Jail log – Nov. 26

The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday: • Sydney Suzanne Lucas, 31, possession of marijuana (one ounce or less), possession of drug paraphernalia. • Andrea Fenstermaker, 25. • James Moten, 54. • Latasha Daniels, 33, receiving stolen property ($250 or less). • Ivan Lopez, 22, battery against a household […]

Affidavit alleges abuse

PNT Staff A Portales homicide victim suffered a traumatic brain injury, multiple burns and severe bruising during a series of altercations with his accused killer, according to an arrest affidavit filed in district court on Tuesday. Police said William Vaughn, 45, died of blunt force trauma on Sunday in a Lubbock hospital. David Michael Smith, […]

Appeals court overturns 2013 decision that favored city

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR kwilson@cnjonline.com The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial on allegations of excessive force in 2006 against the Clovis Police Department. In a decision penned by Chief Judge Michael Vigil, the court invalidated an Oct. 2, 2013, district court decision that exonerated the city and officers David […]

Old friend makes it a Thanksgiving to remember

Staff Photo: Thomas Garcia
Michael Holloway, left, gave his friend Marty Martinez a Thanksgiving to remember.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Old friends are the best. Ask Tucumcari’s Marty Martinez. He hadn’t seen Michael Holloway in five years. Five months after their reunion, Holloway donated a kidney to Martinez. “Michael was sent by God, of that I am convinced,” Martinez said this week. Martinez, 42, was diagnosed with kidney failure […]

Retailers readying for weekend shoppers

Staff photo: Alisa Boswell
Vicki Windham puts glassware on the shelves at MainStreet Treasures in Clovis Wednesday afternoon. The antique/variety store will have a variety of discounts going on at their booths this weekend.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Clovis and Portales retailers are gearing up for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shoppers. But some stores are even going a step further and offering sales on Thanksgiving Day. The North Plains Mall in Clovis will be open today, as well as Clovis and Portales Wal-Marts. Most locally […]

Pages Past – Nov. 26

On this date … Nov. 26 1975: Friends of Ramon Flores’ family were asking for food and cash donations after the Portales family lost its home to fire. A relative said the Flores’ insurance didn’t cover the loss of personal possessions. 1975: The Cannon Air Force Base Roadrunners were off to a 2-0 start in […]

What’s happening – Nov. 26

Today Community Thanksgiving Meal — 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L Casillas Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Friday The Delk Band Thanksgiving Dance — 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Curry Country Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-935-7000 Tuesday Board of County Commissioners — 9 a.m. Clovis Carver- Public Library, North […]

Salvation Army taking donations for Empty Stocking fund

CNJ Staff Clovis’ Salvation Army is planning to make Christmas special for about 200 low-income families this year. About two dozen more will receive Empty Stocking packages that include toys, food and clothes. Lt. Kelly Berggren of the Salvation Army said last year his organization helped 225 families who signed up for holiday assistance. The […]

Williamson: Adoptive families have lots to be thankful for

It can be no accident that National Adoption Day and Thanksgiving take place within a week of each other. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more grateful than children and parents on the day they become “forever families.” For Roosevelt and Curry counties, adoptions take place within the confines of the 9th Judicial District.  On […]

Clovis man sentenced for drug trafficking

Staff report A 54-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for trafficking cocaine. James Clifton Moten was found guilty of the charges by a jury in September. He was sentenced on Tuesday, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Charges followed a four-month undercover operation by the Region […]

Ode to the turkey

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, please take a moment to think kind thoughts about the guest of honor at most of our tables: • Turkeys were first domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico. Fossils show turkeys roamed Texas 2.5 million years ago. Source: Oklahoma State 4-H • Tom Savage, a poultry scientist and animal […]

Stevens: We are thankful

I am thankful for Christmas trees. They saved my grandmother’s life the day before Thanksgiving in 1964. She’d gone with my granddad to a tree farm near Las Vegas, New Mexico. The plan was to fill up their pickup with trees they could sell at their used furniture store — the Swap Shop — in […]

Clovis mother sentenced to 16 1/2 years


By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER bcannon@cnjonline.com A Clovis mother was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 16 1/2 years in prison for multiple counts of child abuse. District Judge Drew Tatum delivered the sentence to Kayla Bass, 25, for abusing her then-18-month-old son in 2013 — he suffered bruises all over his body, bite marks, cigarette burns […]

Portales man arrested on murder charge

STAFF REPORT A Portales man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with murder in connection with the city’s first homicide of the year. David Michael Smith, 40, is charged with an open count of murder and  two counts of tampering with evidence. Portales police have not released the victim’s name. Police Det. Charlie Smart said […]

Roosevelt jail employee pay increase tabled

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com PORTALES — Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request for detention-center pay raises despite concerns expressed by numerous county officials. County Manager Amber Hamilton and Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Mark Gallegos informed commissioners that as of Sunday, Curry County will increase its starting pay for detention officers […]

Police blotter — Nov. 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday: • 12:42 a.m.: Resisting evading obstructing police officer, North Merriwether Street and West Ninth Street. • 7:52 a.m.: Failure to yield stop sign, Pile and 13th Street. • 8:52 a.m.: Theft of Identity, 500 block […]

What’s Happening — Nov. 25

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Thursday Community Thanksgiving Meal — 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L Casillas Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Friday The Delk Band Thanksgiving Dance — 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Curry Country Events Center— 1900 E. […]

Rodriguez: Holiday offers best of both worlds

Thursday is the big Turkey Day. The busiest-cooking-before-the-busiest-shopping-day-of-the-year. That’s enough to petrify a poultry panicked person. Say that three times. And I’m here feeling guilty, oh, and thankful, but mostly guilty. I’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner myself. I’ve never been part of the head turkey procurement, management and preparation team. As a child and […]

Pages Past: Nov. 25

On this date … 1990: Clovis High School Senior Cory Mitchell played golf, played in the band, was president of his church youth group and worked 15 hours a week at Eye Care and Eye Wear, Etc. He was the subject of a weekly feature in the Clovis newspaper called “Under 18.” 1975: Bob Kirkley […]

ENMU drill prepares campus for tragedy

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com The emergency lockdown issued across Eastern New Mexico University’s campus Monday morning was just a drill. But it got some people thinking. “We were told last week that we would have this drill this Monday,” said senior Sarah Nino, who works in the Campus Union Building. “I’m here for […]