Mother’s pleas with emergency responders play at trial

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Noe Torres listens Tuesday as the prosecution a photo of 10-year-old Carlos Perez during it opening arguments at the Curry County Courthouse. Torres faces charges in connection to the September 2005 shooting that killed Perez.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The first day of testimony in accused child killer Noe Torres’ murder trial included a mother’s gut-wrenching pleas for help saving her mortally wounded son and two eyewitnesses who put Torres at the scene of the killing. Jurors heard a hysterical Lupe Perez pleading with emergency responders to hurry […]

Q&A: Base commander says he’s always wanted to fly

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Col. Benjamin Maitre, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, began his time with the Air Force in 1995 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

According to his parents, Benjamin Maitre knew what he wanted to do when he grew up around the time he started talking. Less than 20 years into his career, Maitre (pronounced “may-truh”) is the newest commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. Maitre, 41, grew up in New England and […]

Girlfriend lauds shooting victim’s heroism

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By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com His girlfriend says an act of heroism took Joseph Chavez’s life on Sunday morning. “He saw the fire (from a gunshot) and pushed me out of the way,” Lynette Medina, Chavez’s girlfriend, said on Monday afternoon. “I saw the flame, but I didn’t see who it was directed at. […]

Police question three but still seek one in homicide

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By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A weekend party turned deadly when a fist fight in a kitchen became a shooting in a front yard, Clovis police said. Police received numerous 911 calls about 4 a.m. reporting gun shots being fired at 1000 Beta St. on the west side of Clovis. Joseph L. Chavez, 39, […]

Longtime Clovis resident television auctioneer

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Bobby Rosales, longtime resident of Clovis and real estate auctioneer, recently found out his DIY Network TV Show “Texas Flip and Move” was renewed for a second season.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Bobby Rosales said he never thought he’d be on TV. But as luck and hard work would have it, he’s now one of the auctioneer stars on a hit TV show on the DIY Network and HGTV — “Texas Flip and Move.” The Rosales family moved to Clovis after […]

Business feature: Muleshoe Donut expands to Farwell

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Dararithy Kea gets information from Joe Whitney for donut orders at the shop’s new Farwell location.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Anybody who’s had the scenic tour of the Texico-Farwell border — more commonly known as “waiting for the train” — knows that on the Farwell side, there’s a prime piece of real estate for the right business. Dararithy Kea was told that on both sides of the border, there was […]

Clovis police seeking 2 for questioning in homicide

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Staff report Clovis police have added one more “person of interest” they’d like to speak with in connection with Sunday’s homicide, but no one had been arrested for the slaying by noon Monday. Capt. Patrick Whitney said investigators want to question Manuel “Meklo” Duran, 20, about the incident.  Investigators are also seeking Brandon Cordova, 32, […]

Updated – Police: Homicide occurred early Sunday in Clovis

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Staff report Police confirm they are now questioning two of three persons of interest sought in connection with the shooting death early Sunday of 39-year-old Joseph L. Chavez of Clovis. Chavez was found lying in the yard at 1000 Beta Street, “suffering from a bleeding penetration wound to the upper left chest,” according to a […]

Jury selection begins Monday in Torres trial

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Noe Torres enters the courtroom prior to his pre-trial hearing at the Curry County Courthouse.

By Robin Fornoff Managing editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of accused child killer and longtime fugitive Noe Torres. Torres faces seven felony charges:  first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, shooting at an occupied dwelling, conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit shooting at an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm […]

Muleshoe wildlife refuge hosts variety of birds and beasts

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The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge features 6,440 acres and many resident species of wildlife, including mule deer.

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge in southern Bailey County is a major stopping off point for water fowl migrating between Canada and Mexico. Reason to go Birds, birds and more birds. The refuge is best known for hosting one of the largest concentrations of lesser sandhill cranes in North America. It is estimated that 15 percent […]

Class helps foster film creativity

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The cast and crew of Brianna Delgado's "Bentley's Adventure" prepare a scene during their first shoot. Students work to make a movie as professional as they can.

By Anna George Correspondent anna.george@enmu.edu Sound speeding. Camera rolling. The director shouts action, and there is silence on set as the students wait for the background noise to fall away. Eastern New Mexico University film students know the routine well from being on projects for the upperclassman’s producing and production class. Every student must work […]

Small group of parents, students protest PARCC

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Josefita Griego of Clovis , left, and her daughter Breanna Montoya, 14, protest  PARCC testing Wednesday across the street from Clovis High School.

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com Three days into state-mandated standardized testing, participation rates by area students are high despite a small protest in Clovis Wednesday and some concerns on social media. Some 37 of 8,450 students in Clovis Municipal Schools and less than 20 of 2,780 students in Portales Municipal Schools have opted out […]

Police: Argument ends in death

Marko Garcia

Staff report An argument Monday night went south, leaving a Bovina man dead, according to information from the Parmer County Sheriff’s Office. Parmer Sheriff Randy Geries said the Bovina Police Department is the primary investigating agency on the death of Steven Hanley, 31. Facing an open count of murder is Marko Garcia, 30, also of […]

Mixed news for Curry County Events Center

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Former Texico resident L.J. Jenkins rode in the L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding at the Curry County Events Center last year.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com There was good news, and not so good Tuesday for the Curry County Events Center. The not so good: The L.J. Jenkins Invitational PBR Bullriding Competition has offered $50,000 in prize money to professional bull riders for more than four years. But with the loss of a valuable sponsor, […]

Passion ultimately Randall Harris’ legacy

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Randall Harris earned two letters playing football at ENMU.

By David Stevens Editor Randall Harris was never a great football player. He played in anonymity on Hereford High School’s special teams, and received no invitations to continue playing in college. But he somehow managed to will himself onto the team at Eastern New Mexico University. “I was asked to leave at first,” he said, […]

Former skeptic forms paranormal investigation group

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Jeff Connor of Clovis demonstrates a piece of equipment Monday that he uses to track the paranormal.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Jeff Conner of Clovis was a skeptic when it came to ghosts and demons, until one summer night when he had a first-hand experience of his own. “I was paramedic, working in Oceana, West Virginia. My partner, Lonnie, kept telling me about this ghost, and I kept denying it […]

Workers’ compensation system may get needed overhaul

Kevin McGinley

By Kevin McGinley Guest columnist This could be the year New Mexico updates our workers’ compensation system, resolving long-standing controversies and supporting efforts to strengthen our economy. A few critical bills are moving in the legislature, and eastern New Mexico-area legislators are taking the lead. All three bills have been endorsed by the Workers’ Compensation […]

Agile canines show off skill, sport

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By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com If you are expecting to see freaky-fast border collies at the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club’s American Kennel Club Agility Competition, you won’t be disappointed. But if you are looking for the unexpected, you will also see papillons and a kuvasz tackle the same courses with ease and speed. The agility […]

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than just mind

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By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com When Julianne Moore mentioned Alzheimer’s during the Oscars last weekend, it brought the disease to the nation’s forefront. But for family members taking care of grandparents or parents with Alzheimer’s, they didn’t need reminding of its devastating impact. “You’re afraid to leave them alone; it affects your life completely,” […]

Lent time of sacrifice, improvement

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Alter servers assist with the Stations of the Cross Friday evening as part of the season of Lent at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Portales. Observers of Lent give up their worldly pleasures during the season of Lent to bring themselves closer to God.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com With Easter around the corner, citizens of Clovis and Portales are preparing themselves to receive the glory of God and giving up their worldly pleasures. For 40 days, from Feb. 18 until April 2, followers of Christ give up vices, sweets, and more in an effort to bring themselves […]