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 […]

Escaped inmate had violent history


By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Eddy County inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County officials while on a work detail Wednesday was also involved in a fight in the Roosevelt jail two years ago. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb has said officials did not know Senovio Mendoza Jr. was being held on murder charges; […]

Bug battleground

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City of Clovis’ Francis Warner checks a dipping cup for mosquito eggs, larvae, and pupa. Vector Control workers use the dipping method to find concentrations of mosquito larvae and pupae to better allocate their limited resources for maximum effectiveness.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Above average rains in June and July have made Curry County a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The job of the city’s vector control department is to combat the potential disease carriers. The departments two workers, supervisor Leroy “TI” Taylor and Francis Warner, work odd hours in extreme conditions to […]

From the editor’s desk: A case of skulduggery


By David Stevens Editor Jerry Shed, 24, was broke and wandering the streets of Ardmore, Oklahoma, when police charged him with vagrancy. When they searched his belongings and found a skull in his suitcase, he became front-page news. Shed said he bought the skull for a dollar from a 12-year-old kid in Clovis. He said […]

Lights over the lake

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Fireworks began at 9 p.m. and lasted 15 minutes, complete with large aerial displays and a barrage of ground fireworks that lit up the night sky.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Allowing the flood waters at Greene Acres Park an extra 24 hours to recede before hosting the Smoke on the Water fireworks display meant more family time for some; for others, no solution to certain food cravings. Now in its 18th year, Smoke on the Water was meant to […]

Rain totals subject of heated debates

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Carter Kinkade, 5, left, and his sister Libby Kinkade, 6, play on a slide surrounded by flood waters at Dennis Chavez Park Wednesday afternoon.

By David Stevens Editor Clovis received 4.5 inches of rain on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Unofficially, rainfall totals ranged from 2.46 inches on the north edge of town to 1.79 inches at Cannon Air Force Base, to 6 inches in individuals’ yards. The range, and the smaller totals reported in particular, upset […]

Library offering adult summer reading program

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The Clovis-Carver Library has a new summer program with activities for adults, such as learning how to sew and how to do projects from Pinterest.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A new program at Clovis-Carver Library is offering summer fun to area adults. Adult Services Librarian Sarah Lewis hit the ground running when she started in her position in February by immediately putting into action a plan to offer a summer program to adults. The library has offered a […]

Commissioner: City manager’s job topic of discussion


By David Stevens Editor Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ job performance was the topic of Thursday’s executive session and Thomas’ job may be on the line, Commissioner Robert Sandoval said Friday morning. “It began as Joe’s evaluation and it turned into whether we needed to fire Joe or not,” Sandoval said. No action was taken, […]

Officials: Portales escapee was being held on murder charge


By Christina Calloway Staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A Roosevelt County inmate being held on first-degree murder charges remained in the custody of Texas officials Thursday after being accused of assaulting a county employee to escape a work detail and leading police on a high-speed chase from Portales to Sudan, Texas, according to officials. Senovio Mendoza Jr., […]

Storm causes major flooding in city

Children and adults alike took to the flooded streets in the 1300 block of North Edwards Street near Dennis Chavez Park to wade, ride bicycles and swim Wednesday afternoon. Up to 4 inches of rain overnight Wednesday flooded many local streets.

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com Cars turned submarine, families being rescued by the Clovis Police Department and children swimming in the street. One would have to see it to believe it. Clovis residents saw it all Wednesday morning as they marveled at 6 inches of water burying Main Street next to Greene Acres Park […]