Escaped inmate had violent history

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Eddy County inmate who escaped from Roosevelt County officials while on a work detail Wednesday was also involved in a fight in the Roosevelt jail two years ago. Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb has said officials did not know Senovio Mendoza Jr. was being held on murder charges; […]

Bug battleground

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City of Clovis’ Francis Warner checks a dipping cup for mosquito eggs, larvae, and pupa. Vector Control workers use the dipping method to find concentrations of mosquito larvae and pupae to better allocate their limited resources for maximum effectiveness.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com Above average rains in June and July have made Curry County a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The job of the city’s vector control department is to combat the potential disease carriers. The departments two workers, supervisor Leroy “TI” Taylor and Francis Warner, work odd hours in extreme conditions to […]

From the editor’s desk: A case of skulduggery

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By David Stevens Editor Jerry Shed, 24, was broke and wandering the streets of Ardmore, Oklahoma, when police charged him with vagrancy. When they searched his belongings and found a skull in his suitcase, he became front-page news. Shed said he bought the skull for a dollar from a 12-year-old kid in Clovis. He said […]

Lights over the lake

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Fireworks began at 9 p.m. and lasted 15 minutes, complete with large aerial displays and a barrage of ground fireworks that lit up the night sky.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Allowing the flood waters at Greene Acres Park an extra 24 hours to recede before hosting the Smoke on the Water fireworks display meant more family time for some; for others, no solution to certain food cravings. Now in its 18th year, Smoke on the Water was meant to […]

Rain totals subject of heated debates

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Carter Kinkade, 5, left, and his sister Libby Kinkade, 6, play on a slide surrounded by flood waters at Dennis Chavez Park Wednesday afternoon.

By David Stevens Editor Clovis received 4.5 inches of rain on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Unofficially, rainfall totals ranged from 2.46 inches on the north edge of town to 1.79 inches at Cannon Air Force Base, to 6 inches in individuals’ yards. The range, and the smaller totals reported in particular, upset […]

Library offering adult summer reading program

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The Clovis-Carver Library has a new summer program with activities for adults, such as learning how to sew and how to do projects from Pinterest.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com A new program at Clovis-Carver Library is offering summer fun to area adults. Adult Services Librarian Sarah Lewis hit the ground running when she started in her position in February by immediately putting into action a plan to offer a summer program to adults. The library has offered a […]

Commissioner: City manager’s job topic of discussion

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By David Stevens Editor Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ job performance was the topic of Thursday’s executive session and Thomas’ job may be on the line, Commissioner Robert Sandoval said Friday morning. “It began as Joe’s evaluation and it turned into whether we needed to fire Joe or not,” Sandoval said. No action was taken, […]

Officials: Portales escapee was being held on murder charge

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By Christina Calloway Staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A Roosevelt County inmate being held on first-degree murder charges remained in the custody of Texas officials Thursday after being accused of assaulting a county employee to escape a work detail and leading police on a high-speed chase from Portales to Sudan, Texas, according to officials. Senovio Mendoza Jr., […]

Storm causes major flooding in city

Children and adults alike took to the flooded streets in the 1300 block of North Edwards Street near Dennis Chavez Park to wade, ride bicycles and swim Wednesday afternoon. Up to 4 inches of rain overnight Wednesday flooded many local streets.

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com Cars turned submarine, families being rescued by the Clovis Police Department and children swimming in the street. One would have to see it to believe it. Clovis residents saw it all Wednesday morning as they marveled at 6 inches of water burying Main Street next to Greene Acres Park […]

Gallery: July 2 Flooding

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Military feature: Air Commando wins big

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott Langguth, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller, is presented with a $1,000 AAFES gift card, June 18 during a brief prize presentation at the Base Exchange at Cannon Air Force Base.

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs One lucky Air Commando at Cannon Air Force Base walked away with a sizable cash reward courtesy of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service June 18. Staff Sgt. Scott Langguth, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller, received a great start […]

Temperature hits triple digits for first time in year

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Staff report The temperature hit triple digits Monday for the first time in 2014. In fact, Saturday through Monday were the three most consecutive hottest days, according to Accuweather.com. Meteorologist Steve Travis said it wasn’t a record-breaker. Travis said relief from Monday’s 100-degree heat is on its way. A cold front will be blowing cooler […]

Texting ban goes into effect today

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By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com If you didn’t know about the texting while driving ban going into effect today in New Mexico, you have about two to three weeks to get accustomed before the Clovis police start cracking down. Sgt. Daron Roach with the Clovis Police Department said that’s about the amount of time […]

Business feature: Schools, dairies team up on education

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By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Educational programs are not keeping pace with the growing dairy business in the Southwest, according to Michael Tomaszewski, professor of dairy management at Texas A&M University. Tomaszewski is one of the coordinators of the recently completed U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium held in conjunction with Clovis Community College. […]

Chamber still seeking fireworks donations

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Funds are still needed for this year’s Smoke on the Water fireworks show, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com There’s still more than $10,000 to go for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce to reach its fundraising goals for the 2014 Smoke on the Water celebration to be held July 4. Courtney Bailey, a chamber of commerce public relations representative, said funds for the annual Fourth of July […]

MainStreet program seeking volunteers

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Where have all the flowers gone? This is what several business owners in downtown Clovis want to know. A few years ago, Clovis MainStreet offered downtown businesses large, handmade pots to be filled with flowers. Purchased through a grant, the pots — about 30 total — were offered to […]

In tribute: Resident ‘grew up singing’

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By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Those who heard him sing say his voice was a gift; a gift he used to deliver messages of love, peace and ultimate salvation. It could be said that the “best place,” according to Johnathan Raydale Dawson, was reflected in his music. “He always said heaven was the best […]

Event geared toward car lovers

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By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com What began as a casual conversation between two friends — the Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering — has bloomed into a full blown event in which 200-plus people are expected to attend from as far as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to its organizers. Gene Porter, owner of the Glass Doctor […]

Fort Sumner’s town greeter a standard for us all

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By David Stevens Editor When the fire alarm sounded, Tommy Mares Jr. would put down his Coke — he could often be found drinking a Coke and chatting with friends at Fort Sumner’s Addison Drug — and rush out into the street. “He was usually dressed in a reflective, orange vest,” said Juan Chavez, one […]

Lacing up the gloves

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Jesus Varela, 16, works on his defense during a “shadow boxing” drill Wednesday at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Varela is scheduled to for his fourth fight Saturday.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The bell is set to go off Saturday afternoon at Roy Walker, with Nexstar Boxing stepping into the ring. About four or five fighters from Clovis will be part of a 21-fight exhibition Saturday afternoon at Roy Walker Recreation Center starting at 2 p.m. with estimates of three hours […]