Family unsure what triggered dog attack

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Budda, a male pit bull, awaits his fate Tuesday at the Clovis Animal Shelter. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An ordinary family afternoon turned to panic when Miguel Ibarra heard little Arianna’s screams and turned to see her being viciously attacked by a dog. While his other children watched […]

Press Release: Winter storm warning until Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow…which is in effect from 5 p.m. this afternoon to 11 a.m. Tuesday. • Snow accumulations…snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches below 7,500 feet can be expected with 6 to 12 inches above 7,500 feet. Locally higher amounts will be […]

Judge declares mistrial in murder case

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anthony Ray Casillas, 23, listens Tuesday as prosecutor Andrea Reeb presents opening arguments to a jury. Casillas is accused of shooting and killing two people in 2008. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A district judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the murder trial of Anthony Ray Casillas after a […]

Snow making driving hazardous

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Stephanie Taylor, of Clovis, puts her groceries away Tuesday in the Albertsons parking lot. Taylor said she just got back from Lubbock and despite the snowfall had to buy groceries because she still has to eat. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The third snowfall of the season dumped as […]

For some, serving brings satisfaction

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha McNeil hands a plate of food to a fellow volunteer during the Lighthouse Mission’s Thanksgiving meal Thursday. McNeil said she has volunteered on Thanksgiving for five years because she enjoys helping others. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They spent their Thanksgiving afternoon serving others, and they wouldn’t have […]

Injured officer set to return to work

An incident in which a Curry County Adult Detention Center inmate stabbed a detention officer Monday is under investigation. Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz said Miguel Martinez, 26, had minor wounds to the torso in the attack. Martinez is scheduled to return to work today. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said inmate Nick Trujillo, 36, […]

Weather could be severe Thursday afternoon

The National Weather Service is warning eastern New Mexico could see severe weather on Thursday afternoon. Senior Forecaster Tim Shy reports the region is under “slight risk” for weather damage in all counties bordering Texas and eastern DeBaca County. “Thunderstorms will … expand rapidly to the east and reach the potential for large hail and […]

Truck hits I HOP

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis police responded to I HOP Restaurant around 3 p.m. after a woman drove her vehicle into the restaurant’s building. Clovis Police officer Roland Kroeger retrieves insurance and general information from Jesus Hita after his wife drove their vehicle into the I HOP Restaurant late Friday afternoon. There were no […]

Woman’s death nicknamed ‘bathtub murder’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the early afternoon hours of Saturday, June 19, 1993, concerned neighbors reported hearing a scuffle and a woman’s screams coming from a duplex at 406 S. Avenue B in Portales. Police entered an unlocked front door to find 21-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Kelton dead in a partially filled bathtub, […]

Power outage in Portales

After wind knocked down a transmission line serving parts of Portales on Monday, 3,136 customers were without power for as long as almost 2 1/2 hours, Xcel Energy spokesmen said. Spokesman Troy Foos said the power went off in stages, but the longest time before it was restored was two hours and 20 minutes. Spokesman […]

Education feature: Melrose afterschool program meeting with success

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By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A new afternoon program at Melrose School is proving itself through better grades for some students while helping working parents. “We want to give our children a little extra boost in their work,” said third grade teacher Eileen Massey. “Some children don’t have help at home with their homework. […]

Torres calls CNJ a fourth time

Fugitive Noe Torres called a Clovis News Journal reporter Friday afternoon for the fourth time since Dec. 19. In the more than a 30 minute call, Torres, as he has in his previous calls, professed his innocence and alleged corruption on the part of investigators and prosecutors. The only new information Torres provided was that […]

Code names don’t tell real story

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Sanity is why I want to be in the White House. Monday afternoon, I found out the Secret Service has tagged the family of President-elect Barack Obama with codenames, all beginning with “R.” I don’t think I particularly like Barack Obama’s actual codename of “Renegade.” If you take […]

ENMU squads hope to be dark horse contenders

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Eastern New Mexico University junior center Donovan Schultz is one of 14 new players on the Greyhound roster this season. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound and Zia basketball teams began practice Wednesday afternoon, and both teams had an extra bounce in their steps […]

Woman robbed at gunpoint Monday

CNJ staff A woman was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Clovis convenience store Monday afternoon, according to Clovis police. According to a CPD press release: • The victim was sitting in a vehicle parked in front of Allsup’s at Grand and Prince streets around 3:30 p.m. when a man pointed a […]

No injuries reported in KFC shooting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Interim police chief Mike Ingram arrives on the scene Wednesday afternoon of a shooting at Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. CNJ staff Shots were fired, but no injuries were reported during an incident at Clovis’ Kentucky Fried Chicken on Wednesday afternoon. A KFC manager said the shooting occurred near the restaurant’s […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to curb electricity use Monday afternoon

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy is asking electric customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electric demand and limits in generation and transmission capacity on Monday afternoon. The utility company urges consumers to limit their power use through 7 p.m. in order to reduce the strain on […]

Purpose is to serve God, not ourselves

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Years ago I had an experience at church camp that left a lasting imprint on my life. At our cabin meeting, our counselor explained that there would be tryouts for camp pianist that afternoon. I had been taking lessons since the third grade and I thought that I was qualified.

Deer travels within Clovis

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A deer spent Tuesday night inside a salvage yard on West Seventh Street in Clovis. The Clovis Animal Control Office was called but the deer escaped Wednesday afternoon. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer An adult deer trapped overnight in a Clovis wreckage yard escaped Wednesday afternoon while the city’s animal control officer was brainstorming […]

Golden Gloves gears for weekend action

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Bill “Ski” Maiejewski, left, and Ken Krause of Clovis place covers over a turnbuckle in the boxing ring on Thursday at Roy Walker Community Center. They were helping prepare the facility for this weekend’s New Mexico Golden Gloves tournament. By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent On Thursday afternoon, a variety of […]