Second brother charged with murder in April slaying of Portales teen

Freedom Newspapers A second man was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in his back yard. Clifford Baca, 20, also faces charges of tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with the death of 19-year-old Amber Robinson, according to […]

California man trying to keep boyhood promise

By Mike Linn: CNJ new editor A few days after 3-year-old David Lucas’ sister died from complications during childbirth he stopped by her gravesite and made her a promise. Forty years later he’s trying his best to keep it. “I told her I’d be back, that when I got older I’d come back and get […]

Genuine talent in danger of replacement

Letters to the editor I saw the June 11 Amos column on the poor fellow whose “bug band” had ’em rockin’ like bigtime in imaginary church. Church traditionalists seem to have risen “as one man” (Judges 20:8) and thrown band equipment off the comfy-fun church altar stage and onto hard pavement. Maybe Amos and the […]

Military families want flags for veterans’ graves

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Leon Morris wants to hear from local relatives of United States military veterans. Two local veterans’ groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 3280 and 3015, coordinate the annual Memorial Day placement of American flags on the graves of Curry County veterans. However, Morris said members of local veterans’ […]

Billy the Kid back in middle of controversy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Fort Sumner Mayor Raymond Lopez on Tuesday accused the De Baca County sheriff of “trying to cause a war in De Baca County, city versus county” over testing a body buried in Fort Sumner Cemetery to see if it is really Billy the Kid. In a press release, city officials object […]

Truck hijacking in ’83 was comedy of errors

Don McAlavy The 1983 hijacking of a tractor-trailer truck loaded with 38,550 pounds of meat should have been made into a Hollywood comic-action movie by now. The hijacking of the meat truck in Friona, Texas, was not funny, but the incident became comic when an assorted cast of characters brought the meat truck into Curry […]

Billy the Kid probably a media creation

By Ned Cantwell Somewhere between heaping one more spoonful of potato salad onto the plate and decorating the hot dog with colorful pickles and mustard, a sense of foreboding clouds this celebration of our independence. Nagging thoughts: – Where in the heck are those WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)? – When will the next TIM […]

Cemetery cleaning ‘long overdue’

Janet Bresenham TEXICO — For nearly six years, Darlene Curry has come often to the Texico Cemetery on the outskirts of town, finding comfort at the gravesides of her only daughter, Wendi Homer, 25, and her only granddaughter, 4-month-old Allie Homer, who died in a car accident on an icy road between Melrose and Fort […]