Police blotter — Aug. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Caller reported: Thursday • 1:34 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 500 block of Sheldon Street. • 3:42 a.m.: Request to remove subject, 1100 block of Ross Street. • 4:54 a.m.: Missing person, 1400 block of West […]

What’s happening — Aug. 24

Today Ride for Bully Awareness — 11:30 a.m. registration begins at Walmart parking lot, 1 p.m., ride will start. Information: http://www.stopbully.com/clovis Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Civic Center Policy Board meeting — 3 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-769-7828. Tuesday Class 4 Winds & Renewables Luncheon […]

Letters to the editor — Aug. 24

Tax increase bargain, not theft I read with interest articles in Thursday’s and Friday’s News Journal about the .25 percent sales tax the county commissioners have discussed. Voters in Curry County voted against a property tax increase for new or remodeled jail facilities. I’ll admit I voted against these increases. My thoughts are everyone should […]

Livestock sale night

Kevin Wilson: Staff photo
Kasyn Creighton of Elida 4-H/FFA shows her grand champion pig during the Roosevelt County Fair junior livestock sale. Creighton’s pig sold for $4,000, and received a $200 sponsor add-on.

By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com Sheltering the grand champion meat pen rabbits from the brief, heavy rain on Friday, Ethan Friend waited for his time to get in the sale ring at the Roosevelt County Fair. Dottie, Tt and Brandy, his three rabbits, snuggled up in their basket and made a cute trio when he walked […]

Animals have entered selfie craze

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Goofy grins, sultry eyes, sweet smiles, pensive stares … everywhere you turn, they are all the rage. The “selfie” works a lot like playing in a mirror, capturing and immortalizing those fractional moments of self-perspective that in days of old were rarely documented. A phenomenon with ever-evolving social ramifications, thanks […]

Airman’s identity released

Staff report The man found dead Thursday in his Cannon Air Force Base home has been identified as Senior Airman Christian Barreto, a sensor operator with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron. Cannon officials did not provide any additional information on Friday, but Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said it’s his understanding the death is not […]

Thoughts on alternative history

By Grant McGee Local columnist Do you like to think about “what ifs”? I do. I was thinking about this while out driving one afternoon with The Lady of the House. I said to her, “You know alternative historians speculate that Utah could’ve gone on to be a nation on its own.” “Who said what?” […]

Convicted murderer gets life

By Vanessa Kahin vkahin@cnjonline.com Daniel Murrell III, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Curry County grand jury on Aug. 7, was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years Friday afternoon. The murder conviction stems from a Jan. 4, 2013, mugging, in which Murrell, 25, of Clovis, beat 61-year-old Joe Garcia, also of […]

Pages past — Aug. 23

On this date … 1964: Clovis city officials announced the Hull-Brady bypass was open to traffic and the final phase of construction would begin in about a week. The final phase consisted of placing “asphalt concrete” on the road, according to project supervisor Joe Nail. 1957: A 12-year-old Clovis boy picked up for taking a […]

Airman found dead in base housing

Staff report A Cannon Air Force Base airman was found dead in base housing early Thursday, a news release from Cannon reported. The airman’s name was being withheld until 24 hours after family has been notified, the release said. The body was found about 8 a.m. Capt. Neil Samson, with Cannon public affairs, said he […]

Bikers to visit for anti-bullying event

Staff report Bikers from across the U.S. are expected to arrive in Clovis this weekend to participate in the city’s “Bikers Against Bullying” event. According to a press release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, bikers riding solo or in groups will ride to raise awareness against bullying on Sunday. In Clovis, the event […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

During Thursday’s meeting, the Clovis City Commission recognized the July 2014 Yard of the Month recipients. Owners of residential and commercial yards from each city district were eligible for the distinction based on how well their respective yard was maintained. Honorees received a certificate along with landscaping tools. July’s Yard of the Month recipients are: […]

Water authority members back conservation plan

By Vanessa Kahin Staff reporter vkahin@cnjonline.com Members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority agreed to support Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s initiative aimed to help conserve the Ogallala Aquifer in New Mexico during a regular meeting Thursday morning at the Clovis-Carver Library’s North Annex. Lansford has discussed the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation […]

Five things to know about animal rescue

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Wendy Turner, founder of Wendy Saves Dogs and secretary of Health and Human Services at Eastern New Mexico University, plays with a recent rescue she and her mother took in from Dallas. Turner said the number of animals in need of rescue could be cut significantly if more people had their pets spayed and neutered.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Animals young and old are in need of rescue across Roosevelt and Curry counties according to local animal rescue organizations. Reasons for rescue can range from families that have to give up pets because of a move to animals that are neglected or injured. Local representatives from Hope Defined […]

Religion feature: Ruidoso pilgrim takes journey through Spain


Visitors to Ruidoso are familiar with the racetrack, the golf courses, the gambling halls. While enjoying the cool mountain breezes, they might also have dined at Log Cabin, the town’s popular breakfast headquarters. Blain Dern, who will be 78 in January, started the restaurant in 1989 and sold it to daughter Michele 10 years later. […]

Snakes most often encountered without useful tools

Some of the most interesting stories you’ll hear told over a stiff cup of coffee are concerning the many and varied encounters a person has had with a rattlesnake. The first thing you need to understand about rattlers, is that there are plenty of ‘em and being aware of that, folks generally come prepared. You […]

Pages past — Aug. 22

On this date … 1971: Police were looking for four men accused of attacking a Clovis couple and stealing $87 as they walked through an alley in the 100 block of Connelly Street shortly after midnight. The couple told police they were walking home from a bar at 221 W. First. No serious injuries were […]

Religion digest — Aug. 22

New associate pastor joins church Brother Eli Hita is the new associate pastor at the Living Word Church. Hita completed a law degree from St. Mary’s University before joining the church. He is being mentored by Pastor Dave Stevens. He is looking forward to starting a weekly Spanish service at the church. Religion Digest is […]

Police blotter — Aug. 22

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:13 a.m.: Burglary (residence), 2500 block of Sheldon Street. • 12:39 a.m.: Reckless driver, Mabry Drive and Prince Street. • 1:05 a.m.: Door knockers, 2100 block of West Grand Avenue. • 4:33 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 200 block of Saturn Circle. • 7:53 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — Aug. 22

Saturday Heartbeats of Love for Hanna Benefit Concert — 3 p.m. (CDT) (Auction) 5 p.m. (CDT) (Music), donations accepted, City Park in Muleshoe. Sunday Ride for Bully Awareness — 11:30 a.m. registration begins at Walmart parking lot, 1 p.m., ride will start. Information: http://www.stopbully.com/clovis Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City […]