with even-numbered […]

Hospice goes beyond medical care

By Stacy Gleaton: Guest columnist In the past, many families took care of their own and never sought outside assistance. Nowadays, many families just don’t realize the great services that are available to them. Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Hospice began in 1994 and has been providing excellent end of life care ever since. PRMC […]

Protesters at base part of training exercise

CNJ staff Protesters outside the gates of Cannon Air Force Base on Thursday were part of a training exercise, base officials said. The protesters, who were detained by base law enforcement, were staged outside the base, according to the public affairs office.

Judge to be selected from out of area in assault case

CNJ staff A judge will have to be selected from outside the area in the domestic assault case against former district attorney Randall Harris. According to a notice filed Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court, the district’s five judges have recused themselves from Harris’ case, and the attorneys have been given 10 days to […]

Outside support can help keep resolutions

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MCT illustration By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico With the new year approaching one thing is certain — resolutions will be made, and broken. Among the more popular goals: Quit smoking, manage debt and maybe even get a better job. But the big one seems to be losing weight. “People try to get back in […]

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Commander: Housing issue may affect future mission decisions

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Gabriel Monte and Jenna Zamie The highlighted area indicates an area around Cannon Air Force Base with a roughly 60-minute drive time, where personnel can seek housing. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may […]

Lessons don’t cease outside of classroom

Freedom New Mexico Area students are headed back to school — unless, of course, they never left. We hope a hiatus from attending school doesn’t necessarily mean a vacation from learning. In other words, don’t assume education always takes place in the classroom setting, or that it always involves essays, formulas and textbooks. If you […]