Salvation Army kicks off fundraising season

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George Hostler volunteered his talents at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff on Tuesday. Hostler played holiday music on his saxophone and piano for the event, which celebrated the beginning of the fundraising season.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The Salvation Army hosted its Red Kettle Kick Off on Tuesday at the Clovis Corps Community Center. The event came to fruition under the center’s new leadership, Lts. Natalia and Kelly Berggren. “One thing that hasn’t changed for the Salvation Army is the needs of the community,” Clovis Mayor […]

Snow results in minor accidents, delays

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Joe Salazar rakes the snow from his driveway early Monday morning on Clovis’ Timothy Street. He said he always makes sure to clean up the driveway and around the area when it snows to make it safe for him and his family to move around. National Weather Service reported Clovis had 1.5 inches of snowfall on Sunday.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer Clovis emergency responders dealt with about two dozen automobile accidents on Sunday, but there were no serious injuries, officials said. The forecast for the next few days calls for mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the mid-40s to mid-50s. The season’s first significant snowfall — 2 inches in […]

Residents line streets for Veterans Day parade

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2014 Veterans Parade Marshal Gene Hendrick leads the parade.

By Derek Major Staff writer Hundreds of people lined the streets of Clovis on Saturday for the annual veterans week parade. Some even traveled to help honor veterans present and past. “This has been a great parade,” said Jimmy Wallace of Tucumcari. “We drove over because my grandson is marching with the Marshall Middle […]

Green chili stew favorite of many when temperature dips

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El Desayuno Kiwanis Club members Helen Casaus, left, and Dot Robinson stir chili Friday afternoon at Parkland Baptist Church for the annual chili dinner fundraiser. This is the group 25th annual fundraiser and proceeds are use to support children in the Clovis Community.

By Joshua Lucero When Portales Librarian Rosemary Cota wants to warm up after being out in the cold, she looks for green chili stew and a cup of hot tea. Cota, the young adult librarian at the Portales Public Library, said she likes to start cold mornings off with hot tea to get warm, […]

Slaying victim’s sister: ‘She did everything for her kids’

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Modas Locas & Designs at 209 N. Prince St. is selling T-shirts memorializing Ariel Ulibarri. Sales will go to help with funeral expenses for the young mother. The shirts are $10 each.

By David Stevens Editor Leanna Montano has a request: “I want people to quit lying about my sister and making up their own horror stories.” The tragedy of Ariel Ulibarri’s slaying in a Clovis city park on Sunday has put enough strain on those who loved her; they’re tired of hearing wild rumors that […]

Four Lady Cats hoopsters sign letters of intent

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From left, Clovis seniors Nichele Hyman, Dee Briggins, Shelby Jones and Danni Williams sign letters-of-intent to play for Texas-Pan American, Eastern New Mexico University, Abilene Christian and Texas A&M, respectively.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Danni Williams, Shelby Jones, Nichele Hyman and Dee Briggins drew a large crowd to Rock Staubus Gym on Wednesday afternoon. A few weeks from now, the trend is certain to continue. With the 2013 state championship trophy by their side, and hopes to add the 2015 version in March, […]

Former ENMU student drawn to comic books

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Matt Haley quit school at ENMU in 1988 to attend Comic-con in San Diego, which resulted in being hired to draw for Dark Horse on their comic, Ghost. Haley has also worked for DC and Marvel

By Amy Waltner Communication Services Matt Haley left Eastern New Mexico University from in 1988 to pursue a career as a comic book artist. “I originally went to Eastern to get away from Albuquerque; that’s where I’m from,” Haley said. “I really enjoyed the instructors, but I was already committed to drawing comics, so I […]

Veterans, community gather for breakfast

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Vietnam Veteran Charles Melton of Clovis came to American Legion Post 25 for breakfast and to spend some time with friends on Veterans Day.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Even though 69 years have passed since the end of World War II, Clovis is still home to veterans of this war and almost all major conflicts the U.S. has participated in since. About 325 of these veterans and community members attended a free breakfast at the American Legion […]

Missing Clovis man has died (Updated)

Walter Ingle

By Aubry Buzek and Kevin Wilson Staff writers A Clovis man stricken with Alzheimer’s, found Tuesday on the side of a highway north of Amarillo, has died, family members said. Walter Ingle, 87, was found about 8 a.m. (MST), collapsed beside his pickup, about 15 miles north of Amarillo, Potter County Sheriff’s Lt. […]

13-year-old’s murder conviction overturned


By Rick White Managing Editor A state court has overturned a Portales teen’s 2011 murder conviction and ordered a new trial, according to court documents. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled in an opinion posted Friday that statements DeAngelo Montoya made to investigators were inadmissible because his age precluded him from waiving his […]

Police: Still no suspects in Sunday homicide


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Despite a litany of interviews and tips, law enforcement officials said Monday  they weren’t any closer to identifying any suspects in connection with the Sunday morning slaying of a 23-year-old Clovis woman. The body of Ariel Ulibarri was found around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Goodwin Lake walking trails […]

Police combing through surveillance video, social media in search of clues in slaying

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Law enforcement officials investigate the Goodwin Lake Walking Trails Sunday morning. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed the MCU was investigating a homicide.

Staff report A child found Sunday morning near the walking trail where his mother was slain told police he did not know her killer, police said Sunday night. Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney declined to say whether the 6-year-old boy witnessed his mother’s slaying, but a police press release said, “the death of the woman […]

Local veteran remembers days in service

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From left, Herschal Wall, Felipe Martinez and Richard Baldridge, represent the U.S. Navy at Thursday’s Veterans Day breakfast at Baxter-Curren Senior Center. Martinez also served in the Army and Air Force.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Eastern New Mexico is home to many generations of veterans who served in conflicts around the world. Here is the story of one man who led a life of dedication and sacrifice for three branches of the military. Felipe Martinez was born in Cuervo in 1936 and his family […]

Potential employees turn out for job fair

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Plains Regional Medical Center’s Connie Vinson speaks with Donald Jones of Clovis Wednesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Fall Job Fair at the Greyhound Arena. The job fair featured 38 businesses looking for potential employees.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For recent Idaho transplant Senovia Garcia, Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico fall job fair at was just what she was looking for. The fair, which is organized by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, and the Curry County Chamber of Commerce, had options for […]

Judge hospitalized after auto accident

Stephen Quinn

Staff report Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Quinn was hospitalized in  Lubbock on Saturday after an automobile accident in Clovis. A house supervisor at Covenant Medical Center said Saturday night that Quinn was in the hospital’s surgical intensive care unit in serious condition. But a family member said Quinn could be released as early […]

Police investigating Portales death

Law officers are outside the scene of an early-morning death on North Avenue J in Portales

Staff report PORTALES — A Portales man is dead and police are investigating the case as a “possible homicide,” officials said Saturday night. The victim has been identified as Fabian Madrid, 26, of Portales. No charges have been filed in the case, but District Attorney Andrea Reeb said a suspect in the shooting is being […]

Community ball, turkey dinner being served up in November

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Community ball, turkey dinner being served up in November

By Joshua Lucero November is quickly shaping up to be a month full of entertainment and food for Portales and Clovis area residents. First United Methodist Church in Portales will kick off the month Thursday with its 61st annual turkey dinner. Traditional turkey dinners will be served for lunch from 11 a.m. until 1:30 […]

Portales Bible study group helps rescue man pinned under truck

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John Reilly was working on his Ford pickup Wednesday evening when the vehicle popped into gear and pinned him underneath it.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER What started as an average Wednesday evening Bible study at Church of the Nazarene in Portales turned into a heroic act. Church members rushed to the aid of a man trapped under a pickup, lifted the vehicle off of him, and pulled him to safety. John Reilly, 47, of […]

Magistrate judge candidate addresses being public servant


Incumbent Republican Duane Castleberry, 61, faces Democrat Terry Martin in the race for Clovis magistrate judge, Division 1. We asked both a series of questions via e-mail. Martin, a building inspector for the city of Clovis, president of the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education, and a member of the Clovis Community College Board of […]

Commission divided on Gidding construction

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Curry County Commissioners are split on how the building at Fourth and Gidding streets should be renovated. Construction begins May 1 and is projected to be completed in March 2016.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor The first substantial split in what has been a largely unified Curry County Commission is growing wider with differences over the projected $4 million renovation and expansion of the Gidding Street building. “I think the public is entitled to know what we’re doing … the details,” Commissioner Robert Sandoval […]