Murray wins sheriff race; Sandoval, Blackburn gain commission seats.

CNJ Staff Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, Murray garnered 48 percent […]

Sandoval, Blackburn take county commission seats

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Veteran politicians Robert Sandoval and Frank Blackburn were victors in the Curry County commissioner races on Tuesday. Sandoval defeated Fidel Madrid and Edwin Perales II during the Democratic primary election to fill the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr. Sandoval received 132 votes. Madrid finished […]

Candidate’s campaign intent questioned

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer His opponents claim Edwin Perales II is unfairly trying to capitalize on his father’s political success. Not true, Perales II says. He can’t help it if he has the same name as his father, two-term Curry County Commissioner Edwin Perales Jr. “I’ve been Edwin Perales since kindergarten,” Perales II […]

Official wants ordinance aimed at rendering plant

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rendering plants in Clovis should be regulated more strictly, according to Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who is crusading to pass an ordinance that would clean up rendering plants within city limits. “It is something I am very passionate about,” said Sandoval, an elected representative of District Three, where […]

4-2 Marshall Honor Roll

Names of some honor-roll students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns. Seventh Grade Kortnee T. Alston, Joshua D. Bizer, Christian M. Boutte, Cacianita G. Bryant, Tayci S. Burnett, Jennifer N. Chavez, Mandy R. Chavez, Charlena A. Cooper, Deanna L. Coyle, Erick V. Curtis, Patrice H. Edwards, Sierra L. Ellis, Shauni L. Gendreau, […]

Sandoval, Ruben

Ruben Sandoval, 70, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, in Las Vegas, N.M. Born May 8, 1935, in Watrous to Gabriel and Ramona Rael Sandoval, he grew up in Clovis and served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a policeman for the city of Clovis, starting as a rookie and working his […]

Local candidates file for place on ballot in June primary

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Republican Curry County probate judge candidate Michael R. Wells, right, draws for ballot position under the supervision of Curry County Election Administrator and Chief Deputy Coni Jo Lyman Tuesday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval can’t think of a better way to forge an improved relationship […]

Commissioners dig deep for charity

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford and commissioners opted to open their wallets and pool a wad of cash rather than spend public money at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Rebecca Holt of the Curry County Relay for Life asked commissioners to waive the $485 fee and provide Ned Houk Park with […]

Sandoval, Maria del Carmen Marquez

Mrs. Maria del Carmen Marquez Sandoval, 98, of Clovis, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 10, 1907, in La Loma, to Onofre and Mariana Griego Marquez. Family members said she loved to dance, was happy for all of her life and dearly loved her family and friends. […]

2/4 Marshall honor roll

Seventh Grade Erika Adams, Deanna L. Akens, Kortnee T. Alston, Joshua D. Bizer, Christian M. Boutte, Cacianita G. Bryant, Tayci S. Burnett, Jordan P. Burrow, Jennifer N. Chavez, Mandy R. Chavez, Charlena A. Cooper, Deanna L. Coyle, Erick V. Curtis, Patrice H. Edwards, Sierra L. Ellis, Ashley N. Gabbey, Shauni L. Gendreau, Tasha N. Grassel, […]

Honor Roll: Marshall Jr. High School

CNJ Staff Marshall Jr. High School Seventh Grade Honor Roll: Erika Adams, Deanna L. Akens, Kortnee T. Alston, Joshua D. Bizer, Christian M. Boutte, Cacianita G. Bryant, Tayci S. Burnett, Jordan P. Burrow, Bryson M. Campos, Kelsey S. Cash, Meranda I. Chapman, Charlena A. Cooper, Deanna L. Coyle, Erick V. Curtis, Casey Davis, Patrice H. […]

Mendoza, Valentin V.

Valentin V. Mendoza, 74, of Roswell, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 14, 1932, in Mesilla to Pete Mendoza and Juana Valencia Mendoza. He also lived in Hobbs. He married Esperanza “Hope” Rosales on March 26, 1991, in Roswell. He attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and […]

City adopts new standards for metal buildings

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The idea is to improve the appearance of Clovis. The means is upsetting to at least one city official. In a Nov. 3 meeting, city commissioners approved the adoption of an ordinance that will mandate the minimum design standards and guidelines for metal buildings. The vote was 7-1. City […]

Prevent incompetents from key posts

Ned Cantwell Katrina caused the country to get off its big butt and stare wide-eyed at our disaster incompetence. JetBlue glued eyes to the TV screen and reminded us the guy in the cockpit is worth the big bucks he takes home. Robert Vigil and Michael Montoya made us pay attention, too. They made us […]

City approves meth law

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer After three hours of debate, the City Commission passed a methamphetamine ordinance with a 6-2 vote at Thursday’s meeting. The ordinance was previously approved by the Portales City Commission, Roosevelt County Commission and Curry County Commission. Commissioners Randy Crowder and Isidro Garcia voted against the ordinance, which will restrict […]

Task force tackles city’s proposed meth ordinance

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed city ordinance that would put cold medicines and other drugs with pseudoephedrine behind the counter at local stores is being inspected and amended by a task force. The point of the ordinance, according to the district attorney, is to make it more difficult for methamphetamine manufacturers to […]

Commission votes to regulate sale of some cold medicines

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camera documented the woman’s struggle with methamphetamine addiction. She was 31, youthful and bright-eyed when she was first photographed by police. By the age of 41, she had aged unrecognizably: Her skin creased with wrinkles, her hair thin, her mouth sunken in, her eyes devoid of light. Ninth […]

Armijo, Victor

Victor Armijo Services: Have been held. Mr. Victor Ray Armijo, 52, of Clovis, died Friday, April 15, 2005, Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Oct. 24, 1952, in Albuquerque. Armijo had been a longtime resident of Clovis, and graduated from Clovis High School in 1971. He excelled in gymnastics and loved to […]

Driver draws stiff sentence

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was sentenced to 14 1/2 years in prison Friday for killing a pedestrian in what officials say was an alcohol-related accident. Joe Martinez Jr., 34, pleaded no contest to the charges against him in the fall and was adjudged guilty of homicide by vehicle, leaving the […]

Sandoval, Albert

Albert Sandoval Services: Have been held. Albert S. Sandoval, 77, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at his home. He was born on Oct. 16, 1927, in Clovis, to Antonio and Serapia Sandoval. He married Veronica Garcia on May 1, 1952, in Tucumcari. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, Joe Stanley, and the […]