Portales woman pleads guilty in driver’s license fraud


Staff and wire reports A former public notary from Portales has pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulently obtaining hundreds of New Mexico driver’s licenses for people living outside the country. She is the fifth defendant to plead guilty in what state officials termed at the time the case broke as “one of the largest driver’s license […]

Cannon changes command

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Brig. Gen. Buck Elton is trading New Mexico sunsets for the Sunshine State, but before he ended his leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing on Tuesday, he was praised for his legacy at Cannon Air Force Base, which included his leadership over the Air Force’s largest military […]

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE: Altamont 10-11s oust Zia

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Clovis Zia’s Brittni Chavez slides safely into home as Albuquerque Altamont catcher Jacob Martinez waits for the throw in the top of the fourth inning of Monday’s state 10-11 Little League game at Dickenson Field. Altamont rallied to win the elimination game 23-11.

CNJ staff In a high-scoring, seesaw game, Albuquerque Altamont got in the last swing. Altamont put an end to the contest with a 13-run fourth, capped by a game-ending, three-run homer, to oust Clovis Zia 23-11 in a losers bracket game of the state 10-11 Little League tournament at Dickenson Field. Zia, which beat Albuquerque […]

Curry County part of mediation pilot program

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Curry County Magistrate Court will be part of a pilot program that will use volunteers for pre-trial mediation in civil cases. “In a nutshell, mediation helps the parties vent and organize,” said David Levin, co-chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission in New Mexico, “and this experience makes […]

Weed complaints up since rain

CNJ staff Mother Nature provided a much-needed dose of rain over the past several weeks, but the wet weather has caused an uptick in weed complaints for the city’s code compliance office. Supervisor Marcus Brice had already received about a dozen calls for weed complaints by mid-day Monday. “With each one of those, we find […]

Federal judge rejects couple’s apology letter

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By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com JULY 22, 2013 A federal judge who ruled a Clovis couple must write a letter of apology as part of sentencing for bilking the Air Force out of $3.2 million has rejected a submitted draft, and told the couple to do it correctly or prepare for federal prison, […]

Portales woman remains in critical condition

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CNJ staff A 38-year-old Portales woman was listed in critical condition Monday, according to a spokesman at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Casey Turnbough was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on N.M. 209 north of Ned Houk Park, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. He was life-flighted to UMC. Waller said the crash occurred […]

Meetings watch — July 23

State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee The State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee will meet Wednesday through Friday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss the following: Wednesday (noon 12-5 p.m.) • Meteorologist Chuck Jones will present a drought update that includes a historical perspective […]

What’s happening — July 23

Today Free summer movie — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Movie is “Arthur Christmas.” Allen Theatres. Information: 763-7713 Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition — The Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery, Clovis Community College, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 769-4320. Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting — 5:30 p.m., Central Office Board room, 1009 […]

Police blotter — July 23

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Caller reported: Friday • 12:27 a.m.: Narcotics, 300 block of North Connelly Street. • 1:44 p.m.: Narcotics in progress, 13th and Cameo streets. • 7:58 a.m.: Burglary report, 3900 Springwood Drive. • 9:16 a.m.: Burglary report, 3800 block of Lew Wallace Drive. • […]

Time to address jail issue long overdue

After years of debate, two failed bond elections and much criticism, I believe the Curry County Commission has a viable option for fixing our “catch and release (or escape)” jail. In the previous bond elections for the jail, voters were not happy with the decision to expand the jail in downtown Clovis and the high […]

Mental health providers must put clients first

— Albuquerque Journal In 1965, Title XIX of the Social Security Act created Medicaid “to assist states in furnishing medical assistance to eligible needy persons” — not to keep health-care providers in business, much less in golden parachutes. Yet that’s where the focus of discussion has been too often since the state Human Services Department […]

CHS football: Season opener less than six weeks off

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis High School football season is less than six weeks away from kickoff. The 10-game regular season — including seven non-district and three District 4-5A contests — begins with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Leon Williams Stadium on Aug. 30 against Cherry Creek, which makes the trip […]

HPJRA FINALS: Newcomers doing just fine


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Dalton Kasel and Sergio Cervantes each got a bit of a late start in High Plains Junior Rodeo Association competition, but both seem to have transitioned just fine. Both youngsters clinched season-long HPRJA cham-pionships this weekend, Kasel in the age 13-15 bull riding division and Cervantes in 10-12 […]

Opinion on sheriff’s consultant contract sought


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick has asked for an attorney general opinion on a $36,000 a year private consultant contract awarded Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray to supervise jail operations. “A timetable has not been set for this matter, however, a thorough effort is being made to render […]

Zia 10-11 All-Stars post win

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Zia’s Jacob Wolftongue is greeted at third base by manager Lance Coiner after hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning during Saturday’s first-round state 11-12 Little League game against Albuquerque Westgate at Dickenson Field. Wolftongue also had a double in Zia’s 7-1 win over Westgate

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com One big swing pretty much put the Clovis Zia 10-11 All-Stars on their way to victory Saturday in the state 11-12 Little League tournament at Dickenson Field. Shortstop Jacob Wolftongue lined a three-run homer to left, capping a five-run, second-inning rally that lifted Zia past Albuquerque Westgate 7-1 […]

Our People: Roll player


Constance Williams, 31, a wife, mother and a business owner, does not shy away from having fun. What does Williams find fun? Being part of the Clovis Roller Derby’s Dirty Curry Prairie Dollz. Williams grew up in Pampa, Texas, and now lives in Clovis with her husband, Jamaal, who is a Clovis native, and son. […]

Tire change easier said than done

Vacations are supposed to be a time of rest, reflection and relaxation. More often when I’m involved they’re a time of dejection, drama and depression. Such was the case this past week when we took a trip to Red River in the northern mountains of New Mexico. My first clue should have been the weather […]

Birthdays — July 21

Gonzales Max S. Gonzales of Melrose celebrated his 90th birthday July 13, 2013, at Melrose Park. The celebration was hosted by his children. Gonzales was born July 13, 1923, in Fort Sumner. He has 11 children, 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren. The celebration was open to friends and family.

Reunions — July 21

Greathouse The 57th Greathouse Reunion was held July 13 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales. The group looked at scrapbooks, shared stories and enjoyed visitation during a delicious potluck dinner. President Regina Harris called the business meeting to order. Sheryl Abdill read correspondence from Kathy McAlavy in Florida, Lovell Greathouse in Georgia, Roma Greathouse in […]