Albuquerque Tribune closing down

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Tribune, a victim of plunging circulation in the Internet age, will publish its last edition Saturday. Editor Phill Casaus said the newspaper’s 38 editorial employees were told of the decision during a staff meeting Wednesday morning. Casaus said the last three editions will feature stories about The Tribune’s […]

Wet, winter weather headed this way

The Associated Press A storm will cross the state Thursday through Saturday, bringing snow and rain , the National Weather Service said. A winter storm watch is in effect in Curry County from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Friday’s forecast for Curry County is partly cloudy and cooler with scattered rain showers in the evening […]

Winter weather advisory in effect

From Ken De Los Santos, emergency management coordinator for Clovis and Curry County: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM MST THIS EVENING INCLUDES CURRY AND ROOSEVELT COUNTIES THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM MST THIS EVENING. SNOW […]

Aug. 20, 1932

Co-captains Newton Lancaster and R.L. Wells were announced as leaders for the 1932 Clovis High School football squad in pre-season training. … The Better Homes Club spent the afternoon sewing for a little girl in the Portales orphan’s home. … R.L. Hollis, a Roosevelt County deputy sheriff, was injured in a gunfight during the apprehension […]

One man dead in Clovis shooting

1184278058-713shooting1.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sheriff’s Department investigator Waldo Casarez at the scene Thursday of a shooting that took place at 512 West Sixth St. CNJ staff A 39-year-old Clovis man is dead and police are searching for an armed suspect who fled the scene following a shooting around 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Eladio Valdez Robledo […]

Winter weather makes spring appearance

CNJ staff report Cool temperatures, wind and snow swept across the area Friday. Strong winds whipped through the eastern Plains during the afternoon, gusting to 38 mph in Clovis in the early evening. Temperatures hovering in the upper 30s and low 40s dropped to freezing in the late afternoon, when snow flurries fell. The last […]

Stolen van recovered near railroad tracks

CNJ Staff Police recovered a stolen van Monday morning after it was abandoned near the railroad tracks on Zulek Street, according to police reports. The van, a 1996 Ford Aerostar, was reported stolen Sunday afternoon in the 1500 block of Red Cloud Place. A citizen reported the vehicle abandoned near the railroad tracks around 10 […]

Death evokes suspicion

1168366766-Body-removal2.jpg

The body of Emmett Salisbury, 36, is removed at 6 p.m. Monday from a thrift store on East Grand Avenue by investigators and mortuary staff. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Clovis police are investigating a death they’ve termed “suspicious” after the body of a 36-year-old man was discovered in a […]

Tucumcari boy dies after being swept into irrigation canal

1148100437-5-20-canal-tease.jpg

State and local officials search a Tucumari irrigation canal for Agustin Montiel, 12, who was swimming before the currents swept him away. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMACARI — Dive teams found the body of a 12-year-old boy Friday night after nearly 24 hours of searching in a Tucumcari irrigation canal. […]

Raids in Portales lead to several arrests

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Area law enforcement officials arrested eight people in a series of raids late this week, including a Portales man for the second time in less than a month. Armando Ontiveros, 38, was charged Friday with disposal of stolen property. Portales police officers and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Ontiveros […]

Teen dies after weekend shooting

CNJ staff A 19-year-old Clovis man found shot in the head early Sunday morning was pronounced dead on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The homicide was the city’s second of the weekend and Curry County’s fourth since Dec. 10. Police said Wilfred Salas Jr. was found at 3:15 a.m. Sunday in the front seat of a […]

Dentist arrested in Clovis homicide investigation

Forensic evidence led to the arrest this morning of local dentist James Smith in the slaying of Laura McNaughton, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Smith, who practiced dentistry in Clovis and Portales, is being held at Curry County Adult Detention Center on an open count of murder, Chandler said. Police issued a […]

Bodies not identified, no arrests made

1109921423-web-car-homicide3-3_4_05.jpg

Members of the New Mexico State Police investigate a crime scene Thursday morning on Roosevelt Road N 1/2 southeast of Portales where a burned-out car was found. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two bodies found Thursday in a burned car southeast of Portales were still not identified on Friday. But […]

School official stable after heart surgery

CNJ STAFF A Clovis schools assistant superintendent is in stable condition after suffering from a heart attack late Monday night, a school official said Tuesday afternoon. Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent of operations, was recovering from a successful quadruple-bypass surgery Tuesday afternoon at Lubbock Heart Hospital, said Jelayne Curtis, secretary to Superintendent Neil Nuttall. His vitals […]

Prisoner slips hospital; still at large Saturday

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two men on medical furlough from the Curry County Adult Detention Center have walked away from Clovis’ hospital in the past two weeks and face felony escape charges, jail administrator Don Burdine said on Saturday. One prisoner remained at large on Saturday night, officials said. Jail records show Edgar O. Perales, […]

Unknown teens find woman’s cat after long search

Reporter’s Notebook With the recent rash of crime, Jackie Zimmerman said she was scared early Wednesday morning when she hit the dark streets near her home on West 17th Street in search of her injured cat. The elderly woman, who needs a cane to walk, didn’t feel any safer when she saw three teenagers walking […]

Police blotter 6/8

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: A fight outside a Clovis bar on May 30 led to an aggravated battery report to Clovis police. According to the police report, after a 21-year-old Clovis resident left the bar, he was punched in the back of the head by […]