ENMU graduates take next step

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Jennifer Lockwood is congratulated by Jim Constantopoulos Saturday after receiving her diploma at Eastern New Mexico University’s graduation ceremony at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Amid cheering friends and family, 250 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas Saturday during commencement ceremonies at Eastern New Mexico […]

January 8, 1955

Stagner and Sons Inc. obtained building permits from Clovis City Hall, announcing plans for 78 new homes in the north part of Clovis. The homes had a combined value of “over a half million dollars,” according to the “Clovis News-Journal.” … Dunlap’s at 318 Main was having a “January clearance sale.” Cotton blouses were $1.93 […]

Plea satisfies victim’s family

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The sisters of Laura McNaughton, Krystal Beardmore, front, and Jacqueline Beardmore, rear, weep after speaking at the sentencing of James Smith Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A grain of peace has been given the family of a slain Clovis mother by a Tuesday […]

Dentist headed to prison

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James Smith signs a plea agreement Tuesday morning, while CO-Counsel for defense Rebecca Reese,left, looks on. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday […]

Death penalty motion OK’d

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James Smith,right, is escorted into the court room of Judge Joe Parker at the Curry County Courthouse Monday afternoon by Transport Officer Cliff Chilcoat. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists […]

Impact of McNaughton slaying still lingers

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David and Maria Beardmore placed a cross to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found a year ago. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Case file • The victim: Laura McNaughton, 30, mother of two. Her nude body was found Dec. 10, 2005, by hunters near Pleasant […]

Honor Rolls continued

Yucca Junior High Cont. Christopher M. Potocki, Kelsey A. Poulin, Monica Y. Sanchez, Chris D. Sharp, Daniel A. Smith, Garrett C. Smith, Jill E. Southard, Brice J. Stacy, Megan L. Sundquist, Jared A. Swenson, Michelle V. Tijerina, Emilee G. Tipton, James M. Townsend, Michael C. Villa, Madeline R. Whitmore, Joshua D. Wickham, Randi N. Wood, […]

Dentist faces death-penalty hearing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A three-day hearing to determine whether or not prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a Clovis dentist starts Monday, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said attorneys for both sides will also argue approximately 35 motions before the judge. During the proceedings, known as an […]

Officials getting pay hike

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a 12 percent salary increase for elected officials Tuesday during a regular meeting. The increased was approved unanimously after a motion by Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley for a 15 percent salary increase failed. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith opposed the 15 percent hike. […]

Inmates take on tasks

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An inmate trustee, left, is supervised by city maintenance worker Jeremy Burnett Tuesday while putting up decorations on the Christmas tree in front of the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Wearing orange jumpsuits quickly marking them as inmates, trustees from the jail perform tasks that save […]

Satisfaction guaranteed at old insurance company

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Back in 1979 I was asked to write up a history of an old insurance company. This company is not in business anymore, and what follows is not a history of that insurance company but some items that might prove interesting. The newspaper in Portales ran a brief item on […]

New evidence found in slaying

CNJ Staff New evidence was discovered Tuesday in the death penalty case against a Clovis dentist accused of killing a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural ditch, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Members of the Curry County Major Crimes Unit found the evidence during a search at 316 […]

Caring companions

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleWanda Beavers, right, 79, of Clovis, gets help with her daily activities from senior companion Nadine Fixler, left. Fixler is taking over for Beavers’ regular companion while she recovers from knee surgery. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about […]

County approves final events center plan

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksCurry County Manager Dick Smith displays the final drawing of the Curry County Special Events Center. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Seventy-one pages of detailed drawings depicting the future Special Events Center were approved by the Curry County Commission during Tuesday’s regular meeting. Albuquerque architect Jim Lewis presented the renditions, […]

Roads county priority

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a five-year plan to acquire capital outlay funds during their Wednesday meeting. In presenting the plan, Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the county is required to submit it to the state legislature based on input from a committee of department heads, elected officials and […]

Rain hampers fair turnout

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Fair workers drive through one of the many deep mud puddles Tuesday at the Curry County Fair. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Rainy weather is dampening attendance at the Curry County Fair. Fair manager Justin Gee reported approximately 300 people attended the annual event on Monday. In 2005, fair officials reported an average of […]

Conservationists believe Ogallala Aquifer recharged through playa lakes

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Broadview rancher John Wood stands in the middle of the great saucer-shaped depression of the playa lake. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Birds dart toward the edge of the great saucer-shaped depression and disappear in a patch of yellowed grass. John Wood stands in the middle of his concave field, […]

Tip results in burglary arrests

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A loosely formed theft ring that targeted rural homes went too far when they broke into the home of a state police agent and stole his service gun. An anonymous tip to the Curry County Sheriff’s Department that identified a suspect in the July 18 break-in led to 10 […]

Aug. 2, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a summary of Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. • Curry County Assessor Randy Williams reported his office has been receiving a high volume of calls with queries related to Curry County tax rates and overall property value. Williams said many calls are from military families associated with the 16th Special Operations Wing. […]

USSSA state softball: Playing for love of the game

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The Ultamitts’ Dee Dee Gutierrez puts the tag on the Zandi Queener during Saturday’s Class E game in the USSSA women’s state slow-pitch tournament at Spencer Field. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In the 15 or so years since she organized the team, Othena Smith has yet to see […]