Artesia police investigating Portales grad’s homicide

Freedom New Mexico A former Portales woman is the victim of a homicide in Artesia. Police said Brandy Capps, 32, died at Artesia General Hospital Saturday of at least one gunshot wound. Capps is a 1996 graduate of Portales High School. Eddy County Sheriff Captain Jeff Zuniga said police have a suspect but have not [...]

Carlsbad woman chosen for jail administrator

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County announced Tuesday Lois Patricia Jones-Bean will take over as jail administrator Dec. 15. CNJ staff

Day trips: Brantley Lake State Park offers spring getaway

Compiled by William Thompson Brantley Lake State Park, located between Artesia and Carlsbad, has a 2,500-acre lake stocked with black bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. The park’s manager, Shane Phipps, said officials have recently noticed another species. “The game and fish people were out here and netted some nice pound to pound-and-a-half white bass,” Phipps [...]

Curry County hires jail manager away from Eddy County

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The hunt for a jail administrator who can work with prisoners on behavior modification and decrease the number of repeat offenders is over. County Manager Dick Smith and the jail search committee say they’ve found the person for the job in Leslie Johnson, who has run the Eddy County [...]