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. […]