Family relieved to have child safe

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After the rescue of Marissa Graham Friday, (L-R) Sam Raynor (fiance of Graham’s mother), Angela Graham (mother), Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, Chris Graham (father) and Jessica Hoffman (father’s fiancee) met with media. (CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Though visibly exhausted, the parents of a missing 10-year-old girl recovered Friday […]

Depression common for local youth

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer To end her life, she could stop eating, or overdose on medication. “I understood what I could do,” she said. “I thought, ‘I don’t want to do this. This is stupid.’” Suicide and Stephanie Reid, 15, ended with flirtation. Tragically, a striking number of New Mexican teens go further. […]

Snow joke: City blanketed

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Robert Osborn uses his four-wheeler to pull sons Blaze, 9, left, and Camron, 7, right, down the street on a snowy Saturday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A winter storm that lingered over the middle of New Mexico dumped more than 10 inches of snow across parts of […]

Police ask for help

Clovis police issued the following news release on Saturday morning, asking the public for assistance in the Marissa Graham kidnapping case: Incident Type: Escape and Recovery Of Marissa Graham- Need Publics Help Contact Person: Detective Max Stansell The Clovis Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation need the public’s assistance in reference to the […]

United Way reaches goal for 2006-07 fund-raising

CNJ Staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its 2006-2007 campaign goal of $525,000, with donations and pledges totaling $525,955.48, officials announced Friday in a news release. During the final day, United Way received corporate and individual gifts and pledges that put the fund-raising effort over the top, the release said. Curry and Roosevelt […]

Officer pleads guilty to bringing drugs to jail

CNJ Staff A former detention officer at the Curry County Adult Detention Center pleaded guilty this week to bringing drugs into the jail, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Following a 60-day diagnostic evaluation, 30-year-old Damain Pardue will be sentenced. He faces a maximum of 18 months imprisonment, the […]

No surprise: A rush on supplies

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers According to officials of local businesses selling cold weather supplies, eastern New Mexico residents weren’t taking the current blast of winter weather lightly as they scurried to pick up supplies before the storm Friday. Grocery stores reported much heavier traffic than normal, and other retailers were holding their posts to […]

Abducted girl rescued in Clovis

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A 911 call from an abducted girl was made from the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able […]

Cold, cold cows

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Cattle become much more susceptible to health problems in bad weather and can fall, causing injury or death. Health problems add to winter expense for dairy men and beef producers. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Come rain or shine, snow or ice, livestock producers must battle the elements on a daily […]

Abduction press conference notes

CNJ staff Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair on the safe recovery Friday of 10-year-old Marissa Graham, abducted from Texhoma, Okla., Thursday night: The recovery: We received the 911 call from a local convenience store that a little girl was there that had been kidnapped out of Oklahoma. We had received earlier or last night an […]

Abducted girl recovered in Clovis

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Police say 10-year-old Marissa Marie Graham called 911 from the Allsup’s on Mabry Drive in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able to […]

Movie theater plan rolling

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners began paving the way Thursday for a 10-screen movie complex to be built in the city’s northern corridor behind Roden Smith Village on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Commissioners approved introduction of an ordinance at their meeting that would revise off-street parking standards and amend the existing code […]

Grady official: It could happen anywhere

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Grady Schools Superintendent Joel Shipley believes Monday’s report of an attempted abduction of a teenage girl in Grady was an isolated incident. Still, he said it shows small towns aren’t immune to potentially serious crimes. “Grady is a safe, quiet little community, but bad things can happen anywhere. The […]

Sluggish storm headed to area

Freedom Newspapers A strong winter storm was creeping toward New Mexico Thursday and is expected to bring heavy snow and cold temperatures to the eastern New Mexico area through the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning from noon today and last through 5 p.m. Saturday for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Forecasts […]

Sound of silence won’t be heard

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Farwell City Councilors are opposed to creating a quiet zone at railroad crossings in fear the city would be liable for collisions at the crossing. Councilors voted 4-0 this week against the zone, according to Wayne Gruben, a Farwell city councilor and a chief deputy at the Parmer County […]

Hotel Clovis fate in officials’ hands

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners want a deadline set for a use to be found for the vacant Hotel Clovis — or have it torn down. During a study session after adjournment of Thursday’s formal meeting, commissioners heard from outgoing Clovis MainStreet President Zala Smith that money is needed for the […]

Definition of prisoner determines funding

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Adult Detention Center officials said a recent ruling requiring the Department of Corrections to reimburse county jails for the cost of housing parole violators will only work in conjunction with changes in legislation. Deputy Chief Warden Audrey Barriga said county officials have been working with detention center […]

Teacher rewarded for exceptional instruction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis teacher who aims to bring history to life has been honored by the New Mexico Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mike Rutledge has been named the New Mexico Citizenship Teacher of the Year for grades nine through 12 by the state veterans organization. He teaches social studies and […]

Commissioners endorse jail plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A corrective action plan put in place in the aftermath of an inmate escape last month earned the stamp of approval of the Curry County Commission. Warden Leslie Johnson detailed policy and procedural changes during Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which include mandatory visual head counts and better documentation. […]

County takes second look at high bids

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials are suffering from sticker shock after reviewing construction bids for the Special Events Center project. Curry County Manager Dick Smith told the county commissioners on Wednesday three of the bids — which comprise 60 percent of the cost of the project — more than double the […]