Ticket feature: Tops in Blue performing Monday

Some of the red, white and blue's most talented active military, Tops in Blue, will perform in concert Monday night at Marshall Auditorium. Courtesy photo The Air Force's Tops in Blue show will make a tour stop 7 p.m. Monday at Marshall Middle School Auditorium. The free concert, scheduled for 7 p.m., is the second […]

County releases settlement amounts

Cash awards of $220,000 and $2,500 are the latest lawsuit settlements to be disclosed by Curry County officials. The cash settlements paid by the county's insurance carrier were approved in the case of Javier Jimenez, who was attacked and beaten while an inmate at the county jail in 2005, and Eleanor Barnes, who slipped and […]

Local home sales on decline

The presence of Cannon Air Force Base and its special operations mission, a local Realtor said, creates more of a trend in Portales and Clovis than any statewide factors. Recent sales figures released by the Realtors Association of New Mexico show an upward trend in sales and a downward trend in median home values, while […]

Education digest – May 24

Muleshoe academic team places third The Muleshoe High School academic challenge team placed third in the 2012 Texas Association of Community Schools State Academic Challenge on May 6 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. The Muleshoe students are: Belinda Pacheco Michael Martinez Camilo Torres The team won $3,720 in scholarships for participating in […]

County employee policy updated

Curry County Commissioners have tweaked their employee personnel policy regarding chain of command, grievances and sick leave. Revisions proposed by the Personnel Policy Committee were unanimously approved Wednesday, with Commissioner Dan Stoddard voting by telephone. Most of the revisions approved fall under the employee policy entitled "Conduct of Elected Officials." One modification now reads elected […]

Commission approves preliminary budget

A preliminary 2012-2013 budget approved Wednesday by Curry County commissioners comes in about $1 million less than last year's, and projects modest revenue increases in gross receipts and property taxes. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 totals $19.4 million. Last year's budget totaled $20.4 million. County Manager Lance Pyle said the budget projects a […]

Education column: Websites help keep students reading during summer

Unbelievably, it's here again; the end of the school year that was accompanied by high levels of activity, from field trips to awards assemblies. Although students and teachers are no doubt ready for a well-deserved break, one of the greatest concerns for all educators, whether serving in the classroom, administration, or in support roles, is […]

Q&A: ENMU grad talks about her writing

Editor's note: This interview was edited for clarity and style. Melrose native Jamie Dickerman graduated from Eastern New Mexico University last May with a bachelor's degree in communication, with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in political science. Last month she released her latest novel, "Blackout," about a terrorist attack that kills the nation's […]

Candidate Q&As: County commission, District 4

Editor's Note: Clovis Media Inc. contacted Curry County candidates in contested primary races for their stances on issues prior to the June 5 state primary elections. In District 4 of the Curry County Commission, incumbent Wendell Bostwick and Donald Harrell are running against each other for a four-year commissioner term. The winner faces no opposition […]

Combat controller deserves praise

I picked up a book about a year ago "American Heroes in Special Operations," written by Oliver North and Chuck Horton. I wanted an accurate portrait of the kinds of situations in which our special operators are inserted. This book delivered by sharing the stories of several of the military's most decorated heroes. I cried […]

Editorial: Republicans misunderstand Limbaugh’s fame

T here is no doubt Rush Limbaugh is a famous Missourian. As the controversial ultra-conservative host of a radio program that caters to a right-wing perspective, Limbaugh has carved his niche as one of the dominant Republican pundits of his generation. Given Missouri has something called the "Hall of Famous Missourians" in the Missouri State […]

Program offers hands-on dairy experience

David Volleman grew up on a dairy farm in the Texas hillcountry and decided to pursue a career in the dairy industry in high school. Courtesy photo: Robert Hagevoort Students of the 2012 Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium Teaching class receive a lecture on dairy ration evaluation Wednesday at a local dairy. "I like being […]

Q & A: ENMU’s Elder to be honored

Eastern New Mexico University history professor Donald "Doc" Elder is scheduled to be inducted into the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame during an NMBA luncheon on June 9 in Albuquerque. Elder, who turns 60 on Sunday, has broadcast ENMU sports, primarily football, basketball and baseball, for the past 16 years. He has also […]

School board declines to address resignation issue

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday heard from two men and accepted a petition asking for reinstatement of the school's former athletic director and baseball coach. But board members took no action on the issue. "We can't. It's board policy. These matters need to be addressed with the administrators," Board President Max […]

Woods, Spears lob attacks at end of forum

Even when it was time for closing statements, Pat Woods and Angie Spears were willing to open attacks on each other at the KTQM political forum. The two-hour forum, aired by Zia Broadcasting from the KTQM studio south of Clovis, featured the two Republican candidates for state Senate District 7 and 14 others candidates for […]

Mid-July target date for start of pipeline construction

MELROSE — The first phase of the Ute water pipeline is expected to begin in mid-July despite a federal lawsuit and two civil lawsuits seeking to halt the project. The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a recommendation Tuesday to begin construction on the pipeline that would carry water from the Ute Reservoir in […]

Police blotter: May 23

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 1:30 a.m.: Caller reported shots fired in the area, 800 block of North Rencher Street. 1:34 a.m.: Caller reported a television in the intersection, near Prince and First streets. 7:12 a.m.: Caller reported four dogs loose in the area, 2800 block of Sheldon […]

Lost my place in demographic

I had a birthday last week. It wasn't a major one in the Patton Oswalt rulebook. By that rule, you get to celebrate 1-10, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 and then every decade, and everything else is a waste of cake and paper. But by the television ratings system, I did have a significant […]

Court to decide on disability pay

A disabled veteran has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider anew whether states violate federal law when they allow divorce courts to count a veteran's disability compensation in calculating spousal support. The petition also invites the justices to consider an issue that states are more sharply divided over: Whether federal law bars state courts […]

Editorial: Police officers deserve our appreciation

Last week's police-officer involved shooting outside a Clovis residence is a not-so-subtle reminder that law officers' jobs are more dangerous than most. Many of us feel stressed at work, but only a few are seriously concerned about getting punched, stabbed or shot between filling out paperwork and inventorying supplies. Police said Officer Kevin Littlejohn last […]