Pleadings expected today in Quay County slayings

By Scott SandlinAlbuquerque Journal, N.M.(MCT)Jan. 20—Casslyn Mae Welch and Tracy Allen Province are scheduled to enter guilty pleas today in connection with the Aug. 4, 2010, kidnapping and murder of a vacationing Oklahoma couple who had stopped at an Interstate 40 rest stop in Quay County.A change of plea hearing is scheduled in U.S. District […]

Empty stocking fund: Family A

Today’s focus: Family A Household members: 4 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The family is just going through the transition of a divorce. This has been hard on the family since the father was the only one working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 4. Toys list: A Barbie or princess or a Barbie princess. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Music series, school’s out and Elvis gets notice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series featuring Andy Mason is 7 p.m. today at the Yam Theatre, 219 S. Main St., Portales. Admission is $5 at the door. School’s out A reminder that all Clovis public schools are closed for the holiday. Classes […]

ENMU/ACU basketball capsules — Dec. 17

CNJ staff Men Abilene Christian (5-4, 0-2 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (8-3, 1-2) When: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-AM 1450 Last time out: ACU dropped a 61-58 decision at home on Tuesday to West Texas A&M. The Greyhounds beat Angelo State 71-62 on Thursday night at Clovis High School. Last year: […]

Graduates optimistic on job prospects

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PNT file photo Fall graduation is traditionally a smaller crowd for Eastern New Mexico University and despite tough economic times, graduates said they are positive about their career prospects. Alisa Boswell Despite a tough job market, Eastern New Mexico University students graduating today said they aren’t worried about job prospects. Halee Goff, graduating with a […]

Empty stocking fund: Family C

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 8 Children: 6 (ages 12, 12, 10, 8, 6 and 3) Special circumstance: This family has had a lot of health-related issues with the husband has not been able to work due to three strokes. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 36 in men’s or an XL; two boys wear […]

Empty stocking fund: Family G

Today’s focus: Family G Household members: 4 Children: 3 (ages 4, 3 and 18 months) Special circumstance: The family is dealing with medical issues with their youngest child, who has renal failure. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 7-8 and shoes size 11; Boys clothes size 4-5T and shoes size 9-10 and boys clothes size 25 […]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 3 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The husband lost his job and the family only has one income. Clothing needs: Boys size 2T. Toys list: A car, any toy or a truck. The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family L

Today’s focus: Family L Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 12, 10 and 8) Special circumstance: With low income this year, they are struggling because they have three children’s birthdays in the same month, then Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 32-34 or large, size 36, 16 husky or large and size 38 or XL. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family F

Today’s focus: Family F Household members: 6 Children: 4 (ages 11, 7, 4 and 2) Special circumstance: This family needs help because the mother has been a widow for three years, and she is having a hard time making ends meet after losing her husband. Toys list: Boy, 11, a bike or any sports equipment; […]