Pages past — May 13

On this date … 1975: The Clovis fire department was called to Clovis High School to remove a tire from atop the flag pole. A toilet was also found atop the roof of the choral building. “We have no proof that these shenanigans were perpetrated by the senior class, but the evidence points that way,” […]

Man pleads guilty in July shooting

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The man who shot and killed Jose Barrera last July pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Judge Drew Tatum sentenced Eric Valdez, 40, of Tucumcari, to 15 years in prison, the release states. According to previous reports, Valdez shot […]

Police blotter — May 13

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 1:51 a.m.: Reckless driver, Putnam and Norris streets. • 7:31 a.m.: Failure to comply with conditions of release, Sixth and Ash streets. • 11:10 a.m.: Possession of Marijuana under 8 oz, Reid Street and […]

What’s happening — May 13

Today Planning and Zoning Commission — 3 p.m., 321 N. Connelly, Clovis City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 or  administration@cityofclovis.org Friday Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — 5 p.m., 321 N. Connelly. Information: 575-763-9653 Saturday Relay For Life — Noon, Hillcrest Park 1208 N. Norris St. Cops and Kids Basketball — 9 a.m., Rock Staubus Gymnasium, 1900 […]

School board approves bond sale

Staff report The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the sale of $5 million in general obligation bond funds during a special meeting Tuesday. Erik Harrigan of RBC Capital Markets, financial advisor for CMS, said the winning bidder BOSC offered 2.297 percent, the highest among nine bidders. “It was a very strong bid,” Harrigan […]

Law enforcement takes kids to basketball court

Staff report District Attorneys, area cops and security forces from Cannon Air Force Base will be taking on nearly 100 kids between the ages of 6 and 16 Saturday morning at Clovis High School on the basketball court. According to Judith Gilkas at the District Attorney’s office, kids will have a chance to play basketball […]

Planning a Facebook to English dictionary

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor I’m working on a book. It’s not much of a read, though. A reference item, really. Picture this: You’re browsing on a social networking site, and you see something over and over. You wonder, “What are they really trying to tell me?” Well, now you’ll know with the “Facebook to […]

A few words for graduates

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you chose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…” These are not my words. These are from Dr. Seuss, […]

Notebook — May 13

Still seeking help … As a followup on our story about attempts to create a memorial for the former Clovis hospital at the Matt 25 Hope Center that has since taken its place: Brenda Brooks reports a good response so far. Specifically, she said the memorial still needs two mannequins and a display case. Contact […]

Thank-you notes sweet, vanishing tradition

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Every day I make two treks to the mailbox. The morning trip is my routine for getting checks dispersed to a great variety of people and businesses in the building industry. The afternoon jaunt is for gathering the stack of catalogs, bills and notices. Occasionally something special catches my eye […]

Suspect pleads guilty to felony charges

Staff report A man who broke into the Jimenez Custom Harvesting building last year pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb’s office. Chief District Court Judge Drew Tatum sentenced Leonard L. Lucero to 10 years in prison. Lucero, […]

Hard labor builds character

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Monotonous, back-breaking labor is great for the mind. There is something about toiling away in the hot sun that keeps one grounded in the moment, and enduring the small pains that add up to complete a big project places some perspective on the trivial matters we let bother us day […]

Relay for Life set for Saturday

Staff report The 20th annual Clovis/Curry County Relay For Life Reunion is noon to midnight Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Proceeds from the walk benefit the American Cancer Society, which uses the money for cancer research and patient support. Dorothy Nelson, the Relay for Life community manager, said the reunion year is special because past relayers, […]

Film program celebrates with screening

By Jackie Johnson Staff Writer jjohnson@pntonline.com Students from Eastern New Mexico University’s digital filmmaking program will be celebrating a year’s worth of hard work and dedication Wednesday with a film screening. Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking who teaches the upper level producing/production class the students take, said the event is a time to […]

Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in accident

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A Clovis woman suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday after she was thrown from her pickup through a chain link fence near Brady Avenue and Norris Street, according to Clovis police. Police said Victoria Zavala, 46, was eastbound on Brady in a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup when it crossed the centerline […]

Farwell unofficial election results received

Staff report In a Farwell ISD election held Saturday, unofficial totals show Jay Be Barrett, Lane McFarland, and Jose Jaime elected to three positions on the school board. Jay Be Barrett received 69 votes, Lane McFarland received 68 votes, Jose Jaime received 45 votes, Isaac Nicolas received 33 votes, Shane Yeary received 13 votes, and […]

Prosecutors, investigator recognized for excellence

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Two prosecutors and an investigator from the District Attorney’s office were recently recognized by their peers for outstanding excellence in their profession, according to a press release issued Monday by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. “I’m just really excited and proud of these three individuals and my staff,” Reeb said. […]

Next year could bring tough retirement plan choice

By Tom Philpott Military Update Many Reserve and National Guard members, particularly those who are younger and have fewer years of service, are likely next year to face a difficult choice of retirement plans. It will be a decision as complex as the one being prepared by Congress for their active-duty counterparts. More details of […]

Pages past — May 12

On this date … 1970: A fire set by a burglar  “extensively damaged” the medical office of Drs. Allan Haynes and John Conway at 1217 Pile St. in Clovis. Police Detective Caleb Chandler said narcotics were the likely motive for the break-in, though Chandler said doctors were forbidden by law to keep narcotics in their […]

Water authority anticipating grants

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is anticipating an estimated $4.2 million in grants to help speed up construction of the Ute Pipeline in the next few months, according to authority leaders. “The Water Trust Board funding is becoming available as well as the Bureau of Reclamation,” said […]