Pages Past — May 23

On this date … 1965: Pro football fans were still talking about encounters with two players who spent the weekend in Clovis. The Clovis News-Journal reported the Dallas Cowboys’ Bob Lilly and the Los Angeles Rams’ Tommy McDonald spent two days signing autographs at a Clovis sporting goods store. Both signed more than 1,000 autographs, […]

Clovis man pleads guilty to attempted murder, assault

Staff report A Clovis man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges in connection to a December standoff, according to a release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb’s office. Eric Gutierrez, 32, pleaded to charges of attempted murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer and felony firearm possession. Sentencing […]

Plateau sells wireless assets to AT&T

Staff report Plateau Telecommunications announced it has finailized sale of its wireless assets to AT&T, effective Wednesday. The sale, first announced last June, received Federal Communications Approval May 8. The sale includes Plateau’s wireless operations and assets throughout New Mexico and Texas, and its 37,500 cellular customers. Plateau will continue to provide customer service during […]

City commission overturns zoning recommendation

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR Following a sometimes tense discussion on residential zoning and traffic concerns, Clovis city commissioners took the unusual step Thursday night of overturning a recommendation from an advisory board. Commissioners, by a 5-2 vote, approved a zoning change for the 1200 block of Gidding Street from residential family to residential […]

Meetings Watch

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday evening at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Six commissioners and Mayor David Lansford were present. Commissioner Randy Crowder participated by telephone, and Commissioner Chris Bryant was out of town due to a family matter. All agenda items listed below passed on 7-0 votes unless otherwise noted: […]


Military politics… • U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich voted Thursday to advance a funding bill out of committee to the full Senate that includes money for six key things at Cannon Air Force Base. The money breakdown — $7,8 million for a new entry control gatehouse; $20.4 million for new pump house and fuel storage; $11.65 […]

What’s happening

Saturday Remains of Korean War Veteran from Albuquerque to be Interred With Full Military Honors — 12:45 p.m. Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe Information: Ray Seva 505-362-6089 Monday Memorial Day Observance — 10 a.m. Lawn Haven Cemetery, 1601 E. Llano Estacado Blvd. Tuesday Parachute Factory — 1 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public […]

First Master of Divinity degree awarded at Wayland

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Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce received a high-five from Paul Sadler, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University, after receiving his hood May 16 for the Master of Divinity Degree. Pearce is the first person to graduate Wayland with the degree.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce is the first graduate of the Master of Divinity degree program offered by Wayland Baptist University. Pearce received his diploma and hood at commencement May 9, at the same time two of his daughters were completing a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree […]

Mural ‘splashes’ wall, intrigues community

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Adrian Lopez completed a large mural Wednesday at Frederick Lopez’s custom wood products business on Second Street. Lopez said eventually the entire wall will be covered with religious art to inspire the neighborhood.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Local artist Adrian Lopez made a splash this week with the completion of a religious mural that can be seen from Clovis’ busiest highway. The colorful mural set on the outside wall of a local business depicts St. Joseph teaching Jesus how to be a carpenter while Mary looks […]

Bovina alcohol sales narrowly approved

Staff report Bovina residents have narrowly approved alcohol sales within city limits. The May 9 ballot measure, “For sale of all alcoholic beverage for off-premises consumption only,” was approved by a 100-94 vote in the Parmer County community of about 1,875 residents. Other Parmer County areas remain dry. The application process to the Texas Alcohol […]

Sheriff reinstates commission cards

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR The Roosevelt County sheriff is reinstating commission cards more than a week after revoking them. Sheriff Malin Parker said Thursday that he misunderstood the intentions of the New Mexico Association of Counties when they informed county entities that NMAC was looking into liability issues surrounding commissioning officers from other […]

Pages past: May 22

On this date … 1975: Clovis Chamber of Commerce officials said 42 entries had been received for next month’s Pioneer Days parade. Chamber Manager Bob Spencer said horse entries might be fewer than usual because of a “swamp fever regulation” in Texas that prevented unvaccinated horses from returning if they left the state. A vaccine […]

There’s more than one way to feed a calf

Orphaned calves come about due to various reasons. Sometimes a cow dies before the calf is ready to be weaned, sometimes a cow is too stupid to take care of her calf properly and, sometimes, the cow is too old or too injured to make for a proper mama cow. In these cases, the calf […]

Police blotter

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center Wednesday: • Blake Berry, 28, probation violation. • James Devenport, 23, warrant, failure to appear. • Scott Hall, 31, warrant, failure to comply with probation/ parole, possession of drug paraphernalia. • Jamani McClendon, 18, warrant, failrue to comply with probation/ parole. • […]


Road plans … • If you’re tired of that teeth-chattering, front-end and tire-killing highway we call Mabry Drive and the rest of the state calls U.S. 60/84 … the New Mexico Department of Transportation wants to hear from you. It’s scheduled a series of public meetings to review and comment on a draft long-range master plan […]

Meetings watch

Staff report The Clovis City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A key to the city presentation to Col. Heather Buono, the outgoing commander of the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group at Cannon Air Force Base. • Preliminary budget approval for 2015-16 […]

Rabid fox has new strain of rabies

STAFF REPORT A fox from Lincoln County that bit a woman on April 20 had a strain of rabies that has yet to be identified, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). According to the release, the genetic sequencing of the virus was conducted in the rabies laboratory at […]

Principal makes graduation personal

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer In the week before graduation, Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall makes a point to personally sign each diploma for graduating seniors. “I just feel as a high school principal I want to hear every kid’s name and spend at least a moment thinking about that kid,” Marshall said. […]

Judge declares mistrial for murder trial

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR After a full day of testimony from seven different witnesses, Judge Stephen Quinn declared a mistrial Wednesday morning for the Marvin Silva murder trial. Silva, 40, is accused of bashing Portales resident Marco Bonilla, 25, over the head with a hammer on Nov. 23, 2009, after Bonilla had been […]

Pages past: May 21

On this date …
1968: An F-100F Super Sabre jet crashed two miles west of Melrose Practice Range, moments after an instructor and his student pilot safely ejected.
The Clovis News-Journal reported the plane crashed on an isolated section of the Billy Joe Grider Ranch.
Capt. Dale Strawn, 28, of Charlotte, North Carolina, suffered a fractured elbow. Pilot […]