Official: Inmate safety ‘balancing act’

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Curry County Adult Detention Center has an inmate population of around 230. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jails have an inherent threat of violence, which makes keeping inmates safe a challenge, according to Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator Leslie Johnson. Safety among inmates is in many ways […]

Court acquits former chief

CNJ staff A former Melrose police chief was acquitted Thursday by a Magistrate Court Jury on one count of animal cruelty. A magistrate judge last week ordered the District Attorney’s office to dismiss the six other animal cruelty charges against Michael Trammell based on the fact that due process deadlines would expire before the court […]

Barber shears five generations

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Blake Curtis, 15 months, sits on his grandfather Blake Curtis’ lap Wednesday for his first haircut at Ellison’s Barbershop. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Blake Curtis held his 15-month-old grandson in his lap in the barber’s chair as Ellison Green snipped at the child’s hair. With the younger Blake’s […]

Local jeweler had colorful sense of style

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer By Gabriel Monte CNJ Staff writer If clothing made the man, Anthony “Buddy” Holmberg’s clothes made him a man with a passion for having fun. Holmberg, 75, who owned and operated one of the oldest jewelry stores in Clovis, died Tuesday at his home. Colorful clothing was his signature, […]

Bedford jury still deliberating

CNJ staff Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque jury will enter its third day of deliberation today in the capital murder trial of Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales. Bedford, 43, faces eight charges, including two counts of murder and kidnapping in connection to the March 3, 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. […]

Local Roundup: Volunteers needed to serve on boards

Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis has volunteer vacancies on the Clovis-Carver Public Library Board, Economic Development Tax Advisory Board and Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board. Clovis-Carver Library Board: Meets quarterly at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. Economic Development Tax Advisory Board: Makes recommendations to the Clovis City Commission regarding disbursement of […]

Education Digest: Clovis Schools set summer hours

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Municipal Schools has set summer hours of operation for the central office, Student Support Center and Clovis High School through July 13. Central office and Student Support Center hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Clovis High School […]

Elitist tendencies surface during Texas session

By Freedom Newspapers The 80th Texas Legislature, which ended earlier this month, might have seemed to many people to be one of the longest 140 days in recent memory. State leaders made their standard public appearances to pat themselves on the back and claim the session a success, but the general feeling was a relief […]