No records broken with recent rains

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Heavy rains closed several streets in the region on Wednesday night, including 14th Street near Dennis Chavez Lake in Clovis; the road has been under water for more than two days.

By David Stevens Editor Almost 70 percent of eastern New Mexico’s rain historically falls between May 1 and Sept. 30. But October can be surprisingly wet on occasion, as evidenced this week around the region. National Weather Service officials reported 4.08 inches of rain fell in Ranchvale on Wednesday, and many communities saw 3 […]

DA talks marijuana legalization, officer body cameras

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series of continuing question-and-answer sessions with area leaders. Andrea Reeb is the 9th Judicial District attorney. Question: Marijuana legalization for medical uses has been a hot topic of late. What is the law regarding medical marijuana in this jurisdiction and have there been issues related to its […]

Notebook — Oct. 10

Something to do: We can see more clearly now, the rain is gone — just in time for Rocktoberfest at Hillcrest Park in Clovis. Cost is $10 for individuals or $15 per couple. Promoters from Young Professionals of Clovis said proceeds will benefit the Presbyterian Foundation to support Clovis’ cancer center. Events begin with a […]

Johnson: Pets not safe from breast cancer

A celebration of life, a reminder of hope, a shout-out of support and most importantly a call for awareness — while the individual reasons vary, one thing is certain: There’s a lot of pink around these days. Traditionally regarded as the color representing femininity, that’s precisely the point, and men, women and children alike are […]

Pages past — Oct. 10

On this date … 1990: The Clovis News Journal promoted itself as “The Brightest Newspaper on the High Plains.” Cost was 25 cents daily and $1 on Sundays. 1970: Area Boy Scouts were taking part in a district Scout Jamboree at Running Water Draw north of Clovis. The scouts slept in tents, cooked onion stew […]

Rain closes roads around county

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A crew from the Clovis Public Works Department works Thursday on clearing 14th Street of flood water.

By David Stevens Editor Wednesday night’s rain may not have set any Clovis records, but it’s been 73 years since the city saw so much moisture in an October night. The National Weather Service reported 3.5 inches fell at a weather station two miles northwest of Clovis on Wednesday. The record for Clovis in […]

What’s happening — Oct. 9

Today Curry County Comprehensive Plan Update Public Meeting — 11 a.m. Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St, Melrose. Information: 575-763-6016 Ribbon Cutting Successful You Career Closet — 11:30 a.m. Successful You Career Closet, 1200 Thornton St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Saturday Rocktober — 8 a.m. Hillcrest Park, Tenth and Sycamore St., Clovis. Free Flu Shots form […]

Pages past — Oct. 9

On this date … 1975: Ernest Marsh, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Santa Fe Industries, died in Chicago after an apparent heart attack. He was 72. Marsh grew up in Clovis, where he joined the railroad as a clerk in 1918. 1960: A bear at Hillcrest Park zoo bit off the finger tip […]

Notebook — Oct. 9

Pray for America: Nora Romero of Clovis plans to gather with others at noon Saturday for a rosary rally in the parking lot at the Clovis Municipal Schools administration building on Main Street. Romero said she was asked by the America Needs Fatima Foundation in New York to be a rally captain. America Needs Fatima […]

Donation fund set up for Mason family

Staff report A fund has been set up at Citizens Bank of Clovis, 421 Pile St., for making donations to Kevin Mason’s family. Mason, a civilian contractor working in Afghanistan, was on his way home to Clovis when his plane crashed on takeoff on Oct. 1. Mason and 12 others died in the accident, officials […]

Xcel to purchase solar power

STAFF REPORT Xcel Energy is once again adding to its growing renewable portfolio, according to a Thursday press release. The press release said the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved Wednesday the company’s purchase of 140 megawatts of solar-produced power from two planned developments near Roswell, which will be the largest in the state when […]

Can’t blame anyone for staying with what they know

By Audra Brown Local columnist Work boots and ground clearance: You need one to get there and the other to get anything done. Friends from town used to come out and see me and I usually had to pick them up at the gate. Work boots weren’t even an option; the best you could hope […]

Police blotter — Oct. 9

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 9:20 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, Second Street and Grand Avenue. • 10:52 a.m.: Failure to yield stop sign, Pile and 10th streets. • 11:57 a.m.: Battery, 1200 block of North Pile Street. • 2:07 p.m.: […]

Letter to the editor — Oct. 9

Legislating ills of world pointless By design, life is essentially a series of events varying in a wide range of good to bad consequences. Attempts to legislate the prohibition of all the bad or negative aspects of life is pointless. This country is governed by the rule of law, yet we have yet to somehow […]

Rain closes county roads

Staff report Curry County on Thursday closed three county roads and declared six  others “hazardous” after upwards of 2 inches of rain pummeled the region on Wednesday. Eastern New Mexico is under a flash flood watch until 8 tonight. Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Dan Heerding said water also will remain over the road around […]

Heavy rains closing area streets

Area streets have been closed and officials are urging caution as heavy rains have fallen across the city tonight. City Manager Larry Fry said 14th street near Dennis Chavez Lake is closed. He said U.S. 60/84 and Grand Street west of Main are also closed. County Road 16 from County Road E to State Road […]

Tucumcari woman trying to keep Rawhide memories rollin’

Courtesy photo: Rosie Walker
Rawhide cast members Paul Brinegar and Clint Eastwood posed with fans for this photo behind the Tucumcari Hall Motel in 1959. Rosie Walker, who lives in Mission Texas, said she's not sure who took the photo but her family members include Edna Mae Smelley of Clovis, left, and Imogene Turpin, just to Brinegar's right. Both of Walker's aunts had traveled to Tucumcari in hopes of meeting 'Rawhide' cast members.

By David Stevens Editor Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ — a Tucumcari woman is trying to keep those memories rollin’ about the time five episodes of the television show “Rawhide” were filmed at ranches near Tucumcari in 1959. Karen Alarcon, who works for radio stations KTNM and KQAY in Tucumcari, said she was talking about the […]

Drug court program celebrates 100th graduation

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Judge Donna Mowrer, right, laughs with Percy Herrera as she presents her with her Hartley coin for graduating from the drug program. The coin is in honor of former Judge Teddy Hartley, who spearheaded beginning the 9th Judicial District drug court program in 2006.

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR Participating in the 9th Judicial District drug court program is an “intense process” but one that is well worth it, according to numerous participants and graduates. There was no shortage of tears Wednesday afternoon as the main courtroom of the Roosevelt County Courthouse played host to a full house […]

Local roundup — Oct. 8

Meth charges net 2-year prison sentence A 49-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday on charges he was  trafficking methamphetamine,  according to a news release from prosecutors. District Attorney Andrea Reeb said in the release that Kelly Jaramillo was found guilty on Aug. 25 by a Curry County jury in a […]

Planting bluebonnets act of optimism

By Betty Williamson Local columnist This week marks the completion of my fourth year of writing this column. While I never lack for topics, sometimes — especially in weeks that involve devastating flooding, the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital, and yet another school shooting — writing “a bit of good news” feels a […]