Ousted Quay judge could return

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com Donald Schutte, a Tucumcari attorney and former district judge, and Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell on Thursday received recommendations as potential appointees for the district’s sole judge position. The position will be vacant as of Dec. 31 because Mitchell failed to receive enough votes to be retained in […]

Cell tower location site panned

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Following an impassioned display of opposition from a resident near the site of a proposed cell phone tower, the city’s planning and zoning commission recommended denying waivers that would allow the tower’s construction. When the Clovis City Commission meets Dec. 18, it will consider the request to build the […]

State awards land to base

Staff report The state has purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and given it to the Air Force, the Committee of Fifty announced Wednesday in a press release. The land, purchased from area farmers, is on the base’s western boundary and is now available to be used by Cannon to further its […]

Land commissioner recount OK’d

Staff report The statewide recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner will start 8 a.m. today, according to Roosevelt County Clerk DeAun Searl. The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted the stay it had imposed after reviewing a petition filed by incumbent Democrat Ray Powell over concerns his campaign had with the […]

What’s happening — Dec. 11

Today A Christmas Carol — 7 p.m., tickets $10/$8 (available at CCC cashiers window), Clovis Community College, Town Hall. Information: 575-769-4031 US 60/84 Roadway Improvement Project meeting — 6 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828 Legislative breakfast — 7 a.m., must RSVP to attend, Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand in Clovis. Rep. […]

ENMU seeking $12.3 million bond

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University hopes to issue $12.3 million in bonds to put toward existing projects. The ENMU board of regents will vote on the proposal today in during its meeting at the university’s Roswell campus. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president of Business Affairs, said the university is looking […]

Helping on the holidays

The following is a list of non-profit organizations accepting donations to help those in need through the holidays: • Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas celebration — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday,  407  L. Casillas Blvd. Bring unwrapped toys ranging from $10-$20 for boys and girls 2-14 years. Can be dropped off at the Lighthouse Mission through Friday. […]

Skills learned at Arts Academy innumerable

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Clovis Municipal Schools A long-standing magical tradition in our school district is the seasonal production of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky. The Arts Academy at Bella Vista  has been presenting this stunning and elaborate production for a number of years now. Last week’s dazzling performances were sold-out affairs with enthusiastic audiences and adorable […]

Local police keep abreast of protests

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com While demonstrations against local police departments are transpiring on a national level, New Mexico citizens are also reeling from controversial videos of police use of force from this year. Most recently in Clovis, a video surfaced of an officer taking down a handcuffed Jorge Corona during an Aug. 3 […]

Pages Past — Dec. 11

On this date … 1976: Terry Sweet, an Eastern New Mexico University football player, was shot to death in front of a Portales residence. Police said Sweet, 22, of Fort Sumner, was shot at close range in the chest with a 16-gauge shotgun after an argument with another student. Police were holding two ENMU students […]

‘Christmas Carol’ timeless tale

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When it comes to Christmas stories, it is impossible to beat the timeless tale of the three ghosts who facilitate Ebenezer Scrooge’s conversion from tight-fisted curmudgeon to kind-hearted benefactor in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” In spite of having seen a thousand incarnations since Dickens wrote it in 1843 (my […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family L

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family L • Household members: 7 • Children: 6 • Special circumstance: This single mother is raising six children and working as a babysitter whenever she can. Her husband is incarcerated. The boys are ages 6, 9 and 12 […]

Parks and Rec distributing survey

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The city is preparing to ask residents plenty of questions about the future of its parks and recreation facilities. As part of an update to its master parks plan, the city has prepared a survey to be distributed at various city locations, online and through the mail. The seven-page […]

Suspect found innocent of first-degree murder in Portales shooting

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Erik Pina, right, stands with his lawyer, Randall Harris, Tuesday afternoon as Judge Stephen Quinn reads the jury’s verdict during Pina’s trial for the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. The jury found Pina not guilty of first-degree murder, but convicted him of eight other charges, including aggravated burglary, armed robbery, and possession of stolen property.

By Joshua Lucero Staff photo jlucero@pntonline.com After a day of deliberations, a Roosevelt County jury on Tuesday found Erik Pina innocent of first-degree murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. Pina, 19, was convicted of eight other charges in connection with the crime, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, aggravated […]

Water authority back to drawing board on executive director

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has gone back to the drawing board on finding an executive director. James Blasing of Pueblo, Colorado, whom the authority had hoped to hire to the new position, withdrew his name from consideration about a week ago. The authority met Tuesday morning in executive session, but […]

Rico Sena sentenced to 10 years in stabbing

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Rico Sena is led away by Curry County deputies after being sentenced on Tuesday for voluntary manslaughter by District Judge Stephen Quinn.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Veronica Menzie described her baby brother Devin Saiz as a comedy character from the movie “Shrek.” “… The effervescent, lively and comical donkey,” Menzie said. “There was never a moment in which Devin wasn’t making someone smile or laugh.” On March 30, 2013, Rico Sena stabbed and killed Devin […]

In tribute: Mortgage loan officer friend to many

Zala Smith

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Zala Smith was a hometown girl born on the Fourth of July who took pride in helping people find homes and in making Clovis a better place to live. Smith, a longtime mortgage loan officer and member of numerous local boards and committees, died Saturday of complications from liver […]

Lawmaker: Capital outlay projects will take biggest hit from revenue change

By Rick White Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com Oil was $30 a barrel when Stuart Ingle was elected to the state Senate in 1985. He also recalls the price plummeted to $4 a barrel a short time later. New Mexico relies heavily on taxes and royalties from energy production, so a drop in oil prices means a […]

AG: Sheriff’s contract may have been improper

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com New Mexico’s attorney general contends Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray’s 2013 consultant contract at the jail may have been improper. The opinion, issued Nov. 21 in the form of a letter to state Sen. Stuart Ingle of Portales, concludes the $3,000 a month contract approved by Curry County commissioners […]

What’s happening — Dec. 10

Today Miss & Mr. Children’s Boutique ribbon cutting — 1 p.m., 107 E. 6th St. Information: 575-763-3435. Planning & Zoning Commission meeting — 3 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee — 10 a.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday A Christmas Carol — 7 p.m., tickets $10/$8 (available at CCC cashiers window), […]