Police blotter — Aug. 6

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:29 a.m.: Narcotics in progress, Piersall and Oak streets. • 2:06 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1000 block of West Manana Street. • 4:27 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 1000 block of Axtell Street. • 7:04 a.m.: Standby domestic, 800 block of Garwood Street. • 7:07 […]

What’s happening — Aug. 6

Today Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 a.m., Room 512, CCC. Information: 575-769-4001. Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Thursday City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 769-7828. Friday Melrose Chamber of Commerce Music Festival — 7 p.m., Melrose P.E. Complex. Information: 575-253-4530 or 575-799-0043. […]

Jury selection completed in slaying trial

Staff report Jury selection was completed Monday in the trial of Daniel Murrell III. Murrell is accused of inflicting fatal injuries during a January 2013 robbery and beating of 61-year-old Joe Garcia. District Attorney Andrea Reeb said the jury selection moved briskly and was finished by noon Monday. The trial began at 1:30 p.m. and […]

Data: Gross receipts tax revenue up

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Gross receipts taxes in Clovis are up more than 2 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to GRT data provided by the city. According to the data, Clovis collected $10.6 million in GRT during the first seven months of 2014 compared to $10.4 million in GRT collected in the […]

Air Commando among first Rock University graduates

Courtesy photo: U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Weimer, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing former command chief [Southwest Asia], presents Tech. Sgt. Leda Brienza, 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron knowledge operations technician currently assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Operations Group as an administrative assistant, with her Rock University certificate June 19 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Brienza is among the first to graduate from the program since its inception last April.

By Public Affairs Staff 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs An Air Commando from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico had the distinct honor of being among the first to graduate from Rock University during a deployment to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia this summer. Tech. Sgt. Leda Brienza, 727th Special Operations […]

New AFSOC commander tours Cannon

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs With less than a month on the job, Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, the newly appointed Air Force Special Operations Command commander, made it a top priority to interact with Cannon’s Air Commandos. Airmen of Cannon Air Force Base welcomed Heithold as he toured […]

In tribute: Retired pastor never far from performing services

Herbert Bergstrom

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Hundreds of couples said, “I do,” while standing in front of Herbert Bergstrom. Thousands of people said goodbye to friends after hearing that friend’s life told by the pastor known by everybody as “Dr. B.” The people who knew Bergstrom the best couldn’t stop talking about him if they […]

Can’t tell content of someone’s character by beauty of their house

I enjoy living near a golf course. Besides all the places to walk, there’re some beautiful houses in the neighborhood.  Our favorite one looks like it was imported from Italy. I reasoned the couple who resides there was well to do, or had soul crushing financial debt. Cassandra and I used to admire this house […]

Buying local an investment in our state

Beverlee J. McClure

We hear it all the time, and it makes sense. We love to get our groceries, our books, our back-to-school clothes from somebody local that we know and trust. When we do, we’re supporting our community, and we’re investing in a better future. It just makes sense that even if it’s a little more expensive, […]

Cattle Baron reopens following inspection

Staff report Cattle Baron in Portales reopened Monday morning following an inspection that cleared the restaurant of numerous New Mexico Environment Department code violations. NMED Communications Director Jim Winchester said the restaurant reopened following an inspection that showed restaurant staff had “adequately addressed all remaining items of concerns.” Restaurant management confirmed the restaurant reopened but […]

Military update: Reading required to clear up misconceptions

Veterans reading only headlines, hearing only sound bites, might have a few misconceptions about how Congress and the VA plan to use non-VA healthcare providers to ensure more timely and convenient access to care. A magical sounding item called a “Veteran’s Choice Card,” for example, won’t be a limitless credit card given qualified veterans to […]

Police blotter — Aug. 5

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 12:41 a.m.: Possession of methamphetamine, Main and Seventh streets. • 4:06 a.m.: Battery, 1200 block of West Seventh Street. • 11:26 a.m.: Burglary (residence), 900 block of Willow Street. • 1:29 p.m.: Shoplifting up to $500, 3700 block of North Prince Street. • 3:27 […]

What’s happening — Aug. 5

Today Civil Aviation meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Municipal Airport. Information: 575-769-7828. National Night Out — 6 p.m., Greene Acres. Information: 575-763-9427. Back to School Health Fair-Curry County Health Council — 6 p.m., Greene Acres Park. Information: 575-763-3435. Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents Special meeting — 4 p.m., Regents Room, Admin. Bldg., Portales […]

Pages past — Aug. 5

On this date … 1962: Fire caused about $30,000 in damage to Harold McDonald’s dairy 15 miles north of Clovis. The blaze destroyed a hay barn, milking parlor and cooling facilities, the Clovis newspaper reported. McDonald trucked 89 milking cows to a dairy in Floyd until repairs could be made. Cause of the fire was […]

Cattle Baron remains closed

Staff report Cattle Baron in Portales remained closed Saturday as employees were still working to reopen the restaurant following a New Mexico Environment Department inspection that discovered numerous code violations. Restaurant management said “it’s too soon to tell” when the restaurant will be open but declined to answer any other questions regarding the closure. NMED […]

Pages past — Aug. 3

On this date: • 1947: The bodies of two Clovis men were found in the cabin of their chartered plane, which crashed about 20 miles from their destination of Eagle Nest Lake. Jimmie Gressett and John Hardisty, both 21-year-old pilots, were planning to go fishing. Officials said their plane crashed into the side of a […]

Rainfall raising lake levels

Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
Two fishermen leave one of the north docks Friday afternoon at Conchas Lake. Recent rainfall has submerged one of the two boat ramps at the north dock region.

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Area lakes continue to benefit from increased summer rainfall, which has raised some water levels to their highest point in a decade. Currently, Conchas Lake is at 4,180 feet above sea level,  four feet higher than the 4,176-foot elevation recorded on July 26, according to Michael Vollmer, natural resource […]

National Night Out gearing up

File photo
A New Mexico State Police helicopter lands at National Night out last year at Greene Acres Park.

Staff report The Clovis Police Department is preparing to participate in the 31st annual National Night Out drug and crime prevention program event scheduled for Tuesday evening. CPD’s Sgt. Daron Roach said the event will be the seventh year the police department has participated in the nationwide event. Roach said the 31st National Night Out […]

Customers review new air service

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Guests at the Clovis Airport Fly-in & Car Show wait to look inside Boutique Air’s Pilatus PC-12 passenger airplane at the July 9 event. The plane seats nine passengers and makes 18 round-trip flights per week from Clovis to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Smooth flights and personable staff are part of the experience with Boutique Air’s air service, according to Shelly Burger, court manager at the Curry County Courthouse. Boutique Air’s passenger flights have been in operation out of Clovis Municipal Airport since July 15 under the Department of Transportation’s Essential Air […]

What’s happening — Aug. 3

Tuesday Civil Aviation meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Municipal Airport. Information: 575-769-7828. National Night Out — 6 p.m., Greene Acres. Information: 575-763-9427. Back to School Health Fair-Curry County Health Council — 6 p.m., Greene Acres Park. Information: 575-763-3435. Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 a.m., Room 512. Information: 575-769-4001. Toddler Time […]