Man accused in police shooting turns self in

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com The man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer on Monday night turned himself in Wednesday evening. Anthony Baca, 34, was booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center after surrendering through his attorney, Brett Carter. “Over the last 24 hours, I’d been in contact with his family,” Carter […]

Events calendar — Sept. 1

Today Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Relax with Newbery Wannabe — 4 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Friday Fall blood drive — 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Curves, 2909 N. Prince St., Clovis. Information: 575-625-9743 Saturday Fall blood drive […]

Meetings calendar — Sept. 1

Tuesday American Legion Post 117 Auxiliary — 5:30 p.m. American Legion Post 117, 2800 W. Grand Ave., Clovis. Information: 575-763-4030 Portales City Meeting — 6:30 p.m. Memorial Building, 200 E. Seventh St., Portales. Information: 575-356-6662 Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting — 8 a.m. Clovis Community College, room 512, 417 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. […]

Police blotter — Sept. 1

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Tuesday: • Frankie Owen, 33, failure to appear on misdemeanor charge, failure to pay fines. • David Rodgers, 37, possession of marijuana (one ounce of less), possession of drug paraphernalia, dangerous drugs, conditions for sale, possession of a controlled substance (felony-narcotic […]

4-H, FFA working to foster student growth

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Throughout Curry County students are entrenched in the nuances of the agriculture and livestock industry. To that end, officials said 4-H and Future Farmers of America have been working to foster their growth in those fields. Officials said 4-H club work in New Mexico dates back to 1912, when […]

Shooting suspect still at large

Staff report A man accused of shooting a Clovis police officer on Monday night remained at large Wednesday. District Attorney Andrea Reeb said it was her understanding Anthony Baca, 34, had made known his plan to turn himself in to his attorneys on Wednesday, but that did not happen. Clovis police officer Chris Caron was […]

Clovis man found not guilty in rape case

Staff report A Curry County jury found a Clovis man not guilty of criminal sexual penetration on Wednesday in district court. Eric Marez, 31, was facing up to nine years in jail, two years of parole and a $10,000 fine. Testimony in the two-day trial ran Tuesday, followed by jury instructions and closing arguments Wednesday […]

Farwell to hire third police officer

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com With U.S. Census Bureau estimates at 1,311, Farwell today has a police officer for every 655.5 citizens. The ratio is about to jump, with funds recently approved for a third officer. Farwell Police Chief Larry Kelsay said the department — currently Kelsay and Officer D.W. Griffin — is “in […]

City employee says he plans to sue

Staff report A city of Clovis employee plans to sue the city and said he may resign his position soon. David Bryant, the city’s purchasing agent and risk manager, filed a tort claim on Aug. 22. In it, he alleges an Aug. 3 incident at City Hall resulted in discrimination and abuse of city policy, […]

Opinion: Important to establish foundations of learning

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist In last week’s education column we discussed exactly what it takes to successfully graduate from high school. This week follows with getting off to a successful beginning. Although many have come to believe it’s the school’s entire responsibility to educate children, the reality hasn’t changed; parents are, and remain, the […]

Opinion: Preschool teacher was gentle giant

By Betty Williamson Local columnist At 6 feet in height, Gretchen Haase could have been an intimidating woman, especially to the hundreds of tiny tots who passed through the doors of her Portales Preschool from 1978 to 2003. But that much-taller-than-average body had a contagious smile and housed an enormous heart, so it was no […]

Pages past — Sept. 1

On this date … 1966: The National Safety Council was urging drivers to “Have fun — drive carefully” during the three-day Labor Day holiday. NSC predicted 630 people would die on U.S. roads during the weekend. The traffic death toll reached 623 for the weekend. Another 167 died from accidents unrelated to automobile crashes. NCS […]

Tuesday area prep volleyball summary — Aug. 30

Santa Rosa 3, Fort Sumner 0 Santa Rosa    26    25    25 Fort Sumner    24    15    7 Individual statistics Kills — Santa Rosa, Jadyn Romero 10, Shamaine Benally 9, Mikayla Garnand 5, Cassandra Sisneros 5. Fort Sumner, Claudia Torres 10, Paige Burney 5, Jordyn Stowe 4. Blocks — Santa Rosa, Sisneros 1, Kristin Villanueva 1. Fort […]

CHS SOCCER: Lady Cats post win at Goddard

Staff report ROSWELL — Freshman Sofia Rico came out on fire Tuesday night — in both halves. Rico scored in the first minute of each half en route to her first career hat trick as Clovis High’s girls posted a 4-1 soccer victory over Roswell Goddard. Rico’s second goal, off a penalty kick, gave the […]

School should monitor students, staff better

It’s reasonable to expect that school personnel assigned to monitor students should be doing just that, not monitoring their personal cellphones. A lawsuit filed against Rio Rancho Public Schools and several officials at V. Sue Cleveland High School alleges teachers and a coach were paying attention to their phones instead of the students one day […]

McDonald: Vote pacts may ease voting fears

Here we are, about 10 weeks from Election Day, a good time to assess the race for the presidency. Hillary Clinton has been riding a solid lead in the polls for weeks now, since the party conventions in July, and that’s pushed Donald Trump to shake up his campaign staff and to stay on script. […]

Clovis man files suit against city

Staff report Two years after a Clovis man suffered a broken cheekbone while handcuffed during an altercation with police, a lawsuit has been filed against the city of Clovis. According to the lawsuit dated Aug. 1, Jorge Corona, 28, is suing the city for assault, battery, wrongful arrest, prima facie tort, intentional infliction of emotional […]

Rain settling in for week

Staff report The summer heat has left for the week with consistent rain taking its place. Though there aren’t record breaking amounts, with Tuesday coming in with 0.33 in. of rainfall in Clovis, and 0.46 in. at Cannon, there have been scattered thunderstorms and rain for the past four days, primarily starting on Saturday. The […]

Police blotter — Aug. 31

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Tuesday • 12:00 a.m.: Driving under the influence, 11th and Rencher streets. • 8:54 a.m.: Domestic in progress, US 70/ CR. 4. • 11:41 a.m.: Warrant service, 700 block of North Main Street. • 12:27 p.m.: […]

Events calendar — Aug. 31

Today Toddler Time — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Thursday Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Relax with Newbery Wannabe — 4 p.m. Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 Friday Fall blood drive — 3:30 […]