Melrose man sentenced to two years

By Darrell Todd Maurina A 70-year-old farmer from Melrose on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in state prison for vehicular homicide, despite warnings from his attorney that prison time could be a death sentence. District Judge Stephen Quinn decided to go beyond the Department of Corrections’ pre-sentencing recommendation that Harry Downey receive five years […]

Clovis kids go straight to jail (just visiting)

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Parkview Elementary fourth-grader Jessica Leyva, 10, left, looks around a cell at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center as Curry County detention officer Paul Cash explains life in jail Tuesday during a tour. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Surrounded by white concrete walls and security cameras, Parkview Elementary students sat eyes gazing […]

Republicans outnumber Democrats

By David Arkin Republicans are No. 1 in Curry County. For the first time in the county’s 95-year history, there are more registered Republicans than Democrats, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Web site. As of Wednesday afternoon, 8,547 people or 45 percent of voters in the county, were registered Republican while 8,277 […]

Discrimination lawsuit against CCC settled

By Mike Linn A Clovis woman who filed a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination against Clovis Community College has received an out-of-court settlement. The settlement provides $24,000 to Angelina Baca-Rodriguez, said CCC attorney Steve Bell. But CCC officials remain firm in their position that discrimination never occurred. Bell said CCC officials did not want to settle […]

Area lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

Unknown teens find woman’s cat after long search

Reporter’s Notebook With the recent rash of crime, Jackie Zimmerman said she was scared early Wednesday morning when she hit the dark streets near her home on West 17th Street in search of her injured cat. The elderly woman, who needs a cane to walk, didn’t feel any safer when she saw three teenagers walking […]

Cross, Dennis

Dennis Cross Services: Have been held. Dennis Lee Cross, 55, of Dallas, formerly of Clovis, died March 29, 2004, in Wise County, Texas. He was born on Oct. 17, 1948, in Clovis. He was a graduate and an avid fan of Texas Tech University. Survivors include a son, Brian Cross of Avondale, Ariz.; his mother, […]

Award-winning teacher says newspapers are great instructional tool

By Ryan Lengerich Cameo Elementary third-grade teacher Mary Finifrock de Parez remembers when as a little girl her dad taught her to read the newspaper. “I wanted my students to have the same joy,” she said. “I’ve had a grandmother tell me she wanted to thank me for letting her granddaughter read the newspaper.” Finifrock […]

Education calendar

Today • Ryan Sanders, 12, will discuss bow and arrow safety at a Zia Elementary assembly at 2 p.m. • First and second grade musical at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Elementary gymnasium. Friday • Enchilada dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bella Vista Elementary. • Character counts assembly at 8 […]

Education briefs

CCC announces new food service training program Clovis Community College’s Department of Business and Industry in association with the New Mexico Restaurant Association, is offering a new Food Service Training Program. The program will allow restaurant and food service owners and operators to improve the quality of their workforce through nationally recognized food service certifications, […]

4-5A softball: Everybody chasing Cavegirls

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Clovis sophomore Valarie Morris works on her batting forum by hitting a ball from a tee during Wednesday’s practice a the Clovis softball complex. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner If there’s a year where the Clovis High Lady Wildcats could unseat Carlsbad in District 4-5A softball, this may be it. The Cavegirls, […]

Walks costly for Hounds at Highlands

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Less than 24 hours after committing 10 errors in a game, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team turned in an errorless performance Wednesday afternoon against New Mexico Highlands. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, freshman pitchers Josh Stephenson and Keith Balderaz struggled with control — 10 walks, three hit batsmen […]

Texico pounds out 19 hits in district opener

CNJ staff SANTA ROSA — Texico staked Braden Vaughan to a five-run lead and the junior right-hander made it stand as the Wolverines opened District 7-1/2A play Tuesday with a 15-4 win over Santa Rosa. Third baseman Zach Rhoades went 4-for-5 and first baseman Bryce Bailey doubled and homered as Texico pounded out 19 hits […]

Eastern boots away win

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Eastern shortstop Josh Kuchta fires to first during Tuesday’s game against Wayland Baptist at Greyhound Field. By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — There were more Es than a Scrabble tournament Tuesday, as Eastern New Mexico University kicked, bobbled and booted away its three-game winning streak. The Greyhounds committed 10 errors, helping visiting Wayland Baptist hold on […]

Clovis mayor crosses into the blue

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Mayor David Lansford, right, smiles toward friends and family who were on hand to watch his F-16 orientation flight, as he waits for Yates to make final preparations before taxiing for takeoff Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As Clovis Mayor David […]

Big Brother’s merger still stalemated

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Jill Dennis, executive director of the Roswell-based agency, answers questions about financial matters involving the contract presented to the Curry/Roosevelt County agency Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich A two-hour meeting on Tuesday between the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters agency and the Roswell-based agency about a possible merger ended with […]

Accused child abusers arrested in Tucumcari

By William Thompson TUCUMCARI — A married couple wanted for felony child abuse in connection with the death of their infant girl in Colorado were apprehended by New Mexico State Police around 4 p.m. Monday near Tucumcari. Harley Quint Young, 21, was wanted for child abuse resulting in death. His wife, Micah Marie Young, also […]

Now-and-then: Ex-Texico standout settling in at Sul Ross

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Justin Stewart (left) helped Texico reach the state semifinals in 2000. Courtesy photo. By Dave Wagner Editor’s note: This is a perdiodic feature on former area athletes and where they are now. Since helping the Texico boys basketball team reach the Class 2A state semifinals in 2000, Justin Steward has gone through some ups and […]

ENMU student dies in car crash

By Kevin Wilson An Eastern New Mexico University sophomore was killed near Amherst, Texas, while heading back from spring break. Monica Martinez, 20, died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 84 near Amherst. Martinez, a sophomore theater major, was partially ejected from a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, which overturned about 7 a.m., the Texas […]

Easter egg hunt comes to CCC

Reporter’s Notebook The call has gone out for goodies — lots of goodies. “We are going to have an Easter egg hunt and carnival, and we are looking for donations,” said Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce. She spoke to members of the Chamber board of directors recently about the […]