Proposed ordinance would establish economic incentive board

Staff report Two proposals that aim to vet future economic development ventures may be on the Clovis City Commission’s agenda by February. The proposed ordinances, which detail an economic development plan and establish an economic incentive board, make sure “the city doesn’t lose money again on a project,” said Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, chairwoman of the Economic […]

Commissioners to discuss city manager candidates

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Clovis city commissioners are about to get their first look at the list of candidates who want to become the next city manager. The commission has scheduled a 5:30 p.m. executive session Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library to discuss the applicants. It is the same day as the […]

Realtors, officials discuss year in real estate

Staff report About two dozen people with various ties to the local real estate industry took a lunch break Tuesday to talk about the previous year in local real estate and the state legislative session ahead. The Clovis/Portales Association of Realtors hosted the informational luncheon, which included city and county officials, along with Sens. Stuart […]

Coach Isler left behind a lot of memories

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist In a business where you don’t expect to have many friends, I considered J.D. Isler a friend. Known to others as Jerry Dean Isler, and far more as Coach Isler, he’ll forever be 52, a casualty of a car accident north of Clovis. Plenty of memories came to me about […]

Judge ordered to wait for hearing

By Steve Hansen Managing editor shansen@qcsunonline.com The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered 10th Judicial District Court Judge Albert Mitchell not preside over court proceedings until a hearing can be held on a petition to nullify his reappointment to the bench by Gov. Susana Martinez. A hearing on the petition seeking Mitchell’s ouster is […]

Pages past — Jan. 14

On this date … 1974: Roy Tindle was named “Citizen of the Year” at the annual Melrose Chamber of Commerce banquet. Raymond Shumate received the “Workhorse Award,” while Noreen Smith and Wirt Washburn were named “Friendliest Clerks.” Freshman U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici was the guest speaker. 1965: Clovis city commissioners expressed concerns about voter apathy […]

Boutique Air numbers up in December

Staff report Passenger numbers rose again for Boutique Air in December at Clovis Municipal Airport, according to a monthly report from city officials. The San-Francisco-based airline completed all 158 of its scheduled flights in the month, with 869 passengers, according to Interim Airport Director Cody Mills. Of those passengers, 837 were revenue passengers and 32 […]

Police blotter — Jan. 14

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 6:26 a.m.: Theft report, 3200 block of Gidding Street. • 7:37 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1000 block of Beta Street. • 7:51 a.m.: Burglary report, 100 block of Townsgate Plaza. • […]

What’s happening — Jan. 14

Today Story Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Planning and Zoning meeting — 3 p.m., City Hall.Information: 575-769-7828 Free bookkeeping class —8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Days Inn, 2700 Mabry Dr. Information: louella@nmhoney.com. Thursday Pre-K story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Embroidery class — 10 a.m. and 6:30 […]

Weather delays for Tuesday

Here are weather-related delays or cancellations reported to CNJ for Tuesday: • Melrose schools are on a one-hour delay.

Some say Isler was ‘best basketball coach’ they knew

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com J.D. Isler was considered by many in eastern New Mexico to be the best basketball coach they knew. Plenty of others said the same about him as a friend. Across the region, residents mourned Sunday evening and Monday for the passing of Isler, who died in a car accident […]

Man sentenced to more than 40 years in sexual assault case

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Richard Sena was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for the 2012 robbery and sexual assault of a 71-year-old Clovis woman.

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal does not routinely identify victims of sexual assault. By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com In November 2012, a 71-year-old Clovis woman woke up to find a stranger pressing his hand against her mouth, holding a knife and threatening to kill her while he sexually assaulted and robbed her, according […]

Customer service about time sensitivity, fulfillment

By Gordon Smith Business columnist What does Christmas have in common with customer service? Both are about relationships, time sensitivity, communications, and fulfillment. When a business owner establishes a relationship with a customer, it should include knowing and understanding their needs, opinions, and expectations. It may require digging a little deeper and making a connection […]

Congressman promises to tackle reforms

By Tom Philpott Military update As an Army Reserve physician triaging the care of arriving wounded at the combat support hospital on Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, for half of 2008, Joe Heck said he saw “exactly how well joint operations can work.” Where the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force was based, Heck ran the hospital’s emergency […]

New human resources director named at Clovis schools

Staff report Clovis Municipal Schools has named a new human resources director. Renee Mestas, now the principal at Ranchvale Elementary School, was previously director of instruction. She also previously worked as an elementary school principal in Albuquerque Public Schools and was a central office administrator, instructional coach and teacher with the Moriarty-Edgewood Municipal School District. […]

What a wonderful world

By Sandy Fields Local columnist There we sat, four generations of family females, singing “High on a hill stood a lonely goat herd,” “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,” and all the other marvelous lyrics from that musical. The living room was alive with the sound of music. I was explaining to my great-niece […]

Police blotter — Jan. 13

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 4:47 a.m.: Suicide threat, 2900 block of East Mabry Drive. • 8:13 a.m.: Child abuse, 2100 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 10:30 a.m.: Battery report, 500 block of Prairieview Drive. […]

What’s happening — Jan. 13

Today Curry County and Area Republican Women meeting —11:30 a.m., Dakota’s Steakhouse, 816 Lexington. Information: Laquita Terry at 575-762-2885. Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee meeting — 8:30 a.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Local, state and federal housing update luncheon — 11:30 a.m., Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-762-4608 Wednesday Story Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public […]

Pages past — Jan. 13

On this date … 1975: Two Curry County jail escapees remained at large following an escape on Jan. 12. Officials said seven prisoners escaped by overpowering Deputy Pete Esquibel and trusty Melvin Zahn. Escapees accessed the jail’s roof and climbed down a telephone cable. One was injured when the cable broke and two were stranded […]

Prep basketball coach Isler killed in auto accident (updated)

CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks
J.D. Isler coaches at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Isler, 52, died Sunday in a car accident north of Clovis.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com ELIDA — For J.D. Isler’s players and students, he was an impeccable man who gave life lessons on and off the court. Isler, a longtime prep and college basketball coach who was in his first season with Elida, was killed Sunday afternoon in a car accident north of Clovis. […]