Editorial: Park homicide more haunting than most

Every homicide is tragic and memorable, especially for a small community like Clovis, which seldom sees more than two or three a year. But last week’s stabbing death of Ariel Ulibarri is more haunting than most. The 23-year-old mother of two wasn’t attacked in a bar; she was on a walking trail in a city […]

Ariel Ulibarri: A popcorn- and pickle-day pro

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com I wanted to know more about Ariel Ulibarri. She wasn’t just the subject of another grisly newspaper story; she was a young mother, a neighbor, a chatty fellow Facebook user, and it seems wrong to me that her lasting legacy should be “that girl who got stabbed to death in […]

Green chili stew favorite of many when temperature dips

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
El Desayuno Kiwanis Club members Helen Casaus, left, and Dot Robinson stir chili Friday afternoon at Parkland Baptist Church for the annual chili dinner fundraiser. This is the group 25th annual fundraiser and proceeds are use to support children in the Clovis Community.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com When Portales Librarian Rosemary Cota wants to warm up after being out in the cold, she looks for green chili stew and a cup of hot tea. Cota, the young adult librarian at the Portales Public Library, said she likes to start cold mornings off with hot tea to get warm, […]

Replacement named to judge committee

By Steve Hansen shansen@qcsunonline.com A judge in the Second Judicial District will represent the Tenth Judicial District on the commission charged with nominating a successor for Judge Albert Mitchell. Mitchell was unseated by voters on Nov. 4. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil appointed Denise Barela-Shepherd on Thursday. Mitchell, who was the Tenth District’s […]

Pages Past — Nov. 15

On this date … 1967: Don Rierson Motors, at 500 E. First in Clovis, offered a “just right” special — a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Coupe, V8 with automatic transmission, for $1,899. “Remember,” Rierson’s told its customers, “if we don’t sell you one … we’ll try to buy yours. We need clean used cars.” 1962: Odis […]

ALCO files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Staff report ALCO Stores, Inc., with outlets in Tucumcari and Muleshoe, has declared bankruptcy. Local stores will continue to operate while the bankruptcy proceeds, officials said. ALCO, based in Coppell, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Dallas U.S. District Court on Oct. 12. A report from Reuters News Service said ALCO plans to sell […]

Onions more than salad ingredient

By Grant McGee Local columnist Another broadcaster on Facebook was sharing a picture of herself doing a radio show with an exotic lizard climbing all over her. Have you ever worked on the job with an animal hanging around? Oh, I don’t mean cows or horses or the shop cat or the business’ guard dog. […]

It’s winter: Make room on the couch

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Well that came out of nowhere. Sure, they were predicting some wintry weather, but when you’ve gotten past Halloween without so much as frosty breath and the sweaters are still packed away, it can be a little difficult to gauge what, exactly, that might mean. Now we know. It means […]

Homicide victim’s family finds bloody knife near scene, sister says

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com The sister of homicide victim Ariel Ulibarri says her family found a bloody knife near the walking trail where Ulibarri died Sunday. They found it Monday morning, hours after crime scene tape had been removed from the area, Leanna Montano said. “It was stabbed in the ground with blood drenched […]

Wilt honored for decades teaching DWI school

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com For more than 30 years, Pete Wilt Sr. has taught a course where enrollment isn’t optional. Every month for the last few decades, Wilt has been the one leading the county’s Driving While Intoxicated school. He was honored earlier this month by Curry County officials for his continued time […]

Pages Past — Nov. 14

Nov. 14 On this date … 1974: For just the second time in the history of the Curry County United Way, volunteers said they met their fund-raising goal. They reached $130,000 only hours before the victory dinner at Colonial Park Country Club. 1968: The Clovis Community College was offering a course in Spanish for students […]

Veterans Day parade set for Saturday

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com When asked what impact cold weather might have on Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade, organizer John Montano remembered a parade standard. “One year, we had snow and it was hard to get from Hilltop to Commerce Way,” Montano said. “Some of those floats, we had to get a pickup to […]

Cantwell: Prayer call not to be ignored

Election 2014 is over. But is it really? Politics is like a roller coaster. The party that is up will soon be down. Is there anything God requires of us, his children, to do between elections?  I believe we are called to pray for those whom we have elected to recognize their authority is from […]

Police Blotter — Nov. 14

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 6:31 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, Prince Street And Llano Estacado Boulevard. • 8:30 a.m.: Theft, 500 block of Llano Estacado Boulevard. • 9:43 a.m.: Warrant service, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 10:01 a.m.: […]

Cold-weather gear hot items at area stores

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Eastern New Mexico was dusted with its first snow of the season Wednesday, sending residents to fetch heavy coats and into hardware stores for pipe-repair parts and space heaters. The storm system produced reports of up to a half-inch of snow two miles northwest of Clovis and two-tenths of an […]

‘Messiah’ massive undertaking

Photo by Louise Shoemaker
Eastern New Mexico University Choral Director Jason Paulk and collaborative pianist Kayla Paulk lead a joint rehearsal of the ENMU and Clovis Community Choirs as they prepare to present “Messiah.”

By Betty Williamson Correspondent Wayne Anderson says the upcoming production of Handel’s “Messiah” is “the best one I have ever experienced.” He is in a position to know. Anderson directed choirs and prepared soloists for 40 years, including 23 at Clovis High School and another decade at the First Baptist Church in Portales. With five-full […]

Brown: Farmer’s to-do list never seems to end

Feed the dog and bring in the mail. Yeah, there’s a bit more to it than that. When considering an overnight departure from the place, a farmer must find someone to check up on things while away. This job can’t be trusted to just anyone, and just anyone probably wouldn’t want it anyhow. It starts […]

Slaying victim’s sister: ‘She did everything for her kids’

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Modas Locas & Designs at 209 N. Prince St. is selling T-shirts memorializing Ariel Ulibarri. Sales will go to help with funeral expenses for the young mother. The shirts are $10 each.

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Leanna Montano has a request: “I want people to quit lying about my sister and making up their own horror stories.” The tragedy of Ariel Ulibarri’s slaying in a Clovis city park on Sunday has put enough strain on those who loved her; they’re tired of hearing wild rumors that […]

Autopsy shows woman stabbed with knife

Staff report Preliminary autopsy findings show the young Clovis mother found at Goodwin Lake walking trails on Sunday morning was stabbed to death with a knife. A Clovis police press release on Thursday also said several items of “trace evidence” were obtained from the scene, from the body of the victim  at the scene, as […]

Texas firm pitches 160-foot cell tower

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Wednesday’s question to Clovis’ planning and zoning commission: Is a stronger cell phone network worth the sight of a 160-foot tower? The answer: Wait until December. An hour-long meeting of the commission included a presentation from a Texas-based tower construction company and a national cell phone provider that serves […]