Conflicts of interest

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent six to eight weeks in the fall managing a construction project about two miles outside the Curry County line. His employer was Tim Ashley, one of five county commissioners responsible for setting the sheriff’s annual budget. Was the arrangement between the two elected […]

Cops and Courts 1/2

A Clovis man on Dec. 21 was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges he and two other suspects burglarized a Clovis home three times and hit a victim in the head with a hammer, a press release from the district attorney’s office shows. James Moten, 43, of Clovis, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary; […]

Clovis woman accused of working as a nurse after forging documents

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A woman who worked for more than two years as a nurse in Clovis was arrested Friday on charges she forged nurse licenses and embezzled from one of her employers. Jennifer Jenwah King, 33, of Clovis, is charged with embezzling $907 from La Casa Family Health Center, working as […]

Candidate profie: Rhonda Bookout

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rhonda Bookout Occupation: Clerical worker Political party affiliation: Republican Birth date: March 4, 1953 Hometown: Clovis Family: Married to Lance Bookout for 16 years; one daughter, Sarah; one son-in-law, […]

Candidate profiles — U.S. Representative District 3

CNJ staff Republican Gregory M. Tucker faces Democrat Tom Udall for U.S. Representative, District 3 seat Gregory M. Tucker is a district attorney in San Juan county and the Republican contender for New Mexico 3rd congressional district in the house of representatives. He has served as professor at San Juan Community college. Q: If elected, […]

Claims rep not handicapped by blindness

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Tom Martinez uses a Braille pad below his keyboard that transcribes the text on the screen and a computer that speaks to him to perform his work. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) by Ryan Lengerich There is a good bit of irony each morning when Claims Representative Tom Martinez arrives at the Social Security Administration office […]

Urioste learned the value of a dollar

Reporters Notebook Fry Urioste started working the summer before he entered seventh grade. Actually, he was working way before that, helping his dad with ranch duties. But he joined the retail working world when a dishwasher failed to show up at a truck stop where his sister was employed. “They called me and asked if […]

God, not politicians, saves us from evils

Letters to the Editor We finally heard who our earthly savior is! Did you hear John Kerry’s campaign speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia on July 15? He has promised to solve all of America’s problems. He will fix the 10 percent black unemployment rate. He will solve the medical needs for the 44 […]

Clerk called year’s best

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Like a grown man who never let go of his favorite pair of Chuck Taylors, so Vicki Kelley doesn’t want to let go of her 22 years working at Clovis Municipal Court. The municipal court administrator describes herself as the “old shoe that never wears out” — and she’d […]

Umpiring at Custom Classic not a 9-to-5 job

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Umpire Jesse Gonzales of Clovis waits to make the call on a close play at the plate in a game between the Budweiser of Amarillo and the El Paso Jazz. Gonzales called the runner out. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Brandon Harris was just getting up Friday night when many […]