April 22, 2008 It’s Their Business

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Name: Custom Creations Location: 100 E. Manana Blvd., Unit 11 What they do: Offer screen printing and embroidery services, create graphics and sell clothing, letter jackets, caps, duffel bags and folding chairs. Who’s in charge: Lynn and Diane Newberry Employees: 11 How long in business: Two years Contact: 769-2511 or customcreations06@msn.com Hours: Monday through Friday […]

Smoke clears Portales courthouse

PNT Staff The Roosevelt County Courthouse has been closed after smoke was seen coming out the top of the building. Lance Hill, a battalion chief with the Portales Fire Department, said officials believe a burned motor in the air conditioning unit caused the smoke.Hill said the courthouse will reopen later today, once the smoke is […]

Every vote counts … Obama carries Melrose

If it was up to Melrose voters, Barack Obama would be the Democratic choice for president. Results from Precincts 4 and 16 (Melrose) in Tuesday’s Curry County Democratic caucus: • Obama, 21 • Hillary Clinton, 19 • John Edwards, 5 • Bill Richardson, 2 • Uncommitted, 2 • • • Tuesday’s prep basketball results Girls […]

One vote no on domestic partner issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions. One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?” Here’s an answer, from Clovis’ Carolyn Spence: ‘“Husband and wife’ is not just a couple. There is to be a depth of commitment and […]

Previous conviction out in airman’s murder trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Monday amounted to a day of housekeeping as attorneys argued motions before the judge in the first day of the first-degree murder trial of a Cannon Air Force Base airman accused of slaying his wife more than three years ago. Edward Novak II faces […]

Jan. 25, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15, a Clovis police officer reported losing his radar unit. He told officers that he was moving equipment from his police motorcycle to his police car. After driving to the other side […]

Soldier’s family seeks answers

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Courtesy photo Army National Guard Sergeant Benjamin Griego was found dead in his quarters July 13 at White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Benjamin Griego’s family braces themselves for their first Christmas without him, they are filled with unanswered questions and frustration about his death. The Army National […]

Oct. 26, 1929

Construction of the second and final unit of the First United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Seventh streets was to begin immediately, according to the Rev. J.C. Jones, pastor of the church. … The Gas Company of New Mexico reported gas would be available in Clovis by Jan. 1. … Mrs. J.D. […]

Fighter squadron prepares for inactivation

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE —History was made for the former 27th Fighter Wing as the 522nd Fighter Squadron, or Fireballs, and their Aircraft Maintenance Unit returned from their deployment to Andersen Air Force Baese, Guam. The four-month deployment was the last for the Fireballs as they […]

New team tackles crime

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Detective Randy Pitcock, left, and Officer Jimmy Brown investigate after responding to a call in the 1600 block of E. Second Street. The officers responded to a call about a male outside the house discharging a weapon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They may be circling the […]

Deployment, squadron reach final days

By Tech. Sgt. Steven Wilson: 36th Operations Group Public Affairs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam —The 522 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed from Cannon Air Force Base has wrapped up the final deployment for their squadron here and, ultimately, the 27th Fighter Wing. The 522 Fighter Squadron, known as the Fireballs, are being inactivated upon their […]

Police going mobile with new vehicle

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The mobile command center purchased by the Clovis Police Department. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis Police Department’s new mobile command center will make it possible for commanders to operate on-scene during major incidents and events, Chief Dan Blair said. Designed to provide police a central, portable location for communications and strategic planning, the […]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the […]

Texico mother: Baby-napper suspect in hospital before

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LeBeth Crisp of Texico said she met suspected baby kidnapper Rayshuan Parson in January during a maternity stay at the same Lubbock hospital where a baby was abducted. Crisp had her fifth child at the hospital. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Texico woman who had a baby in […]

‘I just wanted to get married’

Hubert Griffith speaks with Tech. Sgt. Charles Jenkins and MSgt. Kimberly Justice shortly before his induction into the Airman Leadership School Hall of Heroes Feb. 2. Sgt. Jenkins is an ALS flight instructor and Sgt. Justice is the ALS flight chief. Greg Allen Former POW newest Hall of Heroes member It was 1940 and all […]

Roadside bombs remain top threat in Iraq

By Tom Philpott: Military Update AL FAW PALACE, BAGHDAD — His voice is as flat and unemotional as one might hope to hear from someone trained to disarm and dispose of bombs. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Hamaker, 31, is an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with EOD Mobile Unit 8, out of U.S. […]

Baby boom — PRMC hopes to expand maternity unit

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Kristin Cross holds the second of her three boys — Jensen — to be delivered at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Snuggled inside the hospital is a place that brings babies, such as tiny Jensen Cross, into the world. Less than 24 hours old, Jensen almost […]

27th Security Forces Airman earns DoD honors

Janet Taylor-Birkey The young lieutenant didn’t think he stood a chance. Even his father, a 20-year master sergeant, didn’t think he stood a chance. It wasn’t because he wasn’t good. As the only lieutenant out of five finalists he was at the top of his game. But he was competing against a captain who was […]

Second Clovis soldier killed

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J.R. Segura helped Clovis win a rare district cross country title in 2000. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died […]

Clovis soldier dies in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A soldier from Clovis died in Iraq on Friday, the Department of Defense confirmed today. Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr., 23, died of injuries he received in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release from DoD reported. Segura was in a Humvee that rolled while maneuvering over […]