New airline service starting in May

CNJ staff Clovis is getting a new airline service to Albuquerque starting May 1. New Mexico Airlines will offer three daily nonstop flights, according to a press release issued late Saturday. Flights will depart Albuquerque for Clovis every day at 8 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Duration of all flights is about one hour. […]

Weddings — Dec. 26

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Palmer Heather Risdon and Brian Palmer of Bosque Farm were married Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in Belen. The bride is the daughter of Keith and Lisa Risdon of Clovis and the granddaughter of Gordon and Darrell Spies of Clovis. The groom is the son of Robert and Geri Palmer of Albuquerque and the grandson […]

Clovis native elected state Republican Party chair

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Former Hobbs Mayor and Clovis native Monty Newman will serve as chairman of the state Republican Party for the next two years. Newman was elected chairman on Saturday by the state central committee. He defeated Nina Martinez, who has served as the GOP’s first vice chairman for the past […]

La Cueva escapes with 21-14 win

After being held in check most of the second half, Ronnie Daniels got loose when it counted, scooting 22 yards for the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game as La Cueva sidestepped Clovis’ upset bid 21-14. Trailing 14-0 af halftime in the Class 5A state quarterfinal contest, 10th-seed Clovis (5-7) […]

CNJ wins press association honors

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday was awarded the top prize from New Mexico Press Association at its annual Better Newspaper Contest. CNJ won the general excellence award for the fourth consecutive year, the seventh time in eight years, taking honors for news and sports reporting and advertising initiatives […]

Ex-Cannon NCO challenging half-pay for discharged gays

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins says he only wants what is given to […]

Hounds hang tight with UNM until late

By Kenn Rodriguez: FNM correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In its second straight exhibition game against a Division I opponent, Eastern New Mexico started out strong but faded late to fall to the New Mexico Lobos 80-58 at the newly renovated University Arena Wednesday night. Junior guard Stefan Mirabal enjoyed a homecoming of sorts, hitting 5 three-pointers […]

Martinez elected first female governor

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won the election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive. Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, […]

Duran to be next NM secretary of state

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s voters have decided to get rid of embattled Secretary of State Mary Herrera. The Democrat has been hampered by allegations of misconduct throughout her bid for re-election, and Republican challenger Dianna Duran has spent much of the campaign reminding voters about the troubles in Herrera’s office. Unofficial returns […]

Lujan wins 3rd Conressional District

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Steve Pearce reclaimed his old job on Tuesday, beating incumbent Democratic Rep. Harry Teague to win back the U.S. House seat he relinquished two years ago as the representative for southern New Mexico. With 63 percent of precincts reporting in unofficial returns, the Republican challenger had […]

Honors — Oct. 17

Boal Air Force Cadet Caitlin A. Boal completed six weeks of basic cadet training and has been officially accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the daughter of Stevan and Rhonda Boal of Albuquerque and granddaughter of Leo and Bootha Robinson of Portales. Boal graduated in 2009 […]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Liliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Without H1N1 pandemic this year, concern rises over vaccine rate, potential for increased flu cases

ALBUQUERQUE — Experts estimate that the H1N1 pandemic encouraged 23 percent more people nationwide, on average, to get flu shots last fall. Now that the pandemic threat is generally over, insurers like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) are concerned that members may be less motivated to vaccinate this year, which could […]

Obama visit felt like a New Mexico campaign stop

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The White House billed it as a backyard visit in Albuquerque’s south valley, a chance for a disabled Marine Corps veteran, his family and their neighbors to pull up a lawn chair and share concerns with President Barack Obama. But it sure sounded like a campaign stop […]

Attorney general race centers on fighting corruption

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — When New Mexico last elected an attorney general, it was against a backdrop of a corruption scandal involving two former state treasurers. Since then, a powerful former lawmaker was sent to federal prison, Gov. Bill Richardson’s Washington ambitions were derailed by a pay-to-play investigation and a former secretary of state […]

Sentencing date set for Mesalands president

Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 14 for Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry, who on Thursday was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Barry appeared Thursday before Metro Court Judge Edward L Benavidez in Albuquerque, according to court documents. Barry entered a plea of not guilty. Benavidez found Barry guilty of […]

Polls show King has 15-point lead over Chandler

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Chandler, King Kevin Wilson A poll on the upcoming attorney general’s race shows incumbent Gary King with a 15-point lead over Matt Chandler heading into November’s general election. King, a Democrat, was chosen by 48 percent of poll respondents, while Chandler, currently serving his second term as the district attorney for the state’s 9th Judicial […]

Weddings — Aug. 15

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Miller [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Andrea E. Roman and Michael J. B. Miller of Albuquerque were married July 24, 2010, in Albuquerque. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Jacqueline Roman of Osteva, Mich. The groom is the son of Stacy J. Miller, Jr. and Vicki Miller of Clovis. Bridesmaids were Valerie Meissner and […]

Officials say now best time to build judicial complex

Sharna Johnson Curry County could have a new jail and courthouse within two years if a $33 million bond to bankroll a new judicial complex is passed by voters. Albuquerque architect Don May said detailed designing of the facilities would take about a year with a little more than a year for construction. “In our […]

Peterson fifth in 15-16-year-old division of Sun Country Junior PGA event

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s Ethan Peterson shot a second-round 78 Tuesday to finish fifth at 9-over 155 in the boys 15-16-year-old division of the 2010 Sun Country Junior PGA Championship at Four Hills Country Club. Portales’ Paige Hartman, meantime, finished eighth in the girls 15-16 division, shooting a 96 on Tuesday for a […]