What’s happening — Nov. 18

Today Public Public Private Private (P4) meeting — 9 a.m., 418 N. Main St. Information: 575-762-7714. Curry County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-763-6016. Wednesday Toddler time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting (LEPC) — 1 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. […]

Weather delays/closings

The weather has impacted the following schools and government agencies on Monday: Curry County * Clovis Municipal Schools is on a two-hour delay. * Clovis Christian Schools is on a two-hour delay. * Clovis Community College is on a two-hour delay. * Curry County government offices will open at 10 a.m. * Melrose Municipal Schools […]

Mother: Son’s suspension for drug possession ‘a bit much’

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Kelly Cook believes her 13-year-old son should be disciplined for “horsing around” in the school cafeteria. But a 10-day suspension she said he received for possession of drugs — in this case Smarties candy, is a little much. Her son is being accused of grinding up and snorting the […]

Police: Two weapons recovered at site of Portales slaying

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Portales police spokesman Eric Muller said Friday investigators recovered two weapons at the scene of a Nov. 1 altercation that left a Portales man dead. Muller said evidence collected at the scene points toward self-defense as the motive behind the shooting death of Fabian Madrid, 26. Madrid, whose funeral […]

Residents line streets for Veterans Day parade

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
2014 Veterans Parade Marshal Gene Hendrick leads the parade.

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Hundreds of people lined the streets of Clovis on Saturday for the annual veterans week parade. Some even traveled to help honor veterans present and past. “This has been a great parade,” said Jimmy Wallace of Tucumcari. “We drove over because my grandson is marching with the Marshall Middle […]

Clovis vet hopes to return to parade next year

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Clovis’ best-known veteran missed the annual veterans week parade on Saturday, but Ira Pottard said he’ll try to be there next year. Pottard, one of the nation’s last surviving Buffalo Soldiers from World War II, said nobody informed him about Saturday’s parade. Friends said the windy, cool weather and Pottard’s […]

FFA convention holds great memories

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Once a year, students from all over the nation gather to participate in agriculture-based competitions. This event is called the National FFA Convention — one of the greatest experiences of my life. This year the convention was from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Every four years the […]

Pages past — Nov. 16

On this date … 1977: Col. Joseph D. Moore was preparing to assume command of the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. He was taking over for Col. Thomas J. Hickey, who had commanded the wing since August 1976. 1966: Howard Martin of Clovis was elected brotherhood president of the Baptist State […]

What’s happening — Nov. 16

Today Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series: Handel’s “Messiah” — 3 p.m., tickets, $20/$15, Marshall Auditorium. Information: 575-769-4956. Clovis News Journal Holiday Bazaar — 11 a.m., free admission, Clovis Civic Center. Information: Leslie Nagy at  575-763-3431. Tuesday Public Public Private Private (P4) meeting — 9 a.m., 418 N. Main St. Information: 575-762-7714. Curry County Commission […]

Police blotter — Nov. 16

The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Thursday: • Female, 22, parole violation. • Male, 58, probation violation, parole violation. • Male, 26, probation violation. • Female, 21, failure to pay fines. • Female, 31, driving under the influence of drugs (first offense), no insurance, failure to obey traffic laws, […]

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 […]