First person: Model student

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis High senior Kayleigh Mitchell claimed a regional competition in Lubbock for “America’s Next Top Model, the College Edition.” She is one of 40 regional winners, 16 of which will be selected for the show. Kayleigh Mitchell hit a home run in her first at bat as a model. Now […]

Police searching for ‘person of interest’ in shooting

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Abel G. Vega CNJ staff Clovis police are looking for a “person of interest” in connection with a March 2 shooting that injured a Clovis man, according to a police press release issued Thursday. Police believe Abel G. Vega, 29, was present at the time of the shooting in the parking lot of a motel […]

Press release: Clovis police looking for ‘person of interest’

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Abel G. Vega Clovis – March 8, 2012 – On Friday, March 2, 2012, at approximately 4:49 PM, Clovis Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Mabry, in the hotel parking lot, on a report of shots being fired. Information was given there were two vehicles in the area where the gunshots were heard. […]

Press release: Missing-Endangered-Caution Person Advisory (picture attached)

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Courtesy: Curry County Sheriff’s Office Robert J. Gutierrez Curry County – On behalf of the Curry County Sheriff’s Department please note that the following person is considered a Missing-Endangered-Caution Person. Robert J. Gutierrez was last seen in Clovis on 01-27-12. Gutierrez is a 45 year old hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes. Gutierrez […]

Press release: Clovis man arrested in stabbing incident

Incident Type: Clovis Man Arrested on Felony Charges of Aggravated Battery On A Household Member with a Deadly Weapon In Morning Stabbing Incident Contact Person: Patrick Whitney, Captain, 575-763-9436

Clovis man dies in crash

Freedom New Mexico Two people died in separate crashes Friday. In Portales, Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said Albert Gillean, 48, of Clovis died after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into the rear of a vehicle about 6 p.m. at Lime and Austin streets. Berry said Gillean was pronounced dead at Roosevelt General Hospital. The […]

Press release: Two die from gunshots

From Clovis police: On Wednesday, September 13, 2011 at approximately 8:45 PM, the Clovis Police Dispatch Center received a 911 call of shots being fired in the 1000 blk of N. Prince Street. As officers were enroute to the area, the dispatch center received a second call indicating a person was “down.” Officers arrived on […]

First person: Rodeo life

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Shelby Mayfield, 12, shown with her horse, Cream, was the top girls winner at the High Plains Junior Rodeo with five saddles. Shelby Mayfield’s running out of room for her winnings. Shelby, 12, and her brother Shad took home six saddles at this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo. Shelby, who […]

‘Person of interest’ arrested in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Tucumcari man named as a “person of interest” in a local homicide has been arrested on an unrelated charge. New Mexico State Police on Monday arrested 20 year-old Randall Jones

Person of interest named in Tucumcari homicide

Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — New Mexico State Police late Sunday named a person of interest in the homicide of a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman. Officers responded to a residence at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Arapahoe Street in Tucumcari, where they discovered Shirley Pacheco deceased inside her home, said Sgt. Tim Q. Johnson Initially, police called […]

First person: Animal lover

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hannah Luscombe can often be found at the zoo, where she is fostering her interest in animals. She wants to become a marine biologist. Kevin Wilson Hannah Luscombe, 9, of Clovis, likes to note that her first name is a palindrome. “It’s the same backwards as it is forward,” said […]

First person: Preparing a feast

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson William “Pill” Hall was one of the first organizers of the city’s annual Juneteenth event. The event, held at Potter Park, includes free food and drinks and free swimming for children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Potter Park Pool. Saturday is a day of history, and a testament […]

First person: Rodeo queen

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Britni Montague, a 2007 Clovis High graduate, is the reigning Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. She graduated this spring from the University of New Mexico with a degree in chemical engineering. Clovis native Britni Montague, 22, reigns as this year’s Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. A basketball and volleyball player at Clovis […]

Local cowboy has inspiring story

Our search for a person who can inspire us to greater achievement in our chosen endeavors often ends close by or just down the road. Meet such a person — B. J. Pierce. He won’t tell his age, but some quick calculations say he’s past the 70s. He doesn’t look it, and he surely doesn’t […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Mother dog, pioneer women and summer reading

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Mother dog needed Six puppies were dropped off recently at the Clovis Humane Society. They are too young to be away from their mother and are in need of another mother dog or a kind-hearted person willing to bottle-feed them. For more information, contact […]

Letters to the editor: Amarillo VA appreciates veterans

Amarillo VA appreciates veterans I wanted so much to write a negative letter to the editor about the way I have been treated by the VA Clinic here in Clovis but decided to write one instead about the treatment I have received in Amarillo In Amarillo, I was greeted in the parking lot by a […]

First person: Safety first

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jesse Walthers, a Texico native and lifeguard at the Clovis Wellness Center, plans to join the Army. He has been a lifeguard since he was 15 years old. When Jesse Walthers is on the clock, his main duty is to make sure people don’t drown. In his next line of […]

First person: Growing up roping

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Courtesy photo Jesse Clark of Dora took top honors in Sunday’s Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping open competition. The seventh annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event drew more than 1,000 entries from across the country. But its top honors were claimed by a teenager less than 40 miles away. Jesse Clark, 18, of Dora […]

First person: Management specialist

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Thomas Thornton, a senior at Clovis High School, handles numerous duties as baseball team manager, from fixing equipment to hitting fly balls with the fungo bat. Major League Baseball celebrated its opening day Thursday, as managers filled out lineup cards, made pitching changes and mastered the “double switch” (National League […]

State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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State police say Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, was last in a 1996 Chevrolet Astro Van with Illinois license plate H188855. Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have […]