Zoo display draws big crowd

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Sarah Rodriquez of Clovis takes a photo of her daughter, 9-year-old Reyna Rodriquez, in a Santa cutout during Christmas Nites at the Zoo at Hillcrest Park.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com If the crowd were any indication, the night time was the right time to be at the Hillcrest Park Zoo. Hundreds packed the zoo on Wednesday, the second night of the city’s annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo event. The zoo will open again from 6 p.m. to 8 […]

Language important in all phases of education

The importance of learning a second language cannot be underestimated. Numerous research studies have proven the cognitive benefits from studying a second language. One article in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) maintains, “Foreign language learning is much more a cognitive problem solving activity than a linguistic activity. Studies have shown […]

Nine years added to kidnapper’s sentence

Staff report A successful appeal by the district attorney’s staff got a Clovis man nine more years in prison Wednesday for his 2011 kidnapping and rape conviction, according to a release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was originally sentenced in 2012 to 18 years after District Judge Stephen Quinn ruled […]

Clovis woman pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charge

Staff report Tina Tafoya of Clovis pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. She and three other defendants entered a guilty plea in the case. Under the terms of her plea agreement, Tafoya will be sentenced to 78 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to a […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission — Dec. 18

The Clovis City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A resolution that would grant a waiver for height and setback requirements for a cellular tower in the north half of the Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center. Lubbock-based NTCH-NM wishes to build a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 8:09 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, Norris Street and Mabry Drive. • 9:23 a.m.: Burglary report, 200 block of Schepps Boulevard. • 10:30 a.m.: Trespass in progress, 1100 block of Maple Street. • […]

Helping needy at Christmas Fraternal Order of Eagles’ tradition

Staff report Frank Romero has been a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for more than 15 years. He said as long as he’s been a member, the organization has been taking needy kids shopping every Christmas. This year, the FOE raised more than $18,000 so that 120 kids will each be able to […]

Pages Past — Dec. 18

On this date … 1969: Clovis city commissioners rescinded their actions of a week earlier that set 13th Street as the northern boundary line for liquor outlets. Mayor Chick Taylor, who previously cast the deciding vote in a 3-2 decision, made the motion to rescind. Taylor said he changed his mind after realizing it would […]

What’s happening — Dec. 18

Today Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., Portales City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Ribbon cutting — 11:15 a.m., 5756 Yoga Studio, 1423 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-3435. […]

Empty Stocking Fund — Family R

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family R • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This single mother has three daughters, ages 15, 8 and 1. Earlier this year she lost her job and had an accident that left her unable to […]

Dream of community garden coming to life

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Molly, a retired military working dog, guards the field that C.J. Pierce is planning to turn into “Nano’s Farm and Community Garden” in the spring.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Starting a community garden is a lifelong dream for C.J. Pierce. Before her mother passed away, she told her daughter to follow that dream. Now Pierce has 10 acres of land and is putting her plan into action. Pierce is planning to start a community garden this spring called […]

Once again taking part in worst Christmas tradition

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist I was suspicious when the knock came at the door. I wasn’t expecting anybody. The suspicion continued, even after I recognized my longtime mail carrier. I wasn’t expecting a package today. Oh, it’s a wrapped package from an online merchant. Looks like the family has started shipping me stuff. I’d […]

Family of slain mother seeks park safety improvements

Staff report The family of Ariel Ulibarri would like to see safety improvements at the park where the young mother was stabbed to death on Nov. 9. A statement from the family released Tuesday also asks for privacy as they adjust to life without her. The statement from attorney Matt Chandler reads: “Ariel’s family would […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday. Here are highlights from the meeting: • The board unanimously approved travel requests for three Clovis High School groups. The school’s DECA club will trave to Albuquerque Feb. 12-14 for the state career development conference. The Air Force Junior ROTC program will compete in the U.S. […]

Portales police chief talks department image, ‘spice’

Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos has been on the job for about a year. Gallegos took over as interim chief in September 2013 after the resignation of Chief Doug Jones and was hired as the acting chief in December 2013. Gallegos has been working in law enforcement since 1998 and joined the Portales Police Department […]

Officials seeking feedback on parks plan

Staff report The city of Clovis is working on updating its parks master plan, which will shape the direction and development of city parks services over the next 10 years. Public comment is sought through a 6 p.m. Jan. 29 town hall meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, and through a survey. Copies of the […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners took the following action at their meeting Tuesday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex: • Approved new contracts with six area counties for housing inmates at the jail and children at the juvenile detention center. The counties are Eddy, De Baca, Roosevelt, Quay, Otero and Lincoln. • Approved a request for […]

Police raise money to take kids shopping

Staff report For many children in the community, having $100 to go holiday shopping is a luxury out of their reach. That’s where the Clovis Police Department stepped in to help. Officers stood in the cold on street corners selling doughnuts for donations, and teamed up with wait staff at a local restaurant for tips […]

Boutique numbers vary for November

Staff report Depending on the calculation, Boutique Airline passenger numbers held steady or slightly increased for November, according to a monthly report issued to the city of Clovis. The San Francisco-based airline completed 148 of 150 scheduled flights, with two flights canceled for weather reasons, City Manager Joe Thomas said. A Boutique Air representative said […]

Man settles with Roosevelt County over arrest

Abdoulaye Sarr of Portales recently settled a federal lawsuit against Roosevelt County and state police after being falsely accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Roosevelt County officials have quietly settled a federal lawsuit for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment filed by a Portales man who claims he was arrested for no reason. Abdoulaye Sarr, 58, was a student at Eastern New Mexico University when arrested in Portales three years ago and accused of […]