Dishonor in the ranks

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New police chief says he knew he was inheriting problems, is working hard to fix them By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com One evening in January, a Wal-Mart employee alleged uniformed Portales Police Officer Fred Hamner walked up to her and  unzipped her jacket. She gave investigators this account of what happened next: “(Hamner) […]

Mother, daughter reunited

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Brenda Depperman, left, and Laurie Campagnuolo embrace Monday before Campagnuolo returned to Florida. Depperman gave up Campagnuolo — and her twin sister — for adoption 44 years ago.

By Lillian Bowe CNJ staff writer lbowe@cnjonline.com Brenda Depperman was 14 and pregnant in 1969. Her mother, knowing the stigma of teen pregnancy during that time, sent her to Booth Memorial Home, a home for pregnant teens ran by the Salvation Army in El Paso, Texas. Depperman decided to give up her child for adoption. […]

Clovis natives contest finalists

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A pair of siblings native to Clovis are finalists in a Nevada business competition with a top prize of $100,000 in start-up money. David Rolley, who played basketball and drummed in the marching band at Clovis High School, said his company, Fitronix, sells a motion sensory system that […]

Area lakes still open for business

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By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The extended drought in New Mexico has caused water levels to drop across the state, but all of the lakes in the region are still open for business. “All of our lakes are lower than what we would normally have at this time of year,” explained Toby Velasquz, […]

Derby racers turn up heat

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By Emily Crowe, CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Twelve years of racing in the Clovis Soap Box Derby hasn’t slowed down the Womack and Renfro families. Jared Womack, 21, is a veteran of the Clovis race, having competed eight times during his years of eligibility. “I’m probably the one with the most years racing without ever […]

Photos link to past

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jeanette Pitcher says the buffalo grass grew freely in New Mexico during the early 1900s, well at least that’s a tale she heard passed down from her ancestors who homesteaded in Elida. Pitcher, who lives in Oregon and is a native of Artesia, has collected photos that she […]

Blackwater Draw site hosts archaeology students

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Meng Zhang, a Chinese archaeological student studying at University of New Mexico, water screens soil to find any fragments that weren’t discovered during excavation.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The sun beat down on Emily Jones as she crouched down to dust off the area she just excavated. It was almost quitting time for a snack, but Jones didn’t let the searing 90-degree heat bother her Wednesday because she was still feeding off the energy she got […]

The HEAT is on

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Rhyon Savitz, 7, of Clovis plays in the Aquatic Center pool Wednesday after his swimming lesson.

High 90s heat here until at least Friday, weatherman says By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Though summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, the dog days of the season are already upon us in eastern New Mexico. “This heat should last until Friday,” said Steve Kersh, chief meteorologist for KVII-TV in Amarillo. “It […]

County officials impressed with Snyder, Texas, jail design

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Jail Administrator Delwyn Davis, right, of the Scurry County Detention Center explains to Curry County Adult Detention Center Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval how the top floor provides easy access to the jail’s utilities, which are clearly marked.

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners believe they have found the architects they want to design a new adult detention center, which relies on the passing of a $9.8 million jail bond in August. Curry County officials were impressed during a tour Wednesday of the Scurry County Detention Center in Snyder, […]

Campers learn through doing

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Students attending Camp Invention Wednesday at Zia Elementary School use everyday items to solve problems.

By Emily Crowe: CNJ staff writer A small group of third-graders spent their Wednesday morning brainstorming ways to get rid of trash in Honduras. Another group tried to figure out how to fix overpopulation issues in Singapore. It’s all part of Camp Invention, a week-long summer enrichment program held at Zia Elementary School, which is […]

Seeking a place in history

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Mike and Barbie Smith of Albuquerque shop
Tuesday on Main Street. They were in Clovis
because Mike was on a business trip. Barbie said
she purchased a few antiques and trinkets

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A portion of downtown Clovis, including the railroad tracks along First Street, could be placed on the State Register of Cultural Properties. A public meeting of the Cultural Properties Review Committee will be held 1 p.m. June 21 in Santa Fe. According to a release from the state […]

Child abuser faces long prison term

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Faces 72 years in prison

A 40-year-old Clovis man charged with using a taser on his foster children was found guilty Tuesday of 24 felony counts of child abuse, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Michael Vargas Sr. faces up to up to 72 years in prison, Chandler said. Chandler said in October 2010 two children reported to a social […]

Escaped inmate recaptured

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A Curry County jail inmate who escaped custody during a court appearance on Tuesday has been recaptured. Police Chief Steve Sanders said Ruben Hernandez was arrested “without incident” about 12:30 this morning at a residence in the 300 block of Delores Dive, near the intersection of Brady Avenue […]