Local name joins those on national police memorial

Courtesy photo: Dolores Ledezma
Medals and memorabilia surround Clovis Police Officer Rudy Ledezma’s photo. Ledezma’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial last week.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com This year’s National Police Week in Washington, D.C. hit home for Clovis officers and residents when a local name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial last week. On May 28, 1995, Clovis Police Officer Rodolfo “Rudy” Ledezma, then 42, was on patrol attempting to conduct a […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex. Agenda items include: • Requested approval of adoption of Ordinance 2070-2016 approving Southwest Cheese LLC as an approved project and authorizing the City of Clovis to enter into a Project Participation Agreement between Southwest Cheese LLC and the […]

Pages past — May 19

On this date … 1976: Funding and instructors were in place; the only thing holding up the start of a DWI school in eastern New Mexico was lack of students. Michael McGinnis, designated to head the school in Clovis, said students had to come from courts that made DWI school a condition of retaining a […]

Police blotter — May 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 12:13 a.m.: Aggravated assault. • 7:36 a.m.: Criminal damage to property of a household, 3400 block of Gidding Street. • 8:55 a.m.: Lost property, 2800 block of North Prince Street. • 9:35 a.m.: Failure […]

Meetings calendar — May 19

Today City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 […]

Events calendar — May 19

Today Leader training “Simple Wood Projects” — 2 p.m. Curry County Office, 818 Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6505 The Pulitzer Prize — 6:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 Friday Clovis High School graduation — 5 p.m. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave., Clovis. Blood drive — 1:30 p.m. […]

Opinion: Pies and points are on the line

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Would you be willing to take a pie in the face for a worthy cause? Good news: Unless your name is in this article, you’re safe for now. But 14 Eastern New Mexico community and business leaders are hoping you will clean out your change bowl and help them earn […]

Clovis man convicted of sixth DWI

Staff report A Curry County jury on Tuesday deliberated 15 minutes before returning a guilty verdict in the trial of a Clovis man charged with his sixth DWI offense. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb’s office said Steve L. Holcomb, 60, was found guilty of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs […]

Q&A: Air Force secretary talks Cannon, diversity

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Deborah Lee James, 57, is the 23rd secretary of the Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited Cannon Air Force Base on Tuesday. She agreed to a short interview before an aerial tour of the facilities. Q: Can you tell us about your mission here? What do you want to see? What have you seen already? James: Well this is my first trip to […]

Commission revises water measure

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com After taking a step back earlier this month and rescinding a resolution to commit environmental gross receipts tax funds to the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, the Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to approve yet another version of the measure. Citing a need to further examine specific funding […]

Police blotter — May 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 1:00 a.m.: Criminal damage to property of a household, 600 block of West Plains Avenue. • 2:04 a.m.: Missing person. • 5:43 a.m.: Possession of stolen vehicle, 500 block of East Second Street. • […]

Dakota’s Steakhouse closes its doors

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Dakota’s Steakhouse in Clovis has officially closed its doors after the property was sold to another local restaurant owner. Laura Leal, owner of two Leal’s Mexican Restaurant locations in Clovis, said she purchased the Dakota’s Steakhouse building at 816 Lexington Road “about a month ago.” Dakota’s Steakhouse owner Jim […]

Gust sends carport flying

Staff photo: Ryan Galloway
A wind gust on Monday sent a carport flying through the neighborhood in the 600 block of Norris Street.

Staff report By eastern New Mexico standards, Monday’s winds were mild, with gusts reaching only 25 mph. But one gust was all it took to relocate a carport from 600 Norris St. to 620 Norris in east Clovis. Tod Garrett said the carport skipped over his grandmother’s house at 604 Norris, damaging only a branch […]

Meetings calendar — May 18

Thursday City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, north annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Texico city meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 […]

Events calendar — May 18

Thursday Leader training “Simple Wood Projects” — 2 p.m. Curry County Office, 818 Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-6505 The Pulitzer Prize — 6:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 Friday Clovis High School graduation — 5 p.m. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave., Clovis. Blood drive — 1:30 p.m. […]

Pages past — May 18

On this date … 1966: A motorbike belonging to Clovis’ Guy Yarborough was found in Fort Sumner. The bike had been stolen from Marshall Junior High, officials said. Two juveniles were being held in connection with the theft. 1961: Several practice bombs had recently been accidentally released by F-100s in the vicinity of Cannon Air […]

Judge denies indictment request

Staff report A district court judge denied a murder defendant’s request to quash a grand jury indictment during proceedings Tuesday, after the defendant maintained he did not receive ample notice of the grand jury convening. According to court records, on April 8, 2002, David Gutierrez was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting […]

Police seek help in search

Staff report The Curry County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in its search for an area man with multiple arrest warrants. Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for Frederick Ray Baca, 34, for failing to register as a sex offender in addition to outstanding warrants for failure to appear, aggravated battery […]

A look at the issues with county clerk candidates

The Curry County clerk’s race features three candidates in the Republican primary, between incumbent Rosalie Riley and challengers Nikki McDermid and Jo Lynn Queener. There is no Democratic opposition in the November general election. The primary election is June 7. Early voting runs through June 4. Nikki (Williams) McDermid Age: 43 Occupation: Title V grant […]

Opinion: Satellite radio a godsend in remote areas

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor I grew up in the wide-open spaces of Montana, and somehow ended up in the wide-open spaces of New Mexico, and I can tell you satellite radio is a godsend. Local stations do well, but the signal fades if you’re traveling more than 50 miles out of towns. On the […]