Man sought for health condition turns self in

CNJ staff A Clovis man who New Mexico state health officials were trying to locate because of a contagious medical condition turned himself in Wednesday morning to Plains Regional Medical Center, according a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. The New Mexico Department of Health was granted a temporary order of protection Jan. […]

Man sought for illness may have been spotted

CNJ staff A Clovis man sought in a statewide manhunt may have been spotted Monday near West Seventh and Thornton streets. Clovis police and Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed responding to a report of someone spotting Robert J. Gutierrez, 45, who officials say has active pulmonary tuberculosis and is considered infectious. Both departments responded […]

Monday morning briefing: A trial anniversary, and a Mrs. being sought

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday morning briefing.

Input sought to name new middle school

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is seeking public input in selecting a name and mascot for the district’s third middle school, which will open in the 2013-14 school year. The district’s first survey gives residents the option to name the middle school Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis or […]

Weekend jail absconder sought

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Courtesy photo Jail officials say Justin Steelman failed to return from a weekend medical furlough. Sharna Johnson A 32-year-old man who fled from a traffic stop and evaded police for a week is being sought again after failing to return to jail from a medical furlough over the weekend. Justin Steelman was released from the […]

Volunteers, entries still being sought for wind festival

CNJ staff Volunteers and entries are still being sought for the April 30 Downtown Wind Festival and its featured Pedal ARTitude Rally. According to a release from Clovis MainStreet, rally vehicles can be as simple as a decorated bike but can consist of as many as four connected bicycles. Sample vehicles and festival information is […]

Fair booth applications sought

CNJ staff Applications are being sought for indoor and outdoor booths at the Curry Couty Fair. Applications are open to individuals or organizations. The fair runs Aug. 15-20. To apply, contact Event Coordinator Jan Riley, 935-7000 or jriley@curryeventscenter.com.

Volunteers sought for jail GED program

CNJ staff Volunteers are being sought to launch a GED program for inmates at the Curry County jail. The program is possible through the recent donation of GED literature, according to a press release. Volunteers are needed to tutor inmates in reading, writing and math. Instruction will be conducted in small groups and one-on-one. Inmates […]

Inmate no longer being sought by law enforcement

CNJ staff An inmate authorities believed was released from jail by mistake Thursday is no longer being sought by law enforcement because a federal immigration hold has expired. Monday morning, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office issued an announcement to area law enforcement, canceling a Friday alert to look for Ramiro Chavez. Chavez, 23, was released […]

Zias close out season with easy victory

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Zia forward Til-Lois Fifer dives for a loose ball between Texas A&M-Kingsville defenders Felicia Soza, left, and Dyana Bullinger in the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. Fifer had 12 points in the Zias’ 75-61 win. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Already […]

Help finding mystery lady sought

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico A Maryland man, researching his father-in-law’s World War II experiences, has bumped into a mystery woman from Clovis. Bob Kenney, of Potomac, Md., reports Marsh Teets was a bomber pilot stationed at Clovis Army Air Base from April to June 1943. While here, Teets became infatuated with […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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Courtesy photo Leal By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He […]

Additional courthouse security officers sought

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer At today’s Curry County Commission meeting, County Manager Lance Pyle is expected to ask commissioners to hire two new security officers for the courthouse. If granted, the added officers would cost almost $95,000 and bring the number of courthouse security personnel up to three. The meeting is scheduled for […]

Volunteers sought to build playground

CNJ staff The United Way is looking for volunteers to build a playground at the Grand Avenue Apartments Saturday, according to a news release. The project is sponsored by the United Way’s Day of Caring Committee. Installation of the playground will begin at 8 a.m. Volunteers are need to help build, clean, paint and move […]

Comments sought on proposed changes to deer license application process

SANTA FE — The Department of Game and Fish is asking for public comments about proposals to change the way hunters apply for deer licenses. The State Game Commission will consider the proposals at its Sept. 24 meeting in Las Cruces. The proposals include simplifying the deer licensing process by eliminating the current deer hunting […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Freedom New Mexico Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

‘Person of interest’ sought in homicide

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Investigators want to speak with 24-year-old Brandon H. Barela about the Thursday slaying of a man in Curry County. A 24-year-old Chaves County man is being sought by the Curry County Sheriff’s office in connection with Thursday’s homicide. Termed a “person of interest”, Brandon H. Barela is from south of Roswell and was recently employed […]

Story needs finishing; help sought

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist At Duffy Sasser’s 90th birthday party an inevitable question was asked: “What is it that you, Duffy Sasser, wish to finish — what would you still like to achieve?” Here’s what Sasser had to say: “There does happen to be one project that I was absolutely unable to even make […]

Donations sought for annual fireworks

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File photo The Smoke on the Water Fireworks display is held at Greene Acres Park in celebration of Independence Day. CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce is making a fundraising push for its annual Smoke on the Water Fourth of July fireworks display. Funds received so far for this year’s show total $12,000, according […]