Railroad overpass on schedule, city says

By Jack King Work to build an overpass on State Road 467 over the railroad tracks, which may lessen residents’ concerns about the closing of the Wheaton Street crossing is on schedule, said City Manager Ray Mondragon. However, funding for the project is still $300,000 short, he added. The New Mexico Department of Highways and […]

Shareholders overwhelmingly approve Freedom deal

By Gary Gentile LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shareholders of Freedom Communications Inc. overwhelmingly approved a partnership with two investment companies that preserves one of the last family-owned media companies. The deal, announced late Wednesday, allows some family members to cash out their shares. That prospect caused other family members to fear they would lose editorial […]

Clovis visionary nominated for AARP award

By Jack King Andrew “Andy” Chitwood of Clovis was honored earlier this year by being one of several people nominated for the Ethel Percy Andrus Award by members of New Mexico’s chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons Inc., said Harold Burris, president of AARP’s Clovis chapter. The Andrus Award, named after AARP’s founder, […]

Pine cones return to trees

By Jack King Katherine Vandevender said the idea came to her in the night: Why not let her fourth graders decorate pine cones to look like Christmas trees? Ideas like this often come to Vandevender, who describes herself as a crafter and a recycler. But, although she devotes a lot of time to thinking of […]

Pit bull loses bid for release

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Pit bull accused of attacking Sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles. File photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina “Buddy,” the pit bull who didn’t like sheriff’s deputies, lost his case and faces death by either carbon monoxide or lethal injection. “Sheriff (Roger) Hatcher won; they are going to destroy Buddy and I have to pay $351 in fines,” said […]

Funny money lands four in jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Four people were in police custody Wednesday night after authorities began investigating the sudden appearance of bogus money. Clovis police discovered the apparent counterfeiting ring Friday when an Allsup’s clerk noticed that six bills presented to him by a woman trying to buy $350 in money orders did not appear to […]

County and residents at odds over railroad

By Jack King District Court Judge William McBee dismissed two complaints against Curry County Wednesday that had been filed by residents of the Wheaton Street neighborhood south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks. They had claimed the Curry County commissioners harmed them when they voted to close the Wheaton Street crossing. McBee dismissed […]

Project pipeline cost increased

By Jack King The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at $296 million, instead of the […]

Ill father changes family’s Christmas plans

Eric Butler Life may seem to be going on fine, when an emergency can change everything. That’s the case with Frances (not her real name) and her four children. A lifelong resident of the area, , Frances is trying to get her family’s life back together after tending to her ailing father. “My father became […]

Student Profiles 12/18

Janeth Monge Janeth Rebeca Monge, the daughter of Louis and Leticia Monge, is in the second grade at La Casita Elementary School. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Going on vacation. Tell us about your pet(s): I have a dog named “Negrito” that eats a lot and likes to play with little toys. Tell […]

Clovis man enters homicide plea agreement

By Darrell Todd Maurina One of two men accused in a Feb. 28 double homicide pleaded guilty Monday in Curry County District Court. Joey G. Martinez, 27, of Clovis will serve 29 1/2 years in state prison — with no possibility of parole for 25 years — after pleading guilty to two counts of accessory […]

Sheriff proposes ways to escape prison costs

By Jack King Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has asked the New Mexico Sentencing Commission to consider proposals that would lessen the cost to counties of housing state prisoners. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission, formerly the state Criminal and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee, advises the state executive, legislative and judicial branches on matters of criminal […]

Calendar for 12/17

BOARD TO MEET The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet in Clovis at 2 p.m. today in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Board members will discuss steps necessary for the creation of the Ute Water Project, to bring water from Ute Lake to communities in Curry, […]

Police Blotter for 12/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8:15 a.m. Dec. 8, police took a report that a pickup had been stolen late the previous evening. The driver said the pickup, which belonged to his stepfather, was taken while he was getting a cup of coffee at a convenience […]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas celebration

By Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident […]

Road improvements OK’d with conditions

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to improve Curry Road 4 to prepare for the building of the Southwest Cheese plant, but added several conditions to their approval. They voted to approve the road improvement, conditioned on the cheese plant deal being successfully completed, on […]

Clovis weathers the storm

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Monday’s high winds blew down more than 20 power poles and knocked out power to about 500 customers of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, including the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Although the treatment plant lost its power source from 10 a.m. until shortly before 5 p.m., Lance Adkins, general manager of the electric […]

Cancer aid activist honored

By Jack King Margaret “Bobbie” West has received the American Cancer Society’s national St. George Award for her 52-year-long involvement in the work of the cancer society in De Baca County. West, a resident of the Laurel Ridge nursing home in Clovis, is a longtime resident of Fort Sumner. The award was presented to her […]

Mother sees hope in fund’s gift

Eric Butler Tangible, material goods are what most people hope to give during the Christmas season. June and Roger (not their real names) won’t be able to do much of that this year for their four children. And community assistance, which June is hoping to receive from The Salvation Army through its Empty Stocking Fund, […]

Police Blotter 12/16

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded about 1 p.m. Dec. 6 to a mother reporting she found photographs of her 11-year-old daughter on her husband’s computer. The photographs depicted the girl partially clothed and included scenes of a person having sexual contact with her daughter. The […]