Clovis man sentenced for drug trafficking

Staff report A 54-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for trafficking cocaine. James Clifton Moten was found guilty of the charges by a jury in September. He was sentenced on Tuesday, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. Charges followed a four-month undercover operation by the Region […]

Ode to the turkey

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, please take a moment to think kind thoughts about the guest of honor at most of our tables: • Turkeys were first domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico. Fossils show turkeys roamed Texas 2.5 million years ago. Source: Oklahoma State 4-H • Tom Savage, a poultry scientist and animal […]

Stevens: We are thankful

I am thankful for Christmas trees. They saved my grandmother’s life the day before Thanksgiving in 1964. She’d gone with my granddad to a tree farm near Las Vegas, New Mexico. The plan was to fill up their pickup with trees they could sell at their used furniture store — the Swap Shop — in […]

Clovis mother sentenced to 16 1/2 years


By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER A Clovis mother was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 16 1/2 years in prison for multiple counts of child abuse. District Judge Drew Tatum delivered the sentence to Kayla Bass, 25, for abusing her then-18-month-old son in 2013 — he suffered bruises all over his body, bite marks, cigarette burns […]

Portales man arrested on murder charge

STAFF REPORT A Portales man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with murder in connection with the city’s first homicide of the year. David Michael Smith, 40, is charged with an open count of murder and  two counts of tampering with evidence. Portales police have not released the victim’s name. Police Det. Charlie Smart said […]

Roosevelt jail employee pay increase tabled

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer PORTALES — Roosevelt County commissioners on Tuesday tabled a request for detention-center pay raises despite concerns expressed by numerous county officials. County Manager Amber Hamilton and Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Mark Gallegos informed commissioners that as of Sunday, Curry County will increase its starting pay for detention officers […]

Police blotter — Nov. 25

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Friday: • 12:42 a.m.: Resisting evading obstructing police officer, North Merriwether Street and West Ninth Street. • 7:52 a.m.: Failure to yield stop sign, Pile and 13th Street. • 8:52 a.m.: Theft of Identity, 500 block […]

What’s Happening — Nov. 25

Today Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Thursday Community Thanksgiving Meal — 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L Casillas Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Friday The Delk Band Thanksgiving Dance — 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Curry Country Events Center— 1900 E. […]

Rodriguez: Holiday offers best of both worlds

Thursday is the big Turkey Day. The busiest-cooking-before-the-busiest-shopping-day-of-the-year. That’s enough to petrify a poultry panicked person. Say that three times. And I’m here feeling guilty, oh, and thankful, but mostly guilty. I’ve never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner myself. I’ve never been part of the head turkey procurement, management and preparation team. As a child and […]

Pages Past: Nov. 25

On this date … 1990: Clovis High School Senior Cory Mitchell played golf, played in the band, was president of his church youth group and worked 15 hours a week at Eye Care and Eye Wear, Etc. He was the subject of a weekly feature in the Clovis newspaper called “Under 18.” 1975: Bob Kirkley […]

ENMU drill prepares campus for tragedy

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor The emergency lockdown issued across Eastern New Mexico University’s campus Monday morning was just a drill. But it got some people thinking. “We were told last week that we would have this drill this Monday,” said senior Sarah Nino, who works in the Campus Union Building. “I’m here for […]

Pages Past – Nov. 24

On this date … Nov. 24 1970: A Clovis man was jailed after police caught him on a pharmacy roof with an ax. Officials believed the man had broken into the Medical Center Pharmacy at 920 W. 21st. They found a box of items from the pharmacy on the roof, including numerous pills. 1965: First […]

What’s happening – Nov. 24

Today Texico City Meeting — 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 219 Griffin St., Texico. Information: 575-482-3314 Wednesday Public Works Committee— 8:30 a.m. City Hall, assembly room, 321 N. Connelly St., Clovis. Information: 575-763-9654 Thursday Community Thanksgiving Meal — 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lighthouse Mission, 407 L Casillas Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-3435 Friday The Delk Band […]

Jail log – Nov. 24

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Friday through Sunday: • Frederick Branch, 27, battery. • Christina Snell, 41. • Dennis Dilbeck,  32. • Jesus Lorezo Anaya, 21. • […]

Notebook – Nov. 24

In case you’re traveling this Thanksgiving week, here’s a message from New Mexico State Police: Seems they will be participating in the nationwide “I-40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities,” according to a news release. The release reports: “The safety initiative spotlights all states along Interstate 40 nationwide … Law enforcement agencies in each of […]

Mayor: City spending means better-quality community

By Brittney Cannon STAFF WRITER Clovis city commissioners on Thursday approved spending $2.62 million in non-recurring funds on seven projects. Mayor David Lansford said the actions give tax dollars “back to the community in the form of a better-quality community.” But where did it come from, and how did the city decide what projects […]

Clovis Media Inc. names new publisher

Photo by Tony Bullocks
Rob Langrell has more than 20 years newspaper experience.

Staff report Clovis Media Inc. has named Rob Langrell as its new publisher. Langrell will serve as publisher of the two daily newspapers — the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune — as well as oversee the company’s three weekly publications — the Quay County Sun, Cannon Connections and My Eastern New Mexico. Langrell, who […]

Willing hands out in force for Thanksgiving

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The Lighthouse Mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner begins at 11 a.m. and goes until about 2 p.m.

By David Stevens Editor Clovis has plenty of people in need this holiday season, but there’s also no shortage of those willing to help. Richard Gomez, executive director of the Lighthouse Mission on L. Casillas Boulevard, said he’s already lined up more than enough volunteers to pass out food for Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Pages past — Nov. 22

On this date … 1970: About 50 De Baca Hall residents were displaced after a fire broke out in a dorm room on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. Officials said the room where the fire started — probably from a candle left burning after students left the room — was gutted. About 4 […]

Letters to the editor — Nov. 22

Spend Thanksgiving cruelty free While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life. And here are some good reasons: • You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Obama. • You truly are […]