Police blotter — Jan. 20

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Friday through Sunday: • Ronnie Alvarez, 43, aggravated battery (no great bodily harm). • Jessica Bower, 27, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, possession of a controlled substance (felony-narcotic drug), failure to obey traffic control devices, driving while license suspended or […]

Roosevelt County manager talks issues

Editor’s note: Amber Hamilton became Roosevelt County manager late last year. We asked her about pressing issues: Question: What has been most surprising for you as a new county manager? What did you not expect? Hamilton: This is a great question, and honestly, I think it’s been most surprising to learn the vast responsibilities of […]

In tribute: Electrician was ‘backbone of Channel 6′


By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com One Sunday at church, it seemed everyone in the congregation received recognition for their role in making the services great — the pianist, pipe organ player, individual choir members, ushers, even people in the crowd. Everybody seemed to be recognized, that is, but Jack Rennels. On the truck ride […]

Air Force recruiter: ‘Every day is different’

Tech Sgt. Mauricio Leon

Staff report If Tech Sgt. Mauricio Leon could go back more than 14 years to talk to himself, he’d tell himself this idea to go into the Air Force is the right one. If he could find himself three months ago, before he started his new assignment in a military community,  he’d just say to […]

Breakfast features inspiring messages, calls to action

Staff photo: Aubry Buzek
Ted Sutton, a gang awareness instructor and intervention specialist, was the featured speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2015 Scholarship Breakfast on Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria.

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Organizers prepared more than 600 meals for community members Saturday. But it wasn’t the food that brought people to the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. The event featured inspiring messages and calls to action shared by community leaders, children, airmen and guest speakers in the Clovis High School […]

Pages past — Jan. 18

On this date … 1965: Farmer John Goar, former Chamber of Commerce President Odis Echols Jr. and educator Terry Horton were honored by Clovis Jaycees as outstanding young men. The annual banquet, dubbed “Bosses Night Banquet,” was held at Clovis’ Holiday Inn. 1930: George and Carl Bohannan were shot to death by auctioneer Vernon Tate, […]

New commissioners outline priorities

By Aubry Buzek Staff writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Curry County’s newest commissioners, Angelina Baca and Chet Spear, said serving the county is about transparency and trust. Baca, in district one, and Spear, in district three, were sworn in Jan. 1 and sat on their first County Commission meeting Jan. 6. We asked each about their plans as […]

Changes, improvements still on agenda at Portales jail

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com When Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova first walked through the facility after being hired in 2010, one thing stood out to him. “The first thing I noticed was that they had butcher knives in the kitchen and there was no accountability for them,” he said. “They weren’t […]

Police blotter — Jan. 18

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Thursday • 12:08 a.m.: Vehicle theft report, 1300 block of North Prince Street. • 9:38 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, 1200 block of West Yucca Avenue. • 10:32 a.m.: Burglary report, 2800 block of […]

What’s happening — Jan. 18

Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Walk — 9 a.m. It  starts at Potter Park. Rally speaker will be James Russell, pastor at Pleasant Green Baptist Church of Hobbs. Information: 575-762-2752 or 575-763-7587 Tuesday Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series: Aeolus Quartet — 7 p.m., tickets $15/$10, Clovis Community College Town Hall Information: 575-769-4956 Cultural […]

Taking advantage

Joshua Lucero: Staff photo
Local rancher Shannon Kizer fills his truck
Friday afternoon in Portales. Residents
say with gas prices in the area falling under
$2 they have been able to use the extra money saved to go towards traveling and food.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer For many Roosevelt and Curry County residents, a drop in gas prices means more money for food and travel. Gas prices declined dramatically during November and December, causing the largest decline in the energy index since 2008, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of […]

Getting medical help from our furry friends

By Sharna Johnson In search of ponies When the days are shorter, the dark is longer and it’s cold outside, avoiding the whole shebang seems like it would be the best thing in the world. It’s easy to see how it would be great to find a nice cozy nook to hide in, hunker down […]

Little helpful man causing trouble

By Grant McGee Local columnist After the big snow the time had come to venture out of The Stucco Hacienda and dig out our vehicles. “I’m gonna go out and clean off the cars,” I announced to The Lady of the House. “OK, remember, just your truck not my car,” said The Lady of the […]

Melrose man convicted on felony sex charges

Staff report David Brown, 55, of Melrose was convicted by a District Court jury in Clovis Friday of third-degree felony charge of criminal sexual penetration, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Brown attacked his 18-year-old victim in December 2010. “The crime was committed when Brown knew that the victim […]

Supreme Court upholds Mitchell’s reappointment

By Steve Hansen Staff writer The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday upheld Gov. Susana Martinez’s re-appointment of Judge Albert Mitchell to preside over the courtrooms of the Tenth Judicial District. The decision was unanimous among the panel of five supreme court justices and court of appeals judges who heard the case, the supreme court […]

Honor roll: Clovis High School Freshmen Academy

Honor Roll Second Nine Weeks Andrea Abril Rigo Acuna Trey Allen Alejandro Altamirano Raquel Anaya Perla Anchondo Jadan Anderson Matthew Apodaca Alexis Arguello Treyla Autrey Raidon Barnwell Alexis Barton Markus Baumann Morgan Berkopec Levi Blea Efren Bocanegra III Kabel Brooks Anfernee Bryan Connor Burch Blayne Casey Abraham Castro Kirsten Castro Josef Champagne Karen Chavez Mariah […]

Honor roll: Clovis High School

Honor Roll Second Nine Weeks  Sophomores Malia R. Abril Sall R. Ahmadian Jose A. Alvarado Juan M. Alvarez Rohan S. Angadi Seiji Juan W. Aponte Jared J. Aragon Nathaniel R. Aranda Emillio R. Armijo Garrett M. Aucutt Marty A. Barraza Quincy D. Barton Alyssa N. Bautista Troy R. Benton Nicole A. Biller Benjamin B. Blanco […]

City receives 28 applicants for city manager position

STAFF REPORT The Clovis City Commission on Thursday took the first step toward completing a job it hasn’t had to do for more than a decade — hire a city manager. The city received 28 applications to replace Joe Thomas, who has been with the city more than 42 years and in the city manager’s […]

King breakfast set for Saturday

STAFF REPORT Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Breakfast scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria. Joyce Pollard, president of the Clovis Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, said this is the 23rd annual Clovis community-wide observance of King’s birthday. The breakfast […]

Second driver in crash released by hospital

STAFF REPORT The driver of the semi-truck involved in Sunday’s fatal crash north of Clovis is recovering at home, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said on Thursday. “Mr. (Carlos) Valle has been released from the hospital, and it’s my understanding he’s back at home here in Clovis,” Waller said. Valle, 51, was initially identified as […]