La Casa Senior Center gets new van

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A 2015 Ford Starcraft Starlite E 350 was presented to La Casa Senior Center Wednesday. The vehicle seats 13 passengers.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Curry County handed over keys to a new van to the La Casa Senior Center crew Wednesday morning. A wreck last November totaled the center’s old one, when “an individual failed to yield and hit the van,” according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The 2015 Ford Starcraft Starlite E […]

Baskett retiring from Oasis

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Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. is retiring after 21 years 
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By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Hank Baskett Jr. sums up his time with the organization as “a blessing.” Baskett, 71, is retiring after 21 years with the children’s safehouse at a fundraising banquet scheduled Aug. 15 at the Clovis Civic Center. “It’s a good feeling,” Baskett said. “But […]

Ag center looking to future of farming

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Crop Physiologist Sangu Angadi is experimenting with alternative dryland farming crops such as guar, amaranth, quinoa, and sesame as potential drought-tolerant crops for farming in the area.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com The primary focus of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis is to “serve the people of the area first,” which means there is a lot of acreage devoted to conducting variety trials of sorghum, wheat, and corn, according to Superintendent Abdel Mesbah. While the trials […]

Border Town Days brings towns together

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People lined the side of U.S. 60/84 for the annual Border Town Days parade from Texico to Farwell, Texas.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Local lore holds that the annual Border Town Days is the only parade in the nation to cross state lines. While that’s not quite true — the Woodsville-Wells River Fourth of July Parade has been crossing the Connecticut River from Woodsville, New Hampshire to Wells, Vermont since 1981 — […]

Little league team had historic state run

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Members of the Clovis American senior division championship team in 1985 pictured are, back row, from left, Donald Garrison, Lance Richards, Danny Damron, Caslin Goose, Jerry Barnett, Russell Dial, David Jackson and Gary Sury; back row, from left, Cliff Elliott, Ted Lopez, Corbin Allen, Joel Jones, Thomas Sparks and Adolfo Garcia.

By Kevin Wilson Deputy Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Longtime youth baseball coach Craig Limmer doesn’t think there’s much difference between youth baseball when he started coaching and now. There’s still plenty of fun, most poeple are more willing to volunteer an opinion than their time and, “There’s a lot of character in the dugouts of this nation.” […]

Kids get a taste of dairy farms

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A mobile dairy presentation rolled through the Clovis-Carver Public Library Wednesday teaching kids about dairy farms.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A mobile dairy classroom led by Cody Lightfoot and his instructional assistant Peach, a 7-year-old Holstein cow, pulled up to the Clovis-Carver Public Library Wednesday to teach local kids about the nutritional value of milk. As Lightfoot began his presentation, Peach interrupted him with a low grunt. “He’s moo’ing!” […]

Officials to meet about chickens

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Mary-Beth Bouchard’s pet chickens Henny and Penny crossed the road to visit with the community at the Ethnic Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Bouchard is fighting seven counts of violating a city ordinance for having the chickens at her home. Bouchard’s trial is Aug. 18 at Municipal Court.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com A Clovis woman fighting City Hall after being accused of violating a city ordinance by having pet chickens is set to sit down with city officials for a discussion today. Mary-Beth Bouchard has been outspoken about her predicament over the past few weeks . She started an online petition […]

Power cut in Clovis

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A sign on the door at DC Tactical puts the brief but annoying power outage downtown Tuesday in perspective.

Staff report A power outage affected more than 466 residents and businesses for almost a half hour Tuesday afternoon in Clovis, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said crews were working on a broken line at First and Pile streets. The outage that started about 12:15 p.m. temporarily shut down several local business […]

County 4-H takes wins at conference

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Curry County 4-H members brought home two team wins in the Livestock Skillathon and the Meats Identification contest from the State 4-H Conference held last week in Las Cruces. Pictured from left: Chance Mitchell, Garrett Rutherford, Trey Runyan, Tucker Northcutt, Morgan Wade, and Koby Valentine. Not pictured: Madison Belcher.

Staff Report Curry County 4-H members made a goal to win at the state 4-H conference this year, and they did not leave disappointed. The meats identification team and the livestock skillathon team brought home two first place finishes after competing July 13-16 at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. “They are beyond excited,” […]

Portales McDonald’s re-opens after makeover

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McDonald’s Swing Manager Jonathan Nelson works as the toppings expert Thursday at the Portales McDonald’s, checking all of the vegetables before placing them on the burger.

By Alisa Boswell Managing editor aboswell@pntonline.com For the last week, Portales residents have been asking if they are in the right place when entering the local McDonald’s restaurant on First Street. After having its doors closed for a week, the restaurant re-opened last week for customers to find a complete makeover with operations. “I enjoyed […]

Nostalgia rides on Main

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Klayton Nixon, 8, and Kaylee Nixon, 4, of Clovis, cruised around the Draggin’ Main car show in a tiny Ford Mustang Saturday at the Curry County Events Center.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Saturday was the one day of the year when burnouts, excessive honking, and street-rumbling stereos were not only acceptable, they were encouraged among the multitudes of cars parading up and down Main Street. When a Mazda RX-8 peeled out at the corner of Seventh and Main Street, creating smoke […]

Actor William Shatner stops in Tucumcari

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William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth prepare to leave Tucumcari on Saturday, heading west. They're traveling Route 66 to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Staff report TUCUMCARI — Actor William Shatner briefly stopped Saturday in Tucumcari, traveling from St. Louis to Los Angeles along old Route 66 as part of a campaign to raise awareness for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series. […]

Fairgrounds beautification project complete

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Norma Delarosa, the Curry County administrative services coordinator, and Global Spectrum employees completed a beautification project at the Curry County Fairgrounds Thursday with the installation of a stone bench near the entrance. The county received more than $4,000 in grant money to complete the project.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com County employees and Global Spectrum staff completed a beautification project Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The county received two grants to complete the project — $2,000 and $2,400 — from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful and Keep New Mexico Beautiful, according to Norma Delarosa, the administrative services coordinator. […]

VBS teaches kids sharing, Christianity

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First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School’s students sing and dance to start off Wednesday’s class session. More than 80 students, both church members and from the community, attended the school.

By Crystal Mondragon STAFF WRITER cmondragon@cnjonline.com First United Methodist Church Pastor Jeb Archey believes Vacation Bible School is important because it gives “children something exciting to do…gives the church an exciting way to be in ministry with kids.” First United Methodist church wrapped up this year’s five-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) on Thursday, which included […]

About a hundred screened for tuberculosis

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By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com More than 100 people are being tested this week at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to make sure they haven’t contracted tuberculosis from an unidentified Clovis man, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health said. A department spokesperson said about 100 people were possibly exposed […]

Locals prepare for nostalgic trip down Main

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Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year.

By Brittney Canon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Rev your engines and get ready for some nostalgia — Draggin’ Main is back this Saturday for its second consecutive year. Organizers Gene Porter and Bryan Boone started the event just to give a couple hot rod guys something to do in Clovis. “It was just a couple of […]

Locals: Pageant was learning experience

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By Anna George Staff Writer ageorge@pntonline.com Between preparing for her mission trip to Peru and attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) Kelsey Prince, 21, barely had time to compete in the Miss New Mexico Pageant. The three-day pageant ended Saturday with the crowning of Miss New Mexico Marissa Livingston of Albuquerque. Prince, who won Miss […]

Fireworks stands open across state

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Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Stand owners expecting good year for sales.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor bcannon@cnjonline.com Citizens, get your bottle rockets, Roman candles and fiery tanks ready to blast-off — Saturday marked the opening day for fireworks stands across the state. Ray Heisch, who operates the Mr. W stand on U.S. 60/84, was setting up his stand on Monday with some help from Blake Boney. […]

Miss New Mexico crowned

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Former Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, right, crowns Miss New Mexico 2015 Marissa Livingston Saturday night during the final night of the Miss New Mexico Pageant at the Eastern New Mexico University theater.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer jlucero@pntonline.com After a week of early mornings, late nights, and tight schedules, a new Miss New Mexico has been crowned. Judges crowned Miss Duke City, Marissa Livingston, as Miss New Mexico 2015 with 15-year-old Sasha Butcher of Albuquerque taking home the crown as Miss Outstanding Teen New Mexico 2015. Miss […]

Helmet given new home

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AMVETS Department Commander Tommy Knight of Clovis and AMVETS Second State Vice Brenda Hunt of Farmington present a plaque and steel pot helmet to a wounded warrior who will be residing at the Eastern New Mexico University Student Veteran House Project, which was donated to the university by AMVETS earlier this year. The helmet belonged to a soldier killed in action named Henery Mitchell. When a search for his family yielded no results, the organization decided to donate the helmet to the university for safekeeping.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Many years ago, a soldier’s steel pot helmet was laid at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Farmington. In black marker, the words on it read “In Memory of Henery Mitchell.” When no one came to claim it after 45 days, the Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department […]