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 By David Stevens    News    February 8, 2018

Analysis - Records: Police knew Flores was 'suicide threat'

CLOVIS - It's been almost a week since Wesley Flores somehow managed to bring a gun into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, briefly hold a hostage, keep law enforcement at bay for four hours,... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    February 3, 2018

Detained man in ICU after shooting

CLOVIS — The man involved in Thursday's standoff at the Curry County Jail pulled a handgun from his clothing as he waited to be booked following his arrest, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said F...

 By David Stevens    News    February 2, 2018

Police: Jail standoff ends with life-threatening injuries

CLOVIS — A four-hour standoff at the Curry County Adult Detention Center ended when a detainee shot himself about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff Wesley Waller said in a news release. Wesley Flores,... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    January 30, 2018

Lonnie Allsup remembered for philanthropy, burritos

CLOVIS — Lonnie Allsup first became interested in retail grocery sales when he was 10 years old in his hometown of Morton, Texas. "He used to stand on a box to stock and bag. Allsup liked the fast... Full story


A little perspective, please; it's not that cold

Monday morning was so cold the cows were milked for ice cream. Coffee was being sold on a stick. Politicians had their hands in their own pockets, and they stopped blowing hot air. A guy chipped a...

 By David Stevens    News    January 16, 2018

Hazing incident under investigation

CLOVIS — Police are looking into an alleged hazing incident that took place at the New Mexico state track meet in May, Clovis schools Superintendent Jody Balch confirmed on Monday. Balch said he is...


Today's a good day to remember Albert Dillon

Albert Dillon was a physician, a surgeon, a popular public speaker, a newspaper owner, a farmer, a public servant and a poet. Clovis has a street named in his family’s honor; it’s parallel to the...


Lost ring must have a story

“Semper fi” — Marine Corps motto, meaning always faithful or always loyal. You could probably find one just like it on eBay, or maybe in one of the second-hand shops on Clovis’ Main Street....


Dear Santa: Bring me some zectron

It was made of “amazing zectron.” It could leap tall buildings in a single bound. Not even the Super Bowl offered “50,000 pounds of compressed energy” like that modern marvel. At 98 cents, the... Full story


'Certified' jail feels a little safer

Congratulations are in order. After enduring one mess followed by another and another for years, the Curry County Adult Detention Center has attained “certified” status. That’s government talk... Full story


Big news in a small town: Carr will be missed

FRIONA - Dana Jameson first met Ron Carr maybe 20 years ago. Her vehicle was on fire. Carr, who worked for the Friona Star newspaper, rushed to the scene so he could take a picture. "I said, 'I...


Anybody else hear canteens rattling?

Today, it’s best described as a ghost settlement without anyone or anything to haunt for thousands of acres around. Located 20-something miles southwest of Tucumcari, between the ghost towns of Ima... Full story


Moore to the World Series story

Baseball’s World Series begins on Tuesday, which makes this a good day to remember Wilcy Moore. The Oklahoma farm boy was a 30-year-old rookie when he pitched in the Fall Classic 90 years ago this m...


5 things to know about Cannon

Happy birthday, Cannon Air Force Base — however old you are. Five things you may not know about the history of the military installation located eight miles west of Clovis: Let’s just say age... Full story


Yes, a soda jerk can become president

They called him Maggie. Ernest Marsh came by the nickname as a teenager working in Clovis’ Elite Confectionery downtown more than 100 years ago. Slaughter Murray, the ice cream parlor’s owner,...


Best good cause up to private donors

CLOVIS — The Clovis Library Victims Memorial Fund has raised more than $30,000 already. Another $10,000 is almost certain to be added when four quarters of beef are awarded via raffle at the Oct.... Full story


Gotta be a book in there somewhere

I’ve always wanted to write a book. I’ve written parts of several books, but never an entire book all by myself. I have some ideas: “Just Play Catch with Jay” I was a terrible athlete growing... Full story


Clovis library to reopen this week

CLOVIS — The Clovis-Carver Public Library, closed since a deadly shooting on Aug. 28, is expected to reopen late this week. Clovis City Manager Tom Phelps said the library will have a “soft opening,” meaning it is scheduled to open without... Full story


Good day to remember Bobby Field

Bob Anderson remembers hearing football coaches in Muleshoe complain about Bobby Field in the mid 1960s. “We’ve got the best quarterback in the state living here and he’s playing in Farwell,”...

 By David Stevens    News    August 30, 2017

Teen to face two first-degree murder charges

CLOVIS — The 16-year-old accused of killing two people and injuring four others when he opened fire Monday at the Clovis-Carver public library will face two first-degree murder charges and more, off... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    August 30, 2017

High school attendance down following shooting

CLOVIS — Attendance at Clovis High School was sparse on Tuesday amidst a heavy police presence following Monday’s deadly shooting at the city library. School Superintendent Jody Balch said he did not have specific numbers, but estimated maybe hal...

 By David Stevens    News    August 29, 2017

Two dead in library shooting, shooter in custody

CLOVIS — "Run!," he yelled. "Why aren't you running? I'm shooting at you! Run!" Lisa Baird said she was maybe 20 feet from the young man shouting the words as he opened fire in the Clovis-Carver...

 By David Stevens    News    August 29, 2017

Pastor: Teen was suicidal

CLOVIS — The teenage boy accused in the deadly shooting at Clovis' public library had been in trouble at school, had recently contemplated suicide and had "anxiety attacks" that resulted in his...


Rain? What rain? No boat in sight

Yeah, we’ve had a lot of rain the past few weeks. We’ve had so much rain we’re not even in a drought anymore, according to the National Weather Service. That’s the first time we’ve been out...


Here's an opportunity to help if you can

PORTALES — Manuel Olivas and his family of seven were at Wal-Mart when it happened, wondering if the thunder outside “was coming through the roof.” When they started home, the rain was as heavy...


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