Airman killed in crash ID’d

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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 jlucero@cnjonline.com 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 jlucero@cnjonline.com 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 […]

More rain could be on way

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Shataiah Simpson, 13, left, and Kanaya Long, 13, run through the flooded intersection at 7th Street and Rencher Street on their way back to a friends house during Monday afternoon’s down pour. Simpson and Long said they saw the rain and went to play in it when the streets became flooded.

Staff report As much as an inch of rain was recorded in Clovis from a 30-minute downpour Monday afternoon that temporarily flooded several streets. Another 15-minute squall about 8 p.m. added more to the total. And more may be on the way over the next two days. Accuweather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said storms north of […]

From the editor’s desk: Bird is a dirty word

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Clovis resident Sharon Fleury says she has been under attack for a week by what she’s been told are Mississippi kites.

Everybody laughed when Ritchie Petrie was continually attacked by a “giant woodpecker” on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in 1962. The best line came from the game warden who suggested Rob and Laura’s boy put on a pith helmet when he went outside to play. Sharon Fleury fails to see the humor. The Clovis woman […]

Ethnic fair gearing up

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The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers of Albuquerque perform a weave dance at the 2013 Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair at Hillcrest Park.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Navajo dancers, Nigerian performers, Japanese customs and flamenco flair — the sights and sounds of cultures from around the world will gather in Clovis during the 23rd annual Ethnic Fair on Saturday at Hillcrest Park. “It’s an effort to better understand and appreciate the different cultures we have in […]

That’s ‘Greene’ with an e

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By David Stevens Editor Things you might not know about places you probably do: • Origins for the names of many eastern New Mexico communities have been lost to time. The tiny Roosevelt County village of Elida is a good example. “Roosevelt County History and Heritage,” published in 1975, includes multiple pages about Elida’s earliest […]

Arrest made in Clovis shooting death (updated)

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Eric Valdez, 40, of Clovis was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with the first-degree murder of Jose Barrera, a Tucumcari man found dead Monday at a vacant house at 413 Sheldon St. Police said Barrera was shot in the head. They disclosed the arrest Saturday morning in a press […]

Car show packs Portales square

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Graham King of Clovis talks to onlookers about his 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Friday evening. Graham said he restored the car with all stock parts.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Today, $4,600 for a vehicle may not seem too pricey, but for J.D. Cole of Clovis, that amount of money bought him the vehicle that would last four generations. It was a 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon that took him, his wife, and four children to Missouri each summer, 11 […]

5 things to know about snow cone stands

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Bahama Babes’ Darian Roybal, 16, prepares a snow cone for a customer Wednesday afternoon during her shift. Roybal said the snow cone stand has sold as many as 760 snow cones in one day.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Hot temperatures and summer break means snow cone season is in full swing for Clovis snow cone stands. Stands and businesses throughout the city are selling the ice and flavored syrup concoction in an effort to cool off their customers. Snow cone makers spend their shifts providing customer service, […]

Church hosting cancer fighters

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Anthony Brent, 22, a youth pastor at Living Water Community Church, leads praise and worship with Living Water Pastor Don Bates during the church’s Wednesday night service.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Barely a year old and about 50 congregants strong, Living Water Community Church is giving Clovis the opportunity to impact a national initiative in a positive way. Living Water Community Church, 2801 Llano Estacado Blvd., will be hosting 29 activists who are cycling across the U.S. to raise funds […]

Pyle seeks to bring reading program to county

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These are four of the books that are part of the Imagination Library program Curry County wants to bring to its preschool-age children to encourage them to read.

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com Curry County Manager Lance Pyle’s eyes lit up as he sat in his office thumbing through children’s books. Pyle said he is passionate about the idea of encouraging parents to read to their preschool age children because he has seen first hand the results. “We read to our daughter […]

Commissary to offer carts for special needs children

“Caroline’s Cart” enables special-needs children to safely and easily accompany parents or caretakers on commissary shopping trips.

By Cherie Huntington Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs Forty commissaries across the United States, to include the commissary at Cannon Air Force Base will soon offer a grocery cart designed specifically for special needs children. Called “Caroline’s Cart,” it enables special-needs children — or even adults under 250 pounds — to safely and easily accompany parents […]

Tucumcari man found dead

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Police are investigating the homicide of a Tucumcari man found at a vacant residence on Sheldon Street Monday afternoon.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com A Tucumcari man found dead Monday afternoon in a vacant residence on Sheldon Street was either shot or bludgeoned to death, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney of the Clovis Police Department. Whitney said Monday evening the man’s identity is being withheld until family is notified. Whitney said the victim […]

Escaped inmate had violent history

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Eddy County inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County officials while on a work detail Wednesday was also involved in a fight in the Roosevelt jail two years ago. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb has said officials did not know Senovio Mendoza Jr. was being held on murder charges; […]

Bug battleground

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City of Clovis’ Francis Warner checks a dipping cup for mosquito eggs, larvae, and pupa. Vector Control workers use the dipping method to find concentrations of mosquito larvae and pupae to better allocate their limited resources for maximum effectiveness.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Above average rains in June and July have made Curry County a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The job of the city’s vector control department is to combat the potential disease carriers. The departments two workers, supervisor Leroy “TI” Taylor and Francis Warner, work odd hours in extreme conditions to […]

From the editor’s desk: A case of skulduggery

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By David Stevens Editor Jerry Shed, 24, was broke and wandering the streets of Ardmore, Oklahoma, when police charged him with vagrancy. When they searched his belongings and found a skull in his suitcase, he became front-page news. Shed said he bought the skull for a dollar from a 12-year-old kid in Clovis. He said […]

Lights over the lake

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Fireworks began at 9 p.m. and lasted 15 minutes, complete with large aerial displays and a barrage of ground fireworks that lit up the night sky.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Allowing the flood waters at Greene Acres Park an extra 24 hours to recede before hosting the Smoke on the Water fireworks display meant more family time for some; for others, no solution to certain food cravings. Now in its 18th year, Smoke on the Water was meant to […]

Rain totals subject of heated debates

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Carter Kinkade, 5, left, and his sister Libby Kinkade, 6, play on a slide surrounded by flood waters at Dennis Chavez Park Wednesday afternoon.

By David Stevens Editor Clovis received 4.5 inches of rain on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Unofficially, rainfall totals ranged from 2.46 inches on the north edge of town to 1.79 inches at Cannon Air Force Base, to 6 inches in individuals’ yards. The range, and the smaller totals reported in particular, upset […]

Library offering adult summer reading program

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The Clovis-Carver Library has a new summer program with activities for adults, such as learning how to sew and how to do projects from Pinterest.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A new program at Clovis-Carver Library is offering summer fun to area adults. Adult Services Librarian Sarah Lewis hit the ground running when she started in her position in February by immediately putting into action a plan to offer a summer program to adults. The library has offered a […]