Police blotter — Nov. 21

The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday: Male, 36, booked, serving time. Male, 30, absconded from probation. Female, 42, booked, serving time. Male, 47, receiving stolen property (dispose) (over $500). Female, 27, hold for hearing on bond revocation. Male, 50, warrant, serving time. Male, 36, sentenced, serving time. Male, […]

Students piece together projects for First Lego League

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Allie Berg, right, programs her First Lego League group’s robot as Zachary Koegl watches Thursday evening at the warehouse of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The group builds a robot with a supplied kit and programs it to perform small tasks on a pre-designed course.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Piece by piece, four groups of students in Clovis are getting ready for a state competition. Or, as they call it, a coopertition. The students in grades 4-8 are getting ready for the First Lego League, and state finals scheduled for Dec. 20 in Los Alamos. The FLL, a […]

County road superintendent retiring

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Stephen Reed has been a leader in the Curry County Road Department for many years, but at the end of the day he said he is just a guy that likes to play in the dirt. Reed plans to retire as Curry County road superintendent on Dec. 31. In […]

Education Foundation providing new opportunities

By Cindy Klein-Kennedy Education columnist The Clovis Municipal Schools’ Education Foundation is at it again, helping teachers help students with activities above and beyond what is covered through regular planning and funding. Recently dropping in at the Painting Lab at Clovis Community College (CCC), the view of our high school art students and their teachers […]

Airmen go beyond call of duty

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When Melissa Haraughty, director of the library at Cannon Air Force Base, contacted our Friends of the Portales Public Library group to ask if she might bring airmen volunteers to help us with our annual used book sale, I fear we frightened her as we lunged to accept the offer. […]

Wildcadettes take top honors at dance challenge

Staff report The Clovis High School Wildcadette Dance Team won the 3rd Annual Cleveland Challenge Saturday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The team competed in the Pom division against 12 varsity and junior varsity teams from the region. Coach Kym Cordova said that the team of 24 girls and two boys worked hard […]

Meetings watch: Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Local Emergency Planning Committee met Wednesday afternoon at City Hall. • Emergency Management Director Dan Heerding said the committee’s exercise design and planning subcommittee worked on a pair of simulations in August — one at the Matt 25 Hope Center, and another at the former Clovis City Limits building. He said both exercises went well, […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • Discussion of reforming the animal control task force, and appointment of membership. • An update on the city’s $1.8 million purchase of water rights from an area landowner. • A request to declare […]

Pages past — Nov. 20

On this date … 1972: An early-morning fire caused extensive damage to the Thunderbird No. 2 restaurant at 221 Prince. Building co-owner Wandel Massey said damage was between $8,000 and $10,000. Fire Chief Joe Maddox said the fire started in the area of the deep fryers. 1969: Four Curry County 4-Hers received awards for outstanding […]

Police blotter — Nov. 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 1:29 a.m.: Battery, 300 block of North Prince Street. • 2:05 a.m.: Domestic report, 1300  block of West 14th Street. • 7:42 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1300 block of West 15th Street. • 10:27 […]

What’s happening — Nov. 20

Today 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., City Hall, Information: 575-769-7828. Blood drive — 9 a.m., walk-ins welcome and/or by appointment, Plains Regional Medical Center, Cannon Room. Information: www.bloodhero.com or 800-333-6920. Saturday Operation Meltyerfaceoff Concert — 7 p.m., […]

Clovis PD seeking two persons of interest in homicide (updated)

Lloyd Bagwell

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis police were asking the public’s help Wednesday in finding two people wanted for questioning by Major Crimes Unit detectives investigating the stabbing death of Ariel Ulibarri. Lloyd Bagwell, 22, and Shannon Buckmaster, 20, were identified by police as “persons of interest” in the ongoing investigation into the brutal […]

ENMU’s Jack Williamson building less than two weeks from completion

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
The exterior of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building seen as workers pour concrete and lay bricks outside the facility’s west entrance. The exterior of the building is set to be completed within the next two weeks.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Updated looks and modern classrooms are a few of the things Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty can expect to find in the newly renovated Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building. According to Bradbury Stamm Superintendent David Burks, the building is less than two weeks from completion after receiving […]

School board approves easing of teacher degree requirements

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com With zero opposition, the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education agreed Tuesday night to increase the window for new teachers to earn master’s degrees. Before the board met Tuesday, CMS policy required teachers to both move from Level I to Level II licensure and earn a master’s degree within […]

Enrollment open at New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Open enrollment for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, also known as BeWellNM, has begun. The exchange helps people without health insurance, small businesses and people who want to purchase their own insurance. There are five representatives of the exchange in the area, all in Curry County. They include […]

Police chief: Clovis officer won’t be charged

Staff report A Clovis police officer accused of using excessive force is back on duty, Chief Steve Sanders confirmed Tuesday. Sanders said Brent Aguilar was cleared to return to duty after an investigation revealed he is not going to be criminally charged in connection with an Aug. 3 traffic stop. Sanders did not recall the […]

Record low temperature set in Portales

Staff and wire report The blast of wintry weather that pushed through New Mexico this week resulted in several record-low temperatures, including one in Portales. The National Weather Service’s weather observer reported a low of 5 degrees Monday, which broke the old record of 7 degrees set in 1959, according to Jason Frazier, meteorologist with […]

Plan for Gidding Street building still up in air

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A $15 million bond issue met with approval from Curry County commissioners on Tuesday, passing  with little discussion and no problem. The plan to use about $4 million of that cash to renovate Curry County’s Gidding Street building? Not so much. Commissioners ended their meeting still without a definitive […]

Salvation Army kicks off fundraising season

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
George Hostler volunteered his talents at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff on Tuesday. Hostler played holiday music on his saxophone and piano for the event, which celebrated the beginning of the fundraising season.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Salvation Army hosted its Red Kettle Kick Off on Tuesday at the Clovis Corps Community Center. The event came to fruition under the center’s new leadership, Lts. Natalia and Kelly Berggren. “One thing that hasn’t changed for the Salvation Army is the needs of the community,” Clovis Mayor […]

First snow of the season means ‘Schaapnog’ weather

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist The first snow of the season means sweater weather. And hot-chocolate weather. And “how the expletive did it take me seven hours to drive home from Albuquerque” weather. It’s also Schaapnog weather. Confused? You should be. It’s pronounced “scop-nog,” and sounds like a sibling torture technique. Bam, charley horse. Eww, […]