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Muleshoe High band director charged with enticing minor

LUBBOCK — The Muleshoe High School Band director will remain held at the Lubbock County Detention Center until a federal judge decides whether he is a flight risk or a danger to... — Updated 3/13/2021


Muleshoe jail escapee sentenced to 14 months

U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix on Thursday told Juan Anthony Cordero that the facts of his case outweighed the lenient punishment both his defense attorney and federal prosecutors requested. However, the judge... — Updated 2/27/2021

 By Gabriel Monte    News

Man pleads guilty to escaping Muleshoe jail

A 39-year-old Plainview man faces up to 35 years in prison after he admitted to escaping from the Bailey County Jail where he was being held while awaiting his sentencing for a separate federal drug and weapons charge. Mark... — Updated 11/21/2020


Clovis man fatally shot

A state police officer was defending himself when he fatally shot a Clovis man Sunday, a police spokesman said Monday. Capt. Jimmy Glascock of the New Mexico State Police said Benjamin Selgado, 29, was crouching behind a wall in a... Full story


Selgado's brother: 'He wasn't an aggressive person'

The brother of a Clovis man shot by a state police officer on Sunday says he was a loving person who's criminal past did not define him. Benjamin Theodore Selgado, 29, was shot and... Full story


State police: Officer was defending himself in shooting

A state police officer was defending himself when he fatally shot a Clovis man Sunday, a police spokesman said Monday. Capt. Jimmy Glascock of the New Mexico State Police said Benjamin Selgado, 29, was crouching behind a wall in a...


Slow and Steady

Symon Segura, 10, left, and John Anchondo, 6, place their box turtles in a starting pit during Saturday's Great American Turtle Race at the Curry County Fair. Segura won third... Full story


Puppy power

LaKenley Young, 7, loves playing with her dachshund Duke in her parent's back yard. She said aside from playing catch the human, she and Duke also dance as her 4-year-old sister,... Full story


Slice of fair life

Texico fire fighters Jacob Gaines, left and David Scioli dig into pie baking contest entries Wednesday night at the Curry County Fair office. Gaines and Scioli are serving as first...


Statue returning to Hotel Clovis

An Indian statue will soon rejoin six others atop the city's tallest building, according to city officials. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas said officials with Tierra Realty LLC of Taos, the firm renovating Hotel Clovis, picked up...


What to know about the Curry County Fair

Curry County residents will celebrate the county's 92nd annual fair from next week and organizers are expecting increased attendance. Kevin Jolley, Curry County Events Center and Fairgrounds general manager, said last year's...


Officials approve resolution opposing rule change

Clovis City Commissioners approved a resolution during their Thursday meeting opposing an addition to the state's community development council rules that officials say could put future grant monies in jeopardy. Clovis Community...


Cannon housing privatization delayed

A delay in housing privatization at Cannon Air Force base will not impact the influx of military personnel, according to a base spokesman. Negotiations with investors have delayed housing privatization at Cannon Air Force Base...


Field day to focus on doing more with limited resources

Doing more with less is the theme of this year's field day set for Friday at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, according to organizers. File...


Spokesman: Xcel confident it can meet power demands

An Xcel Energy spokesman says the utility company is confident it will be able to meet power demands today one day after asking customers to conserve energy. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company issued the alert after...


Customers steady despite heat

The heat is on. And according to the National Weather Service, it's about to get hotter after reaching 97 degrees Monday. Albuquerque National Weather Service forecaster Amanda Martin says a high pressure system that has settled...


Baby giraffe Jerrica turns 6 months old

This baby's come a long way. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zookeeper Cody Machen gives Jerrica some attention Wednesday, while her mother Jael looks on. Jerrica turned 6 months...


Company announces plans for wind farm near Grady

A Minnesota-based wind energy company announced Thursday plans to built a $30-million, 18-megawatt wind farm five miles south of Grady. Patrick Pelstring, a spokesman for National Renewable Solutions LLC, said the company plans to... Full story


Texas mayor: Wind energy good for region

Wind energy has been good to Nolan County, according to Sweetwater, Texas, Mayor Greg Wortham. CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Greg Wortham, right, executive director for Texas Wind...


Rains giving wells a break

Recent rains have given the city water suppliers' 65 wells an unexpected break over the summer. Brian Daly, the general manager of EPCOR, Brian Daly, the general manager of EPCOR said water usage was cut down from 71 percent to 60...


Fireworks complaints keep law enforcement busy

Despite a ban forbidding aerial fireworks in the city and county, fireworks complaints kept law enforcement agencies busy. According to call logs from the Clovis Police Department, more than 160 fireworks complaints were logged...


Clovis man arrested on burglary charges

Police arrested a Clovis man Thursday morning who they believe may be responsible for close to a dozen vehicle burglaries in the last two weeks. It was the second time this week Fabian Martinez, 18, has been arrested for breaking i... Full story


Clovis fireworks display rained out

Clovis residents were treated to a different light show than they were expecting as night fell on the Fourth of July holiday at Greene Acres Park. CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Hea...


Business feature: Budget Inn getting new look, name

The new owner of the Budget Inn on Mabry drive is giving the hotel a new look and a new name. CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Construction crews work on the facade of the Budget Inn... Full story


Farmers seeing crops stunted by weather

Don Wiley hopped onto his shovel, slicing into the dry ground around a garlic bulb, which he plucked and threw behind him. CMI staff photo: Gabriel Monte Curry County farmer Don Wil... Full story


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