Ousted judge seeks appointment back to bench

By Steve Hansen Staff Writer shansen@qcsunonline.com 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 abuzek@cnjonline.com 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 […]

Police blotter — Nov. 21

The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday: Male, 36, booked, serving time. Male, 30, absconded from probation. Female, 42, booked, serving time. Male, 47, receiving stolen property (dispose) (over $500). Female, 27, hold for hearing on bond revocation. Male, 50, warrant, serving time. Male, 36, sentenced, serving time. Male, […]

Students piece together projects for First Lego League

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Allie Berg, right, programs her First Lego League group’s robot as Zachary Koegl watches Thursday evening at the warehouse of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. The group builds a robot with a supplied kit and programs it to perform small tasks on a pre-designed course.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Piece by piece, four groups of students in Clovis are getting ready for a state competition. Or, as they call it, a coopertition. The students in grades 4-8 are getting ready for the First Lego League, and state finals scheduled for Dec. 20 in Los Alamos. The FLL, a […]

County road superintendent retiring

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Stephen Reed has been a leader in the Curry County Road Department for many years, but at the end of the day he said he is just a guy that likes to play in the dirt. Reed plans to retire as Curry County road superintendent on Dec. 31. In […]

Education Foundation providing new opportunities

By Cindy Klein-Kennedy Education columnist The Clovis Municipal Schools’ Education Foundation is at it again, helping teachers help students with activities above and beyond what is covered through regular planning and funding. Recently dropping in at the Painting Lab at Clovis Community College (CCC), the view of our high school art students and their teachers […]

Airmen go beyond call of duty

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When Melissa Haraughty, director of the library at Cannon Air Force Base, contacted our Friends of the Portales Public Library group to ask if she might bring airmen volunteers to help us with our annual used book sale, I fear we frightened her as we lunged to accept the offer. […]

Wildcadettes take top honors at dance challenge

Staff report The Clovis High School Wildcadette Dance Team won the 3rd Annual Cleveland Challenge Saturday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. The team competed in the Pom division against 12 varsity and junior varsity teams from the region. Coach Kym Cordova said that the team of 24 girls and two boys worked hard […]

Meetings watch: Local Emergency Planning Committee

The Local Emergency Planning Committee met Wednesday afternoon at City Hall. • Emergency Management Director Dan Heerding said the committee’s exercise design and planning subcommittee worked on a pair of simulations in August — one at the Matt 25 Hope Center, and another at the former Clovis City Limits building. He said both exercises went well, […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • Discussion of reforming the animal control task force, and appointment of membership. • An update on the city’s $1.8 million purchase of water rights from an area landowner. • A request to declare […]

Pages past — Nov. 20

On this date … 1972: An early-morning fire caused extensive damage to the Thunderbird No. 2 restaurant at 221 Prince. Building co-owner Wandel Massey said damage was between $8,000 and $10,000. Fire Chief Joe Maddox said the fire started in the area of the deep fryers. 1969: Four Curry County 4-Hers received awards for outstanding […]

Police blotter — Nov. 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Tuesday • 1:29 a.m.: Battery, 300 block of North Prince Street. • 2:05 a.m.: Domestic report, 1300  block of West 14th Street. • 7:42 a.m.: Burglary in progress, 1300 block of West 15th Street. • 10:27 […]

What’s happening — Nov. 20

Today City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting — 10 a.m., City Hall, Information: 575-769-7828. Blood drive — 9 a.m., walk-ins welcome and/or by appointment, Plains Regional Medical Center, Cannon Room. Information: www.bloodhero.com or 800-333-6920. Saturday Operation Meltyerfaceoff Concert — 7 p.m., […]