In death, teen gave life

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Donna Durham, right, received a kidney from Wilfred Salas, son of Velma Valdez. Salas was shot and killed earlier this year. Durham is holding up a shirt with his photo. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In life, he did not follow a straight and narrow path. In death, Wilfred Salas […]

In tribute: High school junior remembered for aspirations

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Cory Holcomb had plans. He wanted to be an expert in automotive mechanics. He enjoyed heavy metal music and wanted to start a band. He aspired to be a professional body builder. Holcomb, a junior at Clovis High School, died Dec. 28 in a two-vehicle accident at a county […]

Court records: Suspect tells police McNaughton died at his home

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Accused killer James Smith told police Laura McNaughton “died very quickly” at his home after they engaged in a “very physical embrace,” according to court documents unsealed Friday. In an interview with law-enforcement authorities, Smith said he placed McNaughton’s body on his back porch after she died, then went to sleep, […]

Arrest affidavit from McNaughton slaying released

Here is the affidavit for arrest warrant filed with the 9th Judicial District Court by Clovis Police Detective Roman J. Romero: On 121005 at about 1424 hours, Deputies of the Curry County Sheriffs Office and the New Mexico State Police were dispatched to the area of Curry County Road C and County Road 16. Two […]

Investigators busy chasing leads

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Local authorities investigate a scene oeast of Clovis where a man reportedly stabbed himself. By David Stevens: CNJ editor Rumors about the region’s most recent homicide are frustrating law-enforcement officers as they attempt to verify or dispel them, Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman said on Wednesday. “We’re just getting lots of phone calls … we’re […]

Still no arrests made in weekend homicide

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer About 40 people have been interviewed, but no arrests had been made by Monday night in connection with the weekend death of a 30-year-old Clovis woman, officials said. Police said hunters found Laura McNaughton’s body in a ditch near the Pleasant Hill community north of Clovis on Saturday afternoon. […]

Local believes eyes window to human health

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According to Hale and other iridologists, the iris is a map of the body, and each of its sections corresponds to a body part or an organ. (CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary […]

Radical union tried to put working class on top

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Ï doubt if anyone in Clovis remembers the radical union organization I.W.W. founded in 1905 in Chicago. Its purpose was “to put the working class in possession of the world.” Most people called them the “Wobblies.” One of their members, a streetcorner Socialist whose death provoked an investigation that trailed off […]

No arrests in connection with Causey death

Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials said Thursday night no arrests have been made in connection with last week’s death of Bo Chunn, a 71-year-old rancher whose body was found at his home in the village of Causey. Initial investigation revealed Chunn died of a single gunshot wound that came through his window, officials said. However, […]

Angels in disguise appear when needed

By Helene Rodriguez People will come and go in our lives and I believe the same is true for angels. This is the story of one “guardian angel” — someone who briefly appeared in my life to help me through a difficult time. She was the nurse who took care of me the night I […]

Top stories in 2004: Greenwalt battles through adversity

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis’ Cisti Greenwalt is finally living up to her potential at Texas Tech after an off-season filled with adversity. With her long reach and uncanny timing — she’s Tech’s all-time leading shot blocker — the 6-foot-5 senior has always been a defensive presence. This season she’s shown the offensive […]

Clovis’ first full-service day spa opens

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Brook Abernathy recently opened the Hydrations Day Spa, the first full-service day spa in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Some area residents were happy to learn last week that a healthy dose of poshness has arrived in Clovis. A full-service day spa has opened on Commerce Street that […]

Former frat brothers at odds on state position

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A former Eastern New Mexico University student-body president is at the center of a tug of war among the state’s most prominent student leaders, some of whom want to strip him of his title as the president of the Associated Students of New Mexico. Bob Cornelius, ENMU’s student body […]

On the shelves

Books available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Vanity Fair’s Hollywood edited by Graydon Carter was given by Bert and LaMoin Williams in memory of Rosemond Booth Hatch. The definitive book of its kind presents a collection of classic photographs, essays and drawings depicting a century of Hollywood power, glamour, myth and mystery from 1914 to […]

Zap: County police have a 50,000 volt reminder not to break law

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Curry County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sandy Loomis demonstrates the X26 Taser gun Wednesday at the sheriff’s office. (Photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor About a month and a half ago a Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placing a suspect into custody when somebody began charging toward him and threatening his life. The […]

Clovis grad draws guard duty for escorting of Reagan’s body.

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER A Clovis High School graduate and U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard member stood guard as former President Ronald Reagan’s flag-draped casket was escorted from California to Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Brian Wanzor guarded the Boeing 747 used to transport Reagan’s body from Point Mugu, Calif., for national memorial services to […]

Fort Sumner man charged in wife’s death

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner man was charged Friday with an open count of murder in the death of his wife, then attempted suicide while in police custody, an official with the New Mexico State Police said. Jose Garcia, 48, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center in Tucumcari […]

Teen charged with first-degree murder

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Portales teenager on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca […]

Man killed four days before armistice

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer In 1907, Charles Ledbetter came to Curry County when it was still a pioneer community only recently connected to the rest of the world via the new Santa Fe railroad line. A few years later he became one of the first three graduates of Clovis High School. “Charles […]

Girl’s body ID’d

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor PORTALES — Portales residents expressed shock and grief on Tuesday after police identified the body of a woman found on Friday, buried in a Portales back yard. Amber Robinson, 20, a former student at Broad Horizons in Portales, made a lasting impression on friends, who described her as a […]