Part of Grand Street closed Monday

Staff report Beginning Monday, the city of Clovis will close the eastbound lane of Grand Street between Mitchell and Rencher streets. The closure, which will allow for installation of a water line by J&H Services of Albuquerque, is expected to run through Thursday. The westbound lane is expected to remain open. Information: J&H, 505-896-9428.

Clovis man found guilty of criminal sexual penetration

Staff report A Clovis man was found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Eusebio Jasper, 64, faces up to 33 years in prison following the two-day trial with sentencing pending. A Curry County jury deliberated for about an hour before returning the verdict. Jasper […]

Albert Mitchell reappointed as judge

By Steve Hansen shansen@qcsunonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez has reappointed Albert Mitchell as the judge for the Tenth Judicial District. Mitchell, who had lost a retention vote in the Nov. 4 general election, received the appointment over Don Schutte, another former judge, who had also applied to fill the position. Both candidates were recommended to the […]

Flu claims Curry County man

Staff report A 29-year-old Curry County man was among the first five confirmed flu-related deaths for the 2014-15 influenza season, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. No other information was given on the man, but Marisa Bargsten, an infectious respiratory disease epidemiologist for the department, said all five people were in a high-risk […]

Pages past — Jan. 10

On this date … 1974: Clovis city commissioners took steps toward acquiring additional land for expansion at Clovis Municipal Airport and appointing an airport zoning board. Lack of zoning at the airport was holding up funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, city officials said. Area property owners had opposed zoning because it would set limits […]

Gas prices drop below $2 mark

Photo illustration: Tony Bullocks
Gas stations at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince Street were both selling fuel for less than $2 per gallon.

Staff and wire reports Retail gasoline prices continue to drop across the nation and have dipped below $2 throughout Clovis. The travel association AAA reports nationwide gasoline prices are down 6 cents this week, to reach $2.18 per gallon. Gasbuddy.com reports the average price in New Mexico is $1.98 per gallon, down 7 cents from […]

Power upgrades coming

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com A $53 million project was approved earlier this week by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for Xcel Energy to add new transmission lines in Eddy and Lea counties. In addition, Xcel will be working on other projects throughout the state, including the Clovis and Portales areas. One of […]

State second in violent crime; Clovis seeing drop

Staff report There’s good news and bad news for New Mexicans when it comes to violent crime. The good news: The number of violent crimes in the country dropped by 4.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, and the overall number is down 15 percent from a decade ago. The bad news? Even with a national […]

Commissioners looking at downtown post office relocation

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
The county may be close to finding a new location for the Gidding Street Post Office. County Commissioner Ben McDaniel said the county is negotiating with downtown property owners and may have an agreement as early as February.

Staff report Curry County may have an agreement for a new location of the downtown post office as early as February, according to Ben McDaniel, the chairman of the county commissioners. McDaniel said the county is  evaluating downtown locations to move the post office from Gidding Street in order to use the space to consolidate […]

Police Blotter/Jail Log — Jan. 9

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 12:39 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1000 block of Cypress Street. • 6:33 a.m.: Criminal damage, 400 block of Hinkle Street. • 7:26 a.m.: Criminal damage, 100 block of Merrill Drive. • 9:35 a.m.: Theft report, […]

Rail crossing work to require closures

Staff report Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad is performing crossing repairs between Texico and Melrose, with various closures between Friday and Jan. 16. The repairs will require complete road closures for crossings with tracks running parallel to U.S. 60. The following roads will be closed 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Monday: County Road C2, County […]

Police: Car vandalism reports in 50s

Staff report Reports of broken car windows are continuing in Clovis, as police estimate the number has surpassed 50 over the last two weeks. Police Chief Steve Sanders said the department is operating under the assumption that the new instances of broken windows — including 10 in the last three days — are connected to […]

What’s Happening — Jan. 9

Today Senior Appreciation Day — 8:30 a.m. (breakfast), free shopping to follow until 11 a.m., Lighthouse Mission, 407 L. Casillas. Information: 575-762-1933 Tuesday Curry County and Area Republican Women meeting —11:30 a.m., Dakota’s Steakhouse, 816 Lexington. Information: Laquita Terry at 575-762-2885. Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee meeting — 8:30 a.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Local, […]

Raffle to benefit food bank

Staff report Clovis Media Inc. is sponsoring a raffle for a 55-inch LCD HDTV, with proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Tickets are $1 each, or a donation of one can of food. “We are so thankful for Publisher Robert Arrowsmith and CMI’s generous donation of this deluxe HDTV,” Food Bank […]

Pages Past — Jan. 9

On this date … 1970: A Clovis man, arrested for fighting outside the Prince Lounge at 200 N. Prince, found himself in additional trouble when he slugged Police Chief Ken Kingsbury on the way to a patrol car. Tony Romero, 21, of 422 Hull St., was sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $25 […]

Brown: Happiness is hot coffee and a full barn

I talk a lot about the trouble that comes along on the farm and out on the ranch. There’s a reason for it; trouble is interesting, and conflict is the core of any story, including the ones I get to tell here every week. However, there are moments that are completely devoid of trouble and […]

City will hire hearing officer to mediate grievances

Staff report Clovis city commissioners on Thursday took the first step toward changing how grievance issues by city employees are mediated. The policy would change the current system of using a grievance board to hiring a third-party hearing officer. City Manager Joe Thomas said the change would remove the appearance of bias when handling grievance […]

Curtis Shelburne: Let the Lord be your guide through the seasons

Seasons. I love living in a place where we get them all. I’m unrepentantly partial to the one that includes roaring fires, snow, and Christmas. But each holds its own particular hue and beauty, and I’m on mostly good terms with them all. Seasons come. Seasons go. No surprise. But the changing colors, varying for […]

Short respite coming

Staff Photo: Aubry Buzek
A Nativity snow sculpture sits on the corner of Second and Davis streets  by Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Clovis. Carlos Rivero, an administrative assistant at the church, said a member of the church, Larry Sena, created the tableau Sunday. “It’s pretty awesome,” Rivero said. “We celebrated the Epiphany this last Sunday so that’s why he put it up.”

Staff report We’re in for a one-day break before another cold front barrels in, according to the National Weather Service. The good news is there won’t be any significant snowfall and things will be settling down to normal by early next week, said weather service Meteorologist Casey Jones. “It’s going to be a roller coaster […]

Parks input sought

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Whether you enjoy sunny-day picnics or rousing games of pickleball, the city of Clovis wants to know how you use community parks. A Parks and Recreation Community Survey is available online and at several city locations until Jan. 16. The survey will provide information to the Parks, Recreation and […]