Test shows Thomas under legal limit

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CNJ File Photo Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 and charged with driving under the influence and open container. A blood test showed Thomas’s blood alcohol content was .04 percent, half the state’s legal limit. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Guard charged with smuggling

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County Adult Detention Center officer was arrested Monday, charged with sneaking marijuana and tobacco into the jail, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Raul Lopez, 23, told investigators he was having financial problems when an inmate offered to pay him to smuggle in the contraband, according […]

STATE GOLDEN GLOVES: Defending champion impressive

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Clovis’ Kala Combs left, fights Albuquerque’s Sabrina Montoya in the 119-pound female division of the state Golden Gloves boxing tournament on Friday night at Roy Walker Community Center. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just leave it to a defending state champ to illustrate one rule of boxing: It’s not how […]

CHS grad Lopez leaving Rio Rancho

The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — Rio Rancho High School football coach Phil Lopez has resigned, saying he wants to return to Texas to coach. He said Tuesday that he is a finalist for a job at a central Texas school, which he declined to identify. Lopez, 45, compiled a 29-14 record in four seasons […]

Feeling the heat

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Brannon Luscombe takes advantage of Monday’s warmer temperatures at Greene Acres Park. Luscombe said he hasn’t skated for almost a month due to cold temperatures and snowy conditions. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Area workers and residents welcomed a warm weather front Monday afternoon that lifted temperatures into the […]

Couple honored with road naming

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Members of the Doug and Debbie Idsinga family gather Friday to dedicate Curry Road 4 in memory of the couple who were killed in a vehicle accident in August 2006. (Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Doug and Debbie Idsinga’s contributions to the area went well beyond the dairy community, according to […]

Legal office may face shuttering sentence

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer For 29 years, Lucy Lopez has guided low-income residents in Curry County through the legal system maze. Now, her job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works as a paralegal has been recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez […]

DMV employee accused of acquiring loans off fake IDs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff An employee with the Clovis office of the Motor Vehicle Division used duplicate driver’s licenses to take out fraudulent loans, according to allegations contained in court documents filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. Amy Ramirez-Trevino, a clerk at the MVD, and her now 18-year-old son took out bank loans locally […]

Honor Rolls continued

Yucca Junior High Cont. Christopher M. Potocki, Kelsey A. Poulin, Monica Y. Sanchez, Chris D. Sharp, Daniel A. Smith, Garrett C. Smith, Jill E. Southard, Brice J. Stacy, Megan L. Sundquist, Jared A. Swenson, Michelle V. Tijerina, Emilee G. Tipton, James M. Townsend, Michael C. Villa, Madeline R. Whitmore, Joshua D. Wickham, Randi N. Wood, […]

Traffic stop turns into drug bust

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A routine traffic stop on Sunday night turned out to be one of the Tucumcari Police Department’s biggest drug seizures, and netted the department two arrests. Seized was 116.2 pounds of marijuana — neatly shrink-wrapped by its packagers — with an estimated street value of more than $250,000, said Police […]

Cooperation must rule Mexico before democracy can

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Judicial Tribunal has unanimously ruled that Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) won the July 2 election as president. In many ways this marks a triumph for democratic procedures and transparency in Mexico. International observers agreed this was perhaps the fairest election in Mexico’s history, a challenge from the losing […]

Runner-up makes spectacle after Mexico’s election

By Freedom Newspapers If Mexico’s presidential election were held today, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador probably would win by a large margin. Many people within Mexico, including former supporters and members of his Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), have grown tired of his continued antics since he came within one percentage point of winning the July 2 […]

Driver cited in fatal accident

CNJ Staff The driver of a truck involved in a fatal two-vehicle accident July 24 near Pleasant Hill was cited last week for a moving traffic violation, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. John Folsom, 29, failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of N.M. 77 and N.M. 108, Curry County […]

Clovis man dies in accident near Pleasant Hill

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Clovis man died in a late-night collision Monday at an intersection one mile east of Pleasant Hill, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. George Lopez died at the scene, according to Curry County Undersheriff Doug Bowman. Bowman said a truck driven by John Folsom, 29, of Milk Transport Services in […]

Zia rallies late to nip American

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American’s Ethan Dennie jumps on home play after belting a two-run, first-inning homer on Monday in a District 3 Little League 11-12 division game against Zia at Dickenson Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis Zia All-Stars proved Monday night that, as Yogi Berra once said, it’s never […]

Man receives sentence for assault

CNJ Staff A 33-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 12 1/2 years in prison for drug possession and assaulting a police officer, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. David Lopez was found guilty by a jury in May of possession of methamphetamine, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest […]

Student overcame hurdles to graduate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her back is turned as she runs a brush through her long, black hair. She looks away from the mirror, and sits down on the hospital bed, where she has draped a bright, SpongeBob SquarePants blanket over the thin, white sheets. Suddenly, it is obvious. Erica Lopez isn’t the […]

5/19 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from May 11 through Wednesday: • David Clifton Rice, 32, of Canyon, Texas, to Angela Renee Trower, 31, of Clovis • David Edward Malcom, 36, to Mindy Gail Liles, 31, both of Broadview • Roger Alan Penny Jr., 22, to Lacy Ann Standifer, 32, both of […]

Cinco de Mayo flavors ENMU cultural banquet

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Muleshoe resident Augustine Medina of Mariachi Nueva Generacion strums the bass guitar as his group performs at the Cinco de Mayo banquet Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University Hispanic Affairs Department members celebrated the accomplishments of Hispanic students and faculty while celebrating […]