Three arrested on accusations of attempted robbery

Staff report A trio of Clovis men were arrested Wednesday night on accusations of an attempted robbery on West Street. Abel Abeyta and Freddie Sanchez Jr., both 18, and Manuel Estrada, 19, were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Sanchez and Estrada are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and larceny. Abeyta is […]

Faith: Lutheran church celebrates 75 years of history

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Longtime congregant Marcia Leavell arranges a tablecloth in the fellowship hall of Clovis’ Immanuel Lutheran Church in preparation for the church’s 75th anniversary celebration.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer When Rev. Carl Schmid of Albuquerque came to Clovis as a traveling missionary to lead a Lutheran service, five people attended and a mere $1 was collected. That was back in 1915, however, and it was the first step for what later became Clovis’ Immanuel Lutheran Church. That initial […]

Opinion: Critter removal can be a spectator sport

By Audra Brown Local columnist As we’ve discussed before, varmints are perpetual pests that need to be controlled in number. Critters are less immediate problems, tending to be herbivores rather than possessing meat-tearing teeth. But the critter can be a pest if its numbers grow too great. Critters both large and small have to eat, […]

Police blotter — Oct. 21

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 3:33 a.m.: Burglary (commercial), 1100 block of West Seventh Street. • 7:33 a.m.: Failure to appear (felony), 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 8:04 a.m.: Fraud (less then $100), 2600 block of West Seventh […]

Pages past — Oct. 21

On this date … 1976: Ranchvale school students were preparing to host a weekend carnival that included a haunted house in the basement of the gym. “The house is complete with screaming vampires, ghosts, bats and other spine-tingling supernatural beings,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. 1956: A Clovis television dealer had been the victim of robbery […]

Motion to dismiss incest charge denied

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor A district judge on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss incest charges against a Clovis woman. Judge Drew Tatum issued a decision letter in the case against Monica Mares, 36, accused of an incestuous relationship with her son, 19-year-old Caleb Peterson. In the three-paragraph ruling, Tatum said he found, […]

Friends say man dies from gunshot

Staff report A 22-year-old Clovis man who shot himself in the head outside a Portales business on Tuesday, died on Wednesday, friends said. The man was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock. Police said they did not know his condition, but his Facebook page was filled with condolences from family and friends who said […]

Commission to swear in new member

Staff report The Clovis City Commission is slated to begin its meeting tonight with seven commissioners. It plans to leave it with eight. The commission will, upon approving the agenda for the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, elect and swear in one of six applicants to fill the […]

Police blotter — Oct. 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 12:13 a.m.: Possession of stolen vehicle, Cameo and 14th streets. • 9:21 a.m.: Assist outside agency, 200 block of North Pile Street. • 10:22 a.m.: Possession of stolen property over $500, 2100 block of […]

Clovis to host conference of counties

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer For the second time in six years, Curry County will host the New Mexico Association of Counties Annual Conference. Curry County, which last welcomed the event in 2013, will serve as headquarters for the 2019 Annual Conference. Held each June in rotating host counties, the conference is a weeklong […]

Education feature: Tutoring became career foundation

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Marshall Middle School teacher Amber Tharrington goes over a math problem Monday in her classroom.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer When Amber Tharrington became a tutor and substitute teacher in her native San Diego, it was a way to pay the bills whiel she earned a social science degree. But for Tharrington, in her first year teaching sixth- and seventh-graders at Marshall Middle School, it quickly became the foundation […]

Pro bono committee earns award

Staff report A nonprofit has bestowed a national award for work to a local pro bono committee, according to a news release from the Ninth Judicial District Court. The Ninth Judicial District’s Pro Bono Committee, which provides services to Curry and Roosevelt county residents, was given the award Monday at the University of New Mexico […]

Opinion: Blue ribbon means first rate

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist You’ve read in recent issues of the Clovis News Journal about Mesa Elementary’s wonderful news of being named a National Blue Ribbon School. What you might not be aware of is just what it takes to earn this honor. When first established in 1982 by the U. S. Department of […]

Opinion: Plays taking shape on ENMU stage

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Whether he is directing a play or creating a film, Jon Barr, an assistant professor of digital filmmaking at ENMU, says, “I do my best to create something that I personally believe will be meaningful and good, but I honestly have no clue if I did it right until an […]

Ruling on incest motion expected Thursday

Monica Mares

Woman wants case dismissed, citing ‘consensual relationship’   By Kevin Wilson MANAGING EDITOR A motion to dismiss incest charges against a Clovis woman rests in the hands of District Judge Drew Tatum. Tatum intends to render a decision, “hopefully first thing (this) morning,” in the case of 36-year-old Monica Mares, who appeared in a […]

Pages past — Oct. 20

On this date … 1976: A flight instructor and student pilot had died in a plane crash south of Texico. It wasn’t immediately clear when the plane had crashed. Jackie Roberts, a farmer, found it while working on his irrigation system. The bodies of Ben Smithson, 31, of Clovis, and James Parker, 31, of Farwell, […]

Events calendar — Oct. 20

Today United Blood Services — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plains Regional Medical Center, Cannon Room, 2100 N. Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard. Information: 575-625-9743 Suicide Awareness and Prevention — 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Cheyenne Trails Apartments, 1504 Red Cloud Place, Clovis. Information: 575-356-8576 Taste of Home Show — 6:30 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the […]

Meetings calendar — Oct. 20

Today City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Sunday 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 Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: […]

Clovis woman pleads guilty in child abuse case

Staff report A Clovis woman facing seven charges of child abuse entered a guilty plea in district court Monday. District Attorney Andrea Reeb’s office said Patricia Gartner, 60, entered the plea, representing one charge for each of her seven adopted children. Officials said the charges stem from a 2015 investigation by the Clovis Police Department, […]

County, city agreement sparks discussion

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer A potential proposed arrangement between Curry County and the city of Clovis drew the ire of a commissioner during Tuesday’s county commission meeting. At issue, per Commission Vice-Chair Chet Spear, is a county / city Mutual Aid Agreement and a letter from Commission Chair Wendell Bostwick to Clovis Mayor […]