One killed in Fort Sumner fire

CNJ staff An early-morning fire Tuesday just east of Fort Sumner took the life of one man and left a house in ruins. According to De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves, a fire broke out at 3 a.m. at the Larry Petty residence. The 56-year-old Fort Sumner man died at the scene, Graves said. Two […]

Report indicates mattress fire set intentionally

CNJ staff A Clovis Fire Department report indicates a mattress fire Friday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center was set intentionally. Jail officials reported one inmate in the booking area cell at the time of the fire. The inmates in area were moved to another compartment of the building, said jail administrator Don Burdine. […]

Prosecution presents graphic photos

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New Mexico State Police agent Timothy Argo explains the evidence he collected at the scene of the deaths of Alex Rodriguez, and Wesley Griest to the jury Wednesday during the trial of Dominic Murphy. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Defendant Dominic Murphy neither looked at nor displayed any emotion […]

Son charged in death

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of a Clovis man in connection with the death of his mother. Dwight Wagner, 55, is charged with an open count of murder. He’s accused of bludgeoning his 75-year-old mother Essie Thomas to death in her home at 716 Grand […]

Fire destroys house

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Clovis firefighters work to control a trailer fire Thursday at 1217 Sunrise Blvd. in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man is being held at the county jail after claiming he started a fire that gutted one trailer and severely damaged another Thursday afternoon on Sunrise Boulevard, police […]

‘Believe in Me’ taught local woman new meaning to life

Candice Tyler, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Candice Tyler, an employee of the Clovis News Journal, earned a spot on an opposing team in the movie “Believe in Me.” She kept a diary of her thoughts regarding the movie, from the first day the film came to town to her final take, which included a fight […]

Producers calling all extras

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer John Manulis, producer of “Believe in Me,” met with members of the community and the Clovis Chamber of Commerce on Monday to figure out how to get Clovis residents to participate as extras in this weekend’s basketball scenes. The solution: Give people a chance to win a new Ford […]

Behind the scenes

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Hollywood’s version of ‘friendly fire’ Our past journal entries have hopefully communicated the fact that filmmaking is neither a predictable process, nor a clean, bloodless post-industrial one. There is a lot of calculations that go into to the making of movies, born of the confluence between nature […]

Dressing the part

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Extras in the crowd cheer as the they watch the action during the filming of the Medfield vs. Middleton basketball game for the movie “Believe in Me” Saturday at Gattis Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Being a movie extra takes more than just showing up. A Clovis […]

Behind the scenes: When it rains we’re poorer

John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. After a week of smile-inducing, sunny-looking weather reports […]

Behind the Scenes 10/10

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe In Me” Good morning Curry and Roosevelt counties. John Manulis here, picking up the “Believe In Me” production journal from my producing partner Cotty Chubb. In addition to the myriad of creative and logistical issues that crowd every hour of every day of a film shoot, a production team […]

Weather changes shooting plans

By Cotty Chubb: Believe in Me Producer Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. We’re glad your drought’s broken, but wow! At […]

Hair today — gone tomorrow

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Priscilla Salazar is one of hundreds of extras getting ’60s-style hair for the movie “Believe in Me.” Salazar was getting her hair styled Monday by Instincts Salon owner and stylist Elizabeth Ware. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor With locks stretching like cotton candy over their beady heads, a group of […]

Shooting treated as homicide

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Clovis Police officer Dave Wetmore investigates the scene of a shooting Wednesday in the 1700 block of Gidding Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was found shot to death on Wednesday morning at his residence at 1725 Gidding St., police said. Police said they are investigating the […]

Vehicular homicide trial delayed

CNJ Staff The jury trial for Joe Martinez Jr., accused of killing Bobby Lynn Sandoval while trying to flee Clovis police on July 4, 2003, has been postponed until Nov. 15. Jury selection was slated to begin Monday in District Judge Stephen Quinn’s courtroom, but defense attorneys for Martinez had the trial continued due to […]

Husband held in wife’s stabbing

CNJ staff A Clovis woman was critically injured on Saturday night when she suffered a stab wound to her neck, police said. Kathleen Gooden, 50, was airlifted to Lubbock’s Covenant Hospital in Lubbock after police said she was stabbed during a domestic disturbance at her home at 117 Wallace. James Gooden, 49, the victim’s husband, […]

Respect the special children in this world

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, I was in the grocery store when my heart was sad as I watched a family shopping with their young children. The father was pushing the basket while the mother was braking out orders: “Stay in line!” “Don’t touch anything!” The toddler riding in the basket started to fumble […]

Clovis man survives rollover

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New Mexico State Police said a Clovis man flipped his car at least three times south of Clovis on County Road 4. He sustained only cuts and bruises. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF REPORTS A 19-year-old Clovis man escaped with only cuts and bruises after falling asleep and rolling his car at […]

Buried body found in Portales back yard

By Kevin Wilson and Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Portales police on Friday discovered a body buried in the back yard of a north Portales home. The body was discovered about 3 p.m. while police executed a search warrant. Two people found at the 717 N. Ave. J residence were arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants […]

Purple Press staff champions of free press

Letters to the editor My hat is off to the Purple Press staff members who were recently punished for offending, apparently, one or more school administrators. They are to be commended for being members of the only group in the U.S.A. that stands between the citizens and the attempted abuses of power that occur every […]