Operation Santa Claus delights kids, cops

By Darrell Todd Maurina Uniformed police officers knocking on Curry County doors around Christmas won’t always be serving warrants, investigating crimes, or otherwise making life difficult for lawbreakers. For 23 years, the Clovis Police Department has worked with other law enforcement agencies in Curry County to sponsor “Operation Santa Claus,” a program to make sure […]

Court Dispositons 11/23

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: ° Raymond A. Gabbert pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary including battery. Sentenced to nine years in state prison, all but three suspended, with credit for 333 days served, and subject to two years parole release supervision. Placed on five years supervised probation with special conditions […]

County commissioners ‘discouraged’ by costs

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners visited Lea County Special Event Center near Hobbs on Nov. 7. During Monday’s commissioners meeting, they expressed concerns about what they learned concerning the costs of running that facility. Commissioner Kathrynn Tate said they learned it cost “a lot” to build and run a special events center. Commissioner Albin […]

Local officials not impressed with special session

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. Sen. Stuart […]

Clovis special teams making big impact

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Junior Alex Everett plays on four of the Wildcats’ five special teams, including as the long snapper on field goals and extra points. Rick White Just like a vehicle that won’t start, nothing frustrates a coach more than a special teams breakdown. That’s why the Clovis Wildcats spend so much time working on them. “It’s […]

Sex crimes to be target in special session

By Jack King The special session of the state Legislature is likely to pass a significant new law or laws on sexual predators, but its results on the other two issues announced by Gov. Bill Richardson — roads and taxes — may be less significant and less satisfying for area voters, local legislators said this […]

Court Dispositions 10/24

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: >Josh D. Hinderliter, 29, entered Alford plea (pleaded guilty while maintaining innocence) to aggravated battery. Proceedings suspended, granted conditional discharge, and placed on 364 days supervised probation with special conditions of no contact with victim, no consumption of alcohol or entrance into establishment serving alcohol, […]

Clovis man named to Republicans’ 2003 Honor Roll

By Gary Mitchell When the National Republican Congressional Committee notified Homer Tankersley he would be the recipient of a special award, the Clovis businessman was taken aback. “I don’t have any idea how they selected me,” he said. “It was a total surprise. I had no idea what was going on.” Tankersley, 76, received notice […]

Nuttall facing season-ending surgery

By Rick White Former Clovis standout Nathan Nuttall is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery today, according to the New Mexico State coaching staff. A 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt freshman, Nuttall was battling for a starting spot at strong safety for the Aggies until he was injured Aug. 15 during practice. “It’s a tough deal for […]

Court Dispositions 8/17

Here are recent dispositions recorded from June 11 to Aug. 5 in 9th Judicial District Court: • Victor Sotello, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted accessory to making a false affidavit and perjury, a misdemeanor. Sentenced to 364 days imprisonment with credit for one day served. Sentence suspended and placed on 364 days supervised probation with […]

Court dispositions 6/22

Here are recent dispositions recorded in 9th Judicial District Court: — Bryan H. Chavez, 22, pleaded guilty June 6 to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a third degree felony. Sentence deferred for two years and placed on two years supervised probation with special conditions of drug rehabilitation, $275 restitution and costs, […]

Only God can turn your filthy rags into good deeds

Judy Brandon I’m sure I share many growing-up experiences with other baby boomers my age. When it came to buying clothes, no doubt my sister Susie and I stood alongside the other millions of children in the 1950s. On those times when Mother would buy Susie or myself a new outfit, we started out by […]

Long road, well-traveled

By Gary Mitchell Talk about being true to your school. Two Clovis school employees — a special education teacher at Marshall Junior High and a teaching assistant at La Casita Elementary — have spent more than a third of a century teaching in their respective schools. Pat Bass, 63, will retire from Clovis schools this […]