Times change between rains

By David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area has received nearly 1 1/2 inches of moisture in the past […]

One year later, scandals have impact

By Gary Mitchell Nearly a year after U.S. Catholic bishops adopted a “zero tolerance” policy against priests who sexually abuse children, the aftermath of those scandals still have impact within and outside the church, officials say. That impact goes beyond the civil and criminal cases against the Roman Catholic Church or its priests. Experts say […]

One dead, another injured after shootings

Darrell Todd Maurina A seriously ill Clovis man died from a gunshot on Wednesday evening, while his caretaker suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. Police reports show that James “J.O.” Barnett Jr., 83, may have accidentally shot his caretaker, Charles Rocky Williams, before killing himself. Officer Randy Pitcock wrote in his report that Williams, […]

National answer not right

The government-employed airport screener who inspected the contents of your purse or briefcase at the security checkpoint may have a criminal record and either the government doesn’t know that yet, or has found out but hasn’t done anything about it. Chalk it up as a consequence of nationalizing airport security. According to recent media reports, […]

Report: Inmate wanted to protect mother

By Darrell Todd Maurina Martin Smith told a jail officer he swallowed a packet of methamphetamine on Saturday night because he didn’t want his mother to find out on Mother’s Day that he had been arrested for drug possession. The Clovis man died early Sunday morning from complications related to the meth ingestion, officials said. […]

Richardson swings through area

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to people Wednesday in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library during a town meeting. By Jack King On a swing through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, Gov Bill Richardson expressed support for a Ute Lake surface water distribution system and an overpass over State Road 467, but was […]

County tables railroad contract

By Jack King The Curry County Commission tabled discussion on a proposed contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad at its meeting Tuesday, saying more negotiations with the railroad are needed before it can approve the contract. Commissioners voted April 15 to close a railroad crossing at Wheaton Street, which would allow BNSF to build […]