Van Soelen picked for judge vacancy

CNJ staff Former city commissioner and deputy district attorney Fred Van Soelen of Clovis was appointed Ninth Judicial District Court judge Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. “I’m excited,” Van Soelen said when contacted by phone. “It’s very humbling but I’m excited to get going.” Van Soelen was picked from among four candidates to replaced retired […]

Our people: Guard duty


By Lillian Bowe CMI staff writer Caitlin Dial, 17, keeps a vigilant eye on the swimmers as she has to be ready any minute to jump in and rescue a swimmer in distress. Dial has been lifeguarding at the Clovis Aquatic Center for four years. She was born and raised in Clovis and will […]

Rest in peace: MC-130 that was part of notable Vietnam mission retired at Cannon

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Speaker Capt. Tom Purdie introduces Cannon Air Force Base’s Wing Commander Col. Buck Elton at a retirement ceremony for an MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft that now sits near the front gate of the base.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Irl “Leon” Franklin said when he and hundreds of other servicemen were told about a secret mission more than 40 years ago, later found out to be the Son Tay Raid in Vietnam, they were given the choice to opt out. “There were […]

Second Roosevelt County escapee captured

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Escaped inmate Ruben Lozano waits in the backseat of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle to be readmitted into the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, who was found Friday morning in Midland, Texas, was on the run for a week after escaping from the jail last Friday with another inmate.

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Baird CMI staff writers On the run for a week, escaped inmate Ruben Lozano shielded his face as he sat in the back of a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle as officials pulled up Friday afternoon to the north side of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. Lozano, 42, was recaptured […]

An encounter with John Law in California

Paperwork and all the little things that can get you into several hundred dollars worth of trouble; those are things I don’t miss about truck driving. One of my trucking journeys took me to San Diego. After delivering my load I waited two days for another one. In trucking if you’re sitting you’re not making […]

Animals perfect conductors of emotional contagion

It’s downright logical to extend rights to animals, especially when it comes to having the right to a fair shake at living, the right to not be injured maliciously or negligibly — all living creatures inherently deserve such things. Maybe even in certain circumstances there are other rights that are appropriate. But one thing is […]

Local student scores align with state results

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The state’s high school students improved their reading proficiency scores on standardized tests this year, but there were declines for students in grades 4-6, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday. Locally, test scores tell a similar story. Clovis High School students in grades 10-11 saw gains in reading scores […]

Portales escapee back in custody

By Christina Calloway Senior Writer Roosevelt County officials this morning are confirming last week’s jail escapee has been recaptured. Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Ruben Lozano, 42, was arrested without incident at 7:25 a.m. (MDT) Friday in Midland, Texas. Lozano escaped last Friday night with another inmate who was recaptured an hour later. Parker said […]

Free summer meal program in full swing

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Julie Garcia hands Lorena Garcia, 2, a free lunch bag Thursday at Dennis Chavez Park. According to Garcia, they serve 250 free lunches daily at the site.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer An average of 2,200 lunches and 750 breakfast meals are served daily through the Summer Food Service Program. Conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program was created to provide low-income children meals during the summer. Johnny Chavez, director of […]

Multiple arrests in 4 separate area burglaries

CNJ Staff Clovis police on Thursday reported arrests in four burglaries arrests since Sunday. Three people were arrested in two separate burglaries Sunday, according to a press release from Clovis police. Three more were arrested in separate burglaries on Wednesday, police said. On Sunday: • Quinn Ransom, 47, of Clovis, was arrested about 1 a.m. […]