Portion of highway closed after collision

Staff report A portion of N.M. 467 south of Clovis was temporarily closed about 5:30 p.m. Monday evening after a two-car head-on collision that injured two people, according to Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said one driver was taken by helicopter to a medical facility in Lubbock. The other driver was transported to Plains […]

ENMU tuition to rise by 6.5 percent

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@pntonline.com Students at Eastern New Mexico University will be greeted with a 6.5 percent increase in tuition and fees this fall. ENMU’s board of regents approved the increase during a Jan. 23 meeting in Santa Fe. Scott Smart, ENMU’s vice president of business affairs, said the tuition and fees increase […]

Water initiative refused grant

Staff report Clovis Mayor David Lansford may have lost the first round of his water conservation plan, but it hasn’t drained him of hope it might someday become reality. Lansford confirmed his group, the New Mexico Ogallala Preservation and Conservation Initiative, didn’t get a $20 million federal grant needed to start the program. Lansford said […]

TeamBuilders report shows ‘unusual financial relationships’

By Steve Hansen Staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com From 2006 to 2011, TeamBuilders Counseling Services made more than $3.7 million in lease payments to limited liability companies owned by TeamBuilders chief executive officer Shannon Freedle and members of his family. That’s according to the final report of a 2013 audit of New Mexico Behavioral Health providers made […]

School board election ballot

Today is school board election day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in Clovis and the rest of Curry County. • Clovis voters within the city limits, regardless of district, can cast votes at either the Colonial Park Golf Course Clubhouse, the Roy Walker Recreation Center, Trinity United Methodist Church or […]

Health changes would cut personnel spending by $12 billion a year

By Tom Philpott Military update The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is urging President Obama to endorse and Congress to enact sweeping changes to military health insurance and retirement options. The idea is to “empower” service members to make choices that would drive down compensation costs. The panel’s final report makes 15 recommendations that, […]

Man faces 6 1/2 years in prison

Staff report A Clovis man on Friday was found guilty of aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault, shoplifting, and criminal damage to property, according to a Monday news release by District Attorney Andrea Reeb. The jury deliberated for 2 1/2 hours before returning the verdict. According to the release, in 2013 Jeffrey […]

Clovis man dies in semi rollover

Staff report Michael Antonyo Watkins, 36, of Clovis, died about midnight Saturday when the semi truck he was driving rolled over on U.S. 84 after striking standing water, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A DPS press release said Watkins died  at the scene and a passenger in the truck, Carla Watkins, 27, […]

Police: More car windows hit with pellet rifles

Staff report At least 11 more car windows were hit with what police officers believe to be pellet rifles on Friday. Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said the most recent string of criminal damage reports were likely related to the 50 incidents that began last month, noting consistent damage to the vehicles. Sanders said in […]

Grady voters to weigh in on bond issue

Staff report Grady voters are being asked in today’s election to approve a maximum $500,000 bond issue to help pay for maintenance and improvements, according to Superintendent Ted Trice. Trice said the bond issue is the first for the Grady Municipal School District in at least eight years. Trice said cash generated by the bond […]

Two arrested in pizza delivery robbery

Staff report Two suspects were arrested for the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver on Sunday, Clovis police said in a news release. According to the release: A female pizza delivery driver said she believed the male who approached her vehicle during a stop Sunday was holding a gun. He demanded she get out […]

New calendar one joy of new year

By Sandy Fields Local columnist One of my joys in a new year is opening the brand new calendar and laying it out on my desk. I’m all into digital gadgets and computer reminders, but I still love the practice of writing things down in those fresh white boxes. From the myriad of diverse calendars […]

Letters to the editor — Feb. 3

Parks plan, CATS deserve recognition I applaud the recent focus by the city in preparation for developing a long-term parks and recreation plan for our community. Another city owned/operated facility deserving of a long-term plan is public transportation. The present subsidized service, CATS, falls short of meeting many of the needs of this same community. […]

Pages past — Feb. 3

On this date … 1839: Francis Marion House was born in Arkansas. He homesteaded in the community he called House in New Mexico about 1906. Multiple other family members also homesteaded in House about the same time. 1959: Charles Hardin Holley, best known as rocker Buddy Holly, was killed in a plane crash along with […]

Police blotter — Feb. 3

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations.   Friday • 3:19 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 2300 block of Bluebird Place. • 6:39 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1300 block of Dartmouth Street. • 6:45 a.m.: Criminal damage, 100 block of Garrett Drive. • 6:51 a.m.: […]

What’s happening — Feb. 3

Today Civil Aviation Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., Clovis Airport. Information: 575-769-7828 Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Clovis Chamber Ambassador meeting — 11:30 a.m., Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce 105 E. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-3435 Thursday Pre-K Story Hour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 Embroidery class […]

Police: Two charged in Sunday armed robbery

CStaff Report Two suspects were arrested for the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver on Sunday, Clovis police said in a press release. According to the release: A female pizza delivery driver said she believed the male who approached her vehicle during a stop Sunday was holding a gun. He demanded she get out […]

Buffs outlast ENMU 76-73

Staff report PORTALES — You wouldn’t expect to be in a game shooting just over 35 percent, especially if the opponent shot 51 percent. Eastern New Mexico University’s men couldn’t get enough shots to go down and lost a tightly-contested Lone Star Conference matchup to rival West Texas A&M 76-73 on Saturday night at Greyhound […]

Hot-shooting WT posts easy win over Zias

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — West Texas A&M was just kind of “on” its game in the first half on Saturday night. The rest of the way, the seventh-ranked Lady Buffs shot the lights out. WT shot 50 percent in the first half, but hit 3-pointers on its first three trips down […]