County Commission enters new term

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Albin Smith and Frank Blackburn were tabbed by fellow Curry County Commissioners to lead the five-person governing body during Wednesday’s meeting. Smith, a local dairy owner, was unanimously elected as chairman. He replaced Tim Ashley. “Thank you. I appreciate it,” Smith said after switching seats with Ashley. “I look […]

Murray wins sheriff race; Sandoval, Blackburn gain commission seats.

CNJ Staff Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, Murray garnered 48 percent […]

Murray wins spirited sheriff’s primary

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, […]

Readers weigh in on sheriff’s race

Bowman full of energy, dedicated to citizens I would like to say a few words about Doug Bowman, a candidate for Curry County sheriff. I have known Doug all of his life. Doug and his family are members of the First Baptist Church. Doug comes from a family of long-term commitment to the Clovis community […]

May 25, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Finding “Billy” facts an honorable taskWhat an honor for two of New Mexico’s finest citizens to be invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France for the showing of their documentary earlier this month. Tom Sullivan, retired sheriff of Lincoln County, and his deputy, Steve Sederwall, participated in the making of a western documentary […]

5/23 Letters to the editor

Christian group deserved hospitality Regarding Friday’s article, ‘“Progressive’ Christians spread message in Clovis,” by Tonya Garner: Upon reading the article I was concerned that God would deal harshly with the Christian community and the Clovis Ministerial Alliance as the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for committing the same sin of failing to show hospitality […]

5/14 Letters to the editor

Slaying victim remembered on Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is a special day to commemorate and celebrate mothers for their nurturing, love and support they displayed in raising their children. This year, Laura McNaughton — an exceptional mother — will not be able to share Mother’s Day with either her mother or her two daughters. She […]

Letters to the editor: Sheriff candidate says he cherishes career

Chet Spear questions why I left the Curry County Sheriff’s Department for a short time after witnessing three children killed by a drunken driver in 1992. I want to offer my explanation: On that horrific night, I helped collect the bodies of three innocent children, two of whom were the age of my children. What […]

5/10 Letters to the editor

Sheriff should be willing to risk life Do you want Matt Murray as Curry County sheriff? I don’t. Murray was a Curry County deputy sheriff on July 13, 1992, when Charles Landgraf killed three people while trying to flee police in a sports car. According to a Nov. 19, 1993, report in the Clovis News […]

Patterson, George

George Carr Patterson, 79, of Clovis, died Monday, April 17, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Electra, Texas, to Joe W. and Nelle Morris Patterson. He married Norma Ealy on June 22, 1996, in Clovis. He attended the University of Arkansas and the University of New Mexico, and […]