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Washington, DC –Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Portales man pleads not guilty to poaching charges

Freedom New Mexico A Portales man accused of poaching deer and antelope has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of unlawful possession of wildlife and two counts of buying additional deer hunting licenses, according to the state Department of Game and Fish. If convicted, 20-year-old Jacob Gaines, who was arrested March 12, could face fines […]

March 26, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. March 12 an officer on patrol in the area of Seventh and Gidding Streets noticed a vehicle being driven erratically. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped up, running at least one stop sign before crashing […]

Ticket feature: Killer Tumbleweeds movie comes to Clovis

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Killer Tumbleweeds, a movie produced by Bovina natives Ben and Butch McCain, comes to Clovis for its New Mexico premiere. Freedom New Mexico Tumbleweeds are attacking Middle America. More than 150 citizens are dead, 10,000 head of livestock destroyed and 300,000 children are suffering Killer Tumbleweed Trauma. Rumor has it that Middle American University scientists […]

Curry County detention center upgrades cameras

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ira Sellars with Protection One, an Albuquerque security company, disassembles one of the new still video cameras Wednesday that are being installed in the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Detention officers are about to get a better and much closer look at what’s happening inside Curry County’s jail. At a […]

Doctors reattach Curry County man’s arm after pig attack

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Twenty-six year old Juan Cruz was attacked by a 900 pound domestic boar last week. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week after a 900 pound hog mauled him, Juan Cruz wonders whether he’ll be able to keep his arm nearly severed in the attack. The 26-year-old Curry County […]

Education feature: Wayland Baptist University graduate students increase

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Graduate students are flocking to Wayland Baptist University in Clovis because of its location and professors. This year, 100 more students have come to Wayland to obtain their master’s degrees than last year, according to Wayland officials. Currently, graduate classes average 15-25 students. Last year, the same classes averaged […]

Death penalty complex issue

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Editorial: Self-sufficient energy efforts applauded

Smart institutions are going green and weaning themselves from dependence on the electrical grid. They want to stop paying for power, and start getting paid for it. The Vatican led the way, initiating a massive energy independence program in 2005 that most recently culminated in placement of 2,000 solar panels on the roof of the […]

2012 deadline for Hotel Clovis development

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hotel Clovis should either be in a private developer’s hands or torn down by 2012, according to Community Development Director Claire Burroughes. The city has owned the building since 2004. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cleanup at the Hotel Clovis must take place before any plans can be made […]

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Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Ute Water Project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, […]

Residents taking part in NAACP training institute

CNJ staff Six Clovis residents are taking part in a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People training institute this week. Clovis branch president Selmus Price and five others are attending NAACP Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute Thursday through Saturday in Albuquerque. Price will be joined by Anthony Mahan, first vice president and legal […]

New Mexico House delegation highlights over $9 million in recovery funding for housing grants

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Muslims unfair target of FBI surveillance

Supporters of the Patriot Act and other expansive efforts to fight the “war on

Lacking context, outrage uneven

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Cue the outrage — must you even ask why? OK, you must. Barack Obama was on Leno last week. And the topic of Obama’s poor bowling skills came into play, to which the President said his score was on par with the Special Olympics. One of my right-leaning friends was […]

Obama handled defeat with style

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama won style points from veterans’ service organizations last week even as he was forced, under heavy fire, to withdraw his plan to have the Department of Veterans Affairs bill veterans’ health insurance for the cost to VA of treating service-connected medical conditions. “The issue should never have come […]

Hounds rout NMHU

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU senior Stephen Lopez-Barela slides in safely while advancing from second to third on a fly ball by Seth Clabaugh during the second inning of the Greyhounds’ 16-1 drubbing of New Mexico Highlands on Tuesday at Greyhound Field. CNJ staff PORTALES — Senior catcher Freddy Carmona, the Lone Star Conference […]

Roosevelt County farmer could still face death penalty despite repeal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even though the death penalty was repealed in New Mexico, a Roosevelt County farmer accused of arranging a murder-for-hire still faces possible execution. Prosecutors filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against William “Billy Joe” Watson last August. Watson is accused of conspiring with the Aryan […]

Pink Ladies establish scholarship with donated inheritance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Pat McDaniel presented the Pink Ladies Women’s Auxilary with a plaque commemorating Margaret Jones and the scholarship the women’s auxiliary will establish in her name at the organization’s annual banquet Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Anyone who knew Margaret Jones knew she was […]