Pages past — June 24

On this date … 1976: An earthquake registering 3.0 to 3.5 on the Richter scale was reported about 10 miles northwest of Tucumcari. The Associated Press reported the shaker was not felt in the city limits of Tucumcari, but did impact some at isolated ranches as far as 50 miles from the tremor. No injuries […]

Clovis man faces up to 12 years

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com A Curry County jury deliberated seven minutes before returning a trio of guilty verdicts against a Clovis man in district court on Wednesday. Joseph M. Foster faces up to 12 years in prison after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a controlled substance […]

Q&A: Dora graduate state homecoming queen

Dora graduate Lindsey Fletcher, 18, has been selected from all state wide applicants to represent New Mexico as the state homecoming queen. She will go to Memphis, Tennesse, July 27-30 to compete on the national level for America’s Homecoming Queen. She said her application listed activities from her high school career such as volleyball, track, […]

Opinion: Shop’s closing the end of an era

By Betty Williamson Local columnist A longtime Portales business will be closing its doors at the end of this month, and this one feels personal: Had it not been for Joe’s Flowers, I might not exist. Joe Hayhurst, who has lived in Ruidoso since 1980, said he opened the business that would eventually bear his […]

Pages past — June 23

On this date … 2006: The region had plenty to celebrate with the recent announcement of a new mission for once-doomed Cannon Air Force Base, followed by an announcement of a new ethanol plant coming to Curry County — great news for an economy that had been decimated by the announcement a year earlier that […]

Education digest — June 23

CATS taking after-school reservations The Clovis Area Transit System will begin taking reservations 8 a.m. July 1 for after-school transport for children. Reservations will be accepted until completely booked at 575-769-7910. According to a city release, the service is normally booked after two weeks. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, with routes to be […]

County manager re-elected to board

Staff report Curry County Manager Lance Pyle was re-elected to the New Mexico County Insurance Authority’s workers’ compensation pool board on Wednesday during the 80th annual conference of the New Mexico Association of Counties held in Hobbs. Pyle, who currently serves as the board’s chair, was re-elected for a two-year term and will represent Colfax, […]

Car chase reached speeds as high as 65 mph

Staff report Last week’s car chase through city streets in Clovis registered speeds as high as 65 mph, according to an arrest report released Wednesday by the Clovis Police Department. The report redacts the name of the party arrested, but report details match those supplied by CPD on Friday when officials said they’d arrested Leonel […]

Police blotter — June 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 4:10 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1100 block of Rio Street. • 8:54 a.m.: Larceny over $500, 3000 block of Axtell Street. • 9:45 a.m.: Contempt of court, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 10:08 […]

Meetings calendar — June 23

Today Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, Ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Municipal Schools District Board Meeting — 5:30 p.m. Municipal School District Building, 1009 Main St., Clovis. […]

Events calendar — June 23

Friday 33rd Annual Plateau “ Custom Classic” Softball Tournament — 8 a.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, Norris and 14th streets., Clovis. Ribbon Cutting for Clovis Area Train Society — 4:45 p.m. Clovis Area Train, First and Connelly streets., Clovis. Draggin’ Main Drive In — 7 p.m. Clovis High School Parking Lot, 1900 N. Thornton St., Clovis. […]

First meeting on sex assault kit backlog held in Clovis

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com There were 5,410 untested sexual assault evidence kits reported at the end of last year in New Mexico. This alarming fact, discovered by the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor, prompted a series of seven meetings throughout the state — the first of which took place in Clovis […]

Miss New Mexico USA to appear at Ethnic Fair

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Clovis can expect to see a special guest appearance from Miss New Mexico USA Naomie Germaine at the summer Ethnic Fair in July. The Clovis Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee discussed her appearance, among other plans for the 25th annual Ethnic Fair, during their regular meeting held at the […]

Incest case to go to trial in September

Staff report A Clovis man facing an incest charge with his mother is slated to go on trial in September. Caleb Peterson, 19, appeared before Judge Fred Van Soelen in district court Tuesday for a pre-trial conference. Peterson and Monica Mares, 36, face up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted […]

Pages past — June 22

On this date … 1971: Clovis Police Chief Ken Kingsbury was reorganizing the department. Patrolman Bobby Harris had been promoted to sergeant. Sgt. Roger Bartosiewicz had been named chief of detectives. Changes were brought on, in part, by the recent resignation of Detective Caleb Chandler and the upcoming retirement of Capt. Charles Witherspoon. 1961: The […]

Police blotter — June 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 6:41 a.m.: Burglary (residence), 200 block of Lydia Street. • 7:21 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 200 block of Alphon Street. • 7:32 a.m.: Leaving scene of crash with property damage, 800 block […]

Events calendar — June 22

Today Customer Service Workshop — 9 a.m.-Noon $25 a person. Lunch Included. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-935-5009 Friday 33rd Annual Plateau “ Custom Classic” Softball Tournament — 8 a.m. Guy Leeder Softball Complex, Norris and 14th streets., Clovis. Ribbon Cutting for Clovis Area Train Society — 4:45 p.m. Clovis Area Train, First […]

Meetings calendar — June 22

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose. Information: 575-253-4274 Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, Ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. […]

Police: Suspected robbery ‘perfect storm’ of unrelated events

STAFF REPORT The Clovis Police Department worked a different kind of “cold case” Tuesday when a feared robbery at the Clovis Wal-Mart was instead a case of mistaken identity. Police arrived en masse to the store, but departed soon after figuring out reality was what Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero called a “perfect storm” of […]

Officials urge awareness in mosquito season

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Blood-sucking creatures are reportedly swarming the Clovis area and invading homes. City officials say homeowners should be aware of these pesky creatures — none other than mosquitoes. With warm summer months and almost 5 inches of rain between May and June, mosquito season is in full force, leaving residents […]