Education digest —

Executive director of personnel hired The Clovis Municipal Schools has hired Kerry Parker as the new executive director of personnel, according to a news release. Rhonda Roberts, who previously held the position, has retired. Parker previously served as the principal of a technical high school in Connecticut and as an assistant principal and principal in […]

Police investigate death in Muleshoe

Freedom New Mexico Police are investigating the killing of a 42-year-old Muleshoe man Friday morning. Muleshoe police responded around 7 a.m. (CDT) to a call of an assault at 1802 W. American Blvd. in Muleshoe. They found Benny Martinez Sr. dead inside his residence, according to Muleshoe police Lt. Benny Parker. Parker declined to comment […]

Group plans mission trip to Asia

By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Sasha Parker and Casey O’Connor know their mission trip this month to China and Vietnam will be life-changing. The Eastern New Mexico University freshmen, both 19, said they also expect the experience to increase their faith and deepen their relationships with God. “I know God’s going to change me […]

Aristotle and Peter Parker

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Names: Aristotle and Peter Parker, hermit crabs Story: Originally, there were Aristotle and Socrates. They were both small hermit crabs. Well, when hermit crabs need to grow, they bury themselves and molt. While molting, according to everything I’ve read, the old skin smells really good. (The crab is supposed to eat it after the molt […]

Narcotics checkpoint results in five arrests

CNJ staff During a multi-agency narcotics checkpoint on Wednesday, 15 vehicles were searched and five arrests were made for narcotics violations. An unspecified amount of citations were also issued, mainly for no insurance and registration, said Roosevent County Chief Deputy Malin Parker. Set up on U.S. 70 near Elida, the checkpoint netted three arrests for […]

Powering through

By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams:27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Fitness is a major part of the ‘Whole Airman’ concept that is paramount in an ever changing Air Force. Time in the gym is a part of the duty day that is incorporated by all duty sections to help refine the […]

Counties try to curb copper caper

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office officials say sprinklers such as this one located on NM 88, are the target of theft. Thieves are stripping them of copper wire, which they sell at recycling companies. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt and Curry County law enforcement officials are joining forces to combat the […]

District judge putting down gavel

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CNJ file photo Joe Parker, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, regrets having to leave the legal world. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Joe Parker has resigned his position, effective today, citing an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Though it may seem like a sudden announcement, Parker said it was a very difficult decision […]

Portales man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police located […]

Portales falls short in title game

By Eric Butler: Freedom correspondent FARMINGTON — Portales’ softball team had been having its merry way against opposing pitching in its first three games while the Rams advanced to the Class 3A title game for the first time in school history. All that hitting, running, sliding and, most importantly, scoring came to an abrupt end […]

Club Awards

Plains Regional Medical Center Plains Regional Medical Center held its annual awards luncheon March 20 at Holiday Inn, attended by 68 auxilians and Hoyt Skabelund, hospital administrator; Liz Crouch, chief operating officer and chief nurse officer, and Jim Peters, auxiliary state president. Ramona Parker gave the introduction and Joy Melton the invocation, with the welcome […]

Courthouse security heightened during trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Court security personnel and sheriff’s deputies were highly visible throughout a five-day trial that ended Tuesday with Robert Macias being convicted of first-degree murder. Yellow security tape blocked the front steps of the Curry County Courthouse, diverting pedestrian traffic into the courthouse through a side entrance. Visitors passed through […]

Publicity pushes trial to new venue

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The trial of three men charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy will be moved out of Curry County because of pre-trial publicity, according to court documents made available Wednesday. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker ruled in favor of a defense motion for […]

Slaying trial slated to begin Monday

CNJ Staff The first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Clovis man charged in the shooting death of a Clovis teen is set to begin Monday, in the 9th Judicial District court. Robert “Pelon” Macias is accused of shooting Wilfred Salas Jr., 19, in the head Jan. 15, 2006, as the victim was driving on Merriwether […]

Dentist headed to prison

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James Smith signs a plea agreement Tuesday morning, while CO-Counsel for defense Rebecca Reese,left, looks on. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday […]

Shooter sentenced to 16 years

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Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to Sarah W. Phillips, mother of victim Joseph “J.J.” Phillips, give testimony during Bentley’s sentencing hearing Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her shoulders trembling, Linda Bentley hung her head and hid her eyes after learning […]

Convicted shooter given 13 more years

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An additional 13 years was tacked on Monday to a life sentence of a 33-year-old Clovis man convicted last month of first-degree murder. William Riley will have to serve 43 years in prison before he is eligible for parole in connection with the June 2005 shooting death of Roshawn […]

Riley awaits sentencing

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleWilliam Riley talks with his attorney, Luis Juarez (right), during his sentencing hearing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 33-year-old Clovis man convicted by a jury of first-degree murder last month apologized to the victim’s family Tuesday during his sentencing hearing. After hearing arguments […]

Wall, Billie L.

Billie LaRue Wall, 77, of El Paso died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at her residence in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was an employee of Coldwell Banker until 2003. She was a member of the El Paso Realtors Association and a longtime member of the Westside Church of Christ in El Paso. She was preceded in […]

Pioneer Days event introduces youngsters to cowboy ways

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Rodeo clown Leon Coffee helps 4-year-old Aleigha Gemma-Miller of Ranchvale lasso a goat during a rodeo encounter Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a pink cowboy hat that shadowed her entire body, Thea Hand, 2, stared wide-eyed at the whirring mechanical bull. Once atop, […]