Police blotter — Nov. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 5:48 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1400 block of Thornton Street • 8:37 a.m.: Runaway, 1800 block of East Brady Avenue • 9:59 a.m.: Found property, 1900 block of North Thornton Street • 10:39 a.m.: […]

Pages past — Nov. 24

On this date … 1976: Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Franklin were going to be without a kitchen for Thanksgiving. A fire, likely caused by a malfunctioning water heater, resulted in about $8,000 worth of damage to their home east of Melrose. No one was home when the fire began. Mrs. Franklin was returning home about […]

Events calendar — Nov. 23

Thursday • Community Thanksgiving Banquet — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L Casillas St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7775 • Pep Annual Thanksgiving Festival — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, Pep. Cost: $12 adult plates, $6 children under 6. Takeout available. All proceeds benefit the church.  Information: 806-786-1572 • Portales Community Outreach […]

Water board members talk resolution options

By Alisa Boswell Managing Editor aboswell@pntonline.com PORTALES — Board members of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority came together to discuss their options Tuesday after Portales city councilors refused to approve a resolution last week. ENMWUA Executive Director Justin Howalt said every other authority member community — Curry County, Roosevelt County, city of Clovis, […]

Child sex assault trial moved to January

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com PORTALES — The trial date for a former Portales man accused of child molestation has been moved to January after a hearing Tuesday in Portales district court. Rocky Banda, 35, is charged with multiple counts of sexual penetration of a minor, having allegedly molested a teenage girl over the […]

Clovis man pleads not guilty in murder case

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — A Clovis man entered a not guilty plea in district court Tuesday on the heels of a grand jury returning a second-degree murder indictment against him in connection with an October fight that left a man dead. Ricky Goodman, 42, was arraigned via video conference from the […]

Santa’s on his way to local parades

By Brooke Finch and Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITERS Santa Claus is coming to town early this year, and thousands are hoping to catch a glimpse of him. More than 8,000 area residents are expected to gather for this year’s Christmas Lights Parade, an iconic celebration for downtown Clovis organized by Clovis MainStreet. The non-profit organization […]

Pages past — Nov. 23

On this date … 1976: Local law enforcement and the Distributive Education Department at Clovis High School hosted a seminar on ways to prevent shoplifting. Prosecutor Albert Chavez, Juvenile Probation Officer Jim Osborne and Clovis Police Officer Joe Thomas fielded questions from business owners about laws and offered tips on ways to spot and detain […]

Police blotter — Nov. 23

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 8:50 a.m.: Shooting at/from a motor vehicle, 300 block of North Connelly Street • 8:50 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 1100 block of Sandia Drive • 9:51 a.m.: Fail to yield left turn, […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The following were actions taken at the Clovis City Commission meeting Monday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: • Commissioners held an executive session to discuss limited personal matters to complaint pursuant to 10-15-1H. No action was taken. • Clovis Police Department Chief Doug Ford addressed commissioners and the audience about public safety during the holidays. […]

Businesses gear up for Black Friday

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Stephanie Shirley, Dillard’s area sales manager in Clovis, cleans a display table in preparation for arranging merchandise to entice shoppers for Black Friday.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com For many area businesses, Black Friday doesn’t begin on Friday anymore. Most retail and department stores in Clovis and Portales are gearing up for another year of Black Friday shoppers, and many hope to attract business as soon as Thursday — even among the Thanksgiving feasts. Stacie Sharpe, manager […]

New bakery on way to Portales

By Eamon Scarbrough STAFF WRITER escarbrough@pntonline.com PORTALES — A new business set to arrive in Portales will bring products the community hasn’t seen before, according to its owners. Sweet Cakes Bakery, located on the Portales town square, should be open in two weeks and will offer a wide array of baked goods and other food […]

Roosevelt sheriff’s office investigated

STAFF REPORT PORTALES — New Mexico State Police have completed an investigation related to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, NMSP confirmed on Monday. The undisclosed investigation lasted about two weeks, State Police Sgt. Patrick Bucksath said. “We did start an investigation on the sheriff’s office about two weeks ago at the request of the (District […]

Preschoolers gifted books

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Curry County Manager Lance Pyle reads a book to preschoolers at Clovis Nazarene School on Monday as part of the county’s Imagination Library reading program.

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Preschoolers at Clovis Nazarene School were in for a special treat Monday morning when they not only got a visit from Curry County Manager Lance Pyle, but they also each got to take home a book of their own. In 2014, county commissioners approved seed money to […]

Business digest — Nov. 22

NM healthcare teams celebrated Presbyterian Healthcare Services celebrated healthcare teams across rural New Mexico with National Rural Health Day last week, according to a Presbyterian press release. During their celebration on Nov. 17, iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) named the 2016 Top Performers. Plains Regional Medical […]

Police blotter — Nov. 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday • 1:14 a.m.: Concealing identity, 300 block of East Fifth Street. • 1:31 a.m.: Breaking and entering, 1600 block of North Main Street. • 1:36 a.m.: Battery, 300 block of East Fifth Street. • 7:48 […]

Events calendar — Nov. 22

Thursday • Community Thanksgiving Banquet — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L Casillas St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7775 • Pep Annual Thanksgiving Festival — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Hall, Pep. Cost: $12 adult plates, $6 children under 6. Takeout available. All proceeds benefit the church.  Information: 806-786-1572 • Portales Community Outreach […]

Pages past — Nov. 22

On this date … 1971: A 21-year-old man, in court to plead guilty to a burglary in Melrose, escaped from deputies and avoided capture for the next three hours. Charles Malott was found hiding under a large wicker basket in a shed behind a home at 1012 Sheldon St. in Clovis. The homeowner said she […]

Commissioners approve contract

Staff report Roosevelt County commissioners approved awarding a contract to K Barnett & Sons of Clovis for the 2017 fiscal year for purchasing chipseal and aggregate materials at a special meeting Monday. County Manager Amber Hamilton said the county pays the company per ton for the materials. The contract was the only item on the […]

Pages Past — Nov. 20

On this date … 1956: An unmasked bandit held up Tom Finley’s service station about 3 a.m. in Texico. Authorities said he took the cash register and escaped with about $400. The cash register was recovered behind the Texico High School gymnasium. It still contained almost $50 in coins. Pop Spurlin, who was on duty […]