Police blotter – April 27

Samplings of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday Midnight: Caller reported a red jeep on its side, 1400 block of Stagecoach Trail. 3:56 a.m.: Caller reported a suspicious dark-colored SUV parked in the neighborhood that should not be there, 2100 block of North MLK Boulevard. 8:15 a.m.: Caller reported back side of building spray […]

Religion feature: Cowboy church draws casual crowd

Dusty Leatherwood preaches to his congregation Monday nights in the lobby of Clovis Livestock Auction, about 20 feet from where livestock is sold to the highest bidder. He preaches from a podium made from a cedar post to a gathering sitting on metal folding chairs. During Leatherwood's sermon, horses and cattle can be heard and […]

Religion column: God always ready to answer his phone

Virginia was a telephone switchboard operator in the mountains of North Carolina. It was the depression era, and times were hard. Virginia loved to visit with her neighbors as she was connecting their calls over her massive telephone switchboard. She could tell anyone who was sick, who was visiting from out of town, who had […]

amos the churchmouse: changing world same jesus

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor's note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on a computer keyboard, but he can't operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. changing world same jesus boss i ran across carrie chameleon the other day she was […]

Editorial: Republicans can still embrace DREAM Act

After a depressing two years in which Arizona and South Carolina passed draconian anti-immigrant laws — and Republican presidential candidates missed nary an opportunity to back their hardline stances — comes some hope for bipartisan progress. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of his party's rising stars, a man thought to be a contender to […]

Government more like unruly dog

George Washington is quoted as saying, "Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." Unfortunate-ly, in spite of this awareness, he chose to be a part of the problem. His assessment still holds up, although I think government is more like […]

Fishing report – April 26

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using Power […]

Editorial: High Plains Patriots’ agenda seems selective

The High Plains Patriots are riled up again. This time the target is Clovis' new city-owned golf course; specifically the clubhouse restaurant. The topic is expected to come up when the Patriots meet at 7 tonight at the Master's Center in Clovis. The Patriots contend government should not compete with private business for customers. Their […]

State should accept federal cuts

Generally, the Rio Grande Foundation focuses primarily on state and local policy issues. Nonetheless, given New Mexico's status as one of, if not the, most reliant states on federal spending within its borders, the perilous condition of the federal budget must be of concern to all New Mexicans. Particularly in this political season, the tendency […]

Heat sets record

A Portales sandwich shop saw its busiest day in the past few months Wednesday thanks to customers coming in to beat the record heat. Iced coffee drinks and ice cream were the popular menu items for the Do Drop In, with fruit salad as a close third. "Everyone associates the weather with healthy food," owner […]

Clovis boys win Lovington Invite

The Clovis boys golf team finished strong in its back-to-back, claiming a one-stroke victory in the Lovington Invite Wednesday. Clovis had three of the top five individuals, including runnerups Sam Bridgwater and Matt Justus both shooting a 77, en route to a team score of 316 — just ahead of the host Wildcats. "State's a […]

Ticket feature: Kite Karnival set for Saturday

Cannon Air Force Base is hoping for a windy Saturday, giving the eastern New Mexico skies a home for hundreds of kites. File photo Nashawn Hare, 9, works to detangle his kite's tail from its string during last year's Kite Karnival at Doc Stewart Park in Clovis. The Karnival, scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Saturday, […]

Four tribute artists, local country singer lined up for music festival

Four tribute artists and a budding local country artist will join rock 'n' roll legend Chubby Checker in the entertainment lineup for the 2012 Clovis Musical Festival. The 25th annual festival is Sept. 7-9. Randy Petty, music festival chairman, announced Wednesday singer-songwriter Will Banister and the Mulberry Band will be the opening act when the […]

Class profiles: Grady High School

When Grady's seven graduating seniors were asked to list their accomplishments, they formed a quorum, held a meeting, presented the case, and decided against it. "We don't need bragging rights," senior Cody Poncho said. Joni Lampley, a decorated athlete, said, "We're here for school. We don't want to try and appear better than anyone." Administrative […]

Police blotter – April 26

Samplings of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 12:10 a.m.: Caller reported shoplifting in progress, 2600 block of West Seventh Street. 1:08 a.m.: Caller reported dogs fighting in nearby yard, 200 block of Thornton Street. 4:32 a.m.: Caller reported diesel truck and possible other vehicles on fire, 1300 block of Pecos Street. 7:39 a.m.: […]

Thursday briefing: Kites, flowers and The King

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. Go fly a kite The annual spring Kite Karnival is 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cannon AFB Doc Stewart Park. It's open to the public and includes kite flyer demonstrations, games and rides. Information: 784-6381. Flowers help kids The Portales Kiwanis Club flower sale is 8 […]

Commissioner makes use of property tax exemption

Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard recently established the non-profit, New Mexico Veterans Hope Inc., in Santa Rosa, where he said he helps homeless veterans. It was through his work with veterans that Stoddard said he learned about a property tax exemption for which he filed about a week ago. So Stoddard won't be paying any […]

Education column: Contest inspires creative thinkers

There is a remarkable event that takes place across the country called Destination ImagiNation. This non-profit organization is a globally recognized creative problem-solving competition, covering all subject areas through five main challenges based upon specific criteria. Destination ImagiNation "provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving," according to www.idodi.org, […]

Clovis woman dies in wreck

A Clovis woman was killed Wednesday morning and three were injured in an accident at the intersection of Seventh and Norris streets. According to a release from the Clovis Police Department: Crystal Sutherland, 29, died at the scene of the accident, which involved a 2000 Mack concrete mixer truck rolling on top of the rear […]

Editorial: Coach Summitt deserves all her accolades

Pat Summitt has stepped aside as coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team after 38 glorious years, but she remains at the pinnacle of her profession. When the news broke that Summitt would leave the Lady Vols' bench, accolades began pouring in — from former players, coaching colleagues, fans and even the president […]