Prosecutors: Defendant wanted to see what it felt like to kill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors say Anthony Ray Casillas shot two people because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill. But his lawyer says Casillas’ behavior was too absurd to have been planned, implying alcohol and drugs may have influenced him the night Gary Payne and Melissa Ward died. Casillas, […]

School district: Court overstepped bounds on Isler restraining order

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis basketball coach J.D. Isler talks to his team during the semifinals of the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic last week against El Paso Bowie. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says she has lost all trust and confidence in J.D. Isler’s ability to coach varsity basketball. Isler, […]

Press Release: State land chief says parks director refusing millions

SANTA FE – An obscure bill passed by the New Mexico Legislature in 1949 could guarantee the State Parks Division a continuous revenue stream potentially worth millions of dollars, but the division director says he doesn’t want the money, according to Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons.

Concerns about inmate furloughs addressed

CNJ staff Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz says the Curry County jail is fully staffed and he is addressing several serious issues recently discovered with furloughs. Ortiz’ disclosures were part of a presentation Tuesday to county commissioners. It is the first time in years the jail has had all positions filled, Ortiz told commissioners. Ortiz said […]

Clovis ranked among lowest for tax burdens

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico think tanks says, comparatively speaking, living in Clovis just isn’t that taxing. The Rio Grande Foundation has ranked Clovis as the third-best city for lowest tax burdens among New Mexico’s 10 most populous cities. The study, also performed in 2007, looks at both property and gross […]

Kingswood pastor says Clovis church good match

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Reverend David Bachelor came to Clovis’ Kingswood Methodist Church in June after two tours in Iraq as a Navy chaplain. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Reassignment to Clovis’ Kingswood United Methodist Church was a good fit for Rev. David Bachelor. Bachelor, a reserve Airbone Ranger, said his experience with […]

Festival offers quilted ‘eye candy’

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan High Plains Quilt Festival organizer Elizabeth Lawrence with the quilt “Exiting Eden with Eve Firing Up the Pickup” by Ellie Kreneck of Lubbock. The piece is one of about 175 on display at the Memorial Building this week. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Nell Hardin of Arch has pieced […]

Man accused of drinking, driving lawn tractor maintains innocence

The man accused of drinking and driving a lawn tractor in Melrose says he’s ready to serve 11 days in jail, beginning today. George Rierson, 36, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with driving on a revoked license and carrying an open container of alcohol. Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rierson maintains his […]

Religious procession organizer determined soul

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When asked his favorite Bible verse, Sean Ferreira says he can’t possibly narrow it down to one, or two, or even eight. But when it comes to the Jump Up religious procession planned for Friday, he finds Matthew 18:20 fits the bill perfectly. The first-time event should work, according […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Mrs. New Mexico: We all make mistakes

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor She says she wants to make a difference in the lives of others, especially little girls. “A lot of little girls don’t have a role model. I want to be that role model,” Clovis’ Noel Hunt said. And so, having sought a public spotlight and earned the Mrs. […]

Killer says fight led to accidental drowning

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer “That day was just crazy.” And it is one that Tommy Willis replays in his head over and over again. He was at Elizabeth Kelton’s house and they were arguing over money from a drug transaction the day before. He remembers her throwing a beer bottle at him, and […]

District attorney rules police shooting justified

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The district attorney’s office has concluded the shooting of a Clovis man by a Texas Department of Public Safety Officer in November was justified and has obtained an indictment against Jawayne Helfferich for fleeing officers. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday his office reviewed an investigation conducted by state […]

Area taxpayers filing earlier this year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks 2008 Tax forms at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Tuesday, the day before tax day. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico correspondent To tax-filing procrastinators, Lloyd Harrison says “haste makes waste.” These are words of warning from Harrison, a Portales tax preparer with Anchor Accounting. He advises folks to begin early […]

Press release: USDA says MILC payments on way to dairy farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that because of low dairy prices across the country, producers participating in USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program will soon begin to receive payments. “As a result of low dairy prices, we will soon begin distributing MILC […]

Superintendent: New middle school only viable option

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A member of a committee that studied growth issues for Clovis schools says he’s concerned taxpayers aren’t getting a chance to see all the options. Former Lt. Govenor Walter Bradley said Thursday while a proposed new $30 million middle school is one option, he believes other viable solutions are […]

Amos the Church Mouse: the great toilet paper diversion

marcellus the mangyungodly cat has beenrunning amuck here bossterrorizing little micehamsters guinea pigs andeven experimental whiterats like willifred in fact boss we little micekept hidden away in our littlecramped mousey corners scarcely daring to breathe much less take a stroll to thekitchen grocery store something s gotta be donesays willifred the white raton his soapbox […]

Students making trip for inauguration

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Had she been eligible to vote last November, Clovis High School senior Morgan Duval says she would have voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Still, she is excited about her trip this week to the nation’s capital to be among the millions to witness Barack Obama’s historic inauguration […]

The $80,000 question: Whose is it?

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Whose $80,000 is it anyway? The city of Tucumcari says it is theirs. Quay County says they asked for it first. At stake is $80,000 appropriated to “Tucumcari in Quay County” during the last state legislative session, City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland said the city asked for the […]

a view from under the pew: happy cheesy new year

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. happy cheesy new year boss this holiday season got the best of me i turned into a […]