Forensic pathologist: Victim stabbed in heart

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Forensic pathologist Lori Proe testified Wednesday that Devin Saiz died from a single stab wound that pierced a portion of the Clovis teen’s  heart. Proe was one of nine witnesses to testify on the third day of Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s murder trial at the Curry County Courthouse. Sena, 27, […]

No regrets: Clovis mom feels having two children with autism ‘a blessing’

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Mary Ann Winters plays with her sons, Stephen Winters Jr., 7, and Nathan Martinez, 5, both diagnosed with autism, Wednesday afternoon in their Prince Street home.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com When he was a toddler, Nathan Winters, now 5, began exhibiting mild developmental delays. He was initially enrolled in therapy for children with developmental disabilities. His mother, Mary Ann Winters, was referred to specialists in Albuquerque, who made a trip to Clovis to test Nathan for autism. The process […]

Defense: Suspect was protecting his sister

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Marisa Martinez, left, uses a laser to point to an aerial photo of the intersection of 14th and Reid streets in court on Tuesday as she tells District Attorney Brian Stover where cars were parked the night of Devin Saiz death.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said Ricardo “Rico” Sena was merely attempting to protect his younger sister when a fight broke out during a party at a house on the corner of 14th and Reid streets in Clovis. The prosecution countered during Tuesday’s opening arguments of Sena’s murder trial that […]

Military feature: Airman recognized for superb support

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daisey Whittaker, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron command support staff, was a Diamond Sharp Award recipient for the month of April and was recognized for her hard work, commitment to core values and achievements.

Editor’s note: This feature is the third in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The highlighted airmen are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where select Air Commandos are recognized by wing leadership and respective first sergeants for their hard work, commitment to core values […]

Call-in bidding returns to KENW auction

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These are a few of the items to be auctioned this week during KENW-TV’s annual auction. The live, call-in bidding begins tonight at 7.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For Clyde Powell, the annual KENW-TV Auction has always been about raising money for the local public television station. The live call-in bidding part of the auction, that was about fun. The retired director of instructional television for Eastern New Mexico University and KENW participated in the first ever […]

Girl scout troop outsells state in cookies

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Local Girl Scout Troop 267 sold more cookies than any other troop in the state. At their Monday meeting at Hillcrest Park, the girls decided to donate a portion of their sales to the local animal shelter and food bank.

Editor’s note: According to Girl Scout officials, Girl Scouts are not allowed to share their last names with the media By Emily Crowe STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com It’s hard to resist a box of Thin Mints, Tagalongs or Samoas when the Girl Scouts come knocking each spring, and one local troop proved their top-notch cookie-selling prowess […]

Celebrating our planet

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]

5 things to know about … umpiring softball

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Umpire Kirk Marcum calls a player safe at home Wednesday night during a Clovis Softball Association game at Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Being a softball umpire is more than  making calls on the field and wearing a uniform. Here are five things to know about being an umpire from Clovis Umpires Association Umpire in Chief, Troy Hannond, and three-year umpire, Stevon O’Neal. • Umpires have to work three to four games […]

Education feature: Program promotes critical thinking

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Yucca Middle School Tech Lab teacher John Mead, standing, works with seventh graders Adrian Sanchez, left, and Cyle Poppen while they learn a module about wind tunnels.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Harcrow had never thought much about engineering before she enrolled in the Tech 1 class at Gattis Middle School. Now the eighth grader is building circuits, constructing suspension bridges on the computer and even considering engineering as a field she would like to pursue in the future. The technology […]

Landowners rally against prairie chicken listing

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Landowners and members of the energy industry gathered Wednesday to talk about their concerns of the lesser prairie chicken listing.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The fight is not over for area landowners who say they’ve made sacrifices to conserve the lesser prairie chicken population in New Mexico. These are efforts they feel were undermined when a federal agency listed the bird as threatened on a federal registry of species last month. More than […]