Letter to the editor — March 22

Amount of trash disheartening It is rather disheartening to realize the irony in having the need for a periodic “Trek for trash.” Each time, it seems, the harvest exceeds the number of bags collected the time before, instead of fewer. I suppose we could attribute the persistent trash clutter to the newcomers and visitors we […]

Police blotter — March 22

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 7:46 a.m., Abandoned vehicle, 600 block of East 11th Street. • 8:02 a.m.: Criminal damage, 2700 block of Harrison Avenue. • 8:34 a.m.: Theft report, 1900 block of West 21st Street. • 11:03 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — March 22

Monday Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Tuesday Economic Tax Advisory Board — 7:30 a.m., Assembly room, Bert Cabiness City Government Center. Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Public Works Committee — 8:30 a.m., City Hall. Information: 575-769-7828 Thursday National Nutrition Month […]

Arrests made for truancy

By Alisa Boswell MANAGING EDITOR aboswell@pntonline.com Two Portales parents have been arrested in the last month for not sending their children to school. A 35-year-old man was arrested on Feb. 24, and a 30-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday, with both being released the day of their arrests on $1,000 bonds. Neither parent could be […]

Breaking horses his living

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Tripp Townsend of Earth, on board Dallas Fort Worthy, shows what the horse can do at Friday’s afternoon Ranch Horse Competition & Demonstration at the Curry County Events Center. Townsend took first place in the competition.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Tripp Townsend grew up on a ranch, riding horseback and managing livestock in Earth and later on the Blackwater Ranch east of Portales. His dad urged him to do something else with his life and get a different job, but ranching is just in his blood. “It’s just all […]

Pets important to happiness

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies In a near magical fashion, faces light up when they’re around, smiles emerge, body language softens and, all too often, laughter is the end result. Critters — those with feathers, fur and even scales — have an uncanny way of reaching people in the most sincere and uninhibited […]

Be sure to check out any weirdness

By Grant McGee Local columnist I caught “the diabetes.” Oh, I know you don’t “catch” the diabetes. It just reminds me it didn’t catch me. Or did it? You see I rode my bicycle to and from work every day, well, except for those bad-weather days or when the wind was crazy. I did it […]

Former Clovis resident joins board at NMHU

Staff report A former Clovis resident has been approved as a member of the board of regents at New Mexico Highlands University. Sandra Turner was one of three nominees of Gov. Susana Martinez confirmed March 13 by the Senate, according to a release from the Las Vegas, N.M., school. She is a behavioral health unit […]

Person of interest in homicide released

Staff report A man police have identified as a person of interest in a March 8 homicide was released on bond from the Curry County jail on Thursday afternoon, officials said. Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, had been held on a probation violation. The homicide occurred around 4 a.m. on March 8 at 1000 Beta […]

Pages past — March 21

On this date … 1971: Clint Judah of 1808 Axtell in Clovis authored a letter published in the Clovis News-Journal offering praise “where praise is greatly deserved but is so seldom given. I would like to say thanks to a policeman (or cop or pig as they are so unjustly called) who knocked on my […]

One hospitalized, one dead in murder/suicide

Staff report A former Tucumcari resident is dead and an unidentified woman hospitalized for life-threatening injuries following an attempted murder/suicide in Amarillo, according to the Amarillo Police Department. At 6:25 a.m. Tuesday, APD officers responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired at 6215 Belpree near Bell Street and Interstate 40, said Lt. Erick Bohannon, […]

Senate approves Ingle-sponsored driver’s license compromise

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate approved a two-tiered bill on Friday that would continue to grant driving privileges to people in the country illegally. The compromise reached on the issue calls for two distinct driver’s licenses — one that complies with federal identification requirements and another that does not. The bill […]

Golf course contract extended

By Robin Fornoff MANAGING EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis city commissioners approved extending the Colonial Park Golf Course contract another year with an added $160,000 subsidy Thursday during a contentious debate and 4-3 vote. Commissioners Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Juan Garza and Gary Elliott voted against the contract after a lively debate led by Taylor-Sawyer, who questioned the logic […]

Church partners with children’s home

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Running a residential childcare facility can be a tough ministry, according to New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home campus Director Malcolm Philips. But Del Norte Baptist Church in Albuquerque recognized the value of what the children’s home in Portales is doing and has stepped up to assist them through a […]

Cordova questioned for homicide

STAFF REPORTS Clovis police questioned Brandon Cordova, 32, of Clovis, on Wednesday for the first time about the March 8 killing of Joseph L. Chavez, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Cordova turned himself in after a four-day hunt by police. “We’re looking at different aspects right now,” Whitney said. “Investigators are now looking […]

What’s happening — March 20

Today Springtastic-United Way Banquet — 6 p.m., single seats $35, table of 10 is $350, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 575-769-2103 Ribbon Cutting for RC Web Design & Marketing — 4:30 p.m., Curry County Chamber of Commerce. Information: 575-763-3435 Ribbon Cutting — 11:30 a.m., Bee Hive Homes, 2305 North Norris St. Information: 575-763-3435 Saturday Keep Clovis […]

Two finalist for executive director selected

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has narrowed its list of candidates for executive director to two finalists. Chairman Gayla Brumfield said Thursday the finalists are: • Jonathan Batt, an attorney from Lone Tree, Colorado, who is also a finalist for the Clovis city manager’s job. • Alan […]

Arson suspect found

STAFF REPORT Clovis police say they have identified a second suspect they believe is Stephen Baker’s accomplice in recent burglaries and arsons. Investigators found and brought in the second suspect for questioning Wednesday, according to Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Whitney said the suspect’s name could not be released because charges had not been filed. […]

Police blotter — March 20

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 4:24 a.m.: Battery report, 400 block of Sheldon Street. • 5:26 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 2700 block of North Sheldon Street. • 8:04 a.m.: Burglary report, 2100 block of Belair Road. • 8:52 a.m.: […]

Jamboree gives jammin’ good time

By Audra Brown Local columnist Three big nights, once a year, every year. For sixty-five years, the rural community surrounding Floyd has ponied up an impressive roster of talented musicians, singers, poets, and a few unclassifiable acts of entertainment. Not all the members of the Country Jamboree are from Floyd, in the strictest since, but […]