Skills learned at Arts Academy innumerable

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Clovis Municipal Schools A long-standing magical tradition in our school district is the seasonal production of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky. The Arts Academy at Bella Vista  has been presenting this stunning and elaborate production for a number of years now. Last week’s dazzling performances were sold-out affairs with enthusiastic audiences and adorable […]

Local police keep abreast of protests

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com While demonstrations against local police departments are transpiring on a national level, New Mexico citizens are also reeling from controversial videos of police use of force from this year. Most recently in Clovis, a video surfaced of an officer taking down a handcuffed Jorge Corona during an Aug. 3 […]

Pages Past — Dec. 11

On this date … 1976: Terry Sweet, an Eastern New Mexico University football player, was shot to death in front of a Portales residence. Police said Sweet, 22, of Fort Sumner, was shot at close range in the chest with a 16-gauge shotgun after an argument with another student. Police were holding two ENMU students […]

‘Christmas Carol’ timeless tale

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When it comes to Christmas stories, it is impossible to beat the timeless tale of the three ghosts who facilitate Ebenezer Scrooge’s conversion from tight-fisted curmudgeon to kind-hearted benefactor in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” In spite of having seen a thousand incarnations since Dickens wrote it in 1843 (my […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family L

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family L • Household members: 7 • Children: 6 • Special circumstance: This single mother is raising six children and working as a babysitter whenever she can. Her husband is incarcerated. The boys are ages 6, 9 and 12 […]

Parks and Rec distributing survey

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The city is preparing to ask residents plenty of questions about the future of its parks and recreation facilities. As part of an update to its master parks plan, the city has prepared a survey to be distributed at various city locations, online and through the mail. The seven-page […]

Suspect found innocent of first-degree murder in Portales shooting

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Erik Pina, right, stands with his lawyer, Randall Harris, Tuesday afternoon as Judge Stephen Quinn reads the jury’s verdict during Pina’s trial for the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. The jury found Pina not guilty of first-degree murder, but convicted him of eight other charges, including aggravated burglary, armed robbery, and possession of stolen property.

By Joshua Lucero Staff photo jlucero@pntonline.com After a day of deliberations, a Roosevelt County jury on Tuesday found Erik Pina innocent of first-degree murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. Pina, 19, was convicted of eight other charges in connection with the crime, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, aggravated […]

Water authority back to drawing board on executive director

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has gone back to the drawing board on finding an executive director. James Blasing of Pueblo, Colorado, whom the authority had hoped to hire to the new position, withdrew his name from consideration about a week ago. The authority met Tuesday morning in executive session, but […]

Rico Sena sentenced to 10 years in stabbing

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Rico Sena is led away by Curry County deputies after being sentenced on Tuesday for voluntary manslaughter by District Judge Stephen Quinn.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Veronica Menzie described her baby brother Devin Saiz as a comedy character from the movie “Shrek.” “… The effervescent, lively and comical donkey,” Menzie said. “There was never a moment in which Devin wasn’t making someone smile or laugh.” On March 30, 2013, Rico Sena stabbed and killed Devin […]

In tribute: Mortgage loan officer friend to many

Zala Smith

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Zala Smith was a hometown girl born on the Fourth of July who took pride in helping people find homes and in making Clovis a better place to live. Smith, a longtime mortgage loan officer and member of numerous local boards and committees, died Saturday of complications from liver […]

Lawmaker: Capital outlay projects will take biggest hit from revenue change

By Rick White Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com Oil was $30 a barrel when Stuart Ingle was elected to the state Senate in 1985. He also recalls the price plummeted to $4 a barrel a short time later. New Mexico relies heavily on taxes and royalties from energy production, so a drop in oil prices means a […]

AG: Sheriff’s contract may have been improper

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com New Mexico’s attorney general contends Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray’s 2013 consultant contract at the jail may have been improper. The opinion, issued Nov. 21 in the form of a letter to state Sen. Stuart Ingle of Portales, concludes the $3,000 a month contract approved by Curry County commissioners […]

What’s happening — Dec. 10

Today Miss & Mr. Children’s Boutique ribbon cutting — 1 p.m., 107 E. 6th St. Information: 575-763-3435. Planning & Zoning Commission meeting — 3 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee — 10 a.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828. Thursday A Christmas Carol — 7 p.m., tickets $10/$8 (available at CCC cashiers window), […]

Former judge still has hurdles to overcome

By Steve Hansen Guest columnist Democracy, rule by the people, and the rule of law don’t always see eye-to-eye. In the case of Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell, there seems to be some conflict between these two foundations of our civic life. “The people” often must be defined as the people who vote, and […]

Good customer service part of manager’s job

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Local columnist I was planning to host an event and there was a great location I had in mind for it. I went to speak to the building manager to see if it could be arranged. When I arrived in the manager’s office she was typing on the computer. She didn’t look […]

Pages past — Dec. 10

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On this date … 1964: New Mexico State Police Officers Joe Cotton of Clovis and David Kingsberry of Portales were the top shooters in a district competition held east of Clovis. Cotton scored the maximum 100 points in the marksmanship contest; Kingsberry scored 99.2 1959: Quail hunters who killed six tame geese on the Olan […]

Ag surveys coming soon

Staff report The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin surveying farmland owners to measure financial impacts and challenges of land ownership. Landowners will begin receiving forms for the survey, called Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL), by the end of December, according to a department news release. According to […]

Whiny, short-sighted commentary Christmas tradition

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist I hear a lot of the protests of Christmas season, and find them to be short-sighted whining, finding the convenient problem with everybody else. • “What’s wrong with kids these days? They’re asking for PlayStation 4, iPhones and iPads. Wow, when I was their age, I got toy guns and […]

Police blotter — Dec. 10

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 7:38 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 8:15 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1700 block of South Prince Street. • 8:32 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, […]

Empty stocking fund: Family K

Editor’s Note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s Focus: Family K • Household members: 6 • Children: 4 • Special circumstance: This family struggled through financial hardships this year that limit their ability to give their four children a Christmas. “I did not even put up a Christmas […]