Portales jury: Watson not guilty in Chunn slaying

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File photo A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder Causey rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County jury has found farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson not guilty of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood member to murder […]

Hounds split doubleheader at Cameron

LAWTON, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Freddy Carmona hit a tie-breaking, two-run double to key a four-run ninth that lifted Eastern New Mexico University past Cameron 15-13 Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. The Aggies won the seven-inning nightcap 4-0 to earn a split for the day and […]

Fish farm seminar offers organic education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo AquaRanch president Myles Marston, left, explains to seminar attendees Wednesday the benefits of A.B.C.’s Plus, a nutritional supplement for horses. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The principal owner of AquaRanch Industries said there’s more to the fish farm coming to Clovis than just fish. Besides raising more than 300,000 […]

Zias absorb setback at Northeastern State

CNJ staff TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Dani Watson scored from inside the box in the 25th minute, and the Northeastern State RiverHawks made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in Lone Star Conference women’s soccer. ENMU sophomore Samantha Lawrence had a streak of five consecutive matches with a […]

Company says feet already wet on fish farm

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Aquaranch president Garth Watson said plans to convert the former Swift/Frozefruit plant on Curry Road K south of Clovis to a $4 million-a-year fish farm have already begun. Although the project still needs state approval, Watson told county commissioners Tuesday workers are reroofing the building, fixing the water systems, […]

Residents relieved after arrests in Chunn case

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With arrests made in a two-year-old murder investigation, Causey residents are expressing relief. At the same time they’re sobered by the fact that those accused lived in their tiny community. District Attorney Matt Chandler announced Monday that federal indictments had been handed down against two men from the Causey area. […]

Arrests made in 2005 killing

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Rogers man has been charged with the 2005 death of a Causey rancher, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. A federal grand jury indicted Donald Taylor, 27, Monday on racketeering and murder charges in connection with the July 2005 death of 71-year-old Jimmy “Bo” […]

Watson-Ketcherside

Rick and Joyce Ketcherside of Farwell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their son, Preston Ketcherside, to Tiffany Watson, both of Lubbock. She is the daughter of Carrol & Karen Watson of Plainview, Texas. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Plainview Baptist Church. The reception will be at the […]

Student profile: Erika Watson

Erika Watson is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Mike Watson and Kymburly Odell. What would you like printed on your gravestone? “Every day she lived for Christ.” What’s so great about your favorite sport? The wonderful thing about cheerleading is that I am able to form relationships with […]

Symposium, seminar learning experiences for farmers, ranchers

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More than 150 people from New Mexico and Texas packed the Tucumcari Convention Center Wednesday and Thursday for the two-day Southwest Beef Symposium. (Freedom Newspapers: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Longtime Tucumcari veterinarian James Tompkins nodded when the Southwest Beef Symposium speaker talked about BVD, or Bovine Viral Diarrhea — not […]

Conference seeks to educate state’s future educators

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SueB Bracksieck compares drawings with Michael Hatch of Portales High School during a communication workshop at Friday’s Future Educators of America conference at ENMU. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — There was a common theme expressed Friday and Saturday among high school students attending the 2005 Future Educators Association State […]

Resident spearheads prairie dog rescue

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Lynda Watson, “the prairie dog Lady” holds up one of the rescued rodents at a vacant lot in Clovis that is a planned site for a new Clovis National Bank. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just […]

More flexible rating system on way for special education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing […]

Watson, Ray

Ray Watson Services: Have been held. Ray Watson, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 8, 1923, in Mountain Park, Okla., to Phil and Willie Watson. He married Bernice Banks on July 14, 1946, in Snyder, Okla. He was a World War […]

Proposed cuts concern teachers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Caturia Watson has taught art in Clovis schools for 26 years. With the recent news that Clovis schools may be seeking staff cuts through attrition to combat a projected budget shortfall, she worries the art department she worked so hard to build will suffer when she leaves. “Through the […]

School officials suggest modified testing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor School officials believe modified testing of special education students will better measure student knowledge and increase a school’s chances of meeting state education standards. Most special education students have average intelligence, and are smart enough to pass standardized tests for their grade levels, just as long as the tests […]

Fort Sumner testing back on track

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Fort Sumner School District has had strict mandates put forth to ensure testing is administered correctly this school year, a state education official said this week. But the district will not face further repercussions for failing to order the proper tests last year. The state has instituted new checks […]

Aaron Watson to perform Saturday

Freedom Newspapers When Aaron Watson sings “Shut Up and Dance,” it may not sound very mannerly, but it is being listened to, according to concert promoters. “Shut Up and Dance” is the hit single for the up-and-coming Texas Country singer, who is slated to play Saturday night at Bash Riprock’s, 2419 Main St., in Lubbock. […]