City taking over Chaparral Country Club on Sunday

Kevin Wilson A few things to know about next week’s golf course transition, following the city’s $2.81 million purchase of the Chaparral Country Club. When does the city take control? Sunday is when the city begins operations at Chaparral Country Club. It will keep that name for the time being, Parks and Recreation Director Bill […]

Families overwhelmed by community support

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Alisha and Steve Robertson sit on the wall of what used to be their master bedroom in front of the mobile home they plan to live in while rebuilding their house. Sunday’s fire destroyed their home, but they said they have received a lot of help and love from the […]

Editorial: Community firefighters deserve thanks

Some 400 firefighters and dozens of other public safety folks from eastern New Mexico and west Texas stepped up to battle Sunday’s massive wind-driven fire that burned at least 17,000 acres of grasslands and three homes across Curry and Roosevelt counties. About 80 percent of those firefighters were volunteers — sales clerks, cowboys, railroad workers, […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

Two teens, adult arrested in Portales homicide case

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell On Monday morning, Sgt. Kane Wyatt and Detective Sgt. Kirk Wilson walk the crime scene where the body of 25-year-old Jose Alfredo Charize Montoya was found Sunday night. A 16-year-old Arch area native, Erick Pina, was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico For the second time in […]

Portales family has near miss with fire

Alisa Boswell The Grubbs family of Roosevelt County had a close shave with Sunday’s fire. Scott Grubb said he and his wife had only been home for 30 minutes when they realized there was smoke nearing their house. Grubbs said he stepped into the back yard to look and realized the fire was nearing them. […]

Portales firefighters recount fighting blaze

Portales Firefighters Floyd Hancock and Dathan Culpepper arrived Sunday afternoon at the Mitchell dairy on Highway 467 to be greeted by flames. “We pulled up there and the flames were too big for the little truck we were in,” Hancock said. “It was a lot more difficult because of terrain and wind.” He said he […]

Reader callout: Photos of Sunday’s fire

If you have photos from Sunday’s fire, we’d like to publish them. Send photos to rwhite@cnjonline.com

Officials worry Sunday fire just the beginning

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson High winds kept a large grass fire going nearly all afternoon Sunday, pushing it from Melrose to just west of U.S. 70 in Clovis. Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high […]

Ticket feature: Cirque Montage performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Cirque Montage will perform Sunday at Marshall Auditorium, promising a night of acrobatics, contortionists and a variety of traditional and cutting edge circus acts. Freedom New Mexico Clovis audiences are expected to be wowed Sunday when Marshall Auditorium becomes the playground of Cirque Montage. A group performing traditional and cutting-edge circus acts, Montage […]

Curry County Cats get forfeit win

CNJ staff The Curry County Cats picked up their fifth win in six tries Sunday the easy way — by forfeit. The Roswell Rhinos, apparently hurting with injuries, showed up with only nine players at Leon Williams Stadium. Curry County coach Paul Lopez “loaned” a few players to the Rhinos and the teams played a […]

Curry County Cats capsule

CNJ staff Roswell Rhinos (4-2) at Curry County Cats (4-1) When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Leon Williams Stadium. Of note: It’s a non-league game. The Rhinos play in the New Mexico Football League while the Cats compete in the New Mexico Premier League. … The Rhinos defeated the New Mexico Sun Devils 60-28 in Roswell […]

Curry County Cats play at home on Sunday

CNJ staff The Curry County Cats will host the Roswell Rhinos in a 2 p.m. kickoff on Sunday at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats improved to 4-0 last weekend with a 34-13 win over the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs, their second consecutive road triumph after winning their first two games at home.

Pair of Robles fourth-quarter TDs keep Curry Cats unbetean

Freedom New Mexico CNJ STAFF Manuel Robles scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Curry County Cats escaped a halftime deficit to defeat the New Mexico Black Hawks 13-6 Sunday in Los Lunas. With the win, the Cats (3-0) are now the only perfect team in the New Mexico Premier League. The Black Hawks […]

McGee: Moonlighting at a funeral home

It was a Sunday morning and I was thumbing through the newspaper, pondering picking up a little more cash to pay some bills faster. Looking over the newspaper’s classifieds I stumbled upon what I thought was the perfect job for someone who works mornings at a radio station, afternoons at a bicycle shop, then writes […]

Education digest — Feb. 10

Students selected for honor band Six Clovis High School band students are selected to attend the 2011 Southwest Honor Band being held at NMSU in Las Cruces. The honor band concert will be held 2 p.m. Sunday in the NMSU Recital Hall. Selected students are: • Honor band I — Jeremy Urban, Bryan Wygant, Jacob […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis residents taxed enough

Clovis residents taxed enough In Sunday’s edition of the Clovis News Journal, the mayor wrote about another gross receipts tax being needed in Clovis for the Ute pipeline project. It would be no skin off her back because she makes more money than most of us. We’re taxed enough already. Don’t you remember Mayor Brumfield […]

ENMU hosting All-State Jazz concert

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School seniors Bryan Wygant, left, and Jacob Caffrey are two of 54 high school students who will perform at the All-State Jazz concert to be held at Eastern New Mexico this weekend. Argen Duncan For the first time ever, Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the All-State Jazz […]

Youth dies in Tucumcari crash

A 16-year-old Tucumcari youth died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover on I-40, according to New Mexico State Police

Letter to the editor: Coyote hunts provide balance

Regarding Sunday’s letter to the editor opposing the coyote hunt in Grady as a school fundraiser: Who are we as a society to place value on a predatory, and scavenging species? Big-game animals have a worthiness for existence for the food chain they supply us. Cattle, chickens, sheep and goats, the same. Horses can fall […]