Once again taking part in worst Christmas tradition

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist I was suspicious when the knock came at the door. I wasn’t expecting anybody. The suspicion continued, even after I recognized my longtime mail carrier. I wasn’t expecting a package today. Oh, it’s a wrapped package from an online merchant. Looks like the family has started shipping me stuff. I’d […]

Family of slain mother seeks park safety improvements

Staff report The family of Ariel Ulibarri would like to see safety improvements at the park where the young mother was stabbed to death on Nov. 9. A statement from the family released Tuesday also asks for privacy as they adjust to life without her. The statement from attorney Matt Chandler reads: “Ariel’s family would […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday. Here are highlights from the meeting: • The board unanimously approved travel requests for three Clovis High School groups. The school’s DECA club will trave to Albuquerque Feb. 12-14 for the state career development conference. The Air Force Junior ROTC program will compete in the U.S. […]

Portales police chief talks department image, ‘spice’

Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos has been on the job for about a year. Gallegos took over as interim chief in September 2013 after the resignation of Chief Doug Jones and was hired as the acting chief in December 2013. Gallegos has been working in law enforcement since 1998 and joined the Portales Police Department […]

Officials seeking feedback on parks plan

Staff report The city of Clovis is working on updating its parks master plan, which will shape the direction and development of city parks services over the next 10 years. Public comment is sought through a 6 p.m. Jan. 29 town hall meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, and through a survey. Copies of the […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners took the following action at their meeting Tuesday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex: • Approved new contracts with six area counties for housing inmates at the jail and children at the juvenile detention center. The counties are Eddy, De Baca, Roosevelt, Quay, Otero and Lincoln. • Approved a request for […]

Police raise money to take kids shopping

Staff report For many children in the community, having $100 to go holiday shopping is a luxury out of their reach. That’s where the Clovis Police Department stepped in to help. Officers stood in the cold on street corners selling doughnuts for donations, and teamed up with wait staff at a local restaurant for tips […]

Boutique numbers vary for November

Staff report Depending on the calculation, Boutique Airline passenger numbers held steady or slightly increased for November, according to a monthly report issued to the city of Clovis. The San Francisco-based airline completed 148 of 150 scheduled flights, with two flights canceled for weather reasons, City Manager Joe Thomas said. A Boutique Air representative said […]

Man settles with Roosevelt County over arrest

Abdoulaye Sarr of Portales recently settled a federal lawsuit against Roosevelt County and state police after being falsely accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Roosevelt County officials have quietly settled a federal lawsuit for malicious prosecution and false imprisonment filed by a Portales man who claims he was arrested for no reason. Abdoulaye Sarr, 58, was a student at Eastern New Mexico University when arrested in Portales three years ago and accused of […]

Empty stocking fund: Family Q

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family Q • Household members: 5 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This single mother is raising her two boys, ages 13 and 14, and two girls, ages 2 and 16, while working two jobs. She works one during […]

Pages past — Dec. 17

On this date … 1973: The Clovis Board of Realtors named Clovis National Bank President Joe Sisler its Man of the Year for 1973. Roy Gentry was selected Realtor of the Year. U.S. Sen. Joseph Montoya was the group’s guest speaker. 1964: A Clovis woman walked into the city police department about 4 a.m. and […]

Letter to the editor — Dec. 17

Roosevelt should take pride in county workers I had a unique opportunity last week.  I was asked to attend and observe the state-wide recount of New Mexico Land Commissioner votes in Roosevelt County. That’s when I first met a small band of dedicated servants I think you should know about. The ladies of the clerk’s […]

Police blotter — Dec. 17

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 2:01 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 3700 block of North Prince Street. • 8:58 a.m.: Attempt to locate, 700 block of Main Street. • 9:18 a.m.: Warrant service, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 10:19 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — Dec. 17

Today Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. Thursday Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., Portales City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Ribbon […]

Zoo holiday light tour tonight, Wednesday

Staff report The annual Christmas Lights at the zoo celebration includes a tour of holiday lights around Clovis tonight and Wednesday for anyone wanting to participate. Clovis Area Transit buses will offer tours, leaving the zoo’s Sycamore Street entrance at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both nights. There is no charge. […]

Planned commissary cut may be partially restored

By Tom Philpott Military update House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to […]

Clovis man sentenced to 19 years in sex case

Daniel Bayless

Staff report Daniel Bayless, 51, of Clovis, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Monday for conviction of sexually penetrating a 10-year-old girl, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Bayless was sentenced by District Judge Fred Van Soelen to a mandatory 18 years plus another year for being an habitual offender […]

Candlelight vigil to honor slaying victim

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
A memorial cross stands at Goodwin Lake Trails for Ariel Ulibarri, the young mother who was found stabbed to death in the park on Nov. 9.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Kim Trujillo said she did not know Ariel Ulibarri, but she has come to know her through the memories of her friends and family. “She was a beautiful human being. She was amazing. She always had a smile on her face,” Trujillo said. To honor Ulibarri, who was stabbed […]

Dairy hearings staying in Roswell

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision that will keep upcoming dairy rule hearings in Roswell, the New Mexico Environment Department announced. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club had sought to move the hearings before the New Mexico Water Qualify Control Commission, saying that […]

Mobile homes belonging to Tucumcari slaying victims burn

Staff photo: Steve Hansen
The site of the November 2012 slayings of Sue Day and her daughter Sherry Folts burned to the ground early Monday.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The site of the November 2012 slayings of Sue Day and her daughter Sherry Folts burned to the ground early Monday. The abandoned mobile homes where the victims and their slayer Tony Day lived were leveled by a fire that started in a corner of one of the mobile […]