Courthouse cleared for cleaning


By Christina Calloway Roosevelt County employees were putting their paperwork in boxes and packing desk knickknacks Friday, chased from the county courthouse by the discovery of mold throughout the 76-year-old building. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene said county administration has decided to proceed with remediation, or a thorough cleaning, of the courthouse next week to […]

Sisters share wedding day

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Sisters Katelyn Aulson, left, and Emily Aulson set up the Under Ground Embassy for their wedding reception to be held there on Sunday.

By Emily Crowe Sisters Katelyn and Emily Aulson have been extremely close their entire lives. Both born and raised in Clovis and both labor and delivery nurses at Plains Regional Medical Center, the sisters got engaged just one month apart and will get married Sunday in a double wedding ceremony. “To me, there would […]

5 things to know about: County IT guys

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Aaron Jones, information technology director for Curry County, examines paperwork Thursday 
afternoon in  his office.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer In today’s ever-changing world of technology, Information Technology specialists are constantly dealing with the hardware and software that process, store, and transmit information for companies, schools, and governments all over the world. Curry County IT director Aaron Jones and technology specialist Cedrick Rael answered a few questions about the […]

Common ground sought on new standards

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David Van Wettering, Portales  assistant superintendent of instruction, answers 
questions about Common  Core State Standards during the town hall meeting Wednesday night at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]

Charity effort far-reaching

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Joni Anthony of Clovis returns a hug from Abraham Dunor, 9, after he received his personalized towel Friday afternoon at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER Joni Anthony stitched together her latest charitable effort through cyberspace. When the Clovis resident sought to learn how to use an embroidery machine she’d bought for herself, she found the lessons she needed on YouTube. When she wanted even more information, she joined online groups Sweet Stitches of Love […]

Official: Job fair attendance nearly doubles

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Kelly Schaf, a personal trainer from Portales, speaks with Patty Vaughn, human resources officer for the non-appropriated funds office at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair the Clovis Civic Center job fair. Schaf, who just finished her work for a doctorate in veterinary science, said she was looking for anything in regards to a job.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer For Clovis native Emily Anaya, Tuesday’s job fair at the Clovis Civic Center was more than an opportunity to rub elbows with representatives from big companies, educational programs and a bustling Air Force base. After years of having several jobs, for Anaya, the job fair meant a first step […]

Military feature: Air Force Academy cadets visit Cannon

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Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., listen to a subject matter expert from the 16th Special Operations Squadron give a briefing on the AC-130H Spectre gunship. The cadets spent four days at Cannon touring base facilities and familiarizing themselves with the Air Force Special Operations Command mission.

By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., visited Cannon Air Force Base for four days beginning April 10. A little more than 400 miles away at the USAF Academy, lieutenants for the Air Force and future leaders for this nation are […]

Ricardo Sena found guilty of voluntary manslaughter (updated)

Ricardo Sena

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer A Curry County jury found Ricardo “Rico” Sena, 27, guilty of voluntary manslaughter Tuesday in the 2013 stabbing death of 17-year-old Devin Saiz. After deliberating for more than four hours, the jury picked the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter over second-degree murder. Sena stabbed Saiz in the chest during […]

Trees fall to high winds

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Gabriel Rios, 28, begins cutting through a fallen tree on Plains Street Monday afternoon after gusts pushed the tree over earlier in the morning.

Staff report Dustin Handley spent part of Monday afternoon removing debris from a tree knocked down at his Colonial Parkway home by a powerful windstorm Sunday packing gusts as high as 61 mph. Handley said he was hanging out inside Sunday afternoon when he heard the tree fall. Clovis experienced sustained winds of 28 to […]

Higher prices mean beef off menu for some residents

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Rising beef prices are changing the buying habits of shoppers at local markets.

By Joshua Lucero and Rick White Staff writers Retired school teacher Joyce Pollard said her shopping choices have changed to compensate for the rises in the price of beef, which are the highest in almost three decades. “You kind of have to do a replacement with the beef,” Pollard said. “So you do turkey, chicken, […]

Five questions with MercyMe bassist Nathan Cochran


Nathan Cochran is the bassist for Christian rock band MercyMe, who are performing Thursday at the Curry County Events Center. Cochran grew up Columbia, Mo. Earlier this month, the band released its eighth studio album, “Welcome to the New.” Who was your favorite band growing up? That has changed like the seasons for me ha, […]

Five questions with governor candidate Linda Lopez

Linda Lopez

Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Bernalillo, is one of five Democratic candidates seeking to displace Gov. Susana Martinez in November. The others are Gary King, Howie Morales, Lawrence Rael and Alan Webber. The Clovis News Journal asked Lopez five questions Friday afternoon. What do you feel will be the greatest challenge facing New Mexico in the next […]

Cancer survivor makes trek to Clovis for Relay


Emily Crowe Staff writer Chris Martin’s family hails from Jasper, Tenn., but not even distance will stop them from celebrating life and joining the fight against cancer here in Clovis. A staff sergeant who works in air traffic control at Cannon Air Force Base, Martin is heading up the 27 Special Operations Support Squadron […]

Prosecution will seek lesser murder charge

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By Alisa Boswell The prosecution amended Ricardo “Rico” Sena’s first-degree murder charge to second-degree on Friday, after failing to establish two key points during four days of testimony. According to Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover, first-degree murder is when someone plans to kill someone. Second degree-murder, he said, is an intentional act to harm […]

Cancer battles forged friendship among vets

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Cancer survivor Grayson Boerio, 2, dances with his aunt, Kaitlan Massey, during the 2014 Portales Relay for Life event Friday night at Greyhound Arena.

By Christina Calloway Old friends Harold Goodrich and Dennis Darrow sat side-by-side Friday night in a row of chairs that rimmed the top of the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena wearing matching purple shirts. While the two caught up, leaning in to share a few words over the rhythmic pop music blaring through […]

26th Special Tactics Squadron activated at base

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The Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard presents colors Thursday at the start of an assumption of command ceremony for the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER A new squadron at Cannon Air Force Base made a memorable entrance Thursday morning near a base hangar. The 26th Special Tactics Squadron — the first special tactics squadron to call Cannon Air Force Base home — parachuted from an MC-130J Commando II into its own activation ceremony. The […]

No regrets: Clovis mom feels having two children with autism ‘a blessing’

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Mary Ann Winters plays with her sons, Stephen Winters Jr., 7, and Nathan Martinez, 5, both diagnosed with autism, Wednesday afternoon in their Prince Street home.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER When he was a toddler, Nathan Winters, now 5, began exhibiting mild developmental delays. He was initially enrolled in therapy for children with developmental disabilities. His mother, Mary Ann Winters, was referred to specialists in Albuquerque, who made a trip to Clovis to test Nathan for autism. The process […]

Forensic pathologist: Victim stabbed in heart


By Alisa Boswell Staff writer 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 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 […]