CMI’s new publisher familiar face


Staff report Clovis Media Inc. has an old face as its new publisher. Robert Arrowsmith, 48, has returned to New Mexico to take over publisher duties for the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Arrowsmith, publisher at the Sidney (Montana) Herald since May 2013, previously was circulation director for Clovis Media Inc. […]

What’s happening — July 20

Monday Parks and Recreation Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., City Hall, Assembly room. Information: 575-769-7828. Tuesday Riders on the Orphan Train — 7 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, Ingram Room. Information: 575-769-7840. Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Thursday Adhoc Committee meeting — 10 a.m.,  City Hall, Assembly Room. Information: 575-769-7828. Special City […]

Grand jury indicts Clovis slaying suspect

Staff report A Curry County grand jury indicted 40-year-old Eric Valdez of Clovis on Friday on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Valdez is accused of shooting Jose Barrera, 33, of Tucumcari in the head earlier this month in a vacant apartment on […]

Volunteers driving force behind junior rodeo

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Marty Mathis of Amistad jumps over a rail while working the calf roping chute. Mathis, a rancher, said he has been volunteering for the High Plains Junior Rodeo for two years.

By Lillian Bowe The face of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals is the contestants steer riding, team roping and barrel racing, but the rodeo would not run smoothly without the volunteers. One such volunteer has helped out at the rodeo for two years and it is a family affair. Marty Mathis, a […]

These days resale value seems to trump art

Grant McGee

By Grant McGee Local columnist “WHAT WAS THAT THAT JUST DROVE BY? A CAR WITH CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS GLUED ALL OVER IT.” It was a post by one of my “friends” on The Facebook. I was excited. They had apparently just spotted their first “Art Vehicle.” “Are you near Bisbee, Arizona?” I posted to their […]

Healthy enough for humans but still for pets

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Pictures of delicate and juicy chunks of meat surrounded by peas and carrots call out from the labels of the cans. The messages they give: Nutritious and tasty, a well-balanced meal of vegetables and meats all brought together in one serving. And the price tag is the best part — […]

Ten years of helping cancer patients on the High Plains


By Joshua Lucero Family and support are the words cancer survivor Barbara O’briant uses when she talks about the Plains Regional Cancer Center. “All in all, Clovis Cancer Center became a home away from home with the best family anyone can ask for,” O’briant said as she addressed the crowd at the center’s 10-year […]

Three killed in medical helicopter crash near Tucumcari


By Thomas Garcia STAFF WRITER Three people died Thursday morning when a Tristate Care Flight helicopter crashed into the side of a mesa and erupted in flames en route from Santa Fe to Tucumcari to pick up a patient. At 2:50 a.m., New Mexico State Police Dispatch in Tucumcari received a call from Tristate […]

Wife’s reaction to leaving Clovis shocking

Kitsana Dounglomchan

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist Something unexpected happened last week. I got an assignment to New Delhi, India. It wasn’t entirely a surprise; I did apply for the position by clicking a button on the assignment management website, but I’ve clicked plenty of buttons on there before without anything happening. This wasn’t the biggest surprise […]

Commission takes no action on city manager, water purchase

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Clovis’ City Commission met in executive session Thursday to discuss its city manager and whether to move forward with a proposed purchase of water rights. Commissioners took no action on either issue, but scheduled a special meeting for next Thursday. City Manager Joe Thomas, who does not have a […]