Friday morning briefing: Certified, all about trains and the day the music died

Good morning a welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Certified Curry County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Beni Dampier has earned her certificate as a New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor. Dampier says the program is a lengthy series of classes and study to help her be a better public servant as well as improve her […]

Elida teen dies in one-vehicle rollover

Freedom New Mexico An Elida teenager died Friday afternoon from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover in southern Roosevelt County earlier in the day, according to state police. Brittn’y Mowell, 17, was driving a 2003 Pontiac minivan east on South Roosevelt Road 24 about 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, according to […]

Mom was wiser than she realized

My mother died one year ago tomorrow. My niece Carol — her primary caregiver and one of several grandchildren and great-grandchildren that my parents raised — and I went through mother’s modest possessions trying to decide who would want what. None of her six kids, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren or six great-great-grandchildren is starving, so […]

Clovis man dies Sunday in one-vehicle accident

Freedom New Mexico A 41-year-old Clovis man died Sunday in a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Caesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to an incident report from Clovis police. Hector Cordova-Urbina of Clovis died about 12:30 p.m. in an alley south of Dale Street when the vehicle he was driving struck a […]

Shooting victims remembered for kindness

Robin Fornoff Family, friends and acquaintances struggled Saturday with the reality of what investigators are calling the murders of Ramon and Crusita Sena of Clovis by their adopted son, Daniel Sena, who also killed himself. Ramon Sena, 64, died late Friday at a Lubbock Hospital, hours after investigators said they discovered him wounded multiple times […]

Apple: Steve Jobs has died

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San Jose Mercury News/MCTGary Reyes Steve Jobs, seen in this file photo from April 2010, has died. Jobs was 56. CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. said the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday. He was 56.“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” the company said in a brief statement.“Steve’s […]

No one ‘box’ can contain God

I once saw John Denver, hair wet and with a clothes bag tossed over his shoulder, heading through a hotel lobby toward the desk. Two weeks or so later, he crashed his plane and died. Christian author Max Lucado is still very much alive and writing fine books. In his book Fearless he tells about […]

Hotel Clovis redevelopment still possible

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File photo The affordable housing ordinance’s failure — more than 58 percent of voters disapproved — has left a gap in funding that will now have to fill to accomplish the proposed project. Sharna Johnson While the Affordable Housing Ordinance died at the polls Tuesday, a proposed project to redevelop Hotel Clovis isn’t off the […]

Osama bin Laden: Born into privilege, died the face of evil

By Rick Montgomery and Scott Canon: McClatchy Newspapers The tall, lean, rich man’s son could have spent his life lounging about Saudi Arabia in luxury. Instead, Osama bin Laden chose to kill. As a young man, he shot at Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. In middle age, he turned his wrath and far-reaching resources against the […]

National Review publisher helped end Soviet era

Freedom Communications Americans today are blessed with many, many diverse opinions in print, online and on cable TV. But in the mid-1950s, only a few publications, and none of the three major TV networks, espoused conservative or libertarian opinions. It was a time when most of the nation, especially in power centers such as New […]

Clovis shooting victim dies

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday from wounds received in a shooting last week. Daniel Perez died at 9:15 a.m. (CST) at a Lubbock hospital, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Perez’ death marks the first homicide of the year in Curry County. Police records indicate deputies were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. April 13 […]

Officials: Giraffe died after fall

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Hillcrest Zoo’s giraffe Jael eyes a heated barn in her enclosure Monday afternoon. Zoo keepers say giraffes Jael and Jay frequently went inside to escape the cold during cold weather last week. Jay was euthanized Saturday after he was injured in a fall. Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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File photo Jay the giraffe was moved to Clovis’ Hillcrest Zoo on Oct. 10. He died Saturday, nearly five months after his arrival. Kevin Wilson Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen […]

In tribute: Clovis Bataan survivor never passed up chance to go out

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Courtesy photo Buren Johnston, left, and Lee Roach at a monument in Albuquerque’s Bataan Memorial Park. Johnston and Roach were two of 89 men from Curry County who survived the Bataan Death March. Roach died Thursday. Johnston is believed to be the only remaining Bataan survivor still living in Clovis. Kevin Wilson Thousands of American […]

Convicted Clovis native killed in Hobbs prison

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Paul Lasner, 31, died Monday in a Hobbs prison while serving a life sentence for a 1997 shooting. Police are investigating the death as a homicide. Sharna Johnson A 30-year-old Clovis man serving a life sentence in prison for a 1997 murder was killed Monday at a Hobbs facility. Paul Lasner was transported from the […]

Youth dies in Tucumcari crash

A 16-year-old Tucumcari youth died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover on I-40, according to New Mexico State Police

Weekly update — Nov. 28

Inmate died of natural causes Medical investigators have ruled a 58-year-old Curry County inmate died of natural causes. Jose Segovia suffered severe heart and kidney issues and had survived a prior heart attack, according to an autopsy report obtained this week from the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigators. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office has […]

Family: Mother of three who died ‘good person’

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Mary Castillo, 56, died Thursday afternoon from injuries she sustained in a crash Wednesday night. Sharna Johnson Mary Castillo was a mother of three and a “good person” who had a lot of friends in the community. Angel Martinez said his family is still in shock at his sister’s traumatic death Thursday. Castillo, 56, lived […]

Police release identity of 73-year-old fire victim

CNJ staff A 73-year-old who died when his trailer home caught fire Monday was wheelchair-bound and deaf, according witness statements included in a police incident report. Porfirio Tenorio’s name was released Tuesday by police. Police have said they believe Tenorio succumbed to smoke inhalation as he tried to get out of his burning home. Firefighters […]

Autopsy indicates Clovis girl did not suffocate

CNJ staff Preliminary autopsy findings show a 2-year-old Clovis girl did not suffocate as police initially thought. Aspen Reiller died Sunday after her parents reported they woke around 10 a.m. and found her unconscious and not breathing. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her […]