Cultural diversity still ‘American’

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Dan True with a crop duster plane. True flew crop dusters, an experience he believe helped him become a television weatherman.

By Tom McDonald State columnist When I first came to New Mexico nearly 10 years ago, I had never been to a fiesta. Since then, I’ve been to more than I can count. I wish I could say it’s because I wanted to embrace the culture I had moved into, but really it was because […]

Green Tea Party for bare essentials

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist If I decide to run against David Lansford and Sharon King for combined mayor of Clovis/Portales again, it will be on the resurrected Green Tea Party (GTP) ticket. Our views do not strictly fit Republican or Democratic platforms, and the Tea, Libertarian and Communist parties are impractical. The Parrothead Party […]

Commissioners must ensure ‘due diligence’

Clovis city commissioners on Thursday will consider purchasing water rights from a private landowner at a cost of nearly $2 million. The Economic Development Tax Advisory Board has recommended the deal with farmer J.L. Wall be approved. Stockpiling water for future use is a sound concept, but city commissioners must wade into this cautiously, ensuring […]

Chamber still seeking fireworks donations

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Funds are still needed for this year’s Smoke on the Water fireworks show, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials.

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer There’s still more than $10,000 to go for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce to reach its fundraising goals for the 2014 Smoke on the Water celebration to be held July 4. Courtney Bailey, a chamber of commerce public relations representative, said funds for the annual Fourth of July […]

MainStreet program seeking volunteers


By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Where have all the flowers gone? This is what several business owners in downtown Clovis want to know. A few years ago, Clovis MainStreet offered downtown businesses large, handmade pots to be filled with flowers. Purchased through a grant, the pots — about 30 total — were offered to […]

In tribute: Resident ‘grew up singing’

Johnathan Dawson

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer Those who heard him sing say his voice was a gift; a gift he used to deliver messages of love, peace and ultimate salvation. It could be said that the “best place,” according to Johnathan Raydale Dawson, was reflected in his music. “He always said heaven was the best […]

Environmental groups file suit on behalf of lesser prairie chicken

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer Three conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, claiming the lesser prairie chicken should have been listed as endangered. The lesser prairie chicken was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in March. The population of the bird has lowered […]

Lower gross receipts attributed to slow construction year

By Christina Calloway Senior writer The city’s revenue fund came up short this fiscal year from what was projected in the budget but the Portales city manager said the reason why may surprise some. With gross receipts taxes making up approximately 75 percent of Portales’ revenue fund, Portales City Manager Doug Redmond said retail […]

Clovis police take charge of suspected arson investigation

Staff report Clovis police are now in charge of an investigation into a suspected arson fire June 17 at York Tire, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ron Edwards. Edwards said “all natural causes were eliminated” regarding the outbreak of a fire. Edwards said natural causes eliminated as the cause of the fire include things like […]

What’s happening — June 29

Monday T-Shirt Art — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Participants are asked to bring a T-shirt, new or old and washed at least once. Information: 769-7840. Basic Sewing Class — 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Ingram Room, Clovis-Carver Library. Bring a sewing machine. Information: 769-7840. Tuesday Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board — 5:30 p.m., Assembly Room, City Hall, 321 […]

Police blotter — June 29

Clovis police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday • 12:01 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1200 block of Ash Street. • 12:19 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 2100 block of West Grand Avenue. • 3:07 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1300 block of Merriwether Street. • 9:39 a.m.: Fraud, 800 block of Laurelwood Drive. […]

Remembering a sleuth and a storyteller

David Stevens

By David Stevens Editor Last week’s passing of eastern New Mexico historian Lynn Moncus brings to mind one of our region’s more notorious homicide investigations. The “matchbook murder” case began in the fall of 1951, when authorities claimed an Army deserter from Brooklyn, New York, killed an Ohio steel worker, shooting him five times in […]

One down, 202 to go

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Cleats and Cleavage starter Mirna Valdez cheers on teammates as they run for home plate during Cleats and Cleavage’s game against the Scorpions Friday night at Guy Leeder Softball Complex

By Kevin Wilson There’s no shortage of softball in Clovis, and there’s no shortage of tournaments during the summer at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. But Friday marked the opening of the city and center’s showcase, the Custom Classic. In its 31st year, the tournament annually draws more than 100 slow-pitch teams of all ages […]

Star-gazing parties summer staple at Oasis State Park

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Oasis State Park Park Tech Advance Valerie Russ pulls out prizes for today’s star gazing party at Oasis. Russ said there will be giveaways for attendees.

By Christina Calloway Seeing stars without the distraction of city lights is one of the perks of working at Oasis State Park. It’s a joy the staff shares with the community each summer through the star gazing parties they host. For Valerie Russ, a park tech advanced who has been at Oasis for 10 […]

Pets deserve reprieve from Independence Day

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist It’s pretty cool that Americans took a stand and declared their independence, laying claim to their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — it’s an understandable reason and definite cause for celebration. A day off work for remembrance, fireworks, barbecues, enjoying the company of other Americans […]

Measure of universe is measure of God’s grace

By Pat Cantwell Religion columnist I realized last March as I viewed the red moon, late at night, that I hadn’t actually seen the stars, really seen them, in years. I had realized, as a girl moving to Clovis from Chicago, that the natural beauty here was not trees or water but the sky. But for a […]

We’re not DYIers no more

By Grant McGee Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were amazed to find out we aren’t “DIYers” or “Do It Yourselfers” anymore. Sad to say I think it’s because we don’t like getting dirty. This self-revelation came about when I knocked out the front signal light of our four-door sedan. It was […]

Every Clovis kid has fond memories of old Main Street

Milburn Moore

By Milburn Moore Guest columnist Editor’s note: Milburn Moore, a 1951 Clovis High School graduate, won’t be here for tonight’s “ Draggin’ Main and Gearhead Gathering,” but he has plenty of memories of downtown Clovis. When we first arrived in Clovis that spring of 1938, I was a very little kid. We came from Dawson […]

2013 Water Quality Report released

By Public Affairs Staff 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 2013 Water Quality Report from Cannon Air Force Base has been released and is now available on the base website. Under the “Consumer Confidence Reporting Rule” of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, community water systems must issue water quality information to the consuming […]

Commentary: Through struggles, to the stars

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs June’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month celebrations are relatively new to the Department of Defense and to the Air Commandos of Cannon Air Force Base but the history of LGBT service members’ fight to openly serve in the armed forces is […]