State police ID person of interest in Tucumcari homicides

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State police say Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, was last in a 1996 Chevrolet Astro Van with Illinois license plate H188855. Freedom New Mexico State police have identified Muziwokuthula “Muzie” Madonda, 33, as a person of interest in the deaths of two Tucumcari men whose bodies were discovered Thursday in a hotel room. State police have […]

Dessert pizza recipes featured on show

Information on becoming a more memorable person, making dessert pizzas and punch needle and machine embroidery will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and speaker Ruthie Dearing has written a book titled “On Being Memorable: Nine Keys for Exceptional Change,” and she’s going to talk about […]

First person: Singing strong

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Skylar Coffin, 16, sang the national anthem twice this week at the state basketball tournament. Skylar Coffin doesn’t have any particular theme music. “Every day you can find me going down the hall singing something different,” the Clovis Christian junior said. If you went to Albuquerque this week, you could […]

First person: Immersed in scouting

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kathleen “Katie” Haynes Burns was awarded the Bronze Pelican award earlier this month for her work counseling scouts in their quests to earn scouting emblems associated with the the Catholic faith. Kathleen “Katie” Haynes Burns of Clovis was never involved in scouting as a youth, but her family and personal […]

First person: Scout for life

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson John Schoonover of Clovis came here from Phildelphia via the military, and has been involved in scouting for nearly 58 years. John Schonberger’s busiest time of the year is the first half of April, when tax time comes up. One of the long-time accountant’s favorite times of year is when […]

Press release: Officer indicted by Curry County grand jury

Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436 On Friday, January 21st, 2011 a Curry County Grand Jury found probable cause and returned a “True Bill” indicting Clovis Police Officer Stephen Gallegos on charges of Homicide by Motor Vehicle and Great Bodily Harm by Motor Vehicle stemming from the November 17, 2010 motor vehicle crash that claimed […]

Eighth committee member resigns

CNJ staff An eighth person resigned Monday from serving on a Curry County citizens’ committee to evaluate jail issues. Retired newspaper publisher Wayland Thomas submitted a letter of resignation which cited a need for freedom for the committees from “undue influence from commission oversight.” In his letter, Thomas said he feels the committee is being […]

First person: Freedom fighter

Slavery didn’t happen in any place where Josie Carignan lived, but she couldn’t tolerate the idea it was going on anywhere. As a counter measure, she started Rescue Her while she was in Clovis for four-plus years, and continues to run it from her new home in Dallas. Time in Clovis: I came to Clovis […]

Laws don’t put end to problems

It seems a certain violent Arizona resident would have done well to have read my column last week. The message that right and wrong are universal rather than subjective is something he apparently needed. Of course, he may not have understood. If he is simply willing to commit evil acts without regard to right or […]

First person: Life with cattle

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Charlie Rogers said auction Wednesdays are the busiest, but there’s always some kind of transaction going on at the Clovis Livestock Auction. Clovis Livestock Auction president Charlie Rogers has been named to the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health. Rogers, 54, an Elida native, is serving a two-year […]

First person: Rancher continues family legacy

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Wesley Grau of Grady has been involved in the family cattle business since 1963, after he graduated from New Mexico State University. Wesley Grau’s reign as New Mexico Cattleman of the Year is close to ending. The lifelong Grady resident operates the family ranch with his brother Lane. Five generations […]

Family: Mother of three who died ‘good person’

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Mary Castillo, 56, died Thursday afternoon from injuries she sustained in a crash Wednesday night. Sharna Johnson Mary Castillo was a mother of three and a “good person” who had a lot of friends in the community. Angel Martinez said his family is still in shock at his sister’s traumatic death Thursday. Castillo, 56, lived […]

First person: Setting the bar

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Courtesy photo Jimmie Reyna, a Clovis native, was recently nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jimmie Reyna is hoping to go from the flat terrains of Clovis to one of the nation’s highest courts. Reyna, 57, has been nominated by Barack Obama to the United States Court of Appeals […]

County fair much more accessible

County fair much more accessible Scooters, chairs, walkers and canes: Every handicapped person that has to use one of these devices has one goal in mind — to go places that a normal healthy person would go. We just have to use different means to get there. I met and spoke a few months ago […]

Hotel offers historic experience

Karl Terry Do you believe in ghosts? For me I guess the answer would be no but I do enjoy the stories and legends. If a ghost story helps put a person in a period of history and brings that history to life in some way that’s pretty cool whether you believe in ghosts or […]

Grandparents show perseverance

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]

Our people: People person

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Courtesy photo The Lydicks were married in 1982. Chad Lydick works as an engineer and serves as an Eastern New Mexico University regent. Lydick said Gov. Bill Richardson asked him to serve as a regent and said he was interested in being involved in education. Lydick also served as a Clovis City Commissioner for eight […]

First person: Hometown girl

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Courtesy photo: Bob Morgan Bethanie Baker of Clovis represented Clovis in the Mrs. New Mexico pageant June 19. Bethanie Baker competed in the Mrs. New Mexico pageant as Mrs. Clovis on Albuquerque on June 19. Baker said she didn’t quite make her goal of getting into the top five, making it instead into the top […]

Bill gives feds power to revoke your citizenship

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

First person: Texico writer wins award

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kimberly Fried of Texico, who writes under the name Devyn Quinn, has been writing off and on for 20 years. Kimberly Fried of Texico, 44, was the Romantic Times 2009 Reviewers’ Choice award for her paranormal erotic romance novel “Possession”. She writes under the name Devyn Quinn. Paranormal what?: Paranormal […]