Ariel starts bee preliminaries

Courtesy photo: Oyin Kokoricha
Ariel Kokoricha sits in the Scripps National Spelling Bee testing room as she gets ready to take the Preliminaries Test.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The first day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Ariel Kokoricha felt “sundry” emotions — an official bee word she came across on Tuesday. The word, according to the bee’s Preliminaries Test, means “more than one or two: miscellaneous, several.” Ariel and 284 other spellers attempted to identify the […]

Fort Sumner man arraigned in stabbing, kidnapping

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A Fort Sumner man was arraigned in Curry County District Court Tuesday following his April 27 arrest on the allegation he kidnapped a Clovis woman after stabbing her and another man. Robert Sena, 26, was summoned before District Court Judge Matthew Chandler via video arraignment from custody in the […]

Ex-officer appears at pre-trial hearing

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com A recently terminated Clovis police officer facing a battery charge in connection with a March 20 traffic altercation made an appearance in magistrate court Tuesday. Stephen Borders, 52, of Clovis, appeared at the pre-trial hearing before Judge Duane Castleberry. The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed the charge, a […]

Police blotter — May 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 3:40 p.m.: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, 1200 block of West Sixth Street. • 7:49 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 500 block of West 18th Street. • 8:41 a.m.: Careless driving, Seventh and Sycamore streets. […]

Events calendar — May 25

Thursday Red Nose Day — 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets: $25 each or $20 each for four or more. The Underground Embassy, 321 E. First St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-2103 Adult Coloring Club — 10 a.m. -noon Clovis- Carver Public Library, Ingram Room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-9587 Adult Coloring Club — 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Clovis- […]

Meetings calendar — May 25

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday ENMWUA meeting — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 The meetings calendar […]

Pages past — May 25

On this date … 1966: A Texico woman was honored for helping save the life of a motorist whose vehicle was stalled on railroad tracks. Judy Smith, who worked for the railroad, was returning home at dusk when she spotted a car sitting at an angle across the tracks. She investigated and found Winfred Reeves […]

Business licenses — April

The following business licenses were obtained from the City of Clovis for the month of April: Adco Contractor Group, Inc. Type: General Contractor Owner: Alejandro Diaz Location: 13141 Soleen Rd., El Paso, Texas VIP Nutrition Club Type: Health and Wellness Product Owner: Erik Pina Location: 3017 Prince St. Ste 2., Clovis Deluxe Detailing Type: Auto […]

Candidate forum scheduled for Tuesday

Staff report Hopefuls for the June 7 Curry County primary elections are scheduled to take part in the KTQM candidate forum 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. The forum will be available on KTQM 99.9 FM, KWKA 680 AM or online at ktqmclovis.com. Station Manager Bob Coker said the forum normally takes place on the […]

Ariel goes to Washington

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By Brooke Finch Staff photo bfinch@cnjonline.com People are about three times more likely to be struck by lightning than to compete in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, according to Time magazine. This was the statistic Ariel Kokoricha, now a two-time national bee competitor, heard at the opening events held Monday before the […]

School board to continue lawsuit discussion

Staff report The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is slated to continue its discussion about potentially supporting a lawsuit filed against the state of New Mexico. During its regular meeting slated for 5:30 p.m. today at the CMS administration building, the board will consider financially contributing to Yazzie v. State. The case, taken on […]

Roller world owners retiring

Courtesy photo: Ron Johnson
Skaters at Roller World celebrate at a New Year’s Eve party in 1989. The 36-year-old business was recently sold to new owners.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The new owners of Roller World have some big shoes — or in this case, skates — to fill. After 36 years, former Roller World owners Ron and Teresa Johnson have left the skating rink business at 1721 Wallace St. With their kids grown and a 7-month-old granddaughter to […]

Group holding children’s fundraisers

By Kurt Munz-Raper Staff Writer kmunz-raper@pntonline.com Two local fundraisers are set to benefit area children and youth in need. United Way of Eastern New Mexico will be hosting Red Nose Day, and according to United Way Director Erinn Burch, the event is being held to battle childhood poverty. In both Curry and Roosevelt counties, the […]

Pages past — May 24

On this date … 1971: Funeral services were planned for an 18-year-old freshman attending  Eastern New Mexico University. Debra Ann Eubanks of Las Vegas, New Mexico, was killed after the car in which she was a passenger rolled over on U.S. 70 south of Clovis. Officials said Eubanks was thrown from the 1955-model car when […]

Police blotter — May 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 1:20 a.m.: Runaway, 100 block of Herb Street. • 5:52 a.m.: Larceny over $500, 600 block of South Prince Street. • 7:16 a.m.: Aggravated assault with firearm. • 8:15 a.m.: Possession of drug paraphernalia, […]

Events calendar — May 24

Thursday Red Nose Day — 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets: $25 each or $20 each for four or more. The Underground Embassy, 321 E. First St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-2103 Adult Coloring Club — 10 .m.-noon Clovis- Carver Public Library, Ingram Room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-9587 Adult Coloring Club — 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Clovis- Carver […]

Meetings calendar — May 24

Today Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 Clovis Municipal School Board Meeting — 5:30 p.m. Clovis Municipal School Building, 1009 Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4300 Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee meeting — noon, Genealogy Room of Clovis-Carver Library, 701 N. Main. Information: 575-763-9654 Wednesday Public Works Committee […]

Something to brag about

Ariel Kokoricha, left, and Christina Benitscheck

By Brooke Finch Staff report bfinch@cnjonline.com Christina Benitscheck never gets tired of confirming the correct spelling of her name. “I think that’s how I became such a good speller … having to spell out my name all those years,” she said, laughing. Benitscheck is one of the best spellers in eastern New Mexico history,  as […]

Clovis grads step into future

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Members of the Clovis High School class of 2016 await the start of commencement Friday night at the Curry County Events Center.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Focus upon the past, present, future and challenges took center stage before a near capacity crowd at Friday’s 2016 Clovis High School graduation ceremony at the Curry County Events Center. About 420 seniors made up the graduating class. Four student speakers offered thoughts in looking back, surveying today’s landscape, […]

Cannon air show making return

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The Thunderbirds performed at Cannon Air Force Base in 2014 and are scheduled to highlight the 2016 air show next weekend.

Staff report Look up in the sky next weekend and you’ll see: • aerial vehicles without people on board; • planes with some of the more gifted pilots in the world at the controls. Cannon Air Force Base’s 2016 air show, its first since 2014, opens its gates at 9 a.m. on Saturday and next […]