What’s happening — Aug. 7

Friday Melrose Chamber of Commerce Music Festival — 7 p.m., Melrose P.E. Complex. Information: 575-253-4530 or 575-799-0043. La Casa Family Health Center Celebration — 5:30 p.m., La Casa Family Health Center, 1521 W. 13th St. Information: 575-769-5018. UV Splash Color Dash — 6 p.m., Ned Houk Memorial Park. Information: 575-763-4400. Saturday Old Timer Days “Early […]

Alleged accomplice takes stand in slaying trial

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com The alleged accomplice of accused killer Daniel Murrell III took the stand Tuesday for the prosecution before a Curry County grand jury. Murrell, 25, is accused of causing the death of 61-year-old Joe Garcia of Clovis, who died in January three days after police say he was mugged by […]

Commissioner: Strip club options still being investigated

Staff report A proposed gentlemen’s club east of Clovis was discussed during a regular Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Curry County resident Carolyn Spence expressed her concern about the proposed Clovis Gentlemen’s Club scheduled to open in October to the commission during […]

In tribute: Foxy Drive In founder remembered for wisdom, humor


By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Over the course of his life, Alfred C. “AC” Bryant is said to have never met a stranger. His wisdom and humor touched those who came in contact with him, according to those who knew him. The founder of Foxy Drive In died Tuesday at age 99. “He never […]

Roosevelt County marijuana opposition gains support

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Arkie Kiehne’s grassroots effort to oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational gained the support Tuesday of the Roosevelt Count Commission. Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution stating they would oppose any attempt by state lawmakers at legalization. Roosevelt County Attorney Rick Queener said the resolution is a statement of […]

If you’re bored, here’s an afternoon of bad entertainment

I thought I was prepared with an answer. My coworker asked me on the way out of the office, “What are some of your favorite bad movies?” Oh, that’s easy: “XXX: State of the Union.” That is, my friend, the ultimate in enjoyable bad movies. You have great stars such as Ice Cube and Willem […]

Emergency assistance deadline Aug. 15

Staff report The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency extended the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 emergency assistance for livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish to Aug. 15, according to a USDA press release. The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires […]

Letter to the editor: Nation losing compassion for those less fortunate

I fear that as a nation we have lost our way, our caring, our ability to care and provide assistance to those less fortunate and our very soul. As we sit on the sidelines and absorb the images of children entering our country, we hear terms such as criminals, drug runners and illegal aliens. These […]

Pages past — Aug. 6

On this date … 1973: A car reported stolen crashed into a Clovis house at 713 E. 11th, penetrating a bedroom wall, police said. The runaway car also hit a parked car. The teenage driver attempted to walk away from the scene but was captured and faced multiple criminal charges. 1959: Officials were drawing up […]

Police blotter — Aug. 6

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:29 a.m.: Narcotics in progress, Piersall and Oak streets. • 2:06 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1000 block of West Manana Street. • 4:27 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 1000 block of Axtell Street. • 7:04 a.m.: Standby domestic, 800 block of Garwood Street. • 7:07 […]

What’s happening — Aug. 6

Today Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 a.m., Room 512, CCC. Information: 575-769-4001. Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Thursday City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 769-7828. Friday Melrose Chamber of Commerce Music Festival — 7 p.m., Melrose P.E. Complex. Information: 575-253-4530 or 575-799-0043. […]

Jury selection completed in slaying trial

Staff report Jury selection was completed Monday in the trial of Daniel Murrell III. Murrell is accused of inflicting fatal injuries during a January 2013 robbery and beating of 61-year-old Joe Garcia. District Attorney Andrea Reeb said the jury selection moved briskly and was finished by noon Monday. The trial began at 1:30 p.m. and […]

Data: Gross receipts tax revenue up

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Gross receipts taxes in Clovis are up more than 2 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to GRT data provided by the city. According to the data, Clovis collected $10.6 million in GRT during the first seven months of 2014 compared to $10.4 million in GRT collected in the […]

Air Commando among first Rock University graduates

Courtesy photo: U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Weimer, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing former command chief [Southwest Asia], presents Tech. Sgt. Leda Brienza, 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron knowledge operations technician currently assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Operations Group as an administrative assistant, with her Rock University certificate June 19 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Brienza is among the first to graduate from the program since its inception last April.

By Public Affairs Staff 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs An Air Commando from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico had the distinct honor of being among the first to graduate from Rock University during a deployment to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia this summer. Tech. Sgt. Leda Brienza, 727th Special Operations […]

New AFSOC commander tours Cannon

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs With less than a month on the job, Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, the newly appointed Air Force Special Operations Command commander, made it a top priority to interact with Cannon’s Air Commandos. Airmen of Cannon Air Force Base welcomed Heithold as he toured […]

In tribute: Retired pastor never far from performing services

Herbert Bergstrom

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Hundreds of couples said, “I do,” while standing in front of Herbert Bergstrom. Thousands of people said goodbye to friends after hearing that friend’s life told by the pastor known by everybody as “Dr. B.” The people who knew Bergstrom the best couldn’t stop talking about him if they […]

Can’t tell content of someone’s character by beauty of their house

I enjoy living near a golf course. Besides all the places to walk, there’re some beautiful houses in the neighborhood.  Our favorite one looks like it was imported from Italy. I reasoned the couple who resides there was well to do, or had soul crushing financial debt. Cassandra and I used to admire this house […]

Buying local an investment in our state

Beverlee J. McClure

We hear it all the time, and it makes sense. We love to get our groceries, our books, our back-to-school clothes from somebody local that we know and trust. When we do, we’re supporting our community, and we’re investing in a better future. It just makes sense that even if it’s a little more expensive, […]

Cattle Baron reopens following inspection

Staff report Cattle Baron in Portales reopened Monday morning following an inspection that cleared the restaurant of numerous New Mexico Environment Department code violations. NMED Communications Director Jim Winchester said the restaurant reopened following an inspection that showed restaurant staff had “adequately addressed all remaining items of concerns.” Restaurant management confirmed the restaurant reopened but […]

Military update: Reading required to clear up misconceptions

Veterans reading only headlines, hearing only sound bites, might have a few misconceptions about how Congress and the VA plan to use non-VA healthcare providers to ensure more timely and convenient access to care. A magical sounding item called a “Veteran’s Choice Card,” for example, won’t be a limitless credit card given qualified veterans to […]