Adrian to be inducted into NMAA Hall of Fame

CNJ staff Former Clovis High athletic director Randy Adrian is among three individuals who will be inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame next week. Adrian spent 25 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He also worked as a basketball official for 31 years and was named the state’s National Federation […]

CHS grad Lopez leaving Rio Rancho

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Rio Rancho High School football coach Phil Lopez has resigned, saying he wants to return to Texas to coach. He said Tuesday that he is a finalist for a job at a central Texas school, which he declined to identify. Lopez, 45, compiled a 29-14 record in four seasons […]

CHS TENNIS: Clovis teams get into swing

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Clovis High senior Tiffany Romero prepares to hit a backhand return during Lady Wildcats practice on Wednesday at the CHS tennis courts. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like many spring programs, Clovis High’s tennis squads got off to a slow start because of the January snows. CHS girls coach […]

Bus brings residents relief from prescription costs

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Frances Apodaca of Clovis attended Wednesday’s “Help is Here Express” national bus tour at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program helps low-income residents pay for prescription drugs. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Having suffered a heart attack, Frances Apodaca depends on three prescription drugs to remain healthy. The 49-year-old […]

Zoo misadventure traps family

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Tuesday afternoon excursion to the zoo left a 29-year-old Clovis man and his two daughters in the same situation as the animals — locked behind bars. Getting off work a little early, Chris Gauna decided to treat his children — 2 and 3 years old — to a […]

Senator: Cannon funding lacking

By CNJ staff The transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base is woefully underfunded in a proposed 2008 military budget, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The approximately $72.5 million Domenici said is needed to establish Air Force Special Operations at Cannon is not included in President Bush’s […]

Ex-CPD officer’s charges reduced

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A judge reduced criminal charges against a former Clovis police detective from felonies to misdemeanors Wednesday during a probable cause hearing in Curry County Magistrate Court. Keith Farkas, 38, of Clovis was arrested Nov. 9 by state police and charged with felony counts of embezzlement and tampering with evidence. […]

Water officials say meetings crucial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline […]

Ex-DPS agent sentenced for falsifying citations

CNJ staff A former special investigations agent with the Department of Public Safety has pleaded no contest to charges she falsified traffic citations, according to court records. Dolores Ledezma-Pinon, 52, reached a plea agreement before District Judge Joe Parker Friday to serve nine months unsupervised probation. Her case was scheduled for an April 12 jury […]

Man sentenced for taking $600,000

Freedom Newspapers A Portales man convicted of taking more than $600,000 from an armored car service where he worked last year has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. State District Judge Teddy Hartley also ordered Scott Kirby, 23, to repay the money that was not recovered, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said […]