Volunteers make annual dinner possible

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Amber Lease, left, and Kevin Lamere, right, spent Thursday afternoon cleaning up after a Thanksgiving meal at the Lighthouse Mission kitchen. Lamere said he wanted to do something different on Thanksgiving so he called up the mission to volunteer. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Kevin Lamere, 27, said he […]

Kitchen fire extinguished

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis firefighter works to ventilate a home where a kitchen fired occurred around noon Thursday. CNJ staff A kitchen fire resulted in heavy smoke and fire damage Thursday at a home at 205 West Plaza, according to fire officials. Firefighter Bill Baca said firefighters arrived at noon and had […]

New home for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Laurie Kennedy fights back tears Saturday as she holds up her certificate of occupancy after she was presented with keys to her new house built by Habitat for Humanity. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Laurie Kennedy had her first gathering in her new home Saturday. Kennedy and her two […]

A rodent’s tale and the price of peace

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist My wife is a very patient woman. That must be obvious—she married me. And, four sons later, a mother either learns patience or she doesn’t survive.   My wife is able to take almost anything in stride. When she was appointed as our town’s municipal judge, and I gave […]

Crime expert: Prints match Baca’s boots

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Shirley Garcia of the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab holds up a shoe print impression card for the jury Tuesday during testimony in the Richard Baca trial. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Footprints found on the shallow grave of a Portales teen match the boots the defendant in […]

Commissioners endorse jail plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A corrective action plan put in place in the aftermath of an inmate escape last month earned the stamp of approval of the Curry County Commission. Warden Leslie Johnson detailed policy and procedural changes during Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which include mandatory visual head counts and better documentation. […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

Sewer line creates ‘inconvenience’ for school

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The collapse of a sewer line at a Clovis junior high school has stirred up inconvenience, but little else, according to school officials. Officials discovered a main sewer line at Gattis Junior High School had collapsed about a week ago when cafeteria sinks at the school clogged, according to […]

Gurgling Sinks and a Lesson Learned from Plumbing

By Curtis K. Shelburne For at least the 20-plus years of my pastorate here and — I now know — even longer, a minor phenomenon has been occurring in the kitchen of our church fellowship hall. No big deal, but when you run water down the sinks in the “island” in that kitchen, a few […]

Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]