Local bird watchers unite for bird count

CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Amateur bird watcher Don Hicks peers through his binoculars at Goodwin Lake Trail on Wednesday in search of birds. Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers during the Great Backyard Bird Count taking place Friday through Monday. Benna Sayyed Don Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers when […]

Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to Maximum Time in Prison for Attempted Murder

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Gilbert, age 32, was sentenced to serve nine (9) years in prison for one (1) count of Attempted Murder, which is the maximum time for attempted murder in New Mexico. The charges stem from October 3, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an […]

Press release: Tucumcari man sentenced to 12 years in prison for Melrose bank robbery

Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Patrick Quintana, age 26, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery and one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to […]

Count on God’s promise of joy

Curtis Shelburne I began writing this particular column a week ago. The wind had been howling all day long. Someone has said that nothing in nature is more beautiful than gently falling snow and the pristine glittering blanket it creates. I agree. But if that’s on one end of beauty’s scale, a wind-begotten brown dust-storm […]

Press release: Tucumcari woman sentenced to five years in bank robbery

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Juana Griego, 20, was sentenced to serve five years in prison for one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery call at American Heritage Bank […]

New Crayola products just in time for the new school year

Provided by Crayola Crayola’s Dual-Sided Dry-Erase Board is black on one side and white on the other. The board comes with a pack of eight Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Bright Crayons. It is recommended for ages 3-plus and costs $9.99. McClatchy-Tribune Crayola has released a few new products that moms and dads might want to add […]

Military mama: Don’t stop trying

In my personal opinion every person on this planet needs to have a hobby, a passion outside of anything work related. Something that is not only a recreational diversion, but also mentally-stimulating activity. Facebook does not count. I’ve learned that it’s easy to do what you’re good at, but what about everything else? It is […]

Counties facing dry season

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales farmer Rick Ledbetter looks over his irrigated wheat field Friday afternoon northwest of Portales. Ledbetter said his dry land wheat is dead and his irrigated wheat is about two feet shorter than it should be due to dry weather. Alisa Boswell One word defines Curry and Roosevelt counties these […]

Press release: Melrose bank robber sentenced

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Santos Preciado, age 19, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of Armed Robbery, one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and one (1) count of Tampering with Evidence. The charges stem from April 12, 2010 when Curry […]

Online ballots can help overseas votes count

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program has a solution for overseas servicemembers and other U.S. citizens living outside the country who haven’t received an election ballot: get it online. With Nov. 2 midterm elections two weeks off, Illinois and New York recently joined the list […]

Press release: Casillas found guilty in 2008 shooting

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Anthony Casillas, age 23, was found guilty today by a jury for two-counts of First Degree Murder, one-count of Tampering with Evidence, and one-count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The trial, which started last Monday, concluded today with closing arguments and jury deliberations. The […]

Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Biting Off a Man’s Nose

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that a Clovis man was convicted of one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Aggravated Battery for biting off a man’s nose and ordered to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from April 19, 2009, when […]

Press Release: Clovis woman sentenced for robbery and battery

Clovis, NM ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Ebony Bunton, age 20, a former Clovis basketball standout, was convicted of one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Aggravated Battery and ordered to serve five (5) years in the Department of Corrections. The charges stem from September 7, 2009 when […]

Cannon spouse gets involved in census count

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Bethany Mueller hosted a training class in Portales April 15 for crew leaders in the area at Portales City Hall. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections When her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in October of last year, Bethany Mueller finished teaching a semester at a community college […]

Clovis Census committee holding march to mailbox event

CNJ staff The 2010 Complete Count Committee is hosting a “March to the Mailbox” event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Postal Service workers will be on location to accept completed forms. Locations for the event are the Clovis Apartments, Lincoln-Jackson Community Center and the Gateway Apartments. Information: 769-7828

Press release: City holding Census event

The 2010 Complete Count Committee will be hosting a March to the Mailbox event, Saturday, April 10th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the city. “The purpose of this event is to encourage folk who have not yet handed in their census form to do so” advised Claire Burroughes, Legislative & […]

Thursday morning briefing: Count your blessings and potholes

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Count your blessings Yucca Middle School is hosting Family Math Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Question of the day What’s a better Valentine’s Day date … going out or a planned evening at home? Web site of the day Report your favorite — […]

Contradicting population counts could cost county

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Contradicting population counts could cost Curry County as much as $250,000. County Manager Lance Pyle said a count conducted by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research put the county’s population at 48,005, while a U.S. Census estimate puts the population at 43,755. As a […]

110 years and counting: Audbon prepares for 2009 Christmas bird count in New Mexico

New Mexico — The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) starts today throughout North America, including 35 cities and towns around New Mexico. Thousands of volunteers will add a new layer to over a century of bird population information as they tally bird numbers through January 5, […]

Press release: Inmate convicted of attempted murder in jail attack

Guadalupe Urquizo Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Guadalupe Urquizo, age 29, was found guilty of one (1) count of Attempted Murder, two (2) counts of Aggravated Battery upon a Peace Officer, and one (1) count of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prisoner. The charges stem from an incident that […]