Air Force recruiter: ‘Every day is different’

Tech Sgt. Mauricio Leon

Staff report If Tech Sgt. Mauricio Leon could go back more than 14 years to talk to himself, he’d tell himself this idea to go into the Air Force is the right one. If he could find himself three months ago, before he started his new assignment in a military community,  he’d just say to […]

Breakfast features inspiring messages, calls to action

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Ted Sutton, a gang awareness instructor and intervention specialist, was the featured speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2015 Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Organizers prepared more than 600 meals for community members Saturday. But it wasn’t the food that brought people to the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. The event featured inspiring messages and calls to action shared by community leaders, children, airmen and guest speakers in the Clovis High School […]

Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

County offers buzz-worthy course

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Ed Costanza, a professional beekeeper from Albuquerque, gave a class on beekeeping at the Days Inn Wednesday. The seminar covered all aspects of beekeeping from containing swarms to running a hobby and commercial operation.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer More than 25 people attended a free seminar held by Professional Beekeepers Ed and Louella Costanza of Albuquerque at the Days Inn Wednesday. The nearly 12-hour class covered all aspects of beekeeping, from beginning an entry-level hobby hive to running a commercial operation. “The price of bees continues to […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Annie Lair, center, celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday at Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center with her daughter, Laveena Knight, left, and granddaughter Deanna Hogg.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Annie Lair doesn’t have a favorite television show. She never really got into watching TV all that much. Lair prefers to read her Bible and look at birds every now and then at the window of the Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Her favorite bird? “The one that stays […]

Man sentenced to more than 40 years in sexual assault case

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Richard Sena was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for the 2012 robbery and sexual assault of a 71-year-old Clovis woman.

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal does not routinely identify victims of sexual assault. By Aubry Buzek Staff writer In November 2012, a 71-year-old Clovis woman woke up to find a stranger pressing his hand against her mouth, holding a knife and threatening to kill her while he sexually assaulted and robbed her, according […]

Prep basketball coach Isler killed in auto accident (updated)

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J.D. Isler coaches at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Isler, 52, died Sunday in a car accident north of Clovis.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer ELIDA — For J.D. Isler’s players and students, he was an impeccable man who gave life lessons on and off the court. Isler, a longtime prep and college basketball coach who was in his first season with Elida, was killed Sunday afternoon in a car accident north of Clovis. […]

Clovis man arrested in break-in attempt

Tevon Stevens

Staff report A Clovis man inspired a gun shot before he was arrested Saturday morning after an alleged home break-in attempt, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. Tevon Stevens, 22, was booked in the Curry County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond. He is charged with attempt to commit a burglary, possession […]

Honoring community impact

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Selmus Price walks to the stage to receives his 2014 Heart Award.

Staff report Plenty of awards, and a muster — that’s a group of peacocks — of bird-themed comments spiced up the night as the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated “A Feather in Our Cap” at its annual banquet. Held at the Clovis Civic Center, the event celebrated the chamber’s 2014, and honored businesses and […]

Gas prices drop below $2 mark

Photo illustration: Tony Bullocks
Gas stations at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince Street were both selling fuel for less than $2 per gallon.

Staff and wire reports Retail gasoline prices continue to drop across the nation and have dipped below $2 throughout Clovis. The travel association AAA reports nationwide gasoline prices are down 6 cents this week, to reach $2.18 per gallon. reports the average price in New Mexico is $1.98 per gallon, down 7 cents from […]

Commissioners looking at downtown post office relocation

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
The county may be close to finding a new location for the Gidding Street Post Office. County Commissioner Ben McDaniel said the county is negotiating with downtown property owners and may have an agreement as early as February.

Staff report Curry County may have an agreement for a new location of the downtown post office as early as February, according to Ben McDaniel, the chairman of the county commissioners. McDaniel said the county is  evaluating downtown locations to move the post office from Gidding Street in order to use the space to consolidate […]

Man accused in slaying of young mother pleads not guilty

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9th Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb address 9th Judicial District Chief Judge Drew Tatum on Tuesday afternoon during the arraignment of Matthew Jennings on the motion for bail, which was denied.

Staff report The man accused of repeatedly stabbing and killing young mother Ariel Ulibarri as she walked in a Clovis park pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder. Matthew Jennings was denied bond by District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum and ordered held in Curry County jail following his video arraignment. At the […]

Road crews breaking through ice

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Bob Ternes of Clovis clears a parking lot Monday on the corner of Seventh and Prince Street. Ternes said business is booming and he’s been putting in long hours, thanks to the snow.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer As the sunshine melted icy roads into slushy puddles Monday, 14 road crews continued to work around Curry County to restore road conditions. David Corbin, the county roads superintendent, said one of the department’s priorities was getting school bus routes prepared for the schools reopening Wednesday after the holiday […]

Snow blankets town

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Duane Chase clears his driveway Saturday morning on Chanticleer Place.

By Robin Fornoff Managing Editor The worst weather seemed to bring out the best in a lot of folks digging out Saturday from a crazy overnight snow ranging from 8 to 12 inches across the region. There were stories of neighbors cruising in four-wheel drive much of the night and day, stopping to help […]

African Children’s Choir stopping in Clovis

Courtesy photo
The African Children’s Choir will perform 6 p.m. Wednesday at Central Baptist Church in Clovis.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer In spite of what the name may suggest, the African Children’s Choir is much more about education than it is music — from what the choir learns on the tour, to what the audiences learn from them, to the schooling that continues after they’re done singing. The organization’s Choir […]

Warmer weather on the way

Rebecca Bernal, who turns 10 on Sunday, is perhaps enjoying this snow battle more than her sister Nalani, 12. Both girls live in Texico, but were visiting their grandparents in Farwell on Saturday afternoon.

Staff reports The sun came out late Saturday morning and temperatures soared into the … uh, 30s. But at least it stopped snowing and no more wintry mix is in the forecast until at least Wednesday. The deep freeze that has kept many eastern New Mexico residents inside all year won’t be ending today, but […]

Worst of weather should end over weekend

Staff photo: Steve Hansen
A lull in the deep freeze Friday allows Emaan (left), Yahya and Fatima Kazmi, all of Clovis, to feed bread crumbs to Canada geese flocking on the lake of Greene Acres Park in Clovis.

By Steve Hansen Just as the holiday weekend, or week for many, is ending, the weather is expected to begin a return to reasonable Sunday. For today, however, the area remains under threat from winter storms and bitter cold. A winter storm warning Friday morning was expected to stay in effect until 11 a.m. […]

Snow expected to impact travel

Forecasters predict up to 10 inches of snow overnight.

Staff reports A winter storm warning is in effect for Curry and Roosevelt counties until 11 a.m Saturday. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are expected, with up to 10 inches possible along the Texas state line, the National Weather Service is reporting. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight will become […]

Portales couple’s second baby is 2015’s first

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Ezra James Aguilar joined the family Thursday at Plains Regional Medical Center, along with parents Gregory and Rebecca Aguilar and older sister Olivia Aguilar. Ezra was the first baby born at PRMC for 2015.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER As they took turns holding Ezra James, Gregory and Rebecca Aguilar briefly gave their bios. She’s a stay-at-home mom, and he’s in graduate school for school counseling. “I graduate May of next year,” Gregory said, before his wife laughed. “No, this year,” she said. “It’s 2015.” “That’s right,” he […]

Police respond to 32 criminal damage reports

Courtesy photo: Erica Nichole Jones

Staff report The Monday evening vandalism of 32 cars throughout Clovis is a stone-cold whodunit. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the department has no suspects and no leads on what appears to be the random smashing of vehicle windows. No particular type of vehicle was hit, and no particular area of the city saw […]