Family suspects foul play in daughter’s death

Laura Tafoya

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor Mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a Clovis woman found unconscious in her Sandzen home has left grieving loved ones with lots of questions and few answers. Laura Tafoya’s cause of death March 25 from massive brain injuries is officially ruled as “undetermined.” That the ruling by Lubbock’s chief […]

Holiday can be healthy

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Israel Cortez, left, and his son Noah Cortez, 1, search for pumpkins on Prince Street Friday afternoon to decorate for Halloween. Curry and Roosevelt County Extension service officials say it is best for young trick or treaters to add healthier low sugar alternatives to their bag this year.

By Joshua Lucero Halloween is around the corner and local youth will be showing up at doorsteps in search of treats all over the region. Treats don’t always have to be candy though, and the less sugar the better, according to officials at the Roosevelt and Curry County extension offices. Roosevelt County Extension Nutrition […]

In tribute: Disc jockey never stopped trying to make people laugh


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Before he became known as “Alloverthecity,” Rick Sanchez lived a life that was all over the map. But whether he was an ad salesman, radio personality, disc jockey, podcaster, friend or sibling, friends said he never stopped trying to make people laugh. “He would always find a way to […]

Sign of a creative life

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Charlie Hager counts the Billy the Kid sign among his favorites.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer The signs of Charlie Hager are everywhere — outside Citizen’s Bank of Clovis, Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Plains Regional Medical Center, the Clovis News Journal and the First Baptist Church in Clovis, for example. He created signs all over town, promoting some of our more prominent businesses and gathering places. […]

Public Works Committee prioritizes road projects

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The intersection of Seventh and Maple streets is along a 1.5-mile stretch of road between Main and Norris streets that the Clovis Public Works Committee identified as its top road improvement priority.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer The Clovis Public Works Committee, after light discussion about individual projects, sent the City Commission its recommended ranking on 13 road improvements they see as most necessary for the city. The city doesn’t have the money to do all 13 projects, which carry projected costs of $53 million, so […]

Workshop studies job creation issues in state

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Tucumcari MainStreet director Gail Houser, from left, Raymond Mondragon of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG), and state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, join EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey in conversation at a workshop for the Legislative Jobs Council in Tucumcari.  The workshop was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMCARI — Job creation in eastern and northern New Mexico is hampered by lack of access to capital, workforce skills, lack of community leadership and business building inventories. Those were consensus conclusions in a day-and-a-half workshop in Tucumcari held Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting gathered government and business leaders from […]

Candidates discuss issues, trade barbs at radio forum

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KTQM Station Manager and moderator Bob Coker goes over rules during the station’s political forum Tuesday night at the station.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Despite a turnout and a broadcast length nearly half the size of its primary season predecessor, there were still a few barbs traded during the KTQM political forum Tuesday night at the Zia Broadcasting studio south of Clovis. The 65-minute forum featured just five candidates in the Nov. 4 […]

Organizers say softball tourney economic boon

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The Addiction team from Clovis dressed up as the Rockford Peaches from the movie “A League of Their Own,” at last year’s Halloween HOWWWL. All the teams on Friday get to dress up and compete for the best costume.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Softball may be fun to play and watch, but Advantage Sports Products Halloween HOWWWL organizers say it’s also an economic boon for Clovis, especially this weekend. Hotel rooms are expected to fill up and restaurants and convenience stores will be busier than usual when the 21st annual HOWWWL begins […]

Regular attendees say Peanut Valley Festival only getting better

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Victoria Jaramillo, center, and her husband Claude Jaramillo, right, browse through items for sale at the Karl’s Coins, Currency, and More booth Saturday afternoon. Jaramillo said she and her husband have attended the Peanut Valley Festival since it began 41 years ago.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For Peanut Valley Festival veterans Claude and Victoria Jaramillo, the event only gets better with age. Victoria Jaramillo, of Portales, said she and her husband have been attending the peanut festival since it began 41 years ago. “We love it,” said Jaramillo. “I like coming here to look at […]

Governor candidate talks jobs, water

Gary King

New Mexico’s attorney general, now the Democrat candidate for governor,  Gary King flew into Clovis on Friday for a town hall question and answer session on education. King is running against Republic Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election. The CNJ asked King questions about his positions and his campaign. His answers are edited […]

Library’s Southwest Room showcase of regional works

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Clovis-Carver Public Library Director Margaret Hinchee displays some of her favorites book Thursday from the Library’s Southwest room.

By Aubry Buzek Correspondent In the Clovis-Carver Public Library, tucked down a long hallway just past the fireplace, is the Southwest Room. In this quiet room one will find a desk, historic maps hanging on the walls and many shelves of books devoted to preserving the stories and voices of the region. “It’s important to […]

ENMU maintenance crew has field day

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Doug Lee, left, and Dust Cathey walk off the field after completing an end zone. Dent McGill, ENMU grounds manager, said each letter in the end zone is painted by hand.

Staff report With game day only one day away, Eastern New Mexico University’s grounds and paint crews worked Friday to get the field at Greyhound Stadium for play. ENMU Grounds Manager Dent McGill said the grounds crew spent the days leading up to the game striping and grooming the field in preparation for the Hounds’ […]

RGH readies for remote possibility of Ebola case

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Tony Lucero, left, Roosevelt General Hospital director of plant operations and materials management and Dr. Larry Leamer, hospital CEO, erect a plastic barrier to block off hospital rooms as part of the hospital’s preparations for possible Ebola cases in the Portales area.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER Roosevelt General Hospital is on high alert at the remote chance that the Ebola Dr. Larry Leaming, RGH’s chief executive officer, said the hospital is taking steps to prepare for an Ebola case as news of three Ebola cases in Dallas have garnered national attention. Leaming said RGH officials […]

History of area peanuts spans century

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Photos from the Bradley family will be on display at the 41st Annual Peanut Valley Festival at the Roosevelt County fairgrounds. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, John M. Bradley was the first person to plant a peanut crop in the Portales area.

Staff report Peanuts have been a part of the Roosevelt County culture for years, and as the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce learned, they have been in the area for 100 years this year. Chamber Executive Director Karl Terry said he was surprised to learn that this year marked 100 years since the first recorded […]

Bank robbery suspects arrested

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Matthew Gonzales, left, and Richard Little

By Robin Fornoff Projects editor It took Clovis police barely more than 24 hours to hunt down, arrest and charge two men with Tuesday’s daring daylight armed robbery of U.S. Bank on north Prince Street. The two, Matthew Gonzales, 25, and Richard Little, 59, both of Clovis, were in Curry County jail by Wednesday […]

U.S. Bank robbed (updated)

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A gunman wearing blue jeans, a green camouflage jacket and green mask robbed U.S. Bank, 2501 N. Prince St., Tuesday morning. Police said the man escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor A gunman wearing blue jeans, a green camouflage jacket and green mask pulled off the second bank robbery in Clovis in less than two years early Tuesday. Police said the man escaped on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The robbery of U.S. Bank, 2501 N. Prince St., […]

PRMC pharmacy opens


By Lillian Bowe After almost two years in the making, Plains Regional Medical Center opened its new pharmacy Friday south of the hospital. The pharmacy is fully staffed and is ready to fill prescriptions with over the counter medication also stocked in the aisles. “The team that brought this place together took risks and […]

Breast cancer awareness raised through athletics


By Joshua Lucero For Texico eighth-grader and volleyball player Brianna Barnes, local “pink-out” athletic events are more than just an excuse to play in a pink uniform. Barnes, 14, said the annual breast cancer awareness “Volley for the Cure” game between Portales and Texico volleyball teams hits home because her aunt is a cancer […]

5 things to know about: Pumpkins


By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Pumpkins have already been a local headline-grabber across the globe, thanks to a local account of pumpkins stolen from Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The headline at The Guardian read, “New Mexico pilferers plunder Portales preschool pumpkin patch.” Here are a few facts about the fall vegetable, […]

ENMU music professor says he’s humbled by state award


Eastern New Mexico University Music Department Chair Dustin Seifert’s work educating musicians at Eastern for more than 13 years has not gone unnoticed. Seifert is the 2015 recipient of the New Mexico Music Educators Association’s Music Educator of the Year Award. The Music Educator of the Year Award is based on nominations from NMMEA members. […]