Drunken driver hits pole, keeps going

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Robert Rodriguez’s smashed Dodge Caravan is loaded on a tow truck Friday on Missouri Street after crashing into a pole while trying to evade Clovis police.

STAFF REPORT A drunk Robert Rodriguez just wanted officers to kill him when they finally got him pulled over after a pursuit Friday morning ending at Grand Avenue and Missouri Street, said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The chase, according to Whitney, began when an officer clocked Rodriguez, 58, of Clovis, at 71 mph around […]

Hotel Clovis mural pays homage to west, family


By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com When Clovis residents spot the northern exterior wall of the Hotel Clovis, they now see a pioneer woman looking towards the east. Artist Drew Merritt no longer sees a blank canvas. The Clovis native recently finished a mural, and Merritt and Texas Tech PBS affiliate KTTZ plans to interview […]

Record rainfall floods homes, strands residents

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A bridge a Greene Acres Park is submerged.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis got a record-breaking rainfall Monday night with 2 to 5 inches of water swamping the city — even a police car — during relentless thunderstorms. “We sunk a police car over at the mall,” Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said. “That’s where the car flooded, trying to help […]

Cannon families vacated due to flooding

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Cannon Air Force Base — including private housing — was swamped from rains Monday and Tuesday.

Staff report Flooding also affected on-base housing operated by Balfour Beatty, which counts Cannon among more than four dozen military communities for the Air Force, Army and Navy. Balfour Beatty manages 805 homes at Cannon, and Maureen Omrod, director of communications for Balfour Beatty, said initial estimates showed 65 of those homes were affected by […]

Mother called 18-month-old ‘demon child’

Rocio Montanez

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Rocio Montanez called her 18-month-old son Noah a “demon child” three days before he died Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center from cardiac arrest, according to court records. Montanez, 25, was charged with abandonment or abuse of a child — a first-degree felony — and booked into Curry County […]

Evening downpour floods parts of city

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The intersection of Prince and Seventh streets flooded from Monday evening’s rapid rainfall.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Clovis endured a drenching downpour Monday evening as about three inches of rain fell, flooding the city from Llano Estacado to 7th Street and beyond. “Pretty much all of Clovis is flooded at this point,” said Paul Nelson with the city’s Emergency Management department around 6:30 p.m. Monday. “We’re […]

Q&A: Professor talks upcoming mentalist performance

Jon Barr

Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, who will be performing a mentalist show at noon on Wednesday at the Portales Public Library. Can you explain what mentalism is? It’s sort of related to magic, but instead of using props, the premise […]

Open house brings archaeology to public

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Clark Earle, right, of Portales helps his son Quinten Earle set up a spear on an atlatl during Saturday’s Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric open house at the Blackwater Draw dig site.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@pntonline.com After an invite from a neighbor, Portales resident Clark Earle decided to take his children to the Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric Open House  Saturday for the first time to see what all of the fuss was about. The annual open house, which has been held for more than […]

Cycle, car clubs come together for cause

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Ricky Ornelas, left, helps Los Reyes Motorcycle and Car Club members as they wash vehicles Friday evening to raise money for Ornelas’ father, Ricky Ornelas, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER jlucero@pntonline.com When Los Reyes Car and Motorcycle Club President Ricky Ornelas was injured during a motorcycle accident last Sunday club members wasted no time organizing a fundraiser to help him get back on his feet and back on his bike. Los Reyes Vice President Vale Sotelo said Ornelas was caught […]

Showcase unveils unexpected surprises


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com At the Clovis High School Spring Showcase, unexpected surprises unfolded behind classroom doors all around the school. In the theater room, students were showing off their impressive improvisational acting skills. With the roll of the dice, students would transition from acting out encountering a dog in the ocean to […]

Commissioners, residents, discuss District 4 issues

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Clovis City Manager Larry Fry addresses the crowd on ongoing city projects and services during a District 4 town hall meeting Tuesday at Kingswood Methodist Church.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Residents of Clovis’ District 4 — plus a few outliers — spent about 90 minutes Tuesday talking about issues affecting their district and city. Alice Richmond said she has lived at the same house for 35 years, and Tuesday’s town hall was the first event of its type held […]

Canola interest growing


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com For the layman, fields of bright yellow canola are simply pleasant to look at. But for local farmers and agriculture researchers, the crop is becoming an important, drought-tolerant option for winter planting in the region. “Precipitation is unpredictable,” said Sultan Began, a research specialist at the Clovis Ag Science […]

Portales man sentenced for abuse

Cody Schattschneider

Staff report A Portales man was sentenced to the maximum punishment on charges of abuse of a child Tuesday. Cody Schattschneider, 31, was sentenced to 18 years by District Judge Stephen Quinn. Schattschneider was convicted during a January trial at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. According to a release from the district attorney’s office: • In […]

Texico man dies in Roswell train wreck

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By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A family member has confirmed Jesse Coburn III, 48, of Texico was killed Tuesday when a freight train struck another train head-on in southeastern New Mexico. Another crew member seriously injured in the crash is also believed to be from Clovis, although officials haven’t released names of other victims. […]

Kripple Creek tagged by inspectors


By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com UPDATE: New Mexico Environmental Department reinspected Kripple Creek on Monday and upgraded their status to “approved,” according to a press release. Inspectors found that all violations from Friday’s inspection had been corrected. Patrons of Kripple Creek Restaurant were greeted Monday by a bright red notice above the door handle […]

Family: Former commissioner someone everybody wanted to be around

Darrel Bostwick

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Sunday saw the village of Melrose lose one of its most known and respected citizens in the form of Darrel Bostwick, a man who raised a family while rarely raising a voice and for decades represented the interests of Melrose and Curry County. The farmer and nine-year veteran of […]

Hank Baskett Jr. ‘all about the kids’


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Hank Baskett Jr. announced he will be retiring in August after running the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center for more than 21 years. But his son said he won’t be far from the organization that has been his passion for so long. “He’s not going to give up on the […]

Improvements coming to county roads


By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County officials said a groundbreaking Wednesday for road improvements to begin May 5 on C.R. 11 and N will provide an alternate route to Cannon Air Force Base and easier access to U.S. 60/84. Road Superintendent David Corbin said K-Barnett and Sons will complete the job with Lydick […]

Blue Bell suffers ice cream headache


By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com As the weather gets warmer, taste buds start looking forward to cold, delicious ice cream. But if you’re looking for Blue Bell in town, you may be out of luck for at least a few weeks. In Clovis, local grocers Albertsons, Paradise Market, S&S Supermarket, and Wal-Mart confirmed they […]

Clovis bank teller facing felony charges

Hannah Stone

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com A Clovis bank teller accused of bilking elderly customers of thousands is facing multiple felony charges. Hannah Stone, 20, was charged with six counts of fraud over $500, three counts of forgery and three counts of theft of identification, all fourth-degree felonies, according to court records. She was arrested […]