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 […]

Water rates increasing up to 13 percent

CNJ staff Clovis customers of New Mexico American Water will pay up to 13 percent more for water, according to a New Mexico Public Regulation Commission spokesman. The PRC on Tuesday OK’d the rate increase, pending a final staff review of certain cost adjustments by New Mexico American Water, the PRC’s John Arnold said. New […]

Bedford’s family takes stand

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Defense attorney Gary Mitchell, left, and Stanley Bedford smile during testimony by Bedford’s niece. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Nine members of Stanley Bedford’s family testified Wednesday as his defense team began the mitigation period of Bedford’s death-penalty hearing for the March 2005 deaths of Odis and Doris […]

Letters to the Editor: Tattoos not something to warrant fear

In response to Scott Blazek’s Sunday column, “Tattoos go against Bible’s teaching. I was disturbed to learn one of our local Christian leaders believes people who have tattoos are alcoholic, criminal-minded, addicted, disease-ridden low-lifes who will never make a positive contribution to society. I don’t understand why some people are so threatened by tattoos. It’s […]

Public hunts would be more cost-effective

By Freedom Newspapers Two federal agriculture agents were killed June 1 when their plane crashed as they were shooting wildlife in Wayne County, Utah. This was the 26th such crash, and the 10th and 11th fatalities, that have happened during aerial gunning since 1979. Another 27 people have been injured while shooting animals from airplanes […]

Gifted and Talented students exhibit projects

Students from the Zia and Highland Gifted and Talented Program exhibited their independent projects at the student showcase at Zia Elementary School at the end of the school year, according to a schools news release. Students chose their topics of study and also decided on one product or more about which to share their information, […]

Life offers best of both worlds

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I am writing this column from my hometown. It’s a miracle I made it across the ocean with my children on my own. Indeed, I survived our atrocious 24-hour trip to Italy, which included a five-hour drive to the airport, and two flights to get to Rome. I am now sitting […]

Former Clovis students to gather for golf tournament

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Two amazing athletes are still amazing the Clovis High School graduates of 1950. Most of our graduates are over-the-hill when it comes to athletics, including yours truly, who in Clovis Junior High tackled a bigger football player than himself and got a mouth full of a boot and some broken teeth. […]