Edward Salas makes 15 Most Wanted list

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Salas CNJ staff Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from […]

Jail input sought from public

By Lance Pyle: Guest columnist I would like to openly address public concerns about the recent incident at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Interim Detention Administrator Tori Sandoval and Assistant County Manager Connie Harrison have completed the investigation into the escape that occurred early last Sunday morning. The results of that investigation concern me […]

Funeral home cohosting grief seminar

CNJ staff Steed-Todd Funeral Home will cohost a special grief seminar for the public and the professional caregiver at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Steed-Todd chapel at 800 E. Manana. The seminar is presented by Alan Wolfelt, who has written more than 20 books on adult and childhood grief and has appeared on national talk […]

Officers remove badger from outside 21st Street restaurant

Sharna Johnson Whether it was looking for a late-night snack or just lost its way, a badger that wandered into the bushes at a Clovis fast-food restaurant Sunday night attracted a lot more attention than it bargained for. Around 8 p.m. Clovis police and animal control were dispatched to Taco Box on 21st Street across […]

TRICARE young adult fees costly

Adult children of military members and retirees now can buy TRICARE health insurance coverage out to age 26, and that coverage can be purchased back to Jan. 1 this year. The cost is steep, however, with the premium set at $186 a month for coverage under the fee-for-service TRICARE Standard plan or the preferred provider […]

Literacy programs merging

Liliana Castillo The Curry County Literacy Council is being absorbed by the Adult Basic Education program at Clovis Community College. The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy’s budget was cut 57 percent by the Legislature. That means the coalition will be providing limited funding to each of the 26 literacy councils in the state. By combining […]

Coverage extension comes at price

This spring, though an exact date is not yet set, TRICARE coverage will be made available to young adult military dependents out to the age 26, and that extra coverage will be available retroactively to Jan. 1 this year. But for this expansion in TRICARE coverage, by as much as three to five years, these […]

Curry jail seeking accreditation

CNJ staff Curry County is one of two counties seeking jail accreditation. Curry and Chaves counties have entered the Adult Detention Professional Standard Council’s accreditation program, a joint initiative of the New Mexico Association of Counties and the New Mexico Municipal League, according to a press release from the NMAC. Once accepted into the program, […]

Investigation reveals several injuries to 6-month-old

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Fain By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An examination by doctors found a 6-month-old boy, whose mother is in jail charged with abuse, had multiple broken bones, bruises and other injuries, some of them weeks old. Amanda Fain, 21, was arrested Thursday night for child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and is being held […]

Contraband reports up at jail

Sharna Johnson The Curry County Adult Detention Center has seen a spike in contraband discoveries the past two months, timed with the launch of inmate work details at the facility. During July and August, detention officers patrolling the outside and public areas of the jail have found and turned over about a dozen contraband items […]

Teen charged in ENMU student’s slaying

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Courtesy photo ENMU student Angel Vale of Roswell was shot three times in a side yard of her home July 22. Sharna Johnson A 13-year-old boy charged with murder in the slaying of a 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student cannot be charged as an adult. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Monday state statute prevents […]

School supplies still relevant in adult life

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist It’s official … school supplies are out at all the stores. Newspapers are full of ads on school supplies and cardboard stands in stores have all the school supply lists from the surrounding towns. With the passing of July 4th, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside and anyone […]

Tough to make adult choice

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She nzever actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Curry detention inmates on the move

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Detention officers oversee transfer of inmates Friday at the Curry County Adult Detention Center. CNJ staff Numerous male inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center were loaded onto a corrections bus Friday morning. Sheriff Matt Murray has said he planned to downsize the jail’s population to make it possible […]

Season bringing out spirit of community

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The excitement among small people is building to a level that is almost unbearable, as the day of Christmas draws closer. In homes like ours, where Santa Claus is a reality, the attendant efforts to keep that major secret of the season reach new heights. How long has it been […]

Man sentenced for drug smuggling

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to four years in prison for having a woman sneak drugs into the jail. Paul Apodaca was convicted Friday of conspiracy to traffic narcotics into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. In October 2008, a detention officer […]

Ortiz vies for jail administrator position

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lt. Holly MIttlemark talks with an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Communicating with the inmates on a regular bases is critical to maintaining control of the jail according to Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz has […]

Mom creates parenting group

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michelle Druba, mother of 2, decided to start a parenting group to provide support to herself and other Clovis parents. Michelle Druba has lived in Clovis on and off for over 10 years. When she returned to Clovis as an adult, she wanted to meet other moms and dads. She […]

New detention center security chief believes communication is key

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Maj. Carlos Ortiz, left, created a Special Operations Response Team to deal with situations at the jail. He said they function much like a SWAT team. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center’s new chief security officer believes communication is the key to safety. Maj. […]

Mistakenly released inmate back in custody

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John “ToyToy” Garcia was taken into custody Tuesday morning after being mistakenly released from the jail. CNJ staff John “ToyToy” Garcia, an inmate released in error from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, turned himself in to his parole officer Tuesday morning. According to Tia Bland, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Corrections, Garcia, […]