Q&A: Authority chair talks water concerns

Gayla Brumfield

Editor’s note: Gayla Brumfield, chair of the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority board, was first appointed to the board in 2008. She said she became more concerned about the regional water situation when she was Clovis mayor from 2008 to 2012. The authority was set up and created by state statute “to design, construct, […]

What’s happening — Dec. 28

Tuesday Holiday blood drive — 3:30 p.m., Curves, 2909 N. Prince St. Information: 575-762-2574. Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder,  Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information:575-769-7840. What’s Happening is a daily listing of area events. To place an item on the calendar, call the newsroom at 763-6991 or email: dhartsfield@cnjonline.com

Year in review: Election season relatively mild

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Doyle Westbrook of Clovis casts his ballot during the Nov. 5 election.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com A contentious race for governor between Susana Martinez and Gary King saturated the airwaves in 2014, and few televisions were safe from the onslaught of political ads. Otherwise, the November election season was relatively mild in Curry County, with most of the local races decided during the primaries. And […]

Year in review: Fires, deaths, courtroom dramas keep police busy

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Ariel Ulibarri was slain early on Nov. 9 at Goodwin Lake Trails.

Staff report The stabbing death of a young mother in a city park topped the list of violent crimes in eastern New Mexico in 2014. But the year also kept police busy with a daring daylight bank robbery, a string of fires and multiple courtroom dramas. A few highlights: DA changes Ninth Judicial District Attorney […]

Reception scheduled to honor commissioners

Staff report A reception is scheduled for Monday afternoon to honor outgoing Curry County Commissioners Frank Blackburn and Robert Sandoval. The event will be 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the county commission room of the Curry County Courthouse. Blackburn, who serves as chairman, has served four terms as a county commissioner in two separate two-term stints […]

Cats ride some momentum

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Clovis coach Scott Robinson fires the ball up for a rebounding drill Saturday afternoon at Rock Staubus Gym. The Cats take on Volcano Vista on Tuesday and St. Michael’s on Wednesday in the Big XII Classic at The Rock.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Coming off a slow start, Clovis High’s boys are enjoying a mini-winning streak. The Wildcats won twice last weekend to improve to 3-5 heading into the Big XII Holiday Classic, beginning Monday at Rock Staubus Gym. Since the six-team field includes Clovis and the CHS junior varsity, the local […]

Plenty to do to start new year

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Curry County Home Economist Glenda Belcher talks about painting techniques at a do-it-yourself workshop at the 2014 New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The expo features seminars, demonstrations, and food from agriculture vendors.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@pntonline.com Portales and Clovis are kicking off the new year with activities and events for all ages in January and February. Oasis State Park will be hosting a public hike as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative Jan. 1, according to the Oasis website. The hike is open to […]

Who knew a tie was needed?

By Grant McGee Local columnist It was “The Golden Age of Disco” and I knew I needed new clothes. I dutifully trotted off to the store and bought the polyester slacks and the platform shoes and the tight flowery shirt with the big collar. And I kept my long, flowing hair in place with hairspray. […]

Year in review: Steps taken to secure water

Staff report From completing the first phase of the Ute Water Project to efforts of  purchasing water rights from local farmers, this year Clovis made major steps in trying to secure water for the city’s future. Ute Water Project The $550 million Ute Water Project will pipe water from Ute Lake to communities in Curry […]

Dogs have insatiable need to interact with humans

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist Just a few days ago, they were wriggling under the weight of fluffy red bows and the excited oohs and awes of delight. Now, in the wake of Christmas excitement, many a pup has begun the arduous task of adjusting to life with new families. Learning that relieving oneself on […]

Pages Past — Dec. 27

On this date … 1973: Clovis city commissioners, after lengthy debate, voted to grant a license for a second taxicab service. City Cab Co. opposed the competition, but Commissioner Pat Sandoval moved that the license be granted, “because Clovis is growing and there is a need for more cab service.” Commissioner Jewell Joiner was the […]

News of gentlemen’s club raises strong opinions

By David Stevens Editor Editor’s note: This is one in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. It will continue through Jan. 1. People say the most interesting things. Here are a few examples of memorable quotes from the past year: ‘Gentlemen’ wouldn’t do that The opening of a strip club […]

Residents share holiday meal

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Volunteer Malaki Henry, 11, portions out butter for Christmas lunch plates Thursday at the Lighthouse Mission. Malaki was one of an estimated three dozen volunteers.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com There was no snow to be found on the streets and driveways of Clovis, but it was Christmas all the same down on L Casillas Boulevard on Thursday afternoon. A volunteer opens the door at the Lighthouse Mission, and greets the new attendee with a “Merry Christmas” before a […]

Year in review: City’s air service switches to DFW

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com For the city of Clovis, 2014 started as a year in which many important issues were up in the air — or in one case, not in the air at all. A new carrier at the Clovis Municipal Airport and an election in which two new residents joined the […]

Computer, TV reported stolen in break-in

Staff report A former Clovis resident said she was dismayed to find out her mother was robbed close to Christmas. Candace Johnson said her mother, Mildred Tyler, was at work Tuesday when a thief picked a back door lock at her house on Dartmouth Street and quickly made off with a television, laptop computer and […]

Pages Past — Dec. 26

On this date …  1972: Nineteen people were killed, most of them high school students, in a bus-truck crash on a narrow bridge 10 miles east of Fort Sumner. The victims were all associated with  Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. They were on a holiday ski retreat, headed for a resort near Taos. President […]

Lots of weird area news in 2014

By David Stevens Editor Editor’s note: This is one in a series of columns looking back at regional news in 2014. It will continue through Jan. 1. Sometimes you just have to shake your head. Some of the weirdest news we reported in 2014: • Sin came to Curry County in the fall. Former Texas […]

ENMU president praises dual-enrollment program

Editor’s note: Steve Gamble has been president of Eastern New Mexico University since August of 2001. Prior to ENMU, Gamble, who earned a doctorate degree in U.S. history from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, also worked seven years as vice president for academic affairs at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and taught at […]

Experience ruthless teacher

By Audra Brown Local columnist Don’t spit into the wind. Good  advice and, in this part of the world, we all know somebody who spits, and we dang sure know about the wind. There’s a lot of good advice out there. Here’s the trite wisdom for the day, brought to you by our proud sponsor, […]

amos turns holiday glutton

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. boss this holiday season got the best of me i turned into a cheese-a-holic i don t know if you […]