Jerrica’s first day out

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

Official: Officer shot will not be placed on leave

CNJ staff An investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety made a visit Wednesday to Muleshoe as part of the investigation into an officer-involved shooting Friday night. Cpl. John Gonzales of the DPS’ Lubbock office said Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35, of the Muleshoe police, who was shot twice, will not be placed on paid […]

Portales deputy chief placed on leave; department reviewing policies

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File photo Lonnie Berry, who was promoted to deputy chief in 2009, headed the “Santa Cop” program, in which police gather toys for kids, since its inception in 1998. By David Stevens: Editor Portales’ deputy police chief is on paid administrative leave and the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to paperwork, Chief […]

Montana woman acquires Confederate headstone for great-great grandfather

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Courtesy photo Donna Scott stand next to the unmarked grave of her great-great grandfather Alfred Shelby at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Thomas Garcia The grave of Civil War veteran Alfred Shelby has been without a headstone 97 years. His great-great granddaughter Donna Scott decided that was long enough. Scott said she recently gained approval […]

CATS taking after-school reservations

CNJ staff Clovis Area Transit System will begin taking reservations 7 a.m. Friday for after-school transport for the upcoming school year. All reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Routes will be determined based on reservations placed at each school and available drivers, and extra reservations will be placed on a waiting list. No transportation […]

Veteran title honor to hold

Clyde Davis I placed it up there on Facebook and got some comments — many weren’t positive, considering what I put up wasn’t particularly contentious. It was simply a Veterans Day posting. Whereas many say to the veteran,”Thank you for serving,” I thought it might make sense to say, at least from one veteran, “Thank […]

Let’s remember our nation’s veterans

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist At the time that I went through my second phase of Army Officer training as a chaplain, the home of the Army Chaplain Corps was Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Among other advantages, this placed us very near the Atlantic Coast or, as they say in Jersey, “de shoare.” One day […]

Median placed near Texas Street

CNJ staff A concrete median has been placed in front of Texas Street along North Prince Street through Tuesday. Barricades will remain in place through Saturday. The entrance on Texas Street will become a right-in/right-out to minimize traffic buildup. Northbound traffic is asked to use Arizona Street or the signal located at the intersection Colonial […]

Tucumcari police chief placed on leave

By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico

Hunters spark Pantex lockdown

AMARILLO (AP) — Two goose hunters caused a security lockdown at the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly plant near Amarillo. Carson County Sheriff Tam Terry says two hunters were spotted Friday about two miles south of the Pantex site by some employees as they headed to work. The employees reported the hunters to […]

Tucumcari High principal placed on leave

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari High School principal David Castillo has been put on paid administrative leave as of 3 p.m. Wednesday according to Assistant Superintendent Dennis Roch. Roch said steps have been taken to ensure the administrative services continue at the high school. “It is still business as usual at Tucumcari High School,” Roch said. […]

Jail employees placed on administrative leave

CNJ Staff Two jail employees are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the mistaken release of an inmate Saturday. County Manager Lance Pyle said the two were placed on leave Monday while the jail conducts an administrative investigation. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was released by mistake Saturday when jail staff […]

Mrs. New Mexico takes away experience with pageant

Mrs. New Mexico Noel Hunt of Clovis placed 14th in last week’s Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. Mrs. South Carolina Tammy Johns-Brown took the crown as Mrs. United States 2009. Hunt said she was two votes away from winning Mrs. Congeniality, but chalked up the experience as a good one. “God has […]

Tucumcari police chief placed on administrative leave

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Kailee Martinez, 14, was tased in the head July 2 by Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher when she ran from him following a domestic dispute with her mother. By Thomas Garcia and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending […]

Two ENMU players placed on LSC South hoops teams

CNJ Staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore forward Cat Clay was a second-team selection on the the All-Lone Star Conference South Division women’s team in basketball. For the men, ENMU’s Dannon Wafer was chosen honorable mention in selections announced this week by the conference office. Clay led the Zias in scoring (12.8 […]

Proposed nuisance ordinance concerns dairy owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Action on a proposed nuisance ordinance for Curry County is being placed on hold pending some “tweaking” to ensure fairness to dairy, agriculture and business entities. County Manager Lance Pyle said in the last two weeks he has received letters and phone calls from ranchers, farmers, dairy owners and […]

Ute Water bill placed in omnibus

By CNJ staff writer: Kevin Wilson TEXICO — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic about an omnibus. That appears to be the fate for the potential Senate authorization for the Ute Water Project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to authority members. Federal consultant John Ryan told […]

‘Give back’ not accurate term for taxpaying

Freedom New Mexico Given the emphasis placed on education in this country,

Time capsule sealed away

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Mayor David Lansford locks the time capsule Friday while 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Timothy Leahy looks on. The capsule, entombed at Clovis-Carver Public Library, will be opened in 2057, City officials said. By Liliana Castillo The Clovis Centennial Committee placed a time capsule in a vault in the Clovis-Carver […]

Deputy leaves following investigation

CNJ staff A Curry County Sheriff’s deputy resigned Friday, more than two weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into his conduct, according to county officials. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said the administrative investigation had concluded when Larry Garrison voluntarily submitted his resignation. “Deputy Garrison submitted his resignation and it was […]