Press release: Sotelo captured

UPDATE 8.29.08: On August 28, 2008 at approximately 11:30 PM (MST), Victor Sotelo was located and arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico by the SWIFT Task Force out of Albuquerque, following a lead that was generated through the task force that has been assembled at the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Novak murder trial to begin at Cannon

CNJ staff The military murder trial of Airman Basic Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base courthouse. Kimberly S. Novak, 20, was found dead Oct. 28, 2004, in the military housing unit the couple shared on base […]

Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery, assault

CNJ staff Curry County jury found a 22-year-old Clovis man guilty of armed robbery Friday, according to the District Attorney’s office. Frank Lasky was convicted of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and criminal damage. He faces up to 28 years […]

Education Digest: Pre-kindergarten rank improves

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer New Mexico improved its rank on “The State of Preschool: 2006 State Preschool Yearbook” by the National Institute for Early Education Research, according to a New Mexico Public Education Department press release. Released Wednesday, the report rates pre-kindergarten and child development programs based on funding resources, teacher credentials, class […]

America should lead by example, not by force

Freedom Newspapers Among the long-term hopes for the war in Iraq was that ousting Saddam Hussein from power and establishing a reasonably democratic form of government would provide a model of freedom and stability that would inspire others in the region and lead eventually to a more secure region. U.S. officials still talk bravely as […]

3/9 Education digest

Oil, acrylic exhibit on display at CCC An oil and acrylic exhibit by artist Bobby Wied will be displayed at the Clovis Community College through April 28. Wied gathered reference material for the exhibit, “Palo Duro Canyon,” over the past 40 years, through exploration of the park in all seasons. N.M. recognized for pre-k education […]

Richardson proposes minimum-wage increase, bed-tax repeal

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday called on lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum hourly wage to $7.50 over three years and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. The proposals were highlights of his state of the state speech at the opening of the Legislature’s 30-day session. Richardson outlined […]

8/7 Local Roundup

Texico-Farwell highway closing U.S. 70/84 at the Texico-Farwell state line will be closed at 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Wednesday for repairs on the railroad crossing, according to railroad and highway officials. Resurfacing is taking place due to the settling of concrete, which is causing a rough crossing, according to Burlington Northern State Railroad […]

6/30 Education Digest

N.M. teachers getting paid more New Mexico’s teachers are getting paid more, according to a press release from the National Education Association of New Mexico. The movement for higher pay for New Mexico educators began with education reform legislation signed by Gov. Bill Richardson in 2003. New Mexico’s teachers have since climbed the nation’s salary […]

Preschool seen as crucial part of early education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Bethany Sours, a kindergarten teacher at the Clovis Nazarene School, stood with her arms crossed, her eyes busily scanning a crowd of kindergarten students. “I can definitely tell which students have had pre-schooling and which have not,” Sours said last week as she treated her students to a party […]

Sticker guy arrested on unrelated charge

CNJ staff A Clovis man at the center of a she-devil sticker controversy spent Wednesday night in jail on an unrelated charge. Clovis police officials said Dean Young, 31, appeared in Magistrate Court on Wednesday for a traffic violation when it was discovered there was outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to appear. The […]

Second Portales brother arraigned on murder charge

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A second Portales man was arraigned on first-degree murder charges on Monday in connection with the death of a Portales woman who was found buried in a back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19, in the north part of Portales. Baca faces […]

Impact of pre-kindergarten concerning

By Gay G. Kernan, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. The pre-kindergarten initiative presented by the governor and lieutenant governor has been trumpeted as a solution […]

Judge postpones mansalaughter sentencing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A district judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter, saying he needed a diagnostic evaluation of the defendant before making his decision. District Judge Joe Parker said he would like to learn specific anger issues that affect James Rogers, 43, of Clovis. […]

Prerecorded programs ignore the news

Letters to the Editor I was very disappointed in our emergency response (on Wednesday) night. It was 30 minutes after the “gustnado” was spotted before we even heard an alarm. I was one of the spectators that spotted the funnel forming and I immediately called the police. Then I called (two local radio stations) and […]

Sex contract idea is dubious at best

Leonard Pitts Jr. You knew this was coming. It followed as naturally as broken promises follow elections, the inevitable byproduct of Kobe Bryant’s arrest last summer on charges of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker. She says he forced himself on her, he says the sex was consensual. A jury will decide. But a Los Angeles-based […]