NM fishing report — Oct. 23

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers […]

Sign of a creative life

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Charlie Hager counts the Billy the Kid sign among his favorites.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com The signs of Charlie Hager are everywhere — outside Citizen’s Bank of Clovis, Allsup’s Convenience Stores, Plains Regional Medical Center, the Clovis News Journal and the First Baptist Church in Clovis, for example. He created signs all over town, promoting some of our more prominent businesses and gathering places. […]

Officials: Excessive force allegations being investigated by FBI

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Allegations of excessive force against Clovis police Officer Brent Aguilar are now being investigated by the FBI, according to city officials. Police Chief Steve Sanders and City Manager Joe Thomas confirmed an FBI agent recently requested the investigative file on Aguilar’s controversial take down of Jorge Corona in August. […]

Public Works Committee prioritizes road projects

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The intersection of Seventh and Maple streets is along a 1.5-mile stretch of road between Main and Norris streets that the Clovis Public Works Committee identified as its top road improvement priority.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Clovis Public Works Committee, after light discussion about individual projects, sent the City Commission its recommended ranking on 13 road improvements they see as most necessary for the city. The city doesn’t have the money to do all 13 projects, which carry projected costs of $53 million, so […]

County sheriff presented award

Staff report Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray was recently presented the New Mexico Association of Counties Soaring Eagle Award for outstanding leadership, according to a press release from the association. The award was presented to Murray Oct. 16 at the association’s dinner in Artesia, the release said. Murray, who is term limited, is retiring after […]

Workshop studies job creation issues in state

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Tucumcari MainStreet director Gail Houser, from left, Raymond Mondragon of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG), and state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, join EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey in conversation at a workshop for the Legislative Jobs Council in Tucumcari.  The workshop was held Tuesday and Wednesday in Tucumcari.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer TUCUMCARI — Job creation in eastern and northern New Mexico is hampered by lack of access to capital, workforce skills, lack of community leadership and business building inventories. Those were consensus conclusions in a day-and-a-half workshop in Tucumcari held Tuesday and Wednesday. The meeting gathered government and business leaders from […]

Comedy show scheduled for Tuesday

Staff report The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series will take the stage again next week, when Reduced Shakespeare Company performs its show, “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged).” The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes complicated subjects and compacts […]

Bond issue would give area more than half-million dollars

Staff report Senior citizen centers in Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties would receive more than a half-million dollars in state funding, mostly for meals equipment and to purchase and or equip vehicles, if General Obligation Bond A is passed. The local funding is part of a $17 million package that provides capital outlay funding […]

Would have been an Ice Age vegetarian

With the 14th annual atlatl competition coming up Saturday at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site, I called George Crawford, the long-time director of the site on Highway 467 between Portales and Clovis, to see if I have what it takes to be a contender. Crawford said the atlatl (a tool that, simply put, increases the […]

Education column: Despite technology, libraries here to stay

There are some who think that with the growth of technology’s influence libraries will disappear. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember when video tapes entered the arena, and the same was said about movie theaters; people still go to the movies, however. Not only are libraries here to stay, the role of the […]

Education digest — Oct. 23

Band takes top honors at Zia The Clovis High School marching band is a champion again. The band took grand champion honors last weekend during the Zia Marching Fiesta at the University of New Mexico. The Wildcat band, under the direction of Bill Allred, also captured first place in preliminary competition and preliminary awards for […]

Holiday happenings

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Oct. 31 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, Games, Dunk Tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223. • First Christian Church — Trunk or Treat 6 p.m. 1700 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-7113. • Immanuel Lutheran Church — Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m. […]

Pages past — Oct. 23

On this date … 1971: A Clovis billboard company was expected to lose $15,000 because of a recent ruling by the New Mexico Highway Commission ordering the demolition of unlicensed billboards in the state. D.L. Smith, who owned Thunderbird Southwestern, said it appeared he would have to move his business operation to Texas. More than […]

Police blotter — Oct. 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 10:59 a.m.: Attempted suicide, 200 block of East 11th Street. • 11:59 a.m.: Unconsciousness, 100 block of El Camino Street. • 1:43 p.m.: Warrant service, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 2:39 p.m.: Public […]

What’s happening — Oct. 23

Today Preschool story hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Clovis High School girls volleyball and Portales vs. breast cancer  fundraising event — 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., Senior Night, specialty T-shirt sale to benefit American Cancer Society, Rock Staubus Gym, 1900 Thornton. Information: 575-693-1182. Eastern New Mexico Rural Water  Authority  meeting — […]

Candidates discuss issues, trade barbs at radio forum

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KTQM Station Manager and moderator Bob Coker goes over rules during the station’s political forum Tuesday night at the station.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Despite a turnout and a broadcast length nearly half the size of its primary season predecessor, there were still a few barbs traded during the KTQM political forum Tuesday night at the Zia Broadcasting studio south of Clovis. The 65-minute forum featured just five candidates in the Nov. 4 […]

Truancy program tours schools

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Students in Roosevelt and Curry County schools are learning about staying in school and “Squatch” has already made a trip to 24 schools this year. Squatch is the mascot of the Ninth Judicial District Attorney Office’s Abolish Chronic Truancy Program, which teaches students the importance of staying in school. […]

Sample ballot

Sample ballot Here are candidates and issues on the general election ballot. Absentee voting runs through Oct. 31. Early voting is Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4. For more information, contact the Curry County clerk’s office at 575-763-5591. U.S SENATOR • Allen E. Weh, R • Tom Udall, D U.S REPRESENTATIVE […]

Clovis man found guilty on drug charges

Staff report A Clovis man was found guilty Tuesday of possession of a controlled substance. Rondy McDonald, 29, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, followed by 11 months of supervised probation. According to a release from the district attorney’s office: • During a home visit by probation officers in 2012, McDonald was discovered to […]

DA’s office seeking change of venue

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The district attorney’s office is seeking a change of venue on a pair of misdemeanor charges against a man who is also accusing a Clovis police officer of excessive force. A hearing is set for 3 p.m. Thursday in Magistrate Court. Jorge Corona, 26, faces misdemeanor counts of concealing […]