Verdict: Montoya guilty of murder

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor DeAngelo Montoya, 18, was convicted of murder for the second time Friday afternoon. The Portales teen was accused of shooting and killing Portales college student Angel Vale, 21, in July 2010 when he was 13 years old. After being convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 and that conviction being […]

Citizens Bank gets special honor

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kent Carruthers, president of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, accepts the Citizen of The Year Award at Friday’s night Clovis/Curry County Annual Banquet.

By David Stevens Editor It’s hosted two major motion picture productions and been the site of real-life drama in two downtown locations. And now, the century-old financial institution that promotes itself as “the best bank around” — in part because of its circular design — has made history again. Citizens Bank is the Clovis/Curry […]

Pages past — Feb. 5

On this date … 1976: Vicki Gaspard had been crowned basketball homecoming queen at Clovis High School. She was a senior, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Gaspard. 1956: Clovis Air Force Base personnel were using military equipment to check on isolated residents and even feed area cattle as the region tried to dig […]

Four instructors awarded

Staff report Four instructors at Clovis Community College are recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organization Development’s excellence award for 2015-16. The Austin, Texas-based NISOD, which promotes excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges, selected automotive program instructor Paul Blair, mathematics instructor VK Bussen, welding instructor Sean Poindexter and […]

Berry: Not all new words appreciated

When I was a kid, we lived a block from the grade school. During the summer, on weekends and most every afternoon, I could be found on the playground of that school. Several other kids from the neighborhood, including some older kids, also spent time there. One afternoon I heard one of the older kids […]

Johnson: Bowl ads sure to appeal to animal lovers

There will be gatherings of all types Sunday, with jerseys, snacks and big screen televisions at the center of what is a special day for a lot of people. Super Bowl Sunday is not just an event that is anticipated by football fans throughout the year because of it’s sports appeal, the game of the […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 6

Days remaining in session: 12 Closing committees Susan Boe, executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, delivered a letter to legislative leadership on Friday that urges lawmakers to keep full committee meetings open to the public. In the letter, Boe echoes comments she made in a Santa Fe New Mexican article published […]

Legislature: Fingerprint provision license bill could hit snag

By Uriel J. Garcia The New Mexican If Gerardo Alfredo De Luna needs to give up his driver’s license and get a driving authorization card, he’ll do it. But he will not give up his fingerprints to a law enforcement agency to get such a card. “I work just as hard as any U.S. citizens, […]

Parents asked to pick up Bella Vista students

Firefighters have recommended closing Bella Vista Elementary School for the rest of the day because of a grass fire in a nearby field. School officials are asking parents pick up their students as soon as possible. Bella Vista was evacuated this morning, but students returned to class about noon after it appeared the fire was […]

Woman charged with five Clovis arsons


By David Stevens Editor The woman accused of setting fire to five Clovis businesses on Thursday night was already awaiting trial on charges she burned two auto dealerships in 2014. And prosecutors this week were trying to have her jailed after she allegedly spoke about “demons” and “getting them out” to employees at one […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 5

Days remaining in session: 13 Too much Rep. Paul Pacheco, sponsor of 14 bills this session, said Thursday he took on more work than he should have. Pacheco made the comment as he dashed up the stairs of the Capitol just after 8 a.m. Pacheco, R-Albuquerque, sponsored a series of crime bills, including a “three […]

City approves Saturday adoption-only hours at shelter

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor Acting on a pair of requests from citizens during the previous Clovis City Commission, the city and its animal control department approved Saturday adoption-only animal shelter hours and permission for volunteers to work there. Both measures, passed by 7-0 commission votes, were brought up during the process of the […]

Commissioners updated on city app

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor Find a pothole? Are a neighbor’s weeds violating city code? Come April, the city of Clovis wants to be able to say, “There’s an app for that.” Community and Legislative Development Director Claire Burroughes updated commissioners on the upcoming See Click Fix app, which would allow citizens to use […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All commissioners except Randy Crowder, serving in Santa Fe as a state representative, attended. Commissioner Sandra Taylor-Sawyer participated via telephone. All action items below passed on 7-0 votes. • Ty Gonser was awarded a key to the city for his […]

State, defense request murder trial be pushed back

By Eamon Scarbrough Staff writer In a Thursday pre-trial conference for David Smith, accused of first-degree murder, kidnapping and two counts of tampering with evidence, both the state and the defense requested the trial be pushed back. “Evidence so far is very limited,” said Jesse Cosby, Smith’s attorney. In addition to lack of evidence, […]

Closing arguments to commence in Montoya trial

Staff photo: Matthew Asher
DeAngelo Montoya, 18, heads away from the Roosevelt County Courthouse Tuesday escorted by sheriff’s office Transport Officer Drew White Montoya is on trial for the 2010 shooting death of Angel Vale.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor Closing arguments in the DeAngelo Montoya trial will commence this morning after Defense Attorney Chris Christensen declined to call any witnesses Thursday afternoon and rested with the state. Thursday may have been the turning point for the Montoya trial with fingerprint expert Bonnie Knoll of Santa Fe testifying to […]

Opinion: Barns are the ultimate man-caves

“Man Caves” are in. Everywhere, there is decor and references to this relatively recently coined label for what, in olden times, was probably known as the garage. A place to go where you can enjoy the company of your friends and look at cool stuff. A place somewhere between a house and the outside. Sheltered, […]

Police blotter — Feb. 5

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 7:22 a.m.: Burglary (residence), 600 block of South Prince Street. • 7:55 a.m.: Child abuse, abandonment, location unknown. • 8:23 a.m.: Aggravated assault with knife or cutting instrument, location unknown. • 9:28 a.m.: Criminal […]

DA wants ‘fresh approach’ from new chief

By David Stevens Editor District Attorney Andrea Reeb is looking for a “fresh approach” from leadership in the Clovis Police Department. “I want somebody with an open mind on how things are going to work,” Reeb said this week. “I want someone who will sit down with all of the agencies and work on […]

Pages past — Feb. 5

On this date … 2006: Portales school district voters had approved a tax increase with just 472 of 10,158 eligible voters participating. “I’m so disappointed that so few people turned out to vote,” County Clerk Janet Collins said. “Maybe people didn’t feel like it was an important issue, but it should be important to them […]