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Articles from the June 17, 2016 edition


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  • County commissioners censure one of their own

    Staff Writer [email protected]@cnjonline.comlink Four Curry County commissioners have voted to censure another member of the body with regard to communication with County Manager Lance Pyle. “As a result of the executive session addressing personnel matters (on Thursday), I move to censure Commissioner Spear,” Commissioner Tim Ashley said in his censure motion. “And instruct Manager (Lance) Pyle that he is not obligated to email or otherwise respond to any email or other request from Commissioner Spear unless Mr. P...

  • Gun range tabled

    Kevin Wilson

    Managing Editor [email protected] Three hours of debate Thursday night on a proposed public shooting range on city property revealed that far more debate was needed. And so the Clovis City Commission voted, by a 5-3 count, to table a proposal allowing the state to construct and the city to maintain a 720-acre shooting facility at the city-owned Ned Houk Park. The city was first approached about the matter in 2014 by the state Game and Fish Department, and in March the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee...

  • Report: Woman sexually assaulted

    STAFF REPORT A Portales man is booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center for a home invasion that occurred in the early morning hours Thursday. Roy Brown, 28, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration, a second-degree felony, along with the felony charges of aggravated burglary and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and aggravated battery, a misdemeanor. According to court documents obtained Friday, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a county residence almost 2 miles south of...

  • Report: Woman sexually assaulted

    STAFF REPORT A Portales man is booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center for a home invasion that occurred in the early morning hours Thursday. Roy Brown, 28, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration, a second-degree felony, along with the felony charges of aggravated burglary and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and aggravated battery, a misdemeanor. According to court documents obtained Friday, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a county residence almost 2 miles south of... Full story

  • Trials faced on pageant's first night

    Alisa Boswell

    Managing editor [email protected] Miss New Mexico and Outstanding Teen contestants had to overcome their fair share of trials to perform in the opening night of the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Staff photo: Anna George Miss Albuquerque Stephanie Chavez accepts her award for top miss in the talent category Thursday night at the Miss New Mexico Pageant. Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez, 21, the preliminary swimsuit winner...

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  • Trials faced on pageant's first night

    Alisa Boswell

    Managing editor [email protected] Miss New Mexico and Outstanding Teen contestants had to overcome their fair share of trials to perform in the opening night of the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Staff photo: Anna George Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez accepts her award for top miss in the swimsuit category Thursday night at the Miss New Mexico Pageant. Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez, 21, the preliminary swimsuit winner Thursday...

  • Pages past — June 18

    On this date ... 1961: The state’s traffic fatality went up by three after unrelated accidents near Taos, Grants and Chimayo. United Press International reported the state’s traffic deaths totaled 142 for the year, but that was down from 174 on the same date a year earlier. 1956: Montgomery Ward was hosting a 10-day bicycle sale. A 20-inch Hawthorne for boys or girls was $41.50. A 26-inch Hercules Tourist bike for boys or girls was $46.95. The store would give $10 off the pri... Full story

  • Pages past — June 18

    On this date ... 1961: The state’s traffic fatality went up by three after unrelated accidents near Taos, Grants and Chimayo. United Press International reported the state’s traffic deaths totaled 142 for the year, but that was down from 174 on the same date a year earlier. 1956: Montgomery Ward was hosting a 10-day bicycle sale. A 20-inch Hawthorne for boys or girls was $41.50. A 26-inch Hercules Tourist bike for boys or girls was $46.95. The store would give $10 off the pri... Full story

  • Johnson: Resist urge to kill that spider

    Sharna Johnson

    They are so creepy they have their very own phobia named after them, just a hint of their presence can be enough to keep some folks up all night in sheer terror, and if you haven’t noticed them around more lately, rest assured you will. In search of ponies Spiders are ever-present in the High Plains, which also has the distinction of being home to some better-known arachnids, including tarantulas, black widows, brown recluses and copious populations of wolf, weaver, orb, j... Full story

  • Johnson: Resist urge to kill that spider

    Sharna Johnson

    They are so creepy they have their very own phobia named after them, just a hint of their presence can be enough to keep some folks up all night in sheer terror, and if you haven’t noticed them around more lately, rest assured you will. In search of ponies Spiders are ever-present in the High Plains, which also has the distinction of being home to some better-known arachnids, including tarantulas, black widows, brown recluses and copious populations of wolf, weaver, orb, j... Full story

  • Curry County victim of email scam

    STAFF REPORT An email scam resulted in an improper wire transfer of more than $28,000 from the Curry County Treasurer’s Office this week, though county officials noted the money has already been recovered. County Manager Lance Pyle, via Friday email, said the matter is in the hands of multiple law enforcement agencies. “The County Treasurer Debbie Spriggs received an email from a scammer and wire transferred $28,620,” Pyle wrote in response to questions. “Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon the bank was able to recover the mon...

  • Curry County victim of email scam

    STAFF REPORT An email scam resulted in an improper wire transfer of more than $28,000 from the Curry County Treasurer’s Office this week, though county officials noted the money has already been recovered. County Manager Lance Pyle, via Friday email, said the matter is in the hands of multiple law enforcement agencies. “The County Treasurer Debbie Spriggs received an email from a scammer and wire transferred $28,620,” Pyle wrote in response to questions. “Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon the bank was able to recover the mon...

  • Q&A: Contestants say pageants require mental strength

    To get to their first night of competing, local contestants for the 2016 Miss New Mexico pageant needed mental strength more than anything. Alexis Cupps, Miss Curry County, said as long as she stays strong through the late nights and practices then she knows she can do it. “I just have to stick to what I know and stay strong in my beliefs,” said Cupps. The first preliminary competition took place Thursday night with the second round taking place Friday night at the Eastern New Mexico University Theater Center. The final sho...

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  • Q&A: Contestants say pageants require mental strength

    To get to their first night of competing, local contestants for the 2016 Miss New Mexico pageant needed mental strength more than anything. Alexis Cupps, Miss Curry County, said as long as she stays strong through the late nights and practices then she knows she can do it. “I just have to stick to what I know and stay strong in my beliefs,” said Cupps. The first preliminary competition took place Thursday night with the second round taking place Friday night at the Eas...

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  • Berry: Pending marriage brings trip down memory lane

    My oldest granddaughter has decided to get married at the end of the summer. It is hard to imagine her being old enough, but I guess she is. She is marrying a pretty good guy and we are all pretty excited for her. Lonnie Berry My wife and I have put pictures on our refrigerator ever since she was a baby. I stood at the side of the fridge and took a trip down memory lane. I saw the picture of her when she was a toddler and wanted to sit in my lap to read me a story. It didn't...

  • Berry: Pending marriage brings trip down memory lane

    My oldest granddaughter has decided to get married at the end of the summer. It is hard to imagine her being old enough, but I guess she is. She is marrying a pretty good guy and we are all pretty excited for her. Lonnie Berry My wife and I have put pictures on our refrigerator ever since she was a baby. I stood at the side of the fridge and took a trip down memory lane. I saw the picture of her when she was a toddler and wanted to sit in my lap to read me a story. It didn't... Full story

  • Clovis man killed in motorcycle accident

    STAFF REPORT A Clovis man was killed Friday afternoon south of the city limits when his motorcycle struck a hay trailer. Justin Musick, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on U.S. 70, Curry County Undersheriff Mike Reeves said. According to information supplied by Reeves: • Law enforcement received a call to dispatch at 4:41 p.m. reporting the accident. • Brisco Roberts, 18, of Floyd, was traveling northbound on 70 and began a U-turn. • Musick, also northbound, struck the hay trailer Roberts was pulli...

  • Clovis man killed in motorcycle accident

    STAFF REPORT A Clovis man was killed Friday afternoon south of the city limits when his motorcycle struck a hay trailer. Justin Musick, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on U.S. 70, Curry County Undersheriff Mike Reeves said. According to information supplied by Reeves: • Law enforcement received a call to dispatch at 4:41 p.m. reporting the accident. • Brisco Roberts, 18, of Floyd, was traveling northbound on 70 and began a U-turn. • Musick, also northbound, struck the hay trailer Roberts was pulli... Full story

  • Clovis police chase, arrest man wanted for felonies

    STAFF REPORT A Thursday night car chase through the Clovis Apartments complex led to the arrest of a man wanted on several outstanding felony warrants. According to information supplied in an email by police Capt. Roman Romero: • Officers pursued Leonel Lopez, 27, on outstanding felony warrants. • After a short pursuit, Lopez abandoned his vehicle near Cortez Street and was captured on foot by officers. Annette Carver, who lives at the apartment complex, said she was outside with her two grandchildren and took them inside jus... Full story

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