Family suspects foul play in daughter’s death

Laura Tafoya

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a Clovis woman found unconscious in her Sandzen home has left grieving loved ones with lots of questions and few answers. Laura Tafoya’s cause of death March 25 from massive brain injuries is officially ruled as “undetermined.” That the ruling by Lubbock’s chief […]

Bull riding event may bring in more cash

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Along with superstar bulls and riders next weekend, so comes revenue for the city of Clovis — and this year, the L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding event is predicted to bring more cash than usual. For four years, Joe’s Boot Shop has been hosting bull riding competition at the […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 26

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Friday • American Legion Post 117 – Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. 2800 W. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-4030 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, games, dunk tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223. • Halloween Costume Contest 6 p.m. entries, 6:30 p.m. judging […]

Police blotter — Oct. 26

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 12:52 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 8:56 a.m.: Public assist, 100 block of East Yucca Avenue. • 9:05 a.m.: Criminal damage, 4900 block of Mabry […]

What’s happening — Oct. 26

Monday Clovis-Carver Library Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Commission on Older Adults meeting — 5:30 p.m., Baxter-Curren Senior Center, 908 Hickory St. Information: 575-762-3631. Accessing Capital in New Mexico community meeting — 11:30 a.m., $10 luncheon, Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand Ave. Information: 575-769-4136. Tuesday Clovis Community College Cultural […]

Holiday can be healthy

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Israel Cortez, left, and his son Noah Cortez, 1, search for pumpkins on Prince Street Friday afternoon to decorate for Halloween. Curry and Roosevelt County Extension service officials say it is best for young trick or treaters to add healthier low sugar alternatives to their bag this year.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Halloween is around the corner and local youth will be showing up at doorsteps in search of treats all over the region. Treats don’t always have to be candy though, and the less sugar the better, according to officials at the Roosevelt and Curry County extension offices. Roosevelt County Extension Nutrition […]

Martinez visits Tucumcari plant

Staff photo: Thomas Garcia
Gov. Susana Martinez speaks with Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory owner Charles Krause on Wednesday during a ceremony celebrating the
factory’s planned expansion.

Thomas Garcia tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Gov. Susana Martinez was in Tucumcari on Wednesday to help celebrate the planned $4.5 million expansion of Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory with local officials and a dozen residents and employees. The expansion is expected to create up to 20 new jobs. “At the state level we are continuing to work to keep […]

McGee: Bugs one thing, bats another matter

I didn’t know we had bats around here. Honestly, I’ve lived on the High Plains since 1999 and I’ve never seen one single bat in flight. Then the other day one of my “friends” on The Facebook sent me a snapshot of a bat having a siesta under the eave of the building where he […]

In search of ponies: Animals have it figured out

Sometimes it may feel like a distant memory, but once upon a time life was all about laughing, tumbling, running, climbing and a series of other things that had absolutely nothing to do with anything at all. Children still indulge of course. They can be spotted breaking into spontaneous giggle fits and fiddling and fidgeting […]

Holiday happenings

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Oct. 31 • American Legion Post 117 – Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. 2800 W. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-4030 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, Games, Dunk Tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223. • Halloween Costume Contest 6 p.m. entries, 6:30 p.m. […]

Pages Past — Oct. 25

On this date … 1973: A delegation of firemen notified Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor Jr. they would begin a work cutback in protest that their salaries had not been increased, the Clovis News-Journal reported. Taylor said he was told fire department personnel were threatening to stop handling maintenance on the building at Fourth and Mitchell […]

Meetings Watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners met in a special session Friday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex and took the following action: • Approved a contract with NCA Architects of Albuquerque for renovations at the 417 Gidding St. building. Compensation is 6.99 percent of the cost of the $4 million project. • Approved a contract with […]

Final water conservation application on its way

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The final application is in the mail for $20 million in federal cash to help keep eastern New Mexico’s only source of drinking water — the Ogallala Aquifer — from being sucked dry. The application filed Sept. 30 by the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation Initiative is toned […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday in Texico. Some highlights from the meeting: • Discussion of a possible trip to Washington D.C. after the Nov. 4 general election. Chairperson Gayla Brumfield said the plan is to lobby the area’s Congressional delegation for continued funding of the Ute Water Project. • An announcement the […]

In tribute: Disc jockey never stopped trying to make people laugh

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By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Before he became known as “Alloverthecity,” Rick Sanchez lived a life that was all over the map. But whether he was an ad salesman, radio personality, disc jockey, podcaster, friend or sibling, friends said he never stopped trying to make people laugh. “He would always find a way to […]

Resident earns home aid award

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com A smile can go a long way and, in the case of Maria “Peggy” Soria, it got her an award. Soria, a home aid for Community Homecare, received the New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care’s 2014 Home Aid of the Year award. Soria goes to people’s homes […]

Traveling one of life’s great pleasures

There is a lot to see in the world, and traveling is one of the great pleasures. It is always revealing to see places and people and things that are not the same as what you see every day. Travel farther and you can observe the great differences in the world, as well as the […]

What’s happening — Oct. 24

Today Free consultations with attorneys — 2 p.m., Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. Information: 575-935-5000. Board of County Commissioners special meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-763-6016. Saturday Clovis High School girls volleyball vs. breast cancer fundraising event  — 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Specialty T-shirt sale to benefit American […]

Police blotter — Oct. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 8:22 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1500 block of Westchester Avenue. • 8:46 a.m.: Criminal damage, 100 block of Lynn Avenue. • 9:06 a.m.: Burglary, 100 block of Sandy Lane. • 9:49 a.m.: Child abuse, 500 […]

Pages past — Oct. 24

On this date … 1962: The theme of the upcoming Vendors Day at Cannon Air Force Base was “How to do business with the Air Force.” More than 500 invitations had been sent. 1956: Eastern New Mexico University’s 70-piece marching band was preparing to accompany the Greyhounds football team to Denver. ENMU was playing the […]