Curry County treasurer earns certification

CNJ staff Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker recently received certification as a public official from the New Mexico Association of Counties.

Traffic changes frustrate residents

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer George Baker told the city it’s not worth risking his children to educate Clovis drivers. Baker lives on Yucca Avenue, a few blocks away from the intersection of Plains Avenue and Main Street. The intersection of Plains and Main, traditionally a four-way stop, is currently a two-way stop. The […]

Lyman, Baker win county clerk, treasurer positions

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Winners of the county clerk and county treasurer races said Tuesday they will update the county Web site to allow residents to perform tasks such as paying taxes or accessing public documents. Republican county clerk candidate Coni Jo Lyman won 8,823 to 5,005 against opponent Cindy McDaniel, who ran […]

Commissioners will not appoint replacement treasurer

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission has decided not to appoint a treasurer following the resignation of Rhonda Bookout, according to a press release. Deputy County Treasurer Bernice Baker, who has been overseeing the treasurer’s office since Bookout’s resignation, will continue to manage the office until a new treasurer is elected and takes over in […]

Hounds pick up first win

Sophomore Cory Baker passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns in his first start to lead Eastern New Mexico University to a 37-24 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday night at Greyhound Stadium. Baker and Southwestern quarterback Steve Day combined for 100 pass attempts in the game. Jesse Poku had 10 catches for 124 yards […]

Two killed near Tucumcari

Quay County Sun Staff Two people were killed Thursday night in a head-on collision when a driver of one of the vehicles was traveling in the wrong lane on Interstate 40, police said. Jolene Baker, 55, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of I-40, when the vehicle driven by Guadalupe Grinols, 21, was struck, […]

County treasurer candidate profile: Bernice Baker

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Courtesty photo Bernice Baker is a candidate for Curry County Treasurer. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked Curry County treasurer candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3. Bernice Baker Party affiliation: Republican Age: 59 Occupation: Chief deputy […]

Drug court offers incarceration alternative

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Lawrence Baker knew he needed help to kick his drug habit. He found the structure and incentive he needed through the 9th Judicial Drug Court program. “I had tried to quit on my own before, through N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous),” Baker said. “But the steady regimen of (Drug Court) is what […]

Tucumcari teen dies in accident

CNJ staff A Tucumcari teen died Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident in eastern De Baca County, according to State Police Lt. Cleo Baker. Robert Marquez, 15, was driving a 1986 Jeep Cherokee south on N.M. 252 about 10 miles south of House around 8 a.m. when the vehicle left the road and rolled over […]

Business Feature: Processors pleased with peanuts

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Chaves of Portales is a picker at the Sunland peanut plant in Portales. Her team is the last line of defense in removing stems from the peanuts. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico It’s not always a golden harvest. But this year local peanut growers and processors say the […]