Service to small airports in jeopardy

By Gary Mitchell Air service to Clovis and other similar-sized communities was jeopardized recently by potential congressional action. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Bingaman and fellow senators beat back an initiative last week that would have forced some of New Mexico’s communities that take part in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program […]

Farwell begins construction for new county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Builders broke ground last week on the new Parmer County jail. County Sheriff Randy Geries said replacing the existing 18-bed jail is critical. “We are constantly fighting capacity issues,” Geries said. “In our current little bitty jail we run out of room real quick.” Parmer County’s problems aren’t limited to the […]

Hobby Lobby sets sights on Clovis

By Gary Mitchell Another major chain has selected Clovis for the site of a new store. Hobby Lobby Creative Center officials announced Monday plans to open an arts and crafts retail store in Clovis in the former Kmart. Officials said construction will begin soon and the store will be open by this fall. The seventh […]

Microplex drawing businesses to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With the coming of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s restaurant to the area, a new era of growth seems to be permeating the business community, local officials say. One of the factors that has apparently influenced chain retailers and other businesses to locate in the region is the recent designation of the […]

Local businesses cited in tobacco sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the […]

Fireworks fund needs more spark

By Janet Bresenham For nine years, Tom Martin and his wife Gail have been working to maintain a long-standing tradition in Clovis — the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. But Martin is quick to point out that his original year organizing the event he calls “Smoke on the Water” quickly put into proper perspective […]

Democrats elect new officers

Democrats elect new officers The Curry County Democratic Party has elected new officers for the upcoming year. The officers are: Sandra Martin, chair; Darrel Bostwick, vice-chair; Lance A. Pyle, secretary and treasurer; Ray Hester and Cleo McFall, central committee members. The officers will serve for one year, Pyle said.

CAFB volunteers build community ties through schools

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis public school system receives extensive volunteer help from many parents and grandparents of students in the schools, but some of the volunteers come from a group that may not have any family connections to the community — airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. For 2nd Lt. Jay Edison of […]

Convenience store robbed at gunpoint

CNJ staff report A Clovis convenience store was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday night and police are looking for two suspects. Police Sgt. Rich Johnson said two men entered the Allsup’s at Grand and Prince Streets at 10:09 p.m. on Saturday. One man was armed with a small handgun, Johnson said. Johnson said he did […]

Soap Box Derby winner headed to Ohio

By Janet Bresenham The victory Saturday by Lucinda Fritz, 11, in Clovis’ 2nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby came about after a series of challenges. “I got my tonsils out the 29th of May,” Lucinda explained. “Then I had to go back in the hospital twice and have another surgery because I was bleeding. Later, […]

Hooked on fishing

By Janet Bresenham On the Saturday before Father’s Day, nothing beats spending a beautiful sunny day beside the lake fishing with your dad, your grandpa — or even your mom. “This is a good Father’s Day gift,” said Kenneth Bobo, who was watching his son Weston fish the waters of the big lake at Ned […]

Soapbox derby draws 15 competitors and plenty of support from family

By Janet Bresenham Keeping your head down can prove helpful for many situations in life. For the Clovis Soap Box Derby, it can mean the difference between winning or losing a run. “You duck your head down as low as you can go,” said Morgan Mayfield, 10, of Texico, in between heats of her first […]

Sex offender required to register

Court decision means sex offender must register STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has refused to hear a case involving a Clovis man who asked to be exempted from New Mexico’s sex offender registry. By denying a request to consider the matter, the court lets stand a ruling last September […]

Storms hit area again

By Darrell Todd Maurina Friday evening’s thunderstorms brought high winds, pea-sized hail, and heavy rain to the Clovis area, but area law enforcement agencies reported no major weather-related damage. “We did have some streets flooded, which is normal due to all the rain,” said Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos. “The flooding […]

Friends and good eats add up to perfect Juneteenth celebration

By Gary Mitchell The catfish, the music and the ribs were hot. The weather and the coming together of friends, family and community made Saturday’s Westside Juneteenth Extravaganza perfect, organizers said. “It’s a real good day,” said food chairman William P. “Pill” Hall. “This year, everybody’s eating good. We had plenty of food, and everybody’s […]

Juneteenth spells “freedom’

By Gary Mitchell William P. “Pill” Hall of Clovis has a certain reputation to maintain this time of year. Hall, 56, is the creator of what some would describe as a legendary barbecue sauce, and he shows it off during the annual Juneteenth celebration. “It’s very good,” said Barbara E. Singleton, event coordinator of this […]

Clovis no longer skipping truancy issue

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis school system and district attorney’s office made good Tuesday on their promise to crack down on truancy. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis fined a 37-year-old Clovis resident $100 and sentenced her to182 days of unsupervised probation in the first of what are expected to be about a half-dozen truancy cases […]

Girls getting into Soap Box Derby fever

By Eric Butler Tara DeWitt liked last year’s Clovis Soap Box Derby so much she recruited a couple of friends. DeWitt, 11, is one of 15 entrants in the 2003 derby being held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street near Yucca Junior High. While she was one of only three girls in the […]

Cattle disease detected

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to […]

Martha Stewart prosecutors on a witch hunt

It’s not hard to view the federal prosecution of Martha Stewart, the multimillionaire home-decorating diva, as a witch hunt. The charges are devoid of the main crime she is supposed to have committed: insider trading. Surely, the 41-page indictment would have included such charges had there been anything to prosecute. Instead, the Securities and Exchange […]