Defense: Suspect was protecting his sister

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Marisa Martinez, left, uses a laser to point to an aerial photo of the intersection of 14th and Reid streets in court on Tuesday as she tells District Attorney Brian Stover where cars were parked the night of Devin Saiz death.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said Ricardo “Rico” Sena was merely attempting to protect his younger sister when a fight broke out during a party at a house on the corner of 14th and Reid streets in Clovis. The prosecution countered during Tuesday’s opening arguments of Sena’s murder trial that […]

Superintendent search officially opens

Terry Myers

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education begrudgingly accepted the resignation of Superintendent Terry Myers during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. Myers, who has held the Clovis superintendent position for four years, confirmed in March he was resigning to take the superintendent position at Crockett Independent School District north […]

Growth committee discusses issue of disbanding

By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Local Growth Management Committee is questioning if there’s any further need for the group created to deal with growth and land use issues between area communities and Cannon Air Force Base. Now that a community partnership known as the P4 has been created to address similar issues, LGMC […]

Military feature: Airman recognized for superb support

U.S. Air Force photo illustration: Senior Airman Jessica Rogers
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Daisey Whittaker, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron command support staff, was a Diamond Sharp Award recipient for the month of April and was recognized for her hard work, commitment to core values and achievements.

Editor’s note: This feature is the third in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The highlighted airmen are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where select Air Commandos are recognized by wing leadership and respective first sergeants for their hard work, commitment to core values […]

Texico man dies in apparent farming accident

Staff report A 28-year-old Texico man died Monday in an apparent farming accident, according to a press release from Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said evidence indicates Montana Jones was pinned by a tractor against a trailer load of hay. He was found dead in an area near Curry Road 20 and Curry Road […]

Clovis man faces possible 36 years in prison

Staff report A Clovis man is facing a possible 36 years in prison after his third conviction Tuesday on felony drug trafficking charges, according to District Attorney Andrea Reeb. It took a District Court jury less than an hour to find Sergio James, 36, guilty of dealing drugs, Reeb said in a press release. Reeb […]

Candidate misses deadline to withdraw from June primary

By Rick White Managing editor rwhite@cnjonline.com Probate Judge candidate Joe Champouillon recently accepted a job in Muleshoe and plans to move there. The catch is he could still win the Republican seat in the June 3 primary because it is too late to remove his name from the ballot. Champouillon is one of four candidates […]

Meetings watch: Economic Development Review Ad Hoc Committee

The city of Clovis Economic Development Review Ad Hoc Committee met Tuesday afternoon at city hall. Members of the committee focused on an ordinance relating to the Economic Development Advisory Board. Changes to the six-page ordinance included: • Removal of the mayor from the 11 members to be appointed to the board. Instead, the Ad […]

What’s happening — April 23

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Read with a Dog — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping — 9 a.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: 800-658-6378 or joesbootshop.com Thursday Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Master’s […]

Police blotter — April 23

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 1:31 a.m.: Shots fired, 1900 block of East Howard Street. • 2:23 a.m.: Shots fired, 1900 block of Howard Street. • 6:05 a.m.: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, 1600 block of North Hull Street. • 7:20 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, 2700 […]