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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Inmate incident investigated

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Curry County jail official said two inmates received medical treatment following an incident Monday that involved detention officers. Detention Center Chief Deputy Warden Audrey Barriga said the incident is being investigated by the Curry County Sheriff’s office. Barriga said there was a “situation” on Monday morning that involved […]

Transient’s family accepted way of life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of a transient whose body was discovered in an abandoned house last month said her family is at peace with his death and is thankful for the thoughtfulness Clovis residents showed before and after his death. Marie Autrand of Yuma, Ariz., described her son, Howard J. Payne, […]