Social Security workers brace for boomers

CNJ staff Social Security offices nationwide are bracing for the first round of baby boomers to hit retirement age. Local Social Security officials are urging individuals to utilize the Internet to file their application. “Staffing levels are at an all-time low,” Social Security District Manager Tony Romero said. “So, we are really pushing the E-Services […]

Sheriff’s department: No injuries in deputy crash

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Patrolman Bryan Conner, state police, investigates a crash just after 2 p.m. Saturday between a Curry County Sheriff’s patrol unit and pickup truck. Deputy Erica Romero was driving the car at the intersection of State Road 209 and Curry Road 16. CNJ staff No one was injured when a Curry […]

It’s their business: Samon’s Do-It-Yourself Center

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By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Samon’s Do-It-Yourself Center Location: 108 N. Sycamore St. What they do: Sell products for do-it-yourselfers, including appliances, plumbing, electrical, cabinets, lighting, toilets, tubs and showers, and heating and air-conditioning equipment. Who’s in charge: Leroy Romero is the manager. Employees: Six plus the manager. How long in business: since […]

Prosecution rests

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Roman Romero of the Clovis Police Department speaks to jurors Friday about a diagram he made of the scene in Portales where Jerry Fuller was shot and arrested on the morning of March 8, 2005. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon in […]

Deputy mother has double the duties

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is the mother of a 10-month-old daughter. Carr-Romero said becoming a mother has changed her life. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Carr-Romero is seeing things differently as her daughter nears her first birthday. Motherhood brought with it a new range […]

Man pleads guilty in son’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An 18-year-old Clovis man pleaded guilty Monday to intentional child abuse resulting in the death of his 4-month-old son. Prosecutors intend to seek adult sanctions against Benito Valdez, who was 16 at the time of his son’s death, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “The state will encourage the court […]

Lady Rams survive upset bid

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Tara Johnson’s leg was shaking. Her heart was pounding. Her mouth was dry and her palms moist. But her free throws? As soft as a morning breeze. Johnson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, leading Portales into the girls Class 3A championship game for the seventh straight year […]

Kids go on shopping spree

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A huge bone-in ham topped the Christmas list for one local youngster. The 12-year-old boy was one of 102 local children who were treated to an early morning Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The large group — made up of Eagles members, adult volunteers and […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Eagles club spreads holiday cheer

CNJ staff ONE HUNDRED TINY SHOPPERS will converge on Clovis’ Wal-Mart at the crack of dawn Sunday. The children, who are local third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, will be treated to a 6 a.m. Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Frank Romero, who has been an Eagle since 1988, said 100 children are […]

Haunting time to be had

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Duval runs Starky’s Haunted House at 1313 Waldhauser St. He converted an old cattle slaughterhouse into the haunted house for Halloween. Proceeds are going to youth sports teams. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eeriness oozes from the old building — even without all the props and hands that reach […]