Sea lions treat their young boys different

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies In the first months and years, young animals go forward with verve for life, bounding with energy as they explore and play. As time goes by, they venture further and further, still tethered to their mothers by an invisible line, yet barreling into life in ways that help […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 6

Editor’s Note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s Focus: Family H • Household members: 3 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: This single mother is raising one 7-year-old boy and one 2-year-old girl as she struggles with multiple disabilities. The family loves to watch movies together. The boy […]

Pages past — Dec. 6

Dec. 6 On this date … 1975: Jesus Lopez, 19, who lived at 112 Thornton in Clovis, was shot to death after a bar-room fight. The incident occurred at the Sunset Lounge, 2003 W. Seventh. Two Amarillo men were arrested in connection with the slaying. Witnesses said a shot was fired from a pickup as […]

Police certain knife left at scene

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said investigators are certain the knife used to kill Ariel Ulibarri was left at the scene of the crime on Nov. 9 and was not placed there later. He based his statement on conversations with suspected killer Matthew Jennings. Sanders, in an interview with […]

Commission tables authority appointment proposal

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Following more than an hour-and-a-half of discussion on its oversight of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority and the responsibility of transparency for all parties involved, the Clovis City Commission tabled a resolution that would have altered its criteria for appointing its three members. The resolution, a framework […]

Schools seeing inroads on curbing bullying

By Thomas Garcia STAFF WRITER tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Schools in New Mexico counties are combating bullying in compliance with state law and officials say they are seeing positive results. The state Public Education Department requires every school district and state-chartered school to implement bullying prevention programs, according to the education department’s website. The website defines “bullying” as […]

Meetings Watch — Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday night at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All commissioners and Mayor David Lansford were in attendance. All action items listed below passed on unanimous votes. • Outgoing Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, was given a key to the city for her 20 years of service. “It’s been […]

What’s Happening — Dec. 5

Today Tree lighting ceremony — 6 p.m., Wheatfields Senior Living, 4702 N. Prince Street. Information: 575-762-8700. Melrose Tour of Homes — 2 p.m.-5 p.m., tickets $5 (proceeds go to village of Melrose), start at Melrose Senior Center, 427 Main St. Information: HP Cargile at 575-714-1762 Saturday Christmas Light Parade — 6 p.m., Along Main Street, […]

School district clarifies candy punishment

STAFF REPORT Officials with Clovis Municipal Schools have released a statement regarding the recent 12-day suspension of three students accused of snorting  Smarties candies. “No student involved in the Smarties incident has a drug possession on their student record,” Superintendent Jody Balch said in a statement. No other comment was offered. A trio of students […]

Pages Past — Dec. 5

On this date … 1974: Two men in ski masks, one carrying a small handgun, robbed three Taco Bell employees at closing time. Clovis police said the robbers did not take any money from the cash register, but stole $60 from the employees. 1967: “Helen” left “Harry” a personal message in the classified section of […]

Police blotter — Dec. 5

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 12:33 a.m.: Narcotics, 1500 block of Echols Avenue. • 3:43 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 900 block of Mora Street. • 6:39 a.m.: Situation check, 1300 block of Gidding Street. • 7:22 a.m.: Arson, 2100 […]

Empty Stocking Profile — Family G

Editor’s Note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s Focus: Family G • Household members: 6 • Children: 5 • Special circumstance: This grandmother is raising five children including one with a learning disability. She is taking care of them as a result of her daughter’s recent incarceration. The […]

Court rules in favor of district judge candidate

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Albert Mitchell should not be eliminated as a candidate to fill his position after it is vacated on Dec. 31. By a slim margin, voters decided not to retain Mitchell in the Nov. 4 general election. […]

Suspect in slaying initially said he was hired

Matthew Jennings

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The man accused of killing 23-year-old Ariel Ulibarri first told police he was hired by someone, but later changed his story and said he did it out of rage, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders said a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court Wednesday charging Matthew Jennings, […]

Woman arrested in dealership fires

Courtesy  photo: Elizabeth Brown
Clovis teacher Elizabeth Brown snapped this shot Wednesday morning of police arresting arson suspect Angela Madrid on 17th near Thornton moments after she allgedly started a fire at Greene Acres Park.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The woman accused of setting fires at two car dealerships, a house and a city park told police she did it because something bad was going to happen with fire, according to court records. Angelica Madrid, 40, told a Clovis detective “we needed to evacuate the town …” because […]

New families finalized on adoption day

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
The Ninth Judicial Court celebrated National Adoption Day Wednesday by finalizing the adoptions of seven families and holding a ceremonial balloon release. Harmony Rose Smith and her sister Carnation were adopted by their parents Joe and Denise Smith.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Tears are not out of place in a district court room, but on Wednesday they were tears of joy as district judges united families from Curry and Roosevelt counties. “We are here to celebrate families, children and adoptions,” said Ben Cross, the 9th Judicial District Court staff attorney. “Adoption […]

Statewide recount delayed

Staff report The statewide recount of the vote for New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands, which was supposed to begin in all state counties Monday, has been delayed to allow the state Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the recount, according to Debbie Romero, a supreme court clerk. Incumbent commissioner Ray Powell, asked the […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • Appointment of representatives for the Animal Control Task Force. Eight citizens have either expressed interest or applied to serve on the task force. The previous membership included a commissioner from each district, three […]

CCC board reviews funding

Staff report The Clovis Community College Board reviewed 2015 funding Wednesday and approved several instructional and non-instructional matters. College President Becky Rowley updated board members on the funding formula used to calculate next years budget. “I expect everything to be just fine for our students,” Rowley said. “Every scenario that I have seen, even though […]

ENMU holiday concert wonderful gift

By Betty Williamson Local columnist For most of its 80 years, Eastern New Mexico University has offered a December holiday concert as its gift to our community. This Yuletide event is so popular the school has long presented duplicate back-to-back concerts to accommodate overflow crowds (including junkies like me who regularly stayed for both performances). […]