Zoo holiday light tour tonight, Wednesday

Staff report The annual Christmas Lights at the zoo celebration includes a tour of holiday lights around Clovis tonight and Wednesday for anyone wanting to participate. Clovis Area Transit buses will offer tours, leaving the zoo’s Sycamore Street entrance at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both nights. There is no charge. […]

Planned commissary cut may be partially restored

By Tom Philpott Military update House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to […]

Clovis man sentenced to 19 years in sex case

Daniel Bayless

Staff report Daniel Bayless, 51, of Clovis, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Monday for conviction of sexually penetrating a 10-year-old girl, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Bayless was sentenced by District Judge Fred Van Soelen to a mandatory 18 years plus another year for being an habitual offender […]

Candlelight vigil to honor slaying victim

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
A memorial cross stands at Goodwin Lake Trails for Ariel Ulibarri, the young mother who was found stabbed to death in the park on Nov. 9.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Kim Trujillo said she did not know Ariel Ulibarri, but she has come to know her through the memories of her friends and family. “She was a beautiful human being. She was amazing. She always had a smile on her face,” Trujillo said. To honor Ulibarri, who was stabbed […]

Dairy hearings staying in Roswell

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision that will keep upcoming dairy rule hearings in Roswell, the New Mexico Environment Department announced. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club had sought to move the hearings before the New Mexico Water Qualify Control Commission, saying that […]

Mobile homes belonging to Tucumcari slaying victims burn

Staff photo: Steve Hansen
The site of the November 2012 slayings of Sue Day and her daughter Sherry Folts burned to the ground early Monday.

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com The site of the November 2012 slayings of Sue Day and her daughter Sherry Folts burned to the ground early Monday. The abandoned mobile homes where the victims and their slayer Tony Day lived were leveled by a fire that started in a corner of one of the mobile […]

School Holiday Food Drive results

The following area schools collected more than 7,000 pounds of food in the annual School Holiday Food Drive, according to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico: Portales Brown Elementary 774 pounds Lindsey-Steiner Elementary 1,211 pounds R.M. James Elementary 1,041 pounds Valencia Elementary 1,096 pounds Clovis Barry Elementary 629 pounds Bella Vista Elementary 80 pounds […]

Former officer accused of arson enters not-guilty plea

Staff report Dustin “Dusty” Lopez, a former Tucumcari police officer facing felony arson charges, entered a not-guilty plea to the charges on Monday before  District Judge Albert Mitchell in Tucumcari. Co-defendant Robert Sandoval of Tucumcari also entered a not-guilty plea, Mitchell said. Mitchell said both defendants were ordered to continue to wear GPS ankle bracelets, […]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 16

Marshall staff wasn’t over-reacting to candy “They’re just being kids!” Wow, have we heard that a lot the past few weeks. What everyone is failing to understand is these kids are old enough to know right from wrong. First, it was liquid paper. Then, you needed an adult ID to purchase spray paint and model […]

Business digest — Dec. 16

Plant goes year and a half without injuries The Friona Cargill beef plant has gone a year and a half without any lost time injuries — more than 6 million worker hours, according to a Cargill news release. The plant employs 2,000 people at the 900,000 square-foot facility. Workers process 900,000 tons of beef annually […]

Empty stocking fund: Family P

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family P • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: This mother suffers from epilepsy, and moved to New Mexico a year ago to help her brother. She is a single mother in her 20s with two […]

Pages past — Dec. 16

On this date … 1971: Weldon Killough, Clovis High School’s student council sponsor, reported students collected more than 2,500 cans of food for distribution over the holidays. Jose Garcia’s home room contributed the most food and would receive a Coke party, Killough said. 1965: Cash Ramey, one of Clovis’ earliest settlers and a director of […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners have 13 items to consider when they meet at 9 a.m. today in the Clovis-Carver Library’s north annex. Commissioners also plan to honor county roads chief Steve Reed, who is retiring. Items under consideration: • A request for action on a resolution changing procedures for appointments to the Eastern New Mexico Water […]

Police blotter — Dec. 16

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Friday • 12:10 a.m.: Disturbing the peace, 600 block of Sandia Drive. • 9:50 a.m.: Theft report, 1400 block of Baseline Road. • 11:18 a.m.: Warrant service, 200 block of North Pile Street. • 1:50 p.m.: […]

What’s happening — Dec. 16

Today Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. Curry County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-763-6016. Wednesday Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. Thursday Zoo holiday lights — 6 p.m., Hillcrest Park Zoo. Information: 575-769-7873. City Commission meeting — 5:15 […]

Zoo gearing up for Christmas Nites

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
A decorative bow hangs on the cage of Sooner, the Hillcrest Park Zoo’s Bengal tiger. A tree next to Sooner’s cage is also adorned with ornaments for this week’s Christmas Nites at the Zoo. The event is expected to draw more than 1,500 people over the four nights.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com ’Twas the week before Christmas For Hillcrest Park’s zoo The statues were tasseled Gold, silver, pink, blue The lighting was hung On the fences with care With knowledge that hundreds Would soon visit there For zoo staff, the eighth annual Christmas Nites at the Zoo feels far from poetic. […]

United Way director: Organization focuses on education, income, health

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories profiling area charity organizations. Most of the information in this report comes from the United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s website. Staff report Many local organizations need donations to help fund holiday programs for families in need this year, including the United Way of Eastern […]

Realtor Gayla Brumfield sells Colonial Real Estate

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Holly Stockstill, left, has purchased Colonial Real Estate from Gayla Brumfield, who was owner since 1985. Brumfield will remain in the agency, and will focus on commercial real estate.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Holly Stockstill just wanted to do some marketing work, and never had grand plans to take over Colonial Real Estate when she joined the firm about nine years ago. She didn’t even have plans until a random day at the office with owner Gayla Brumfield. “One day I was […]

Bill including pilot program headed to president

Staff report The Senate on Friday passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included a bill to permanently reauthorize a pilot program to benefit the Bureau of Land Management, according to a release from the office of Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico. The authorization act passed the House of Representatives Dec. 4, and now heads […]

Udall returning to commerce committee

Staff report U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, will return to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee after a two-year absence when the 114th Congress begins, according to a release from Udall’s office. The committee has broad jurisdiction over federal agencies and laws that govern aviation, communications, consumer affairs, highway and pipeline safety, railroads, […]