School board votes to take more active role in elections

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The Feb. 3 school board election cost $13,100 for a little more than 300 votes, according to Clovis Municipal School Superintendent Jody Balch. The cost of the election along with multiple errors made by the county clerk’s office in conducting the election caused the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of […]

Historian plans to seek Billy the Kid’s death certificate

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Legend has it that Billy the Kid died on the floor of Pete Maxwell’s house in Fort Sumner after being shot by Pat Garrett on the night of July 14, 1881. But the state of New Mexico has yet to issue a death certificate for him after more than […]

Oscar night another night away from television

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist You see the object right in front of you? Throw it. Go ahead, I won’t chastise you. I won’t be held responsible for what happens, but I won’t chastise you. That object you threw … there’s a good chance you hit somebody who thinks the Oscars are the Super Bowl […]

Girl Scouts trying new method for cookie sales

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kyleigh Lobstein, 9, a Brownie Scout with Troop 4078 sells Girl Scout cookies to Margie Cartwright on Tuesday at a store on Main Street.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Clovis, prepare your wallets and waistlines — this year, the Girl Scouts of New Mexico are back, armed with boxes full of Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-Tastics. Oh, and you don’t have to wait for weeks this year, either. They have a new trick up their sleeves called “instant […]

Candidate Q&As: CCC board, position 1

Editor’s note: The Clovis News-Journal is interviewing candidates in contested races for the March 3 Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election. Four are running for Position 1 — Laura Leal, Jacque Ochs, Ken Merritt and Connie Belcher. Leal did not respond to numerous requests to participate. Jacque Ochs Age: 66 Occupation: Retired from Clovis […]

Local wins top scratch-off prize

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Bernadette “Bernie” Madrid was just stopping in at a service station in Clovis , making her usual purchase of a lottery ticket since she had spare change in her purse — a scratch-off Silver Mine 9X for $5 — and bought nothing else. When she scratched it off shortly […]

University offers open house

Staff report Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide is offering an open house 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 7 at 110 W. 21st St. Campus staff will be present to talk about degree offerings in both bachelor’s and master’s programs. No RSVP is required, and refreshments will be served. Information: 575-218-3690 or

Facebook deactivation leads to other outlets

By Brittney Cannon Local columnist Hi, my name is Brittney Cannon. I’m 25, and I do not have an active Facebook account. Yes, you read that correctly. A 25-year-old is alive and well in 2015, and she does not have an active Facebook account. I say “active,” because, technically, I have an account. I’ve actually […]

Pages past — Feb. 25

On this date … 1975: U.S. District Judge Edwin L. Mechem declared a mistrial in a case involving Clovis attorney Dan Buzzard. Multiple Clovis liquor dealers, including Buzzard, were accused of price fixing. The mistrial occurred after a witness implicated Buzzard as the attorney of a liquor dealer alleged to have “set up” a competitor […]

Police blotter — Feb. 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 7:31 a.m.: Criminal damage, 100 block Carmel. • 7:38 a.m.: Burglary report, 3500 block Adenmor Ct. • 8:41 a.m.: Burglary report, 200 block Se Abajo Road. • 8:59 a.m.: Burglary report, 2000 block East […]

What’s happening — Feb. 25

Today Public works — 8:30 a.m. at Clovis City Hall. Thursday High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m. at the Master’s Center, 810 East 21st St. Information: 575-749-2955 Friends of the Library meeting — Noon at Clovis-Carver Public Library. Friday Clovis-Portales Kennel Club: A K-9 agility event is scheduled for Curry County Events Center, 8 […]

Parks committee approves golf company contract

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee unanimously approved a one-year extended contract and 100,000 additional dollars to Real Golf, LLC Monday. The contract extension will go before the City Commission for approval March 5. The company, headed by golf pro Charlie Maciel, took over managing the 18-hole course three […]

Man dies in Saturday fire

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A body was found in this abandoned building at 1016 E. Fifth St. after it caught fire Saturday morning.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer A 51-year-old man is dead after apparently starting a fire to stay warm in what appears to be an abandoned house in Clovis. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the body of Michael Norris was found by firefighters after extinguishing a fire reported about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at 1016 E. […]

Thai City back in business

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Thai City manager and sushi chef Ronnie Rattanavong of Clovis puts the final touches Monday afternoon on a tiger roll.

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Clovis’ Thai City is back in business after an accidental fire in October forced it to close for repairs. “It was chaotic,” Thai City manager and sushi artist Ronnie Rattanavong said of the restaurant’s first night back on Thursday. Rattanavong has been on a roll since the first night […]

Mild snowfall coats area

By Brittney Cannon Staff writer Jack Frost visited the eastern plains of New Mexico on Sunday, and the snow didn’t stop falling until Monday evening. Accumulations around Clovis ranged from 3/10 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches, said officials at the New Mexico National Weather Service in Albuquerque. The area stayed under winter […]

Group warns cuts would destroy base grocery shopping benefit

By Tom Philpott Military update The Defense Department’s fiscal 2016 budget request would slash taxpayer support of base grocery stores by $322 million in 2016 and by $1 billion next year, enough to “destroy” the shopping benefit, warns the American Logistics Association. ALA, which represents manufacturers, distributors and brokers of products sold in commissaries and […]

Area residents: Slower is safer on dirt roads

By Jackie Johnson PNT correspondent State and county officials say the purpose of what has been coined the “dirt road bill” is safer speeds that are more appropriate for the structure of county roads. Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview, is sponsoring Senate Bill 125, which, if approved, will reduce the default speed limit on unmarked county […]

Pages past — Feb. 24

On this date … 1965: Law officers from Roswell to Hereford gathered in Clovis for a “Who’s Who in the Underworld” meeting. Officials met to compare notes on crimes and criminals operating around the region. “Photographs of prime offenders were circulated around the luncheon table while various officers took the floor to explain the latest […]

Every drop counts in water conservation

By Sandy Fields Local columnist “Water is precious. Please help us conserve it.” So read the sign above the shower faucet in our St. Thomas hotel room. It was our first night on the island in the 1980s when we moved there to teach school. We have laughed and laughed about that sign. There was […]

Police blotter — Feb. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 2:23 a.m.: Threats in progress, 1100 block Rencher Street. • 8:37 a.m.: Public affray report, 5100 block North Thornton Street. • 10:48 a.m.: Theft report, 700 block State Road 523. • 11:23 a.m.: Theft […]