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 jlucero@cnjonline.com 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 jlucero@cnjonline.com 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 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)


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 […]