Music doesn’t soothe the beast long

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies Dogs tend to not like being confined and can get rather vocal about it — barking, whining, pacing and panting — and those are just the tame behaviors that show their discontent. In addition to making noise, isolation can lead dogs to engage in a plethora of overt […]

Pages past — March 14

On this date … 1968: Seven years of city leadership under Mayor Ted Waldhauser ended as Clovis city commissioners elected Chick Taylor to the position. Waldhauser was nominated for the job again, but failed to receive a second in the city’s organizational meeting. Taylor, a city printer, was elected by commissioners for a two-year term. […]

Clovis homicide person of interest comes forward


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR A man police termed a person of interest in Sunday morning’s homicide turned himself in to authorities for questioning Thursday evening, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, turned himself in to his attorney, Ty Harmon, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Whitney said. “We haven’t been […]

Senate rejects UNM regent nominee Matt Chandler; Jamie Koch resigns in protest

By Dan Boyd The Associated Press The full Senate has just rejected Matt Chandler’s appointment to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents. He is removed from the position effective immediately. The vote was 23-17 in favor of adopting the Senate Rules Committee’s recommendation from earlier today. It was a nearly party-line vote, with […]

Torres found guilty

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Noe Torres is led away by Curry County deputies after the verdict. Sentencing is to take place at a later date.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR Jurors took about 90 minutes Friday to find Noe Torres guilty of the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Torres, 36, showed no emotion as District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum read the verdict — guilty on all seven counts stemming from the 2005 shooting of Carlos as he […]

Cordova turns self in

By: Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR A man police termed a person of interest in Sunday morning’s homicide turned himself in to authorities for questioning Thursday evening, Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, turned himself in to his attorney, Ty Harmon, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Whitney said. “We haven’t been […]

Chandler nomination goes back to committee

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican Matt Chandler, one of the governor’s nominees for The University of New Mexico Board of Regents, may be eased out Friday morning in an unusual encore hearing. Chandler would have been rejected Wednesday by the Senate, said Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen. But Sanchez agreed to delay the […]

Compromise on immigrant license reached in committee

By Milan Simonich Santa Fe New Mexican A Senate committee voted late Thursday for a compromise bill that would make New Mexico compliant with the federal Real ID Act while still enabling undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver’s licenses. The measure cleared the Senate Public Affairs Committee on a 5-3, party-line vote. All three Republicans […]

Legislature roundup — March 13

Days remaining in session: 8 Smartphone rides: Ride services like Uber and Lyft won a victory Thursday when the House voted by a wide, bipartisan margin to pass a bill to give the ride services a legal foothold in the state. House Bill 272, sponsored by Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, passed by a 56-8 vote. […]

Gentlemen’s club born again


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer The building at 961 CR H, left unoccupied by the court-ordered closure of the Clovis Gentleman’s Club, has a new life. Pastor David Dawson signed a two-year lease to bring his congregation to the space, now called Pure Heart Words Center. “My philosophy and my definition of a gentleman’s […]

Car chase ends in Texico

STAFF REPORTS A suspected drunken driver was hospitalized Wednesday night after a chase with police ended near Texico. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Sammie N. Diaz, 36, of Clovis on Wednesday night, after he crashed into “numerous road fixtures and signs” trying to evade officers, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said. “Diaz is currently […]

One still critical from Minsa

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Three were injured in the explosion on Wednesday.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR One remains in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas after Wednesday’s explosion at Minsa corn processing facility in Muleshoe, Texas. According to UMC Marketing Director Eric Finley, the hospital received two workers with injuries Wednesday, both in critical conditions at the time. Finely did not disclose […]

Police blotter — March 13

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 12:35 a.m.: Intoxicated driver, 4700 block of Mabry Drive. • 8:05 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1700 block of Axtell Street. • 8:08 a.m.: Public affray report, 1400 block of Cameo Street. • 8:30 a.m.: Articles […]

Life goes on despite troubles

Letter to the editor There was interesting news on the Albuquerque TV station on March 1. It was in reference to a letter sent to the Clovis News Journal concerning the paper’s Valentine’s Day (front page) article. Apparently it glorified the romance of two men, as it was presented. I didn’t see the article but […]

What’s happening — March 13

Today Live Action Ninja Turtle Show — 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., tickets $10 kids; $15 adults; $50 VIP, Marshall Auditorium. Information: 575-763-3435 or 575-505-0230 CGRA-Running for the Green Barrel Races — 4 p.m. exhibitions; 7 p.m. race starts, free event, Curry County Events Center. Information: 575-714-1593 or Clovis Lions Club Gun and Knife […]

Notebook — March 13

Today … • More progress could be made toward hiring an executive director for the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, as the ENMWUA board will be going into executive session. Upcoming … • The annual Clovis Lions Club Gun and Knife show runs today through Sunday at the Clovis Civic Center. Admission is $5. […]

Pages past — March 13

On this date … 1971: Clovis city leaders reported “no significant reasons for jubilation” about Clovis’ chances of being on a Railpax train route that would connect Kansas City to Los Angeles. Clovis Chamber of Commerce Manager Bob Spencer and others had traveled to a meeting in Washington with hopes of keeping passenger service running […]

SWAT standoff ends peacefully

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Members of local law enforcement set up a command post Thursday on Rio Street. Jonathon Taylor, 48, surrendered himself to authorities after a standoff at his home.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR A three-hour standoff ended peacefully Thursday when Jonathon Taylor walked from the front door of his house at Ninth and Pecos streets and surrendered to two Clovis police officers in full riot gear. Clovis police spokesman Sgt. Daron Roach said officers were attempting to serve Taylor, 48, with domestic […]

Noe Torres to take stand

By Robin Fornoff Managing Editor Longtime fugitive and accused child killer Noe Torres plans to take the witness stand today and defend himself against charges he shot and killed 10-year-old Carlos Perez while the child lay sleeping in his bed. Torres’ attorney Stacey Ward disclosed her client’s plan during the fourth day of his […]

Police standoff ends

The police standoff in the 900 block of Rio Street has ended, apparently without injury. A man exited the house and was taken into police custody about 7 p.m. Clovis police had about two blocks of Rio Street blocked off and were using a megaphone to ask a man to exit the house he’s in […]