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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 escarbrough@pntonline.com 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 aboswell@pntonline.com 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 dstevens@cnjonline.com 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 […]

What’s happening — Feb. 5

Today Clovis Chamber Banquet — 6 p.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd, Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Saturday 66th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day — 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. $6 adults Children and under $4. Clovis High School Cafeteria, 1900 N. Thornton St., Clovis. Monday Grady Village Meeting — 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. […]

Legislative roundup — Feb. 4

Days remaining in session: 14 Hemp bills Legislators in both parties were excited last year about a bill they overwhelmingly approved to authorize research of industrial hemp. They said it eventually would invigorate farms and commercial businesses. But Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the hemp bill of 2015, and she has not authorized similar measures for […]

Testimony: Montoya ‘always alone’

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Bullet shell casings and a honey-comb shoe pattern seemed to be the trend in Wednesday morning testimonies for the DeAngelo Montoya trial. The 18-year-old was accused of shooting and killing local college student Angel Vale in July 2010 when he was 13 years old. Wednesday marked the third day […]

Official: Police chief search ‘getting real close’

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com Clovis could have a new police chief in a few weeks. “We’re getting real close,” City Manager Larry Fry said on Wednesday. “I’ve finished what I think are the preliminary interviews. I’m trying to establish an interview group to assist in the finalist process.” Fry said he’s narrowed his list […]

School board to decide Ranchvale’s fate at next meeting

By David Stevens Editor dstevens@cnjonline.com If Ranchvale Elementary School is to remain open, Clovis Municpal Schools will have to dip into reserve funds for repairs. And there’s not enough money in reserve to make all the repairs Superintendent Jody Balch said are needed at the 61-year-old school. A full-scale renovation would cost about $10 million, […]

Aviation board hoping to expand hangar space

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com With all 74 of its T-hangars occupied, and a waiting list of 45 for the next vacancy, Kyle Berkshire thinks it’s a no-brainer to add more at Clovis Municipal Airport. He thinks it’s almost as easy of a decision to self-fund the project, rather than picking an independent contractor […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A request to allow volunteers at the Clovis Animal Shelter. • A discussion and possible action regarding the recording of commission meeting minutes. • Discussion and possible action to open the city’s animal […]

Opinion: Technology helping engage learners

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist We’ve written about technology in education before. It’s a topic that often takes a prominent role in educational conversations. For example, do we have enough computers for every student? Should students be reading on digital mobile tablets or cell phones, and what are the differences when they do? How do […]

Opinion: Buy local, whenever you can

By Betty Williamson Local columnist One afternoon during the 1977-78 school year, my friend Susan and I found ourselves sitting in front of the old Portales Livestock Commission, hoping to sell one more ad for the Dora school yearbook. Joe Rowley owned and operated the cow sale back in those days, and it ended up […]

Veterans Day to become paid holiday for CCC staff

By Crystal Mondragon Staff writer cmondragon@cnjonline.com Veterans Day will become a paid holiday for staff and day off for students at Clovis Community College, effective this year. CCC’s board of trustees approved the proposal 4-1 during their meeting on Wednesday. Board member Russell Muffley opposed the measure. “I don’t believe it’s an educational benefit,” he […]