Additional sex charges filed on foster parent

By Steve Hansen STAFF WRITER shansen@qcsunonline.com A former Tucumcari foster parent already facing five felony charges related to sexual contact with a minor has been charged with nine more felony counts of sexual penetration and contact of a minor, state police and Quay County Magistrate Court records show. Manuel Preciado, 64, of Tucumcari, is now […]

Pages past — Jan. 15

On this date … 1961: New Mexico Rep. Fred Foster, D-Silver City, was planning another run at a “spanking” law. Foster’s bill to permit school teachers to spank students passed the Legislature in 1959, but drew a veto from Gov. John Burroughs. This time, Foster hoped to succeed by allowing local school boards to place […]

Honor roll — Arts Academy at Bella Vista

Arts Academy at Bella Vista Second nine weeks Third grade A honor roll Hailey Alvarado Soraya Alvarez Rosa Gonzalez Ke’Asia Kelley Christa Martinez Bradyn Milliron Laila Mirabal Breana Mowery Christian Padgett Karma Segura Gabriel Valdez-Valero Stephanie Vega Colter Williams A/ B honor roll Jasmine Brophy Leonardo Felix Justin Gonzales Juan Lopez ZacharyHerrington Zoi Mendoza Adriana […]

Honor roll — Barry Elementary

Barry Elementary Second nine weeks Third grade A honor roll Alexandria Mitchell Gianna Ramirez Adriana Silva Piper Whitaker Faith Wilhite Mikenzy Davis A/B honor roll Adin Davila Serenna DelaRosa Jose Rodriguez Jace Boney Erika Cooke December Garza Michael Gonzales Keisean Monroe Fourth grade A honor roll Matthew Cruz Rudy Guzman April Licano Zimzi Lovett Joaquin […]

Weather delays for Wednesday:

Here are weather-related delays or cancellations reported to CNJ for Wednesday: • Melrose schools are on a one-hour delay because of black ice and freezing fog.

Snow days best memories from school

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist What’s your favorite memory from school? With the recent weather in eastern New Mexico I’m reminded of my favorite memory: the snow day. I’d sit around the house all day, playing video games and watching reruns of “Saved by the Bell.” And if I felt like braving the elements, I’d […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Annie Lair, center, celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday at Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center with her daughter, Laveena Knight, left, and granddaughter Deanna Hogg.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Annie Lair doesn’t have a favorite television show. She never really got into watching TV all that much. Lair prefers to read her Bible and look at birds every now and then at the window of the Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Her favorite bird? “The one that stays […]

Proposed ordinance would establish economic incentive board

Staff report Two proposals that aim to vet future economic development ventures may be on the Clovis City Commission’s agenda by February. The proposed ordinances, which detail an economic development plan and establish an economic incentive board, make sure “the city doesn’t lose money again on a project,” said Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, chairwoman of the Economic […]

Commissioners to discuss city manager candidates

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Clovis city commissioners are about to get their first look at the list of candidates who want to become the next city manager. The commission has scheduled a 5:30 p.m. executive session Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to discuss the applicants. It is the same day as the […]

Realtors, officials discuss year in real estate

Staff report About two dozen people with various ties to the local real estate industry took a lunch break Tuesday to talk about the previous year in local real estate and the state legislative session ahead. The Clovis/Portales Association of Realtors hosted the informational luncheon, which included city and county officials, along with Sens. Stuart […]

Coach Isler left behind a lot of memories

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist In a business where you don’t expect to have many friends, I considered J.D. Isler a friend. Known to others as Jerry Dean Isler, and far more as Coach Isler, he’ll forever be 52, a casualty of a car accident north of Clovis. Plenty of memories came to me about […]

Judge ordered to wait for hearing

By Steve Hansen Managing editor shansen@qcsunonline.com The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered 10th Judicial District Court Judge Albert Mitchell not preside over court proceedings until a hearing can be held on a petition to nullify his reappointment to the bench by Gov. Susana Martinez. A hearing on the petition seeking Mitchell’s ouster is […]

Pages past — Jan. 14

On this date … 1974: Roy Tindle was named “Citizen of the Year” at the annual Melrose Chamber of Commerce banquet. Raymond Shumate received the “Workhorse Award,” while Noreen Smith and Wirt Washburn were named “Friendliest Clerks.” Freshman U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici was the guest speaker. 1965: Clovis city commissioners expressed concerns about voter apathy […]

Boutique Air numbers up in December

Staff report Passenger numbers rose again for Boutique Air in December at Clovis Municipal Airport, according to a monthly report from city officials. The San-Francisco-based airline completed all 158 of its scheduled flights in the month, with 869 passengers, according to Interim Airport Director Cody Mills. Of those passengers, 837 were revenue passengers and 32 […]

Police blotter — Jan. 14

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 6:26 a.m.: Theft report, 3200 block of Gidding Street. • 7:37 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1000 block of Beta Street. • 7:51 a.m.: Burglary report, 100 block of Townsgate Plaza. • […]

What’s happening — Jan. 14

Today Story Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Planning and Zoning meeting — 3 p.m., City Hall.Information: 575-769-7828 Free bookkeeping class —8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Days Inn, 2700 Mabry Dr. Information: louella@nmhoney.com. Thursday Pre-K story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Embroidery class — 10 a.m. and 6:30 […]

Weather delays for Tuesday

Here are weather-related delays or cancellations reported to CNJ for Tuesday: • Melrose schools are on a one-hour delay.

Some say Isler was ‘best basketball coach’ they knew

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com J.D. Isler was considered by many in eastern New Mexico to be the best basketball coach they knew. Plenty of others said the same about him as a friend. Across the region, residents mourned Sunday evening and Monday for the passing of Isler, who died in a car accident […]

Man sentenced to more than 40 years in sexual assault case

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Richard Sena was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for the 2012 robbery and sexual assault of a 71-year-old Clovis woman.

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal does not routinely identify victims of sexual assault. By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com In November 2012, a 71-year-old Clovis woman woke up to find a stranger pressing his hand against her mouth, holding a knife and threatening to kill her while he sexually assaulted and robbed her, according […]

Customer service about time sensitivity, fulfillment

By Gordon Smith Business columnist What does Christmas have in common with customer service? Both are about relationships, time sensitivity, communications, and fulfillment. When a business owner establishes a relationship with a customer, it should include knowing and understanding their needs, opinions, and expectations. It may require digging a little deeper and making a connection […]