Our people: Living in the moment

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LILIANA CASTILLO: FNM correspondent Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys her job at Oasis State Park because she gets to work outside. Portales resident Valerie Russ enjoys working at Oasis State Park because she gets to meet new people and learn about them. She has worked there for seven years. “I have met people from all […]

Fort Sumner woman running for District 63 representative

CNJ staff Melinda Russ of Fort Sumner announced Tuesday she is running for District 63 state representative. Russ, an eastern New Mexico native and retired homemaker, is the current chair of the Republican party of De Baca County. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa holds the position but has announced his candidacy for the position of […]

First Person: Life’s a drag

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eldon Russ and his family share a love for drag racing. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Eldon Russ, 52, and his family spend time working on cars, racing cars, and building engines for cars. Russ, a Fort Sumner native, will be at Roswell’s drag strip Area 51 Friday to […]

Two die in county road crash

CNJ Staff Two children died late Saturday afternoon in an two-vehicle accident along the intersection of Curry County Road 10 and Curry County Road G, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Joe Gutierrez, 33, of Clovis, was driving a 1996 Chevy Lumina. In the front seat of the car were Gutierrez, Jennifer Montiel and […]

Divinity found in ordinary spaces

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Contemporary iconography might well describe the paintings of Mary Ann Casey, whose work constitutes one-half of the art being shown in the Fort Sumner art exhibit “Sacred Spaces.” Her exhibit partner, Melinda Joy Russ, takes that theme in a different but complementary direction, with photographs focused on details that bring […]

Clovis man dies in rollover

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Clovis man died early Saturday evening from injuries sustained when the vehicle in which he was riding rolled over on Pleasant Hill Highway about 5 miles north of Clovis, according to Curry County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Russ. Federico Martinez-Villarreal, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m. […]

Rosa Chavez

Rosa Chavez, 74, of Clovis died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1931, in Santa Rosa to Sotero and Louisa Valencia Chavez. She married Cristobal Chavez on Nov. 4, 1950, in Santa Rosa. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. […]

Zias split against Texas Woman’s

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — Junior Natasha Lindsey pitched a three-hitter and first baseman Elizabeth Whipkey drove in three runs as Eastern New Mexico University beat Texas Woman’s 4-0 Saturday to earn a split of a Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader. The Zias lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in the opener when the Pioneers pushed […]

Man attempts to elude police

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the […]