Roosevelt County man shot in leg

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A 19-year-old Roosevelt County man was shot in the leg sometime Sunday night in Portales, but police aren’t sure exactly where the incident occurred or who shot him. Police were summoned to Roosevelt General Hospital by an emergency room desk clerk at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The clerk reported a patient with […]

Brown, Jeffrey J.

Jeffrey J. Brown, 57, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, in Punta Gorda, Fla., following a lengthy illness. He was born June 1, 1948, in Portales to J.J. and Betty Brown. A 1966 from Portales High graduate, he attended Eastern New Mexico University from 1966 to 1967, and graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock in 1972 […]

Rosa Chavez

Rosa Chavez, 74, of Clovis died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1931, in Santa Rosa to Sotero and Louisa Valencia Chavez. She married Cristobal Chavez on Nov. 4, 1950, in Santa Rosa. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. […]

Valdez, Christopher B.

Christopher Benito Valdez, 4 months and 26 days, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, in Clovis. He is preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Angel Martinez; and his great-uncle, Lupe. He is survived by his mother, Dellia Romero of Clovis; father Benito Valdez of Clovis; a brother Gustavo Angel Valdez of Clovis; grandparents Fred and Tita […]

Chavez, Erlinda

Erlinda Chavez, 84, of Clovis, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born July 21, 1921, to Margarito and Castella Ribera Gallegos in Vaughn. She married Jose Inez Chavez Sept. 7, 1937, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Community. She is […]

Mondragon, Jose “Adan”

Jose “Adan” Mondragon, 62, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born March 29, 1943, in Clovis to Conrado and Juanita Cordova Mondragon. He married Lucy Baca on Oct. 20, 1972, in Clovis. He was a foreman at Clovis Steam Laundry. He was a member of Our […]

Baca, Mary G.

Mary Guadalupe Baca, 66, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at her home. She was born on Jan. 20, 1939, in Dilia, to Antonio and Nicanora Garcia Baca. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Family members said she loved to sew and cook. She was preceded […]

1/20 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Jan. 11 through Wednesday: • Vincent Antonio, 23, to Lee Stella Hutchins, 25, both of Clovis • Jeremy Roger Shonkwiler, 28, to Jennifer Lynn Vigil, 24, both of Clovis • Victor Pules Rojas , 23, to Selena Marie Saiz, 26, both of Clovis • Jesus […]

New sheriff appointed for De Baca County

CNJ staff Mike Chavez, Fort Sumner’s chief of police, will be sworn in as sheriff of De Baca County on Dec. 30, De Baca County Commissioner Powhatan Carter III said Monday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10 after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. […]

De Baca sheriff announced Monday

Staff reports The name of a new sheriff for De Baca County will be announced at Monday’s County Commission meeting, De Baca County Commissioner Joe Steele said Friday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10, after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. Graves was accused […]

Supreme Court rules not to hear Graves’ appeal

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer It is official. Gary Graves is no longer sheriff of De Baca County. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday it will not hear Graves’ appeal to overturn a November recall election, according to court documents. De Baca County citizens voted to recall Graves on Nov. 10 after a […]

12/4 Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: Bernardo Baca refers to a newspaper story promotion that referenced zoo animals and jail inmates being watched and fed on Thanksgiving. Paper’s zoo animal reference insensitive A recent inference that inmates are equal to the animals at the zoo is an outrage! I am very offended and cannot believe that you could be […]

Word choice not intentionally rude

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor I get a lot of jail mail. Most of it’s from mistreated, misunderstood innocent people, of course, whose purpose for writing is usually beyond my limited intellectual capacity. But a letter last week from Bernardo Baca III caught my attention because it was not 83 pages long, it did not […]

Rodriguez, Adriana

Adriana L. Rodriguez, 20, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1985, to Diana (Baca) and Arthur Rodriguez. She graduated from Portales High School in May 2003. Family members said she enjoyed music, movies, and her computer she received from the New Mexico Make-A-Wish Foundation. She […]

Instructor combines teaching martial arts with Christian faith

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Students in Marc Anthony Baca’s Team Armageddon class listen as he reads scripture from the Bible Thursday at his karate studio in Clovis. The class combines martial arts and the Bible. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The children stand with feet apart, arms extended, little hands tightly clenched in fists. […]

De Baca sheriff leaves office

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Swept out of office in a recall election, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves handed over the keys Thursday to the office he ran for nearly three years. The request came in the form of a letter from the De Baca County Commission on Thursday morning […]

Voters recall sheriff, but Gary Graves’ fate still unclear

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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves pauses during an interview Wednesday at the De Baca County Courthouse in Fort Sumner. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — De Baca County voters recalled Sheriff Gary Graves from office on Wednesday, but a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 22 may ultimately […]

De Baca recall election back on — for now

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has instructed De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew to proceed with today’s scheduled sheriff recall election. The move comes on the heel’s of Monday’s ruling by a State Appeals Court judge to postpone the vote to determine whether Sheriff Gary Graves stays in […]

State judge postpones sheriff recall vote

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * More than 300 votes cast during early-voting period, officials say. A judge on Monday suspended Wednesday’s recall election of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Jonathan B. Sutin of the State Court of Appeals declared the recall election suspended “pending further order of the court,” according to court documents. […]

Buffs host Longhorns in playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The formations look the same, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, even if the personnel — and the team name — have changed. The defending six-man state champion and top-seeded Buffaloes begin their title defense at 7 p.m. today contest against Roy-Wagon Mound at Melrose. Roybal noted the last time […]