Police questioning armed robbery suspects

By Darrell Todd Maurina A string of armed robberies in Clovis may be over, police said on Monday. Robbers hit two more Clovis businesses at gunpoint over the weekend, but Police Chief Bill Carey said his department is questioning two suspects; he thinks the string of robberies — seven since June 14 — is over. […]

Hot times: Summer in the city

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Hunter Hughes, 5, from Texico, left, jumps into the Grady pool with friend Garrett Page, 5, of Albuquerque, as the two enjoy cooling off from the warm weather Saturday in Grady. Photo by Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham For ideas about how to beat the heat on a sweltering summer day, just follow the sounds […]

Emergency delivery

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Jessica Taylor delivered son Aidan at her home in June, with the help of husband, Aaron, who was being coached by Clovis 911 dispatcher Carolyn Aragon. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina When Airman 1st Class Aaron Taylor went into the Air Force on June 19, 2002, he knew he might have […]

Future assured through heritage

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Evelyn Rising, second vice president for the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, speaks on Saturday about adults being role models for children during the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Conference. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina While she was a child growing up in New Mexico, Evelyn Rising’s family didn’t […]

Center construction still pending

By Jack King County commissioners said this week it will be at least early August before they consider an architect’s contract or a builder’s contract for the proposed special events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds. County commissioners approved a design for the events center at their July 2 meeting, but held off discussing a […]

Officials to discuss water supply

By Mike Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future […]

Friends say volunteer leaves a legacy of service

By Gary Mitchell Karen Shayotovich left a lasting impression on everyone she met, according to family and friends. Karen Sue Shayotovich, 59, died June 21 at her home in Clovis after a valiant struggle against cancer. A two-time cancer survivor, the last battle took its toll. “She had a long, hard fight, but none of […]

Police blotter 7/13

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Police responded at 10 a.m. Saturday to the 800 block of Connelly and found two pit bulls barking and growling at two residents of a home who were pinned up against their porch. When the officer arrived, the dogs began charging […]

Local Air Force officer picked for court-martial panel

A Cannon Air Force Base lieutenant colonel has been named to a court martial jury panel that will determine the future of an Illinois National Guard pilot who mistakenly dropped a bomb that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan on April 17, 2002. According to the Air Force news service, on June 30 Maj. Harry […]

Court dispositions 7/13

The following dispositions have been filed in Curry County courts: District Court – Michael G. Morrison, 44, pleaded guilty June 6 to possession of methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony. Determined to be a habitual offender and sentenced to five years and six months in state prison, with credit for 198 days served and final 18 months […]

Healthy expansion

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Dave Sikes of Myers Electric works on the new storage facility being built as part of Plains Regional Medical Center expansion project. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell The Plains Regional Medical Center expansion is gaining momentum — much to the delight of the hospital staff. In fact, the Healthplex building — which will […]

Youth’s summer business venture turns charitable

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Taylor McIntire donated part of his proceeds from creating and selling a cookbook to a children’s home in Portales. Photo by Rick White. By Lukas Cash Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer. The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something […]

Brack makes cut in nomination

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

Association to celebrate heritage

By Jack King Clovis will host the convention of the New Mexico Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the state chapter of the oldest African American secular organization in the nation, today through Sunday at the La Quinta Suites. Evelyn Rising, second vice president of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and a past president […]

Fair books ready, waiting for fair participants

For those 4-H and FFA members interested in exhibiting their projects in this year’s Curry County Fair, the 2003 Curry County Fair books are hot off the press. The books can be picked up at the Curry County Extension Office, 818 Main St. It’s not just for youngsters, though, said Glenda Belcher, extension home economist. […]

Dairy industry, Irish firm about to say ‘cheese’

By Mike Linn A cheese plant in the area took a step closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday when dairy officials announced that advanced negotiations have started to build a $170 million cheese plant in the eastern New Mexico/West Texas region. The plant will be complete by the latter part of 2005, will staff […]

City civic center plan continues

By Jack King The Clovis civic center steering committee will report its progress in developing plans for a civic center July 17 to the City Commission. Mayor David Lansford, a committee member, said the group will ask the commission to approve building the civic center on a 27-acre site on the corner of Schepps Boulevard […]

Competition heats up for ownership of Freedom

By Bernard J. Wolfson and Mary Ann Milbourn IRVINE, Calif. — A family buyout offer for Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, faces competition from several non-media investor groups among the 26 bids received late last month, according to a memo to shareholders this week. The memo, from a committee of board […]

Shower organizers hope to help cover costs of triplets

Friends of Kyle and Liza Snider are organizing a special baby shower to provide diapers for the couple, who on May 30 became the parents of triplets. “Some of us friends just thought this would be a nice thing to do,” said Ellen Gant, one of the organizers. “We’ve gone to the mall stores and […]

Route 66 celebration starts

By Dave Gragg TUCUMCARI — The countdown ends today for the second annual International Roadie Gathering in Tucumcari. While the event features celebrities such as Martin Milner and Michael Wallace, the real guests of honor are the more than 1,500 people the gathering is expected to draw. This Roadie gathering is sponsored by the International […]