Reporter’s Notebook: Students trot to school

Fort Sumner seniors Chase Longo and Jacob West protested the rising gas prices Monday by abandoning their pick up trucks and traveling to school atop their trusty steeds, Ding-A-Ling and Duh. According to West and Longo, the idea for the protest started quite some time ago. Longo had been discussing the idea for a school-wide […]

First priority for police are local matters

Freedom New Mexico Widespread public interest in getting local police more involved with federal immigration law should not become an unfunded mandate that usurps local control to focus on a problem that’s not even a crime. So we applaud Ariz. Gov. Janet Napolitano’s veto last week of House Bill 2807. It was an important and […]

Children involved in stabbing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 9-year-old Clovis boy attempted to stab a 7-year-old neighbor with a steak knife Monday while his 11-year-old sister held the victim down, according to police. The victim’s wounds were superficial and her mother opted to treat them at home, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney, spokesman for the Clovis […]

Storm recovery joint effort

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Courtesy photo: Jerry Priest Jerry and James Priest’s house in south Clovis — built in 1923 — was destroyed in the tornado. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in […]

Candidate says youth participation important

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., speaks to a group of students and faculty Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson told a crowd of Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty Monday her campaign issues include the defense of […]

Autobiography: 1964 Chevy II

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1964 Chevy II By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A look at area residents and their vehicles. Name: Mike and Joe Muraco Car: 1964 Chevy II Tell us your auto story: “I bought the engine that is in the car in 1983 and it’s been in three cars before this one. I’m making this car […]

Inmate battery reported

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the battery of an inmate reported Monday afternoon at the county jail, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said. Saul Prieto, 25, was listed in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon at a Lubbock hospital, Waller said. The undersheriff said he did not know the victim’s specific injuries. The case is […]

Arrest made in copper wire theft

Freedom New Mexico A Roswell man was taken into custody Monday in connection with a commercial burglary reported Friday at a wind farm near Elida, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office press release. Michael Robertson, 50, of Roswell was arrested by Chaves County Sheriff’s Department officers after a Portales Police Department officer reported the […]

Police standoff ends after three hours

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Police officers try to talk an armed man into surrendering in a field at Hondo and Seventh streets . The pursuit, which started with a traffic stop, lasted almost three hours and ended peacefully behind Bella Vista Elementary School, police said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An armed Clovis […]

Police seek city unity

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair speaks to community members Tuesday about getting involved in crime prevention at a seminar in the Lyceum Theatre. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair knows from personal experience about frustration with crime. In a crime seminar Tuesday at the Lyceum Theatre, […]