Day Trip: Park offers various views

Photo courtesy National Parks Service
This scene from the top of Shumard Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park is one of many spectacular views in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.

About 25 miles south of Carlsbad Caverns, just over the Texas state line, lies Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The mountains themselves are a limestone reef that about 300 million years ago was home to some of the same Permian-period plants and animals that became petroleum deposits, the foundation of the nearby Permian Basin’s current economy. […]

Grad candidate ready for future

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Stacy Goode, 24, decided six years ago to attend Eastern New Mexico University, mostly because she knew her education was paid for through a scholarship and grants. Looking back on her decision two days before she graduates, Goode believes it was the best decision of her young life. “I […]

Grease: Thy friend and sworn enemy

Petroleum products rule. They are awesome. Don’t try to argue. You won’t win. The author is quite familiar with the use of these marvels, and among their many qualities, they are frequently quite flammable. Fact. But let us take note of some less-exciting, but equally important uses. There is, of course, fuel. Gasoline, and the […]

Police blotter — Dec. 12

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 9:19 a.m.: Theft report, 1500 block of Layton Street. • 11:06 a.m.: Animal complaint, 2200 block  of East Brady Avenue. • 12:53 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 1000 block of Mitchell Street. • 1:28 p.m.: Theft […]

Pages Past — Dec. 12

On this date … 1976: Clovis claimed to be the only city in New Mexico with a recycling center operated by the handicapped. Supervisor Ellis Pernell and Marie Ward, the center’s director, had been asked to appear on a Roswell television show to talk about the work they were doing. 1964: The Clovis Wildcats basketball […]

What’s Happening — Dec. 12

Today A Christmas Carol — 7 p.m., tickets $10/$8 (available at CCC cashiers window), Clovis Community College, Town Hall. Information: 575-769-4031 Westbrook Baptist Craft Show — 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Westbrook Baptist Church Gymnasium, 1420 N. Thornton. Information: merchantkitty.com/ craftshow.html Curry County Outlaws Christmas Dance — 7 p.m., Melrose Senior Center. Information: 575-760-1532; 575-799-2419; 575-749-3806  Saturday […]

Ousted Quay judge could return

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com Donald Schutte, a Tucumcari attorney and former district judge, and Tenth District Court Judge Albert Mitchell on Thursday received recommendations as potential appointees for the district’s sole judge position. The position will be vacant as of Dec. 31 because Mitchell failed to receive enough votes to be retained in […]

Cell tower location site panned

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Following an impassioned display of opposition from a resident near the site of a proposed cell phone tower, the city’s planning and zoning commission recommended denying waivers that would allow the tower’s construction. When the Clovis City Commission meets Dec. 18, it will consider the request to build the […]

State awards land to base

Staff report The state has purchased 600 acres adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base and given it to the Air Force, the Committee of Fifty announced Wednesday in a press release. The land, purchased from area farmers, is on the base’s western boundary and is now available to be used by Cannon to further its […]

Land commissioner recount OK’d

Staff report The statewide recount in the race for New Mexico land commissioner will start 8 a.m. today, according to Roosevelt County Clerk DeAun Searl. The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted the stay it had imposed after reviewing a petition filed by incumbent Democrat Ray Powell over concerns his campaign had with the […]

What’s happening — Dec. 11

Today A Christmas Carol — 7 p.m., tickets $10/$8 (available at CCC cashiers window), Clovis Community College, Town Hall. Information: 575-769-4031 US 60/84 Roadway Improvement Project meeting — 6 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Information: 575-769-7828 Legislative breakfast — 7 a.m., must RSVP to attend, Business Enterprise Center, 105 E. Grand in Clovis. Rep. […]

ENMU seeking $12.3 million bond

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University hopes to issue $12.3 million in bonds to put toward existing projects. The ENMU board of regents will vote on the proposal today in during its meeting at the university’s Roswell campus. Scott Smart, ENMU vice president of Business Affairs, said the university is looking […]

Helping on the holidays

The following is a list of non-profit organizations accepting donations to help those in need through the holidays: • Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas celebration — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday,  407  L. Casillas Blvd. Bring unwrapped toys ranging from $10-$20 for boys and girls 2-14 years. Can be dropped off at the Lighthouse Mission through Friday. […]

Skills learned at Arts Academy innumerable

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Clovis Municipal Schools A long-standing magical tradition in our school district is the seasonal production of “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky. The Arts Academy at Bella Vista  has been presenting this stunning and elaborate production for a number of years now. Last week’s dazzling performances were sold-out affairs with enthusiastic audiences and adorable […]

Local police keep abreast of protests

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com While demonstrations against local police departments are transpiring on a national level, New Mexico citizens are also reeling from controversial videos of police use of force from this year. Most recently in Clovis, a video surfaced of an officer taking down a handcuffed Jorge Corona during an Aug. 3 […]

Pages Past — Dec. 11

On this date … 1976: Terry Sweet, an Eastern New Mexico University football player, was shot to death in front of a Portales residence. Police said Sweet, 22, of Fort Sumner, was shot at close range in the chest with a 16-gauge shotgun after an argument with another student. Police were holding two ENMU students […]

‘Christmas Carol’ timeless tale

By Betty Williamson Local columnist When it comes to Christmas stories, it is impossible to beat the timeless tale of the three ghosts who facilitate Ebenezer Scrooge’s conversion from tight-fisted curmudgeon to kind-hearted benefactor in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” In spite of having seen a thousand incarnations since Dickens wrote it in 1843 (my […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family L

Editor’s note: All information is provided by Salvation Army Commander Lt. Kelly Berggren. • Today’s focus: Family L • Household members: 7 • Children: 6 • Special circumstance: This single mother is raising six children and working as a babysitter whenever she can. Her husband is incarcerated. The boys are ages 6, 9 and 12 […]

Parks and Rec distributing survey

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The city is preparing to ask residents plenty of questions about the future of its parks and recreation facilities. As part of an update to its master parks plan, the city has prepared a survey to be distributed at various city locations, online and through the mail. The seven-page […]

Suspect found innocent of first-degree murder in Portales shooting

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Erik Pina, right, stands with his lawyer, Randall Harris, Tuesday afternoon as Judge Stephen Quinn reads the jury’s verdict during Pina’s trial for the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. The jury found Pina not guilty of first-degree murder, but convicted him of eight other charges, including aggravated burglary, armed robbery, and possession of stolen property.

By Joshua Lucero Staff photo jlucero@pntonline.com After a day of deliberations, a Roosevelt County jury on Tuesday found Erik Pina innocent of first-degree murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Jose Montoya. Pina, 19, was convicted of eight other charges in connection with the crime, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, aggravated […]