White House should release loan documents

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed White House communications concerning the half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee for failed California solar company Solyndra, which also is under criminal investigation and has ties to a major campaign donor to President Barack Obama. We have yet to hear a good reason for the White House’s reluctance to […]

Documents detail homicide scene

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Courtesy photo Enrique Deleon Benna Sayyed Clovis police responding to a double homicide Tuesday night said they found the brother of one of the victims kneeling over the accused killer “beating him in the head with his fists,” according to court documents released Thursday. The documents, affidavits filed requesting arrest warrants, detail the scene at […]

Witness: 20-year-old admitted to slaying

Freedom New Mexico A witness told police 20-year-old Randall Jones admitted to beating a 33-year-old Tucumcari woman with a claw hammer, according to court documents released Tuesday. The documents — sworn affidavits filed by New Mexico State Police investigators — say Shirley Pacheco was found dead July 9, lying in a pool of blood next […]

Tucumcari police officer to attend anger management classes

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari police officer charged with assaulting his wife over text messages to another man will attend anger management classes. Robert Vargas agreed to attend anger management classes on March 31, according to court documents. Vargas must complete the anger management classes before a pre-trial conference set for Sept. 29, according to […]

Sentencing date set for Mesalands president

Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 14 for Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry, who on Thursday was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Barry appeared Thursday before Metro Court Judge Edward L Benavidez in Albuquerque, according to court documents. Barry entered a plea of not guilty. Benavidez found Barry guilty of […]

1-27 Legislative tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining: 22 Investment panel to review contract: The State Investment Council on Tuesday agreed to have a subcommittee review a multi-million dollar contract with the Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker law firm. As part of the contract, which is drawing scrutiny from state lawmakers this session, the firm is […]

Tucumcari man sought for domestic violence offense

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Moses Earl Ingram, 31, led police on a chase through the city and fled on foot after crashing a stolen vehicle, police said. Freedom New Mexico Quay County police are seeking a Tucumcari man they say fled police investigating a domestic violence call Friday night. According to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department, […]

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations […]

Curry County should produce jail documents

Freedom New Mexico Look who’s conducting public business in the dark again: Curry County. Long known for spending taxpayer dollars to keep citizens from finding out how their tax money is being spent, this time county officials are trying to hide a report that could tell us all how eight violent inmates — four of […]

Official: Funds audit still in planning

CNJ staff Completion of an audit of 2007 county fair funds is likely still weeks away, according to New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas.

Brumfield signs first documents as mayor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Gayla Brumfield signed her first documents as Clovis mayor during Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, including a statement of qualification and her oath of office.

Detention officer arrested for drug smuggling

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By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor A Curry County jail officer arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling marijuana into the jail said he was blackmailed by inmates. Clovis’ Carsten Douglas, 23, said an inmate stole his handcuff keys. In exchange for not telling authorities about the incident, the inmate asked the detention officer to bring […]

Tucumcari man suspect in wife’s stabbing death

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Tucumcari woman is dead and her husband is in jail. Eppie Vigil, 55, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center, accused of stabbing his wife, Lucy Vigil, 46, to death, according to court documents. Eppie Vigil was charged with an open count of murder and with tampering […]

Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

Rusty memories: Time capsule unearthed

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford, left, and Fire Chief Ray Westerman examine a time capsule Friday that was buried in 1957 at the Clovis Fire Department. The unearthing was the first event of Clovis’ centennial celebration. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The star of the show was a rusty metal […]

Drowning victim’s family receives $448,500

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The city of Clovis settled lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars in recent months, according to documents released Tuesday by city officials. The city’s insurer paid $448,500 to the family of a 3-year-old child who drowned in July 2005 at the city’s Potter Park pool, according to documents. […]

Cannon Tax Center offers free tax preparation

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The Cannon Tax Center opened Friday to assist Airmen, government employees and retirees with tax preparation. The tax office is located in the Cannon Law Center, Bldg. 60. To schedule an appointment for this free service, call 784-7304. Courtesy of the Cannon Tax Center The Cannon Tax Center can save Airmen hundreds of dollars in […]

Man arrested on federal warrant

CNJ Staff Officers responding to a domestic dispute report arrested a Portales man on a federal drug trafficking warrant in the early morning hours Thursday, according to police reports. Victor Sotelo, 24, was arrested and booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on the trafficking warrant and charges of evading police, the documents read. […]

Commissioners set to vote

CNJ STAFF City commissioners are expected to vote at today’s meeting on details concerning the second phase of the Clovis Wellness Center, according to city documents. The second phase includes the construction of offices and a pool, according to documents. The pool and offices are tentatively planned for placement at Play Inc. on Seventh Street, […]

Clovis man dupes captors

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer PORTALES — A kidnapping victim duped his captors, telling them to wait in his pickup truck while he got them some money, and instead had a coworker notify authorities while he hid, according to court documents. Two Clovis men were arrested Friday in connection with the incident that ended […]