Second driver in crash released by hospital

STAFF REPORT The driver of the semi-truck involved in Sunday’s fatal crash north of Clovis is recovering at home, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said on Thursday. “Mr. (Carlos) Valle has been released from the hospital, and it’s my understanding he’s back at home here in Clovis,” Waller said. Valle, 51, was initially identified as […]

Police Blotter/Jail Log — Dec. 16

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 3:02 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 700 block of West 13th Street. • 7:47 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, Cameo and Tenth streets. • 7:57 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, Humphrey and Wilhite […]

Audra Brown: Issues aside, few tools beat trustworthy jack

There are certain tools that are hard to replace with any other. A hammer is a hammer, but a rock or a Crescent, or quite a few other things can be used in a pinch to serve as a hammer, albeit of inferior efficiency. In the other hand, we have a jack. There are different […]

What’s Happening — Jan. 16

Saturday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast — 9 a.m., tickets $10 (age 13 and up), $6 (12 and under), Clovis High School Cafeteria, 1900 Thornton St. Information: 575-762-2752 or 575-763-7587 Health Insurance Enrollment event — 9 a.m., Lincoln Jackson Family Center computer lab, 206 Alphon St. Information: 575-769-5030 or 575-769-5032 Country Music Showcase […]

Pages Past: Jan. 16

On this date … 1975: Two fugitives, the last of seven men who escaped from the Curry County jail earlier in the week, were captured in a closet in a home in Lubbock. Both were unarmed and offered no resistance. The other five escapees had been captured within 24 hours of the jailbreak.  1964: Col. […]

Animal actions pending

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER When the city’s animal control task force began its second meeting Wednesday evening, they’d reached an early conclusion. “There’s a lot of work,” chair Linda Cross said. Two hours later, the same conclusion was pretty much true, and committee members decided to break until the following week after debating […]

County offers buzz-worthy course

Audry Buzek: Staff photo
Ed Costanza, a professional beekeeper from Albuquerque, gave a class on beekeeping at the Days Inn Wednesday. The seminar covered all aspects of beekeeping from containing swarms to running a hobby and commercial operation.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer More than 25 people attended a free seminar held by Professional Beekeepers Ed and Louella Costanza of Albuquerque at the Days Inn Wednesday. The nearly 12-hour class covered all aspects of beekeeping, from beginning an entry-level hobby hive to running a commercial operation. “The price of bees continues to […]

Busy spring semester begins

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Local columnist At Clovis Municipal Schools, we’re off to a running start in this new year. Even though the holidays seemed to rush past this year, our schools offered a wealth of wonderful holiday programs and activities that delighted families and community members. For example, Lockwood, our dual language elementary school, played […]

Police blotter — Jan. 15

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 12:43 a.m.: Attempt to locate, 2500 block of North Prince Street. • 7:59 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, Llano Estacado and Prince Streets. • 8:20 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident blocking roadway, 21st and […]

What’s happening — Jan. 15

Today Pre-K story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Embroidery class — 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 City Commission Executive Session — 5:30 p.m., Genealogy room, Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7828 Saturday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast — 9 a.m., tickets $10 (age 13 and up), […]

Meetings watch — Jan. 15

The Clovis planning and zoning committee met Wednesday afternoon at City Hall. • Members Connie Connolly, Jeff Moore, Candace Morrison, Don David, Terry Moberly and Juan Garza were present. • The committee unanimously approved its lone agenda item, a request by Martha Trujillo to change a zone to allow her to put a carport at […]

College trustee candidates file

STAFF REPORT The following people signed up Wednesday for positions on the March 3 Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election. • District 1: Connie Belcher, Ken Merritt, Laura Leal, Jacque Ochs. • District 3: Russell Muffley. • District 4: Raymond Mondragon. • District 5: Jose Griego, Terry Martin. Early voting begins Feb. 6 at […]

Beware when facing younger competition

By Betty Williamson Local columnist File this under “I should know better.”Three of my young friends received a board game for Christmas and couldn’t wait to bring it to my house, so they could decimate me in a match. They confessed that the game was somewhat difficult to understand but assured me that reading the […]

Additional sex charges filed on foster parent

By Steve Hansen STAFF WRITER A former Tucumcari foster parent already facing five felony charges related to sexual contact with a minor has been charged with nine more felony counts of sexual penetration and contact of a minor, state police and Quay County Magistrate Court records show. Manuel Preciado, 64, of Tucumcari, is now […]

Pages past — Jan. 15

On this date … 1961: New Mexico Rep. Fred Foster, D-Silver City, was planning another run at a “spanking” law. Foster’s bill to permit school teachers to spank students passed the Legislature in 1959, but drew a veto from Gov. John Burroughs. This time, Foster hoped to succeed by allowing local school boards to place […]

Honor roll — Arts Academy at Bella Vista

Arts Academy at Bella Vista Second nine weeks Third grade A honor roll Hailey Alvarado Soraya Alvarez Rosa Gonzalez Ke’Asia Kelley Christa Martinez Bradyn Milliron Laila Mirabal Breana Mowery Christian Padgett Karma Segura Gabriel Valdez-Valero Stephanie Vega Colter Williams A/ B honor roll Jasmine Brophy Leonardo Felix Justin Gonzales Juan Lopez ZacharyHerrington Zoi Mendoza Adriana […]

Honor roll — Barry Elementary

Barry Elementary Second nine weeks Third grade A honor roll Alexandria Mitchell Gianna Ramirez Adriana Silva Piper Whitaker Faith Wilhite Mikenzy Davis A/B honor roll Adin Davila Serenna DelaRosa Jose Rodriguez Jace Boney Erika Cooke December Garza Michael Gonzales Keisean Monroe Fourth grade A honor roll Matthew Cruz Rudy Guzman April Licano Zimzi Lovett Joaquin […]

Weather delays for Wednesday:

Here are weather-related delays or cancellations reported to CNJ for Wednesday: • Melrose schools are on a one-hour delay because of black ice and freezing fog.

Snow days best memories from school

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist What’s your favorite memory from school? With the recent weather in eastern New Mexico I’m reminded of my favorite memory: the snow day. I’d sit around the house all day, playing video games and watching reruns of “Saved by the Bell.” And if I felt like braving the elements, I’d […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Annie Lair, center, celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday at Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center with her daughter, Laveena Knight, left, and granddaughter Deanna Hogg.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Annie Lair doesn’t have a favorite television show. She never really got into watching TV all that much. Lair prefers to read her Bible and look at birds every now and then at the window of the Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Her favorite bird? “The one that stays […]