Births — July 31

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Daniels Brooklyn Michelle Ann Daniels was born July 12, 2011, to Sedrick Daniels and Naomi Perales of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. She has four brothers, Saidreck, 7, Malik, 6, Maki, 4, and Jayden, 3. Grandparents are Benny Jones and Ruth Daniels of Clovis and Michelle […]

11-11 Engagements

Jernigan-Ritchey Guy Taylor of Clovis announces the engagement and approaching marriage of his mother, Brandi Jernigan of Clovis, to Nathan Ritchey of Clovis. He is the son of Gary and Sandra Ritchey of Raton. The couple will exchange vows March 7, 2008, at the First Church of the Nazarene. The reception will be at the […]

Citizens post ethanol plant opposition

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Players in the proposed Clovis ethanol deal assembled Friday to discuss issues related to the plant during a Curry County Commission meeting. Representatives from the Clovis/Curry Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corp. and Clovis Ethanol LLC spoke in support of the plant. Several private citizens and Curry County […]

Nothing to fear …

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CNJ Illustration: Cortney Graham By CNJ Staff Area residents who suffer from paraskavedekatriaphobia may want to stay inside today, avoiding ladders and black cats. Today is Friday the 13th, and that’s the technical name for fearing this day. Pairing Friday and 13 are considered bad luck in English- and Portuguese-speaking countries around the globe, according […]

Construction all wet

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Rain has delayed construction projects on Prince Street and thoughout Curry County. The city has received more than 3.5 inches of rain in the last nine days. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Nearly daily afternoon and evening rains are hampering street and building construction projects in the city. Ken […]

Perales, Wilson

Wilson Perales, 63, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born Sept. 11, 1942, in Cayey, Puerto Rico, to Quintin and Mercedes Soto Perales. He married Elba Resto in Clovis and worked as a plumber. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two brothers, Nelson […]

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 […]

Sandoval, Blackburn take county commission seats

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Veteran politicians Robert Sandoval and Frank Blackburn were victors in the Curry County commissioner races on Tuesday. Sandoval defeated Fidel Madrid and Edwin Perales II during the Democratic primary election to fill the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr. Sandoval received 132 votes. Madrid finished […]

Candidate’s campaign intent questioned

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer His opponents claim Edwin Perales II is unfairly trying to capitalize on his father’s political success. Not true, Perales II says. He can’t help it if he has the same name as his father, two-term Curry County Commissioner Edwin Perales Jr. “I’ve been Edwin Perales since kindergarten,” Perales II […]

Local candidates file for place on ballot in June primary

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Republican Curry County probate judge candidate Michael R. Wells, right, draws for ballot position under the supervision of Curry County Election Administrator and Chief Deputy Coni Jo Lyman Tuesday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval can’t think of a better way to forge an improved relationship […]

3/10 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from March 1 through Wednesday: • Thomas Joseph Bonin,25, to Stephanie Christine Kennedy, 22, both of Clovis. • David Van Sikes, 26, to Leslie Lynn Reid, 29, both of Clovis. • Johnny Lee Martinez, 31, to Rebecca O’Balle Hernandez, 36, both of Clovis. • Benjamin Warren […]

Balbuena, Antonio

Antonio Balbuena, 44, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at University Medical Center, Lubbock. He was born Dec. 26, 1961, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Andrea and Antonio Balbuena. He grew up in Portales where he attended school. He then began working for local dairies. On March 15, 1986, he married Donna Balbuena. He later worked for […]

Commission votes to impose burn ban

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners on Wednesday voted to impose a county-wide outdoor burn ban. Commissioners said the ban encompasses all types of fires, including fireworks and grills. The ban will remain in place until commissioners act to rescind it. County Road Superintendent Danny Davis asked for the ban, informing commissioners […]

City pursuing overpass funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners chose a railroad overpass project over three other less extensive projects to submit for a Community Development Block Grant at Thursday night’s regular commission meeting. According to commissioners, they opted for the overpass construction project because it benefits the most people in the community and has […]

Limited information helped place arrest in proper context

CNJ Editorial The newspaper came under fire last week from several readers disgusted by too much detail in our coverage of a Curry County commissioner’s felony-charge arrest by Clovis police. The readers believe we printed too much information and violated the privacy of a child of Commissioner Ed Perales. One felt the matter was private […]

Attorney: Case against commissioner dismissed

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer An independent prosecutor on Thursday dismissed the felony case against Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales, according to Perales’ attorney. Tenth Judicial District Special Prosecutor Ronald Reeves determined there was no merit to pursue Perales’ case, according to a copy of a court record provided by defense attorney Randall Harris. […]

Independent prosecutor will review commissioner’s case

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Felony charges pending against Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales will be reviewed by an independent prosecutor to avoid any potential conflict of interest, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the District Attorney’s office. Perales was arrested Sunday and charged with false imprisonment for holding his wife and […]

Commissioner charged in family dispute

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By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales said an argument with his daughter and wife has been blown out of proportion. He said he did not hold his daughter and wife in a room against their will, as alleged in a police report. Perales, 40, was arrested Sunday by Clovis police […]

Clovis grows despite BRAC

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A summer swoon brought on by the announcement that Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure appears to be easing, according to area officials. Gross receipts taxes for the first nine months of this year are up 7.84 percent from 2005 and 36 percent from 2001. Gross receipts […]

Plans for railroad overpass due to be submitted

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Final plans for the construction of a railroad overpass on state Road 467 are due to be submitted Monday to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Officials from the state and county road departments met Aug. 11 in Albuquerque to finalize plans for a railroad overpass that will serve […]