Longtime commissioner paved way for street project

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Isidro Garcia has represented southeastern Clovis — District 2 — for more than 19 years. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Inside the stucco home Isidro Garcia built is a wall that tells of his service as a city commissioner. More than a dozen certificates hang there, inches away from color […]

Local speller eyes spot on TV

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Lucas Donaldson is traveling more than 1,500 miles to spell words most people can’t pronounce. The Zia Elementary student, who begins sixth grade in the fall, will compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning today in Washington, D.C. Donaldson said he would be studying late Tuesday in […]

Candidates concerned by missing campaign signs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Missing election signs have at least one local candidate hot under the collar. County probate judge hopeful Gloria Wicker is upset that a 4-foot-by-4-foot sign turned up missing Monday. The sign, located at the intersection of Main and Mitchell streets, cost $50 and took tremendous effort to place, she […]

Candidate profile: Joe Carraro

State Sen. Joe Carraro, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate State Sen. Joe Carraro of Albuquerque is campaigning for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Allen Wilson McCulloch and David Pfeffer. The position is currently held by Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is seeking re-election. Carraro was elected a state senator in 1985. He has attended […]

Retired teacher to embark on 37-day motorcycle trek

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Retired math teacher Darryl Petrak has always had an affinity for numbers and making them mean something. This summer is an extension of that, played out in a big trip on a little motorcycle to benefit charities in Quay and Roosevelt counties. Petrak is getting set to travel the Rebel […]

Residents pay respects to war dead

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A wreath is set in place to honor those who died in combat. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers The Curry/Roosevelt Joint Veterans Council held a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at Mission Garden of Memories in Clovis to honor those who died defending the United States. Sgt. Eugene Von Bon of Cannon […]

Curry County employees get salary hike

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Several Curry County employees will be smiling all the way to the bank next month because of pay raises. The salary hikes will bring county salaries in line with others for similar positions across the state. A Curry County salary survey found 33 employees’ salaries were at the bottom […]

5/30 Business digest

Orbit activates wells in Roosevelt County Orbit Petroleum has activated seven oil and gas wells in its Chaveroo Field in Roosevelt County in the last month, bringing the company’s total active wells in New Mexico to 35, according to a news release from Orbit. Production increases will be reported after the wells are on for […]

5/30 Military digest

Madrid Air Force Airman George V. Madrid of Clovis has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training […]

5/30 Local roundup

Accident victim transferred from PRMC A local man died Saturday night in an automobile accident north of Clovis on Highway 209, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s office Richard Cerda, 33, of Clovis, the driver of the vehicle involved in the one-vehicle accident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 10:30 p.m. […]

One dies in one-vehicle accident north of Clovis

CNJ staff The adult male driver involved in a one-vehicle rollover Saturday night 12 miles north of Clovis was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. The vehicle was traveling south on N.M. 209 when the accident occurred about 9:45 p.m., Hatcher said. A male passenger in the vehicle was […]

Aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on display at Expo

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A F-15e flies with a F-4 for a heritage flight Saturday at the Air Expo Show 2006 at Cannon Air Force Base. Heritage flights were first done in September 1997 for the 50th anniversary of the Air Force. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — There was something […]

Memorial day tributes planned

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VFW members Johnny Washington, left, and Donnie Wimberly, both of Clovis, place an American flag on a veteran’s grave Saturday at the Portales Cemetery. Washington is an Air Force veteran and Wimberly an Army veteran. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Clovis and Portales residents will take a moment to honor fallen […]

Detention center could gain new purpose

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The founder of a drug and alcohol rehab program is hoping to turn an old Albuquerque detention center into a secure, residential treatment facility for New Mexico addicts in the near future. Renovations of the old jail have yet to begin, according to Second Chances founder Rick Kenery. At […]

5/28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. May 18, an officer responded to a home in the 300 block of North Walnut regarding a marijuana pipe found on the porch of a vacant house. The officer said in his report he logged the item into evidence […]

Cops and courts: Three attorneys apply for open judge position

Three attorneys have applied for a newly created fifth judgeship position in the 9th Judicial District Court, according to the University of New Mexico Law School. Frances Elizabeth Schmuck Lindsey, Albert Julian Mitchell Jr. and David P. Reeb Jr. have submitted applications for the position created by the 2006 State Legislature, the release said. Persons […]

Texico soldier returning to Iraq on Memorial Day

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Tobis Askew is attacked by his daughter Taylor Askew and his nephews Matthew and Marquis Askew-Betts as they play in the pool during a family barbecue Saturday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer On a day when America recognizes its fallen soldiers, Texico’s Tobie Askew will be returning to […]

Pioneer Days kicks off Monday

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rodeo royalty, clowns and cowboys will be in attendance at the upcoming Pioneer Days. The six-day event will kick-off at 5 p.m. Monday with the coronation of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. According to pageant coordinator Wilma Fulgham, six girls ages 5 to 9 were judged on personality, appearance […]

World War II bomber revived as ‘living memorial’

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The Pacific Prowler, a restored World War II B-25 bomber, was in service from 1944 to 1958 before it was decommissioned. Since that time it was used in the films “Flight of the Phoenix” and “Memphis Belle.” (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a San Antonio junkyard, the B-25 Pacific […]

Clovis boy meets member of Thunderbirds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Jacob Thomson’s idea of a hero is animated, has the ability to fly and is usually referred to as super. The cartoon-loving, Highland Elementary second-grader met a real-life hero Friday when Maj. Dan Mirski, Air Force Thunderbirds flight surgeon, made a surprise visit to Plains Regional Medical Center, where […]