Forensic pathologist: Victim stabbed in heart

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Forensic pathologist Lori Proe testified Wednesday that Devin Saiz died from a single stab wound that pierced a portion of the Clovis teen’s  heart. Proe was one of nine witnesses to testify on the third day of Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s murder trial at the Curry County Courthouse. Sena, 27, […]

Perla Batalla performs at Marshall Auditorium

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International singer Perla Batalla will perform May 4 at Marshall Auditorium as part of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. Tickets are available at CCC cashier’s window and Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce.

Staff report If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day early, Clovis Community College has a concert for you. Grammy-nominated world vocalist Perla Batalla will perform as part of the college’s Cultural Arts Series May 4 at Marshall Auditorium. Batalla will return to Clovis to perform classic and original material […]

Defense: Suspect was protecting his sister

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Marisa Martinez, left, uses a laser to point to an aerial photo of the intersection of 14th and Reid streets in court on Tuesday as she tells District Attorney Brian Stover where cars were parked the night of Devin Saiz death.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said Ricardo “Rico” Sena was merely attempting to protect his younger sister when a fight broke out during a party at a house on the corner of 14th and Reid streets in Clovis. The prosecution countered during Tuesday’s opening arguments of Sena’s murder trial that […]

Military feature: Airman recognized for superb support

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daisey Whittaker, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron command support staff, was a Diamond Sharp Award recipient for the month of April and was recognized for her hard work, commitment to core values and achievements.

Editor’s note: This feature is the third in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The highlighted airmen are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where select Air Commandos are recognized by wing leadership and respective first sergeants for their hard work, commitment to core values […]

Call-in bidding returns to KENW auction

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These are a few of the items to be auctioned this week during KENW-TV’s annual auction. The live, call-in bidding begins tonight at 7.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com For Clyde Powell, the annual KENW-TV Auction has always been about raising money for the local public television station. The live call-in bidding part of the auction, that was about fun. The retired director of instructional television for Eastern New Mexico University and KENW participated in the first ever […]

Girl scout troop outsells state in cookies

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Local Girl Scout Troop 267 sold more cookies than any other troop in the state. At their Monday meeting at Hillcrest Park, the girls decided to donate a portion of their sales to the local animal shelter and food bank.

Editor’s note: According to Girl Scout officials, Girl Scouts are not allowed to share their last names with the media By Emily Crowe STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com It’s hard to resist a box of Thin Mints, Tagalongs or Samoas when the Girl Scouts come knocking each spring, and one local troop proved their top-notch cookie-selling prowess […]

Celebrating our planet

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com Celebrating Mother Earth has been an American pastime since 1970, and this year eastern New Mexicans have several options to get in on the environmental action. Earth Day will officially be recognized Tuesday, but students at Eastern New Mexico University can start celebrating Monday with the Recycle Rally, which encourages students […]

5 things to know about … umpiring softball

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Umpire Kirk Marcum calls a player safe at home Wednesday night during a Clovis Softball Association game at Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Being a softball umpire is more than  making calls on the field and wearing a uniform. Here are five things to know about being an umpire from Clovis Umpires Association Umpire in Chief, Troy Hannond, and three-year umpire, Stevon O’Neal. • Umpires have to work three to four games […]

Education feature: Program promotes critical thinking

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Yucca Middle School Tech Lab teacher John Mead, standing, works with seventh graders Adrian Sanchez, left, and Cyle Poppen while they learn a module about wind tunnels.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Harcrow had never thought much about engineering before she enrolled in the Tech 1 class at Gattis Middle School. Now the eighth grader is building circuits, constructing suspension bridges on the computer and even considering engineering as a field she would like to pursue in the future. The technology […]

Landowners rally against prairie chicken listing

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Landowners and members of the energy industry gathered Wednesday to talk about their concerns of the lesser prairie chicken listing.

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The fight is not over for area landowners who say they’ve made sacrifices to conserve the lesser prairie chicken population in New Mexico. These are efforts they feel were undermined when a federal agency listed the bird as threatened on a federal registry of species last month. More than […]

No bones about it

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Excavated bones at the Blackwater Draw dig site’s Interpretive Center.

By Rick White Managing editor rwhite@cnjonline.com George Crawford and David Kilby said it is unlikely Clovis Man was the first to inhabit the Americas. But they haven’t seen evidence to disprove the theory either. “Scientifically, there had to be somebody here earlier than the Clovis people,” said Crawford, director of the Blackwater Draw Historical Landmark, […]

Military feature: Airman has passion for bodybuilding

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Thomas Canada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of training, works out March 26, 2014 at the fitness center at Cannon Air Force Base. Canada stays active while stationed at Cannon by entering bodybuilding competitions within the state of New Mexico.

By Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs News of a heart murmur is all it took for Tech. Sgt. Thomas Canada, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of training, to make the decision to get into better shape. “I used to be that guy who did the required physical training and […]

Storm spotting class on offer

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Thunderstorm season is fast approaching across eastern New Mexico and the city of Clovis is working with the National Weather Service to train storm spotters Thursday at Clovis City Hall. The training will teach participants the fundamentals of storm spotting according to the National Weather Service website. The NWS class certifies severe weather spotters to […]

Plateau announces plans for gigabit Internet service

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According to Plateau Telecommunications officials, a fiber optic gigabit connection is 100 times faster than the average megabit Internet connection used by most Americans.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The wait time for that YouTube video or Facebook page to load may soon be reduced for Plateau Telecommunications customers. Plateau recently announced plans for Gigabit Clovis, which will offer gigabit Internet service to residential customers as early as this summer. According to Plateau officials, a fiber optic gigabit […]

Weather forecast calls for … almost anything

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By David Stevens Editor Yes, that was snow Monday morning — up to 1/2 inch in places around the region — and this is the middle of April. But the natives were hardly surprised. Longtime residents of the High Plains have gone trick-or-treating and Easter-egg hunting in the snow more than once. And we’ve spent […]

Dogs join cancer fight

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Becky Taylor, left, and Nancy Torres let their dogs Mya and Kingston get acquainted Saturday afternoon during Bark for Life at Hillcrest park.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer It’s not every day that dogs get to join the fight against cancer, but Saturday’s second annual Bark for Life event organized by the American Cancer Society at Hillcrest Park did just that. Dogs and their owners participated in events throughout the day, including a walk for owners and their […]

Five questions with: Roy Uyematsu

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Roy Uyematsu of Clovis poses Saturday with one of his telescopes at his home. Uyematsu said he will observing the eclipse that will starts on Monday night starting at 11 p.m.

The first of four eclipses visible this year in North America — two lunar and two solar — will occur early Tuesday morning. For nearly an hour and a half, the moon will be dimmed and possibly appearing a copper color because of sunlight bent by the atmosphere. The total eclipse begins around 1 a.m. […]

Resident says memories of dad will be with her always

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Connie Belcher with her father, William Breech.

William Creech died March 15, 2012. Clovis’ Connie Belcher has been thinking a lot about her dad lately. She tells about their relationship better than I ever could. “I am an Air Force brat and grew up on military bases around the country,” she wrote in an email. “We settled in Clovis during my junior […]

Tax system far from perfect, residents say

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According to the IRS, 90 percent of filers either pay a tax preparer or use computer software to help them fill out their returns.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@cnjonline.com With the tax filing deadline looming next week, a few city residents ay there is room for change in the current federal tax system. Brenda Richardson, 47, a wellness behavior management specialist, said there should be more tax credits for single parents who don’t receive child support. Richardson, a […]

Good neighbor, good songwriter

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Clovis News Journal Editor You know his song: “Well I saw the thing comin’ out of the sky “It had one long horn, one big eye “I commenced to shakin’ and I said ‘ooh-iee’ “Looks like a purple people eater to me.” But did you know the “Purple People Eater” songwriter had close ties to […]