High school drama taking stage

By Cindy Klein-Kennedy Education columnist High school is frequently known as a “stage” where adolescent drama takes place. At the moment, we can confirm there is some seriously scary drama afoot, courtesy of the Clovis High School Drama Department. This very night the Clovis High School Theater II students will perform a one-act play, “Seven […]

Former Tucumcari police officer faces felony charges in arson

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer Recently resigned Tucumcari Police Officer Dustin “Dusty” Lopez was charged Tuesday with arson and conspiracy to commit arson in Quay County Magistrate Court, according to nmcourts.gov. New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau Officer Chester Bobbit filed the charges with Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett. Lopez had been the target […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 30

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Friday • American Legion Post 117 — Trunk or treat 5:30 p.m. 2800 W. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-4030 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church trunk-a-treat (Food, games, dunk tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223. • Clovis News Journal — Trick or treat 2 p.m. […]

What’s happening — Oct. 30

Today Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. High Plains Patriots monthly meeting  — 7 p.m., Master’s Center Conference Room, 810 E 21st St. Information: 575-749-2955. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Special meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, Ingram Room. Information: 505-769-7828. Seven Wives for Dracula Play — 6 […]

Police blotter — Oct. 30

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 9:07 a.m.: 5100 block of North Thornton Street. • 11:26 a.m.: Public affray, 1400 block of Cameo Street. • 11:36 a.m.: Shoplifting, 400 block of West 21st Street. • 12:08 p.m.: Sex offense, 100 […]

Pages past — Oct. 30

On this date … 1971: Clovis police reported two youngsters received tainted candy during Saturday night trick-or-treating. A family on Sunland Drive showed officials a Baby Ruth candy bar that contained a sewing machine needle in its center. Another report showed a piece of peanut brittle given to a child had been doused with rubbing […]

School officials look to change licensure policy

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Citing turnover and morale issues, Clovis school officials are looking at a change in a six-year old policy that puts a five-year deadline on new teachers to earn master’s degrees. Though no action could be taken, the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education was generally receptive to a change […]

Clovis woman nets seventh DWI after leaving scene of accident

Staff report A Clovis woman accused of leaving the scene of an accident and felony driving while intoxicated on Sunday has six previous DWI convictions over the past 10 years. Maria S. Najera, 39, was arrested about 11 p.m. Sunday after a state police officer spotted her driving with a flat tire on U.S. 70 […]

Halloween no time for anti-vaccination message

By Kevin Wilson Local columnist Right up until my junior year of high school, I had never trick-or-treated, because I didn’t want to break the law. Town leaders weren’t hysterical about sex offenders snatching up kids, but argued a combination of other issues. They feared without supervision on sparsely-lit residential streets, little kids would get […]

Nearly 2,000 ballots already cast

Staff report With one week before the general election, nearly 2,000 Curry County residents have already filled in their ballots. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 1,965 residents had cast early ballots — 1,101 at the Curry County Courthouse and 864 at the North Plains Mall. Early voting will end at 6 p.m. Saturday at the […]

Train explosion burned into memories of area generation

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Randy Dunson knows history of the area of Roosevelt County and he noticed one incident is never talked about even though the generation who lived through it will never forget it. “Your generation remembers exactly where they were on 9/11 and my generation remembers the Kennedy assassination, my parents […]

Looking back on life grants perspective

By Kitsana Dounglomchan Guest columnist It makes me feel old whenever I ask a younger airman where they were during 9/11. One recently told me that he was in kindergarten when the second tower came down. I was a senior in high school at the time. Another thing that gets me is when I talk […]

Pages past — Oct. 29

On this date … 1974: Eastern New Mexico University regents had approved a $5 increase in student fees for health services. Projections showed student health services would cost $76,000 next year; raising student fees from $8.50 to $13.50 would push projected revenue to $79,137. 1963: Drs. Hoy McClintock and Bettie McClintock, both of Clovis, had […]

Holiday happenings — Oct. 29

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Friday • American Legion Post 117 — Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. 2800 W. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-4030 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, games, dunk tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223. • Clovis News Journal — Trick or Treat 2 p.m. […]

Police blotter — Oct. 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Monday • 8:31 a.m.: Assault, 100 block of Tucker Avenue. • 8:36 a.m.: Dead on arrival, 300 block of Jones Street. • 8:46 a.m.: Theft, 3700 block of Tom Watson Drive. • 9:03 a.m.: Theft, 900 […]

What’s happening — Oct. 29

Today Toddler time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Curry County Blood Drive — 10 a.m., Courthouse Conference Room, 700 N. Main St. Information: www.unitedbloodservices.org or 575763-6016. Thursday Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840. High Plains Patriots monthly meeting  — 7 p.m., Master’s Center Conference Room, 810 E […]

Commission divided on Gidding construction

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Curry County Commissioners are split on how the building at Fourth and Gidding streets should be renovated. Construction begins May 1 and is projected to be completed in March 2016.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com The first substantial split in what has been a largely unified Curry County Commission is growing wider with differences over the projected $4 million renovation and expansion of the Gidding Street building. “I think the public is entitled to know what we’re doing … the details,” Commissioner Robert Sandoval […]

Food bank hires new executive director

Dianna Hernandez

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has brought a former employee back to the fold, this time as executive director. Dianna Hernandez began Monday at the food bank, where she previously worked for 17 months as a marketing specialist and grant writer. She takes over for Allen Isbell, […]

Salvation Army official sets $20,000 goal

Staff report The Clovis Salvation Army is gearing up to help more families in need this year. Lt. Kelly Berggren has made the Salvation Army’s goal to collect $20,000 to help needy families in Clovis. “There is a real need here in Clovis and we want to reach out to the families in need,” Berggren […]

Business digest — Oct. 28

Clovis health office honored The National Research Corporation and Decision Health has named Interim HealthCare of Clovis a HomeCare Elite Top 100 winner for 2014. The Clovis office was named a top 100 out of 2,501 elite agencies across the country, according a press release from Interim HealthCare. The winners were ranked by an analysis […]