Trial begins for 2009 death

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com The only thing clear in Tuesday morning’s opening arguments for the Marvin Silva murder trial were that three weapons were involved the night of Nov. 23, 2009. Who attacked who with what weapon seemed unclear as the defense argued that Silva, 40, never had a weapon in his hand, […]

Pioneer Days to kick off with breakfast

Staff Report The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Plateau are kicking off Pioneer Days with the 14th Annual Pioneer Women’s Breakfast at 7 a.m. June 5 at the Clovis Civic Center. According to a release received Tuesday from the chamber, the breakfast is one of the highlights of the Pioneer Days week-long festivities to […]

Real Waco a prism of contrasts

By Jenna DeWitt Guest columnist Once again, Waco, Texas is in the national news and associated with violence. Judging from some of the headlines you might have seen, it would seem this is all the world knows of the city. The Waco I knew as a Baylor student is a very different place, however. It […]

Time to remember what I didn’t know

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist I remember the oval-shaped frame with the black and white photo of my mom — a 3-year-old at the time — with Grandma Emma and Grandpa Santiago. That photo stared at me a big part of my childhood. Grandpa Santiago was in his Army uniform, a U.S. flag in the […]

Pages past — May 20

On this date … 1960: Eleven black airmen from Cannon Air Force Base staged a “sit down” at a Clovis cafe after two had been denied service. Cannon band members had marched in an Armed Forces Day parade, then two of them attempted to eat at the restaurant. When they were denied service, they left […]

Police blotter — May 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 12:44 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 100 block of Palm Avenue. • 2:30 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident without injuries, Main and Mitchell streets. • 6:14 a.m.: Death, unattended, 1400 block of Axtell Street. • […]

What’s happening — May 20

Today How to Setup or Revise your Recordkeeping System — 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 105 E Grand Ave. Information: Dianna Thompson 575-769-4136 Animal Control Task Force — 5:30 p.m. Assembly Room, Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly Street Information: Claire H. Burroughes 575-763-9653 Thursday Clovis City Commission Meeting —5:15 […]

Area graduations

Graduations ceremonies for area high schools: • Clovis 6 p.m. Friday at Curry County Events Center • Fort Sumner 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Sumner High School gym • Portales 7 p.m. at the Greyhound arena • Dora 3 p.m. Sunday in the Guy Luscombe gym • Farwell 1 p.m. May 31 at Farwell High […]

Parks committee gives Eagle Scout go-ahead

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee unanimously voted Monday to allow a local Eagle Scout to move forward on a project to construct informational signs at Goodwin Lake Trails. Scout Luke Landry said the signs would provide park beautification and a way for people to learn about the history […]

Groups make ready for Memorial Day

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com While recent headlines warn readers of rising gas prices and suggest last minute travel destinations for Memorial Day weekend, local veterans organizations are inviting the community to honor fallen military heroes on the upcoming federal holiday. Volunteers with the Clovis/Curry County Joint Veterans Council will place flags on more […]

Spring bringing out life in Clovis

By Aubry Buzek Local columnist With the changing of the season I’ve taken to eating my lunch at Hillcrest Park. While the trees are beautiful and the animal sounds echoing out of the zoo provide a nice ambience to the routine, what I am really after is the sun. It seems like the whole community […]

Firefighter accused of stealing at crash

Staff report A Clovis firefighter is accused of stealing items from a vehicle at a crash he was called to, according to Sheriff Wesley Waller. Lt. Christopher Elam, 32, was charged Friday with misdemeanor larceny, Waller said in a press release issued late Monday. Elam is accused of stealing a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage, […]

Account set up to benefit staff sergeant’s family

Staff report An online account has been set up on behalf of the surviving family members of a staff sergeant serving at Cannon Air Force Base who was killed last week in a training exercise. Jordan Lewis, 30, is survived by his wife and two children, a 6-year-old and a 7-week-old. The fund will primarily […]

Officials shift most of $14 million to draw interest

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Almost three months ago, some $14 million generated by a Curry County bond issue was sitting in a bank account not drawing interest. County officials now say they have shifted the bulk of that cash to investment funds to earn a better interest rate while they decide what to […]

Art of interview changes with times

By Sandy Fields Local columnist As a college student, I stumbled into a class called “Techniques of Interview.” At the time I was majoring in radio and television communications, and I presumed the class would teach me about putting a microphone in someone’s face and asking critical questions. I was wrong. Much to my surprise, […]

Committees reject two TRICARE reform plans

By Tom Philpott Military Update Both the Senate and House armed services committees have rejected two TRICARE reform plans, one from the Obama administration to raise fees and consolidate the triple-option health benefit, and a second from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to replace TRICARE entirely with a menu of civilian health insurance […]

Police Blotter – May 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 1:42 a.m.: Parole violation, Eighth and Reid streets. • 7:43 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1300 block of North Lea Street. • 8:02 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, Acoma and Tierra Blanca streets. • […]

Pages past — May 19

May 19 On this date … 1975: Funeral services were being planned for Horace Large, 77, of Clovis who drowned in Ute Lake. Officials said a boat carrying three men capsized in strong winds on May 17. Sgt. H.C. Dixon of Cannon Air Force Base and Horace Sutton of Clovis managed to reach shore safely. […]

What’s happening — May 19

Today Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — Noon 321 Connelly, Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 AARP Driver Safety Class — 8 a.m. – noon age 55 and above $15 member of AARP $20 Non Member Payable by check only Information/register: Carolyn Taber 575-742-2384 Wednesday How to Setup or Revise your Recordkeeping System — 2 p.m. […]

Notebook — May 19

Headed home … • Roosevelt County commissioners can breathe a little easier. They’re headed back home. They’re meeting 9 a.m. today in the all-new, mold-free county courthouse. They have been meeting at the Portales schools administration building for several months while crews cleaned out the mold and renovated the old digs on the square. No […]