Chandler, King only state AG candidates

CNJ staff Incumbent Gary King and Clovis native Matt Chandler were the only candidates to file Tuesday for the New Mexico attorney general’s office. Nominating petitions were filed for the primary election, making official the races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state positions. Chandler, 34, is a Republican and two-term 9th District […]

Chandler pledges to prosecute state corruption cases

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler and his mother Donna Chandler visit with supporters Thursday following a local announcement of Matt Chandler’s bid for the office of attorney general. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney […]

Hank Baskett online: Links to stories about Clovis native eyeing Super Bowl

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CNJ file photo Hank Baskett III Hank Baskett will be the first Clovis native to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday if he steps on the playing field as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Baskett’s played in 11 games for the Colts this season after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles in September. […]

Lyons to run for new office

CNJ staff Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend 2010’s […]

Taylor pleads guilty to 2005 slaying

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File photo Donald Scott Taylor By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque […]

Portales native killed in collision

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Courtesy photo Ashleah Richards died in a car crash early Sunday morning, three miles south of Hale Center in the Plainview, Texas. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Ashleah Richards liked to do things that stereotypically interest many girls — fix up hair, put on makeup and the like. But Richards was tough as nails, […]

Baskett fans switching team allegiance

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Joaquin, left, and Mauricio Madril of Clovis show Mauricio’s Hank Baskett collection. Mauricio has followed Baskett since his days at Clovis High School and became an Indianapolis Colts fan on his birthday Thursday, the same day the Colts signed Baskett. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A week after the […]

First person: Teaching natural path for Clovis native

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis and was named the teacher of the year in 2008 by the New Mexico Public Education Department. CNJ staff Blythe Turner grew up in Clovis with two teachers as parents. When she went to college, she decided to follow in her parents footsteps and […]

First person: Native American culture inspires artist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jayne Williams, the Pintores Art League’s artist of the month for June, said a pack welcome from a wolf inspired her favorite painting “Part of the Pack.” Jayne Simmons Williams began drawing and writing as soon as she could put words together in elementary school. Her art is inspired by […]

Sheriff’s deputy involved in shooting is Clovis native

Staff and wire reports CARNUEL — A Texas sheriff’s deputy visiting his grandmother in New Mexico fatally shot a homeless man armed with a hatchet in what authorities have termed a self defense shooting. Raymond Romero Jr., 48, of Lubbock, discovered the man allegedly squatting on his grandmother’s property in Carnuel on Saturday. The shooting […]

Graduation only beginning for Clovis native

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer After three years, he’s just getting warmed up. John Tranchida donned his cap and gown Saturday, knowing full well he will be back in a classroom in the fall. While other college graduates are writing their resumes and making decisions on where to live and work, the 21-year-old Clovis […]

Dora native takes first in 19 and under roping

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Courtesy photo Jesse Clark of Dora jumps off of his horse to tie up a calf during the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial last Saturday in Clovis. Clark won first place in the second round in the 19 and under age group. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Dora native Jesse Clark […]

Author to host book signing

Freedom New Mexico Native New Mexican Kathleen Rodgers followed her husband from base to base during his twenty-year career as an Air Force fighter pilot. She met her husband while he was assigned at Cannon Air Force Base. She wrote a book about her and her family’s experiences called The Finale Salute. The author will […]

Senator Udall announces New Mexico state director

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today proudly announced that Bianca Ortiz Wertheim will serve as his state director. A native New Mexican, Ortiz Wertheim has a wide range of public service and government experience on the state and local level. “Throughout her career, Bianca has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of the […]

Udall: Indian country youth suicide rates demand attention, help

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., participated in a hearing to examine the overwhelming frequency of youth suicide in Indian Country. The rate of suicide among American Indian and Alaskan Native population is 70 percent higher than the general United States population, with the incidence of youth suicides reaching epidemic proportions. New Mexico, which has […]

Udall projects promote Native American health, education and culture

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that legislation moving through Congress contains almost $5.8 million in funding initiatives to help New Mexico’s Native American communities.

Portales native helps separate conjoined twins

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Courtesy photo Angel and Alex Mendoza were joined facing each other from the nipples through the pelvis. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Military feature: Clovis native’s novel takes flight

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Courtesy photo Air Force fighter pilot Tom Rodgers, husband of author Kathleen Rodgers, looks out from the cockpit of an A-10. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The struggles of being a fighter pilot, and being the family of one, form the basis for a new novel by a Clovis native married to a former […]

Sept. 9, 2008 Business Digest

Clovis native wins entrepreneurial award Clovis native and New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network Director Roy Miller received the PNM Entrepreneurial Advocate Award for his support of minority- and women-owned businesses, according to a network press release. The award is a joint effort of the Public Service Co. of New Mexico and the Women’s […]

Sept. 2, 2008 Business Digest

Clovis native receives advocate award Clovis native J. Roy Miller, State Director of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center network, has received an Entrepreneurial Advocate award for his support to women-owned and minority-owned businesses, and has been included as a “Power Broker” in the New Mexico Business Weekly’s annual Power Book edition to be […]