Opinion: Libraries undergoing transformation

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist Not surprisingly, libraries are gradually transforming into media centers. While, at first glance, this sounds a bit sterile, nothing could be further from the truth. Libraries still contain “stacks” with endless rows of books; tables and chairs for study; and comfy couches and chairs for settling in with a great […]

Police blotter — Feb. 12

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:57 a.m.: Found property, 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 1:15 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 7:52 a.m.: Careless driving, Seventh and […]

What’s happening — Feb. 12

Saturday Spring Festival — 10 a.m.-noon Clovis Head Start, 901 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6443 Tuesday Board of County Commissioners Meeting — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6016 Clovis Community College Blood Drive — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CCC, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4154 […]

Assistant DA quits after court confrontation

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com An assistant district attorney has resigned amid allegations he threatened a public defender in magistrate court on Monday. Public defender Sarah Field told Clovis police that a prosecutor “whispered to her that he was going to kill her and her children,” according to a criminal incident report. No charges had […]

Police warn of tax season phone scam

Clovis police are warning area residents of a telephone scam related to the Internal Revenue Service. “Some people in our community are receiving phone calls supposedly from the IRS demanding payment and threatening arrest,” according to a police news release posted on their Facebook page. “These calls are a common scam during tax season.” Police […]

Police chief finalists narrowed to 3

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Clovis’ interim police chief, a Houston-area law officer and instructor, and the former director of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy have been named finalists for the city’s police chief job. Clovis City Manager Larry Fry made the announcement on Thursday, narrowing the list of candidates from 14. Doug Ford […]

Senate bills sidetracked

By Milan Simonich The New Mexican With seven days remaining in New Mexico’s 30-day legislative session, House Speaker Don Tripp, R-Socorro, has begun referring Senate bills to the House Rules Committee for review. There’s just one problem: the committee has yet to meet this session, leaving the bills stranded as the session winds down. The […]

EPCOG gets clean audit

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Crediting revamped financial management policies and enhanced internal controls, Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG) officials touted the organization’s first findings-free audit in 11 years during Wednesday’s monthly meeting. Albuquerque-based CPA firm Hinkle and Landers conducted the financial probe, which closed out the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. […]

What’s happening — Feb. 11

Today Melrose City Meeting — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Saturday Spring Festival — 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Clovis Head Start, 901 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6443 Tuesday Board of County Commissioners Meeting — 9 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main […]

Pages past — Feb. 11

On this date … 1956: The weekend had seen four arrests in Clovis so far, most for alcohol-related issues. A Muleshoe woman was being held in the city jail “for being drunk at Rogers Tamale House,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. 1946: Officials were working on a plan to make the highway between Clovis and Texico […]

Williamson: ENMU respins ‘Cinderella’

There may not be a more familiar story than the centuries-old tale of Cinderella, but the version being served up just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend by the ENMU School of Music is fresh and funny, and not to be missed. “The True Story of Cinderella” is a winner on many fronts. First off, […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 11

Days remaining in session: 7 Marijuana amendment A proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for recreational use squeaked out of a Senate committee Wednesday. The Senate Rules Committee voted 6-4 to pass Senate Joint Resolution 5 to its next committee without any recommendation. An initial vote on whether to endorse the measure deadlocked in […]

Ask the candidates — Feb. 11

Compiled by David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Candidates for Clovis’ March 1 municipal election were asked: “If you could travel back in time to a specific event in Clovis history, where would you go?” Their responses: David Lansford Mayor I think I would want to go back to the time frame just after 1929. I would […]

Early voting beginning for municipal election

Staff report Early voting for the March 1 municipal election begins today and runs through Feb. 26. Clovis Area Transit System has announced it will be offering free transportation to and from city hall for anyone wanting to vote early. CATS can be reached at 575-769-7910. It requires a one-day advance reservation. Early voting takes […]

Woman sentenced on drug charges

Staff report A Hobbs woman was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for drug trafficking. Heather Lyon, 33, was scheduled for trial Tuesday morning but pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit trafficking Monday afternoon during a hearing. Lyon was arrested in a Portales hotel room in June 2014, along with […]

Two arrested for drug trafficking

Staff report Two men were arrested at a Portales hotel Monday evening for drug trafficking. According to Detective Charlie Smart with the Portales Police Department, Region V Drug Task Force officials — comprised at the time of officials from the PPD, the Clovis Police Department and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office — recovered 18 pounds […]

Cancer retreat to be held

Staff report Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Family Cancer Retreat will be held April 22-24 at the Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North Hotel, according to a press release. This free program provides New Mexico adult cancer patients/survivors and their loved ones with tools and information they need to manage the treatment and survival process. Sessions on […]

Opinion: To some, Lenten Fridays a feast

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist Mondays are Manic or Miracle Mondays. Tuesdays are Taco Tuesday, or Tejano Tuesday, as I call them. Today, Wednesday, is Hump Day. I hate that term. Thursday is Throwback Thursday and Friday is … well … what more need I say? As for today though, today is the day after […]

Letter to the editor — Feb. 10

Ranchvale safety issues overblown Safety issues stated against Ranchvale Elementary School were intended to scare and manipulate the people of Clovis. Water in plentiful supply is safety tested and provided by a local farmer, Kenneth Davis, at a cost of less than city water would be. It’s a benefit to the school district, not a […]

Pages past — Feb. 10

On this date … 2006: A fifth consecutive month without significant moisture had area farmers and ranchers concerned. Dale Miller, who grew wheat and grazed cattle 13 miles north of Portales, said his cattle production stood to decline 50 percent if the rains did not come. Said Joe Whitehead, district conservationist with the U.S Department […]