Traditions add more reason to season

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I get carried away with Christmas spirit. My daughter Laura rolls her eyes, calls me a Christmas freak and blushes in embarrassment when I pull up to her work with waving Santas on my car. Yes, I like Christmas. No, I love Christmas. It is truly the most wonderful time […]

Victims remembered

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Sandra Valdez helps her son Hugo Ochoa Jr., 3, decorate a Christmas tree with an ornamental angel bearing the name of his father, Hugo Ochoa. Ochoa was shot and killed in 2006 outside of his Clovis home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Paula Rodriguez of Clovis fought through her […]

Education Feature: Freshmen’s grades improve

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chris Sharp, 14, studies Wednesday during class at Clovis High School’s Freshman Campus. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Teresa Rodriguez said a teaming concept in place at the Clovis High School Freshman Campus would have helped her when she was in school. Rodriguez said she wasn’t the best student. […]

Nov. 16 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Nov. 8 through Wednesday: Ryan Jason Martinez, 23, to Mayra Alejandra Moreno, 20, both of Clovis Shawn Thomas Schiller, 21, to Tinamarie Ann Garcia, 20, both of Clovis Shannon D. Young, 38, of Santa Fe, to Kimberley Michele Monroe, 38, of Clovis Nicholas Anthony Rodriguez, […]

Oct. 26 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from October 18 through Wednesday: James Richard Paquette, 29, to Josie Thomas, 36, both of Clovis Julio Soria-Escobar, 29, to Phyllis A. Henderson, 34, both of Clovis Anthony Duane Frederick, 48, to Bernette Marie Jennewein, 40, both of Clovis John Edward Moyle, 25, to Heather Diane […]

Muleshoe farmer killed in tractor crash

CNJ staff A 41-year-old Muleshoe farmer was killed Sunday morning in Bailey County when a tractor he was driving overturned on U.S. 70/84 after being struck by a pickup truck, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Paul Fulcher was driving eastbound around 11 a.m. (CDT) when the tractor was struck by a Dodge […]

Wedding really reunion in disguise

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I thought it was going to take another funeral to get our familia together again, but low and behold, my sister’s wedding in Vegas this weekend is becoming an unplanned Rodriguez-Madrid family reunion. My sister Becky and her fiancée, Billy, are tying the knot in Vegas this weekend — Las […]

Commissioners endorse jail plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A corrective action plan put in place in the aftermath of an inmate escape last month earned the stamp of approval of the Curry County Commission. Warden Leslie Johnson detailed policy and procedural changes during Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which include mandatory visual head counts and better documentation. […]

County mum on jail report

CNJ staff Investigation reports into an escape and a stabbing last month at the Curry County Detention Center are complete, but officials have so far declined to release them. Curry County Assistant Manager Lance Pyle said a report was completed Wednesday evening and Warden Leslie Johnson has met with Curry County Manager Dick Smith. “Appropriate […]

Missing county inmate caught

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center was arrested Thursday without incident in Dimmitt, Texas, according to Dimmitt police. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 29, was arrested by local police about 8:30 a.m. (CST) at a Dimmitt hotel, according to police. “We knocked on the door and that’s when […]