Renovations, staffing keeps school staff busy in summer

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Yucca Middle School is one of three schools in the Clovis Municipal School district in which science labs are being updated.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER There’s no slowing down for Clovis Municipal Schools during this year’s summer break. Work is being done at several schools to improve facilities for the upcoming school year in addition to updating technologies, campus cleanings, and the hiring of new staff and faculty. Superintendent Jody Balch said the school […]

Police: ‘Medical episode’ contributed to De Baca deputy’s death

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New Mexico State Police believe a “medical episode” contributed to the death of De Baca County Democratic candidate for sheriff, Deputy Mylessa Denny, pictured here with Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders, left.

Staff report New Mexico State Police believe a “medical episode” contributed to the death of De Baca County Democratic candidate for sheriff, Deputy Mylessa Denny. State police Sgt. Damyan Brown said the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator will conduct an autopsy, but preliminary indications are that Denny had a medical episode Tuesday evening. […]

Fire ravages Tucumcari hotel; no injuries reported


By Steve Hansen Staff writer An early morning lightning strike was being blamed for a fire Wednesday that destroyed the Tucumcari Hampton Inn. An estimated 20 to 30 guests were safely evacuated without injury in the blaze officials said started about 2:30 a.m. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said the fire is believed to have […]

A new take on drive-through service

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A pickup truck crashed through the main entrance of Domino’s Pizza Tuesday morning before the restaurant’s lunch rush. No one in the building or the driver and three passengers were not hurt in the accident.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Dominos employees were in for a surprise Tuesday morning when a pickup truck crashed through the front doors of the building shortly before the lunch rush and came to a stop in front of the ordering counter. Susan Guidry, 54, of Clovis, was behind the wheel of the white […]

Cannon Community Center travels to Albuquerque Comic Expo

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mike Gruber, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron food apprentice, mulls over art by illustrator James O’Barr June 28, 2014 at the Albuquerque Comic Expo in Albuquerque. The Community Center at Cannon Air Force Base coordinated the trip to the expo.

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Community Center at Cannon Air Force Base is more than the base’s home for opportunities to get creative, relax and meet with friends — it’s a gathering space for like-minded people. For one weekend, that space expanded all the way out to […]

Rain keeps lawn services, code compliance officers busy

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Jori’s Landscape Maintenance worker Jacob Hurt of Portales uses a weed trimmer at a Norris Street property. Lawn services and code compliance officers with the city have been hustling to catch up with increased growth due to recent rains.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Recent rain fall has lawn services and the City of Clovis playing catch up with the amount of growth the moisture has caused. Marcus Brice, chief code compliance officer for the city, said he has written more than 200 violation notices for weeds and still has 100 complaints that […]

From the editor’s desk: Happy 100th birthday, house


By David Stevens Editor Fidel and Teresa Perez are thinking about hosting a birthday party. Their house at 306 E. Ninth St. in Clovis, is 100 this year. Attorney J. S. Fitzhugh built the four-room home with a basement from concrete and wood after his original house on the same property was destroyed by fire […]

Airman killed in crash ID’d


The Cannon Air Force Base airman killed in a one-vehicle car wreck early Sunday has been identified as Andrew Padilla. A Clovis Police Department news release said Padilla, 22, was a passenger in a black Hyundai that crashed in a parking lot of 2400 E. Seventh St. The driver of the vehicle, also an airman, […]

Business feature: Housing sales down

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According to data from the Realtors Association of New Mexico, the number of housing units sold in Curry County in May during was down 25.6 percent from 2012. Realtors attribute the decrease in sales to less demand and tougher lending requirements.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Uncertainty has potential Clovis home buyers rethinking their options and looking into alternatives, according to industry officials. Curry County housing sales for May were down 25.6 percent compared to May 2012 and 37 percent compared to May 2013, according to data from the Realtors Association of New Mexico. Curry […]

Some neighbors unhappy about prospective club

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The Clovis Gentleman’s Club began taking applications at its Humphrey Road location Monday morning. Neighbors of the club worry about the noise and traffic the establishment may bring to their neighborhood.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Yadira Saenz said when she and her husband bought their home on Humphrey Road just east of Clovis’ city limits they thought they were moving to a quiet neighborhood. Saenz, who closed on the house in April, recently learned she lives next door to the future site of the […]