New Zia coach plans to branch out

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University’s new women’s basketball coach Joshua Prock plans to head west in pursuit of players. Prock, who was hired the first week of June after five seasons at Division III Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas, said the program will be targeting players not […]

Board backs Myers on middle school zoning issue

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Work continues Thursday on Gattis Middle School, which is scheduled to open this fall.

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday to stand by Superintendent Terry Myers’ decision to require middle school students to attend the school in which they are zoned. Myers had initially said he would grandfather in all eighth-graders wishing to attend a specific school, but that […]

DWI forfeiture decision tabled

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A county DWI vehicle seizure and forfeiture ordinance will not be enforced until at least September, and there is a possibility it will be repealed. The ordinance calls for the seizure of repeat DWI offender’s vehicles upon arrest or conviction. Curry County Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn motioned to […]

Meetings watch — June 26

Curry County Commission The Curry County commissioners met Tuesday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library and took the following actions: • Approved of a special commission meeting regarding the lesser prairie chicken 9 a.m. July 11 at the Eastern New Mexico University ballroom. Representatives from U.S. Fish and Wildlife and other counties will […]

What’s happening — June 26

Today Public Works meeting — 9 a.m., 321 Connelly. Information: 769-7828. 44th Army Band of the New Mexico National Guard -  7 p.m., Clovis Civic Center. 801 Schepps Boulevard. Toddler Time – 10 a.m. Ages 0-3. Clovis Carver public Library. 701 North Main Street. Information : 7697840 Thursday High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., […]

Police blotter — June 26

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: • 1:08 a.m.: Shoplifting report, 700 block of East First Street. • 1:45 a.m.: Shots fired, 9100 block of Rencher Street. • 7:05 a.m.: Ill subject, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 8:21 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 500 […]

Disability program never meant to be job replacement

— Albuquerque Journal The number of former workers receiving Social Security disability payments has increased dramatically over the past decade — by 55 percent nationally and almost 66 percent in New Mexico — as a program designed as a safety net for those people unable to work has morphed into a long-term unemployment insurance program. […]

Manhunt leads to nerd flashback

You saw CNN Monday afternoon. People in my general age range saw the nerdiest part of their lives flash before their eyes. The on-screen headline  said, “Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?” The man who leaked essential information about our government’s spying programs is on the run from charges of espionage and theft, with […]

U.S. government acting against its own citizens

“T rust us.” That’s tough to do right now  if the request is coming from your  government. From the IRS targeting political opponents, to the Justice Department seizing records of journalists, to the National Security Agency compiling phone call and Internet use data from millions of Americans, it’s almost as though the Obama administration has […]

Committee approves block party recommendation

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com A free block party for Clovis took another step toward become a reality. The Parks, Recreation and Beautification committee approved of a recommendation for Rooney Moon Broadcasting to host a Family Fun Day from 11 a.m.-4  p.m. Aug. 10 at Hillcrest Park. This recommendation will be presented to […]

Chamber seeking fireworks funds

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By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Independence Day is just around the corner and Clovis is gearing up for the 18th annual Smoke on the Water celebration. Live music, food vendors and a fireworks display will highlight the event, which will kick off at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at Green Acres Park. […]

Police following multiple leads on escaped inmate

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office has followed five leads on the whereabouts of fugitive inmate Ruben Lozano since he escaped Friday night with another inmate through the roof of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The other inmate, Stephen Phillips, 20, was captured shortly after the escape. Roosevelt County […]

Business feature: K-Bob’s back in business

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By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Pumpkin farmers Ken Davis and Duane Miller took a break from work Monday to eat lunch at the recently reopened K-Bob’s Steakhouse “We missed it,” Miller said while eating steak and a baked potato. “Because of the salad bar and meat.” “Clovis needed another steak house,” Davis said. […]

Police blotter — June 25

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday Caller reported: • 2:15 a.m.: Vehicle theft in progress, 2100 block of Chapparal Avenue. • 2:27 a.m.: Subject with a weapon, Cypress and Alma streets. • 5:42 am.: Domestic report, 1200 block of Dartmouth Street. • 7:05 a.m.: Burglary report, 2900 block of […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the central office board room. Agenda items include: • Consider Requests for Proposal or Invitations for Bid for bread, dairy, school supplies, music equipment and supplies and band travel. • Administer oath of office to newly elected Board of Education member. Jennifer […]

What’s happening — June 25

Today County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis Carver Library North Annex information: 763-6016 Free Summer Movie —  9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m. Movie will be ParaNorman. Allen Theatres Information: 763-7713. The New CPR Free class — 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Clovis Community College,  Room 414 Information: 791-0158. Board of Education Meeting -5:30 p.m. Clovis […]

Ad – Bank of Clovis

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Here’s what I’d do for an ice cream bar

Ice cream bar commercials make me wonder what I’d do for one. After solemn deliberation, here are a few things: • Watch first-graders play volleyball. • Play “Words with Friends” against Alec Baldwin during takeoff. • Sit on a front pew without smirking about the length of women’s skirts determining their fates. • Fill out […]

Tough to justify conflict with Syria

The next Middle East conflict, Syria, into which the United States is about to inject itself, is fraught with peril. It is difficult to justify joining this fight. At issue is President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels fighting the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. While the decision purportedly would involve small arms and, […]

On any given play …

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Team Q-Bo from Muleshoe comes in for a huddle between innings during their Friday night game against the Head Hunters of Clovis. The three-day tournament ends today.

By Eric Norwood CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.cm Momentum is a powerful force. An example of this was on display this weekend during the 30th annual Plateau Custom Classic in Clovis, a softball tournament featuring more than 110 teams from New Mexico and Texas. There were plenty of pop flies and lineouts, shutouts and strikeouts. Team […]