Clovis PD press release: Officers respond to bank robbery call

Clovis – On March 28, 2013 at about 1100 hrs the Clovis Police Department dispatch was notified of a Bank Robbery at the New Mexico Bank and Trust, 2200 N. Main St. in Clovis, NM. Officers with the Clovis Police Department responded to the scene and determined the suspect had fled the area heading eastbound […]

Power project probed

A proposed Xcel Energy project could possibly plant transmission lines in the front yard of Mike and Kerry O'Hare's new home. Xcel energy officials met with local residents Wednesday night to answer questions and provide information relating to the Curry-Bailey transmission line project, a 40- to 50-mile high-voltage transmission line designed to increase reliability and […]

Fishing report – March 29

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes: Fishing was slow for all […]

Tourism campaign aims to combat stereotypes

Monique Jacobson, cabinet secretary at the New Mexico Tourism Department of Tourism, gave a presentation on the "New Mexico True" ad campaign Wednesday morning to members of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. Longwoods International, a firm that conducts travel related research, found that the "New Mexico True" campaign has brought taxpayers $3 for every dollar […]

Speller bound for D.C.

Ariel Kokoricha loves to read and a good academic challenge, a combination that landed the Clovis Christian fifth-grader a trip to the nation's capital as New Mexico's state spelling bee champion. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Ariel Kokoricha, a fifth-grader at Clovis Christian Schools , won the state spelling bee Saturday on the word legato. […]

Officer agrees to plead guilty to sex charges

A former Portales police officer could face up to 27 years of jail time after agreeing to plead guilty to more than a dozen charges, including having a sexual relationship with a minor. Victor Castillo, who was 45 at the time of his arrest in August, entered into an agreement March 21 to plead guilty […]

Weighing same-sex marriage vital

Ten considerations for traditional only marriage: 10.) Politicians, including the Clintons, were against same-sex marriage less than 10 years ago, but now support it. Why the change? 9.) Polls show acceptance of same-sex marriage growing. What's changing? 8.) Many homosexuals living together find same-sex marriage distracting to their privacy. 7.) Pushing same-sex marriage is highly […]

appeals court racino ruling opens the gate

More than five years after receiving a racing license for a planned $50 million racino in Raton, the ill-fated La Mesa Racetrack and Casino is out of the running. And that decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals means competition and feasible, honest intentions win, place and show. Canadian developer Michael Moldenhauer got his […]

Police blotter: March 28, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday 1:56 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic dispute in progress, 100 block of Yale Street. 3:48 a.m.: Caller reported a theft, 1400 block of West 14th Street. 7:35 a.m.: Caller reported a juvenile problem, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 8:02 […]

Hounds prep for Green & Silver game

Not surprisingly, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn is feeling a bit more comfortable during spring drills in his first full season than he did last year. Lynn was hired in December 2011 to replace Mark Ribaudo, and spent the first offseason trying to get his program established. The Greyhounds are in the […]

‘Liberal’ media overlooking Obamacare’s benefits

The constant pitch you hear from conservative publications, talk shows and columnists: Obamacare is bad. The reason: There is a well funded and organized group that benefits billions from the status quo. The various "think tanks" were set up for the purpose of promoting their ideology that maintains their flow of wealth and power. Facts […]

Spreading common sense on courts and in the kitchen

Here are three things I was thinking today. They're not really related, except that they all address common sense, or the lack thereof: My office pool is totally wrecked (thanks Lobos), but there's still something else fun to gamble on this week for college basketball. Spot how many times you can see the same lazy […]

Many parts of Iraq war can be considered successes

With the 10th anniversary of "Shock and Awe" — the relentless bombing attack that signaled the beginning of the end of Saddam Hussein's evil regime in Iraq —came the predictable recriminations against the Pentagon, the covert services and, naturally, George W. Bush. "It was not worth it, to put it mildly," observed The Hartford Courant […]

Pintores Spring Fling winners

The following are winners from the Pintores Art League's Spring Fling Art show, held over the weekend at Clovis Community College. Professional Division Oils: 1. Jackie Hinderliter, "Madison"; 2. Pat Weekley, "Blue Vase"; 3. Lois Snyder, "Sunset on Windmill." Acrylic/Mixed Media: 1. Paul Stevens, "From High Desert and Overlook to the Borrego"; 2. Ginnie Seifert, […]

Easter services

Friday First Christian Church — 6:30 p.m. Good Friday (Clovis Ministerial Alliance), seven different pastors, Clovis Community Chorus with Ken McDonald Information: 763-7113 Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia — 10 a.m., Guest Pastor Information: 762-2135 Pastor Leida Perez Matt 25 Hope Center — 6:30 p.m. Passion of Christ movie; Prince of Egypt movie Information: […]

Clovis girls wins state bee

Clovis Christian School fourth-grader Ariel Kokoricha won the state spelling bee Saturday in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Kokoricha won the contest by spelling the word "legato" correctly. The contest took nearly four hours. The Journal also reported that Kokoricha beat 39 competitors from around the state. Kokoricha will advance to the Scripps National […]

Meetings Watch: CMS Board of Education, March 26, 2013

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday. Here is a report from the meeting: The board approved revisions to its policy on master's degree requirements — beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, all contracted licensed employees who are reported on the annual T and E Index must earn a master's degree from a […]

Legislators call corporate tax cut good first step

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF WRITER ccalloway@pntonline.com Sen. Stuart Ingle says legislation passed to attract and retain businesses to New Mexico may not fix all of the state's problems but it's a step in the right direction. Ingle, R-Portales, hopes that lowering the corporate tax rate from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent will help New […]

Fire dangers ahead, but unchanged from recent years

Local fire chiefs say they won't tell you anything different in regard to fire safety this year since drought conditions in the state are predicted to persist or worsen in the next few months or so, according to a recent National Weather Service report. They only ask that residents continue to exercise caution by assessing […]

Vietnam vets receive local honor

Gregory Lopez and Harry Black remember the way they were treated when they returned from their tours in Vietnam, hence their appreciation for the Clovis City Commission proclaiming Friday as Vietnam Veterans Day in Clovis. "I sure wish we received a better welcome (when returning from Vietnam)," said Lopez, 66, of Clovis, who served in […]