County ghost story believable

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Back in 1994 when Harold Kilmer, Ike Stanford, and I were searching old cemeteries in Curry County, Sis Simmons, the local radio personality, who grew up as Alma Willoughby near Field, told me there was a cemetery we had missed out there. As a young girl she witnessed a 13-year-old […]

March 27, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 a.m. March 16 an officer responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Chaparral for a vehicle fire. When the officer arrived, he observed an SUV parked in the carport of the residence fully engulfed in flames and a […]

Portales woman sentenced for son’s death

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman who said God told her to flush the devil from her 6-year-old son was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in the boy’s death, according to the district attorney’s office. Teresa Gilman, 26, was arrested in January 2007 after an ambulance was […]

Life: Our vessel for doing Lord’s work

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist The following story is one I heard first hand from one who knows. A multi-million dollar organization for seriously ill children was the inspiration of a young Jewish boy living in a concentration camp in Europe. His parents had both been killed by the Nazis, and only the young boy […]

Jan. 23 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon Jan. 12 an officer responded to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Way for a disruptive student. An administrator told the officer a 13-year-old boy was to the office for being disruptive. While in the office, the man […]

Lone Scout remembered as wise man

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist A Lone Scout, they tell me, is a Boy Scout without a troop or a troop leader. I didn’t know about the Lone Scout program until I met a Lone Scout who has been living in Clovis a long time. He was Sam Covington, who reached the age of 93, […]

Tucumcari man charged with murder

Staff reports A Tucumcari man has been charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy, a spokesman for the State Police said. Marcos Martinez, 22, is charged in connection with child’s death on Sept. 19, said State Police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia. He is being held without […]

Our God is stronger than any storm

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Boy, the weather’s been weird lately. As I write, some of my good friends and family down south are scrambling to get out of Dodge (make that “Houston”) as Hurricane Ike gets ready to come ashore. (In the old days, you may recall, hurricanes were all women. Hmm. Ike […]

Second teen arrested in KFC shooting

CNJ staff A 15-year-old Clovis boy was arrested Wednesday and charged as an accessory to last week’s shooting at a busy fast-food restaurant.According to a press release from the Clovis Police Department, the teen was with 17-year-old Cipriano Robles on Sept. 3, when Robles is suspected of shooting a .22-caliber gun in the parking lot […]

Sept. 5, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 p.m. Aug. 26 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence for a battery report. A male juvenile holding a bag of ice in his lap told the officer he was battered during football practice at a school in the 1500 […]

June 30, 2008 Anniversaries

Richardson George and Rosa Richardson of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m. Friday in Santa Rosa. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married June 29, 1958, in New York. They have four children, 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is a carpenter. She is […]

Portales youth drowns

Freedom New Mexico A 9 1/2-month-old Portales boy drowned Wednesday in the bathtub of his family’s residence in the 600 block of University Drive, according to Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. Berry said police responded to a 911 call at 9 p.m. to the residence of Jennifer and Steven Russell after they found their son […]

May 15, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday an officer responded to a school in the 500 block of 14th Street for a student with a knife. The principal said a student turned a knife into a teacher that another student had put in his pocket. […]

Children involved in stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 9-year-old Clovis boy attempted to stab a 7-year-old neighbor with a steak knife Monday while his 11-year-old sister held the victim down, according to police. The victim’s wounds were superficial and her mother opted to treat them at home, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney, spokesman for the Clovis […]

Local resident wins national music honor

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Courtesy photo Former Portales and Clovis resident B.J. Brooks recently won a national competition for his musical composition to accompany a song called “Thou Art the Light.” By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the […]

Jury to deliberate Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Prosecutor Matt Chandler shows defendant Edward Salas a transcript of statements he made previously to police and asked him if he needed help remembering what he said. Salas took the stand Thursday at his murder trial at the Curry County Courthouse. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Lawyers will deliver […]

March 23, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon Monday an officer was contacted by officials at a school in the 1400 block of Cameo for a disruptive student.Four teachers submitted written statements that a 14-year-old boy was a constant disruption in class. […]

Clovis character shows off court

By Mike Thomson: Guest columnist When my son was 2, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Because of this, he has to spend time in the hospital receiving treatments every now and then. These treatments can last up to two weeks and can be very draining for a child. Especially when that child is a […]

‘Big Boy’ Martin defended his father’s honor

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Marvin “Big Boy” Martin was born Nov. 8, 1885, in Calloway County, Ky., and because of his father’s ill health (asthma), his family came to New Mexico on Nov. 12, 1906. His father, Richard “Uncle Dick” Martin homesteaded near Blacktower, southeast of Field. “My father built and ran a hotel […]

Jan. 8, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 1 a.m. Dec. 30 an officer responded to a home in the 2000 block of La Fonda Road for an injured subject. A 16-year-old boy told the officers he had been jumped and was bleeding from his side. […]