Arrest made in Clovis shooting death (updated)


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Eric Valdez, 40, of Clovis was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with the first-degree murder of Jose Barrera, a Tucumcari man found dead Monday at a vacant house at 413 Sheldon St. Police said Barrera was shot in the head. They disclosed the arrest Saturday morning in a press […]

Car show packs Portales square

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Graham King of Clovis talks to onlookers about his 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Friday evening. Graham said he restored the car with all stock parts.

By Christina Calloway Today, $4,600 for a vehicle may not seem too pricey, but for J.D. Cole of Clovis, that amount of money bought him the vehicle that would last four generations. It was a 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon that took him, his wife, and four children to Missouri each summer, 11 […]

In search of ponies: Be realistic about dog smarts

So infamous are they, they have their own name. Known as “The Terrible Twos,” they represent a stage in the life of a youngin’ that parents often dread and live through only with enormous patience and the knowledge that this too shall pass. Consumed with a sense of self, some kiddos charge through their second […]

McGee: The post-surgery experience

So my eye surgery has come and gone. There were rules to follow:  Wear a special metal cup over your eye when you sleep, bathe your eyeball in high-dollar eye drops, don’t bend over, don’t lift heavy things, don’t rub your eye and on and on. I didn’t know what would happen if I bent […]

Police asking for assistance in locating person of interest


Staff report Investigators are looking for assistance in locating a person of interest in the homicide of 33-year-old Jose Barrera, of Tucumcari, who was found dead at a Sheldon Street residence Monday. According to a Thursday afternoon press release, police are looking for Eric Valdez, 40, of Clovis, a person of interest in the ongoing […]

5 things to know about snow cone stands

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Bahama Babes’ Darian Roybal, 16, prepares a snow cone for a customer Wednesday afternoon during her shift. Roybal said the snow cone stand has sold as many as 760 snow cones in one day.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer Hot temperatures and summer break means snow cone season is in full swing for Clovis snow cone stands. Stands and businesses throughout the city are selling the ice and flavored syrup concoction in an effort to cool off their customers. Snow cone makers spend their shifts providing customer service, […]

Speech, poster contests open to area students

Staff report Area sixth through 12th graders have just a matter of days to sign up to creatively share their take on ethnic diversity. There are two contests calling for entries. One contest will feature speeches; the other, artwork, but both must follow the same theme: “Celebrating the opportunities of ethnic diversity.” Children and youth […]

Church hosting cancer fighters

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Anthony Brent, 22, a youth pastor at Living Water Community Church, leads praise and worship with Living Water Pastor Don Bates during the church’s Wednesday night service.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Barely a year old and about 50 congregants strong, Living Water Community Church is giving Clovis the opportunity to impact a national initiative in a positive way. Living Water Community Church, 2801 Llano Estacado Blvd., will be hosting 29 activists who are cycling across the U.S. to raise funds […]

What’s happening — July 11

Today National Collector Car Day — 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Free admission, Roosevelt County Courthouse Parking Lot, Portales. Information: 693-2511. Monday 16th annual Cultural Workshops — 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $5 per 4 sessions, Roy Walker, 316 W. Second St. Information: 749-6570. Southwest Dairies Mobile Classroom — 9:30 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library parking lot. Information: 799-7840. Tuesday Cultural/Ethnic […]

Police blotter — July 11

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:07 a.m.: Remove subject, Ninth and Sheldon streets. • 12:27 a.m.: Assault, Ninth and Sheldon streets. • 1:01 a.m.: Battery, 1600 block of Laura Lane. • 6:28 a.m.: Shots fired, 1500 block of Layton Court. • 6:41 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 300 block of Chanticileer […]