A bull rider’s best friend

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Tony Alarcon, a bullfighter from El Paso, Texas, prepares for the chute to open during the bull riding event Friday afternoon at the ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Don’t call them clowns. There’s not a lot of comedy in trying to protect a rodeo cowboy from an angry, 2,000-pound bull. Tony Alarcon, 21, and Dakota Ebare, 23, are professional bullfighters. They take their jobs seriously. “I’ve got two broken ribs, but I can’t sit out because I’m hurt,” Alarcon, […]

Corona charged in melee, court records show

By Robin Fornoff rfornoff@cnjonline.com The man who accused a Clovis police officer of using excessive force in August was arrested Thursday after chasing two men with a screwdriver in a child-custody dispute, court records show. Jorge Corona, 26, is accused of chasing Greg Loya, 24, and Loya’s stepfather Sergio Berumen-Franco, 36, with a 10-inch Phillips […]

Pages past — Sept. 20

On this date … 1960: James Halsell, president, Darwin McLeod, vice president, and Betty Westberry, secretary, were among new officers elected for Texico High School. Seniors had also selected their colors (metallic blue) and flower (white rose). 1955: Eastern New Mexico University was looking for musicians to join its community orchestra. Director C.M. Stookey said […]

Patients can be a pain after surgery

By Grant McGee Local columnist The time of surgery had come and gone. I was amazed at how good I felt after I had been sliced and diced and cut on. “I was worried about pain and movement and stuff,” I said to The Lady of the House as she sat beside me. “Oh, I’m […]

Sheep among most optimistic of animal species

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist They see trouble looming where there is none and can’t ever seem to imagine a scenario resolving with a good outcome. These little black rain clouds — otherwise known as pessimists — are ever watchful, ever skeptical and perpetually poised for the worst. This approach to the world is something […]

Clovis detective credited with linking cases

Staff report Clovis Police Detective Adriana Munoz is credited with linking four separate criminal cases to one suspect, according to a press release from police spokesperson Sgt. Daron Roach. Roach said the cases involved vehicle damage, theft and arson dating back to July. Felony and misdemeanor warrants were issued against Christopher McCurter. McCurter was arrested in […]

Man who accused police officer of abuse arrested

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The man who has accused Clovis Police Officer Brent Aguilar of excessive force during an Aug. 3 traffic stop was arrested late Thursday, accused of felony aggravated assault and battery. Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed the arrest of Jorge Corona, 26, but said by text he didn’t have any […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission — Sept. 19

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Mayor David Lansford and all commissioners but Randy Crowder were present. Crowder participated via telephone. All action items listed below passed by 8-0 votes. • Brenda Harpold of Clovis said a year ago she asked the commission about establishing a […]

Adult entertainment ordinance introduced

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com A city ordinance, likely to pave the way towards another city ordinance on strip clubs, was introduced Thursday night by the Clovis City Commission on a unanimous vote. The commission will have the first opportunity at final approval in its Oct. 16 meeting to officially amend city code […]

Chief: Criminal probe started into excessive force claim


By Robin Fornoff PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed Thursday his department has started a criminal investigation into a suspect’s allegations a police officer used excessive force in making an arrest. Jorge Corona, 26, suffered a broken cheek bone and other injuries Aug. 3 after being slammed to the ground while handcuffed […]

Pages Past — Sept. 19

On this date … 1970: Phyllis George of Dallas, the reigning Miss America, made a stop in Clovis to “herald the grand opening of the Walgreen Super Center,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. She signed so many autographs in a three-hour appearance, the paper reported, she required the use of a heating pad to ease the […]

Meetings watch: Eastern NM Rural Water Authority — Sept. 19

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. Presentations included: • Gayla Brumfield, chairperson, reported the board has received several resumes for the ENMWUA’s position of executive director and has chosen three candidates. The board has interviewed the three over the phone and will interview them vn person. […]

Police blotter — Sept.19

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:35 a.m.: Domestic, 1500 block of West Seventh Street. • 2:21 a.m.: Remove subject, 500 block of Calhoun Street. • 2:50 a.m.: Harassment in progress, 700 block of North Hull Street. • 8:34 a.m.: Narcotics, 1500 block of Sycamore Street. • 8:50 a.m.: Motor […]

What’s happening — Sept. 19

Today Ribbon Cutting for Inspire Studio — 4:30 p.m., Rooney Moon broadcasting, 420 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-3435. Curry County Outlaws performance — 7 p.m., $6 per person, Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4261. Saturday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification meeting — […]

All this for a cookie

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Earlier this week, 16 of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies reported they sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to the findings of an independent evaluation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The companies, acting together as […]

Police officer faces internal investigation

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com A Clovis police officer is facing an internal investigation for use of force, police said Wednesday in a news release. While police did not release the officer’s name, Attorney Dan Lindsey claims Officer Brent Aguilar slammed his handcuffed client to the ground  during a traffic stop on Aug. 3. […]

Area has potential for heavy rain, flooding

Staff and wire report Eastern New Mexico may miss the brunt of the remnants from Tropical Storm Odile, but the potential for heavy rain and flooding are still possible today and Friday. Paul Nelson, Clovis’ acting emergency management director, said he’s been in briefings Tuesday and Wednesday with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque about […]

Santa Fe Orchestra joined by local choirs for Cultural Arts Series

By Rick White Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com Nearly 200 musicians will perform Handel’s Messiah as part this year’s Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, including a rare eastern New Mexico performance by the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. The English-language oratorio is one of eight performances in the series, which is in its 14th season, which kicks […]

Roosevelt commission names new county manager

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Amber Hamilton, a Roosevelt County native, has been named its new county manager. County Commission Chairman Kendell Buzard said commissioners offered the job to Hamilton on Wednesday and she accepted. “I want to serve the community in a broader way than I have and I’m excited for this new […]

Thanks to teachers who go the extra mile

Sandia Elementary principal Mike Read recently called to let us know that a class at Sandia was going to be launching rockets. Too good of an opportunity to pass up, we contacted the teacher doing the project and made arrangements to come by. Michelle Tusher, who teaches a range of students from various grades is […]