Woods running for state senate

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John Patrick “Pat” Woods is running for state senate in District 7, which includes Curry, Quay and Union counties. CNJ staff Republican John Patrick “Pat” Woods will run for state senate in District 7, which includes Curry, Quay and Union counties. Woods is a fourth-generation farmer in the Grady and Broadview area, encompassing parts of […]

State auditor calls for Patrick Lyons resignation at PRC (updated)

Robin Fornoff Two key state officials spent most of Thursday accusing each other of incompetence over an audit that charges the scandal-ridden Public Regulation Commission is corrupt from top to bottom. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, set it off in the morning, calling on PRC chairman and Clovis native Patrick Lyons, a Republican, to […]

Lyons to remain PRC chairman

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Patrick Lyons will remain chairman of the New Mexico’s scandal-tainted Public Regulation Commission (PRC). The PRC voted unanimously Tuesday to re-elect Lyons and Vice Chairman Theresa Becenti-Aguilar. “We’re looking forward to cleaning up the PRC and making it a better agency for the consumer,” Lyons said. “We want to be […]

Club notes —

Beta Phi Five members and four guests of the Beta Phi enjoyed a delicious breakfast held July 9, 2011, at the Rose Garden in Pleasant Hill for their Rush Social and a pledge ceremony was held for Dottie Good and Rachel Wallace. Collen Baldwin, Nathan Blandings, Sandy Friday, Laura Loflin, Patsy Lorenz, Bev Miller, June […]

Thursday morning briefing: Grab some green, sing a song and a quirky quote

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Grab a cup of coffee and take a relaxing read. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Wearin’ the green The Portales Public Library has scheduled a St. Patrick’s Day party for the whole family at 6 p.m. today. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to wear […]

Education column: Storytelling major educational tool

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and storytellers have long shared colorful tales about the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Wales to British and Roman parents, captured as a teen by Irish marauders and sold into slavery in Ireland, he escaped, converted to Christianity, joined the church, trained in Gaul, and returned to Ireland […]

Detention officer one of six charged in drug exchange

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Courtesy photo Detention officer Jaime de la Cruz was arrested Wednesday after sheriff’s investigators say he smuggled drugs into the jail in exchange for two hamburgers. CNJ staff A Curry County Detention Officer was one of six charged Wednesday after investigators said he took drugs to inmates in exchange for hamburgers. Three inmates and two […]

Clovis man facing drug trafficking charges

Freedom New Mexico A 35-year-old Clovis man was arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking methamphetamines after an investigation by narcotics agents. David Patrick, is being held without bond at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a parole violation in conjunction with the case, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. […]

Press release: Officer indicted by Curry County grand jury

Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436 On Friday, January 21st, 2011 a Curry County Grand Jury found probable cause and returned a “True Bill” indicting Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of Homicide by Motor Vehicle and Great Bodily Harm by Motor Vehicle stemming from the November 17, 2010 motor vehicle crash that claimed […]

Residents light up homes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tom and Shirley Cross decorate their home on the corner of South Avenue A and Eighth Street each year for the holidays. By Alisa Boswell Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Halloween are just a few of the holidays Danny Kendrick of Clovis decorates his front yard on Grand. Kendrick, […]

Patrick Lyons secures Public Regulation Commission position

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Wednesday morning briefing: St. Pat’s wishes, life at Eastern and milk does NM good

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Blessings of the green type It’s a special day so let’s start it off with an old Irish blessing: “May the best day of your past, be the worst day of your future.” Life at Eastern Clayton Carrell, a freshman from Abilene, […]

Land commissioner defends request for legal fees

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. […]

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 […]

Fund set up for Maes funeral

A fund to assist with funeral expenses for Patrick Maes, who died Tuesday in Albuquerque, has been established at New Mexico Bank & Trust. Contributions to the Patrick Maes Burial Fund can be made at any NMB&T branch in Clovis, Melrose and Portales.

Police concerned about daytime burglaries

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer A string of daring daylight burglaries means a new police task force for Clovis and a call for public help from law enforcement. The special Clovis Police Department task force hit the streets Monday, following maps showing clusters of burglaries, knocking on doors and talking to neighbors. Capt. Patrick […]

Police investigate drive-by shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Texas man was shot in the leg during a Saturday night drive-by shooting at the Grand Avenue apartments. Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney said around 8:30 p.m. William Mitchell was struck near the buttocks by a .45 caliber bullet that bounced up from the pavement. “When the shooting started, he grabbed […]

Man’s nose bitten off in party fight

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police say a 34-year-old Curry County man ejected from a party returned with a knife, only to have his nose bitten off in a struggle with other partygoers. But Gilbert Aburto says the police have the story all wrong. He says he’s the victim, that he was trying to […]

Education feature: Geography buff

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall Middle School seventh-grader Patrick Merrill’s love of history and geography is taking him to the state-level of the National Geography Bee. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Being the son of a military family, Patrick Merrill learned quickly the best way he could prepare for the family’s next move […]

Celtic band headlines St. Patrick’s Day concert

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Courtesy photo Beoga, a five-piece traditional Celtic band from Ireland, is coming to help Clovis celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Freedom New Mexico Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day comes Beoga, a five-piece traditional Celtic band from Ireland, as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The group will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday […]