By Betty Williamson Loclal columnist There are five basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and (of course) books. For most of my lifetime, that fifth need was filled by highly anticipated monthly visits from the Rural Bookmobile East, the mobile home-sized library on wheels that has operated out of Tucumcari since 1956 as […]

Transparency assures justice will be rendered

An individual’s medical records should be confidential in most cases — but not when those records are used as a defense in a double murder case. The guardian for Tucumcari’s Tony Day, 14 when he was accused of killing his mother and sister in 2012, has asked court records and proceedings be sealed when they […]

Common ground sought on new standards

Staff photo:  Joshua Lucero
David Van Wettering, Portales  assistant superintendent of instruction, answers 
questions about Common  Core State Standards during the town hall meeting Wednesday night at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista.

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Nearly 150 educators, parents and community members gathered at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista Wednesday for a town hall meeting on Common Core State Standards that was hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The town hall was one of six meetings statewide meant to provide information […]

Charity effort far-reaching

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Joni Anthony of Clovis returns a hug from Abraham Dunor, 9, after he received his personalized towel Friday afternoon at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales.

By Vanessa Kahin STAFF WRITER vkahin@cnjonline.com Joni Anthony stitched together her latest charitable effort through cyberspace. When the Clovis resident sought to learn how to use an embroidery machine she’d bought for herself, she found the lessons she needed on YouTube. When she wanted even more information, she joined online groups Sweet Stitches of Love […]

Eight apply to replace fire chief

• Ray Westerman will retire later this month after 39 years with CFD.  Staff report With eight applications in hand, Clovis city officials plan to start the interview process to replace retiring Fire Chief Ray Westernman. City Manager Joe Thomas said four applicants are from New Mexico, with three of those being from Clovis and […]

Education column: Civic center hosts combined celebratory event

The Clovis Civic Center was home to a combined celebratory event this past week, the culmination of a great deal of work on the part of Clovis Municipal Schools’ staff and students. The first part of the evening was the CMS Family Leadership Institute’s awards presentations. The second part of the evening was the announcement […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission is scheduled to have a regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. Consent agenda items are: • An annual resolution required by the Open Meetings Act regarding notice of City Commission and Advisory Board meetings; • Request for approval of concession agreement between the city of […]

A hundred years ago we needed raincoats

Raincoats sold for $3.95, men’s blue suits were $14.95 and canvas gloves cost a nickel a pair. William C. McDonald was New Mexico’s first governor and Woodrow Wilson was our 28th president. Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day on May 9 that year. Franz Ferdinand was the archduke of Austria until his assassination led to […]

Education digest — May 1

Clovis teacher wins award for combating obesity Sara Williams, a fifth grade teacher at Barry Elementary School, launched a wellness program at the school that helped her win a national award, according to a press release. Williams’ program for fifth-graders at Barry Elementary emphasized the importance of balancing energy in with energy out, and promoted […]

What’s happening — May 1

Today Pre-K Storyhour — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840. MercyMe featuring Jamie Grace and Citizen Way — 7 p.m., tickets: $49, $33, $18, Curry County Events Center. Information: 935-7000 or www.curryeventcenter. United Blood Services blood drive — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wheatfields Senior Living Community. Information: 762-8700. City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., North […]

Police blotter — May 1

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Tuesday • 4:45 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, private property, 2100 block of South Prince Street. • 7 a.m.: Burglary (residence), 300 block of West 14th Street. • 7:01 a.m.: Larceny up to $500, 200 block of North Main Street. • 8:17 a.m.: Battery, 400 block of […]

Fishing report — May 1

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: Trout fishing was fair to […]

Area prep baseball linescores — April 29

District 3-2A Texico 20, Tucumcari 2 Texico    00(13)  34 —20    16    1 Tucumcari    20   0   00 —  2    2    3 Gentry Doolittle, Josh Tredway (5) and Tredway, Jonah Walls (5); Saul Moriel, Javier Villanueva (3) and Daniel Lopez. W — Doolittle. L — Moriel. Top hitters — Texico: Doolittle 2-5, 3B, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; […]

Lady Cats dominate track meet

Staff reports HOBBS — Clovis High’s girls scored in 14 events on Tuesday in the Pat Henry qualifier track meet. Junior Shelby Jones won a pair of throwing events for the Lady Wildcats, including a personal-best 40 feet, 1 1/2 inches in shot put. Heather Pastirchak took first in pole vault at 10-0, while Jaci […]

Hobbs sweeps pair from Clovis tennis squads

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson 
Rylie Lee chases down a volley in her No. 1 doubles match Tuesday at Clovis High School.

STAFF REPORT It wasn’t Clovis High’s day on the tennis courts on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats dropped a pair of three-setters in doubles and were edged by Hobbs 5-4 in a District 4-5A dual at the CHS tennis courts. Meantime, Hobbs was in control most of the way in taking the boys dual 8-1. The […]

Cavegirls blank Lady Cats twice

Staff report CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s softball team needed to find a way to sweep Carlsbad on Tuesday in an unlikely bid for a District 4-5A championship. Cavegirls senior pitcher Kyleigh Yerby made sure that wasn’t going to happen. Yerby pitched four innings in both ends of the twin bill, allowing just one hit, and […]

Official: Job fair attendance nearly doubles

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kelly Schaf, a personal trainer from Portales, speaks with Patty Vaughn, human resources officer for the non-appropriated funds office at Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon during the Eastern New Mexico Job Fair the Clovis Civic Center job fair. Schaf, who just finished her work for a doctorate in veterinary science, said she was looking for anything in regards to a job.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com For Clovis native Emily Anaya, Tuesday’s job fair at the Clovis Civic Center was more than an opportunity to rub elbows with representatives from big companies, educational programs and a bustling Air Force base. After years of having several jobs, for Anaya, the job fair meant a first step […]

Impact of Common Core town hall topic

By Emily Crowe Staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Common Core State Standards have been a part of Clovis Municipal Schools for nearly two years, but some teachers and parents still question the true benefits of the system. In a move to share information and encourage open dialogue, the New Mexico Public Education Department will hold a town […]

Clovis man sentenced to 10 years

Staff report A Clovis man accused of several felonies, including armed robbery, is headed to prison for 10 years, according to District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Edgar Ray Thomas, 42, was sentenced by District Judge Fred Van Soelen on Thursday after pleading guilty to four felonies stemming from three violent incidents last year, according to a […]

Clovis railman honored

Staff reports Clovis’ Larry Perez was awarded “Best of the Best Recognition” at BNSF Railway ‘s 2013 Employees of the Year ceremony this week in Fort Worth, Texas. Perez is general foreman I, mechanical. BNSF recognized the “Best of the Best” work leaders for their outstanding safety leadership in 2013, according to a company press […]