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” […]

Effects of smoking ban vary

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A week since a statewide smoking ban took effect, Clovis bars and restaurants are looking into ways to accommodate smokers. Business has been slow at the Prince Lounge, bartender Monkey Padilla said. She estimates about 80 percent of the bar’s customers are smokers, and weekend receipts are down by […]

Business Feature: Bigger bang can be bought

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Paul Bennett, owner of Wholesale Fireworks Stand on U.S. Highway 60/84, examines some of the new fireworks Wednesday that are for sale. Bennett said patrons must be at least 16 years old to buy fireworks. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Dee Wieland, owner of Road Runner Fireworks north of […]

Summer not expected to sizzle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Javier Naranjo, 10, of Clovis enjoys a snow cone Monday. His grandmother, Sylvia Cordova, bought the snow cone to cool him off. The temperature reached 88 degrees Monday. CNJ staff This spring’s wet and cool weather is expected to continue into the summer, according to a weather expert. As of […]

Mental capacity focus of testimony

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The defense team for Stanley Bedford finished its mitigation argument Monday, as jurors heard a long day of testimony from family members and a psychiatrist on Bedford’s past and still undecided future. The jury convicted Bedford, 43, nearly two weeks ago of murder, kidnapping and other charges in […]

Tractor Supply store opening in Clovis

CNJ staff Tractor Supply Co. has plans to build a store on North Prince Street just north of Clovis city limits, according to Clovis Building Safety Director Pete Wilt. A spokeswoman for the company was uncertain when construction will begin or when the retail farm and ranch store will open. “We are still in the […]

Open meetings act workshop planned

CNJ staff A workshop on the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act will be held July 11 in Clovis, according to a news release from the Attorney General of New Mexico’s office. The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s Civil […]

It’s their business: Clovis Vacuum Center

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Clovis Vacuum Center Location: 703 E. Grand Ave. What they do: Service vacuum cleaners and sell Riccar vacuums, bags, belts and filters, and room freshner sprays. Who’s in charge: Kim Hester is the owner. Employees: Three How long in business: More than 50 years. Hours of business: 9 […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Boy teaches others art of origami

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Courtesy photo By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor IF IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD, it takes a school to build a Senbazuru, and then some. That’s what fifth-grader Jacob Jones learned this past school year. For his independent project in the Gifted and Talented Program at Zia Elementary School, the 11-year-old chose […]

Logan standoff lasts four hours

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Logan man surrendered peacefully Monday morning following a standoff with police that lasted more than four hours. Manuel “Nine” Trujillo, 34, was to be taken to the Quay County Detention Center about 1:30 p.m. and charged with aggravated battery on a household member, false imprisonment, negligent use of a […]

Letters to the Editor: Needle program encourages addicts

When did we vote to help drug users with their habit? I was livid when I read the article in the June 1 newspaper, “Official: Needle exchange program working.” We are assisting a way of life that I do not condone. We have tried educating the public and anyone can see from being around users […]

NCAA wrong in limiting event coverage

By Freedom Newspapers The National Collegiate Athletic Association is applying 20th-century thinking to 21st-century news events, tossing the constitutional right of a free press as it tossed a reporter from the press box at a college baseball tournament. The offense? Blogging. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported one of its sports reporters, Brian Bennett, was […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Classic caters to young and old

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Staff photo: Rick White Lock N Load shortstop Frank Martinez hustles out a double Saturday in the 24th annual Custom Classic. Lock N Load beat the Clovis Reds 13-8 in a Men’s E division elimination game at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The sound of bats clinking and fans […]

Road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Niki Bowers sands drywall Friday at Anastacio Urioste’s home. Kingswood United Methodist Church is assisting the Uriostes in rebuilding their home after it was damaged by the March tornado. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Anastacio Urioste sat in what was left of his living room the day after a […]

Teen posts fight film on MySpace

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve […]

Transient’s family accepted way of life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of a transient whose body was discovered in an abandoned house last month said her family is at peace with his death and is thankful for the thoughtfulness Clovis residents showed before and after his death. Marie Autrand of Yuma, Ariz., described her son, Howard J. Payne, […]

Week in Review: Judge could limit character witnesses

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The jury that will determine Stanley Bedford’s fate has seen nearly 300 pieces of evidence and heard testimony from nearly 40 witnesses. There’s plenty they haven’t seen as well. The instances are more frequent during the current death penalty phase, during which the jury will decide whether Bedford […]

Muleshoe man 17th Texas inmate executed in 2007

By Michael Graczyk: The Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Muleshoe man who stalked his ex-girlfriend after their breakup was executed Thursday for raping, strangling and using a claw hammer to fatally beat the woman. Gilberto Reyes had no witnesses on his side of the death chamber. He never looked at the parents or other […]

West Nile threat at peak during summer months

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The number of West Nile cases in New Mexico has dropped steadily since the mosquito-borne disease was discovered in the state in 2003. No cases have been reported yet this year, according to state health officials. However, summer is the prime time for West Nile, especially with this year’s unusually […]