Anniversaries —

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Barela Eugene and Esperanza Barela of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at La Casa Sena Cantina in Santa Fe. The dinner will be hosted by the Barela children: Patricia, Simon, Matthew, Mario and Mark. Reservations can be made at www.lacasasena.com. The couple was married Feb. 17, 1961, in Santa […]

Glance at top NM races

The Associated Press (AP) 11-02-10 20:48,, U.S. House District 1 25 of 462 precincts – 5 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 59,279 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 59,190 – 50 percent

Clovis man killed in crash near Farwell

A 65-year-old Clovis man is dead after a single vehicle crash Monday morning near Farwell. Liberato G. Barela was westbound on U.S. 70/84 just before 3 a.m. (CDT) in Parmer County when his 2000 Chevrolet SUV veered off the road into the center median and struck a tree, according to Trooper Gabriel Medrano with the […]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela reads a PowerPoint slide of comments an eyewitness said he made while he was beating Ron Hittson to death in April. Barela faces life plus 33 years for the murder. By Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the guilty verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After […]

Opening arguments in murder trial to begin

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Opening arguments are expected today in the first-degree murder trial of a 25-year-old Roswell man accused of beating a Tucumcari truck driver to death in April. Brandon Barela is facing life in prison if convicted in the April death of 51-year-old Ron Hittson, whose body was discovered near Clovis. […]

Suspect arrested in homicide

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo A 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver and the man suspected of beating him to death and leaving his body in a ditch were drinking together at Webb’s Watering Hole and later Clovis City Limits, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police believe an argument after a […]

Poetry doubles as therapy

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nico Barela, of Las Vegas, N.M., says “my poems are my life story.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer On paper and off, Nico Barela, 17, can break your heart. “Have you ever lived my life? Spent one minute in my shoes? If you haven’t, then tell me why you […]

Career Expo deemed success

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Caroline Holman of Clovis talks with Ron Appling, left, and Dave Richmond, center, of Wayland Baptist University on Saturday during the Career Expo at the Clovis Civic Center. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Despite a lower than expected turnout, employers, job seekers and organizers called this weekend’s Career Expo at […]

Office treasures

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Debbie Spriggs keeps her workspace cheerful with Mickey Mouse items at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The way people decorate their desk or office can reveal a lot about them. We asked several Curry and Roosevelt county workers to share with us their most […]

4-9 Anniversaries

Barela Eugene and Esperanza Barela of Clovis will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary at 6:00 p.m. on April 15 at the American Legion Post 25 with family and friends. The celebration will be hosted by Patricia Lindsey and husband Herbert, Simon Barela and wife Maria, Matthew Barela of Clovis, Mario Barela and wife Maria (Rosie) […]