Defense attorney: Judge’s comment not appropriate

By Brooke Finch STAFF WRITER bfinch@cnjonline.com A magistrate court judge’s comment following a jury trial could impact future trials, a Clovis defense attorney is alleging. Jennifer Burrill, who represented a woman acquitted of shoplifting and battery, said Magistrate Court Judge Richard Hollis made the comment Monday after the jury’s verdict. Burrill said Hollis announced in […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All commissioners were present; Mayor David Lansford did not attend. All items on the consent agenda passed 8-0. • Plains Regional Medical Center representatives Terri Marney and Vince DeFranco presented T-shirts and a check from funds raised in the third […]

Zika transmitter ID’d in Roosevelt County

Staff report Aedes albopictus, a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus, has been identified in Roosevelt County, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Health. This is the first time the mosquito species has been identified in Roosevelt County, though it has been found in Curry County and other […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting Thursday in Elida, Chairperson Gayla Brumfield gave her report, expressing a positive outlook on the Ute water pipeline project. After attending a Water Trust Board meeting, Brumfield said that she “felt like they’re on board.” “We’ve really tried to create this foundation that if they have […]

Study: Binge drinking in NM high school students down

By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com The number of New Mexico high school students who binge drink and smoke has decreased in the last 10 years, according to a study released by the New Mexico Department of Health this week. The Youth Risk and Resilience Survey, done through the NMDH and the New Mexico Public […]

More than $1,000 of items stolen from salon

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Hair stylist Lisa Morales said she lost more than $1,000 worth of equipment in an overnight theft discovered Thursday morning.

Staff report Lisa Morales’ phone rang at 6 a.m. Thursday with bad news. Someone had broken into her Clovis shop, Lasting Impressions Salon. When Morales arrived at her small Sixth Street salon, she found her door off its hinges, shattered glass and more than $1,000 worth of items missing. Blowdryers, scissors, clippers and a computer […]

Plenty to do on fair’s final day

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com With a myriad of cultural workshops throughout the week now in the books, the 25th Clovis / Curry County Ethnic Fair culminates Saturday with a wide array of activities at Hillcrest Park. The fair is sponsored by the City of Clovis, local businesses, veterans organizations and the New Mexico […]

Faith: Churches opening doors to Pokemon trainers

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Seth Herman, left, and his brother, Caleb Herman, use their phones to hunt for virtual Pokemon outside of Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis. The brothers helped organize the Pokemon Go gathering to be held tonight at the church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com You won’t find Pokemon mentioned in the Bible, but you can find them at church. When Clovis’ Trinity United Methodist Church Pastor Amy Jordan discovered her church was a “PokeStop” featured in the phenomenon of Pokemon Go, she decided to take full advantage of it. The mobile-app version of […]

Clovis’ Hastings to close its doors

Staff report Clovis’ Hastings is one of 126 Hastings Entertainment stores closing its doors within the next three months. The announcement issued by the Amarillo-based retail chain Thursday morning comes on the heels of bankruptcy proceedings in a Delaware court, which ended Wednesday, according to a statement from Peyton Burgess, a media consultant for Hastings. […]

Opinion: Some milestones different in country life

By Audra Brown Local columnist Graduations, birthdays, your first solo tractor-driving job … Designated markers of time and accomplishment are important to us. They come in all sizes. Some are celebrated by many, some are celebrated by a few, and some are celebrated in solitude. Some are unique to the individual, but many are shared […]

Pages past — July 22

On this date … 1976: The Clovis Fire Department had statistics that showed one in 10 calls for service involved fire outside the city limits. Fire outside the city limits caused an estimated $34,000 in property damages in 1975, the Clovis News-Journal reported. 1946: Four Roosevelt County residents had been honored with Selective Service medals. […]

Events calendar — July 22

Saturday 2016 Ethnic Fair — 8 a.m. Hillcrest Park, 14th and Sycamore streets., Clovis. Information: 575-749-6570 Ribbon Cutting – Homespot — 2 p.m. Homespot, 3211 N. Prince St., Clovis. Monday Movie Monday-A Goofy Movie, G — 1 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Tuesday Big Kids Hour — 10 a.m. […]

Meetings calendar — July 22

Monday Commission on Older Adults — 4 p.m. Baxter-Curren,  908 Hickory St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Parks, Recreation and Beautification — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Clovis-Carver Library Board — 5:30 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Tuesday Texico City meeting — 6:30 p.m. City […]

Reader reaction — July 21

We asked our Facebook followers:  “Do you think Donald Trump would be a good president?” • Cristin Stewart: I am not crazy about either option, but at least we can move forward with a hope that some of Trump’s ideas might help. At least he has a vision for a better future and with the […]

Official: Train warning depends on traffic

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Jacob Harper's pickup collided with a train Tuesday at a railroad crossing south of Clovis.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com There was no active warning gate at a railroad crossing and Curry Road 7, the spot where 37-year-old Jacob Harper’s pickup on Tuesday collided with a train south of Clovis. No major injuries were reported after the collision, but Harper’s smashed vehicle in the aftermath provided evidence of the […]

Action declined on county rules of conduct

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com A recently censured Curry County commissioner’s effort to garner approval of rules of conduct for the body failed Tuesday, as other commission members declined discussion or action on the resolution. “There were Rules of Conduct for county commissioners when I took office and that was rescinded,” said Vice Chairman […]

Police blotter — July 21

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 2:24 a.m.: Runaway. • 7:33 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 500 block of LaSalle Drive. • 7:43 a.m.: Criminal damage up to $1,000, 100 block of North Main Street. • 8:31 a.m.: Criminal damage up to […]

Shuttered school’s potential discussed at public works meeting

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Does the recently shuttered Ranchvale Elementary School have potential as a vocational education training site? A Clovis resident is imploring school district officials to examine the possibility as a means of opening a myriad of avenues for area students. During Wednesday’s Clovis Public Works Committee meeting, Clovis Municipal Schools […]

Opinion: Volunteers will receive warm welcome

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Earlier this week I called the Roosevelt County Extension Office to get contact information for Perci Urias, a longtime local 4-H leader who recently received the statewide “Friend of 4-H” award — a well-deserved honor. Perci was profiled, somewhat reluctantly, for Tuesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Like many of the best volunteers, […]

Pages past — July 21

On this date … 1976: Plans for city and county officials to consider costs related to a  new hospital hit a snag just as their meeting started. Clovis’ assistant district attorney warned they could be in violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act. Assistant DA Bill Bonem told Curry County commissioners they would be in […]