Golf-course deficit no surprise, city officials say

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER The city-owned Colonial Park Golf Course spent triple the amount of money it has taken in so far this year, but some city officials say the deficit shouldn’t come as a surprise. The figures were made public Wednesday during a review by Clovis’ Finance Committee. According to the city’s […]

Renovations, staffing keeps school staff busy in summer

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Yucca Middle School is one of three schools in the Clovis Municipal School district in which science labs are being updated.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER There’s no slowing down for Clovis Municipal Schools during this year’s summer break. Work is being done at several schools to improve facilities for the upcoming school year in addition to updating technologies, campus cleanings, and the hiring of new staff and faculty. Superintendent Jody Balch said the school […]

Police: ‘Medical episode’ contributed to De Baca deputy’s death

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New Mexico State Police believe a “medical episode” contributed to the death of De Baca County Democratic candidate for sheriff, Deputy Mylessa Denny, pictured here with Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders, left.

Staff report New Mexico State Police believe a “medical episode” contributed to the death of De Baca County Democratic candidate for sheriff, Deputy Mylessa Denny. State police Sgt. Damyan Brown said the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator will conduct an autopsy, but preliminary indications are that Denny had a medical episode Tuesday evening. […]

Roosevelt County resident petitions against marijuana legalization

By Christina Calloway Senior writer Roosevelt County resident Arkie Kiehne is taking a stand against the legalization of marijuana before it reaches a New Mexico ballot. Kiehne hopes his petition against the legal sale of marijuana in Roosevelt County, which he claims garnered 830 signatures, sends a message that this area will not tolerate […]

Water board seeks resident to serve on committee

Staff report The City of Clovis Water Policy Advisory Committee is in need of one Clovis resident. Applications are currently being taken for the opportunity to serve on the committee, according to a press release from the city. Water Policy Advisory Committee members help advocate for water conservation and its sustainability, and help with the […]

From the editor’s desk: Those were hot times

Fire at Tucumcari’s Hampton Inn destroyed the hotel early Wednesday morning, sending dozens of guests scrambling to safety in their pajamas. Officials said no injuries were reported, but the blaze immediately made a place for itself among the most memorable in the city’s history. Clovis has plenty of candidates for its “worst” fire, including one […]

Slaying suspect’s ex-wife found dead

Staff report The ex-wife of slaying suspect Eric Valdez was found dead about 12:36 p.m. Tuesday at her home in the 200 block of Raven Drive, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said Carol Ann Molina, 39, appeared to have died of natural causes and investigators don’t believe foul play was involved. The […]

Police blotter — July 17

Clovis police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 1:01 a.m.: Assault on a police officer, 2200 block of East Mabry Drive. • 5:01 a.m.: Auto burglary, 2200 block of Country Meadows Drive. • 7:12 a.m.: Ill subject, 2200 block of Chapparal. • 8:41 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1000 block of Rencher Street. […]

What’s happening — July 17

Today City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 769-7828. Friday Second annual 42 Domino Shoot Out Championship — 6 p.m.,  registration, 7 p.m. start, $30 fee, Texico Community Center, 211 N. Griffin. Information: 218-2321. Monster Truck Event — 6:30 p.m., Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, Curry County Fairgrounds. Information: 935-7000 or […]

Fire ravages Tucumcari hotel; no injuries reported


By Steve Hansen Staff writer An early morning lightning strike was being blamed for a fire Wednesday that destroyed the Tucumcari Hampton Inn. An estimated 20 to 30 guests were safely evacuated without injury in the blaze officials said started about 2:30 a.m. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said the fire is believed to have […]