Clovis Christian eighth-grader wins another bee

Ariel Kokoricha won her fifth consecutive Curry County Spelling Bee title on Friday. (Courtesy photo)

By David Stevens Editor Ariel Kokoricha survived the melee on Friday morning, impervious to words most of us can’t define, spell or use in a sentence. In the end, buoyancy sent the Clovis Christian School eighth-grader to Albuquerque for the fifth consecutive year, representing Curry County in the New Mexico Spelling Bee. Ariel overcame […]

Parkland Baptist celebrating 50th

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Parkland Baptist Church in 1968 broke ground at Lexington and Ashford streets, where it remains today.

By David Stevens Editor Levine’s department store was selling seamless hose for 29 cents a pair. Shakes at Burger Chef were a dime. The State theater was showing “Harum Scarum,” starring Elvis Presley, and Piggly Wiggly was hosting its grand opening in Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center. That’s what was going on around Clovis on […]

March in memory

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Selmus Price of Clovis leads marchers along Grand Avenue on Monday morning.

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff Writer Martin Luther King Jr. left an indelible legacy of freedom. And that freedom comes with responsibility, Pastor Delmus L. Gillis reminded Clovis on Monday. The senior pastor at Clovis’ Bethlehem Baptist Church joined others on Monday in remembering the inspiration provided by the slain civil rights leader. More than […]

Breakfast honors King

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Featured speaker Pamelya Herndon addresses the crowd at the 24th annual Clovis Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Scholarship Breakfast Saturday morning at the Clovis High School cafeteria. Herndon is the executive director of the Southwest Women’s Law Center in Albuquerque.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor With a backdrop of children displaying their musical and writing talents, a message of using your talents for the betterment of society echoed Saturday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The Clovis High School cafeteria played host much of the morning to the 24th annual Clovis Dr. Martin […]

9-year-old double bee champ

Correspondent photo: Ronnie Cain
Alyssa Neighbours, 9, receives a plaque from ENMU Languages and Literature Department Chair Carol Erwin Friday afternoon after the bee. On top of $50 in Barnes & Noble gift cards, Neighbours will also have a $500 
scholarship waiting for her at ENMU.

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER A 9-year-old Portales student took the win for not only the junior division of the Roosevelt County spelling bee but also came out of the senior division victorious after out-spelling junior high students. Alyssa Neighbours of Valencia Elementary championed both divisions, taking two $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards […]

Prosecutors trying to ‘go with the flow’ on Gidding

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County Manager Lance Pyle explains Thursday afternoon to County Commissioners Wendell Bostwick, center, and Chet Spear where a pathway will be installed in the new county building on Gidding Street.

By David Stevens Editor Curry County Courthouse employees may be eager to move into their new offices, but they’re not the only ones anxious for construction to be complete. District Attorney Andrea Reeb said dust, noise and other building issues have been a challenge for her staff since work began on the $4 million […]

Governor shares dairy disaster plan

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez talks with dairy producers on Wednesday at Rajen Dairy west of Clovis. Martinez said she is working with federal officials in hopes of helping dairy farmers who suffered heavy losses during the Christmas weekend blizzard.

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer Gov. Susana Martinez told eastern New Mexico dairy producers on Wednesday she is seeking a federal disaster declaration she hopes might help those who suffered financial losses during the Christmas weekend blizzard. Funds may be available for producers, she said, “depending on how they view the industry. … We’re […]

Soldier’s mom: ‘He felt like he was broken’

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Devin Schuette, 35, 'always did everything 100 percent,' said his mother, Karen Alexander.

By David Stevens Editor Devin Schuette wanted a challenge. That’s why he joined the Army as an infantryman in 1999 after graduating House High School. “He loved his country and he loved the Army,” said his mother, Karen Alexander of Clovis. “He was very proud to be in the military. He was very well […]

Don McAlavy: For 84 years, he made history

McAlavy celebrated his 80th birthday at a family friend's ranch in Florida.

By David Stevens Editor Most of eastern New Mexico knew Don McAlavy as an actor, a prolific writer, a painter and the unofficial historian of Curry County for decades. Kim Siewert always thought of him as a storybook hero. “He is my cowboy,” she said in announcing her father’s death from pneumonia at age […]

City manager: Storm responders did ‘incredible job’ during Goliath

Larry Fry

First responders, public works staff  and other emergency rescue workers from the city of Clovis, Curry County and state agencies worked together effectively, sometimes almost seamlessly, during the Christmas weekend blizzard, according to Clovis City Manager Larry Fry. “I just think they did an incredible job under very difficult circumstances,” Fry said Friday after hearing […]

Powerball attracts dreamers

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Talico Video Manager Sarah Scioli on Friday hands over Powerball tickets purchased by Debbie Herring of Clovis. Scioli said the day’s sales of tickets are higher than normal. Herring said she’s a regular lottery player.

From staff and wire reports Tonight’s record-breaking $800 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams … daydreams with little chance of coming true, of course. Some things to think about for fun anyway, just in case: The odds of winning: It’s about one in 300 million. To put that in perspective, it’s about the […]

New trial date set for teen accused of murder

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DeAngelo Montoya, now 18, will remain in custody until his new 
murder trial begins in February.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor A new trial date has been set for a Portales teen accused of killing an Eastern New Mexico University student, but DeAngelo Montoya will remain in custody until the trial. Montoya, now 18, was arrested in 2009 when he was 13. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2011 […]

Fort Hood: Clovis soldier found dead

Devin Lee Schuette

Staff report Officials in Fort Hood, Texas, on Tuesday identified a soldier who died Sunday as Devin Lee Schuette, 35, of Clovis. Staff Sgt. Schuette’s body was found in a vehicle near the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. Circumstances surrounding his death were under investigation, according to a Fort Hood news release. From the news […]

Public works director: Trash pickup now No. 1 priority

Karen Shaw said her trash on Gary Street hasn't been picked up since Dec. 22

By David Stevens Editor Anyone who visits Karen Shaw’s house on Gary Street in west Clovis these days will be asked for a favor. “If you come to my door, I’m going to ask: ‘Can you take my trash? Do you mind?’” she said on Tuesday. Shaw said the dumpster behind her house hasn’t […]

McDaniel’s Furniture closing its doors

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
McDaniel’s sales associate Tammy Anderson of Clovis puts a price tag on a piece of furniture Monday afternoon at the North Main Street location.

By David Stevens Editor McDaniel’s Furniture, one of Clovis’ oldest family owned businesses, is closing its doors next month. Family members made the announcement over the weekend. “The marketplace has changed, competition has changed, the way people buy things has changed,” said Ben McDaniel, the grandson of founder James A. “Mac” McDaniel, who opened […]

Lost dairy cattle laid to rest

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Dairy cows are offloaded Monday afternoon for burial at the Clovis Landfill.

By David Stevens Editor Clovis’ city landfill has become a cemetery for more than 800 cattle. That’s how many have arrived so far  since the winter storm nicknamed Goliath hit on Dec. 26, Public Works Director Clint Bunch said. Almost all day Monday, trucks full of muddy, stinking carcasses pulled up one after another […]

Area’s first 2016 baby born

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Parents Danielle Sharick and Antonio Enriquez stand with their son, Sebastian James, in a family photo at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sitting in front are Sebastian’s siblings, 5-year-old Jeremiah Sharick and 4-year-old Ivy Ann Enriquez.

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR The area didn’t have to wait long after the ball dropped for its first baby of the new year. Sebastian James Sharick Enriquez joined the party at 2:33 a.m. after about four hours in labor at Plains Regional Medical Center. Sebastian, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, […]

Lansford seeks another term as mayor

David Lansford

By David Stevens Editor David Lansford announced Thursday he plans to run for another term as mayor of Clovis. And if elected, he said, he will push for a tax increase. Lansford, the city’s mayor 12 years before stepping down in 2008, was re-elected in 2012 in a landslide over incumbent Mayor Gayla Brumfield. […]

Year in review: Storm readers’ choice for top story of 2015

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The intersection of Miller Street and Jane Way was an example of how the side streets were after the storm.

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories recapping news events in 2015. Since inclement weather prevented publication of Tuesday’s newspaper, the series will conclude on Sunday. By David Stevens Editor The winter storm nicknamed Goliath attracted the most attention from readers of the online Clovis News Journal in 2015, with more […]

Year in review: List of famous visitors grows in 2015

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Country crooner Dwight Yoakam celebrated his 59th birthday at Curry County Events Center in October.

By David Stevens Editor Some of eastern New Mexico’s proudest history includes legendary entertainers in our midst. Norman Petty’s recording studio made hits for Buddy Holly. Actor/musician Ronny Cox honed his skills growing up in Portales and taking acting classes at Eastern New Mexico University. Willie Nelson has performed at ENMU. Gene Autry received […]