Partnership bill falls short in Senate

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Some senators and domestic-partnership advocates said Thursday’s lopsided defeated of a bill to establish domestic partnerships in New Mexico was due to the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, which had been neutral on the issue in previous years, coming out against the bill this time. Meanwhile, a lobbyist […]

Domestic partners bill revived

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A stalled bill that would establish domestic partnerships for unmarried couples in New Mexico got new life Monday when a senator who had opposed the idea decided to let the entire Senate consider it. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 Monday to pass Senate Bill 12, without recommendation, to […]

Feb. 4, 2009 Legislature Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Sen. Sanchez meets the press: Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, on Wednesday unexpectedly dropped in the Capitol Media Room to give an impromptu, informal press conference. Sanchez said he believes there’s a very good chance that serious ethics legislation will pass the Legislature this year. The mounting number of […]

Former Clovis resident arrested in Texas

CNJ Staff A 43-year-old former Clovis resident was arrested Friday in Rockdale, Texas, on four counts of child solicitation. Frank Sanchez’ arrest stems from an Internet investigation conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Department, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Sanchez, a registered sex offender, contacted a decoy Internet profile used by sheriff’s investigators and solicited […]

Clovis couple wins inaugural Samerican award

By Gabriel Monte Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition Thursday from Clovis […]

Education Feature: Inmates focus on further education

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Krystal Sanchez of Clovis works on a poem she is writing for Palabras, a Clovis Community College online publication that showcases art and writing. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Krystal Sanchez typed the words of her poem carefully on the computer. Her poem about “thug life” will go in […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Quilters gather at annual festival

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Casey Peacock Verdena Massey and her daughter Gloria Blackwell stand before the Pineapple Pattern quilt Massey quilted and entered into the second annual High Plains Quilt Festival, held at the Memorial Building in Portales. By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Volunteers and vendors alike were busy among the kaleidoscope of colors […]

Zias add trio for soccer

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team signed goalkeeper Jaime Silva of Moriarty, wing Anna Sanchez of Albuquerque (Valley HS) and defender Christie Nylaan of Keller, Texas, to letters of intent for the 2007 season, according to Zias coach Travis McCorkle. Silver was a three-sport standout at Moriarty, and posted 19 […]

Woman accused of phone threats

CNJ Staff A woman accused of harassing another Clovis woman included a police officer in a barrage of phone threats Tuesday, according to a police report. Isabel Sanchez, a convenience store clerk, called police because she said a woman was calling and threatening her at work, the report said. When the officer arrived, Sanchez, 28, […]