Dairy Fest offers food, entertainment and education

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CNJ file photo The third annual Dairy Fest will be held this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico For anyone who has ever wondered about life on a dairy, one local summer event has the answers. This year’s third annual Dairy Fest will […]

State law requires crime data reporting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Department of Public Safety began reporting crime data collected from state law enforcement agencies on its Web site this month. Spurred by state legislation requiring the department of public safety to serve as a statewide clearing house for crime reporting, the first data report was made […]

Clovis Area Transit System sees increase in riders

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edie Valdez of Clovis gets off the CATS bus in front of her home Thursday on Axtell Street. Valdez said she takes the bus once a week to the hospital for volunteer work. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Area Transit System Director Mary Lou Kemp said bus ridership […]

Officials hopeful Oasis pond will open early next year

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico State Parks officials hope to have the fishing pond at Oasis State Park fixed by early next year. The three-acre pond has been closed since February when park officials drained it after discovering a leak, according to Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary. The state parks department […]

June 27, 2008 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from June 19 through Wednesday: • Matthew Cole Young, 20, to Andrea Lauren McFarden, 20, both of Clovis • Jason Allen Zaikowski, 24, of Woodard, Okla., to Sasha Eduwigis Guhrke, 20, of Clovis • Wesley Andrew Bonney, 29, to Rachael Noel Moyers, 28, both of Clovis […]

First person: Life coach

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Earl Diddle, 58, began his basketball coaching career at age 23. Earl Diddle loves traveling, unless it happens on the basketball court. Diddle began his lifelong career in basketball before he can remember. He took his first coaching job as head coach in his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio, at […]

Committee will discuss proposed nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said the county needs a nuisance ordinance addressing health and safety. The Curry County Land Use Committee will discuss and possibly consider a countywide nuisance ordinance Friday addressing health and safety issues regarding properties in the county. According to the proposed ordinance, nuisances include […]

Fugitive to be featured on TV

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Courtesy photo Noe Torres is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2005 shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. CNJ staff Clovis homicide fugitive Noe Torres will be included in Saturday’s television broadcast of “America’s Most Wanted,” show producers said.

Family experiences turbulent storm

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry This center-pivot sprinkler on land owned by W-Diamond Dairy east of Portales was partially flipped by strong winds or a tornado Wednesday. The storm was fast and furious say witnesses and damaged a sideroll sprinkler and some farm buildings. Freedom New Mexico staff A strong thunderstorm and wind damage left […]

June 26, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: My Boys Where: TBS When: 7:30 p.m. What it’s about: Mike, Kenny, Brendan and Bobby compete in a contest to create the best shirt. The tight-knit boys are on pins and needles, for the stakes are high: The winner receives free drinks for a month.

Q&A: Council director set to retire

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Courtesy photo Leland Tillman served 33 years as the executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Editor’s note: The interview was edited for length and content. After 33 years as the executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, Leland Tillman is retiring. The 58-year-old Quay County native started working for the […]

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Restless Heart featured performer at Dairy Fest

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Courtesy photo Restless Heart will be performing Saturday night during Dairy Fest at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Restless Heart is scheduled to perform Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the third annual Dairy Fest, with a guest performance by local fiddle player Coby Carter. Fiddle player Coby Carter, […]

Comedian’s take on life will be missed

Freedom New Mexico Almost everybody remembers George Carlin’s comedy/satire bit about the seven words you can’t say on television, the “stuff” we can never quite leave behind and other rants about the foolishness rampant in American life. Yet what remains when we think about the comedian’s long career was not so much the anger as […]

Officer focuses on helping students

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lt. Col. John McLaurin is the Cannon Air Force Base school liaison. He works with the local school district to help address issues military children deal with. Lt. Col. John McLaurin has been the Cannon Air Force Base school liaison for two years. He is retiring from the Air Force […]

June 26, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon June 19 officers responded to a domestic dispute at an undisclosed address. A woman said her former girlfriend came to her home because she wanted to get back together and they began arguing. She said when the woman refused to […]

Undercover investigator films alleged livestock abuse

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry The Portales Livestock Auction, located just west of Portales, was the subject of a May undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS alleges animal abuse involving downer cattle took place at the facility. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New allegations of livestock abuse surfaced […]

American Legion posts will participate in convention

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What: Statewide American Legion Department of New Mexico Convention When: Thursday to Saturday Where: Various local locations Events scheduled during the three-day convention include seminars to update veterans on new developments, breakfasts, a ribeye steak dinner and an election for state commanders. The event is expected to attract 350-450 members.

June 26, Education Digest

Military Institute accepting applications New Mexico’s Military Institute is accepting applications for the fall semester through the end of July, according to a press release. The fall semester begins Aug. 19 for high school cadets and Aug. 20 for junior college cadets. Applications and information: www.nmmi.edu

Convicted murderer’s sentence extended

A district judge on Wednesday added eight years to the prison sentence of a Clovis man convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. During a bench trial to evaluate sentencing, District Judge Teddy Hartley enhanced David Griego’s sentence based on […]