What’s happening — July 21

Today Good Samaritan Inc. 3rd Annual Pathway to Freedom Rally — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Empowering families to take the first step to success. 101 Acoma (across from Stansell’s). Information: 575-219-2670 2013 Ethnic Fair — 8:30 a.m., 10th and Sycamore at Hillcrest Park. Information: Selmus Price at 749-6570 Ethnic Fair Fun Run — 8 a.m. registration, […]

Findings should expose how city lost nearly $2M

Clovis city commissioners took the first step Thursday night to finding out what went wrong with a 2011 agreement with Beauty Health and Science Innovations. The findings may not be pleasant, but taxpayers need to know how the city came to lose a nearly $2 million investment with the failed cosmetics manufacturing company. Commissioners gave […]

Profound profundity into guy stuff

No one can really understand the gist of the First Gent Alligator Hunt Scandal without a basic grasp of Guy Stuff. I use the term “scandal’ loosely. This is such a boring New Mexico summer we’ll stoop to just about anything to get our juices stirring. Levi Chavez notwithstanding. What happened is Guv Hubby went […]

Three-Buck Chuck wine still bites

Before Christmas, I attended a cult meeting in Portales. For the safety of the 20 attendees, I’ve kept it under wraps until now to give everyone time to cover their tracks. Only waterboarding, dark chocolate or a 19-year-old could get their identities or the address out of me. In the hosts’ driveway, we circled our […]

Celebration of culture

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The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers of Albuquerque perform a weave dance Saturday at the 22nd Annual Clovis/Curry County Ethnic Fair at Hillcrest Park.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Hillcrest Park was alive with sounds, smells and sights from around the globe Saturday when Clovis celebrated its 22nd annual Ethnic Fair. Several walks of life were represented as area residents celebrated the culture and heritage of those in our region. The Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers from Albuquerque […]

Area facing doctor shortage

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Dr. Kimberly McGill of Clovis and ob/gyn at La Casa Family Health Center reviews a patient’s record Thursday at the La Casa Family Health Center in Clovis. McGill has been working for La Casa Family Health Center for two years.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Eastern New Mexico is facing a shortage of doctors and dentists that one local health care provider says will only get worse. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration has designated Curry County as a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area, meaning there are 3,500 or more people […]

Jail-release program may get second look

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By Robin Fornoff CMI projects editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com At least one Curry County commissioner wants to take a second look at a jail-release program that has placed just one inmate in the past seven months. The only other inmate who qualified for the electronically monitored ankle bracelet release program was disqualified after family members refused to […]

Five injured in two-car crash

CMI staff Five people were hospitalized Friday afternoon after a two car crash on N.M. 209 north of Ned Houk Park, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The injured included Casey Turnbough, 38, Hallie Turnbough, 12, both of Portales, Suzy Powell, 64, Brooke Fleming, 12, and Brittany Fleming, 13, all of Grady. Waller said […]

Finals are family affair

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By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Samantha Hamilton, 6, competed in her first rodeo this week, at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association, the very rodeo her grandfather helped found. Dwayne Ridley, 73, is one of five men who began the HPJRA in 1974. Although he is retired from rodeo he spends a lot of time in […]

District swears in Van Soelen

CMI staff The Ninth Judicial District swore in its newest judge Friday afternoon in the Curry County Courthouse. Former Clovis City Commissioner and Deputy District Attorney Fred Van Soelen was sworn in by Judge Stephen Quinn, and will begin duties Monday. “There’s obviously going to be some first-day-of school jitters,” Van Soelen said. “I’ll need […]

What To Do When You’re “World-weary”

World-weary. I need a word, and perhaps the hyphen-spliced alliterative combination-word above is not too far wide of the mark. Webster’s online says the word has to do with “feeling or showing fatigue from or boredom with the life of the world and especially material pleasures.” I’m not sure that last half suits my need, […]

In search of ponies: Rain can be mixed bag for pets

Do not panic. That strange shine everywhere is perfectly normal and the clean smell in the air, well, it may not happen real often in dusty cattle country, but it is normal(ish), too. Rest assured, despite how frighteningly odd all the sloshing and splashing around town may be, it is completely safe to continue on […]

McGee: Be choosy when talking carcasses

The Lady of the House and I visited Earth, Texas, last Saturday. At lunchtime we stopped in a barbecue joint. The eatery also doubled as a livestock and game processing business. On the wall along with the prices for barbecue were killing fee prices and fees for processing your pig, your goat or the deer […]

Teambuilders counseling situation dire

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The situation is dire for Teambuilders Counseling Services, Inc., whose good cause exception to receive state money during an investigation was denied earlier this week. Teambuilders is among 15 behavioral health providers facing a criminal investigation after a statewide audit found overbilling and potential fraud at these providers’ […]

Prairie dog move denied

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Chaves County doesn’t want prairie dogs, and the Clovis City Commission declined on Thursday night to help a citizens group bring them there. By a unanimous vote, the commission denied a request by Citizens for Prairie Dogs to capture prairie dogs from the Clovis Civic Center, O.G. Potter […]

BHSI investigation framework OKd

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Mike Urioste called Clovis Mayor David Lansford this week and told him the story of how his construction business went under when he did thousands of dollars in work for Beauty Health and Science Innovations and got stiffed on the bill when the city-sponsored economic development deal went […]

Bryant reappointed to water authority after mayor refuses position

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority will not add Clovis Mayor David Lansford to its fold, after all. Two weeks after Clovis City Commissioner Chris Bryant offered to resign his post on the authority to allow Lansford to serve in his place, he was reappointed after Lansford […]

Commission approves land negotiations contingent on bond

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Contingent on voters approving a $9.88 million bond to build a new county jail, the Clovis City Commission approved entering into negotiations with Curry County for a 15-acre land donation east of the city landfill along Brady Avenue. The tract of land is currently outside of city limits, […]

Groups split on need for sixth racino license

CMI Staff The New Mexico Horseman Association, New Mexico Horse Breeders Association, the Jockeys’ Guild and representatives of Zia Park in Hobbs favored a sixth racino license during Thursday’s meeting of the New Mexico Racing Commission, according to Warren Frost, director of the Quay County Gaming Authority, who attended the meeting. The commission opened the […]

Calf roper stays busy during HPJRA finals

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Ervey Ochoa of Odessa, Texas, is thrown from his steer during Thursday’s boys 10-12 steer riding competition in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association competition at Curry County Event Center. Ochoa received a no-time on the ride.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Jake Duckworth is competing in two age groups in boys calf roping at this week’s High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Event Center, but he says he’s not about to get tired. In fact, he does it almost all the time. “On a weekly basis, […]