Mexico native sentenced to 27 years

Freedom New Mexico A man found guilty of kidnapping and raping a Clovis woman in 2010 was sentenced to 27 years in prison Friday, according to a news release from the office of Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Jesus Oscar Dominguez, 22, a native of Mexico, was convicted by a Curry County jury in […]

Scientists monitor air as fire burns near N.M. lab

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — As crews fight to keep a New Mexico wildfire from reaching the nation’s premier nuclear-weapons laboratory and the surrounding community, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. Their effort includes dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as well as a “flying laboratory” dispatched by […]

Friday morning briefing: Graffiti, “Saturday Night Lab” and vanity on trial

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.

Education digest —

Clovis High holding workshop Clovis High School is hosting a workshop for seniors and their parents to help them complete financial aid forms, according to a news release. A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be available. The workshop will be held 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at CHS library computer lab. Information: […]

District attorney to present fatal crash case to grand jury

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Family and friends of Mary Castillo protested in front of the courthouse, police department and district attorney’s office Thursday, frustrated by lack of progress in the case involving the 56-year-old woman’s death. Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he will ask a grand jury to decide if a […]

Ticket feature: ENMU’s Saturday Night Lab series features student-directed plays

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Courtesy photo Brianna Pilon as Rosencratz, left, Laurel Petty, center, as The Player and Jason Goolsby, right, as Guildenstern. Vanessa Kahin, pictured on the far right in the photo with four people, is the director. The play is a reduced version of Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” Freedom New Mexico Saturday, Eastern […]

First person: Barry teacher helps enrich learning experience

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon White teaches her grandchildren with educational games and toys. CNJ staff Sharon White has been in charge of the Enrichment Lab at Barry Elementary School for five years. Students attend the lab in 30 minute increments to get one-on-one help with their class work. Planting the seed: We had […]

Police waiting on DNA evidence in slaying investigation

CNJ Staff Three weeks after the slaying of a 52-year-old Clovis woman, police are still waiting on lab results for DNA evidence before charging a suspect they have in custody. Friday, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said items of evidence in the case are at a state crime lab waiting to be tested. “We’re down the […]

Police waiting for test on possible blood evidence

CNJ staff Suspected blood taken from the clothing of a suspect in the Dec. 20 killing of Elizabeth McAdams is being examined at a state crime lab, according to Clovis police. It could take three or four days to process the evidence and might also be delayed because of the holidays, Capt. Patrick Whitney said […]

Weather delays homicide charges

CNJ staff Clovis police said Monday they expect to file charges in a few days against a suspect in the Dec. 20 slaying of 54-year-old Elizabeth McAdams. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said the holiday season and inclement weather delayed crime scene evidence from arriving at a Santa Fe crime lab for analysis. He said […]

Education feature: Bella Vista students make canvas out of lab coat

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bella Vista sixth-graders Isaiah Callahan, left, and Jesus Uribe add detail to the art they added onto Shelly Grim’s lab coat she wears while she teaches science to her fourth-grade class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Police bust meth lab

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte State police agents in hazmat suits examine and catalogue items stored in a backpack seized Monday from a Choice Inn Motel room. Police said the room was allegedly used as a meth lab. CNJ staff Clovis police shut down a meth lab at a Clovis hotel Monday night, according to […]

Police seize active meth lab

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police arrested four Clovis residents Friday in connection with an active methamphetamine lab, according to officials. Anna Goodwin, 35, Wilbur Stejskal, 33, and James Metzger, 36, were arrested as they were “cooking” the drug, according to state police public information officer Andy Tingwall. Charges include trafficking, manufacturing and conspiracy to […]

Meth lab discovered in empty Melrose house

CNJ staff Area law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab in the late stages of construction Thursday while serving a search warrant at a Melrose house, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said the house, located at 623 Third Street, was not occupied at the time the warrant was served. Arrest warrants are anticipated […]

Education Feature: College plans new medical facility

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College officials are hoping to break ground soon on a new facility that will expand its medical program. Tom Drake, assistant to the president for business and government affairs at CCC, said the new facility will be completed by October or November of next year. He added […]

Local legislative priorities

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Education BACKDROP: Public schools account for the largest share of state spending from the main budget account, about 45 percent or $2.3 billion this year. Higher education represents 15 percent of state spending. A report by Education Week ranks New Mexico last in the nation on a “Chance for […]

Special simulations

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleMaster Sgt. Dan Arnold explains the versatility of the Tactical Operations Medical Skills Lab and medical dummy By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Skinny tubes of blue neon their only source of light, John’s rescuers insert an air tube into his mouth. The sounds of war are deafening: Gunfire ricochets, tanks […]

Clovis man arrested when discovered with meth lab

CNJ staff A 51-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after a citizen smelled a chemical odor coming from an apartment at the Zia Motel on Prince Street and called police, according to Sheriff Roger Hatcher. The meth lab consisted of all the components needed to manufacture meth and approximately two grams of completed product, Hatcher […]

Arrest sidetracks ex-ENMU student’s work

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Joshua Gilpin holds up a jar of sodium chloride at his Portales apartment. Gilpin studied chemistry at Eastern New Mexico University. (Freedom Newspapers: William Thompson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Joshua Gilpin turned his Portales kitchen into a makeshift laboratory last November. The Eastern New Mexico University graduate student took three chemical solvents from […]

Clovis dentist indicted

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis dentist James Smith was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for the murder, rape and kidnapping of Laura McNaughton and for three counts of tampering with evidence, according to a release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said he will make a decision in 90 days […]