Investigator: Officials broke chain of command

Robin Fornoff A private investigator has determined Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and former Finance Director Mark Lansford each broke chain of command in a dispute over a cost of living pay raise for County Manager Lance Pyle. Investigator Doug Shawn of Universal Investigation Services in Albuquerque was hired after Lansford filed a grievance Jan. [...]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Curry County Under Sheriff Wesley Waller and investigator Waldo Casarez at an Oct. 14 crime scene on Homestead Road where two people was reported dead at the scene. Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of [...]

Standoff ends with man in custody

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Police Lt. Doug Ford leads stabbing suspect Antoine Brigham, 29, from a house Thursday at 1021 N. Gidding St., where police say they found him hiding in the attic after a 2 1/2 hour standoff. Brigham is accused of stabbing his roommate, Brand Hutchinson, 20, in the house earlier [...]

Managing our national resources

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Years ago (after the 1950s drought broke him) my father had a business helping other ranchers get rid of invasive saguaro cactus. It was set up so the government helped with the cost, although I don’t know the details. He had two tractors and other equipment. They dug the [...]

Officials: Inmate broke out windows of transport vehicle

CNJ staff An inmate who didn’t want to be transferred to state prison is facing felony criminal damage charges after sheriff’s officials say he broke out the windows of a transport vehicle. Around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Michael Padilla became violent and had to be extracted from his cell and restrained after he refused to leave [...]

All creatures could use comfort

Twas the day before Christmas and boy was it cold I broke ice on the tanks and scattered feed on the snow The cattle all came to the pickup’s horn and grabbed the feed in great hungry bites Then down from the trees flew a bunch of little birds They joined the cows and I [...]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Manuel Thomas traces a map of Pearl Harbor as he recounts where each ship was the day of the 1941 attack by the Japanese. A Hawaii native, Thomas worked as a welder in the harbor until after the war. Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and [...]

Always best to think for yourself

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I wanted static, but got the word of God. The radio in my car broke, though no fault of mine (in case the warranty people are reading this). I made a call to get it replaced. No problem, they said, and it would be great if I could come [...]

Heifer broke convention at county livestock show

By Glenda Price During the latter part of the 19th century American cattlemen discovered England’s Hereford cattle, and began importing them. The idea was to improve the native descendants of the Longhorns that had evolved from the cattle brought in by the Spaniards. It worked. These red-and-white cattle were easier to handle and produced succulent, [...]

Inmate escape short-lived

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer