Police blotter — Nov. 16

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police: Monday • 3:27 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 1100 block of West Ninth • 3:27 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 600 block of North Oak • 4:50 a.m.: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, 3100 block of Ross • 7:33 a.m.: Improper lane change, Mabry […]

Pages past — Nov. 16

On this date … 1971: A Clovis man had been found guilty of killing his wife following a quarrel. A Ninth District Court jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Charles Chambers, 57, guilty of first-degree murder. Chambers was accused of shooting his wife, Lola, in the mouth with a rifle on Dec. 1, […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the school district’s headquarters on Main Street. Agenda items include an easement agreement with the city of Clovis for Yucca Middle School. According to the agreement details, the easement would be for the installation, maintenance, repair, removal, replacement and […]

Bond issues go up before judge

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A defendant facing sexual assault and drug charges had his bond conditions modified in district court Monday while another charged with aggravated battery and bribery of a witness had his bid for a lower bond rejected. During a motion hearing to review conditions of his release before Judge Fred […]

Natural Chem purchases defunct ethanol plant

Staff report Houston-based Natural Chem Group, LLC, now owns the defunct Abengoa ethanol plant just outside Portales, according to a Natural Chem press release. The ethanol plant was built in 1984 with operations being suspended in 2012. Abengoa Bioenergy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year. Natural Chem spent the first half of 2015 […]

Business digest — Nov. 15

Tool store coming to former Hastings Need tools to take on life’s challenges? Eastern New Mexico is about to have more options. Harbor Freight Tools, which has more than 700 stores nationwide, will soon add Clovis to its long list of locations. The Harbor Freight Tools website confirms the business will be at 1925 N. […]

Events calendar — Nov. 15

Today Clovis Community Chorus Fall Concert — 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Sycamore St., Clovis. Information: 575-760-5961 AARP Driver Safety Class — 8 a.m. $15 for AARP members. $20 for non-members. Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-1468 Wednesday Thanksgiving Potluck — 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Community Services Center, 1100 Community […]

Meetings calendar — Nov. 15

Today Portales city council — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Dora city council — 7 p.m. Village Firestation, 220 Ave A., Dora. Information: 575-477-2411 Farwell city council — 5:30 p.m. (CST) City Hall, 100 Ninth St., Farwell. Information: 806-481-3620 Bovina city council — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 205 North […]

Pages past — Nov. 15

On this date … 1966: Central Baptist Church of Clovis was hosting the 54th annual Baptist Convention of New Mexico. About 1,500 delegates were in attendance. Esther Linthicum of Portales was among the earliest arrivals. 1961: Zale’s jewelers, located at 310 Main in Clovis, was staying open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and urging customers […]

Business feature: Watson Motors sold to El Paso investor

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com A family-owned Clovis car dealer, in business for eight decades, has been sold to John Robert Brown, an El Paso investor. A news release from Watson Motor Co. stated the sale takes effect today. “After 68 wonderful years of business, it is with a heavy heart but incredible optimism […]

Parade pays homage to vets

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Veterans Day Parade Marshal Robert L. Sparks of Roswell waves as he trails the Cannon Air Force Base honor guard to open Saturday’s parade on Main Street.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com An attitude of gratitude prevailed during Saturday’s Veterans Day, as hundreds lined Main St. in Clovis to pay homage to those who served and sacrificed for America. Leading the parade processional was Grand Marshal Robert L. Sparks, who retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Chief Warrant […]

Reader reaction — Nov. 13

We asked our Facebook followers: “Do you have any concerns some friendships may be lost, or seriously damage, as a result of this election season?” • Amber Starbuck: If you stop being friends with someone, because they have different views than you then you weren’t really friends anyway. • Johnny Wilson: I’m not worried about […]

Church hosts program on grief

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Kathy Hammill, the lead facilitator of the local GriefShare program, introduces herself to the attendees of the “Surviving the Holidays” session Saturday at Clovis’ Central Baptist Church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com The holidays can be a joyous time, or in some cases, the worst time of the year. This was the sentiment expressed at Central Baptist Church Saturday morning, as a room full of grieving Clovis residents took part in the community-wide GriefShare program, “Surviving the Holidays.” Since 2011, Central […]

Community band holding Sousa concert

Staff writer There’s little need to ask why a band would put on a John Philip Sousa concert during Veterans Day weekend, given the composer’s voluminous career and a catalog that arguably doubles as a soundtrack to patriotism. But there’s a little bit of Clovis history as well, which gives the Clovis Community Band an […]

Pages past — Nov. 13

On this date … 1961: About an inch of snow had fallen across New Mexico in what weather watchers had termed a “baby blizzard.” Officials said the snow was melting when it hit pavement so roads were not slick, but visibility in the blowing snow was poor. Power outages were reported on Clovis’ north side. […]

Events calendar — Nov. 13

Sunday Holiday Bazaar — 9 a.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-935-5000 John Philip Sousa Concert — 4 p.m. The State Theater, 504 N. Main St., Clovis. Bingo at American Legion Post 117 — 11 a.m. Doors: 9 a.m. American Legion Post 117, 2800 Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-4030 Tuesday Clovis Community […]

Meetings calendar — Nov. 13

Monday Grady city council — 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 219 W. Main St., Grady. Information: 575-357-2005 Fort Sumner city council — 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 173 E. Avenue C., Fort Sumner. Information: 575-355-7481 Muleshoe city council — 5:30 p.m. (CDT) City Hall, 215 S. First St., Muleshoe. Information: 806-272-4528 Tuesday Portales city council — 6:30 […]

Veterans honored

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
From left, veterans and brothers Steven Gallegos, Jake Gallegos and Mike Gallegos discuss their days serving in the military at Friday’s Veterans Day breakfast at American Legion Post 25 in Clovis.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com When Ivan Sarracino hears a helicopter pass over his Clovis home near the hospital, he’s brought back to Vietnam. “We used to call them choppers over there,” Sarracino said. “I remember it just like yesterday. You’d hear the blades going. I still, to this day, get that feeling every […]

ENMU president search begins

STAFF REPORT Senior Partner Zachary Smith of executive search firm Witt/Kieffer presented Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents with the upcoming phases in the search for a new ENMU president. Current President Steven Gamble announced earlier this year his plans to retire in August 2017. After visiting campus Thursday and obtaining information from faculty, […]

Pages past — Nov. 12

On this date … 1976: Clovis police were searching for two male suspects in connection with the armed robbery of Riley’s Switch package store on South Prince. The men stole about $200 in cash, police said. One suspect carried an automatic pistol with black grips and a chrome barrel. A second suspect demanded store clerk […]