Supreme court agrees to hear judge arguments

Staff report The state supreme court will hear arguments Dec. 4 in a request for a writ that would prevent Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from staying on the bench after failing to be retained by voters in the Nov. 4 general election. The request was filed by a committee that advocated Mitchell’s ouster […]

Tolar explosion marker unveiled

DEREK MAJOR: Staff photo

Tom Drake, the coordinator of the New Mexico historical marker program, gives a speech during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tolar historical marker

By Derek Major Staff writer Dennis Wynn had a personal reason for being at Friday’s unveiling of a historical marker that commemorates a train accident that leveled the town of Tolar almost 70 years ago. On Nov. 30, 1944, his grandfather was the conductor of an 81-car World War II freight train that was […]

Be careful but include pooch in feast

Sharna Johnson CMI Columnist Slivers of turkey covered in gravy, potatoes, green beans, corn, bread, cranberry sauce and much, much more — it’s almost here. It takes time and effort to get through the planning, shopping, preparation, cooking and presentation, but when the forks are in hand and the signal is given to chow, time […]

Not everybody has some place to go on Thanksgiving

By Grant McGee CMI Columnist Thanksgiving is up ahead. It’s a good time to get together with family and friends and spread the love, even though we all know spending time with family over the holidays can get weird quickly. But sometimes there are folks who don’t have any family or friends to hang with. […]

ALCO stores will close Dec. 4, according to website

Staff report All ALCO Stores, Inc., including outlets in Tucumcari and Muleshoe, will close their doors on Dec. 4, according to an advertisement on the home page of the ALCO Stores website Friday. All merchandise is on liquidation sale, the advertisement said, and store hours will remain unchanged. The ALCO store in Tucumcari displayed a […]

Pages Past — Nov. 22

On this date … 1975: Clovis High School band members harvested sugar beets to help fund a December trip to Los Angeles. Officials with New Mexico State University Plains Experiment Station north of Clovis invited students to top and load an estimated 12 to 15 tons of excess beets, worth about $40 a ton. 1971: […]

Police locate ‘persons of interest’ in Clovis homicide


Staff report Clovis police have taken two “persons of interest” into custody in connection with the Nov. 9 slaying of a Clovis mom. Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said police at 4:50 p.m. Friday brought Lloyd Bagwell, 22, and Shannon Buckmaster, 20, into custody “for questioning only” after receiving an anonymous tip. The pair were located […]

Former landmark restaurant building destroyed in fire

Firefighters were still on the scene late this morning. (Photo by D'Nieka Hartsfield)

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer The former Guadalajara restaurant building, a landmark for decades on L. Casillas Boulevard in west Clovis near the railroad tracks, was destroyed in a fire Friday morning. Firefighters were called to the blaze about 7:45 a.m. Flames could still be seen at 10 a.m. and firefighters were expected to […]

Homicide tips reward grows to $15,000

Staff report Curry County Crime Stoppers and an anonymous group of area citizens have combined to offer $15,000 as reward money in hopes of solving Clovis’ most recent homicide. The cash is for information that leads to the arrest of the person, or persons, responsible for the Nov. 9 stabbing death of Ariel Ulibarri, said […]

Water authority to talk terms with potential executive director

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board announced Thursday it is entering negotiations with James Blasing of Pueblo, Colorado, for the authority’s executive director position. “We’re excited to bring him onboard if everything checks out. We believe it’s definitely time to bring our own employee on …. He […]

Animal task force appointments delayed

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER Faced with questions over district representation, membership and voting powers, the Clovis City Commission has delayed appointment of members to its reformed animal control task force ad hoc committee. During the commission’s Nov. 6 meeting, a vote was made to reform the committee, idle since 2008. Members of the […]

Ousted judge seeks appointment back to bench

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer A committee that helped oust Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell from the bench has asked the state supreme court to ensure Mitchell cannot fill the vacancy himself. Voters on Nov. 4 chose not to retain Mitchell after a campaign led by a group calling itself The Committee for […]

Business specialist Smith to retire

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer Gordon Smith, the business specialist at Clovis Community College’s Small Business Development Center, describes his upcoming retirement in two words: “It’s scary,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve worked since my first job was at the (Clovis) News Journal when I was 21 years old. The first day I […]

Two more plead on federal meth charges

STAFF REPORT A pair of Curry County residents entered guilty pleas Thursday on federal methamphetamine charges, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Jeanette Driever, 37, of Grady, and John Jesse Perez Jr., 45, of Clovis, pleaded to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Curry County. Driever will serve 60 […]

Pages Past — Nov. 21

On this date … 1977: Clovis police were on the lookout for a livestock squeeze chute that had been reported stolen. Wayne Thompson told police the chute was taken from the 1700 block of South Howard Street. The loss was valued at $150. 1968: Clovis High School seniors Willie Hall and Rose Mary Jones were […]

Day Trips — Clayton

Courtesy photo: Clayton Chamber of Commerce
Clayton Lake is 13 miles north of town.

Old West outlaw fanatics know Clayton as the place where Black Jack Ketchum was hanged on April 26, 1901. They hanged him so hard, the history books tell us, his head came off. Those responsible for the execution had little or no experience in hanging people, historians report. It’s believed they underestimated Ketchum’s weight, which […]

Volunteers — Nov. 21

Curry County Retired Senior Volunteers/Foster Grandparents Monica Delk and Magdalena Gallegos received top recognition Thursday at the Curry County Retired Senior Volunteer and Foster Grandparent Programs annual recognition event. Program Coordinator Diana Blaschke said Delk was named outstanding volunteer of the year, while Gallegos was named stupendous servant of the year. The event was held […]

Gennaro: Fruit flies can fly, but they can’t hide

In the past, I never considered fruit flies to be a problem in our home.  After all, any animal restricted to a fruit diet has to be harmless. That is not the case for houseflies and their kin. They eat everything. They must remain outside our home. Now here is an interesting story about the […]

Brown: Winter means time to tend to cattle

Winter approaches quickly. Hopefully, all the peanuts and milo have been harvested, the hay cut and maybe even baled, the wheat planted and grown to a good stand, all the farming ready for what one hopes will be a wet winter. As the daily demands of farming slow slightly from the normally busy rhythm, it […]

What’s happening — Nov. 21

Saturday Operation Meltyerfaceoff Concert — 7 p.m., tickets $10, concert featuring No Refund and Marshall Law, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-935-5000 Community Charity Ball — 6 p.m., $75 per person, $600 per table, Hotel Clovis Ballroom, 201 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-3435 Tuesday Cultural & Ethnic Affairs Committee — 12 p.m., Clovis Community College, room […]