Opinion: No better hauler than a semi

By Audra Brown Local columnist Where a vehicle goes is an important part of what a vehicle is and, frequently, a part of what it is called. It is important to know where a vehicle goes. True off-road rigs, like a steel-tracked bulldozer, can go practically anywhere, but that doesn’t mean they should. If you […]

Pages past — Jan. 22

On this date … 1976: Nine men were on death row in New Mexico. One Clovis man, Stanley Deon Melton, was awaiting execution. His sentence was ultimately commuted to life. No other area convicts were on death row. 1956: The city of Clovis’ sanitation department reported a large amount of waste paper was being scattered […]

Police blotter — Jan. 22

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday: • Steven Herman Martinez, 19, conspiracy to commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle (first offense), recieving stolen property (dispose)(over$500). • Joshua Dodge, 24. • James Shorts, 59. • Harold Murphy, 35, criminal damage to the property of a household […]

What’s happening — Jan. 22

Saturday CCC Cultural Arts Series: M.J. Wilde and Wicked Wilde — 7 p.m. Fee: $25/$20 Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-769-4956 Monday Commission on Older Adults — 4 p.m. Baxter-Curren, 908 Hickory St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-3631 Clovis-Carver Public Library Board — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 […]

Traffic stop drama ends with acquittal

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer dhartsfield@cnjonline.com Police claimed a back-seat heckler refused to show identification, then resisted arrest during a 2014 traffic stop. The suspect alleged police used excessive force during the altercation, breaking his cheekbone by slamming him to the pavement while he was handcuffed. Police video captured it all, providing evidence that both […]

Opinion: Portales pedestrian-friendly

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Strolling from the Portales Memorial Building along Abilene Street, and then down West First to Eastern New Mexico University on Monday evening with the rest of the folks out participating in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. walk, renewed my awareness of how rarely we walk anywhere in this community. […]

Pages past — Jan. 21

On this date … 1976: Unidentified Flying Objects were sighted over Clovis for the second night in a row. Police said they counted 18 in the sky at one time. One of the objects “appeared to be hovering over Texico,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. Soon the object began to “rise rapidly,” and then a “jet […]

Opinion: Students at two schools ‘learning to learn’

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist We have two unique school sites that we don’t hear about as much as our elementary, middle, or high schools: Los Niños Early Intervention center and Lincoln Jackson Family Center (LJFC). Not too many years ago these two sites were separate, each with its own mission. Los Niños was a […]

Survey: Poverty up, education down in state

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com We’ve all heard it many times before — New Mexico is not the land of wealth. Surveys appear each year highlighting the state’s poverty level. Articles appeared last fall referencing New Mexico and Mississippi as the poorest states in the nation. The results for the 2015 Kids Count survey […]

Most District 1 candidates favor photo ID

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Voters on March 1 will decide whether photo identification should be required to vote in city elections. City commissioners in November debated the issue for more than an hour before voting 5-4 to let voters make the call. Four commission seats and the mayor’s position are on the March 1 […]

Impact begins for REAL ID Act

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Federal officials announced Wednesday that New Mexico driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted as proof of identity to enter any Department of Defense installation. But Cannon Air Force Base officials said it won’t be making any immediate changes to policy. “Currently, the Air Force is reviewing DoD’s […]

City may raise garbage, pet-adoption fees

Staff report The Clovis City Commission is introducing a trio of ordinances today that could mean increased fees for  garbage collection and pet adoption. The meeting is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. The city’s public works committee recommended a raise in garbage collection rates of approximately $1.44 […]

What’s happening — Jan. 21

Today City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Color Creator Adult Coloring Club — 10 a.m. – Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, boardroom, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9687 Color Creator Adult Coloring Club — 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, boardroom, […]

Police blotter — Jan. 21

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday: • Richard Espinosa, 71, battery, criminal trespass (public). • Teresa Navarrette,19, warrant fialure to pay fines/fees. • Pedro Gonzales, 51, making a false report. The following were released on bond from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday: • […]

Pages past — Jan. 20

On this date … 2006: Drugs topped the list of several area lawmakers’ priorities as they headed to Santa Fe for the annual legislative session. Sen. Clint Harden was pushing for mandatory sentencing related to methamphetamine crimes. Harden said his intent was to “get cooks out of the kitchen.” Rep. Anna Crook was looking for […]

Opinion: Service part of being royalty

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist We need to teach our children, that, although they may mean the world to us, the world doesn’t revolve around them. My thoughts when my daughter Laura showed me an adorable outfit that read, “Crown me.” Laura is an outstanding mom of the year to my grandbabies, Gena, 2, and […]

What’s happening — Jan. 20

Today Chamber Board of Directors — 1:30 p.m. Clovis-Curry County Chamber, 105 E. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Finance Committee — 2 p.m. City Hall, 321 Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Albertson’s Market ribbon cutting — 9 a.m. Albertson’s Market, 1905 N. Prince St., Clovis. Thursday City Commission Meeting — 5:15 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, […]

Police blotter — Jan. 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 12:21 a.m.: Failure to appear (felony), Hickory Street and Grand Avenue. • 9:04 a.m.: Failure to comply with condition of release, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 9:48 a.m.: Public affray, 200 block of […]

Brumfield Q&A: First impressions make a difference

Gayla Brumfield

Compiled by David Stevens Editor Gayla Brumfield sees no reason to show a photo identification when voting in city elections. That’s an issue on which she differs with her opponent, Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, in the District 2 City Commission race. Both candidates’ views are similar in that both believe the city may need to raise taxes […]

Taylor-Sawyer Q&A: We need to tell the story of our city

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer

Compiled by David Stevens Editor Sandra Taylor-Sawyer believes photo identification should be required to vote in city of Clovis elections. Taylor-Sawyer, the incumbent city commissioner for District 2, also believes budget cuts are going to be a part of Clovis’ future and increased taxes and/or fees are on the way. Taylor-Sawyer faces opposition from former […]