8/31 Birthdays

Snell Louise Snell of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library Ingram Room. The celebration will be hosted by Robert and Karen Snell, Kenda Richardson, Brenda Rossiter and Tiffeny Smith. Louise Snell was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Oklahoma. She has one child, four grandchildren […]

Police probe suspicious death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The death of a Clovis man whose body was found in a Bloomfield hotel last month is being investigated as suspicious, police said. Donald Prince, 52, was found dead Sept. 14. Bloomfield Police Lt. Mike Kovacs said the case has been classified as suspicious and is still under investigation. […]

Trash measure passes despite opposition

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents must bag their garbage before disposing of it for city collection in Polycarts and Dumpsters as a result of an ordinance passed Thursday by the Clovis City Commission. Commissioner Fred Van Soelen opposed the measure because he said the issue is with the city’s collection system and […]

Movie theater plan rolling

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners began paving the way Thursday for a 10-screen movie complex to be built in the city’s northern corridor behind Roden Smith Village on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Commissioners approved introduction of an ordinance at their meeting that would revise off-street parking standards and amend the existing code […]

Bail bondsman acquitted in shooting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer o Jury agrees bail bondsman was acting in self-defense. The wife, daughter and an employee of a Clovis bondsman accused of crimes against a suspected bail jumper linked hands outside the Curry County Courthouse and huddled shoulder to shoulder, relieved. A jury found Clovis bail bondsman Hank Bayless not […]

Shooting trial to begin Monday

CNJ Staff The jury trial for a Clovis bail bondsman accused of shooting a bail jumper in the back a year ago is scheduled to begin Monday, according to court records. Henry “Hank” Bayless, 64, is accused of shooting Javier Sanchez on Sept. 20, 2005, while trying to take him into custody for failing to […]

Cannon pilot crashes, avoids farmhouse

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist First Lt. Thomas W. Seuffert of Dayton, Ohio, “took extraordinary measures and increasing that hazard to himself in guiding his disabled aircraft from an inhabited farmhouse. “The 25-year-old Korean War veteran was killed at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 1954, when he attempted to get his F-86 Sabrejet airborne […]

Snell, Richard

Richard M. Snell, 71, of Clovis, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 2, 1934, to Marion Matthew and Bertha Ann Martin Snell in Clovis. He was an attorney and practiced law for 30 years in Clovis before retiring to his horse and cattle ranch in Ranchvale. […]

Fireworks ban irks vendors

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer With Independence Day fast approaching, the possibility of a fireworks-free celebration has vendors praying for rain. Because of persistent drought conditions in the area, the Curry County Commission placed a ban earlier this month restricting the sale and use of fireworks. The proclamation prohibits the sale of rockets, helicopters, […]

Zoo officials trying to cut back on peacock population

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Over breeding has led to an abundance of peacocks at Hillcrest Zoo. Officials are making the birds available for purchase in an effort to curb their numbers. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo is getting out of control, according to zoo director Herschel Arnold. Although […]

Bondsman says shooting was self-defense

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Bail bondsman Hank Bayless said Saturday he acted in self-defense and he should not have to face criminal charges in connection with the shooting of two people last month while trying to serve an arrest warrant. Bayless, 63, was indicted Friday by a grand jury for breaking and entering, […]

DA: Police still gathering statements in bond case

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday Clovis detectives are still gathering statements in the case of a bondsman accused of shooting two people Tuesday while revoking a bond. Bayless, who owns Hank’s Bail Bonds, shot co-worker Christina Snell in the leg and Javier Sanchez in the back while apprehending […]

Charges pending in bond shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he will decide today whether to file charges against a Clovis bail bondsman involved in shooting two people — including a co-worker — while attempting to revoke a bond. Hank Bayless of Hank’s Bail Bonds shot Christina Snell and suspected bail-jumper Javier Sanchez, Chandler […]

Bail revocation ends in shooting injuries

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis bail bond employee and a suspected bail-jumper suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds Tuesday. Crystal Snell of Hank’s Bail Bonds was shot in the leg and Javier Sanchez, 33, in the lower back about 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Gaylord, according law enforcement officials. Both were shot […]

Some Clovis residents have their fill of exotic pets

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Clyde the camel basks in the backyard sandbox of Sam Snell’s home. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski Anyone who visits the home of Clovis veterinarian Kristine Weaver might think twice before wearing red shoes. Although her two African tortoises are usually laid back, they have been known to chase guests who sport scarlet […]

Let’s hear it for the moms

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Christina Snell squeezes the cheeks of her son Austin Snell, 10, Thursday at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer They come from different walks and stages of their lives with a varied number of children, interests and manner of living. But they all have one thing in […]

City targets camel lot

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Sam Snell’s camel Clyde relaxes in the yard Tuesday on Remuda Street in Clovis. Snell would like to see camels removed from the list of animals the city commission will not allow people to own. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King For much of the time he has owned him, Sam Snell has […]

Sensible celebration suggested

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Clayton Ortiz of Mr. W Fireworks said that Black Cats are popular choice this summer among customers for the Fourth of July. By Darrell Todd Maurina Above-normal rainfall exempted Curry County and other eastern New Mexico counties from a special dry weather ban on fireworks and most open burning issued last week by Gov. Bill […]