Pinewood Derby cars tear up track


By Aubry Buzek Staff writer From airbrushed paint jobs to aerodynamic designs, it was clear each Boy Scout from Pack 226 came prepared to win the Pinewood Derby car race Saturday. The 12 scouts brought their hand-built race cars to the track at Kingswood United Methodist Church to see which 5-oz. design would prove […]

ACA newest tax change


By Alisa Boswell and Joshua Lucero Staff writers With tax season kicking off this week and W-2s piling in, the question that may be lingering in is what do I need to know about filing this year? Local Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are warning taxpayers the Affordable Care Act is the biggest change with filing […]

Local restaurant GM given top award


    By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Javy Molina said he has reached “the top of the mountain” in the job he loves. The general manager of the Prince Street McDonald’s location in Clovis was presented the Ray Kroc Award for professional performance on Wednesday. The lifelong Clovis resident was among 142 managers from […]

Flurry of activity

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The day crew of the Public Works Department Street Maintenance section prepares Wednesday afternoon for a winter storm that is expected in Clovis today. Assistant Supervisor Joel Garcia said two crews will operate on 12-hour shifts —  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — applying a salt and lava cinder blend to the city streets, which will provide a melting agent and traction.

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR Emergency crews were gearing up early Wednesday for today’s predicted winter storm. The National Weather Service was predicting 12 to 14 inches of snow to fall across much of eastern New Mexico. That had Clovis and Curry County crews scrambling Wednesday in anticipation of the second wallop of winter […]

Celebration coordinator shares passion for King


Robert Graham, one of the coordinators for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration held at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday, has a deep passion for the leader of the civil rights movement and the message he tried to teach. Graham, who attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, the same college King attended, said having MLK […]

Children carry banner in MLK march

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Clovis remembered Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, marching from O.G. Potter Park to Legacy Life Family Church.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The sound of children’s voices singing “I’m on my way to the freedom land,” carried down Grand Avenue on Monday. As the large crowd marched from O.G. Potter Park to Legacy Life Family Church, seven children carried a banner as families and local leaders followed behind, remembering the legacy […]

New principal at Ranchvale Elementary


Staff report Jennifer Longley is the new principal at Ranchvale Elementary School, according to a news release from Clovis Municipal Schools. Longley was instructional coach at Marshall Middle School before accepting the job at Ranchvale, the release said. She has been with the district since 1999 as a teacher at Lincoln-Jackson, James Bickley and Ranchvale […]

In tribute: Electrician was ‘backbone of Channel 6′


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer One Sunday at church, it seemed everyone in the congregation received recognition for their role in making the services great — the pianist, pipe organ player, individual choir members, ushers, even people in the crowd. Everybody seemed to be recognized, that is, but Jack Rennels. On the truck ride […]

Air Force recruiter: ‘Every day is different’

Tech Sgt. Mauricio Leon

Staff report If Tech Sgt. Mauricio Leon could go back more than 14 years to talk to himself, he’d tell himself this idea to go into the Air Force is the right one. If he could find himself three months ago, before he started his new assignment in a military community,  he’d just say to […]

Breakfast features inspiring messages, calls to action

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Ted Sutton, a gang awareness instructor and intervention specialist, was the featured speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2015 Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Organizers prepared more than 600 meals for community members Saturday. But it wasn’t the food that brought people to the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. The event featured inspiring messages and calls to action shared by community leaders, children, airmen and guest speakers in the Clovis High School […]

Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

County offers buzz-worthy course

Audry Buzek: Staff photo
Ed Costanza, a professional beekeeper from Albuquerque, gave a class on beekeeping at the Days Inn Wednesday. The seminar covered all aspects of beekeeping from containing swarms to running a hobby and commercial operation.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer More than 25 people attended a free seminar held by Professional Beekeepers Ed and Louella Costanza of Albuquerque at the Days Inn Wednesday. The nearly 12-hour class covered all aspects of beekeeping, from beginning an entry-level hobby hive to running a commercial operation. “The price of bees continues to […]

Local celebrates 100th birthday

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Annie Lair, center, celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday at Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center with her daughter, Laveena Knight, left, and granddaughter Deanna Hogg.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer Annie Lair doesn’t have a favorite television show. She never really got into watching TV all that much. Lair prefers to read her Bible and look at birds every now and then at the window of the Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Her favorite bird? “The one that stays […]

Man sentenced to more than 40 years in sexual assault case

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Richard Sena was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for the 2012 robbery and sexual assault of a 71-year-old Clovis woman.

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal does not routinely identify victims of sexual assault. By Aubry Buzek Staff writer In November 2012, a 71-year-old Clovis woman woke up to find a stranger pressing his hand against her mouth, holding a knife and threatening to kill her while he sexually assaulted and robbed her, according […]

Prep basketball coach Isler killed in auto accident (updated)

CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks
J.D. Isler coaches at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. Isler, 52, died Sunday in a car accident north of Clovis.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer ELIDA — For J.D. Isler’s players and students, he was an impeccable man who gave life lessons on and off the court. Isler, a longtime prep and college basketball coach who was in his first season with Elida, was killed Sunday afternoon in a car accident north of Clovis. […]

Clovis man arrested in break-in attempt

Tevon Stevens

Staff report A Clovis man inspired a gun shot before he was arrested Saturday morning after an alleged home break-in attempt, according to a release from the Clovis Police Department. Tevon Stevens, 22, was booked in the Curry County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond. He is charged with attempt to commit a burglary, possession […]

Honoring community impact

Tony Bullocks: Staff photo
Selmus Price walks to the stage to receives his 2014 Heart Award.

Staff report Plenty of awards, and a muster — that’s a group of peacocks — of bird-themed comments spiced up the night as the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce celebrated “A Feather in Our Cap” at its annual banquet. Held at the Clovis Civic Center, the event celebrated the chamber’s 2014, and honored businesses and […]

Gas prices drop below $2 mark

Photo illustration: Tony Bullocks
Gas stations at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Prince Street were both selling fuel for less than $2 per gallon.

Staff and wire reports Retail gasoline prices continue to drop across the nation and have dipped below $2 throughout Clovis. The travel association AAA reports nationwide gasoline prices are down 6 cents this week, to reach $2.18 per gallon. reports the average price in New Mexico is $1.98 per gallon, down 7 cents from […]

Commissioners looking at downtown post office relocation

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
The county may be close to finding a new location for the Gidding Street Post Office. County Commissioner Ben McDaniel said the county is negotiating with downtown property owners and may have an agreement as early as February.

Staff report Curry County may have an agreement for a new location of the downtown post office as early as February, according to Ben McDaniel, the chairman of the county commissioners. McDaniel said the county is  evaluating downtown locations to move the post office from Gidding Street in order to use the space to consolidate […]

Man accused in slaying of young mother pleads not guilty

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
9th Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb address 9th Judicial District Chief Judge Drew Tatum on Tuesday afternoon during the arraignment of Matthew Jennings on the motion for bail, which was denied.

Staff report The man accused of repeatedly stabbing and killing young mother Ariel Ulibarri as she walked in a Clovis park pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder. Matthew Jennings was denied bond by District Court Chief Judge Drew Tatum and ordered held in Curry County jail following his video arraignment. At the […]