Salas case revealed trouble at detention center

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series about lawsuits filed against Curry County since 2005. The Clovis News Journal spent more than a month filing public records requests, then digging through hundreds of court documents related to 22 lawsuits that county officials say their insurance carrier has settled for more than $1 […]

Q&A: State Senate, District 7

Angie Spears and Pat Woods are candidates in the June 5 Republican primary for state Senate District 7. Current Sen. Clint Harden isn't seeking re-election. There are no Democrat candidates for the Senate seat. Angie Spears Age: 38 Occupation: Clinical director for TeamBuilders Counseling Services Office Seeking: New Mexico Senator, District 7 Party: Republican What […]

Defense attorney asks judge to dismiss charges against former officer

The defense attorney for a Clovis police officer involved in a fatal vehicle accident while on duty asked a judge to dismiss charges against him Monday on grounds the district attorney interfered with the grand jury deliberations. A grand jury indicted Officer Stephen Gallegos in January 2011 on vehicular homicide and causing great bodily injury. […]

Forum covers issues of being landlord

Local broker Carolyn Spence had a specific item in mind when she said it, but her advice for one section of the Monday night Landlord Rights and Responsibilities Forum covered most incidents a landlord could expect to face. "Whatever you want to do," Spence said, "put it in writing." Spence was one of three speakers […]

5 Questions with Clovis High senior Sabrina Avila

Editor's note: This is part of a continuing series of profiles on graduating Clovis High seniors. Sabrina Avila, who said her biggest concern during Saturday's graduation ceremony was trying not to fall, is enrolled at The Art Institute in Tucson Ariz. Sabrina Avila She wants to get a bachelor's degree in fashion design, which comes […]

Texico superintendent taking position with Muleshoe schools

After 22 years at Texico, R.L. Richards is trading in his Wolverine green for Mule black. Richards, 54, superintendent at Texico Schools, is taking an assistant position with the Muleshoe Independent School District. As assistant superintendent, Richards will be in charge of curriculum and academic accountability, and also act as a service provider to principals […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet 5:30 p.m. today at 1009 Main St. The big item on the Clovis School Board agenda will be the 2012-2013 budget, according to Jelayne Curtis, executive assistant to the superintendent. A waiver request, that would allow students who don't pass all portions of the New Mexico […]

Business feature: Rain good for more than farmers

The rain that came to eastern New Mexico last week was definitely beneficial to farmers and ranchers needing grass to feed their cattle, and it might result in a few more fresh vegetables during weekday Farmer's Market sessions in Clovis and Portales. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Carl Wesley finishes drying a customer's vehicle Monday […]

ENMU duo eyes nationals

Eastern New Mexico University's track program has two qualifiers in the outdoor nationals for the first time in five years, and coach Mike Harney thinks both have a chance to finish higher than they're seeded going into the three-day meet beginning Thursday at Colorado State-Pueblo. Isaiah Samoei Junior Isaiah Samoei of Eldoret, Kenya, is ranked […]

Business digest – May 22

Plateau completes ISO 9000 certification Plateau was among seven New Mexico small businesses that completed ISO 9000 certification through the New Mexico 9000 program. The certification, according to the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, allows small businesses to work with governments and large corporations and give quality assurance that would allow them to compete for […]

Police blotter – May 22

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday 12:59 p.m.: Caller reported a gas meter had been hit and was leaking, near Corlington Lane and Llano Estacado Boulevard. 5:33 p.m.: Caller reported a pedestrian struck by a red vehicle was stuck under the car for a few moments, 1900 block of […]

Curry County blitzes Predators in finals

ALBUQUERQUE — The Curry County Cats will host a playoff game in June, and ended the regular season with little doubt. Quarterback John Props threw four touchdown passes, the Cats scored 21 points in the first quarter, and Curry County generally dominated in a 42-2 pounding of the Albuquerque Predators in a non-division New Mexico […]

Editorial: Americans disillusioned with politics

Before the two major parties undertake another campaign in which the emphasis will be on winning by destroying the credibility of the opponent, they should take a close look at the collateral damage. A comprehensive new national poll of America's 18- to 29-year-olds — the millenials — shows a generation increasingly disillusioned with politics and […]

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 10 p.m. for Curry, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties.

Animal hospital fire declared suspicious

A Monday morning fire at the Tucumcari Animal Hospital claimed the lives of over 50 animals, Fire Chief Mike Cherry said. "I did my best to get everybody out," said Veterinarian Jean P. Corey, "though it was too late for a majority of them." Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel said the department is working with […]

Moon event “awesome”

ALBUQUERQUE (MCT) — A hush fell over Mesa del Sol on Sunday evening at 7:33, then what sounded like a collective gasp among thousands watching as the moon swallowed the sun. Then a cheer. "Awesome. Oh, that is so awesome," said Nancy Henson of Albuquerque as she peered through a telescope at the ring of […]

Fiesta king and queen nominees

The nominees for the June 1 Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Jose fiesta king and queen crowning are: Luis Antonio Reyes Luis Antonio is the five year old son of Alma and Robert. He attends Los Ninos School for preschool. Luis likes going to the park and dressing up like super heroes. The movies […]

Anniversaries – May 20

Ortiz Ortiz Alfred and Christine Ortiz of Clovis celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 16, 2012. The celebration will be planned for a later date and will be hosted by their children, Vicki Reyes and Stephanie Roldan (Andrew). The couple was married May 16, 1987, in Portales. They have two children and one grandchild. […]

Engagements – May 20

Hill-Freeman Hill-Freeman Lance and Tina Hill, of Portales, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Chelsey Hill of Portales, to Dakota Freeman of Portales, son of Kevin and Wanda Freeman of Hobbs. The couple will exchange vows June 16, 2012, at 1875 SRR 7 in Portales. The reception will be at the Jake […]

School menus – May 20

Clovis elementary Monday: Cooks choice. Tuesday: Cooks choice. Wednesday: Cooks choice; sack lunches. School dismissed for summer. Clovis junior high/high school Monday: Cooks choice. Tuesday: Cooks choice. Wednesday: Cooks choice; sack lunch. School dismissed for summer. Elida schools Monday: Breakfast — Pigs in a blanket, juice, milk, cereal. Lunch — Chicken bites, green beans, salad, […]