Police blotter — June 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 12:13 a.m.: Shooting at/from a motor vehicle, 600 block of Commerce Way. • 7:02 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 200 block of Rencher Street. • 7:33 a.m.: Burglary (auto), 700 block of Laurelwood […]

Events calendar — June 19

Monday Vintage Air Stream Tour — 7 p.m. Main Street closed for tour of national classic car caravan. Information: 575-693-5042 Tuesday Care Giver Group — 2 p.m. Wheatfields Senior Living, 4701 N. Prince St., Clovis. Information: 575-762-8700 Zumba, Teens and Adults — 1 p.m. Free. Clovis-Carver Public Library, ingram room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: […]

Meetings calendar — June 19

Tuesday Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Committee — Noon Clovis-Carver Public Library, genealogy room, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7828 Portales City Meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Clovis. Information: 575-356-6662 Dora Village Meeting — 7 p.m. Village Firestation, 220 Ave A., Dora. Information: 575-477-2411 Farwell City Council — 5:30 p.m. […]

Pages past — June 19

On this date … 1971: At least 88 people suffered food poisoning at a wedding party in the community hall at the Grand Avenue Homes on West Grand. Memorial Hospital officials said none of the 94 treated were critically ill. Almost five dozen were admitted to the hospital for treatment, incuding the groom, Johnny Chavez. […]

Report: Woman sexually assaulted

STAFF REPORT A Portales man is booked into the Roosevelt County Detention Center for a home invasion that occurred in the early morning hours Thursday. Roy Brown, 28, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration, a second-degree felony, along with the felony charges of aggravated burglary and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer […]

Trials faced on pageant’s first night

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Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez accepts her award for top miss in the swimsuit category Thursday night at the Miss New Mexico Pageant.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com Miss New Mexico and Outstanding Teen contestants had to overcome their fair share of trials to perform in the opening night of the 2016 Miss New Mexico Pageant on Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Miss Duke City Ashley Fresquez, 21, the preliminary swimsuit winner Thursday night, said she […]

Pages past — June 18

On this date … 1961: The state’s traffic fatality went up by three after unrelated accidents near Taos, Grants and Chimayo. United Press International reported the state’s traffic deaths totaled 142 for the year, but that was down from 174 on the same date a year earlier. 1956: Montgomery Ward was hosting a 10-day bicycle […]

Johnson: Resist urge to kill that spider

They are so creepy they have their very own phobia named after them, just a hint of their presence can be enough to keep some folks up all night in sheer terror, and if you haven’t noticed them around more lately, rest assured you will. Spiders are ever-present in the High Plains, which also has […]

Curry County victim of email scam

STAFF REPORT An email scam resulted in an improper wire transfer of more than $28,000 from the Curry County Treasurer’s Office this week, though county officials noted the money has already been recovered. County Manager Lance Pyle, via Friday email, said the matter is in the hands of multiple law enforcement agencies. “The County Treasurer […]

Q&A: Contestants say pageants require mental strength


To get to their first night of competing, local contestants for the 2016 Miss New Mexico pageant needed mental strength more than anything. Alexis Cupps, Miss Curry County, said as long as she stays strong through the late nights and practices then she knows she can do it. “I just have to stick to what […]

Berry: Pending marriage brings trip down memory lane

My oldest granddaughter has decided to get married at the end of the summer. It is hard to imagine her being old enough, but I guess she is. She is marrying a pretty good guy and we are all pretty excited for her. My wife and I have put pictures on our refrigerator ever since […]

Clovis man killed in motorcycle accident

STAFF REPORT A Clovis man was killed Friday afternoon south of the city limits when his motorcycle struck a hay trailer. Justin Musick, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on U.S. 70, Curry County Undersheriff Mike Reeves said. According to information supplied by Reeves: • Law enforcement received a call to […]

Clovis police chase, arrest man wanted for felonies

STAFF REPORT A Thursday night car chase through the Clovis Apartments complex led to the arrest of a man wanted on several outstanding felony warrants. According to information supplied in an email by police Capt. Roman Romero: • Officers pursued Leonel Lopez, 27, on outstanding felony warrants. • After a short pursuit, Lopez abandoned his […]

County commissioners censure one of their own

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Four Curry County commissioners have voted to censure another member of the body with regard to communication with County Manager Lance Pyle. “As a result of the executive session addressing personnel matters (on Thursday), I move to censure Commissioner Spear,” Commissioner Tim Ashley said in his censure motion. “And […]

City commissioners table gun-range proposal

Staff report Three hours of debate Thursday night on a proposed public shooting range on city property revealed that far more debate was needed. And so the Clovis City Commission voted, by a 5-3 count, to table a proposal allowing the state to construct and the city to maintain a 720-acre shooting facility at the […]

Official election results reported

Staff report The Curry County Commission certified the elections of each precinct of the 2016 primary during a special meeting Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. A few final numbers differed slightly from preliminary numbers gathered on Election Day, but all winners remained unchanged. Curry County Clerk Rosalie Riley presented the results to the commission […]

Public-private partnership discussed at water meeting

Staff report At the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting on Thursday morning, Executive Director Justin Howalt discussed the viability of entering a public-private partnership to complete the Ute Water Project. According to Howalt, he has talked to “a group out of Denver, MWH,” who discussed public-private partnerships. He said that a partnership like […]

Juneteenth celebrations set for weekend

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A pair of celebrations are planned to mark Juneteenth, one beginning at dawn on Saturday and the other at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com Clovis area residents are preparing for a pair of celebrations this weekend with an eye toward observing an American milestone rich in historical significance. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating to 1865, it was on June 19 that Union […]

CCC’s Kids College under way

Staff report Clovis Community College’s Kids College is under way for the summer, with events running through the end of July. Registration is required for classes covering tennis, Jeet Kune Do, volleyball camp, creative dance, tumbling, ceramics and pottery, wheel-thrown pottery, origami, Japanese and science camp . Schedules and registration forms are available at www.clovis.edu/kidscollege. […]

Blood drive scheduled at civic center

Staff report A blood drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. United Blood Services has issued a critical appeal for donors of all blood types due to a 13 percent statewide surge in patient transfusion rates. Appointments can be made by calling 575-840-8178 or visiting bloodhero.com