Clovis man surrenders after standoff


By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor A 30-year-old Clovis man accused of firing on his father and police officers early Saturday surrendered without injury or incident after a 7 1/2-hour standoff near Fourth and Hinkle streets. Eric Gutierrez, who has a history of guns and violence, is in Curry County jail. Clovis police spokesman […]

Program teaches inmates parenting responsibilities

Roosevelt County Detention Center inmate Melissa Griffith, right, fixes her daughter Nadia’s hair before they sat down 
to color at a Christmas Party 
for the jail’s Children Uniting with Parents

By Christina Calloway Melissa Griffith received a dose of joy when she fixed her 4-year-old daughter Nadia’s ponytail Friday. Griffith appreciated what may be a daily task for other mothers because the 30-year-old only sees her children for about 30 minutes a week. And from these visits, she said she’s learned what her priorities […]

Christmas parades postponed by expected weather

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Hillcrest Zoo Assistant Director Mark Yannotti put a protective cover over a faucet at the reptile house Wednesday evening in anticipation of a winter storm moving in today in the Clovis area in which freezing temperature are expected.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Friday and Saturday’s expected numbing-weather has postponed annual Christmas parades in Portales and Clovis. Portales’ parade was scheduled for Friday night and Clovis on Saturday night. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brent Wachter said Friday’s high temperatures will be in the low 30s and said roads may still be […]

Ticket feature: ENMU holding holiday concert

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Eastern New Mexico University will hold its annual Holiday Concert Friday on the Main Stage in the University Theater Center. The concert will highlight university singers and the symphonic band.

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University’s singers and symphonic band will offer their annual gift to the community this weekend. The school’s holiday concert will feature the school’s Chamber Singers, University Singers and Children’s Choir, as well as the symphonic band. Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, said concert goers can expect lots of holiday […]

Education feature: CCC spa gives hands-on experience

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Cosmetology student Vicki Garcia prepares to wax fellow student Megan Silvers’ eyebrows. Both students graduated from the program Wednesday and have plans to work at local salons.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer Lucinda Lucero was a nursing student at Clovis Community College last year, and often visited the school’s esthetics spa to relax and unwind with a facial or spa treatment. This year, she is a student in the esthetics program, and is learning the ins and outs of skin […]

Forever families

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Kayla Strachan, 7, jumps and releases her last balloon Tuesday outside the Roosevelt County Courthouse, celebrating her adoption at the National Adoption Day ceremony.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Kayla Nevaeh Beaman sat restlessly on Sharon Strachan’s lap. The 7-year-old wore pink from head to toe, her hair tied with ribbon curls. Kayla had anxiously waited for Tuesday too long, her parents said, so when her name was finally called by 9th Judicial District Judge Donna Mowrer […]

Fire destroys Muleshoe vet clinic

A portion of the Muleshoe Animal Clinic and Vet Supply offices on U.S. 70/84 that included offices and a small animal clinic was destroyed by a fire that started Sunday.

 By Eric Norwood and Emily Crowe CMI STAFF WRITERS Two horses and five or six dogs and cats were killed in a fire Sunday night that gutted Muleshoe Animal Clinic and Vet Supply, according to co-owner Steve Kennedy. There were no workers at the facility at the time of the fire and no human injuries […]

Nuts about helping


There are several places Vern Witten can be spotted in Portales. He can be found volunteering at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, tutoring area students, or during the first week of November, in his kitchen whipping up a batch of his famous peanut brittle for the Portales Methodist Church’s Turkey Bazaar. He’s a jack of all […]

Firefighter part of growing movement

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Clovis firefighter Rodney Alanis displays his mustache, which he’s been growing for thirty days. Alanis is growing the mustache to support prostate and testicular cancer awareness and research, along with 30 other firefighters. Alanis lost his grandfather to prostate cancer, and his father is a survivor.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Rodney Alanis took a month of wisecracks about his newly grown mustache for a cause that’s close to his heart. It’s the men that he admires in his life that inspired the 34-year-old Clovis firefighter to put down the razor for the 30 days of November and grow […]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’

CMI staff photo: David Stevens
Hank Baskett Jr. says the cancer doctors once told him he had is now gone and he feels blessed.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I […]

Helping give thanks


Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER More than 150 volunteers joined forces at the Lighthouse Mission Thursday to serve up a hot Thanksgiving meal to those less fortunate. Cannon Air Force Base airmen, high school basketball players and community members alike took time out of their holiday to serve steaming heaps of turkey, stuffing and […]

Stories of gratitude fit Thanksgiving season

Throughout the Scriptures, we read about people who were thankful. These scripture personalities were all in different situations. Some like Job were overwhelmed with trouble and calamity. Some like the blind man was healed by the Savior. Some were simply grateful that their hunger was satisfied. In all instances, the following Bible personalities had reasons […]

Ticket feature: Poker tournament fundraiser rescheduled

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The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its poker tournament fundraiser for Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center.

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its poker tournament fundraiser for Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. There is a $50 buy-in, due at the time of registration, for the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, with a $40 rebuy. First place in the tournament includes a trip for two to Las Vegas, […]

Farmer: Snow will aid spring crops

Tristian Rodriques, 5, of Clovis add buttons to make eyes for the snowman he and neighborhood friends made Monday on Chanticleer Place.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Local farmers said spring crops will benefit from the weekend’s 7-plus inches of snow. Those in the dairy industry said the additional moisture comes at a cost but they know the difficulties are temporary. “Of course we need moisture, but probably the biggest hurdle to overcome is getting […]

Plumbers warn against holiday overload

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Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER The holidays can bring their fair share of headaches, and local plumbers caution against overloading pipes to help lessen Thanksgiving stress. Lyle Lacoursiere with Reliable Plumbing and Drain said he comes to expect the issue around the holidays. He said the main problem he sees is people putting excess […]

Area uses caution with storms

Frank Sanchez, driver, and Joseph Mondragon of Clovis Municipal Schools clear the Administration building parking lot Monday of snow from this past weekend snow storm.

By Christina Calloway and Emily Crowe CMI staff writers Portales High School Junior Darin Bonem said he wasn’t going to let the snow in Portales keep him from working up a sweat. With school canceled for nearly everyone in the area from the weekend’s weather, Bonem headed to the gym early Monday afternoon to work […]

Officials continue to urge caution on roads

Submitted by Gwyn Del Toro
Matthew Del Toro is determined the snow will not keep him off the slide from his tree house.

By Christina Calloway and Emily Crowe CMI staff writers Road workers are salting and sanding roads, but officials caution area residents to stay home today if possible. Seven-plus inches of snow and ice continue to make driving treacherous, they say. There was one weather-related death in the region, which occurred Friday when a 4-year-old was […]

Winter weather sticking around

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune

Local 4-H agent Ryan Craig, left, buys some antifreeze, windshield de-icer, and an ice scraper for his 1991 Ford F-150 in preparation of the cold weather on Saturday. Craig joked with CNS employee Coby Carter, right, as he made his purchase.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer An already deadly winter storm is expected to pummel most of eastern New Mexico with four to eight inches of snow before it’s over. Clovis, Portales and much of eastern New Mexico remain under a winter storm warning until at least 6 a.m. Monday, according to the […]

Tourism secretary visits local eateries

CMI staff photo: D’Nieka Hartsfield
Tom Martin, owner of Taco Box in Clovis and Portales, is given a New Mexico True T-shirt by Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson as part of the restaurant’s designation as a New Mexico Culinary Treasure.

By Emily Crowe Not even the cold and snow could keep New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson away from Clovis this week as she stopped in at three of the area’s most beloved restaurants. Cars were wrapped around Taco Box at lunchtime Friday as the restaurant offered 25 cent beef tacos in celebration […]

Officials: One dead in wreck near Portales

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
This Freedom Aire van was involved in one of the three accidents reported Friday afternoon that took place on U.S. 70 between Wal-Mart and Sunland Inc. Officials say state police and area law enforcement responded to at least 40 accidents Friday in Roosevelt County.

By Christina Calloway The area’s first bout of winter weather caused at least 40 automobile accidents in Roosevelt County, at least one resulting in a fatality. Officials blamed icy roads for the multiple accidents that left Roosevelt General Hospital’s emergency room packed and area law enforcement responding to vehicle accidents non-stop as of 8 […]