Our people: Still going strong

At 90 years old, Mary Clotfelter is still going strong. Clotfelter grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and is the middle of five children. During World War II, she was a baby-sitter for the children of naval officers, many of whom worked at Pearl Harbor. Clotfelter met her husband Cecil while getting her degree […]

Poppies call to remember sacrifices

Christmas has its poinsettia, Thanksgiving a cornucopia, St. Patrick's Day its shamrock and Easter is known for lilies. Memorial Day has a simple but bright red poppy as its symbol. I think my first awareness of Memorial Day as a holiday was probably connected to the little Buddy Poppies sold in downtown stores leading up […]

Lawyer named to school board spot

In a unanimous vote, the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education appointed Jennifer Burrill as the board's newest member. Eight prospective candidates were interviewed by current board members at Thursday evening's special meeting. Each candidate was asked the same series of eight questions, and given 90 seconds to answer each one. Burrill, an attorney who […]

ENMU’s Briska 14th in prelims

PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Kaspars Briska finished 14th overall in Thursday's preliminaries of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the NCAA Division II national outdoor track meet, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Briska, who had a top time coming in of 9 minutes, 4.71 seconds, finished in 9:37.34 on Thursday. He needed to make […]

Religion calendar – May 24

Advent Christian Church Sunday School — 10 a.m. Sunday worship — 11 a.m. Wednesday Youth Fellowship — 4 p.m. Wednesday Prayer meeting — 6 p.m. Address: 2101 East 21st St. Information: 762-0422 Agape Love Ministries Sunday Worship — 11 a.m. Tuesday Prayer — 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study — 7 p.m. Thursday Hour of Prayer […]

What’s happening – May 24

Saturday DWI sobriety saturation patrols — Clovis officers will be targeting drunken and drug impaired drivers. Information: 763-9444. Color Me Fun 5K Run — 9 a.m., Registration. 10 a.m. -11 a.m., 5K/3 mile run/walk. Texico High School. Entry fee: $20, includes T-shirt. Contact Kye Thomas at 693-6420. Monday Clovis Joint Veterans Council Memorial Day ceremony […]

Police blotter – May 24

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff, and fire calls for: Wednesday Caller reported: 12:33 a.m.: Narcotics in progress, 100 block of North Thornton Street. 9:06 a.m.: Burglary report, 900 block of state road 77 1:43 a.m.: Diabetic problem, 300 block of North Connelly 10:54 a.m.: Child abuse, 3400 block of North Thornton Street. 11:33 […]

Animal cruelty charges being investigated

A De Baca County rancher could be charged with one or more counts of animal cruelty and have his cattle seized, according to 10th Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose. Rose said on May 17, members of the New Mexico Livestock Board, two veterinarians and himself searched the De Baca County rancher's property, inspecting about 500 […]

Police report uptick in break-ins

The Clovis Police Department has seen an uptick in breaking and entering reports over the past few weeks, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. The city's virtual crime reports map detailed 49 calls for breaking and entering violations between May 6 and May 19, with 24 of those calls being for auto break-ins. Sanders […]

Police: Espanola man died of blunt force trauma

An Espanola man found dead at a Fort Sumner motel after a fight at a drinking party died of blunt force trauma, state police said Thursday. State police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez stressed the finding in the death of Anthony Sandoval is a preliminary one based on an autopsy by the state Office of the […]

Zoo’s baby buffalo dies

Hillcrest Park Zoo's baby buffalo died early Thursday morning, according to zoo officials. The buffalo's body was sent to a veterinarian, who determined that she had drowned in the shallow water in her habitat. The female calf was born early Tuesday morning. "It's heartbreaking," said Zoo Director Vince Romero. "It's like they're our family." On […]

Political debates can wait, focus on disaster relief

The latest natural disaster in Oklahoma should not become another political debate, but the tornado, its destruction and the path to rebuilding should prompt important discussions — after the recovery is under way, the dead are counted and buried and the rebuilding going strong. What we saw on Monday in Oklahoma, though, reminds us again […]

Column incubator for feds ideas

Federal employees must read my columns and use the warnings therein as a blueprint for future schemes, just as Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and George Orwell's "1984" seem to have been adopted as suggestions for governing rather than as the dire warnings they should have been. Recent news that the National Transportation Safety Board is […]

Panel rejects Pentagon’s request for base closings

WASHINGTON — A new round of military base closings is going nowhere in Congress. The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee passed a bill Thursday rejecting the Obama administration's request for more domestic base closings. Military leaders are cutting the number of troops and argue the drawdown will leave them with more installations than they need. […]

10 arrested for drug trafficking

Thursday marked the end of a four-month long drug-trafficking investigation in Portales that led to the arrests of 10 suspects. Portales police said they are expecting seven more arrests. The suspects were arrested on felony charges of the possession, sale and trafficking of meth. Christina Calooway: Portales News-Tribune Silviano "Silver" Lucero, 24, of Portales is […]

Sunland hopes to have product on shelves soon

Sunland Inc. Vice President Katalin Coburn said she's excited that Sunland is one step closer to getting its products back on the shelves as peanut butter production resumed Monday. Sunland is bouncing back from a salmonella outbreak that linked its products to 41 cases in 20 states last fall and shuttered its plant for months. […]

Plans progressing for city to be bicycle friendly

Plans to make Clovis a bicycle friendly are in progress. The Public Works Committee approved of a recommendation that the city move forward with its designated bike routes plan. The proposed bike routes would create a network of bicycle friendly streets that would help riders travel all over Clovis, and City Engineer Justin Howalt said […]

Local church will be running youth summer program

A local church will be running youth summer programs at Hillcrest Park, filling the YMCA's shoes after its abrupt departure from Clovis. At the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee meeting on Monday the West 21st Street Church of Christ got the nod to run the summer youth program. Director of Parks and Recreation Bill Bizzell […]

County looking for land

Curry County expects to have options on at least three tracts of land about a month before voters are being asked decide the fate of a plan to build a new jail, according to a press release Wednesday from County Manager Lance Pyle. County commissioners have scheduled an Aug. 6 special election, hoping voters will […]

Bears’ Urlacher hangs ‘em up

Former Portales High coach Mark McAfee knew Lovington's Brian Urlacher had a bright future when he coached against him as the Rams' defensive co-ordinator in the mid-1990s. McAfee didn't necessarily see him as an eight-time Pro-Bowl middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears. "He was a stud," McAfee said Wednesday night. "I knew he could play […]