Police Blotter 7/27

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: After receiving reports that a woman was screaming as two men tried to put her into a pickup truck, police responded about midnight Thursday to the 1300 block of North Ross and found an intoxicated 16-year-old Clovis girl trying to walk away […]

Court dispositions 7/27

Recent dispositions recorded in 9th District Court: –Carl Haskins found guilty by jury trial of false imprisonment, robbery, battery on a household member and assault on a household member. Determined to be a habitual offender and sentenced to concurrent terms totaling seven years in state prison with credit for 306 days served and $100 DNA […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]

Exercise care in selecting a blog service

By Tom DiFrancesca Thanks for the visits — the visits to my Web site, that is. Traffic to the site seems to be on the increase. Now that I’ve installed a site-based search engine, I can track what kind of things my readers are interested in — and then write about those subjects. Speaking of […]

Family provides stories

By Clyde Davis Editor’s note: Clyde Davis won a first-place award on June 21 for his story, “Pluggy the Mule Hero,” from Panhandle Professional Writers. This is the way it happened — the story behind the story. I had never thought of myself as a children’s story writer, but the way in which we perceive […]

Letters to the editor 7/27

Dog’s death outrageous Nothing will change what happened to the police dog in Muleshoe, but the circumstances and explanation for the July 14 death of Sandor are outrageous. Officer Rodney Stevens’ statement about feeling “frustrated” just doesn’t seem quite enough. Clearly, he and the Muleshoe Police Department have not taken responsibility for the action that […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Liberia

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at:

Clovis falls into losers bracket

CNJ STAFF LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The Clovis American League All-Stars ran into a tough southpaw on Saturday and fell into the losers bracket of the state 11-12 year-old Little League tournament at Keys Park. Artesia’s J.T. Bean scattered five hits and took advantage of some early scoring by his team in a 5-2 win […]

Barton, Billy

Billy Barton Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy J. Barton, 73, of Portales, a retired telephone lineman, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born Sept. 14, 1929, in Portales to Jewel and W.G. Barton. He grew up in Portales. As a young man, he worked with his father […]

American advances with win

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Clovis American first baseman Lucas Walthers releases a throw to gun down a Silver City runner during their first round state 9-10 little league tournament game Friday at Dickenson Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Defense and pitching — and a few breaks — helped Clovis American advance to the winners bracket finals […]

U.S. releases photos of Odai and Qusai’s bodies

The Associated Press Editor’s note: Photos of the bodies appear at the end of this story. They are very graphic in nature, and parents should use caution in showing them to children and some adults. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. military released graphic after-death photographs Thursday in an effort to prove to Iraqis that […]

State 9-10 tournament begins tonight

By Dave Wagner It’s been a couple of weeks since the Clovis American League All-Stars have played a game, but coach Hector Vasquez says his squad has made good use of the downtime. American will host the eight-team, double-elimination 9-10-year-old Little League state tournament beginning tonight. Two games are scheduled for both American’s home field, […]

Would-be robbers hit theater again

By Darrell Todd Maurina Armed robbers hit the North Plains Cinema for the third time this summer on Wednesday night and police said suspects may be connected to eight attempted armed robberies in Clovis since June 14. No one was injured and no cash was taken in Wednesday’s incident. But the event doused hopes that […]

Clovis teen struck by car

CNJ Staff A 16-year-old boy is recuperating in a Lubbock hospital today after being struck by a vehicle near Ned Houk Park north of Clovis early Thursday morning. Danny Benavides is in “stable condition” in the intensive care unit at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to his mother, who was at the hospital on Thursday. […]

Colleges hope for banner enrollment

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Clovis Community College student Gina Martinez fills out a class form Thursday. CCC and Wayland Baptist University campuses expect record enrollment for the upcoming school year. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Interest in higher learning is on the rise. All four area colleges anticipate higher enrollment figures for the upcoming fall semester. Officials […]

Hands across the border

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Eight-year-old Farwell resident Tait Cooper’s bike entry is decorated with “Border Town Days or Bust” as Border Town Days bicycle decorating judge Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, looks at an entry from Tracy Hughes’, 10. By Darrell Todd Maurina Many people like to keep track of how many people come to their community festivals. Mike Pomper, chairman of […]

Rider doesn’t let handicap slow him down

When people say they can’t ride a motorcycle, Don Smith points to himself as an example of someone who refuses to say “can’t.” “I’ve done it one-handed for 40 years,” said Smith, who at 50 has spent most of his life with a single arm. “People say you shouldn’t (ride), you’ll get hurt, and that’s […]

Public Record 7/25

Compiled from court records from July 17 through Thursday: Marriage Licenses – David Varton McGuire, 34, to Kelly Denise Chester, 34, both of Lubbock. – Alan Victor Salmones, 24, to Melissa Ann Barbett, 23, both of Clovis. – Brian Michael Coulter, 22, to Rachel Ann Williams, 17, both of Clovis. – Juan Jose Garcia, 19, […]

Changing uniforms

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Alan Brockmeier, retired New Mexico State Police captain, talks about his being ordained as a transitional deacon during an interview Wednesday at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell It was a long time in the making, but Suzanne Brockmeier has seen the realization of a teenage prayer. On […]

gimme that mountain

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss when pastor leroy beetle preached on overcoming your mountains and obstacles for god i was ready to go i tell ya boss i was ready i was geared up i was pumped gimme that […]