Police seeking Christmas program nominations

STAFF REPORT The Clovis Police Department is inviting residents to participate in its annual Cops and Kids Christmas program. Selected children will receive a gift card to shop with a member of local law enforcement. Children are chosen through nomination, with forms available at the CPD building at 320 Connelly St. Applications are accepted until […]

Candidate Q&A — Angelina Baca

Angelina Baca

Angelina Baca is the Democratic candidate for the Ninth Judicial District Court judge in Curry and Roosevelt counties. She has been the sole proprietor of the Baca Law Firm in Clovis since 2007, practicing criminal defense, family law, personal injury and social security law. Prior to opening her private practice, she served as the managing […]

Candidate Q&A — Matthew Chandler

Matthew Chandler

Matthew Chandler is the Republican candidate for the Ninth Judicial District Court judge in Curry and Roosevelt counties. He currently fills the position, having replaced Judge Stephen Quinn in August 2015. Chandler was an attorney for 14 years, operating a private law firm for 15 months and serving as the Ninth Judicial District Attorney from […]

Museum set for move

Courtesy photo: Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark
Blackwater Draw Museum Director George Crawford aims his spear at the target during last year’s fall atlatl competition and open house at the Blackwater Draw archaeological site.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Even the most preserved, prehistoric artifacts need a little sprucing up. The Blackwater Draw Museum, once located between Clovis and Portales on U.S. 70, officially closed its doors early in September after more then 46 years. Its artifacts, dating back an estimated 13,000 years, will soon find a new […]

Pair promotes preserving Clovis history

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com Fort Sumner has Billy the Kid. Roswell has the UFO. Now a couple of Clovis women are on a mission to introduce Clovis Man to tourists. Lois Lesly Barnes and Bonnie Cook have written letters and are making other efforts to teach the world  about Clovis’ past, starting with […]

Events calendar — Oct. 23

Today Java Loft Fundraiser — 6 p.m. Java Loft, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Tuesday Ribbon Cutting — 11 a.m. K-Bob’s Steakhouse, 1600 Mabry Dr., Clovis. Thursday Ribbon Cutting — 4:30 p.m. Community Therapies, 100 E. Manana Blvd. Unit 1., Clovis. Breast Cancer Awareness and Healthy Lungs — 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Community Services Center, 1100 […]

Meetings calendar — Oct. 23

Today Alumni-Foundation meetings — 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ENMU, Campus Union Building, ballroom, 201 S. Knoxville St., Portales. Information: 575-562-2091 Monday Commission on Older Adults — 4 p.m. Baxter-Curren Senior Center, 908 Hickory St., Clovis. Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Texico city meeting […]

Police blotter — Oct. 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Thursday: • 2:35 a.m.: Contempt of court, Ross and 11th streets. • 7:30 a.m.: Tampering with motor vehicle, 1100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 7:31 a.m.: Fraud (less than $500), 1400 block of […]

Pair of suicide recognition trainings offered

STAFF REPORT A pair of free trainings on ways to recognize suicidal behaviors in friends, family and others are set for next month. Interested people may attend either noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 3 or 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Matt 25 Hope Center. The training, offered by Clovis-based Junctions, will cover how […]

Gattis offering Rachel’s Challenge presentation

STAFF REPORT Clovis Municipal Schools is teaming up with Rachel’s Challenge for a program Thursday evening at Gattis Middle School. A staff member from the organization, named after Columbine High shooting victim Rachel Scott, is set to speak at 6 p.m. The mission of Rachel’s Challenge, according to a school release, is to awaken individual […]

County commission chairman honored by NMAC

STAFF REPORT Curry County Commission Chairman Wendell Bostwick has received the New Mexico Association of Counties Glass Flame Award. The award was presented Oct. 13. NMAC officials said the honor is in recognition of Bostwick’s contributions to improve the quality of life for New Mexico residents. “Commissioner Bostwick did an exemplary job as NMAC president, […]

Pages Past — Oct. 23

On this date … 1951: Southwestern Public Service Co. officials warned Clovis residents that water was “not readily available … nor is it inexpensive.” District Manager C.O. Greene said the company’s No. 7 well, in the Liebelt Tract near the high school athletic field, caved in. The well was once among the company’s most productive, […]

Voters going off beaten path

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com With two unpopular candidates running in the 2016 presidential election, voters across the nation are pledging their support to third-party candidates. Eastern New Mexico is no exception. Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party) and Donald Trump (Republican Party) may be the chosen candidates of the United States’ largest political parties, but […]

Food bank just in time

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico volunteers have a couple reasons to enjoy the fruits of their labor: raising tens of thousands of dollars and an unexpected delivery of 13,000 pounds of produce. After almost one year of fundraising, the food bank collected enough money just in time […]

Candidate Q&A: Secretary of State


Editor’s note: Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, and Maggie Toulouse Oliver, D-Albuquerque, are candidates for New Mexico secretary of state. Questions were asked and received via email. Responses have been edited for style. Allegations against the opponent have been deleted since the format does not allow for response. Nora Espinoza Age: 62 Current occupation: Retired teacher. Small […]

Clovis man accused of thefts

STAFF REPORT A Clovis man was arrested earlier this week on 80 criminal counts after a string of alleged thefts, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Daryn Wade Merrill, 25, is in the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $65,000 cash-only bond. It wasn’t known if he had an attorney. […]

Pages past — Oct. 22

On this date … 1966: Boycotting housewives, unhappy with the rising cost of groceries, spurred local Cashway stores to “initiate a reduction in services in order to hold the line on prices,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Cashway executives said they would reduce the number of hours the stores were opened, discontinue a giveaway game and […]

Johnson: Children heavily impacted by pet losses

The connection between children and animals can be nothing short of magical — be it their lack of programmed perspectives, their pure, uninhibited approach to life or their inability to see differences, focusing instead on what they have in common — kids and critters can relate on a visceral level that bridges the human-animal divide. […]

Three appointed to Planning and Zoning

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com The Clovis City Commission approved three appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission during its regular meeting Thursday, but not before a commissioner encouraged a candidate to withdraw based on lack of impartiality and prejudice. The assertions, leveled by Commissioner Tom Martin against Carolyn Spence, were denied. Spence, who […]

Helen Casaus chosen for District 3 vacancy

Staff writer During Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting, Helen Casaus was chosen to fill the District 3 vacancy created by the recent retirement of Commissioner Robert Sandoval. Ronnie Anaya, David W. Bryant, Kevin Cass, Jose Griego, Sharesse Sawyer Warfel and Casaus submitted applications to gain consideration for the spot, with each making presentations to commission […]