Muleshoe man faces second murder trial

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Muleshoe man who has been acquitted of two murder charges went on trial Monday in connection with the third victim in a 2003 triple homicide. A jury was selected and two prosecution witnesses were heard Monday in the trial of Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, who is accused of […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name now official

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A hill located near Lingo will be forever be designated as Buffalo Soldier Hill on federal maps in honor of African-American members of the U.S. Cavalry. Lingo is 40 miles southeast of Portales, near the Texas border. “This means no name other than Buffalo Soldier Hill may appear on federal […]

ENMU men thinking big in soccer

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ENMU freshman Rhen Salas (left) tries to break up a pass to sophomore Albert Robinson during Tuesday’s soccer practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Playing with a roster comprised largely of freshmen, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team held its own as a first-year program in 2004. The […]

Judge grants motion to withdraw as counsel

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn granted a public defender’s motion to withdraw as counsel for a 19-year-old Portales man charged in the slaying of a teenage woman in April 2004. Raton attorney Ray Floersheim stepped down as Richard Baca’s lawyer on Friday during a hearing at the […]

Area track team qualifies 10 for regionals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis-based New Mexico Stars youth track and field team had 10 of its 17 participants at the USA Track and Field state championships finish in the top three Saturday and Sunday at the University of New Mexico track stadium. The 10 qualified for regionals, to be held July 14-17 in […]

Local track team competing at state meet

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Kim Perkins and the rest of the New Mexico Stars will compete at the USATF state championships Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Last summer’s track season ended a little sooner than Clovis High School’s Kim Perkins would have liked. She won the 400-meter hurdles in her […]

Local athletes compete at national meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque over the weekend was special, in itself, for the quality of athletes invited. Many of the top high school athletes of the past school year competed and six national bests for the season were set on Saturday. But for twins Sandy […]

Robinson pulls upset; Wildcats finish fourth

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Tanner Fickling, left, helped Clovis take fourth in the 800-meter relay Saturday at the state track meet. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis senior Damian Robinson gave himself a little birthday present Saturday. He also helped elevate the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish in Class 5A state […]

Slaying suspect may make deal

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Prosecutors say a plea agreement may be reached before a Portales teen goes on trial Monday for murder. Richard Baca, 19, of Portales, is accused of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. His trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. before Ninth Judicial Court Judge Steven Quinn, but Ninth District […]

Wilkerson, Thomas

Thomas Wilkerson Services: Have been held. Mr. Thomas L. “Roy” Wilkerson, 82, of Clovis, died Monday, April 4, 2005, at his home. He was born on Dec. 18, 1922, in Lillian, Texas, to David Henry and Bessie Drusilla Wilkerson. He was a resident of Clovis since 1948. He served in the U.S. Army during World […]