Military Feature: Marine home for holidays

1198638724-1226soldierhomeweb.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Lance Cpl. Ryan Blacklock surprised his family by coming home for Christmas. Ryan, a graduate of Choices Alternative School, stands with, from left, his father Ronnie, sister Nichole, wife Krystal, mother Rebecca and sister Tia in their Clovis home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for […]

Suspect indicted in 9-year-old homicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Clovis man has been charged in a nine-year-old murder case, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Lorenzo Chavez, 56, was indicted late Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. Chavez is a twice-convicted killer who returned to Clovis in the late […]

Dec. 12, 2007 Military Digest

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Gomez Army Pvt. Gonzalo Gomez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Gomez is the son of Maria Gomez of Clovis. Hyre Navy seaman recruit Jeffrey W. Hyre, son of Patrice and Steven Hyre of Clovis, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training […]

Behind the scene

1196908166-126wildcatsmom1.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Layne Strebeck and his mother, Selena, are both involved in all things Wildcat’s football. Strebeck, a senior at Clovis High School, plays as defensive and tight end on the team, while his mother shoots photographs and organizes dinners. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Bonnie Mendoza hasn’t tackled anybody or […]

Military Digest: Lucio

Lucio Army Pvt. Luis A. Lucio has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Seliciano and Dora Lucio of Clovis. Lucio is a 2006 graduate of Portales High School. Davis Air Force Airman Harley E. Davis has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, […]

Families remember DWI victims

1195020799-1114dwiimpactpanel.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Betty Burch of Clovis spoke Tuesday about her son who was killed by a drunken driver. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Eighty-eight probationers gathered Tuesday in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to hear DWI victims speak of their experiences. At the front of the room sat […]

Mother must be allowed to raise child

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections I am a believer in the old proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. I welcome the school’s input (to a point) on my son’s academic life and the daycare’s tips on how to break my daughter from the pacifier. However, I don’t appreciate random strangers trying […]

Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation. A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report. Garrison has not been charged in connection with […]

Past performance actually indicative

Tonya Fennell School progress reports should come with a disclaimer. This report is not a good indication of your child’s actual grades should be printed in bold 30 point font at the very top of the page. Last week my son, Riley, brought home his first junior high progress report. I unfolded the progress report […]

Duck feeding ends in chaos

Tonya Fennell I’m not one to just sit around. I need to be doing something. This is especially true when my husband is deployed or TDY. I try to occupy myself so I’m not constantly thinking about how many days are left until he comes home. A few weekends ago, after the house was clean, […]

School shopping can be juggling act

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before […]

Shopping not always entertaining

Tonya Fennell I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before school started. I encountered […]

Aug. 8, 2007 Military Digest

Purcell Navy Seaman Christopher D. Purcell recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., according to a Navy news release. He is the son of Peggy A. and Ricky D. Purcell of Tucumcari. He is a 1999 graduate of Grady High School and 2004 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. […]

Teen sentenced as adult for infant’s death

CNJ Staff An 18-year-old Clovis man was sentenced as an adult late Friday to 25 years in prison in connection with the death of his infant son. Benito Valdez pleaded guilty in April to the intentional child abuse that resulted in the death of his 4-month-old son, Christopher. Valdez was 16 at the time. The […]

Clovis teen charged with shooting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis grand jury indicted a Clovis teen Friday on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Albert Ramirez, 18, is also charged with three counts of tampering with evidence. Eladio Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical […]

Roper shows off lineage

1184739624-718lanehedeman.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lane Hedeman of Morgan Mill, Texas, ropes a calf on Tuesday morning during competition in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent All of the contestants for this year’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals are from either New […]

First Person: Surgeon gained inspiration from family emergency

1184735715-718kwan.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Dr. Albert Kwan was recently elected president of the New Mexico Medical Society. Born in Hong Kong in 1952, Kwan came to the United States in 1972 to attend college. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1983, then served in the Air Force as […]

July 20, 1951

Sisters Barbara and Shirley Boydston won sweepstakes honors in the annual Curry County 4-H Dress Revue. … MSgt. E.A. Nash Jr. was announced as the new Army and Air Force recruiter for Clovis. His awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross. … Dwight F. Denton, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Earl Denton, received a […]

Police arrest shooting suspect

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A tip from a citizen led to the arrest of a Clovis teen who police say shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend Thursday, police said. Albert Ramirez, 18, was arrested without incident at 713 W. 13th St. around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a press release from Clovis police said. He […]

Detention center incident on tape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Surveillance video viewed by investigators does not support allegations a detention officer caused head injuries to an inmate at the Curry County Jail Monday, officials said. During a disruption in a pod at the jail, inmate Benito Valdez violently resisted guards when asked to relinquish a broom, Curry County […]