Dogs think better on a full stomach

By Bob Huber There’s a conspiracy in our house. It blossoms every day when my wife Marilyn and our dog Cody put their heads together. (Ironically, “Cody” is short for “Co-dependent.”) Don’t think I’m paranoid, but sometimes when I hear them whispering in the kitchen, I feel obliged to sneak up and take notes in […]

Water usage drops

By Jack King City residents appear to be listening. Following a request by city officials to conserve, water use in Clovis dropped significantly between Thursday and Saturday morning, said New Mexico-American Water Co. operations manager Jim Bonner. “If it keeps up at this rate, we’ll have our tanks filled in four or five days,” Bonner […]

Car wash living with conservation measures

By Darrell Todd Maurina Requests to restrict water use in Clovis won’t be a major burden to at least one car wash, according to Washpointe owner and manager Eric Wuest. “It may affect us some, but we already recycle our water,” Wuest said. “It’s not like it all goes down the drain.” Wuest showed a […]

No hot dogs here

By Darrell Todd Maurina The heat-related death of a Muleshoe police dog earlier this month brought home the fears of a group of area animal lovers. Thanks to a community funding drive spearheaded by the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club that raised $2,100, special warning units have been installed in all three of Clovis’ police K-9 units […]

Be prepared for roadside emergencies

By Gary Mitchell Best to be prepared for roadside emergencies Should you have a flat tire on a pitch-black country road in the middle of the night, there are some emergency “must-haves” you may want to consider stashing away in your car — just in case. According to Shell Oil Products officials in a press […]

Letters to the editor 7/27

Dog’s death outrageous Nothing will change what happened to the police dog in Muleshoe, but the circumstances and explanation for the July 14 death of Sandor are outrageous. Officer Rodney Stevens’ statement about feeling “frustrated” just doesn’t seem quite enough. Clearly, he and the Muleshoe Police Department have not taken responsibility for the action that […]

Police Blotter 7/24

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: A Clovis woman getting ready to leave for a job interview at about 2 p.m. Friday forgot some items she needed for the interview, left her car running while she went into her apartment at the 1000 block of MLK to […]

One killed in car-train crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales woman who drove around barricades and “road closed” signs was killed by a freight train on Tuesday night after her vehicle became stuck on railroad tracks near Melrose, police said. Amanda Tenorio, 21, had been visiting family in Moriarty and was returning to her home in Portales when the […]

Summertime one of joy, remembrance

By Bill Gaedke The best summer vacation I ever had was in 1947 when I accompanied my grandfather on a fishing trip to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada.  I had just turned 17. We left Milwaukee in my grandmother’s 1946 Oldsmobile, and the first great experience of the trip was that my grandfather let me drive […]

Route 66 celebration starts

By Dave Gragg TUCUMCARI — The countdown ends today for the second annual International Roadie Gathering in Tucumcari. While the event features celebrities such as Martin Milner and Michael Wallace, the real guests of honor are the more than 1,500 people the gathering is expected to draw. This Roadie gathering is sponsored by the International […]

Clovis woman killed in holiday car crash

By Janet Bresenham A Clovis woman attending a family Fourth of July party was killed Friday night by a pickup truck fleeing police, Clovis police said. The pickup was traveling east down the 500 block of West 18th Street, which was crowded with hundreds of people who had been watching the city fireworks show just […]

Police Blotter 6/27

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: Responding to a report of two people unconscious outside the 2100 block of Grand on June 18, police contacted a 39-year-old woman who said she had been knocked down when she came out of her apartment to break up a fight […]

Police blotter 6/19

Samplings of recent calls received by the Clovis Police Department, according to police reports: After receiving a 911 call Thursday afternoon reporting a fight in progress between two women at the 300 block of Sheldon, police caught up with one woman who said a second woman had stolen her purse. When the first woman refused […]

Soap Box Derby winner headed to Ohio

By Janet Bresenham The victory Saturday by Lucinda Fritz, 11, in Clovis’ 2nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby came about after a series of challenges. “I got my tonsils out the 29th of May,” Lucinda explained. “Then I had to go back in the hospital twice and have another surgery because I was bleeding. Later, […]

JFK assassination relived in newspapers

By David Stevens About a year-and-a-half ago, Doreen Mondragon of Clovis said she found a stack of old newspapers in the trash behind her apartment. Last month, she brought those papers to this newspaper office in hopes someone might care to keep them. Arrangements have been made to pass them along to Curry County historian […]

SUVs have nothing on old Crosley car

By Bob Huber My wife Marilyn nagged me into writing a funny, poignant, offbeat family story in 100 words or less so she could win a Luxury Edition SUV the size of a Sherman tank. The contest advertisement stated that the SUV had all-wheel drive, a premium sound system, a wide load permit, and an […]

Student killed in one-vehicle crash

Jack King A Clovis High School student was killed in a one-car accident Thursday at the intersection of Curry Road 11 and Curry Road N. According to a New Mexico State Police report, William R. “Billy” Mason, 18, was traveling east on Curry Road 11, a dirt road, shortly after noon in a 1985 Honda […]

Shooting injures two

Janet Bresenham A sunny Easter Sunday turned violent when two men were shot in a car on Grand Avenue near Potter Park just after 5:30 p.m. The car continued across town before crashing into a column outside the entrance to Retirement Ranch near the hospital. Clovis Police Detective Sgt. Roger Grah said Lashawn Bethea and […]